"...thou art an elect lady, whom I have called." -D&C 25:3
I can hardly believe that my baby girl is already one month old. It is amazing to think that I have spent exactly four weeks with this little miracle. Time moves so quickly.
Much has happened in those weeks. I have a ton of pictures on my camera that I will have to post at another time. (The cord to connect the camera to the computer is in my bedroom, where my husband is sleeping. I dare not disturb him.) There have been endless hours of nursing, too many diaper changes to count, baths, short stretches of precious sleep, baby coos, ahs, squeaks, and screams, much laughter, and many tears.
I don't want to forget anything about this incredible time in our lives, but there is so much to remember. There was my anxiety over her weight loss and the fact that she took about three weeks to regain her birth weight instead of making it by the doctor's goal of two weeks. There has been the nasty herbal supplement, the two-hour feeding schedule, and the post-nursing pumping in an effort to get my milk supply to increase. What fun. I've also had the joy of deciding to quit my teaching job for next school year so that I have more time with Emma at home. During this time I have come to love and appreciate my husband more than I ever thought possible. That has been one of the greatest gifts and blessings this little girl has brought into our home.
Enough about me. Here are some of the things I love about my daughter:
- Her hair, when freshly washed, stands straight up all over. It reminds me of a bizarre cross between Sting and Annie Lenox. Oh, the 1980s.
- She makes a loud, happy "AAH!" sound from time to time, usually after sneezing. It melts my heart.
- She looks into our eyes now and watches our faces.
- The girl can hold her head up like a champ.
- She is so strong and can scoot across the floor on her belly if she has something to push her feet against. She can scoot pretty remarkably on her back as well. Her head ends up against the headboard of her cradle almost every morning now.
- Her bright blue eyes are incredible.
- Her preference for looking at church pictures on the walls makes me happy.
- She loves her bouncy chair.
- She does not startle or cry when the dog barks, thank goodness.
- She is beautiful.
Motherhood is remarkable. I can't believe the love that I feel for this little one, it's like nothing else in the world.
I can't wait to see what the next month holds.