Can she really be two weeks old already? Time has seemed to evaporate and I live each day in moments. What’s crazy to think about too, is even though she’s two weeks old today, tomorrow is technically my due date!
Overall we are all doing really well. Cami is a really good baby. She eats really well (thankful for Lansinoh and Tylenol!) and sleeps really well. She loves being cuddled and there are plenty of arms in the house to hold her!
We have nicknamed her Squishy and Squeaker. Hailee still calls her Kayla, or simply baby sister.
Hailee is really great with her little sister, even though Cami isn’t all that fun for her right now. Hailee is really patient with how much Cami takes me away from her and doesn’t seem to resent how many hours a day I spend sitting with Cami, feeding her and snuggling her.
It makes my heart happy to see that Hailee has another sibling to love on. I love seeing Hailee come in the morning and announce if Cami is awake or not and then proceeds to bounce her and sing to her.
It’s also been extremely helpful to have my mom around and Chad to have a flexible work schedule these last two weeks. This provides Hailee with some extra attention and diversion while I’m busy being mom to a newborn. It also allows me to get an extra two hours of sleep each morning as I pass off Cami to Grammy or her Dad.
Speaking of sleep, it has gotten somewhat better for me. We ended up buying and overnight shipping this baby monitor: The snuza.
It has helped me feel less anxious about sleeping, knowing that an alarm will sound if the snuza stops detecting movements for 20 seconds. This is extremely helpful as the more sleep deprived I get, the less I can keep myself in a light stage of sleep to listen for her. It has also helped me to not panic as much when I wake up and Cami has been asleep for a long period of time.
Emotionally, I’m doing really well. Yes I have teary moments. A lot of times, those teary moments are of gratitude and love. There is something so healing about having Cami to hold and love. Other times the teary moments are about grief and fear. Largely I am happy. I feel more patient with Cami, I think as result of what we’ve gone through. Although I did get a smidge frustrated at 3am last night as I changed her jammies three times because she kept peeing each time I took her diaper off! But every morning I wake up and say a prayer of gratitude for another day with my little girls!
And I feel like Charlie is close to us right now too. I feel closer to him since Cami has come to our family, than I have in awhile. Charlie’s orchids are blooming like crazy and I feel like he’s telling me hello each time I see them. I also feel like he’s been watching over us during this vulnerable time of transition for our little family. I feel really grateful for those feelings of comfort and connection to my Charlie angel.