It’s hard to believe that our little girl is a month old.
I’m planning to write a post every month (like this one) with Amelia’s updates as I did with Mitchell, and am hoping to keep them all in a similar format, but let me know if I missed anything here that you want to see in future months.
In short, this has been the most joyous month for me. From the moment Amelia was placed on my chest, something shifted. I don’t know how to explain it, maybe you can relate, but from that split second things clicked as though she was always supposed to be here. The feeling was unexpected as going into the final weeks of pregnancy I worried about changing the dynamic of our family. Mitchell is the sweetest boy and we hit an amazing groove as a family just before I found out I was pregnant. He was old enough for long outings and we loved spending our free time on bike rides, walks or playing in the yard. Moreso, Mitchell and I have a very tight bond. He is all about momma and I live for him.
When Mitchell arrived at the hospital to meet Amelia, I was nervous and excited. Fortunately, I only had reason to be excited. The two are fast buds (ok, it is more on Mitchell’s side at this point).
Amelia has been an easier baby in every sense. Maybe because this is our second child, but this time things are easier, more relaxed and all around better. First, Amelia sleeps like a champ. Even better, she snuggles. Finally! Someone in my family will snuggle with me. And believe me, I am soaking in every second. We spent most of the first month skin-to-skin and it was perfection. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I am right where I need to be, which is saying a lot for a girl who doesn’t like to slow down.
Nursing has been going well. She feeds every two to three hours during the day, cluster feeds at night and then gives us one good long stretch of sleep. I am honestly not sure how we fell into this routine, but it works wonderfully. Broken sleep is the death of me (I do better with four straight hours than seven broken), so I feel beyond blessed.
The other big change with Amelia is we are not starting or stressing about a schedule. Maybe because she put herself on a loose one herself, but we’re going with the flow. Mitchell wasn’t into sleeping, so we tried to follow a popular scheduling structure for babies, which worked ok. To this day he is still not a sleeper. Amelia just does her own thing and that works for her and me so we go with it.
Amelia is super quiet and only cries when she is hungry or overly tired. Speaking of her disposition, Amelia is a sweet, content, happy baby. She smiles several times a day when she is awake and when she is falling asleep. I’m convinced sleeping is her favorite thing, ha!
When Amelia was born, I was blow away to have two blue-eyed babies. As someone who has very dark brown hair and eyes and comes from a family of such, I never imagined my children wouldn’t be brown dominant as well. While she has crystal blue eyes, her hair is still a bit of a mystery; sometimes it is blond, other times light brown, but we definitely see red highlights that are beautiful.
While most things have been wonderful, there have been some trying times. Mainly in managing our new dynamic. Mitchell has been wonderful with Amelia, but has pushed Phil and me a time or two. Funny enough, we have a difficult putting our three year old down, not the newborn. Who would have thought.
My Recovery: It was a lot easier than the first time! After about two weeks, I felt almost no pain which I wasn’t expecting at all. As far as my body goes, I still have 10 pounds to drop, but I’m not dieting until I stop breastfeeding. I haven’t done much in terms of exercise, just walks and some light, gentle stretching. I was just cleared on Wednesday at my four-week appointment to begin working out.
It’s funny how different this time is compared to my first baby. Confidence is part of it, sleep is another and Amelia being a calm baby has made for a shockingly slow, quiet and wonderful first month.
XXoo – BB