It’s been two whole weeks!! Everyone keeps asking if it feels like it’s been longer than two weeks, and for us, no, it feels like it’s only been a few days or maybe a week. I guess that’s what happens when your days aren’t defined by any events or appointments, only the light outside. On top of that, my surgery recovery mandated I do as little as possible, so I basically haven’t left the apartment in two weeks. All of that leads to feeling that it’s been much shorter than 14 days.
However, after these past fourteen days Matt and I have concluded that life with a newborn is hard. I’m sure there are tons of parents and grandparents reading this and laughing and saying something to the tune of “I told you so” but here’s the thing…we never thought it would be easy. We knew that we would have sleepless nights, fits of crying just for the sake of crying (the baby…not us…well actually…), and I would struggle with sore, chapped nipples that don’t get a break because the baby doesn’t take a break from eating. I mentally prepared as best I could for the reality of changing diapers at 4AM and getting breast milk and spit-up on every shirt I own. But alas, I found myself unprepared. So here is my sage wisdom as a seasoned mother of 14 days…you simply can’t prepare for life with a newborn.
I’d love to say we’re getting used to it, but we’re not. What we are doing is enjoying every minute of her during the day time and using those feelings of love and patience to sustain us through the night. She really is fascinating and amazing! Here are some of her 2-week-old milestones:
- She’s started tracking us with her eyes as we move around the room. We’re still waiting on that indication of recognition when she see’s one of us. The moment that happens my heart will melt and I’ll be jumping off the walls!
- Her umbilical cord stub fell off! That meant we could give her a real bath!
- She didn’t scream her head off during her first real bath! We used the kitchen sink and she mostly looked confused and only slightly terrified.
We found a pacifier that she likes! It didn’t take us long to figure out that a lot of the time she just wants to suck on something to soothe herself, and we’ve been using our pinky fingers because she won’t take any of the fancy pacifiers we received as gifts. Turns out, they make a pacifier that looks kind of like a pinky finger and she takes right to it! Thank goodness, because our pinky fingers were getting tired of being sucked until they were white and pruny.
I’ve taken way too many minutes of video of Adelaide doing absolutely nothing entertaining…but I want to record everything! So here is one of those videos of her just being cute. Enjoy!