This was supposed to be a one month post, but the weeks are just flying by and we are coming up on 6 weeks. I can’t believe our sweet little angel has been with us for 6 weeks already! She has already changed SO MUCH! I have to say, as a “list maker”/OCD-type-A-person, having a newborn can be a very satisfying experience in some ways. Not just for the reasons you would expect, but because I love taking her to the Peds office for check-ups to see how much she has grown. Seeing her exponential growth each week is amazing! It is so rewarding to know she is gaining weight at an impressive rate due in part to the hard work I’ve put in with breast feeding. And when I say hard work, I really mean it. It was never in question that I would try to breast feed my babies as long as I was able. As a medical professional, I cannot “opt out” of breast feeding while fully understanding how important breast milk is to her development. But I wish women were more open about how difficult it can be. I had several issues in the beginning – I was extremely engorged and it was incredibly painful. I was also concerned because my supply was struggling following the c-section and I became neurotic about pumping every 2 hours to try and increase the supply. I was eating everything ginger I could find and taking supplements that made me smell like maple syrup (seriously). All of this added to my exhaustion with taking care of a newborn. But the swelling and engorgement resolved, and Emmy and I are really getting the hang of it! Thank goodness! Between breast feeding and supplementing when necessary, baby girl has never had an issue with weight gain and I am so thankful. We have a happy, beautiful, healthy baby girl and we could not ask for more.
EM @ One Month
Weight: 9lbs, 3oz
Firsts: Everything! Her first outing was to Babies-r-us on the way home from the hospital (seriously…) at 4 days old. Her first smiles happened during the hospital as she was falling asleep. She loved all the attention she received at Uncle Drake and Aunt-to-be Joanna’s bridal shower at 3 weeks. She took her first trip to Surf City at 5 weeks and she was a little doll the whole way.
Likes: Soft textures, Mamaroo, music, and bath time! This girl loves the water. She is definitely a water baby, just like her daddy.
Sizes: Newborn and some small 3 months. Size 1 diapers.
Our Day: Emmy still refuses to go to sleep after her 10pm feeding, so she stays awake fighting sleep until 12-1am. She eats then and will generally stay asleep until 5am or sometimes 6. She even slept until 7AM one day and I was so worried I checked on her every hour until she woke herself up. I will then feed her again and we snuggle until we both fall back asleep until 9 or 10am. She eats again, I put her back to sleep and then hop in the shower. She eats again (she does that a lotJ) around 1pm and we play after. We may run an errand or two. We come back by 3:30 and my mom comes over to help until the Tar Heel comes home around 7pm. And the cycle continues J
Sweet memories: Emmy was delivered via c-section. I was terrified during my surgery. The spinal tap caused me to shake uncontrollably and I was horrified at being awake and on an operating table (ironic, since I also knew how unfounded my fear was). All of that went away the moment my surgeon held her over the curtain and I could see her and hear her crying (screaming!). She had an incredible set of lungs. I will never forget that she cried the entire time they cleaned her, and up until the moment they placed her by my face and I was able to say “hello” and give her a kiss. The moment she heard my voice she stopped crying. It was the sweetest! I knew I was a mom at that moment. Only mommies have the ability to calm a crying baby with just one tiny word. She had the softest cheeks and I loved holding her close. She made sweet, tiny noises that reminded me of a kitten. Within a few days her tiny kitten noises began to rival that of a full grown man (the belches she releases from her itty bitty body continue to amaze me!). I also love the way she makes the sweetest little laughing/neighing noise. I have been trying so hard to get it on video but no luck yet. She is just adorable. There are a thousand other memories I could write about but it has taken me all day to write this one post. Guess that’s the new normal with a precious little blessing!