That being said, we have had a FABULOUS first week with Gloria. She is a BEYOND amazing baby. Liliana was always a great baby and a great sleeper, but I have to admit, Gloria is substantially more easy going. She has yet to cry for more than 6 minutes in a day. We do a few sessions of tummy time on a daily basis and usually (or at least Liliana) babies cry after a while on tummy time. Not this girl. She just plays and plays and plays. Evan and I can't get over it!
As for sleep? I guess we're lucky with our babies. The shortest she has gone at night is 3.5 hours. I've even been breast feeding some this go around, so it's not just that I'm drowning her in formula (as people often say).
The first night we got home from the hospital, my back was still in EXCRUCIATING pain from the epidural. I couldn't lie down without being in a huge amount of pain. Fortunately for me, I have the most amazing and supportive husband on earth. Evan didn't let me do any feedings the first two nights home. He insisted I take some medication to help my back pain and to help me sleep. The first night, I slept 10 hours straight. Evan was even on call that first night, so I don't know how he kept walking, but I really did appreciate his demanding that I let myself recover.
Since then, I have felt GREAT! It took me nearly 2 weeks to feel back to normal after having Liliana. This time around, I felt nearly 100% at 3 days! I don't know if it was the fact that I slept so well, if it was the fact that this is my second baby, or a combination of all of this, but it all went so quickly.
Speaking of brilliantly, EVERYTHING happened faster this go around. My labor went SO quickly. Gloria lost her little umbilical cord at 5 days, I took my first poop 3 days after! (yes, when you're a Mom, this is a big moment for you when your bowels finally return back to normal, so TOO BAD for you if you're grossed out by my comments!), AND my milk came in WAY WAY sooner ... like a week sooner. My boobs have been RIDICULOUSLY engorged again and I have no problem with milk supply (fortunately). Gloria doesn't really enjoy latching much, but I've just been pumping and putting it in a bottle so when Evan gets home, he can help feed.
I am so in love with this little girl. Liliana is too! Liliana has been in Dallas with family for the past few days and gets home tomorrow. I CAN NOT wait to see her. I've missed her SO very much and while she was gone, Evan repainted Liliana's room and I've spent some time reorganizing it. It'll be a BIG GIRL room when she gets home! : )
Here's my life in pictures as of this last week ... and you know what? I can't recall feeling this happy in a long time. I am BEYOND happy with life. With my complete little family. With my two perfect girls. With the most amazing, kind, loving, and sexy husband on this planet. Life is not just good. It's great.
We had to get our bilirubin levels down earlier this week and I put her in the doorway so the sun would hit her and keep her warm. I was making some etsy prints and when I looked again, I saw this! Guess we need to buckle from day 1! : )
Really? How can this be comfortable?
Liliana and Gloria meet for the first time at the hospital.
This was probably one of the most ENDEARING moments of my life. One I will never ever forget.
yeah, this picture is going to be enlarged and put in our home somewhere.
How can you not smile when you see it?
My loves in one picture.
Liliana loves reading to Gloria. Gloria's not too interested yet, but soon and soon enough ...
Like I said: life is good. No, it's great.