Friday, April 15, 2016

Eight Week Update

We've made it eight weeks!

Little Girl weighs 10 lbs and 4 oz. She's in 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers.

She's become quite verbal. In fact, we have a trick now where I roll my lips to make a vibrating sound, and she copies me. I've taken videos--it's adorable!

Last night during tummy time, she lifted her head completely and did baby push-ups for about ten seconds. She's getting so strong!

Her sleep has been more sporadic, resulting in a very tired mama in the morning.

Yesterday, she drank almost 3 ounces from a bottle, preparation for when I go back to work part time.

Shes a smiley, cooing little girl, and we love her!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Seven Weeks

We're almost to the two-month mark!

Our girl seems so big now. I started her baby book this week and looking at the hospital pictures made me kind of...sad. How strange is it that I already have a hard time remembering how small she was?

She wears size 1 diapers and some newborn and 0-3 month clothes. Most of the 0-3 month is too big, but we're making it work since the newborn is mostly too small. I can't wait until she gains enough to fit in some dresses I bought her for church. Speaking of weight, she's 9 lbs and 15 oz!

She's gotten to where she'll nap in a swing while I try to shower, clean, etc. But her favorite way to fall asleep is while I'm rocking her and singing softly. Today she actually laughed in her sleep for the first time. Also she sucked her thumb this morning.

Her smiles come much more frequently, along with coos. She's also focusing on faces now. She notices when her dad and I walk away from her.

We've started doing tummy time with a boppy pillow because otherwise she hates it.

She still isn't a great nighttime sleeper. If she wakes up, she insists on nursing which makes me a wee bit exhausted. Plus she's started wanting to stay awake from 3ish to 5ish. I'm trying to remember she won't always do this. One day she'll go to sleep without so much effort, and she'll stay that way until morning.

Seven weeks--you're growing so fast, sweet girl!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Six Weeks Already

Our girl is six weeks old!
She weighs 9 lbs and 5 oz and wears newborn and some 0-3 month clothes. She's nearly too big for newborn diapers, but I'm trying to use them up.

She's finally smiling more! In the mornings and after she wakes up from a nap are the best times to spot one. She's also finding her voice. Tummy time isn't her favorite, but she can lift her head, though she prefers to do that on someone's shoulder.

One of the best ways to soothe her is to sing. I do that while I rock her before a daytime nap. Her favorites are "Jesus Loves Me" and "Do Lord". The sound of a blowdryer usually helps her stay asleep which comes in handy when I'm getting ready for church on Sunday mornings.

Her legs are strong. She pushes up on me as if she wants to stand. She's a curious girl who wants to walk around with her on your shoulder so she can look at everything.

She's growing and thriving!
We'll see how she changes in the next month!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Our Girl at One Month

Sweet girl, you're one month old today!
You've changed so much already, and you grow more and more every day. You weigh 8 lbs and 2 oz. as of Wednesday. You still wear size newborn in clothes and diapers.
Your favorite activity is eating! Your second favorite is being propped on my legs so that we can stare at one another.
Yesterday you made a couple new noises. Maybe you'll start "cooing" soon.
When I picked you up out of your Rock n' Play yesterday, you looked at me and smiled! I'm convinced it was a real smile, even though I haven't been able to get you to do it again.

You eat at least every 3 hours, though lately you don't want to wait that long. You're a growing girl, after all! Last night you slept for about 3 1/2 hours between feedings which was a nice change. We have our good nights and our super exhausting nights.

Your hair is a shade of brown, and your eyes are dark blue. You can grasp fingers and roll on your side and lift your head for a solid five to ten seconds or so. Tummy time isn't your favorite thing, but we're working on that.

You went to your first gospel singing last night--Tribute Quartet. (Not counting the ones you attended while in my belly.) Of course, you spent most of the evening in the nursery. But you'll have plenty more chances to hear our favorite groups as you grow.

You look like a mixture of your dad and me. You're a beautiful little girl, and I can't wait to see your personality. Right now you're asleep on my chest, and it's the sweetest feeling ever.

I'm praying for you every day, sweet girl. That you'll become exactly what the Lord wants you to be.
We love you!

Friday, March 11, 2016

3 Weeks Update

Emma is three weeks old today!

She weighs 7 lbs 11 oz. and is starting to fill out. I'm so happy that she's gaining weight so well. As a nursing mom, that makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something.

