ten weeks. harriet is slowly moving out of that scrunched up newborn phase and into babydom. she sleeps less and is stretching out more. over the past ten weeks i have learned that as soon as you think you are in a good phase (sleeping well, not fussing) you start a more challenging phase (not sleeping well, crying all the time.) so i just soak in the easy days and nights. and its comforting to know that a stretch of lots of fussing will ultimately end. even though she has been on this earth only two months-we now can’t remember life without her. the days collide together and i can’t believe every friday that the weekend is here. the cycle of nursing, burping, playing, changing diapers is on repeat. its amazing how little task that take no time fill up your entire day. my days usually start around 4:30 which is fine by me. im such a morning person. on the days she sleeps later i find myself waking up and watching her. just waiting for the first signs of her dreams fading away-little grunts and complaints fill the room and before long our day begins.
this baby. i could literally eat her up. even her crying is cute. she is happiest in the morning. so i find myself acting like a total idiot at crazy hours trying to make her smile and coo. i am glad there is not a hidden camera b/c i could not be more annoying. but its worth it to hear her talk. and have i mentioned her thighs? she has rolls-three on each thigh to be exact. it is my greatest hope that she develops fat sumo thighs like lu had. they are so stinkin cute. last week she weighed 10.4 which put her up to the 22nd percentile from the 4th percentile. go harriet!
lu continues to be the best, most patient big sister. after the baby came home lu started a video series called ‘babysearch’ wh talks about babies (‘this is lulu for babysearch-today we will talk about how babies CRY’. i have to write this down b/c i never ever want to forget it. the series is hilarious. lu is just so animated in these videos.
so my harriet is getting bigger. growing. healthy. happy. im sad the brand new newborn days are leaving us. but im also excited about slowly getting back to normal life.im anxious for spring to arrive so i can take the baby out and get back in shape. lulu recently said to me: i like your tummy mommy. its soft. like a fluffy pillow:) im ready to hang out with my husband again instead of going to bed when harriet does (sometimes at 7pm..not kidding..but i have to!) and im even beginning to feel ready to get back to work. but i do not think i could have enjoyed these first ten weeks more. harriet and i have been in hibernation. shutting out the cold weather. snuggling and getting to know each other.
a few nights ago lu was taking a bath. i was sitting by the tub bouncing harriet on my leg. and i just paused and took it in. the busy, normal everyday. this is what i have wanted-a house of kids. and there was something about just taking in a simple nighttime routine that took my breath away. so grateful for my girls.