Wow – my baby girl is one month already. The past month has been a blur. One that was full of many magical and happy moments, as well as some challenging times. However those challenging times are to be anticipated when you are a new parent. Even if this is a subsequent child. Each baby is so different. It’s all a learning process.
I took the month after Everly’s birth to bond and rest. I would be lying if i said I didn’t enjoy every moment of it.
During the first few weeks after her birth, I was faced with some trying times when we learned that Everly was going through a bout failure to thrive. This found me nursing around the clock, and when I wasn’t nursing I was pumping and supplementing expressed breast milk by a tube and syringe at the breast. This wasn’t the first issue surrounding feeding to arise. While Everly had such an interesting in breastfeeding, she also had a tiny teeny mouth given her petite size. During that first week and a half after Everly’s birth breastfeeding felt almost like a carnivorous event… the end result would leaving her and I both covered in blood.
I will be forever thankful for my wonderful midwife, Lauren, who has been there for me and has kept me motivated. Honestly, I had been feeling so discouraged during those first few weeks. I probably would have just given up breastfeeding altogether had it not been for Lauren, her amazing support, and words of confidence. She has definitely been my rock not only throughout pregnancy, but also my postpartum recovery.
I can now happily say that Everly is finally above her birth weight, weighing in at 6lbs 12oz. While we are still not out of the woods yet, I would like think we are taking step in the right direction.
I find myself getting teary often when I stare at Everly. Not out of sadness, but out of amazement and happiness. I still don’t think that after trying to conceive for 18 months that it has really sunk in that my baby is finally here and in my arms. She was wanted so very badly, and fills a gap in our family that I don’t think anyone ever realized was missing.
It always amazes me how much a newborn can change through growth and development during the first month. Everly is a huge cuddle bug. If she had her way she would be in my arms 24/7. She is not a fan of the bassinet and sleeps on my chest most nights. Not that we get much sleep, Everly is a night owl. She loves to kick off the day at 4AM. It was exhausting at first, but my body is now adjusting to my new found wake-up time. I simply make up for it by going to bed earlier. Coffee is a staple too! Preferably if it is served in a vat or administered through intravenous.
Everly is every ounce of perfection, and a fairly easy going baby overall. My husband and I are head over heels with this wee bundle. It is safe to say she has a wrapped around her itty bitty little fingers.
This month marks the start of some milestone occasions, including our 7 year wedding anniversary and Easter. It will be interesting to see how Everly copes on her first road trip and holiday with the family. Life is a journey, and I can’t wait to see how our story unravels this month.