Mila | 4 months

Another month has gone by and I can’t believe it!

Mila’s 4 month pediatrician visit was on Friday and we found out that she weighs 12lbs 6oz and is 25 1/4 long. Lean and long, just like Elliot was and still is, hehe. (Elliot is potty trained BTW, whaaaat?!)

She also got 3 vaccinations and has been super fussy all weekend. It’s strange because Elliot was never phased by anything when he was a baby — vaccinations, teething — nothing. Mila is quite the opposite though. Well, they do say every baby is different!

Nighttime sleep has slowly gotten better. On good nights Mila can go 9 hours without feeding. I’m starting to feel like a human again, instead of an exhausted blob. Yay! Hopefully soon I can drop her dream feed and she’ll be able to go 12 hours. Crossing my fingers!

I love Mila’s personality. She loves watching Elliot, and she’s usually very smiley and content. I love having a girl so much. I can’t wait to paint her nails and teach her to how to makeup on (when she’s 20, haha).

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Mila | 3 months

My oh my! My sweet little Mila is 3 months old!

Not much has changed schedule wise since her 2 month update, but she’s definitely more alert and more smiley. Elliot has also started interacting with het a lot more lately. He loves to help… gets her paci, turns on her sound machine, closes her curtains, etc. It’s really sweet. He pronounces her name “Meeya” and the best thing of all, he gives her kisses on the head! Every time he does it I want to cry rivers of happy tears.

She’s not yet sleeping through the night which is completely exhausting, especially since I need to be alert and focused at work all day. Elliot was sleeping through the night by 10 weeks old so this is new to me. I really hope things start to improve soon.

This week we weaned her from the swaddle, which has proved to be fairly easy (thank goodness!). She was waking herself up at night and during naps getting her arms caught halfway out so I decided it was time to see it go.

Until next month ❤

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Mila | 2 months

It boggles my mind that our dearest Mila is 2 months old already! We just got back from her 2 month well visit at the pediatrician’s office and she is a healthy little lady! Here’s where she stands:

  • Stats: 10lbs 4oz, 24 inches long
  • Takes 4 naps a day, but her last nap is more like a catnap
  • Nurses every 3 hours during the day and will probably continue doing so for a while
  • I dream feed her at 10PM and she typically wakes up once during the night (not too bad, but I long for uninterrupted sleep)
  • Becoming a pro at holding her head up
  • Smiles and coos a lot… she is so sweet (she was flirting with the doctor today, ha ha)
  • Starting to use her legs to “stand” and kick

I love seeing her personality shine through more and more every day.

Love love LOVE her so much. ❤

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The end is near

The end of maternity leave is always the hardest… I remember feeling the same way with Elliot. My anxiety levels are sky high and the thought of leaving my baby girl for 8+ hours a day is heartbreaking. However, I keep telling myself it’s for the best, because it really is. I think I just need to accept the fact that I’m going to feel anxious, scared, and downright upset until we get into a good routine.

I think what worries me most is that Mila isn’t yet sleeping through the night. When I went back to work with Elliot at 12 weeks he already was, but Mila will only be 9 weeks when I go back to work so she’s not quite there yet. She’s getting better, but I still have to get up a few times each night and it’s exhausting. How will I be able to balance lack of sleep AND work? I know I can do it, but it’ll be hard.

I’m also worried about her transition to daycare. She will be going to the same in-home daycare Elliot goes to which is great, but I’m worried she won’t nap well there… she’s so used to sleeping in her crib. And if she doesn’t nap well during the day it’s going to wreak havoc on our evening / night time schedule.

This too shall pass.

THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

I’m a hormonal mess.

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day*Photo taken by Christine Parker Gregory

Being a mother is the hardest most rewarding job I’ve ever had. Growing up my mother always said I’d never understand a mother’s love until I had children of my own. It’s a cliché sentiment, but it’s so SO true. I just recently became a mother of 2, but in just 5 short weeks I’ve learned that love is exponential. When you’re pregnant with your second child you wonder how you could possibly love another human being as much as you love your first. Well let me tell you, it’s possible. My heart is exploding with love for my 2 children I can barely contain it (and sometimes I don’t). Our little family is complete and I couldn’t be happier.

However, with motherhood (parenthood) your old childless self melts away and sometimes it’s hard to accept. You don’t necessarily become a different person, but your priorities shift dramatically, and inevitably there are certain people who don’t understand (sometimes yourself included). A writer of a blog I read wrote a post called, When friends have babies, from the point of view of not having a child herself. Of course I’m on the other end of the spectrum, but she summed it up nicely by saying:

Mom’s naturally lose themselves sometimes to motherhood, and the childless friends have a hard time understanding why they can’t make time. It is all normal and no one is right or wrong, but the changes are there and it’s a struggle for both parties to adapt.

I struggle with this, and I can see and feel the divide growing. And while I mourn my old life in some ways, I accept who I am today and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I simply love being a mother.

So my message is this… becoming a mother changes you. It changes your life and the people in it. Your priorities shift and sometimes you don’t even realize it. But accept it, because it’s one of the most beautiful things in the world. ❤

Mila | 1 month

Our dearest Miss Mila is 1 month old! It’s hard to believe she’s been with us for that long already. Here’s an update on her happenings:

  • Takes 4 naps a day (if we’re lucky)
  • Nurses every 3 hours during the day
  • Sleeps one 5.5 hour stretch at night, and wakes up 2 times (if all goes well)
  • Holds her head up quite well
  • Started smiling (see below!)

My dearest baby girl, we love you so much.

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May the fourth be with you

In honor of today Ben dressed Elliot in a Star Wars shirt this morning, but as you can see by the below that didn’t last very long. We decided to spend the beautiful morning planting in our garden, which of course led to Elliot getting filthy = removal of said shirt. But so much fun was had!

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