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And then there are those moments…

Published February 22, 2013 by jessicalynndunning

As a parent, but especially as a new mom, it amazes me how many moments I have every day when I look at my daughter and think “you are so amazing” or “you’re so beautiful!” Briana has officially discovered that her toes are fun to play with, and pull on, and try to put in her mouth. Today I was watching her as she sat in her daddy’s lap, and she was pulling on her socks and frowning. Then her whole face lit up, and she grabbed the toe of her sock and pulled it off. She then proceeded to pull on her toes while she laughed. Talk about adorable, right?

Tonight (well, technically this morning, since it was at about 2:30), she had fallen asleep while I was feeding her, and I turned to set her bottle aside, and I looked back and her, and there was something about the expression on her face and the angle I was looking at her…I caught just a glimpse of what she is going to look like when she is a toddler, and it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. I’m not supposed to see that in her yet! She is only 15 and a half weeks old. Not even four months yet. Where has the time gone?

It seems like just yesterday I was 9 months pregnant and couldn’t wait to meet her. Now almost four months have passed by in the blink of an eye, and she changes and learns so much every day that I can hardly keep up. Everyone always says “Oh, before you know it she’ll be graduating from high school!” It makes me want to cry.

As a stay-at-home mom, I get to spend nearly every waking moment with Briana, and watch all the developments in real-time. I treasure that. But it also breaks my heart a little bit, because as much as I want her to grow and learn and develop, I want her to be little forever. Two of my friends recently had babies, and looking at the newborn pictures online had me remembering how tiny Bri was when we first brought her home. Every day, she outgrows another outfit…Sometimes it literally seems as if they fit when I put them on her in the morning, and she is too big for the outfit by the time I change her into her sleeper at night.

Why do they have to grow up so quickly?

Those moments that take your breath away also end up being the moments you treasure later on. The moments when you catch a glimpse, just the tiniest window, into the amazing things yet to come. The ones you look back on and tell your kids about later, while they roll their eyes at how sappy you’re being, but secretly feel special when they hear them, because it reassures them that they have always been the center of your world.

Maybe I’m not even making sense tonight. I just feel like time is flying by so quickly. I wish there was some way to slow it down. I suppose every parent does.

A Sentimental Mommy

P.S. On a completely unrelated note, for those of you who were asking about how the formula was coming along: we stopped giving it to her. It’s back to 100% breast milk. She did okay with 2 ounces of formula per 6 ounce bottle that she was getting for a couple of days, but then she started to get very gassy and miserable, and not wanting to eat. Went back to a full bottle of plain ole milk, and she sucked it right down. Her tummy troubles are gone, and she’s as smiley as ever. “Breast is best” after all. 🙂

General updates about Bri-Bee!

Published February 13, 2013 by jessicalynndunning

I always seem to start my blogs by saying that I meant to blog sooner. It’s repetitive and boring, and obvious. I’ll try to be more entertaining.

Briana is doing fabulously. I can’t believe how fast she is growing, learning, and changing. David and I were talking about how she is so fascinated by things around her, whether it be a reflection in a window, light playing off of a shiny surface, someone making a noise she has never heard, or the pattern on a particular blanket. Everything is new to her, so everything amazes her.

She still isn’t in love with tummy time, but she tolerates it more now. She seems to be right on the verge of crawling already. This is both exciting and terrifying, given that once she is mobile, I will have not a single moment of peace…Maybe I’ll fashion an ankle bracelet with bells for her, so I can at least keep track of her. She is such a little adventurer, I know she is going to give me heart palpitations.

She can almost sit up, as well. In fact, if she is propped on our arm, she can pull herself the rest of the way up. She did it in her sleep the other night. She was laying on her back on David’s left arm and, still 100% asleep, she flipped over to his right arm, ending up on her stomach. It made us laugh.

She supports her full weight on her legs. A couple of weeks ago, I was holding her waist as she sat in my lap, and she pushed herself up onto her feet, and then grinned at me like “Ha! Mommy! I stood up! Yay me!” And then she giggled and bent her knees and sat down and looked surprised, like “Whoa, Mom. What just happened?” She does that a lot now, except her look of surprise when she sits down has changed to grins and giggles. “I meant to do that Mom, aren’t I funny?”

She “talks” almost constantly now. As I type this, I am having a “conversation” with her while she sits in her daddy’s lap. She mostly says “oh! oh! oh! ooh! ah! ah! ah! ooooh!” But she throws in the occasional “Waaaaooooooooooooh” or a scream of pure delight just to keep things entertaining. I talk back to her, and laugh with her, and tickle her. Sometimes I imitate her, which makes her giggle, and sometimes I make up stories and pretend she is contributing. Either way makes her happy!

I love how excited Briana gets when her daddy starts talking to her. When he gets home from work I usually hand her over so he can say hi, and her whole face just lights up like “Hey, I know you! You’re awesome! You fly me around the living room and tell me I’m a princess!”

I still haven’t gotten her to sleep in her crib for more than a half hour or so at a time. She still sleeps in her Fisher Price Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper in by our bed. Sometimes she sleeps in her crib for a nap. David and I want to move her crib into our room. I’m not ready to have her sleeping in another room yet. I know, I know…if I wasn’t a new mommy! But I am, and I’m not ready, so hush!

We have started (very slowly) transitioning to formula. She gets six-ounce bottles now, and one ounce of that is formula. I wanted to do breast milk exclusively until she could start getting solid foods, but since I am pumping and not breastfeeding, it got to be a bit too much. It really isn’t fun when your nipples are cracked and bleeding and sore to the touch from using the pump every five hours all day (and night) long. Now I pump only three times a day. Relief, relief, relief! And since we are transitioning slowly, she’ll still be getting breast milk for another month and a half, two months. Maybe more, I don’t know. We’ll see how my supply holds up only pumping three times a day, and how well she does when we start upping the amount of formula she is getting in her bottle. Since we started adding an ounce of formula to her bottle, she has actually not been spitting up as much. So far so good!

I think my favorite thing Briana is doing now (other than her burying her face in my neck and falling asleep) is holding onto her toys and chewing on them. (Her two top front teeth are coming in already…yikes.) She is so cute waving them around and shaking them and feeling the different textures.

Anyway, baby is crying so I have to cut this short. I’ll have to come back and post pictures later! We’ll end it saying that being a stay at home mom is awesome! I’m so glad I made this decision.

A Happy New Stay at Home Mommy!

 

 

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