Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Our Baby Girl is 8 Weeks Old!

All I can say right now is... WOW! Yesterday was Ally's 8 week birthday. I have no clue where the past 8 weeks have gone. It has been such a whirlwind of ups and downs. The night we came home from the hospital, we were utterly exhausted. We hadn't slept at the hospital at all and though we were happy to be home, we were terrified. No nurses to help us anymore...

The first couple of days were extremely rough. I actually thought I may have had PPD because I wasn't feeling as much joy as I thought I should. Things got a bit easier after that so I'm assuming it was just lack of sleep that was causing my mood.

Things are much better these days! Though Ally doesn't exactly have a "schedule", I'm actually getting a little bit of sleep. I have to go back to work in 3 days and am kind of dreading it. Though I'll be happy to have some adult conversations throughout the day (my first graders are considered adults since they can talk back to me), I have no idea how I'm going to juggle working full time and taking care of Ally. Shane is great and I know he'll do his part but I know it's still going to be rough.. at least for a little while.

We have reached a few milestones! Though we have yet to experience the REAL giggling smile, we do get smiles from her for the past week or so. She is doing very well with Tummy Time and while holding her, she is able to hold her head up for a good 20-30 seconds. She has definitely put on some weight (Shane calls her his holiday ham, haha) but I won't know for sure how much until the 18th when we go in for her next appointment. She is sleeping longer during the nights and staying awake longer in the days, which makes Mommy very happy! She had transitioned into her crib in her own room for about a week but Mommy quickly realized she wasn't ready for that so she is back in our room, probably until she is 6 months or so or until she grows out of her bassinet, whichever comes first.

Our baby girl is such a blessing and we couldn't be happier! Can't wait to watch her grow up (not too quickly please!)