I cannot believe that tomorrow our baby will be seven weeks old. SEVEN WEEKS! How did we get here already? My mind is a whirlwind of activity. I cannot quite process the last seven weeks, & I am realizing with a heavy heart that my maternity leave is drawing to an end, & I still have been unable to secure a daycare for Rue. There are a lot of things to figure out logistically. This is another one of those things you don't really consider during pregnancy. Unless you are lucky enough to already be a stay-at-home, or have planned to become one, daycare spots are almost as competitive as colleges & nearly as costly. The time between delivery & returning to work is not nearly enough to feel like your child is off to a good start, let alone to get all your ducks in a row for childcare in the first place.
But I digress.
The past month & a half (almost 2 months!) flew by. I feel like just yesterday I was caressing my swollen belly, wondering if I would have a son or a daughter, imagining the moment they snuggled to my breast, when I would whisper their name into the whorl of their ear. And then that happened with Rue, & somehow we are already several days, weeks, & pounds later.
Some of the highlights of the last few weeks have been the Big Latch On, our visit to Children's Hospital for our hip sonogram (normal!) followed by a little fun at the National Harbor, bath & shower time with Mama, meeting new faces as friends & family visit us, & leisurely sleepy days in between.
Then we had our belated one month photo taken with our elephant friend for scale. I couldn't pick which one I liked best, so I picked a few. Rue surprised me & sat up from her boppy! I keep forgetting how strong our baby is. She wants to sit up on her own, & she came out of the womb able to hold up her head & look around. She amazes me!
There are a few more photos over on my Flickr account, as well. I also keep an ongoing phone photo & memo diary via VSCO's app website. I love it, & welcome you to view that page as well! It's a bit like my iPhonography Journal, but specific to mamahood.
I can't believe my little squish will be 2 months old in a week! Where has the time gone?!?!