I think I have started at least three blogs since giving birth to Valentine over four weeks ago. However, I keep stalling on them because of fatigue or lack of time. To make this blog actually happen, I am going to keep it concise by summarizing the key points from each of my blog drafts.

**Valentine had her 1 month check up last Wednesday. Her stats are as follows: Her weight: 10 pounds 1 oz. Her head circumference: 15 inches and her length is 21 and three quarters inches. She is a big, health, and happy girl who is already noticing everything around her. In fact I got my first smile this past week. It made my last few weeks (which were sometimes difficult!) all worth it!

Valentine

**While I was relishing in Valentine’s 5hr (straight) sleeps these past  few weeks, I enjoyed my first full 7hrs of sleep last night. It was the best thing since Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!

Valentine

**The SMARTEST thing that I did was making the decision to hire Lisa Waldo as our Doula and Post Partum Doula. (Thank you Cam Delaney for the referral.)  Not only is Lisa helping us now, but she helped us get organized before delivering of our baby, as well as being our advocate in the delivery room. I had a “birth wish list” that I shared with my doctor, nurses, and with Lisa. Luckily, with Lisa’s help I was able to have the birth that I envisioned. It was so good, in fact, that minutes after leaving the hospital, I told Michael that I wanted to do it again. :) Lisa has also helped us with the transition to parenthood. With her expertise we are getting seven hours of straight sleep with a four week old. We LOVE Lisa!

**While breast feeding is sometimes difficult, I am lucky as I haven’t experienced any issues. I am aware of the many potential pitfalls and have been fortunate enough to avoid most of them . Additionally, I have really enjoyed the opportunities to bond with my sweet daughter this past month. That being said, cabbage, a heating pad, and lanolin are “must haves” when nursing a newborn. I am a bit worried, however, what sort of bra I should buy when I  can start exercising again…

Valentine

**I am lucky to have such an amazing partner to help me. One small example is during the first two weeks, I was afraid to swaddle the baby by myself because I was worried that I wouldn’t do it right and that I would suffocate her. Michael got up with me during each of those nighttime feedings and diaper changes to help me swaddle her back up. This is only ONE example of what an awesome father and partner Michael is.

Family time!

**We have amazing friends. During the first two weeks, Michael and I were in “survival mode”. We didn’t know it at the time, but we were exhausted and we were just getting by. We are extremely grateful for all of our friends who dropped by to give us food or to extend a helping hand. Even the smallest of gestures is appreciated.

Valentine

Valentine

**While I have not exercised yet (minus our regular family walks around the neighborhood), I have set a few goals for myself.  I’m proud to say that I have achieved my goal of taking a shower every other day.  This has not been a given, and it has taken commitment!

**Early days of motherhood had me convinced that I may never leave the house again. Being tied to a newborn child was rewarding, for sure, but it was also demanding. For a couple weeks I thought I might never return to the outside world, but I have since realized that I’ll regain portions of my old life piece by piece.  And I might even make it back to showering every day!

One thing is for sure…we have made lots of great memories already this past month. Keep checking in for continued updates.