I cannot believe it’s been a month since we met our sweet Nora!
Let me just tell you that we are in LOVE. First of all, I was 110% convinced that Nora was going to be a boy. I was shocked when my husband announced (in a super surprised voice) that it was a GIRL! I immediately started crying – I was in total shock. I had honestly imagined having a house with all boys (and I loved that idea!) so actually adding a girl into my picture of our family was such a mental shift for me (and one that I am so excited about!).
The transition from one to two kids has been easier than the transition from zero to one baby. A lot of this is due to the fact that Nora has been an extremely sweet baby, and is just doing a great job at being one month old.
Nora is nursing about every 2-3 hours during the day, and nurses efficiently so our feeding times aren’t super long. At night she’s about every 3-4 hours and goes down really well after she nurses. Hallelujah! After struggling with nursing for so long with Isaac, this was a huge answer to prayer.
We were able to have my husband home for a week after Nora came home from the hospital, and this was a crucial week for our family. Isaac had a tough time adjusting to having a sibling. He was never mean towards Nora, but he was acting out a lot. Honestly, all of our attention was on him for the first few weeks, and I thank God that Nora allowed us to do that!! Negative behaviors that had been eliminated months ago resurfaced and I was so discouraged. Isaac was constantly seeking negative attention even though we were pouring on the positive attention.
I am so thankful that after this first month, we seem to be back to more of the typical almost two year old behaviors, and have progressed past the initial super tough behaviors of the first few weeks. Isaac falls more in love with his sister every day, and my heart melts every time he says, “Mommy pet Nora?” or “Love you Nora” or when she’s crying: “Mommy pick it up”. When I pick him up out of his crib in the morning, the first thing he asks for is Daddy. The second thing he asks for is Nora I know he’s going to be thrilled when she’s able to start interacting with him!
Another story for another day is how Nora came into this world – but I ended up having a second c-section. The thing I was most nervous about with having a c-section was recovering with an active (and heavy) toddler and a newborn. It seemed insurmountable to me! Thank God my recovery has been incredible! Having my husband around for the first week and my mom around for the second week was crucial, and was so helpful in many ways. One month out and I’m feeling completely like myself, and I’m able to lift my sweet babies again and enjoy morning walks with my kids!
Nora – you are truly a gift from God. I love watching you sleep, and your sleepy smiles melt my heart. When you grip my finger, I remind myself to stop what I’m doing and to cherish these moments, because they go entirely too fast. I love you, your brother and your daddy with everything I have, and I pray every day that I can show that to all three of you!
All of the adorable headbands in these pictures are from my dear friend’s shop The Golden Polka Dot. She’s an amazing mom who makes quality products for a great price! She was kind enough to offer all of my reader a discount – if you use the code “adventure” you can take 15% off of your purchase!
Disclaimer: I received discounted products, but purchased them (+ more!) with my own money. I love this shop & I know you will too!