Without a doubt, Margot’s favorite activity is reading.  Todd and I are somewhat ashamed to admit that we occasionally hide books from our sweet daughter after we’ve read them two dozen times and just can. not. stand. to go berserk one. more. time.

But, given her love for reading (and mine) it’s no surprise that one of our favorite places to spend time is at the library.  It doesn’t hurt, either, that our library happens to have an awesome children’s room full of toys and usually, also, other children.

On this particular evening, Margot and her Daddy took a trip to the happiest place on earth while Mama did some work at home.  Lucky for me (and you), because her Daddy always remembers to bring his good camera.

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Margot Feeling the St. Paddy’s Day Spirit

After the busy day we had yesterday with Margot’s Ceremony we decided to stay home today instead of heading over to the Pearl River St. Paddy’s Day Parade.  Margot still wanted to show her spirit though.  Thanks go out to my co-worker Patty for giving us the glittery green festive hat.

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3 Months With Margot – A Note from her Daddy

Its been a long time since i’ve written a post on this blog but I thought I should get myself on here more and show some perspective from my side of things.

It has been 3 months this past Friday having Margot in our lives and it has been amazing.  No pun intended.  Watching her develop from the day she was born has really been spectacular.

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We have also been lucky so far that she is sleeping through the night and only occasionally waking up at 3:00 AM and requesting a diaper change and some nourishment.

I can’t believe that she has already gone from barely locking in on things to focusing in on a toy, herself or one of our faces.  From flailing her arms and punching and hitting everything around her to grabbing onto toys and gaining the ability to get her hands in her mouth (though she currently just shoves as much of her fists in there as she can).

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She has grown so much from when she was a mere 7 lbs 13 oz 21 incher to the (more than) 12 lbs 24 inches she is now.

I have learned so much in this short period of time.  Most notably how to change diapers (I have changed more than I ever would have thought).  I learned that lifting her up and down quiets her down if she is crying and that she loves to be held and rocked and doesn’t like to be put down.  Even after taking over 30 days off of work to be with Margot I learned that all those projects around the house I thought I would get done did not get finished.  Its a demanding job taking care of a newborn but it is a completely rewarding one and I am grateful for all of the time I have been able to spend with her so far.

Now Alexsis, I don’t know how I could do any of this without you.  You spent your entire pregnancy learning as much as you could about having and raising a baby.  And by that I mean reading probably 5 books a week.  The people at the library probably thought we were crazy constantly walking out with stack after stack of baby books.  You learned all of the tricks and natural ways to raise our baby.  And I am so glad that you have taken the time to do this to give Margot the best upbringing she could have.  Though having some medical hiccups along the way and having to take care of margot overnight by myself when she was 3 weeks old was really scary but did give me more of an appreciation for what you are doing to take care of her needs all day long.

As much as I can’t wait for her next achievements and new skills learned I am also scared that it will go by too fast as I hear all too often.  But it will happen and I will embrace all of the time I can get with her even being back at work full time now.

Well, until my next writing endeavor…

Beautiful Margot Miriam

We happen to think our little Baby Girl is beautiful.

We think every little part of her is perfectly formed.

We have spent full hours studying her tiny little fingers and toes and marveling at how I GREW HER INSIDE OF ME.  We’ve pondered over how she was formed from the foods that I ate over the past 10 months.  Her delicate little fingers are nectarines, her foot is made of Indian food… her entire head is made of cheese.

Don’t all parents think their children are perfect?

We have gotten a lot of feedback which supports our theory.  In fact, the nurse at the Pediatrician’s office said, “all babies are cute, but she is REALLY cute.”  She commented about how her head was so perfectly round that she thought she had been a C-section baby.

I swelled with pride.

I also got the tiniest bit nervous… how am I going to teach my daughter not to place her self worth in her appearance when I literally can. not. stop. telling her how beautiful she is… and neither can anyone else!?

Aside from telling us how beautiful our Baby Girl is, we have also heard over and over again how perfect her name is.

Every time someone compliments us on her name, I feel nothing but pure joy.  I have no reservations about the beauty of her moniker, especially because she is named after two pretty incredible women.

Margot is my Nana.  Her name was Margarita but her family called her by the nickname Margot.  My nana and I shared a birthday and she was a pretty amazing person.  She had a lot of passion for life and compassion for others.  She left this world far too soon and I wish I could have shared more of my life with her.  Now, I have her birthday and my Baby Girl has her name, so I know she is with us in so many ways.

Miriam is Mr. Moore’s Gram.  She is another amazing lady who is so strong of spirit that she still lives alone in her home in PA at the age of 92.  When she heard that we had given Margot her name, she marched herself to the Senior Center down the block and announced it to all of her friends with pride.  We were so sad to hear that just a few days after her victorious walk to the center, she fell and broke her hip.  She is now in the hospital and we are waiting for word about how her surgery went.  I hope she is still riding on that high of having a little girl named after her.

So, our little Margot Miriam has quite a lot of inspiration to find from her two namesakes.  I hope that she will be able to take more inspiration from them than she takes self-worth from the comments about how beautiful she is.

Although she IS really, really beautiful.