Wednesday, May 25, 2011
How? How How How is my baby girl already one month old? Yesterday I was packing up Elle's newborn clothes and I might have cried a little. I wasn't really looking forward to the newborn stage--probably because I'm so used to being around my two year old niece who is a riot and full of personality--but I've really loved it. And looking back at these pictures, she really hasn't grown as much as I thought she has. Just getting a little chunk here and there and growing lengthwise.
The saddest part to me about Elle growing so quickly is how I know my memory is eventually going to fail me. My mom was over the other day and I asked her, "How do you remember everything?" and she said you don't.
When Elle is just falling asleep she sleeps with her eyes open. She smiles and then laughs and then frowns and then closes her eyes. Repeat.
She frequently puts her right hand up to her face (like in the picture with her and Scott) like she's saying "Talk to the hand."
She'll purse her lips when she's awake and make the smallest little O mouth.
She also grunts in her sleep and keeps me up half the night and often has an upset stomach during the day and sometimes evening. I'm not sure if she's colicky yet but it's kind of looking that way. Definitely full of gas!
She cried her first two baths but has been calm during every one since then.
Her hair is insane. No matter how much I try to brush it down it sticks straight up on one side of her head.
Elle loves going for walks and usually passes out as soon as we leave the driveway. There have been a few times where I got to the halfway point and she screamed the entire way home. What can you do?
Afternoons are the toughest for her. Not sure if this is because of what I'm eating during the day or because she's colicky. Probably both.
Many nights, though, she sleeps for a five hour stretch. Definitely helps me as I'm finding I'm not a very good napper during the day. And I could kick the next person who says "sleep when your baby does." If your baby doesn't sleep that's not always possible. ;)
She's definitely more alert during the day and I've been trying to read to her and sing to her. Good thing she doesn't have a very discerning ear!
Mommyhood has certainly been very different than I expected. For some reason I thought that she'd sleep all the time and I'd be able to get X, Y, and Z done during the day while on my maternity leave. I'm beginning to realize that the best I can do is steal moments here and there. Just because she napped yesterday doesn't mean she will today.
The first two weeks were certainly the most difficult. The second and part of the third week I cried. A lot. I was tired and when Elle had a stomachache (which was a lot), I didn't know what to do with her or how to calm my own nerves when she was screaming. I'm hoping we're moving past that and her stomach is getting stronger, but what a world of difference a few hours of sleep in a row can do! Like a whole new person.
Anyway...you don't care about all that...
So, of the thousand of pictures I've taken in the past 30 days...