Lily you turned three months old yesterday. Three. Months.Already.
Time is going by so fast that I have to make a real effort to stop and notice the small things before they disappear for ever.
I think the biggest shock for me is just how fast it's going this time around and just how much seems to happen whilst I'm not looking.
Your personality is already wonderful. You smile all the time, but especially when I kiss your cheeks.
You are the wriggliest baby that I've ever met and you are already trying to turn over. We struggle with keeping you in one place when you're in your cot and you are constantly facing the wrong way or back to front when we get you up in the morning, even though your are both swaddled and in a sleep positioner. You are in fact the Harry Houdini of babies and we're completely stumped by how you get out of your positioner and swaddle. And when we ask you, you literally laugh at us. I think you're pretty proud of yourself, and so you should be.
Like your big sister, you very rarely cry and then only when you want something specific, like milk or to be left to go to sleep. But unlike Bella, you don't like to be comforted when you're tired. We feel really bad that you cry yourself to sleep most nights, even though it only takes five minutes. If we try and calm you you get hysterical and cry until we leave you alone. We learnt that the hard way.
Your favourite toy is the parrot on your playmat and you already love books. You also love the television, so that doesn't go on in the day anymore.
You found your hands today and have started trying to put things in your mouth and we're pretty sure that those rosy red cheeks and very drooly mouth mean that you're starting to teeth.
When you lie on the sofa you stare endlessly at the patchwork quilt and when you're in my studio you literally smile at the fabric. I think you're a girl after my own heart.
You sleep wonderfully and we're very grateful that so far we've had not a single sleepless night. Long may that continue.
I worried a lot about having a second child and who you would be and how you would fit in, but all my worries have been completely unfounded. You are a delight to be with and have had a wonderful influence on all of us. Bella loves having you as a sister and can't wait to teach you everything.
And we love having you as a daughter and can't wait to see you grow.
Thank you for being you, Lily. And thank you for making it so easy for us all.