Monday, August 3, 2015

We Have A One Month Old!

A month ago, the nurse told me that each day would get easier even if I couldn't see it day by day, and I am thankful to admit she was right. I've cried more days than not, and felt like I must be doing everything wrong more than I'd like to admit, but I feel like we've come so far since then that I'm slowly forgetting the root of all of the fears and 'baby blues'. As my love for her grows, everything seems to have begun falling into place and I can now have more of a sense of humor about all the ups and downs. Yep, love, a sense of humor, and savoring the little things seem to be the key. Here are some of the little things:

+ Her eyes have begun to lighten.

+ Loves to sleep on us, but especially Daddy.

+ I love that I can calm her by simply putting my hand on her chest. It's funny that I've been doing that to her daddy for years. Proof that he's trained me for motherhood well.

+ Tried to get her on a schedule, but she showed us who's boss. For now, we are just thankful she can sleep up to 5-6 hours at a time at night. Doc said let her sleep, so that's what we are doing even if it does mean changing the sheets.

+ She is strong, which she showed by almost ejecting herself out of the bucket during the newborn photos, and she's only gotten stronger since. Every time she holds her head up it blows my mind, and we love tummy time for more practice...even if sometimes her strength is fueled because she is mad I woke her up for tummy time. Sorry Charlie! Pun intended.

+ We can't believe she's already grown out of the Newborn Swaddles, hats, socks, and is even too long for some of the onesies. Speaking of the swaddles, she's also an escape artist and can get out of them no matter how good we swaddle her. This kind of defeats the purpose when she spends all night fighting them, but it still seems to be better than her flailing her arms around. I'd love any insight on this from other parents of escape artists.

I had actually posted a one month photo last week because I was going by weeks, but as Will kindly pointed out- we now have to go by months. Even worse...eventually we have to go by years. I know this is common sense, but I'm beginning to realize how fast time is going to fly and I don't like it one bit. Sure, there are days when I look forward to taking her to Disney World, school recitals, and getting to re-experience life with her, but I know that when those days come I'll be desperate for the memories of late night snuggles during feedings, her little fingers wrapped around mine, and yes...even the laughter caused when diaper changes go wrong. Charleston are a pretty cool chick so far. Keep it up.


P!nky said...

One month, my goodness how incredibly amazing. Charlie is so adorable and growing so fast. How sweet your hand can calm her just like it calms daddy :)! Babies sure know how to throw their weight around and show everyone who's boss. Love all your updates, mama! Rock it out this Monday, xoxo!

Alana Livingston said...

So sweet! She is getting so big! I think she's going to be tall like her daddy at this rate! We used to have to buy night time diapers for our foster babies or get a diaper insert (almost like a pad) so their diapers wouldn't leak overnight.

Nikki said...

Oh my she is 1 month already! Crazy!

We used to have the same issue with the swaddle so we wound up just giving up the swaddle completly and #babybigtruck seemed fine with it. Also, we tried to put her on a schedule but like Charlie she was not having it so we just kinda let her put herself on a schedule andd called it a day and it worked out perfectly! Follow that mama intuition and you will be just fine!! You are doing great! She is gorgeous!

Jen said...

1 month old already?! It seems as though you are all settling in nicely, she is so darn cute. :)

Pamela said...

I can't believe she is one month already!!!

Curly Girl Confessions said...

She's so stinkin' cute! Glad each day is getting easier as well as better. Try a sleep sack! Like Halo Sleep Sack or the Magic Suit. Our little was an escape artist around this time as well and the sleep sack was perfect. You are able to buy different fabrics too to accommodate her temperature (IE: is she old or hot more often)

Helene in Between said...

I CANNOT believe it's already been one month! she is beautiful, just like her momma!

Cece @Mahogany Drive said...

weeks, months, years....the joy of time. Enjoy these precious moments and glad that your mama instincts are kicking in. Mama knows best! Don't ever doubt it.

Mandie said...

I just cannot believe how big she's getting already! A month, she's a month. Eeek! Seems like she's keeping life interesting & that's just what they do, you'll never have a dull moment again. :)

Mandie ~

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

What a cutie! I'm sure she's just going to keep on surprising you!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Solid first month. Strong girls rock!

Rach said...

A month old already! She is such a cutie. :) And sleeping 5-6 hours at night - that's awesome! Hopefully she'll continue to be a good sleeper for you guys and just get better! :)

Hooray for her being such a strong girl!

Amanda said...

Can't believe she is one month already! I second the sleep sacks. We never used them with Grace, but I have many friends that have had great luck with them. Grace hated her arms being swaddled, so we just swaddled her from the chest down at night. Keep doing what you are doing mama, it's working!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it's been a month already! Time goes by so damn quickly! Hugs!

Team O'Connor said...

When do I get to see the pics from her newborn session?! Also, Jo, Hannah and I are working on a girl brunch or dinner this weekend or next. Tell Will he is babysitting ;)

Kathryn B said...

Wow! I cannot believe she is a month old already!!!! We never swaddled our kids so, I'm sorry I have no insight for you, except to try and not swaddle her arms and just her lower body?

Kelly said...

So, so cute!

xx Kelly
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