1 Month Old, 9 Years Older

Our baby girl is officially 1 month old today, yayy! It’s funny how quickly time flies by. That’s the nice part of it. I forgot about the realistic part about having a newborn in the house – NO ONE SLEEPS. It feels as though every week adds a little over 2 years onto my life. So while she’s actually 1 month old, I’m feeling 9 years older. My once coveted 6-7 hr sleep at nights has drastically been reduced to 1 hour at best, an hour and a half if I’m ever so lucky. Even though we’ve done this twice over, my husband and I have totally forgotten the joys of having an infant. The worries over why she may be crying at that moment, the constant smelly diaper changes, the frustration with constipation and mild colic, the funny arguments over whose turn it is to hold her, these are the moments we have not missed and ones we can’t wait to get pass. But in the midst of it all, we’re enjoying every second we have with her.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years since we were blessed with our first baby girl, 7 years since our son. One thing I can tell you is that no two pregnancies or babies are the same. We all experience different things during each pregnancy and after birth with each child. I’d like to say it gets easier as you have more children – maybe certain things are easier like packing the diaper bag and knowing not to worry about certain little things, but in our case, with there being a 7 year difference, it’s like we’re starting over from the beginning.

In all honesty I think I’m more paranoid with this baby than with all the others. Breastfeeding this one at the beginning was harder than the others. My other kids just naturally latched on the way they were supposed to. I have to actually follow instructions this time (making sure the baby never only has the nipple in her mouth but most of the areola…sorry guys for being so descriptive) and that was frustrating for a bit but I’m happy to report that we’re rocking and rolling now in that department. I’m also having to learn all sorts of new soothing techniques to combat her gas and mild constipation. Tried and true techniques like rubbing her belly in a clockwise motion, doing bicycle like movements with her little feet and using the old q-tip and Vaseline trick have helped quite a bit.

It’s truly been a wild and interesting ride with our new bundle of joy but we wouldn’t change a thing. I must admit though I can’t wait for her to get to the walking and talking stage 🙂 But until then I’ll enjoy whatever sleep and rest I can get. Happy 1 month baby! Oh and since this post will cross into the 14th, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

Mommy Tip: If you’re little one is struggling with colic or gas, purchase a bottle of gripe water and give as instructed. It works wonders! Also feel free to try any of the techniques mentioned in this post.