June 27, 2014

Life With Baby G

  • We got newborn pictures taken this week. Lots of newborn pictures. This is a small sampling. I need to go to Hobby Lobby and buy a bunch of frames so I can start getting prints. I just love them all!
  • I know it’s really early, but I think I elicited a smile from Baby G last weekend. Once. I was tickle-kissing her neck and I swear she smiled in response. She hasn’t done it again, so I’m not putting it in the baby book, but it was pretty exciting at the time.
    Me and My SoldierMan Newborn Pic
  • One thing that for sure happened over last weekend – she started sucking her thumb. Like, legit needing to suckle and stuck her thumb in her mouth and self-soothed for several minutes. She’s done it twice so far (that I know of, who knows what happens when I’m asleep….that sounds worse than I mean it). Oh my gosh, it’s the cutest thing ever! I saw her suck her thumb several times on ultrasounds, but she hadn’t done it out “in the world” yet. And it looks exactly the same, with her little hand spread over her cheek and her little thumb in her mouth. Oh my gosh, it’s adorable! I haven’t been where I could snag a picture of it yet, but it’s on my list!
    Me and My SoldierMan Newborn Pic
  • There’s a trick to newborns I just figured out: when you feel the urge to eat/get a drink/go to the bathroom/fill in the blank, do it NOW, because in about 5 seconds her newborn spidey-sense will tingle and tell her, “Wake up! We need Mama RIGHT NOW for at least 20 minutes!” And, I mean, I love being needed, but not when I have to pee.
    Me and My SoldierMan Newborn Pic
  • I’m still working on writing up Baby G’s birth story. It’s a tricky business. On the one hand, I want to remember everything, and I feel like I do remember everything (or, I remember it the way I remember it, if not exactly the way it happened). But the internet is forever, and one day Baby G will be old enough to potentially find and read it herself, and so I’m trying to think, “What would *I* want to read my mother say about *my* birth?” And truth be told, there isn’t much. Because it’s not my birth story, it’s hers, and I want to respect that. But I also want to put down somewhere what it was like and how I felt. So, it’s tricky.
    Me and My SoldierMan Newborn Pic
  • Here’s a protip for all you mamas-in-waiting: Count diapers. Pin a chart above the changing table and make a hash mark for every one you change. I have not been doing that, and so every time we’ve gone to the doctor, they ask how many diapers (of each variety) she has per day, and I have no clue. I just say something like, “Oh, a lot,” and that’s not a very good answer. But trust me, she’s fine in this area.
    Me and My SoldierMan Newborn Pic
  • The dogs seem to have settled into our new life. Jeb is less mopey, but still pretty jealous. Like, if she’s on one arm of the boppy, he lays his head on the other arm. And Achilles doesn’t get concerned when she cries at night any more. He has the normal male reaction: rolling over and huffing before falling back asleep. Unless she legit cries, then he will glare at me until she stops.
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  • SoldierMan told me the cutest thing the other day. The first thing he did when he saw Baby G was to count her fingers and toes. I don’t know why but I think that’s adorable.

5 comments:

  1. What gorgeous photos! She's beautiful!

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  2. Love the photos and the tidbits. I did a peacock headband shot with Vivi too! Great minds think alike!

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  3. The pictures are precious! :)

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  4. So sweet!!! Looooove the photos!

    The diaper-counting thing was SO ANNOYING with C. They were crazy on me about it in the hospital with her, and then for the first couple months. With Millie? I think the nurse at the hospital asked me once. Huge difference between military and civilian hospitals and doctors. Personally, the civilians have won me over. ;-) Because, trust me, you KNOW if your kid isn't having enough wet/dirty diapers whether or not you've counted them on paper! End rant. LOL

    Oh, and thumb sucking is TOTALLY the best thing ever. When Charlotte was able to soothe herself like that, life got a lot easier. Well, with Millie too, except she sucks her fingers. She couldn't get the hang of the thumb. Haha:) Who needs pacifiers!?

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  5. She is just precious. I love all of the photos.

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