It has been awhile because. . .well. . .newborn life! But, I finally have a moment to sit down and introduce you to Lucy.
Lucy was born at 39 weeks 4 days. Labor was quick, 4-5 hours from the time I started to question if it was go time to the time she was born. She came out a pound heavier than Austin and 1/2 inch longer. The difference that last month makes is huge. Only a few people in the room (no NICU team); I got to do skin to skin immediately; she started rooting and nursing as soon as she was on my chest and let me tell you, her latch and suck are strong. It was such a different experience but one I am glad I had.
Now 10 days old, we are adjusting well to our new life. Lucy is a champion eater. I have to wake her to eat, because she also likes her sleep (can you blame her? She clearly has her priorities straight). But, after our most recent doctors appointment she had gained 9 oz in 4 days, and the doctor was impressed. He told me I no longer have to worry about waking her to eat, especially at night. During the day, I do wake her for my own personal relief, plus I want to make sure she keeps her days and nights straight. At night I let her sleep. She will sleep a solid 4 hours usually from 12:30 – 4:30. After that it is a little more typical newborn. She is restless and wakes more frequently until 8. Honestly, that is more than I could have hoped for and it’s amazing how rested you can feel on 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. That doesn’t mean that I don’t take advantage of afternoon nap time and enjoy a nap while Austin and Lucy sleep.
Austin is completely smitten with his little sister which is such a relief. He will point her out and check on her throughout the day, share his toys, food and pretty much anything else he finds with her, and gives her a kiss goodnight before bed. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been an adjustment for us all though. He has had a few emotional days, but it isn’t directed at her, more me and Aaron. He cries a lot more and gets pretty fussy, but I think it’s just his way of coping and expressing or releasing his feelings (I’ve been that way the last 2 weeks as well, so he comes by it honestly).
Today is my first day alone and so far it has gone smoother than I thought. I have been lucky to have my husband home for the first week, and then this week was my mom is on spring break from school and came up for a couple of days to help. The anticipation of being on my own was probably worse than actually being in the moment and living it. Now that I am here, just me and 2 kids under 2, I feel much more confident. Getting back into a daily schedule Meet Lucyand finding our new routine is exactly what both Austin and I needed. It feels good to be going about our day like we did when I was pregnant, we just have added another little human to the mix.
So, here begins my new journey as a mom to 2 kiddos, 2 years apart.
Now it’s time for my afternoon nap.