She is getting more and more alert every day. She eats every 2-3 hours, more often in the evening. We're getting into more of a routine for nighttime. She eats about every 3 hours most nights. I'm not quite as tired lately which I'm guessing is because my body is adjusting to the lack of sleep.

Last week, we took Emma to church for the first time. Earlier than I'd intended, but we didn't let anyone touch her. :o)

She's great at rolling over on her side. She also loves to be held, and her favorite spot is against my chest (which I love). Lately she's started making this growling sound while eating, mostly at night. If she gets a little irritated, she growls. It's adorable!

Looking forward to seeing how much she grows next week!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Don't Fight the New

I've been the mom of a newborn for almost three weeks.
As I write this, my girl is stretched out in my arms sleeping. The second I put her down, she will wake up. That means I'll sit here and be still while watching Hulu and messing around on my phone. It doesn't matter that I need to fold laundry and take a shower and vacuum. It doesn't matter that I might be spoiling her.
Because this "Mom" thing is ridiculously difficult, and I'm enjoying this moment's quiet.

You know all my pregnancy posts? I used to spend sooo much time researching pregnancy, trying to find out every detail about my baby's development.
Somehow I NEVER researched the postpartum period beyond labor and delivery. For some crazy reason, I didn't prepare for the fact I wouldn't sleep from the moment my girl shared my room in the hospital.
Why didn't I know newborns must eat every 2-3 hours?? Day AND night.
Ha! Maybe God protected me from that info because He knew I'd freak.

So, today I'm thinking about accepting the NEW.

The new way to sleep (or not sleep) 30 minutes at a time. The new way to shower with the baby in the bathroom (how else can I be sure she's okay?). The new way to hop out of bed like a maniac if she coughs--because it sounded like choking.

I've got to tell you, I have boatloads of respect for moms now. Before, I just didn't get it. How incredibly tough it is on your mind and your body to take care of a completely helpless baby who literally needs you every second of every day.
Especially if you're nursing. Goodness, I decide every other night that I'm switching to formula. Haha! (I'm still holding off so far.)

I saw a picture today that said if God wants you to grow, He makes you uncomfortable.
And I'm holding onto that.

All this difficulty, all the exhaustion and worry--it's simply a part of raising a kid. At some point, this period will fade into a new one that allows for sleep But probably includes some other uncomfortable task.

The Lord is with us during those late nights. He's there, and He knows what we're thinking/feeling.
This stage will pass (or so I've been told).

Plus, there are some good things about these late nights:
1) The Kindle app! I can use that time to read!
2) Extra time with my girl! We're pretty well bonded at this point.
3) Exercise. I mean, I have to be getting at least SOME exercise moving around at night.

This is our new life for now. But one day, Lord willing, we WILL sleep again. Hallelujah!

Friday, March 4, 2016

2 Weeks Update

Emma is two weeks old today!

Our sweet girl weighs 7 lbs 5 oz. as of yesterday when we weighed her.
She eats at least every 3 hours during the day. Last night was the first night I didn't set an alarm to wake her for feedings, but she still woke every 3-4 hours. She's a growing girl, so she needs her nourishment!
(I would LOVE to be able to get some sleep. But I know the time is coming when she'll stay full longer.)

Little Emma is pretty hilarious when she's awake. Her tongue is always out, and she makes the funniest faces.
She's pretty great at lifting her head too.

We haven't taken her to church or any stores yet. I'm going a bit stir-crazy, but I want to keep her home awhile longer. Call me a crazy first-time mom, but I don't want anyone touching her. :o)

Her umbilical cord came off this week, and we plan on giving her her first bath tomorrow.
Right now her eyes are a dark blue, and her hair is brown. We'll see how that changes over the next few weeks and months.
Her looks change daily. Everyone has opinions on who she looks like, but I'm reserving my opinion since she's changing so much. 

She's beautiful, and I can't believe she's already two weeks.
Of course, it sometimes feels like it's been a whole lot longer than two weeks. (Especially during those middle-of-the-night nursing sessions.)

The pregnancy hormones seem to FINALLY be dwindling, thank the Lord. I almost feel normal. Almost.
Taking care of her is becoming easier, probably because we've gotten into a routine. Evenings are the worst because I'm so dreading being up all night. Mornings are good because I have the most energy then.
I'm also blessed with amazing family who rescue me when I'm to the point of exhaustion.

Caring for little Emma is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. More exhausting and scary than pregnancy or labor. 
But the reward comes when she grips my finger or clutches me while she eats or when she stops crying once she's in my arms.

I can't wait to see how much she grows in the next two weeks!