Dear Olivia Rose,
Daddy and I have spent the last 6 weeks getting to know you and we fall more in love with you every single day! You are just the most beautiful girl we have ever seen and not a day passes that I don’t find something so cute that I have to rush to get the camera ready. And it’s a good thing I do, because your Mimi, Gammy and Grandma LIVE for the pictures and videos I send them every day! We just can’t get enough of you! Gammy tells me that as soon as G-Daddy gets home every night he asks her if she has any new pictures of you, so it is my job to send them something every day. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it! :)
You are a perfect mixture of Daddy and I. The first thing I noticed when you were born was that you had hair and it was brown! I never imagined I would have a little olive-skinned, dark-haired little girl- you’re just so perfect! I know I’m a little biased, but everyone who meets you tells me how pretty you are, so it’s not just me! The next thing I noticed was how long your fingers and toes are- just like Mommy. Daddy even pointed out that you have a longer second toe like Mommy. You have your Daddy’s eyes and your Mommy’s chin. I think you get your height from the Barber side of Mommy’s family because you are very tall for your age. Your beautiful skin color comes from your Cuban heritage, and looks just like your Uncle Josh! I just can’t get over how beautiful you are! A true masterpiece of the Creator.
You have to be one of the most loved little girls in the whole world. There were so many people at the hospital with us just waiting for you to make your entrance. The doctor thought that was a lot of people, but had no idea how many would come once you arrived! I don’t think you spent any time in your hospital crib during the day. Someone was always there to hold you and love on you.
Once we finally brought you home, we were a little nervous to introduce you to our fur-baby, your big brother Emmett. He had been our only baby for so long, we were not sure how he would react to sharing our attention. He quickly learned to love you, although he does get a little jealous when Daddy spends all of his time with you. Sometimes he tries to squeeze in the littlest space available just to be near the three of us. Emmett is also so protective of you! He has always been a quiet dog, but now he barks and growls every time someone comes over. He wants everyone to know he will protect his little sister!
Some of my favorite moments are when you fall asleep in my arms. It is just the sweetest, most tender moment. I could stare at you for hours! Sometimes you fall asleep while you’re eating and then you get so annoyed when I try to burp you afterwards! I love when you fall asleep on my shoulder and snuggle your head in the curve of my neck. I just melt! The sweetest thing I have ever seen is your smile. Mimi spends all of her time with you trying to make you smile. If only she could see the way you light up when your Daddy holds you. My heart just bursts with love when I see you and your Daddy! Every time he comes in the door, he goes straight to you. No matter what we are doing, he steals you right away from me. He just loves you so much!
You continue to amaze me every day baby girl. I just can’t believe God chose me to be your mommy. I don’t know what I did to deserve such an honor, but I am so blessed! I love to see how you grow and change every week. One thing that truly amazes me is how strong you are physically. During your first week people would tell me how much you were going to like tummy time because your neck seemed to be very strong. At about two weeks old, Daddy and I decided to give it a try. We were amazed as we watched you turn your head back and forth, and you even started pushing up on your knees. Now at 6 weeks old, you are so active during tummy time. You are always up on your knees with your butt in the air, and you are moving your legs like crazy, just trying to get somewhere! I think as soon as you can lift yourself up on your arms you are going to be crawling all over the place! Don’t grow up too fast, baby girl!
As we go into our last week of my time at home with you, I want you to know how much I love you. This love is stronger than I ever imagined. It completely consumes me. No matter how tired I am, I find myself yearning for you, especially when other people hold you. I am a jealous mommy! I can’t imagine how hard it is going to be for me to go back to work, but know that if there were any way for me to stay at home with you, I would do it in a heartbeat! For now, I am so thankful to know that you will be in good hands with your Mimi, Gammy, Grandma and Laura. God will help us through this, baby girl!
I love you with all my heart!