Dear Finley: 1/52


I didn’t get around to writing letters to Finley while I was pregnant like I did with Rowan, so I decided to start a little 52 week series now for her…

Dear Finley James,
Hi sweet girl! I can’t believe that you are 2 weeks old already. The moment you entered into our family, it was as if you were always suppose to be here. All of a sudden we can’t imagine our lives without you. You filled a spot that we didnt even realize we had open waiting for you to take. You are a perfect little angel. We go back and forth deciding whether you are just a super chill little girl or if it’s just perspective the second time around. Your Dad and I were crazy when Rowan was born. We had no idea what we were doing and it really took us a long time to get use to having her around. We loved her to pieces, but it took us time to figure it all out. You on the other hand have blended into our family in a blink of an eye. You eat well, you sleep well and this time your Dad and I aren’t so scared to have a little newborn around. In fact we are embracing every part of it. The late night feedings we have down to a science. We are a tag teaming, super hero duo of nursing, diaper changing, swaddling, and burping. Your Dad is so hands on! As you grow up you will learn just how lucky you are to have him as your Dad.

The hardest thing about having number 2 is balancing time between your sister and you. I want to give each of you my full attention, but sometimes I just can’t. From time to time one of you needs it more and that means the other has to wait. It makes me feel so bad, but I promise to always make each of you feel special and loved in your own special way. You my sweet Finley are my little mini me. You have the softest, fluffiest brown hair. It’s not a ton, but you have way more hair then Rowan ever did. I can’t help but rub my cheeks agains’t it when I hold you. With each pass I breath in deep to smell your sweet little baby smell. These newborn days pass way too quickly. It always bums me out that as the Mom, you spend these precious first weeks after birth so uncomfortable from your postpartum recovery. All you want to do is focus on your sweet little baby and not worry about anything else. This weekend was the turning point for me though. It took 2 weeks but I can finally say I am starting to really feel healed and sort of back to myself. Nursing is still a struggle but that is a story for another blog post.

Well my little Lovey, we welcome you with open arms and are so glad you finally made your way out to join us. I am looking forward to writing you these weekly letters over the next year.
With all my love,
Your Mommy





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  1. beautiful post. You almost had me crying during the first paragraph. Enjoy this time =D

  2. Oh, Jen. She is beautiful!

  3. Hi Jen!
    Finley is beautiful! So much perfection in a tiny baby!
    Congratulations to you all!

  4. Jen, this is so beautiful, I loved to read it, congrats for your *new* maternity and enjoy it!
    Iร‚ยดm looking forward to reading new lettlers to Finley, I like the way you write.

  5. She is beautiful.

  6. Congrats! She is such an adorable baby, an angel indeed. It will be so sweet when she gets to read this as she gets older.

  7. This is such a beautiful letter, Jen! I always feel like I can relate to your posts as a mom of a toddler, and now with a new baby girl in the mix, too. Thanks for posting!

  8. She’s absolutely adorable, Jen! Those are some cheeks on her. So precious.

  9. As I’m 4 months away from welcoming my own second child, I LOVE this post tremendously. I spend a good deal of time thinking about how I will manage two; what my recovery will be like, etc. This post, however, gives me such encouragement that for as overwhelmed as I was with my first, I am not crediting how much I have learned with him. Thank you.

  10. This is so incredibly moving. What a beautiful child!

  11. She is just so precious!

  12. This post made me want to cry… I had my second little girl 11 days ago, and your words completely echo what’s on my heart, as well. What an amazing time in life. <3

  13. These photos are to cute and your letter oh my so sweet.

  14. She is so immensely beautiful. Congrats on the lovely little one!

  15. Jen,

    I have been reading your blog since the start. Thank you for being a far-away insight, companion and unknown commiserate. I am celebrating my firstborn son’s 10 month birthday today, and I can’t begin to tell you how full my heart is looking at your beautiful Finley. You are so blessed. Thanks for sharing your warmth and love with us. Your posts are always the highlights of my online day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    From a fellow Milk Maker,


  16. Pinkyspages •

    Beautifully written post.
    Congratulations on the birth of your daughter…

  17. She is SO sweet, Jen. I really hope our next baby is a breeze compared to our first three weeks with Rooney. It was not her fault at all, but we were rocked by the life change of having a child. Do you think you want more babies? I am starting to think I can only handle two! (And even then, I’m not sure how people do it!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. What a lovely, sweet post!

  19. I love that adorable baby. I am such a creepster.

  20. Glad you are healing, keep taking care of yourself though! I know that I delayed my getting back to 100% by doing too much when I started to have a bit more energy at two weeks pp.

  21. What a beautiful letter and beautiful pictures. I just brought my second son home a week ago today, and I loved reading your reflections on the second baby. I’ve been struggling with all the same things: trying to decide if Elliott is really a calmer baby or I’m a calmer mama, trying to make sure that his big brother feels special, trying to make sure that Elliott is getting all the same snuggles and cuddles that Milo had when he was small. I found your blog when I was searching for bringing-home-second-baby advice, and I’m so glad to be reading along while you share about your sweet family! Thank you!

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