lily @ 1 month …

IMG_7967_mo01 Today’s Lily’s one month birthday – so hard to believe! Seems like just yesterday we were in the hospital, meeting her for the first time. She’s growing so fast, and we’re already noticing changes in her. Some thoughts …

  • She’s cross-eyed much less now than before. It was always so fun to see her eyes go all crazy!
  • We officially have a “size 1″ diaper wearing diva; we said goodbye to the newborn diapers last night! (Sniff, sniff … she’s not so little anymore!)
  • The girl’s got a seriously strong neck. She wasn’t cooperating tonight, but pics from a few days ago show just how strong those muscles really are!
  • Sassy is her middle name; she likes to do the back arching thing when she’s mad. Right!
  • Her new fun is screaming when we take the bottle away to burp her. It’s hilarious!
  • She’s eating 2.5 to 4 oz at a time – every 2 hours or so during the day, and every 3 hours or so at night.
  • It’s official – she does like riding in the car! While she’s not a huge fan of getting in her car seat, she’s quiet almost instantly once the car starts moving.
  • The Baby Bjorn is our favorite accessory.
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  • Her nickname, at least my nickname for her, is Peanut. I also call her Lil from time to time.
  • At this point, she’s grown out of her Gerber newborn onesies, and she’s days from growing out of her Carter’s onesies. Oh my! She still wears most of her newborn clothes, and many things from her 0-3 month wardrobe.
  • Her eyes are getting much lighter from the inside out. It’s so fun to see the progress!
  • She hasn’t lost her blonde hair – yay! In fact, it’s growing like crazy, and we love it!
  • Her sleep position most often involves both hands above her head and her mouth wide open.
  • She’s had her first sleepover at grandma’s! We went to visit grandma, grandpa, aunt April & aunt Alice and stayed for the night.
  • Baths are a happy time, thank goodness!
  • Typically, she likes to be held and is usually awake between somewhere around 3 pm until 8 or so.
  • Lily’s got lots of family and friends that are crazy about her!

IMG_7924 And some “mommy” thoughts …

  • You can never imagine what this journey will be like, and it’s already been full of surprises. I think I’ve finally settled into being a mom, and will admit that the first few weeks were extremely difficult. Between my crazy postpartum hormones, the overwhelming addition of this new person, and the day-to-day adjustments here at home, there were times I was sure I wouldn’t make it!
  • I’m loving every second with her. It’s killing me to know that the end of my time at home is drawing near. While I know she’ll be receiving great care, I just can’t stand the thought of being away from her for so long.
  • She makes me laugh so often it’s ridiculous! She’s hysterical when she coughs, and I love to watch her sleep. When we burp her and she starts to fall asleep, sometimes she looks like a catfish … seriously! It’s so cute! And startle her – all four limbs flail around, and usually end up stopping suspended in the air!
  • I love laying on the couch with her while she sleeps. I hold her in my arm and wrap her up with my other arm; it’s so cozy!
  • Having children, in my mind, is what life is all about. There’s not a day that goes by now that I don’t reflect on just how blessed I am to have this miracle in my life. She means the world to both Justin and I, and now that she’s here, I can’t imagine life without her. Every day is a gift!
  • I’ve learned that no diaper bag is ever big enough for all the stuff one must carry around. My goodness!
  • Those little fingernails are SHARP, my friends!
  • Finding out that you’re allergic to penicillin after receiving to IV doses in the hospital is worse than natural childbirth. No joke.
  • For those of you who have asked, yes, I would do it all over again without an epidural. Yes, I know I’m crazy.
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  • I’m amazed at how motherhood just comes to you. I really knew little about these little people before Lily. I guess because there’s no choice, you just figure it out as you go. I thought it would be scarier and more difficult, but it’s been more like second nature and common sense. Yay!
  • I never thought I’d “wear” as much formula as I do. There’s no neatness to this job, and all organization goes right out the window. I feel like my head is spinning!
  • Oh, and I didn’t realize these little people are so time consuming! Days consist of feeding for an hour followed by an hour or so to get things done, just in time to feed again. Nights are the same hour long feedings with changing & settling, then hour and a half naps, give or take.
  • Speaking of which, in the past month, I’ve spent one night in bed. One night. The rest were spent mostly exclusively on the couch, while others were a mix of time in bed and time on the couch. I have yet to have a full night’s sleep, and I am admittedly terribly jealous of Justin’s full and peaceful nights.
  • I’ve been away from Lily three times in the past month – one trip to the grocery store while Justin stayed home with Lily, a ride in my dad’s new Camaro yesterday afternoon while my mom kept Lily, and a quick trip to pick up dinner this evening. All together, we’ve spent no more than an hour away from each other!

So those are some reflections from Lily’s first month here with us. It’s been such a wild ride, and while it wasn’t always easy, we’re finally settled into what feels like a “back to normal” life! We’ll keep you posted on her progress, and if you have any questions – ask! I hope to update with her new weight and length tomorrow, too! Yay!

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2 responses to “lily @ 1 month …

  1. Whats the best coping strategy to do a naturnal birth? I need advice. Bryn

    • Hi Bryn! Well, I just saw this comment … so I can’t offer advice because you’ve already survived a natural birth! Congrats! :0)

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