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Six weeks, smiles, and hitting our stride.

Posted Oct 07 2012 8:51pm

I feel like you new moms are keeping something from me. So many blogs that I read happen to be written by moms with kiddos under the age of one. Being the new mom that I am, I’ve been stalking archives of said blogs to see what life was like when their babies were the same age as mine. Thing is, I’m stalking these blogs during the only free time I have; 3am during one of our many nighttime nursing sessions when I’m trying oh-so-desperately to stay awake. Thus, my question… how in the world are you new moms blogging everyday? When does this happen? HOW does this happen? I can barely find time to even brush my teeth before Hubs gets home from work.

At six weeks, we don’t have a schedule (eat at 9, nap at 11, etc) but we are getting in to more of a routine (nap, change diaper, play, eat, repeat.) She eats often, every 1 1/2 – 2 hours for about 35 minutes at a time, plus some quick snack sessions in between. Also, her naps are getting shorter and she’s staying awake for longer periods, which is fun because we get more time to play and explore. This also means that once she wakes up, I change a diaper, we play, then we eat, sometimes we play a little more, then she snacks and goes back to sleep…. and I have about 30-45 minutes before she’s up again. During this time, I scramble to eat something while simultaneously washing diaper laundry and trying to get a few things done around the house. Sometimes, I even make time to brush my hair or finally change out of my pajamas. Many a time, I’ve sat down, opened up my neglected MacBook, cranked out one sentence, and then had to scoop up a very awake little girl.

Seriously… how’d y’all find time to blog?

Right now, little girl and Hubs are having playtime on the living room floor while watching the Panthers game, so I’m taking a second to play catch up.

(Nope, nevermind. 45 second after writing that, she decided playtime was over, so I’m typing, very uncomfortably, over top of a nursing bebe.)

I missed out on writing a one month update (HOW does it fly by so fast?!) so today, I thought a six-week update would be fun.

During her second week, I remember how overwhelmed I felt with everything. Throughout pregnancy, I had all of these amazing, wonderful ideas in my head about how fantastically easy things would be. Breastfeeding would come so naturally and be a piece ‘o cake, I would instinctively know all of her cries and be able to quickly meet her needs, nighttime feedings would be all up to me and I would let hubs get a full nights rest since he works so hard for us.

(moms, I can hear you laughing.)

Um, yea… no. Lindsay, meet reality. Those first couple of weeks were challenging…

Whenever I finally get around to writing the birth story, I’ll get to tell you about being induced due to preeclampsia and IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction,) causing her to be low birth weight at 4lbs 7 ounces. This set us up for some breastfeeding hurdles that made me quickly realize that even though something is completely natural and normal, it’s not necessarily easy. During those really early weeks, friends kept telling me that it gets much easier around the 6 to 8 week mark. At the time, that seemed sooo far away. I didn’t want to wish time away, but, at the same time, I was excited to get to the point in which I knew her a little better and things would seem easier.

Time flies with a newborn; she turned six weeks old this weekend. And? Friends and the blogosphere were right – there’s something magical that happens during this time in which things seem a bit more normal. Our days are a bit more predictable, I can stay calm when she’s crying and (usually) figure out what she needs pretty quickly, and I’m now actually in love with breastfeeding (that journey is a whole ‘nother blog post in and of itself.) I’m still exhausted, but I feel like we’re starting to hit our stride with things.

If you follow me on twitter, you’ve most likely been rolling your eyes at the number of photos that I’ve been sharing in the past few weeks. I won’t apologize, I love capturing little parts of her day. ;)

Here’s what things have looked like on our way to six weeks:

At 3 1/2 weeks old, we had our first outing as a family. We went to Babies R Us :)

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We also had our first play date when Sara and Elena came to visit.

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At 4 weeks, cousins met for the first time when family was in to visit.
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Snuggling with Daddy became a favorite activity.

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The big news, though, is that we got our very first social smiles the day she turned 5 weeks old! {{squeeee!!}}

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Now, someone is very smiley when she wakes up in the morning :)

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So, that’s been life in the past few weeks. I already can’t remember life without her. <3

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