Dare I say that Mondays are one of her better days? She usually let’s me sleep in for three hours (after a long early morning shift). Because I get to sleep in, I take her out and about, making her less of a grump in the afternoon. We’ll see if I can get another good day out of her this week. Fingers crossed!
Seeing Colic Through Perspectales
Yesterday, our littlest love’s colic started to show. I had prayed throughout my whole pregnancy that the nugget would be colic-free. Colic is one of the biggest tests of parenthood, especially when you’re sleep deprived.
After trying for a couple of hours to soothe the crying nugget, I gave up. I was just too tired. I just put her on my chest and told her that we both had to rest. As tears rolled down my face and I felt all alone (because my Hubster was at work), I tried to think of good things.
There are so many good things to be thankful for. I am thankful
that my baby was healthy
that I was able to carry my own baby in my belly
that getting pregnant wasn’t hard for us.
Being able to carry my own babies in my belly then in my own arms is such a privilege. It’s a privilege not granted to all.
Thank goodness for Perspectales!
Our seventh wedding anniversary is around the corner. I love that he still holds my hand.
We’re up to our ears in toddler tantrums and newborn crying fits. Couple that with a major lack of sleep, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, especially when I’m alone.
Then, we take our girls out or our friends come over. It’s so humbling to watch how much everyone loves them. Suddenly, everything is put back into perspective. Our kiddos really are amazing. I am so lucky to be their mom.
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.