Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lucy at 1 Month

We welcomed Lucy Annette into our family on Feb 3rd (birth post in progress) and she turned one month old on March 3. She is such a cute sweet baby, we love her so much!

Lucy is very alert, most people who meet her say the same thing - bright eyes and seems curious. She is especially alert and curious when brother and sister are close by and she sees them or hears their voices, I love that it seems like she already knows them (I like to think she remembers them from the womb, and I'm pretty sure there's research that would say that's likely!) and feels a special connection to them. And they definitely love her! Henry, our little lover, asks to hold her a couple times every day. June does as well but is usually done after a few seconds. When not holding her they "ooh" and "aah" over her and say things like "look at her tiny hands!" and "she has no teeth" (June is really interested in the fact that she has not teeth).

I have a rough time with her sleeping at night, not that she's harder than any other newborn, I'm just having a rougher time with it, I keep trying to remember to suck it up and be okay with it being hard right now. She wakes 2-3 times every night and nurses for a while before she goes back to sleep and getting her back to sleep can be tough, I usually have to try a couple times to keep her asleep so that's extra frustrating. The main problem, I think, is that she's uncomfortable from gas. I think she needs to pass gas or burp and doesn't so that's what wakes her up 5-20 minutes after I put her back to sleep (yep, I get just settle back to sleep myself and she wakes back up!)

That is what is tough with her during daytime is the same thing, she spits up a whole lot. Henry was the same and I learned with him that it's not a health issue, just a laundry issue! She might spit up even more than he did but it stresses me out less. The bigger problem is that she acts uncomfortable and not very happy most of the day. She's happy napping and she's happy eating, but the time in between eating and taking the next nap is difficult.

Her dark hair is thinning slightly on the sides and front and her eyes are turning more blue every day. Yay- all my children have my blue eyes! Everyone says she looks like Henry and we agree. I don't see it all the time, but when I saw her for the first time that was my first impression - that she looked like Henry, so people still saying it must make it true. It's her eyes, she shares wide-set eyes with Henry and Rob. Her lips are less full than Henry and June had, she has the cutest tiny mouth!

I love taking naps with her and I'm super grateful that I've been able to do that a lot. Rob's mom was in town for Lucy's first month, with the exception of the week that she and Rob's dad took Henry and June to Disneyland to give us time with just our little baby! It was amazing. I took naps during the daytime with the baby and Rob and I acted like new parents with our first baby in the evenings (watched lots of movies, ran errands, ate whatever we wanted... and ate it on the couch while watching said movies). It was pretty dreamy.

Lucy was blessed at the end of February and she was so lucky to have all her grandparents there! Rob's parents were still in town and I asked my Dad to come early to Utah for a business trip he was already planning on for the week following in order to attend her blessing, and my mom decided she wanted to come too! So great to have all that love for her and a special treat for all of us to have our family around.

We're so excited for our family to have grown to include Lucy!

(as with our other children, quilt in the picture was made by Grandma Karen and the stuffed animal was given to her when she was born from Grandma Nyland)

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