Well, this is two days late because we’ve had a fussy week and we were also just living life.
Heidi wrapped up her eight week developmental leap with her first round of vaccinations. 😦 She’s been hungrier the last week and crying more without much reason. Sometimes so loud and pitiful that my insides literally hurt and on one occasion I even cried with her. It’s been a little challenging as we’d gotten used to an always happy, smiling baby but as they say, “this too shall pass”. We know she’s growing and she just needs us there for comfort and support. Being a baby is hard sometimes!
This month I learned being a mom sometimes means feeding your baby in the backseat of your car in a parking lot on more than one occasion or while standing in a one stall bathroom. I also learned that babies need sunscreen for their sweet, fair skin.
The first month of her life we were getting to know her and learn her and it was a whirlwind. This second month I feel like we’re finally settling into being parents and getting the hang of things. I’ve noticed changes in her more now than in her first month.
Heidi is holding her head up and looking around like a champ. She’s cooing and smiling every day. She’s gripping things and becoming a little more fluid in her movement. She shows that she recognizes mommy and daddy; her smile could melt the coldest heart, I swear.
I retired her newborn clothes the other night. *tear* She’s still thin enough to fit them but too long! She’s taking after her auntie Sof.
Heidi also learned to breastfeed without a nipple shield (maybe TMI for some but it’s my blog and I want to document important things!). There was no transition; it was like something just clicked in her brain and she was able to latch without one. A huge step in our breastfeeding journey and one thing that I hope helps us get to the one year mark. I’ve also just started pumping to prepare for going back to the real world — it’s intriguing and cumbersome, to say the least.
I’ve met several other moms in our neighborhood this past month which has been great! We’ve done Friday play dates and weekday walks at the park. We’re going to get together with the dads in a few weeks at a brewery and also have a mommy’s night out. I’m so glad to connect with other moms nearby and for Heidi to have some friends to play with as she grows.
I’m going to be soaking up every last day of my maternity leave before I go back to work in two and a half weeks. I’ve truly enjoyed being home and snuggling with Heidi these last two months. It’s been so special in building our bond outside of the womb.
It’s crazy that she’s such a huge part of my life now and I’ve gotten so used to being with her that any short period I’m away from her I feel like I’m missing something. I know the time will come when I will beg for five minutes solo but for now I’m cherishing my mini sidekick.