Saturday, November 12, 2011
Violet's first month (in Instagrams)
(Oh yes, she is most definitely a second child. While I have taken a few 'real' photos of her with my camera, there are faaar fewer than I took of Victor. Things are so much different now, so much busier, that snapping quick iPhone photos is all I have time and energy for most days. I did get out and do an outdoor newborn session with her a few weekends ago, and I keep meaning to do an indoor session too, but she's now past the newborn stage so I'm not sure if it'll happen or if I'll just wait until her 3 month session. I just keep telling myself that any form of documentation is better than none, so even if it's just iPhone pics, it's still something.)
Well, here we are, time is flying and little Miss Violet is 4 weeks old already. Since I don't have a baby book for her (I'm looking to get the 'girl' version of the one Victor has but I can't find it in town), I better blog what I can remember now so that I can put it in later, or else I will forget for good, I know it.
So here we go, in random point thought form, the only way I can write these days:
*One thing for sure about Miss Violet is that she's going to be bigger than her brother was. When we took her for her doctor's appointment she weighed 8lbs 10oz, and I'm sure she must weight more now since that was over a week ago. She was 8lbs 5 oz at birth, so quite a bit bigger than Victor, and longer too (21.5 inches versus 20). Not sure if that will carry on throughout their lives, we'll see I guess.
*She's a great eater (although messy, like Victor was), and even though I'm using a nipple shield again, it's going well. I don't love breastfeeding anymore this time than I did with Victor (which means I don't like it at all, haha), but I'm still determined to do it as long as possible because honestly, we can't afford for me not to! She's eating about every 3 hours during the day but will go longer at night, usually 4-5 hours, which is nice.
*Speaking of nights and sleeping, that's one area I'd like to try to fix a bit. She's great during the day, sleeps for long stretches with a few awake times in between, but it's her 'witching hour' that I have an issue with, because it usually falls right around when I want to go to sleep and hit my limit of tolerance (from around 10:30-11:00 to 12:30-1:00am). And because Dan is working this time around (he was unemployed for 6 months when Victor was born) it means that I can't rely on him to stay up with her like he used to do with him. Also, I can't sleep in because Victor has been getting up earlier and earlier these days, so all around I'd say I'm more tired than I was when Victor was a newborn, but of course I knew that would be the case. Anyway, Violet usually goes down between 10:00-1:00, and then wakes up for the day at around 8:30am or so.
*She's into looking at things when she can, but most the time just snoozes and sleeps. She likes to be held but is definitely ok with being put down on the couch, which is nice because her brother still requires quite a bit of attention! She doesn't cry much, and I try to respond to her as soon as I can so that we can keep her calm for the most part (Victor was never much of a crier either, I've been lucky with my babies.)
*Speaking of her brother, for the most part he wants nothing to do with her and still gets a bit jealous if he sees me holding her when he wants me to do something with/for him. He won't go near her and refuses to touch her. He has occasionally pointed at her and said "baba" (bébé/baby"), so at least he understands what she is, but he's still too young to really 'get it'. I think he knows she's here to stay though, so we'll see what happens as they both get older.
*I'm not sure if it's because this is my second baby or if it's because it's Violet in particular, but I find that she's quite amusing, and I find myself smiling and laughing with her more than I did with Victor. It's probably because I'm less nervous/worried than I was the first time around, so now I'm more observant of just how pleasant a newborn can be. Her little faces and expressions are so cute (she has really deep set eyes so her brow furrows out quite a bit, resulting in grimaces and little funny frowns), and everything she does is just funny to me.
*She looks very different than her brother (I know I keep comparing them and that I should stop, hopefully I will when it starts to matter!) She has blue-ish grey eyes that aren't as big, and almost no hair (except for a little bit in the back), no eyelashes, and a bit of millia on her chin. I'm not saying that she isn't cute, it's just that Victor was so 'pretty' when he was young, that her look is totally apart from that. We have no idea who she looks like (she sometimes looks to have Dan's mouth, but it's hard to tell), and a different temperament too. I'm very curious to see who this little lady will become in the next year and beyond.
Well that's it I suppose, considering I started this post 3 weeks ago (she's actually 7 weeks old now) I better just write what I can and call it a day! I want to try and update every month like I did with Victor, so hopefully I'll be back in a couple of weeks to write about Weeks 4-8 (she smiles now!), but I'm learning not to promise anything because it's rare that I can meet a deadline or goal these days. That's just life with two little ones I guess!
I miss blogging, but it's just a phase in my life where there's not much room for it...but that will change in time too.
Be back, not sure when, don't wait up,