Our sweet little Rosalyn turned one month last week. As most parents say about the first month (and all months, all years), it absolutely flew by. And it was wonderful. The night feedings, the diaper changes even because they come with the sweetest newborn snuggles, the breastfeeding, those little baby coos. Rosie is a very easy baby, similar to Juliet at this age. She rarely cries or fusses…nights aren’t awesome, but I know they aren’t really supposed to be this early on. She’s up every 2-4 hours at night (a 4 hour stretch is rare). I am a bit tired, but nothing my coffee in the morning can’t fix.
Juliet has been so great with her sister. She clearly loves “her baby Rosie” and while she did have some regression in the first few weeks we brought Rosie home (including a couple instances where she politely asked me to “put the baby back in my tummy)” she’s been doing so well in the past few days. She is always asking “how is my baby”? It’s really sweet. I’m so ridiculously happy and thankful to have my two sweet little girls.
Rosalyn has pretty much the same likes and dislikes as Juliet did around one month:
Breastfeeding (we do this on-demand and I really love it. She has been a champion breastfeeder and has basically never had a single issue). She just got it right away. I’m sure it helped that I have 2 years of experience with Juliet. I couldn’t be more grateful that breastfeeding her has been easy because it was difficult with Juliet the first few weeks and that’s really stressful).
Snuggling on momma’s chest
Being wrapped in a warm blanket
Sleeping in bed with momma
The rock ‘n play (but only for naps, not night sleeping unfortunately)
Sleeping in the rock ‘n play or co-sleeper at night
Being put down
Maternity leave is freaking awesome. It’s like the best vacation ever. I mean…obviously I know it’s no all-inclusive stay in Mexico. But there is just something really nice about having 3 months from work…away from that type of stress and taking time to really slow down with your new baby. And I actually really like my job. A lot. But I still really love having this time off. I have 7 weeks remaining and I am savoring each second. And being a second time mom is really great. I have so much more confidence and much less anxiety.
I worried about not liking having my leave over the winter, but it’s been totally fine. I’ve had so many fun dates with friends, meeting for brunch, meeting at the Mall of America (I live literally 15 minutes away and I usually am not a fan, but for walking around and grabbing coffee/lunch it’s great. Very family friendly). Two of my good friends have had maternity leave at the same time as me and we have been taking full advantage to spend time together with our babies.
The first month is really special. From coming home from the hospital and such a big life change and transition…to being off work and learning to relax and enjoy your only plans being the couch, the Today Show and a baby on your chest. It goes so fast. Newborns change literally before your eyes. Rosalyn has already gained a couple pounds and almost out of newborn clothes and diapers. She is sporting a double chin and is the most adorable thing.
I just love her so much. Happy one month my sweet Rosie-girl.