Mommyhood Part 2
Our hospital stay was really sweet. We got to see several nurses that were there when our Monkey was born. Most of them remembered us and were happy to see us. (Gosh, it really wasn’t that long ago.) Because they knew we already had one munchkin, the nurses in the mother-infant unit allowed us a lot more time to ourselves. They just came in to do our vitals and take our pea pod to get her tests done. It allowed for way more cuddle time.
Instead of attempting to breast feed, we formula fed our pea pod from the beginning. For many reasons, formula feeding works best for our family. We are so lucky that the pea pod took to the bottle. Because we are able to get her feeding well from the very first day, we didn’t have a jaundice problem like we did with her big sister. No light table. Quick discharge. Yay!
That’s not a typo. After reading Happiest Baby on the Block, we have a better understanding of our pea pod’s fourth trimester. We’ve been giving her a lot of snuggles. When we’re out and about, she’s snuggled up in a sling. At home, she’s usually cuddling in someone’s arms or on someone’s chest. We’re also feeding her on demand rather than setting a schedule. She seems to be a happy camper.
Life with Two
Making sure that both girls get enough attention has been my struggle. I know that we’re doing our best, but there’s always that concern. The little pea pod will be independent before we know it. The girls will eventually be entertaining each other. I’m so looking forward to those days when they’re giggling with each other.
One of my favorite things about being a mom is the way my heartbeat comforts my girls. When they’re flustered, I hold them close to my chest and rub their backs. They instantly calm down. As soon as they’re calm, I look down at them and can’t believe these amazing girls grew inside of me. My heartbeat was the lullaby that soothes then before they ever entered the world. The universe is wonderful!
All of my teacher friends are heading back into their classrooms and making their rooms gorgeous. It’s a fun time of year. There’s a great energy on campus. Everyone has their summer glow. Time to catch up with colleagues about their travel adventures. Opening all of the new supplies. Multiple trips to the workroom for paint and construction paper. I love this time of year! I’m so glad to say that my favorite teacher friends have all landed jobs that they’re excited about! I have my fingers crossed that this will be a fun year for everyone! Good luck, girls!
Photo above is our Monkey helping me get my room ready last year. Gosh, she’s cute!
I had one of those magical mommy moments this morning. Monkey woke up a little before five o’clock again. She bumped her noggin on the door as she asked for us. I checked on her and brought her to our room.
After some milk, she curled into me. We were nose to nose. I closed my eyes for a second. When I peeked to see if she was sleeping, she looked right at me. Then, smiled. Her glowing sweet smile. I closed my eyes again. I peeked again. Another wonderful smile. Her smile grew when I smiled and giggled with her. It’s these moments that I need to hold onto forever.
How cute is she in the throwback picture above?
These two pregnancies have been totally different in so many ways. For example, we had fewer ultrasounds this time around than with our first munchkin. We wondered for the longest time why that was so. We had always looked forward to our ultrasound appointments. We just assumed that things may have changed with our insurance and what it covers. Insurance policies are always changing.
It turned out our first munchkin was growing a bit slower, which explained why she was so wee when she came out. She was healthy in the belly, but she was just on the small side of the spectrum. Our doctors didn’t see it as a critical issue, so they didn’t worry us.
Near the end of our last pregnancy, the Monkey’s fluid was low. We even had to do an extra stress test the same week she came. It turned out that her fluid level was “critical,” which is why we had to induce her at 37 weeks instead of 38 weeks. Our doctors were totally calm and just treated it as business as usual. Not in an uncaring kind of way. Instead, they kept calm, so we could stay calm.
In the end, we had a lovely healthy baby girl. They were totally right. There were some hiccups but everything was going to be okay.