Goodness I cannot believe how the time is FLYING!!! I thought the pregnancy went fast – well at least until the last few weeks – but life after his birth has been a whirlwind! Sometimes I find myself not having time to go to the bathroom (reminds me of when I worked at UM for L’Oreal LOL) and so writing here has been difficult. I really would like to keep up with this though so I’m going to try harder to write at least a couple times a month. With the other writing that I do though, it might not be so easy; at least not until we get a schedule going.
Today Samuel has been sleeping a lot. He also slept great last night! I have stopped keeping track of his feedings and diaper changes. Labor Day weekend just passed and with Michael home, we were busy, especially that Sunday and so I just decided to stop writing every little thing down. I mean I pretty much know what is normal for him at this point so I feel confident in myself to know if it looks like he is eating less or something.
He has still been having issues with the gassiness and colic though I have found that the swaddling and white noise helps tremendously! I thought in the beginning that he hated the swaddle as he would just continue crying and crying but after our friend Drew swaddled him on Labor Day, I realized that I just wasn’t doing it tight enough and so that is why it didn’t have any affect on him. I guess with Samuel being my first baby, I really have been treating him like glass and so even watching Drew swaddle him had me a little nervous but when I saw how comfortable it actually made Samuel, it made me feel bad I didn’t figure it out sooner. He quiets down almost immediately; it truly is amazing!
During Samuel’s first month, mom and Lorenzo were here and he also got to meet Aunt Ariana and great grandma and grandpa. Everyone was such a big help to us, really taking care of Charly and all of us by helping to cook and clean. I definitely felt blessed to have them here, especially my mom in those first days when everything is so new and I really felt like I had no idea what to do. It was nice to have her reassurance and have her tell me I was being a great mom as that is all I want to do, be a great mom to Samuel and a great wife and daughter and sister. Family really is everything and I just feel so blessed to have the family that we do. We are incredibly lucky and I’m so grateful to be able to raise Samuel with our family.
I’m looking forward to making our trip north – probably not until Thanksgiving now – and having the rest of the family meet Samuel. He has already grown so much that I can’t even imagine what he will be like then, but I am excited to continue watching him grow and change in the upcoming days. Being a mom is definitely the greatest blessing I ever could have imagined and though it is tiring with all these middle of the night feedings and diaper changes and melt downs lol and it is hard to imagine ever getting even five hours of sleep in a row again, I just feel so blessed and I truly know that it won’t be like this forever and so I’m really just trying to enjoy the experience and take it for what it is.
Michael is away for awhile at school, but I’m excited to see what the Marine Corps is going to decide for us in the coming months and where we will end up next. I am definitely over living in the South and sooo looking forward to experiencing something new. Well, Samuel is waking up so I must go. Until next time!