She’s here!!! Can you guys believe it?! Our sweet Sofia Rose arrived on January 5, 2020 at 5:03am and she’s as perfect as can be. John and I are so in love with her and we have been soaking up every moment with our sweet girl. The love we have for this little human is indescribable and we’ve never been happier. Tonight I’m sharing Sofia’s newborn photos that we shot when she was just eight days old, as well as a quick update on our life at home with a newborn and how we’re adjusting as first time parents and as a family of three!
It’s been three weeks since we brought Sofie home and she’s changed so much already in such a short amount of time (she’s 24 days old today). I’ve been embracing this newborn stage and trying not to take any of my time with her for granted, including those long and sometimes sleepless nights because I know this stage won’t last forever.
John stayed home with us for the first two weeks and his mom has been coming over almost every day for a few hours at a time to help out and spend time with her granddaughter. She brings us lunch or dinner, tidies up, holds Sofie while she sleeps so I can take a shower and get some rest or to just get things done (there’s a lot more laundry and cleaning up to do these days). Yesterday I made my first trip to Target and even managed to put some lipstick on (a win-win) which made me feel like a brand new woman after spending every day over the past few weeks in my pajamas or sweats with a newborn attached to my breast 90% of the time. Newborns feed on demand and around the clock the first few weeks so it’s been a huge adjustment for me since I used to get 8 hours of sleep each night and get dressed up for work and now I’m waking up every 2-3 hours to nurse and am lucky if I brush my hair and teeth in the morning!
I had always planned on breastfeeding so I was really fortunate that Sofie was able to latch on from day one and is nursing like a champ. She’s growing and filling out each day and is completely healthy which is all we could ask for. As far as Sofie’s personality and temperament, she’s such a good baby. She’s super sweet, loves to cuddle, smiles and only gets fussy when she needs a diaper change or to nurse. I try to be good about feeding her as soon as she starts suckling on her hands which is one of the early cues a newborn is hungry and not waiting too long for her to start crying. We do go through a period when she gets fussier than usual and needs to cluster feed every 20-30 minutes or so over a period of a couple of hours at night. It does seems to be fading out (thankfully), but basically she flails one arm and “punches” my breast, kicks her legs and grows really impatient while she nurses. They say the level of Prolactin which is the hormone that signals the breasts to make more milk is higher in the evening which contributes to a drop in your milk supply. Never come in between a newborn and their milk! It’s pretty funny actually and we’ve been meaning to record it one of these days and show it to her when she’s older.
Even though I currently have the sole responsibility of feeding Sofie, John has been such a big help in other ways and does whatever he can, whenever he can such as changing her diapers, spending time with her and holding her as soon as he gets home from work, driving us to the pediatrician’s office and running out for groceries or whenever we need something. Having that kind of support from your partner and your family is so important and makes a world of difference for new moms because those first few weeks with a newborn can be tough and exhausting. We both have so much respect for those single parents out there who are doing this all on their own and a big shout out to all the amazing dads out there who support their partners and are their for their kids because they want to be, not just when they have to be.
As far as milestones, Sofie has been staying awake longer during the day, is really alert and curious, makes great eye contact and has really strong reflexes (she’s been able to hold her neck up a bit since a few days after she was born). We’re looking forward to seeing her grow more and more each day and seeing her personality come through. Becoming a family of three has been a welcome change and quite a bit of an adjustment as first time parents, but we’re getting the hang of it and are doing the best we can.
[Photography Credit]: McCarrell Photography