Saturday, February 21, 2009
Coming up on her six-week birthday, we're happy to report that Maribelle is quickly becoming a "biiiig girl" and is now weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. She's an eating machine, and is eating about every two hours around the clock. Which brings me to a question that I've been getting a lot lately: How are you enjoying your time at home with Maribelle, and what do you do all day long?
Of course I'm loving the time with Baby Belle and getting to know her more and more as she changes right before our eyes. Being a first-time parent (and a paranoid one, at that), every day brings a new situation for me to obsess over, Google or call my mom about, just to make sure everything is "normal." That's been the hardest part for me, learning to relax and accept the fact that babies do some pretty weird things. For example, Maribelle is the noisiest little baby I've ever met. When she sleeps, she puts on quite a show as she snorts, grunts, squeals, blows bubbles and tosses and turns for what seems like forever. Who would have thought it's perfectly normal for a baby to do that?!?
As for how I'm spending my days, they are pretty much a cycle of nursing, burping, changing diapers, and, lately, trying repeatedly to put Maribelle down once she falls asleep. Some days Maribelle sleeps most of the day with about a two- to four-hour awake period, and other days she's awake for what seems like the WHOLE day and refuses to be anywhere but in my arms. Those are the days when the baby swing is my saving grace.
When she's in a playful mood, we practice doing "tummy time," which she enjoys. Her neck muscles are getting so strong!
And by about five or six o'clock, we start counting down the hours until Daddy's arrival home from work. Most days, that's the best time of all, for both Mommy and Maribelle.