Our baby girl is three weeks old today! These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions and changes, and being pregnant feels like a lifetime ago. We have had a lot of time to bond with our sweet daughter, and it’s hard to believe that there was actually a time when we didn’t have her in our lives. There is so much I want to tell you about Penelope, that it’s difficult to know where to start!
First of all, she clearly looks like her daddy. She inherited my blue eyes (who knows if they’ll stay that way), but she is obviously her father’s daughter. That head of thick dark hair, that olive skin…I have to say when I saw her for the first time, I was shocked that this little baby had come out of me, with my pale skin and blonde hair. And yet now I can’t imagine her looking any other way. She is absolutely adorable (I realize I’m kind of biased, but honest, she is)!
Second, our girl likes to eat! All babies like to eat, but Penny likes to EAT. Oftentimes one feeding will run right into the other, so I am never far away. I have really enjoyed bonding with her in this way, and being able to give her what she needs to feel content, but I look forward to introducing some bottles to her this week so that dad can experience feeding her as well. And maybe take over a night time feeding once in a while…
Even though Penny seems to eat almost all day long, she actually lets us get some decent sleep at night. There were a few rough nights in the beginning, but as her little tummy has grown and we have adjusted our routine to make her last feed before bedtime more calm and peaceful (no tv or bright lights), she has been sleeping for 3 to 5 hours between feedings. And boy, has she grown! We went to our pediatrician the other day, and she told us that the goal was for Penelope to have gained back to her birth weight of 8 lbs, and she has surpassed that by a lot. Our little girl currently weighs 9 lbs 2 oz! I think it’s mostly hiding in those sweet pudgy cheeks, which I can’t stop kissing. So yummy!
In the short time that we have known her, we have discovered that Penny likes to eat (I believe I already mentioned that one), be swaddled, dance with her daddy, nap in her swing, take baths, get baby massages, snuggle on our chests, look at lights, ride in the car, go for walks in her stroller, listen to the bathroom fan and hair dryer, and practice funny faces. Sometimes when she is drifting off to sleep, she will move her eyes all around, purse her lips, then smile and giggle, revealing the tiniest dimple in her left cheek. It is the sweetest thing. Kevin says she is practicing because she knows that soon enough, she is going to be smiling and laughing a lot in our happy little family that already adores her. I hope that is true. I can’t wait until those smiles and giggles are purposeful. But until then, I am content just to stare at her for hours at a time. Each day she stares back just a little bit longer, studying my face and showing me those bright blue eyes. Will I ever get sick of staring in wonder at this beautiful little creature? Not likely.
Did my heart love til now? Forswear it, sight!
For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.