Aurora's first month in photos is up on my Flickr HERE.
How can it be a month already?! It's always interesting how those last few weeks of pregnancy drag by and then as soon as the baby arrives time starts to fly. Aurora is now one month old and I feel like it has been a blur, a blur of days and nights and comfort and love.
Compared to my post partum time with Luna it has been like night and day. It appears that the body really does bounce back a lot faster after a natural childbirth. No after affects of medication, no post-epidural back and knee aches and a lot more energy. Then again I am getting about the same amount of sleep as I was getting while pregnant so that also helps - and my body has become so used to sleep deprivation that it's just the norm nowadays. With Luna I was getting about 2 hours a night for the first 3 months!
Aurora is a "good" sleeper. She doesn't fight sleep like Luna did/does, and will sleep in 4 hour stretches at night. And while she usually starts her night in her rock n play, she ends up sleeping next to me once she wakes up, that way I can feed her and go back to sleep at the same time, Aurora on one side, Luna on the other and Cesar on the other side of Luna. We are going to have to get a bed guard soon as I placed Aurora on her play mat yesterday and she tried to roll. I thought it was a fluke, but she did it several times. She's a strong one! It’s funny because with Luna I was always reading up on milestones and what new things she would be learning every month, with Aurora I just want her to stay little for a while so we can all enjoy this time!
So the good sleeping part means that she likes to constantly eat during the day... And you can tell! From 7lbs 14oz and 21.5 in at birth (7lbs 1oz when we left the hospital), she weighed in at 10lbs 3oz at her 1 month appointment (and measured 22 inches). Growing fast, which is most likely due to the fact that she is always hungry. I have become adept at eating, feeding Aurora, and making sure that Luna is fed and entertained. While trying to work at the same time. Unfortunately, work is somewhat on the back burner for a few months, I am working on one project with my favourite client because I can only work at night right now, and want to make sure I don't rush things. And, most importantly, I want to make the most of this time with both girls. They grow so fast and before you know it phases have gone by and there is no getting them back.
On the second day in hospital I noticed that Aurora was appearing a little yellow, and the pediatrician let me know that she was jaundiced, but that her levels were not high enough to warrant UV lights or extra hospital stay. We just had to take her to the clinic for a check-up 48 hours later. She stayed pretty jaundiced for a few weeks, but it’s all gone now! We were able to keep it out of most photos I think! We can now see that she definitely has her father’s darker skin tone, and she’s looking more and more different from her sister every day, but still so alike in some ways. It’s going to be interesting to see if Aurora loses the blond that is streaked through her brown hair too. Natural highlights!
We already have smiles and adorable a little gurgles and coos, a lot of food-cries, that cute startle reflex that disappears so fast and kicking legs. Big eyes, already a dark brown, that stare at me when I sing along to The Kills and The Cure. She falls asleep in her daddy's arms listening to Marilyn Manson and loves gentle sways and soft voices telling her stories. She hears her older sister’s high pitched tantrums and closes her eyes, shutting them out, probably making a mental note of what noises to make when she needs to make herself heard. She’s a little darling, taking everything in her stride and learning to live in this world of smells and sounds and constant kisses and cuddles. I don’t think that there can be enough kisses and cuddles in this world… Is there anything better than curling up on the couch or in bed and snuggling with those you love the most?
It hasn't been easy, I will post more about that in a few days, but it certainly has been amazing. You think that you are giving all your love already and then suddenly it opens up, wider and deeper, infinite. I am constantly in awe of these little beings that we have created. And it just keeps getting better; you learn something new every day, about yourself and about others, just in the same way as your newborn learns something new too. This journey we are on continues to amaze me.