It’s funny – I always heard how the second/third kids get fewer pics taken, fewer updates, etc – and I always laughed because that wouldn’t be me! Well…turns out this is my first update on Eliza since she was just a teeny baby! Ha! Well, better now than not at all, right? I love looking back at my blog posts about the twins because so much of that time I can hardly remember until I go back and read about that season of life. I’m so thankful I kept record of it on my blog, and I really hope to do this more often as Eliza grows up!!
I still feel like Eliza is a newborn, and it’s bittersweet to me that she’s growing up so quickly! I LOVE the personality of hers that is beginning to shine through, but boy I sure miss her being itty bitty! Life flies by so quickly with a baby…and even more so now that we are all getting sleep Eliza is so great at going-with-the-flow, and thank goodness she is, with her big bro and sister being so active these days!
It seems like one of Eliza’s favorite pastimes is smiling She is such a smily baby, which is a blessing from God! She is a true joy and delight! She is often fussy in the evenings, but even that is becoming way better as she gets older. Eliza loves it when I sing Head & Shoulders, Knees and Toes to her…and really, when I sing anything to her! Her sweet face lights up with joy! She often giggles when I give her neck kisses, when I play peek-a-boo, and when I nuzzle my head into her tummy. Her laugh is the sweetest!! She watches Abram & Madeline while they play, and they find great delight in making her smile. She’s got such a great routine going on right now, which I know could change any day as she continues to grow and develop! She takes a 2 hour morning nap, a 1.5-2 hour morning nap, sometimes a little catnap before dinner, and she’s been sleeping 12 hours at night since she was about 10 weeks old. For this, I am SO SO SO grateful! Seriously, I don’t know how I would be sane right now if Eliza wasn’t a good sleeper/napper. I’m thankful for the focused time I get with the twins in the morning, and the quiet house for a little while in the afternoon. Nursing is going so well, and that I am so very grateful for as well! I wasn’t able to nurse the twins due to their tummy issues, and it was such an emotional ride of learning about that and hearing that they needed a very specialized formula. I grieved the fact that I wouldn’t be able to nurse them, but it was definitely best for them. With Eliza, the first month and a half or so was really challenging – keeping her awake for feedings, helping her latch properly, learning that she had a tongue and lip tie that needed to be corrected, then helping her re-learn how to latch, and oh the PAIN in those first few weeks! Not to mention, I had a major over-supply, which caused her to cough and joke when she nursed and I got absolutely drenched with milk every time. Ugh!!! It would have been really easy to just throw in the towel, believing that nursing a baby was just too hard, but I also knew from experience how inconvenient bottles are to prepare and wash…so that was my motivation!!! I pressed on because I SO BADLY wanted it to work, and I’m so thankful I didn’t give in to my emotions and call it quits. Once she hit 2 months or so, it got to be really easy and really wonderful. Now that she’s 4 months, I easily get all choked up to think about how nursing her is one of my very favorite things <3
So, if you are trying to figure out a good groove as you nurse your newborn, take heart!!!! It gets easier!!! and oh it is SO WORTH IT! I am constantly amazed by my body’s ability to provide all the nutrition her little body needs! So so cool that God created us like this. Now my biggest challenge is staying hydrated!
We do give her one bottle a day, right before bedtime. I’ve heard lots of stories of babies refusing bottles or only falling asleep for the night if they nurse first, and I didn’t want either of those things to happen!! So I pump at night and my husband or I give her a bottle at night. It’s a great groove for us!
Getting out of the house with all three kids has become a breeze – something I never thought I’d say! And then when I go somewhere with just Eliza or just the twins, it feels like a walk in the park ha!
Pic below- how did these two get to be SO BIG?! They are a joy in this stage – so vocal about everything and playing together so well, with lots of imagination! It’s so wonderful to see them learn new things every day, and their little voices bring me such delight! I’ll be sad when their little kid voices are matured and they say everything properly 😉 One thing Abe says often – “Eliza is my best gift ever!” AH! So sweet. Abram & Madeline are so caring for her – they love helping out by putting in her paci, talking to her if she’s crying, bringing her toys, and on and on! Such a good brother and sister! And just for FUN! Here are all 3 children at 4 months old! <3
Thanks for reading! I’ll share more of my 4 months postpartum journey with you soon!