Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hard To Believe...

I can't believe today Skylar is one month old! I know this seems to be a common theme in my posts, but "a lot has happened in one month..."

Skylar is growing so fast - I feel like I already missed her newborn stage when she was really tiny. I am going to try and take more pictures from now on. She still eats, sleeps, dirties her diapers, and does it all over again, but she's getting more alert during her awake time. She loves baths and has even started to "play" with her rubber ducky when it floats over her leg (she swishes her leg in an attempt to move the duck around). Skylar doesn't like coming out of the bath though - she takes after her mommy. Getting out of a nice warm bath or shower is the worst in the winter!

Some learning experiences: No one told me what foods were bad for breast feeding, so poor Skylar had a bloated tummy for about a week, but other than that, she's been a happy baby. I feel pretty lucky. Don't get me wrong, I've definitely had a few nights where I just get a couple hours of sleep due to a fussy Skylar, but that is to be expected. I remember the first night when she slept for 3.5 hours straight... I woke up in a panic because I thought something was wrong since she hadn't cried yet, but once I realized she was okay, I felt like a million bucks with 3.5 hours of sleep! The pediatrician showed Kyle and I the "hog tie" swaddle method, which I refuse to use on my daughter, lol, although supposedly babies like it when they sleep... Another lesson learned was that Pampers hold her mess in better than Huggies - our new washing machine is fabulous :)

I am adjusting pretty well - only had a few nights of uncontrollable sobbing for no reason (gotta love hormones) and I no longer feel like a prisoner in my own house since I've been able to get out more. I have definitely watched my share of movies since we don't have cable and our internet was down for a week... Reese is a little bummed because I don't take him for walks any more so he gets bored and attempts to entertain himself by biting his leg and whining a lot. I am looking forward when I get the okay from my doctor in 2 weeks to be more active again. Hopefully I can run with Reese, take the baby on walks if it's sunny out, and get this jelly belly back in shape. We've really enjoyed the visitors we've had since Skylar is not supposed to be around large crowds for another 2 weeks. It's been hard not going to church, out to the store, etc. so if anyone wants to swing by and say hello, just give me a call! If I don't answer, I am probably asleep or have my hands full, but I'll call you back!

We go to the pediatrician Monday for her one month check up and will see how much she has grown. Thankfully all of her grandparents are close by and have been able to see her frequently. The first great-grandparents made it down to see her this past week which was fun. Some more family will be coming in town for Christmas and even more in January so we're excited. Skylar is not lacking love, that's for sure! We've enjoyed all of our friends who have come to visit and have been extremely blessed with the people in our lives. Here's a picture from a few days ago when she was asleep on my lap.

This is a big month of firsts for Skylar: (besides the basics in the hospital like dirty diaper, etc.)... she had her first tear, first bath when her belly button stump fell off, first "manicure" by mommy, first outing, first overnight trip, first bottle, first doctor visit, first viewing of the Clemson Tigers and more! I am looking forward to her first laugh and when she smiles on purpose. I know moments will come and go so quickly and I just hope that I take the time to enjoy them. Kyle and I have loved getting to know this little girl and have so much more to look forward to (although we joke that her real parents are going to come knocking on our door to pick her up one day because we still don't feel like parents). A few of our friends are expecting babies soon so we're exited to share that experience with them and to meet Skylar's play buddies. I'll do my best to post a picture with her eyes open soon - they are still gray-blue so we'll see if they change... She still has a brown mullet too. I think the mullet is God's sense of humor because I really dislike mullets and hate rat tails, but I can't not like the one Skylar has... We're predicting that her hair will fall out and turn blonde though since Kyle and I both were blondes. We'll keep you updated :)