Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Caroline Grace {5 Months Old}

Caroline Grace, 

We've been squeezing you extra tight ever since the scare you gave us earlier this month. The tears have freely flowed these past few weeks as I rock you to sleep in the quiet darkness, savoring those snuggles, holding your little hand and praising Jesus for sending His angels to watch over and protect you. We can't imagine our life without you. You've been prayed for so much and we are so very thankful for all of the support we've received. 

Watching you learn new things continues to bring us so much joy. You are very observant, love to "talk" and are happiest when we're wearing you out and about. You love to be around people and they love to be around you too!
 
You've (finally) settled into your daycare routine and love your teachers, the exersaucer, buggy rides, napping and rolling around with the other babies. The best part of my day is scooping you up, hearing about your day and bringing you home to play with your daddy and me. 

Your sweet smile. Your adorable giggles. Your twinkly eyes. Your rolly thighs. We love everything about you. Caroline, you are our greatest blessing and our love for you knows no bounds. Happy 5 months, sweet girl!

Love, 

Mommy

Five Month Highlights:
  • You are the oldest in your class by a month yet are still the tiniest - only 12.5 pounds!
  • You roll around so much these days that you even won a "world's best infant flipper" award at daycare.
  • You are sleeping pretty good now. On a good day we'll put you down around 7:00 - 7:30 pm and you'll sleep until 6 am'ish. We let you watch a teeny bit of cartoons in our bed while we get ready in the mornings and you love Max & Ruby. {I know, no screens until age 2. Don't judge.}
  • You're eating oatmeal in between 6 ounces of formula during the day.
  • You battled your first diaper rash. It was so nasty that we had to take you to the doctor to get prescription cream to clear it and give you baking soda sitz baths every night for a week. Through this experience we learned about the wonderful {super thick} diaper rash cream, Triple Paste! We also learned your sensitive bottom is not okay with switching from Pampers Swaddlers to Huggies Snugglers! Nope, never again! 
  • You love to suck on your fingers and have even started favoring your thumb which is super adorable.
  • We took you to one of our favorite places for my birthday weekend - the mountains! You did great and were so much easier to travel with than we had anticipated. 

At 27 weeks pregnant I began praying specifically for your sleep safety. Chills run down my spine when I go back and visit the post where I asked God to protect you from SIDS. God answers prayers, darling. Don't be afraid to pray boldly and specifically. No request is too small.


Prayer for Caroline (2/4/14):
 
Dear Lord, You gave us sleep as a time for rest and renewal. You showed us by example when You created the world and took the seventh day to rest. Lord, please help me, tonight and from this time forward, to get a deep and rejuvenating sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night, please help me to go right back to sleep. Lord, please also help Caroline to develop good sleep patterns from the very beginning. I pray for safety while she sleeps. Protect her from SIDS or any other harm. Let your angels watch over her all through the night - and the daytime too. Bless her whether in her crib or by my side, or in the car seat. Anywhere she sleeps, make it relaxing and peaceful. Lord, You promise us in Isaiah 26:3 to keep our minds in perfect peace and trust You. Help me keep my focus and trust in You and cast out all fears. I choose peace of mind. I choose to trust in You because I know you love Caroline and I with an everlasting love. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

For He grants sleep to those He loves. - Psalm 127:2
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27 comments:

  1. She is just so precious and adorable, Christina! So glad to hear you are all doing well after the big incident. Continued prayers and thoughts coming your way! Happy 5 months, sweet Caroline!

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  2. She is so sweet and happy!!!! Her story still amazes me and I love that you give all the glory to God, such an inspiration and I know that your story has touched so many people. God Bless, and happy 5 months to your baby girl!

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  3. My best friend and I got together yesterday, and both mentioned how terrified we were for you earlier this month after hearing about your scare with Caroline. So, so, SO glad that she is ok - I still tear up when I think about how terrible that whole ordeal must have been for you guys. Happy 5 months to your sweet little Caroline!:)

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  4. She is just too cute for words. Love her big grin!

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  5. Happy 5 months, sweet Caroline! What a sweet peanut! :)

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  6. Happy 5 months, sweet Caroline! You are such a blessing and bring so much happiness to all who meet you ;) Love that sweet girl! xoxo

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  7. She is so darn sweet in her pictures, I can only imagine how sweet she is in real life! Happy 5:)

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  8. Happy 5 months sweet Caroline!! You are beautiful!

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  9. Adorable! Love her award and sweet smile! xoxo

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  10. She is so adorable!! Nothing better than baby snuggles:)

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  11. My favorite young infant flipper. She is SUCH an adorable gal. Look forward to a playdate soon!

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  12. how has it already been 5 months? I go back and read all your pregnancy journals to see how we compare (I'm a crazy person) and I recently read the one where you prayed to protect Caroline against SIDS. Someone is definitely watching over that sweet girl of yours. Hope the nights are getting better.

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  13. Praise God for a healthy Caroline. I can only imagine the scare and I am thankful that she is alright. Loved reading her update. Does time every slow down?

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  14. Happy 5 months, Caroline! So happy that you are happy and healthy, little lady!

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  15. Oh she's darling and so fashionable!! I love her in mint. Where did you find her sweet headband? I'm so happy to hear that y'all are doing well and falling into great new routines.

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  16. Aw my friend, I still get tears in my eyes every time I see her sweet picture - she really is a little angel and little miracle. She is doing so well (and so are you!) I can't believe she is so tiny, she looks so similar to Ellie in photos but Ellie is almost 7kgs already! My little SJ sucked her thumb and it is adorable! x

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  17. Oh my goodness, I just LOVE the headband she is wearing in the last photo! Would you be willing to share where you got it? Thanks!

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  18. What a beautiful baby girl. I am so happy that things are going well!
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  19. Wow! Over 5 months old and only 12.5 pds?! My goodness she is teeny tiny! Our sweet girl was already weighing in at 17 pds by that age and hadn't even begun rice cereal yet. We just loved all of her cute baby rolls lol Now go fatten your adorable girl up with some yummy Southern food ;)

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  20. She is so sweet! Love her dress!

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  21. Amazing...no doubt our god is almighty and great!!

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  22. She is so beautiful! Happy 5 months little lady x

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  23. Hi - what sling are you using for your baby?

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