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It feels like Presley has been here for more than two weeks. Life before her seems so long ago. She has already changed so much. She has grown in size and strength as well as spunk. I think we have a lively little one on our hands! We've spent so much time looking at her, talking to her, and laughing hysterically at her perfectly-timed reactions to things we know she doesn't comprehend. Her scent is my happy drug. This wee being is filling up some very large space in our hearts. What I love most is how in tune she seems to be whenever her dad speaks to her. I know that mothers and babies have a special bond, but I can tell she feels safe in his hands. Those two are going to be so close. I just know it.
We are adjusting and creating a new normal at home. My wonderful parents were here to bask in the joy of their granddaughter and help out during her first week, but now it's back to "just us." We do the hand-off in the mornings to take showers and get ready for the day. (Let's be honest. Sometimes it's not until the afternoon.) I've been tracking Presley's feedings and diaper changes with an app on my phone so that we can try to establish some sort of anticipated "schedule" (I use that term very loosely!) when I transition back to work. Sometimes adjusting can be difficult. It's hard deciphering "hungry fussy" from "gassy fussy," and it is never easy getting up in the middle of the night to change a diaper and breastfeed her (and then change a diaper again). But no matter how foreign this new life can still feel sometimes, I look at her, and I fall in love with this new role I'm learning to fill. I get to be her mom!
Mama friends, do you have any advice about the first weeks or months that you wish someone had told you?