Wednesday, November 26, 2014

4 Months Old

It's been four months since Harper came into this world!

She (and I) have changed so much in such a short amount of time! She is growing like a weed and learning at a rate I can hardly comprehend. The entire world is new to her and I get to witness her discover it! It's truly the most amazing thing I've ever experienced! 

From a few days old, one, two, three and four months old

I can't say the past four months have been easy, but they have been filled with more happiness, love and laughter than I ever thought possible. She's met a few milestone - rolls over from belly to back, sleeps through the night (and usually puts herself to sleep), coos like crazy, and is starting to grasp things and bring them straight to her mouth. She's had her first little cold (I HIGHLY recommend the NoseFrida - completely disgusting but works amazingly well!), first Halloween, ears pierced, first road trip and attended her first FSU football game! We are looking forward to her first Thanksgiving this week and of course, her first Christmas! 

Cabbage Patch Doll for Halloween!

I can't thank my friend, Jen, enough for this amazing box!

Right after she got her ears pierced 

Her first FSU football game

Here is what Harper is into these days:

- Baths....LOVES baths! 
- Being in the Baby Bjorn
- Going for walks...always so calm and observant 
- Looking at herself in the mirror.....
- Watching videos of herself
- Sucking her thumb and chewing on her hands (and drooling like crazy)
- Sitting up - she can't quite do it on her own yet, but the Bumbo floor seat is great!
- Sleeping with a sound machine! It's seriously one of my top 3 recommendations for all new moms! WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.

Happy as can be right after her bath

Sleeping in the Baby Bjorn

Always sucking her thumb

Tummy time with a mirror

Sleeping beauty

And of course, a few things she doesn't like too much:

- Her carseat and car rides! SERIOUSLY?! I thought ALL babies like car rides! Nope, not this kid. So you can imagine how much fun a 4 hour car ride to Tallahassee was for us.....
- Pacifiers...she just never got into them
- Not getting attention - doesn't happen much though ;)
- 5pm....well not always 5pm (5-8pm), but we still fight the "witching hour" most days and sometimes have quite the fussy baby on our hands

We truly have been blessed with such a happy, "good" baby. Things certainly aren't perfect - she gets fussy, she screams every car ride, she poops through her outfit at least 2-3 times a week, I get thrown up or pooped on almost daily. There are some days when I can't do anything but hold her and entertain her. But when I sit back and think about it, none of that really is a burden when I think of how much joy she brings into our lives everyday! We are so unbelievably lucky to have this little girl.

As far as things with me are concerned, it took almost four months since delivery for my carpel tunnel syndrome symptoms to go away. I couldn't snap fingers on my right hand until a few weeks ago. The pain and tingling is completely gone now. My hair is longer than it's been in years - but also falling out in clumps. And Harper just loves to grab a hold of it. I'm determined not to cut it and get the classic  "New Mom do".  Losing the baby weight is harder than I thought it would be. Just taking that one day at a time and trying not to stress over it. Still sucks to have so many clothes in my closet that I can't wear though. All my maternity clothes are packed up and put away though!! OH, and I can chew gum again! YAY!

My first semester of grad school is winding down. Pretty much just two finals stand in the way of me and a little break from the books for a few weeks. With this also comes my return to work (labor and delivery nurse). I've mentioned before that I took an extended leave of absence from work to give myself enough time to adjust to the role of new mom and new midwifery student. Not ideal and I wouldn't recommend it, but I'm starting to learn it just might be doable (with A LOT of love, support and help from family and friends). I will be returning to work in a little under two weeks. Nervous, yes....but excited to see my coworkers and get back to helping other women through what I now know will become one of the greatest days of their life. 

Always helping out with studying...

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