Hello friends! So much to update. First of all — I basically have a new computer. My 7 year old iMac got a big facelift with more ram and (finally) a new operating system. It feels like I have a completely new computer but for much cheaper. Plus Macs just look so sleek and nice that you’d never think the computer was as old as it is — I’m definitely a Mac through and through — they hold up so well. And now that it is nice and new(er), I’ve found myself getting on it more.
Life is good. My baby will be 7 weeks old on Thursday which is just crazy to me. My maternity leave is a tiny bit more than half over which makes me want to cry. I love and miss my coworkers dearly and can’t wait to be a regular part of their lives again, but I just want to take L with me. I wish that were possible. I’m going to be a complete mess when I have to leave her for 4 whole hours at a time. I am extremely lucky though because I live one minute from work (seriously — a car ride takes a minute) so I will be home for lunch breaks to feed her before going back for another four hours. So the longest I have to leave her is only for four hours at a time. But still — I’m sad. I wish we had any other developed nation’s maternity leave allowing me to stay home for longer and paid(!!!!), but what can ya do? I’m thankful I got 12 weeks off at all.
Having a baby is rad and I recommend everyone do it. Seconds after L was born I said I could have 5 more babies and 7 weeks later I’m still saying the same thing. John and I think we should always have a baby in the house. Move over Michelle Duggar! But seriously — we kind of want a lot of kids now. Obviously we have to consider finances and space, but you can expect at least one more kid outta this duo. At least two more?
Everything is going great for mama, daddy, and baby. We are all happy and healthy and have (knock on wood) not had any problems. L is gaining weight like crazy and as healthy as can be. She’s a happy baby and, luckily, I think we missed out on colic — I’m pretty sure if it hasn’t presented itself by 7 weeks old then she’s not going to be colicky. We haven’t been putting her on a schedule because I’ve been on-demand breastfeeding, but she’s kind of made her own schedule which is nice. She eats and plays and sleeps ~around the same time everyday and she’s sleeping for longer stretches at night. We do have what we call “the witching hour” which is in reality several hours. Almost every night from around 6-10PM she cluster feeds and can only be calm when she is walked around or by mama — sometimes she just has to be near because she has to smell me, did you know babies can smell their moms from 20 feet away??? Isn’t that kind of amazing. But those four hours can be a bit tiring before she finally dozes off for her first long stretch of the night. It was much harder in the beginning when she was starting this routine but now that we know to expect it, it’s not so bad because you know in just a few hours she’ll be out like a light and you’ll get a nice amount of uninterrupted sleep. I’m sure a change in routine is just around the corner; babies like to keep you on your toes!
Who does she look like? The jury is still out. She looks so different in her pictures than she does in real life — I think it’s easier to see each of us in her in pictures. She definitely has my facial expressions, but I think overall she favors John more. Her eyes are lightening every day it seems and her peach fuzz (although it’s growing) is white blonde looking most of the time (so it’s hard to see in pictures), but in the sunlight it does have a red tint, so I think she will end up having light strawberry blonde hair when it decides to grow more. Don’t worry — I’m going to do a mini photo dump at the end of this post whenever I decide to stop talking. :)
John’s been back at work since L was a few weeks old and I’m happy to say that on Monday when he’s gone all day, I’ve totally got this. The first time I was a bit worried, but I managed to get every living thing (we still have our fur babies too!) cleaned and fed and happy. I’ve tried to take L on walks every nice day we’ve had. We did have some super cold weather and snow a couple weeks ago. (I thought we lived in the south?!) I’ve started exercising again which is nice. Breastfeeding really helps you lose weight but I still have some major toning to do. I’ll get there though!
Speaking of breastfeeding — it’s going so well and I never imagined how much I’d like it. However, I do have to say it might be going a bit too well because we’ve tried to give L a bottle with some breastmilk in it a few times and she refuses. She’d rather have the boob plain and simple. But the last time I tried, with a specialty bottle, we did make some headway — she’d actually suck and get a little but then it’s like she realized what was happening – that we were trying to fool her – and she’d smack the bottle away and start crying. So we’ve got work to do where that is concerned. Luckily I still have a month and a half before we have to worry about her taking a bottle. But even when I do go back to work, I will be home after four hours so it might not be much of an issue because she can eat when I’m home. It would be nice for her to take a bottle for emergency situations though. This so far has been our biggest problem. That she likes breastfeeding so much she doesn’t want a bottle — so I think we are pretty dang lucky. I’d take this frustration over any other any day of the week. I want to breastfeed for at least a year (but I’m totally letting her decide when she wants to wean) and it looks like we can do that if we keep at it.
Okay — time for some pictures! Here’s an assortment. If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen most of them. Sorry for that. I was going to try and hold out and show you some we had a friend take of us with her fancy camera(s) but we still haven’t received those from her so they’ll have to wait. They are all iPhone because that’s all we have for now!
Shew — I’m tired after all that! Thanks for letting me spill my guts out and then dump some photos of my child, internet! TTFN (that’s Ta ta for now, if you don’t speak Tigger)!