These past two weeks have flown by. They have kind of been a blur, so I am grateful for pictures to remind me what has gone on.
They have been filled with lots of snuggle time, bath time, sleepless nights, candy overload on my part, laundry, and doctors appointments.
The first week of Penelope's life were filled with pricks from the doctors office. She had jaundice that was not going away. Her poor little heels. I had a hard time watching the first time they pricked her heel. I'm not going to lie it made me tear up. We also had to supplement formula for a little while to try and get her weight up. After non stop nursing, consults with the lactation specialist, pumping, and bottle feeding we got her weight back up.
I felt like a failure at first because I wasn't getting her enough calories with breast feeding alone. I had heard from others how tough breast feeding can be. I always just thought it would come easy and natural, but when you have a baby that is constantly sleepy and doesn't like to suck, it makes things a little more difficult. I am grateful I stuck with it though. There were many times I wanted to give up. Penelope is doing much better and we are off the bottles for now to help her improve her sucking abilities.
I spend most of my time on the chair in my living room or in my bed. I am an around the clock feeding machine. I had no idea how often new borns have to eat.
Tyson is the best dad. He lights up the second he sees Penelope. He never complains about changing a diaper or trying to get her to burp in the middle of the night. There is nothing like seeing more, than those two together.
We took the babe to go meet Gigi and her puppies. Gigi already seemed so concerned when she heard Penelope cry. It was so cute to see her with the puppies.
We have had so many great people come to visit and bring meals. I am still overwhelmed with gratitude for friends, family, and ward members that brought us dinner. The food was so delicious and it was so nice not having to worry about making dinner. I now know just how much it means to receive one of those cooked meals.
Penelope weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. at her two week check up and has grown over an inch and a half. I can't believe how much she has already grown. I want time to slow down. I love this new stage of life that I am in.
Motherhood is one of the greatest things that has happened to me. I hope to cherish every second and just enjoy each moment as it comes.