The weeks are flying by my love. It’s all moving so fast, and I’m trying not to dread how quickly all these sweet, small stages will pass. I’ve realized that our tiny little newborn was already gone. I was hugging you even more tightly as I reminisced just how the brand new to the world you felt on my chest right after you were born (I’m working on writing your birth story, my love). I am loving all these days as they pass and feeling extraordinarily grateful to be your mom.
This week we. . .
*celebrated your official one month in the world on Sunday. Your dad and I have been taking weekly pictures of you in your swing, but we thought it would be fun to take monthly pictures next to one of my old teddy bears.
We went out to brunch for the first time (!) to celebrate.
*said goodbye to Gigi. It was extremely hard for all of us, and we definitely all cried. We were so lucky to have your Gigi here for these past two weeks, and it’s going to definitely take a while for momma to transition into daily life without her, but luckily we will see her again in just a few short months.
*are headed today to meet your Ba (your grandma on your dad’s side) and all of your Bacs (aunts and uncles on your dad’s side). I’m so excited for them to meet you, Sweet Bea! I know they are going to love you at first sight. I’m a little nervous about being away from home so soon and a little unsure how we’ll handle our nursing and lack of sleeping at your Ba’s house, but I’m excited for you to meet your family!
*are still loving your newborn hat that you got in the hospital. It’s still our favorite, and you sleep in it every night and for most naps.
This week you . . .
*have been learning how to suck on a pacifier and seem to be liking it more. You also like using your dad as a human pacifier.
*have had ups and downs with the daily bottle your dad and Gigi have alternated giving you. We’ve been giving you one just before bedtime to help you get used to one. Somedays you sucked it down like a champ, and other days you screamedddddddddd.
*have had amazing nights of sleep where you only woke up once and other nights where it seemed like you never went to sleep at all.
*as soon as you hit the one month mark, you seemed to suddenly be making all these one month old changes! You’ve been sleeping longer stretches and your poops (I can’t believe I haven’t written more about your poops in these letters! ha) are getting a lot more spread out. You’ve also been holding your neck up, and it almost makes me teary every time I see you do it! You’re growing so strong! Oh, and you’re just starting to grow out of some of your newborn clothes. You’ve also moved out of the super tiny newborn diapers into the bigger newborn diapers. You’ve been really filling out, my love!
One month is looking good on you!
*love to be held. I’ve tried to put you down when you’re napping more so I can get simple chores done during the day, but it’s so hard. You love to be held when you’re sleeping, and I love to oblige you. Often you are totally passed out, and I will very, very carefully lay you in your bassinet, and within seconds you’re screaming until your red in the face. It’s a delicate dance. Momma is becoming really good at doing things left handed and multitasking while I hold you.
This week I . . .
*have been feeling stronger and more me. Nursing is getting easier (thank goodness for the APNO my obgyn prescribed that’s been helping me to heal).
*think that having your Gigi here really helped me feel grounded. She taught me a lot and helped me to get used to this whole mom thing. I will always remember these days with just the three of us in the very beginning.
*felt good that we got out to take a few walks around the neighborhood. It felt good to move again and to soak up the fresh air.
A few odds and ends I wanted to tell you this week: