Our newest addition is one month old and I can’t believe it. The past month has taken so long and has gone so quickly. Days have blurred into nights and back into sleepy mornings.
I’m slowly getting the hang of this mama of two thing. The key word is SLOWLY. I have moments of feeling like I’ve got this, I can do it. Then, the next minute comes and brings with it doubt and overwhelm.
I’ll get there, I know. For now, I’m doing my best to soak up with sweet, slow moments of newborn snuggles and being the most important person to my two favorite people in the whole world.
Here’s what we’ve been up to for the past 4 weeks…
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(How cute is this monthly milestone blanket? LOVE.)
These Milestone cards (c/o) are just too adorable.
Harper was a horrible sleeper, and I’m pretty sure I’m still scarred from those early months. Comparatively, this one is a champ. She starts the night with her longest stretch, which is usually about 3 hours. From then, it’s a toss up. Sometimes she sleeps for a couple of hours, but most of the time I’m lucky to get 1 hour out of her. I just keep repeating to myself: “It gets better. It gets better.”
I knew I wanted to breastfeed again, because overall it was a good experience with Harper. (You can read about those adventures here and here.) This time, it came easier because I knew what I was doing. Sure, I still had the sore and cracked nipples and a bout at mastitis around 3 weeks, but having been there before, I know it gets better. She’s nursing A LOT – about every 1-3 hours. These early months are the hardest part for sure.
I was worried how Harper would react to another little human entering our family, but she’s been such a sweet big sister. She loves to give the baby hugs and “pet” her head. Sure, she can get a bit too lovey and sometimes she puts stickers on the baby, but it warms my heart to see my two girls together.
We haven’t gotten into much of a routine yet, but I’m not stressing about it. I know it’ll come, in a couple of months (or 6). I’m trying to put tasks aside and savor these sweet snuggles. She wants to be held constantly and I love it. The dishes can wait. My mom has been here which has been a HUGE help, too.
Dock A Tot (c/o) – Hands down the best new find yet. It’s like a sweet little nest for my baby girl, and she will snooze in it at night, which makes this tired mama very happy.
Carrier – This is by far my favorite structured carrier. It’s easy to put on and doesn’t have a lot of confusing bells and whistles. Getting stuff done while holding a baby is almost impossible, so this allows me to have both of my hands (so I can wrangle the toddler, too).
Bathtub – We used this Harper, too. It cradles that little baby bum and makes them feel nice and safe so they can (hopefully) enjoy bath. Our girl is still teeny tiny, so I need to hold her while I bathe her in it.
Swaddle – I still haven’t mastered the swaddle and this one comes to my rescue. It’s foolproof, which is pretty amazing in the middle of the night when I can’t even remember my name, much less how to do baby blanket origami.
Aden + Anais Dream Blanket – This is the coziest blanket ever. It’s thicker and cozier than their muslin swaddle blankets (which we also love). A definite must have and perfect as a stroller or car seat blanket.