Oh goodness. It's been a little over two weeks since the babe was born and I still haven't gotten the birth story posted. I have it all typed up and ready to go, but I am waiting for my birth photographer to get pictures to me (she's on vacation at the moment) so I can post them with the story. So it looks like it's going to be a hot minute for that.
These past two weeks have been awesome and exhausting. Newborns are a lot of work in and of themselves - but add a two (almost three) year old to the mix and you've got yourself a party! Just kidding. It's not a party. It is HARD. People were right, though - it's easier to have the extra kid to take care of than it is to be pregnant with a toddler on the side. So I guess I have that to be thankful for!
I have only survived these past two weeks because of my mom helping with Gabe and the cleaning (she helps with the baby, too, of course), Gabriel magically being rather well-behaved since Eva was born, and most importantly--my super amazing, sweet, supportive husband. McKay is the best of the best. I don't know what I would do without him!
Another handy little tool I use all day every day? Daily Connect. (No, this is NOT a sponsored plug...I just really love it) It's an app that I downloaded on my phone months ago to help track Gabriel's days. I wanted to keep track of when he went on the potty, when he had accidents, when he started "quiet time", how much water he was drinking (he was getting dehydrated), etc. I loved it!
Now? I love it more.
I can track everything! I always know when Eva's last diaper change was and whether it was wet, dirty, or both. (You can even note the color, size, and consistency...) I know when she last nursed and which side(s) she nursed from and how long. I can keep track of when I last pumped and how much milk I got. I also never have to guess how long she's been sleeping or when her last nap was. I. Freaking. LOVE. This app. You can even keep track of milestones, mood patterns, doctor visits, weight, height, temperature, medicine administered, etc. They thought of everything! You can track multiple children both on your phone and on the Daily Connect website. You can set multiple "caregivers" so mom, dad, daycare, grandma, etc. all have access to the same info and stay in sync. There are also handy little charts and bar graphs so you can get a good visual representation of progress, trends, and/or changes. It's awesome. And I only paid $4.99 for it! Take THAT, Itzbeen!!
Anyway, the little'un is waking up and I suppose she'll want to continue the never ending cycle of sleep, eat, poop (with crying splashed in here and there, of course).
Until next time!!
P.S. Two week check up--she grew an inch and a quarter (20.25in), is two ounces over her birth weight (7lb7oz), and is hitting all of her milestones!! Oh yeah--I've lost twenty pounds! (That's five pounds UNDER my pre-prego weight, y'all!! Wahoo!! Breast feeding for the win!!)