I'm starting your monthly letters, because you are one month old! The first month always goes by quickly, but your's was especially fast. Probably because you have a February birthday, and it really was 2-3 days shorter than most months! We are so glad you are in our family. It has been challenging to have three boys, especially with Daddy traveling, but really the adjustment has gone much smoother than I could have hoped. The big boys, Jacob and Ethan, are absolutely in love with you. They thank you almost daily for "coming out of Mommy's tummy!" I, too, am so glad you chose to come to earth. We are so thankful for you. Your name means Jehovah has been gracious, and I really believe he has been gracious to send you to us!
This first month has been so fun getting to know you. You are, so far, a pretty serious guy. You observe your surroundings. You follow sounds, like voices (especially those you recognize). You LOVE ceiling fans. Jacob finds that hilarious. He always says, "He's looking at his fan again!" and laughs. You are usually very content. You are still not a fan of getting your diaper changed, though you usually only cry if you want to eat. You know what you want, and when you want it! You are a pretty great nurser, though sometimes you try to latch on too quickly! You love to have your hair washed, but aren't a fan of getting the rest of your body cleaned. You have a very stubborn umbilical cord stump that refuses to fall off, so you've only had sponge baths. Maybe you'll like baths better when you actually get to be in the water! You have been a much better sleeper than one of your older brothers (I won't name names...), and usually do 3-4 hour stretches at night. I'm so appreciative!
John, you are a pretty big guy! You were in the 93rd percentile at birth, but I've been wondering if you might go down a little. But so far, you've stayed pretty big! Before you were born, I told Dad that I was a little jealous of people with chunky babies because we'd never had a chubby baby and I thought they were so cute! Then you came out. You're pretty chubby. You have very squishable, squeezable, kissable cheeks, and lots of rolls throughout your body. You're pretty tall, too, but you still have newborn proportions, with a long trunk and short legs. You wear 3 month clothes, but I'm not sure for how much longer. It is funny to compare your pictures with Jacob and Ethan's, because you're so much bigger than them! I wonder how long that will continue!
You are pretty sweet! You like to be held and snuggled for now and sometimes when you're alone, you like to call out, like you're calling for somebody to be with you. You have two big brothers that are quick to answer! They have been very good with you, but sometimes Ethan is a little too rough. You don't like that much. He had a cold last week, and was very upset that he couldn't be around you very much. It made him sad! Jacob is a good helper, and always wants hugs and kisses, and for you to lay in his bed with him! I think you have pretty great big brothers. I hope you three will always be best buddies.
We sure love love love you, Baby John. I don't know how long you'll let me call you that, but you'll always be my baby boy. When I first held you tight on my chest, my heart grew a few sizes to make room for you. And now you'll always have a place there. You are and always will be a beloved part of our family. Each of us is so grateful to have you. Can't wait to watch you grow up, but it also doesn't have to go quite as fast as this past month. ;-)
Love you forever and ever, John Hiram.