End of January already?
It's hard to believe, but yes, it's true. Today is the last day of January 2015, and I don't know about you, but this month has blown by very quickly for me. It seems like only a few days ago I was in the hospital, recovering from a c-section when my daughter was born. Emelie Sophia was born. She was born on December 30, 2014, 6lbs 10oz, and 19.5 inches long. She is a very calm and serene baby, and she pretty much only cries when she needs something. She is a pretty good sleeper too, but it would be nice if she would decide to have her more awake and alert periods during the day, when I am also alert and awake! Oh well, such is the life of having a newborn!
On Tuesday she turned 4 weeks old, and she is currently at about 8.5lbs in weight. We had a little bit of a scare when on Wednesday, our paediatrician said she was worried about Emelie's smaller head size, as it can sometimes indicate slowness of development, but after having an ultrasound done on her brain, we know that nothing is wrong, and she is simply what I believed she was, right from the beginning.. a smaller baby. I mean afterall, I'm only 5'3 myself, and have never been a bigger person. If I was giving birth to 8 or 9lb babies, I would be worried! Emelie is simply keeping in with her mother's genetics, starting off small, and having slow, but steady growth that is just right for her.
Worries and sleep deprivation aside, it's been a busy month for me. Not only have I been getting used to having to care for a newborn all over again, but I've also had to take care of a lot of other things here at home. My office and bookshelves and filing cabinet were getting out of CONTROL, and my husband and I spent a couple days going through everything in our office, organizing, purging, and making my bookshelves more attractive, and better arranged. Andrew also needed to see his Ear-Nose-Throat specialist, as his ear tubes he had put in 1.5 years ago fell out, and he's been having trouble with ear infections again ever since. We are currently waiting to find out when his surgery date is. Recovering physically from my own surgery, the c-section, has also been a big priority this month.
So, I'm very proud of myself today, because I looked back over this month, and checked in with my goals and 100 Things to Do in 2015 list that I created, and was surprised to see how many things I was able to check off as completed! We purchased a minivan, since our car wasn't big enough to carry all 3 kids comfortably, we got Andrew full independent on the toilet (he's been potty trained for about a year and a half, but he still depended on us to clean him up after a #2, something he was actually capable of doing himself now), and I even achieved my reading goal for this month, above and beyond! My goal, since I have a new baby, is to read 1 book a month, but this month, I actually read 3, and I'm partway through a 4th book.
Which brings me to another point... I've been working off my 100 Things to Do list right now for the most part, since a lot of these goals are smaller and achievable with a baby around, and I've just about finished #49. 2 of the books I read this month were The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and I'm now partway through Mockingjay. I'm really proud of myself for making time for a pleasurable hobby, as it's sooo easy to completely forget about yourself or put your own desires on the back burner entirely when you have not just babies, but kids around too. I was really worried that I wouldn't have any downtime at all this first month, and I managed to squeeze some in. I will confess, a lot of my reading time was happening while Emelie was nursing with sleepy eyes, or while I was holding her as she slept, or was having some wiggle time at her gym or in her father's arms. But I did get it in, and that's what really makes me smile. I can remember not having much downtime when Andrew was this age, and how much it depleted me. I wanted to try really hard not to make the same mistake again.
The one person who I feel has suffered a lot though, is Andrew. My poor boy is going stir crazy from not being able to work off his energy most days, or getting outside. Recovering from a c-section has been tough, I'm not going to lie. For the first couple of weeks, simple things, like blowing my nose, sneezing or coughing, or even just getting in and out of bed were challenging, if not outright painful. I was basically ordered to be on bedrest when I could, with some gentle walking allowed in here and there, but basically in the house only. Andrew has dealt with it fairly well, considering, but there's only so many times he can watch the same shows, movies, or play Angry Birds before he gets BORED. I'm so glad that as of this week, I will be able to get outside more, and get him to the park or other places to work off all his energy. He doesn't really care much about being around the baby, he's not impressed that she doesn't interact much right now, but I think that will change when she starts becoming mobile, and he can do things with her. It's hard making the time to interact one-on-one with Andrew, because sometimes I want to push him to the side to do something that I like, but I do my best to connect with him too, even if it's a snuggle while I read, and he watches his show, like here:
Love that cheesy smile! Yes, it's been a balancing act for sure, keeping some time back for myself, and making time for them, but it's all worth it in the end! I hope my lack of activity on the blog hasn't been too disappointing for you guys, but I needed to recover and get used to things first! Hopefully after this, I'll be bringing you more blog posts, more often!
Hope everyone else's January went well, and that you are looking forward to the months to come like I am! Namaste!