Born February 13, 2016 at 8:20am. Happy and Healthy and the love of our lives!
It took a while for us to get to know each other and how we worked together as a growing family. When we got home all three of us just looked at each other not knowing exactly what to do. Luckily Madelyn was (and still is) an amazingly easy and happy baby. She made it quite a bit easier to adjust to parenthood for both James and I. We were fortunate to have family come and help us for the first few weeks. After that James went back to work and Madelyn and I were home trying to fend for ourselves. We did eventually get the hang of things but the first month was pretty hard! I was scared to go anywhere with her because I didn’t know what to do if she cried in public or my gosh! What was I to do if she had a dirty diaper in the store or god forbid if she got hungry!! (Good thing my mom was here and she helped me navigate my first Target trip, grocery store run, and both of my parents were here for our first dining out experience.)
The first few weeks were pretty rough–Sleeping was not happening (of course), I was truthfully having a very hard time having something NEED and depend on me 24/7, and nursing was turning out to be a nightmare! I always thought nursing was one of those things that both mom and baby would be able to do naturally. Man was I wrong! I was blistering, cracking, and by day 5ish (I say -ish, because I really don’t remember and had no sense of time at that point.) by day 5ish I was crying every time she needed to nurse and she was crying because she was upset because I was pulling her away from me because it hurt so badly. My mom may have even shed a tear or two and James felt so bad for both of us. Luckily the hospital I went to has two AMAZING, LIFESAVING lactation specialists who helped me immensely! If my mom had not convinced me to go see them over the first few weeks, I would have stopped nursing. After seeing them it was a night and day difference! Oh and by the way, when people say all modesty goes out the window after having a baby is 100% true! Before having Madelyn and people told me this I thought-Ha right! There is no way I am going to whip my boob out in front of people, I will never change in public, ect. Well coming from the most modest person on the planet, I can tell you, after having a baby you seriously do not care!
The first month was very challenging, but it was a great experience.
I We had many meltdowns, sleepless nights, a momentary thought of MY GOD WHAT DID I DO, and so many fun memories, and exciting changes that all three of us went through! I would not change anything, I was totally in love with my daughter the instant she arrived and nothing could ever change that!
One Month Old!!
My in laws arrived just before Madelyn turned one month old. They were very helpful and we enjoyed them coming to meet her! Having family around has been a lot of fun!
Madelyn slept through the night for the first time at 6 weeks old. I was terrified when I woke up in the morning and realized that I didn’t get up to feed or change her at all the night before. I ran into her room and probably scared Madelyn to death by picking her up so quickly to make sure she was alright. Madelyn and I also started getting the hang of things! I was also realized that I will not die if I take Madelyn out in public. Take a deep breath–It’s ok if she cries, she will poop, and probably will eventually need to be fed while in public. No worries! I figured it all out! I could change and feed her in the car and yes, she will cry in public at some point. I started going to a moms group which includes my boss, her best friend, and another very nice girl! They were quite excited when I started to come along with them because they all have little boys! We hang out for a few hours each week, going for a hike, coffee shops, pie cafe’s, ect. and talk mom talk. Turns out mom talk is quite hilarious!
Two Months Old!
The smiles started in March and have not stopped since! Madelyn also started to coo! It was so cute. Both James and I fell in love with her noises. At this point I could not ever imagine my life without our beautifully perfect little girl! It also started to blow my mind, we were in the swing of things and I was able to take care of Madelyn, go grocery shopping, clean the house, and do the laundry! It’s the small things–I was thrilled every time I got the laundry done and dinner done in the same day. Who I am I kidding!? I am STILL thrilled if I get those things done on the same day!
Hike with my moms group. I am not opposed to breast feeding in public, but I personally don’t feel comfortable with it. However during our hike Madelyn decided she was hungry and when Madelyn gets hungry, she GETS HUNGRY! So I broke it all out and fed her. Luckily I had my awesome support system there to hang out with me. These cute kiddos ranged from 6.5 to 8 months, while Madelyn was a small 2.5 months old when this picture was taken.
Three Months Old!
Oh my gosh! I know I am bias, but isn’t she adorable! I think she is the cutest thing on the planet! At this point Madelyn would go to sleep around 9:30pm and get up around 7:30am. She would get up once a night most nights, but we still had some of the up at all hours of the night. I also started working again. Luckily I was able to go back to work part time–2.5 days. It’s perfect! Madelyn is also going to the best daycare we could have every asked for! I couldn’t be happier! Month three was a big month for us! Madelyn laughed! A real, happy, full belly laugh! James and I were fortunate enough to be together for her first full belly laugh. We were laughing with her. It was so cute! Now I try to make her laugh all the time; it only works 50% of the time but I make funny faces and noises 100% of the time! At the very end of month three Madelyn also started to roll over! One night she was pushed up on her elbows, head high up in the air and all of a sudden she was on her back, looking up at me, smiling! She then very quickly started rolling over from her back to stomach. Now every time she is on her back she ends up on her stomach looking around! She is so very active and we are enjoying watching her grow up so quickly!
First family hike on my 29th birthday!!
Four Months Old!
WOW! I can not believe that our little girl is four months old already! She is so big and active! We had our 4 month doctors visit and she is 11 pounds 12 ounces (6% on growth charts) and 24 inches long (27% on growth charts). She also had her second round of shots. She is rolling over both directions, getting those little knees up under her hips and trying to claw her way along the floor, and she is spinning around in a circle on her back and stomach. This month I can honestly say it feels like she has always been with us. Neither of us could imagine life without her. We are so thankful that she is healthy and happy! We can not wait for her next set of milestones!!