I started this post over a week ago and just now am finding time to finish it! Babies!
Look at this beautiful lady:
Amazingly, all three children at our house are napping simultaneously! “Three?” you may ask. Lois and I are watching sweet little Jonah Atkins while his mama goes back to work for the next couple of months. Here’s a less than wonderful photo of the boys, AKA scallywags:
So…while the bebes nap, I’m on my second cup of coffee and decided to start this post I’ve been meaning to write…
Lucy Elanor is angelic. We are so in love with her. She is so calm, sweet, and lovely. We’ve actually been getting some sleep at night even if it’s very interrupted! Last night I think I got at least 5 or 6 hours which for week 2 really isn’t bad, even if they were in 1-3 hour segments. Sweet girl’s big brother only slept for 45 min. at a time until he was about 3 months old so I’m counting my blessings!
In general, she’s a very happy baby. She only fusses when I change her diaper with cold hands or when she has gas. Her main issue is spitting up…which…unfortunately, she does A LOT. Benjamin had some pretty serious reflux issues so I’m disappointed that we might have the same struggles with her. Any advice for helping a baby that spits up all the time? Thankfully, she doesn’t seem to have any trouble gaining weight even though she seems to spit up everything she eats. At her 5 day appointment, she had already surpassed her birth weight and was 7lbs 1oz. I’m trying to nurse her in a more upright position, burp her often, and keep her upright for at least 20 minutes after every meal. Because she’s spitting up so much, she seems to naturally like to “snack” rather than eat. She’ll nurse for 5-8 minutes and then take a break so it kind of feels like I’m nursing constantly but…I’m just thankful I have the luxury of staying home with her and nursing all day!
Her precious Baptism will be tomorrow. Our dear friend in Waco, Luke, has agreed to be her Godfather and our new wonderful friend at our parish, Colleen, has agreed to be Godmother. I can’t think of two better people to guide her in holiness!
We’ve already taken our precious one to Mass several times and I got to take her to my holy hour in the Adoration Chapel. Our friend Alan, who shares my holy hour, says that he doesn’t mind if she always comes with me which is a wonderful blessing because I’m trying to always have her with me and never have to pump. She has been a lamb during each Mass and only started fussing slightly during All Saints’ Mass but quieted immediately after I nursed her for 5 minutes. She is such a champ at nursing and stays latched (unlike Benjamin who would latch and unlatch a thousand times each feeding) so its far less challenging to nurse her in public.
A sweet little homeschooled friend of our family is going to ride up to GA with me every week when I teach my ballet classes and sit with Lucy while I teach. That way I won’t ever have to leave her and I can nurse before and after my classes! This time around, I’m trying to follow the principles of ecological breastfeeding. I’ll post some resources about that later.
Lucy is such a precious blessing. It’s hard to remember life without her! She continues to be bright-eyed, healthy, laid-back, and sweet. On Thursday night, Daniel and I even took her with us to attend the Bach Christmas Oratorio at Ruby Diamond (newly renovated! so pretty) and she just slept in the sling the whole time.
Benjamin is very gentle and loving with his baby sister and although he requests extra mama snuggles and has been pushing the boundaries slightly more than usual, he never seems to be upset that she’s here and part of our family. He alerts me at the tiniest baby whimper to tell me that she’s “crying and needs to eat some milk.” He seems to be very into doing things “as a family” these days. Last week Daniel was taking him on a special Daddy and Benjamin trip to the Jr. Museum and Benjamin requested that sometime he would like Mama and Baby Lucy to come, too, so that it would be a “special family trip.” But our sweet boy deserves his own post soon and when I get a chance to catch my breath, I’ll write one!
Thanks everybody for your prayers and well-wishes! People are spoiling us with food and treats. If you would, say a prayer for me, because I’m coming down with what seems to be a nasty cold and Lucy’s baptism is tomorrow. I hope I’m well enough to enjoy it!