I know I say this every week, but I can’t believe you’re three weeks old right now! We have had you for three whole weeks!
I looked at pictures of you when you were first born today and oh my gosh have you changed already. It’s hard for me to notice so much when I’m around you all the time, but that was a reality check… time is passing too fast. When I was pregnant at the end, time crawled by as I waited for your arrival, but now I feel like it’s spinning out of control.
I must admit that I took being pregnant for granted. I didn’t enjoy it near as much as I should have. I feel a little nostalgic that it just ended. I was in this condition for nine months and just like that, it’s over. I couldn’t be happier that you’re here, but I miss being pregnant occasionally too. I loved feeling you inside me and knowing that you were as happy as a little clam in there made me happy too. Now, I constantly find myself wondering if you like this new life or if you wish you were still back in the womb. I hope that you are happy here with your daddy and I. We try to make you as happy as we know how!
You are continuing to develop so rapidly. You can now hold your head up yourself for quite a while which means your neck control is doing great. I don’t have to hold your head near as carefully as I did when you were just born. You are so strong in your body too! I feel like sometimes when I’m holding you that you just want to jump out of my arms and start crawling on your own. I have a feeling your independence will be very important to you, so I better soak up your dependence on me now. You have a really strong grip in your hands also.
This week we started doing more tummy time with you. At first you didn’t like it so much, but by the end of the week, you could lift your head up and you will stay on your tummy for about 1-2 minutes. You try really hard to roll yourself over and have almost made it a few times. We brought out the activity gym this week and you are mesmerized by all the colors and shapes. By the end of the week, you started to try to grasp things and move things too. I tried to read to you one time after a feeding, but you had a tummy ache, so we nixed that early. Maybe next week, we’ll have better success.
You and I went on our first outing alone this week to a breastfeeding support group with a lactation consultant. We aren’t really having any problems, but I thought it might be helpful and I wanted to make sure you were getting enough milk from me. It turns out that you ate 2 ounces there, which is acceptable. I think you hit a growth spurt for a couple of days in the middle of the week because during the day we were eating about every 1.5-2 hours. Then at the end of the week, you ate a little less and could go about every 3 hours during the day and 4 hours at night. Mommy got a little more sleep this week! We went for a weight check to the pediatrician’s office and you gained 3 ounces in six days, which is right on par. They say babies at this age are supposed to gain 0.5 ounces each day. You weigh a total of 8 lbs. 7 ounces now. This is the biggest thing that you and mommy work together on.
You are also continuing to develop your personality more and more each day. You are awake much more than you were a couple weeks ago and definitely know what you like. If I hold you in a position you don’t like, you let me know. I have learned your cries for the most part and can usually figure out exactly what you need.
You are such a good baby! You only cry when you need something or have a tummy ache. I’m so grateful that you aren’t colicky (yet). I love looking at you everytime I do. When we are in the car or someone else is holding you for a while, I find myself missing you. I absolutely love your facial expressions, especially the ones you make when you are waking up. You love to stretch your body from your feet all the way up to your eyes!
Your Aunt Brittany was in town for work this week, so she came back at the end of the week and spent more time with you. She can’t get enough of you! We watched NCAA basketball for two straight days. It was a great time and we did lots of bonding.
As a family of three, we are continuing to figure out how to make things work. Since you are sleeping more at night, mommy is feeling much more rested and I’m getting used to this whole mommy thing. It will be nice this week to live life just the three of us (and Otis) to explore how real life will actually be.
I keep feeling better everyday for the most part. I’m much less sore down there now and my energy is slowly coming back. I am still ultra unproductive in the real world, but, Aiden, you and I are working hard to keep you growing and learning the world. I’m trying to teach you to trust me and that I love you so that takes a lot of our time. I’m hoping this next week, I’ll tackle my neverending email inbox, possibly network a little bit for Denver Acupuncture and Wellness and start walking a little bit. The weather has been either extremely windy or blizzardy, so I haven’t walked much other than the day our family went to the dog park. Next week is supposed to be nicer though. I’ve had intermittent lower back soreness since delivery, but I feel like it’s getting better now. I’ve still been giving myself acupuncture very frequently (about 4-5 times a week). I think that’s been helping a ton. I found myself having headaches a few days this week, which I contribute to the wind (allergies) and dehydration. It’s so hard to stay hydrated when we are feeding all day because I don’t have an extra hand. I swear moms need three hands!
While there has been some trying times in the past three weeks from an unmedicated delivery to recovery for myself to learning to get by on less sleep, these have been the best three weeks of my life and I know they will continue to get richer each step of the way. Nobody said it would be easy, but they said it would be worth it. Aiden, you are worth every ounce of hardship I’ve been through. You are a constant joy and add so much abundance to my life. I find myself crying tears of happiness occasionally when I look at you and realize that daddy and I created you and you are finally here… you are our beautiful baby.
Love you forever,