Monday, November 3, 2008

Breakthrough

We are finally getting our bearings around here and things are going well. Being a mom is hard work. I won't lie. And it's especially difficult for a breastfeeding mom. But, I am hanging in there and each day with this little guy is a joy. It's been almost a month since he was born and that is so hard to believe! Time really does fly.

We had a breakthrough over the weekend. Charlie finally took his pacifier. Since we were in the hospital, he has shown no interest in the pacifier. And it's been a source of struggle, because this little boy needs to suckle. A LOT. And mom cannot be his personal pacifier!! Combined with a nice tight swaddle, the pacifier allowed him to sleep in his crib for a 3 hour stretch this weekend. Hallelujah!!

Charlie and I also took our first solo trip out of the house today. We went to the post office, and to the dry cleaners. I never in my entire life, thought it would be so hard to leave the house with an infant, but it really is!! I never know what his disposition is going to be like, but today, he was in a sunny mood, so we ventured out. We also made a trip to Target with Daddy over the weekend to "test the waters." Both trips were very successful and I finally feel like a new person that can actually leave the house with confidence! WOO HOO!!

I have learned a whole lot about myself and Curtis over the past 4 weeks. And of course, that learning process has all started with getting to know our son. We've had some struggles, and some frustrations, but most of all, it's been a whole lot of fun. I have a level of patience that I never knew existed inside of me. And I can live off of only a couple hours of sleep. Something I never knew I could do!! Curtis is an amazing father...something I always knew he would be. And the two of us together might not be able to hang a picture on the wall without an argument, but we can keep a baby alive with not much effort. I think that says it all!! :o) I also learned that I will NEVER SAY NEVER. Parenting is hard stuff, and you have to do what you need to do to get by. Overall, this adventure has been a real trip. And we can't wait to keep on this journey.

A lot of you have requested new pictures. I posted them here:

Charlie J

And here is a picture of Charlie, doing something he does very well. :o)

3 comments:

Shana said...

Em I'm so glad to hear that things are coming together for you. Charlie is such a cutie! Thanks for sharing. Those of us that have yet to face mommyhood will be looking to you soon for advice!

**Danielle** said...

Thanks for the update Em, I've been thinking about you guys lots!! Glad to hear you sounding so confident :)

Christina said...

Glad to hear things are getting better. It is still nice to hear that I am not the only one that still gets anxious about venturing out with a newborn (and 2 other kids for that matter). Love reading your stories. I looked through your pictures and am loving all of his stylish clothes and accessories! His hair is so nice too. I love the color of it. Snuggle him lots!