Oh hey world! I’ve sat down to write a different post (a look at the first 3 weeks!) no less than a dozen times, but alas the baby snuggles have gotten the best of me and I can’t seem to find the free hands to finish it just yet. I remember A being snuggly, but a part of me thinks B just might be more snuggly. He’s certainly already proclaiming himself as a mama’s boy, and I’m not mad about it. I understand now more than ever how quickly the time flies, and before I know it I’m going to blink and he’ll be A’s age. These newborn days are long and hard, but they somehow pass by at the speed of light. I’m genuinely enjoying them more as well, which is a stark comparison to my experience with A. I obviously enjoyed my time with her more than anything in the world, but I don’t think I’ve experienced near the amount of baby blues and anxiety that I had with her, and I feel like the newborn fog has lifted much sooner. That first baby is just hard, ya’ll! I’m sure it’s a combination of B simply being a more chill baby and knowing what to expect as a second time mom, but I’m thankful for a clearer mind this time around. I still have weepy moments in the evenings on occasion, mainly moments of guilt towards not being able to play as much with A, but I’m keeping a watchful eye for any signs of true anxiety again. As far as having two kids now, we’re all still learning as we go.
With that being said, I’m also trying to give myself grace as far as to-do lists go. I’ve got tons of things I could be doing, and would like to do, but I don’t want to rush this precious time. Babies don’t keep, and each day is a day you can never get back. Adam has proven once again to be an incredible partner and teammate in all of this and I know he’s there to back me up. The laundry and dishes can wait, the blog posts can be postponed, and fitting back into my pre-pregnancy jeans doesn’t have to happen right away. I return to work in November, and until that time I plan on truly soaking up this season with my little family of four – literally, and figuratively – fall is such a magical time to have a newborn!
I don’t think I have the energy yet really either to fully dive into a post on all things postpartum/the first 3 weeks, but I do plan on writing it up in the very near future before I forget everything! I have parts of it drafted, so if you have any questions, send them my way! So today I just wanted to share our favorites from our newborn session we received back recently. We had these taken when B was just 5 days old, and once again I’m so glad we made the effort. Once again, newborn photos left me a sweaty, exhausted mess but I love how our photographer captured our family and sweet boy. I love lifestyle sessions, and one day will love looking back at these moments captured permanently in our own home. If you’re in the Fort Worth area, check out Katie Ellisor for sure! (She also did our maternity photos.)
If you really want to stalk baby B and I’s maternity leave schnanigans, I regularly over-share on Instagram – feel free to follow along!