Thursday, October 3, 2013
If there's one thing I learned from Elle, it's that time goes by way too quickly. I can't believe that a month has already gone by since we welcomed Evie into the world and our family. Although on the other hand I can't believe it's only been a month as it feels like so long ago that we went to the hospital for her arrival.
While I've been terrible at recordkeeping the past year, I've loved being able to look back at the monthly updates that I wrote for Elle and I've promised myself that I would do the same for Evie. Though I think that almost everything that I wrote in Elle's one month update could certainly be said for Evie--with a few exceptions. I know I'm a few days late, but here we are at one month.
Evie is such an easy and laid back baby. Except for a few days here and there, she sleeps quite a bit--especially if she's being held. Which I have to admit I've allowed myself to do quite often. There isn't anything sweeter than a baby sleeping on your chest. I haven't attempted to give her a nap in her crib yet--most times she sleeps in the swing or in her rock n play.
Around two weeks old I swear she started smiling. Ok, so it might have been gas but I'm just going to go ahead and say she's been smiling since two weeks old. Now she is smiling more and more and even cooing a little bit.
Evie doesn't like her baths and I don't really like them either. I forgot how clumsy it is bathing a baby, especially in the awkward baby bath. It'll be so much easier when she's not a bobble head anymore.
She has the same dark, thick hair that Elle had and it even sticks up in the same exact spot on the right side of her head. Evie's hair has a bit of curl to it, especially right after her bath. She has a light pink "angel kiss" above her eye and her eyelashes are starting to really lengthen. Right now her eyes are royal blue and so beautiful.
When Evie yawns she unfurls her tongue and exhales a tiny little rawr. I think she's part cat.
She sometimes sleeps with her eyes open. This freaks me out to no end and it makes it difficult to tell if she's actually sleeping or not. My favorite is when she laughs in her sleep. My least favorite is her grunting.
Evie was grunting so much in her sleep at night that we finally moved her to our bedroom closet at three weeks (don't worry--it's a ventilated walk-in). Before we moved her I was waking up quite frequently and nursing her before she was ready. Now I'm sleeping a little bit more and we usually get up every four hours (twice a night). Wish we were getting one longer stretch but she has yet to keep us up all night so I'll take it...
Honestly we haven't gotten into a true routine yet--not quite like I had with Elle. Maybe this is because I'm letting myself go with the flow a bit more than I did with Elle? Most mornings we go for a walk now that it's a little bit cooler. Some days it seems Evie sleeps all day, sometimes naps are harder to come by. We just take each day as it comes.
We had quite the scare a few days shy of four weeks. Evie was running a fever so I had Scott take her to the urgent care clinic that night when she was acting out of sorts. Because her fever was high the clinic sent Scott to the ER where they had to run ever test under the sun since she was under 30 days. And she was admitted until her test cultures came back. We were in the hospital for 36 hours--her initial birth stay was only 24 hours. She ended up having viral meningitis but seeing poor Evie so sick was one of the most heartbreaking thing I have experienced as a mother. Talk about fierce love.
And to answer your question, Elle is still currently in full-time preschool. We didn't feel like it was fair to disrupt her routine when so many other things were changing. She's adjusted better than I expected her to, but she still has some moments where she doesn't want to have anything to do with me, especially if I am holding Evie. But then there are other times when she does want to sit with me (mostly while I am nursing) and wants to hold Evie. I know it's just a matter of time but that little bit of tug that I'm feeling has been difficult. It'll especially get easier once Evie does more than just make noise (as Elle calls it).
And mommy? Emotionally much better than the first time around. I've had two or three days with the occasional tear but for the most part life has just had to march on. But holy cow are things busy--especially in the evenings when Elle is home. I'm usually nursing Evie around the time that Elle comes home and then I make dinner. After dinner we clean up and get Elle ready for bed. Elle and I read stories and sing songs while Scott takes Evie. Then it's usually time to nurse Evie again. So exhausting! But otherwise I haven't given those baby blues a second thought.
I know that can't possibly be all, but those are the highlights. Evie is an incredibly sweet baby and I'm hoping that her laid back demeanor stays. I definitely think she'll need to be a low key and flexible babe to hang in our nonstop household. I'm so glad that she's here and part of our family.
Very much in love...