Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Life with Lucy

We have loved every second of having our Lucy home with us. She has filled our home with pure joy and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her as a member of our family. She is a true blessing.

Lucy is almost 3 weeks old now. That makes me want to cry. I want her to stop growing right now. She is so precious and sweet. I always want her to be this way. I love that she depends on us for everything. We love taking care of her and she makes it so easy, she's just so loveable.

Luce had her 2 week check up last week. She is as healthy as can be and is a tiny little bean. Her head is in the 6 percentile. What a little peanut! She weighed 6 lbs 15 oz, which put her in the 12 percentile for weight, and was 20.25 inches long which is in the 46 percentile for height. She had to have her heel pricked for a blood draw and it was heartbreaking to watch. She was so calm and didn't expect what was coming. She looked at me like, 'Why did you let them do that to me Mom?' and it broke my heart. Her cry wasn't an angry one, she just sounded so completely devastated. It took everything I had in me to not bawl right along side her.

Lucy is a great nurser. She has been from the first time she came to breast. She loves to eat, like her mama and daddy. It's so funny to watch, when she knows it's coming she goes crazy! Her little head squirms frantically and her mouth is gaping wide. She has a strong suck and already eats about 4 oz at each feeding. She does not mess around when it comes to getting a full tummy. Lucy is already a great sleeper and has consistently given us a 6-7 hour block of sleep at night followed by a 3-5 hour block, since she was 1 week old. She only wakes up to eat and to get a diaper change, then she's back to bed. We have had her in her crib, in her room, from night one and it has worked out great. I think we all sleep better that way. Her schedule is coming along great and she is really taking to it well. I thought it would be much more challenging to get her on a good schedule, but so far so good. She eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day, has wake time, and sleep time. We keep her up later in the day which helps her sleep better at night. She is a dream.

Lucy is such an easy baby. I'm sure the fact that she eats and sleeps so well is the reason she is so happy all the time. The only time she cries is when she's hungry. She will fuss every now and then when she loses her binki, or if she has a dirty diaper, but is as happy and content as can be other than that. Lucy has a very strong sucking reflex. She loves the boob, the binki, she'll latch onto my chin, she'll suck her hand, arm, pretty much anything that she can get her mouth on, she'll suck. She is such a cuddler and loves to be wrapped and held tight. She loves cuddle tummy time with either of us. My favorite time with her is right after she eats when she rests her head on my chest and falls asleep. She looks so peaceful and completely satisfied. She often smiles too when she is resting on me and that's the best thing in the world. Lucy loves when her dad bathes her. She also loves when he bounces her, it puts her in a trans. She really is just the best thing in the entire world.

Here are some pictures from the first 2 weeks of her life:

Just home from the hospital, so teeny tiny in her car seat.
Her favorite way to be burped. She loves sitting like this. She's my little rag doll.

She always looks so sweet when she sleeps.

Cuddling with Daddy.

A little sleeping smile.

She stretched her arms and when she brought them back down this is where they landed. She's a smarty this one, always deep in thought.

More cuddly tummy time.

Kisses from Grandma Linda.

Lucy has very big blue eyes, she's the cutest thing that has ever existed.

She hated her first bath but now LOVES bath time.

More time with Dad after her bath.

Josh had the 2 weeks following Lucy's birth off from work. It was so nice to have him home. We loved the that time together as a family. We have missed him this past week, as he's gone back to work. He loved his time home with Lucy. They have a very strong bond already. He adores every ounce of her. He has been so helpful with her. I got mastitis when she was 10 days old and had a fever of 103.5 for a couple of days. I felt completely miserable, I had 2 clogged ducts, a fever, body aches, chills, etc. He was so good to me during that time. It was so nice to know I didn't have to worry about a thing. He took care of meals and the house, fed Lucy pumped milk so I could sleep (luckily she'll take a bottle and thank goodness for breast pumps), brought her in to nurse, took care of her every need, went to the pharmacy 4 times for me, carried me to bed, brought me cold wet towels, and made sure we were all ok at all times. He was amazing during that time. I am so grateful for him, he is an incredible husband and an amazing dad. We are lucky to have him.

My mom was also around for about the first 2 weeks of Lucy's life. She was fantastic and made us great meals, entertained and cuddled Lucy so we could rest, and helped in any way we needed. I was so lucky to have so much help and company for the first several days of mommyhood. We miss her dearly and are excited to see her again.

Well, if you can't tell, we are completely obsessed with our precious little Lucy. She is a dream come true and we couldn't love her more. We are enjoying every second of life with her. She is our favorite person in the world. We are so blessed she is ours.


Rachel said...

That hair! Ooooh, I love her. When do I get to babysit?

Laura said...

I totally think she looks just like you! She's a little Little Courtney!
Glad everything has been going so well for you!
Can't wait to see you in November!

Julie said...

I love all of it! What a good little baby she is! I am so sorry about your mastitis. I had it at the exact same time....I can totally relate. What a great daddy/husband Josh is though. And there's nothing like grandma being around! I am so happy for you guys! She is a doll!

Jake and Kim said...

This post is so tender, you will be so grateful you wrote it in the future!! She sounds like a dream, and Josh sounds like a good daddy, I'm so happy for you guys!!

Spiker said...

*sigh* I love her.

Alison said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

Meg said...

YAY! I"m so happy everything is going so great! Breastfeeding (for me) was worse than labor. I'm so glad you guys are getting through it...It truly is the best thing for the baby! YAY!


Brooke and Matt: said...

Lucy is so beautiful!! It was so fun holding her last night. She is a doll.

Chantelle Olsen Peavler said...

She is a dream. She is absolutely beautiful. I am so jealous you have a newborn. They are so precious. Enjoy every moment. Time flies by!!

Angie said...

You are SO incredibly blessed to have such a good newborn! Seriously...to sleep that long already and to rarely cry is such a rarity!