Two months that have been filled with this sweet bug. You guys, I always loathed reading about amazing babies who sleep and never cry or fuss and are made of sugar. But, here I am, joining the club. I know, I know, but when reading through my weekly notes that I write to Amelia and thinking back on our weeks, days and hours spent together it has been a dream.
Amelia is about the easiest, sweetest little bundle I’ve ever seen. The biggest milestone this month was the smile. Amelia will lay a huge gummy smile on you that is enough to send you to the moon. She gave her first smile at three weeks, but within the last month has started to cheese every day. She even coos and sticks out her tongue. Mitch thinks it is extra cool when she “talks” with him. She is totally smitten with Mitch.
This month Amelia really started to connect. She has stunning blue eyes that we didn’t see much of the first month (such a sleepy baby), but now they soak in everyone and everything. The sleep has subsided a bit, which means more wake time and play time. Well, as much play time as a wee one can participate in. Usually we play, blow bubbles, sing, read books or just watch Mitchell and Henry bounce around.
Speaking of, Amelia is completely smitten with Mitchell, and the feeling is mutual. Mitch starts and ends every day with a hug, two kisses followed by another hug for Amelia. Fortunately, there is zero competition between the two, although Mitchell has at times made comments of Mom and Amelia are not able to participate or join in on certain activities. Honestly, it breaks my heart. But, I am nursing Amelia and still soaking in the snuggles, so there is a lot of girl time.
This month I focused on finding a bit more balance with the kids. We love the Boppy pillow so Amelia can join us when we are playing in the back room, eating brunch or going another round of board games. Baby wearing is also an awesome option. I used a ring sling with Mitchell and just picked up the Moby, which I have given a few practice runs. My hope is to be able to wear her when the temperatures warm up and we can get out and explore!
Speaking of, we have been hibernating in a serious way. A newborn plus the winter vortex means days and days spent in doors. In some ways I love having my time to sit and snuggle, but it can also lead to cabin fever. While I wish it were a bit warmer for at least an afternoon walk, I’m leaning into this time of squishy goodness at home. We all had a short bout with a cold, Amelia included. Thankfully the doctor confirmed she had a common cold and nothing more.
Sleep is a question I receive quite often and let me say, I hate to give this answer, but it is going well. Amelia seems to know when it is bedtime and gives us two long stretches. I get up once with her to nurse and then we both go back to bed for a few more hours. During the day she’s been shortening her naps, but is more than content to sleep on me for hours on end, usually only an hour on her own. We’re trying to work on this as I round my last month of maternity leave. Oy.
My maternity leave has been a blessing, but I am a bit of an emotional mess when I think of heading back to work in a few weeks.
Moms, please share your experiences and advice!
Xxo – BB