Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lucille Jane – one month in

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One month!  I don’t know how this happened.

First, let me introduce Lucille Jane, born October 9th at 7:46pm, weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces, 19.5 inches long.  She had a full head of dark hair and is as perfect as can be.

Her birth was for the most part, thankfully, uneventful.  I was two days overdue and we had gone to see the doctor, anticipating that we would be scheduling an induction for the following week.  My blood pressure was extremely high and my doctor sent us right over to the hospital.  I was admitted and hooked up to an IV and pitocin was started by am 11:30am.  By 1:30pm my water had broken on it’s own.  The hospital staff was trying to keep my blood pressure regulated.  It was high so they administered some medication to bring it down.  Then when my epidural was administered, it tanked, so I was given more medication to bring it back up.  That part of the day was completely a blur, but the good news is that my epidural worked wonderfully and I wasn’t feeling a thing. 

The day actually flew by.  The whole blood pressure up-and-down thing took some time to regulate and there were a lot of nurses in and out helping.  Both our families were there and they spent the afternoon chatting while I dozed on and off and the rest of the day was so uneventful that I don’t remember much of it. To tell you the truth I don’t even remember how long I pushed before Lucy arrived.  It was a crazy emotional and rewarding experience and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.  The end result (her!) was 100% worth any kind of pain or downside to pregnancy and labor.

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The most surprising part for me in those first few days is how much I was completely in love with her, from the minute she was placed into my arms.  I think during my pregnancy I had a bit of a mental road block when it came to the birth process.  Not that I was really scared of it, but more that I just didn’t know what to expect, and it was something that I couldn’t control.  Beyond that, I hadn’t really allowed myself to think about what parenthood would be like, or what it would be like to look our little girl in the eye.  And on that note, the best part of the birth was by-far waiting until she arrived to know that she was a SHE.  That moment was one I will never forget.  Everyone in the room was completely silent and then we had a daughter!

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The first few days home from the hospital are now a blur!  I can’t believe our little chunk was that little only a month ago.  She LOVES to eat and has since the moment she was born so her face started to fill out almost immediately.  She had surpassed her birth weight within about a week of being home. And she is still eating like a champ.

We have gotten into a little bit of a rhythm in the last week or so and I already miss those first few days when I felt like I barely had time to eat because I was so busy learning about her and her needs.  She is such a rockstar though, I cannot complain.  Lucy is so easy-going and calm-natured.  With me as her mother I would have expected anything but calm-natured but somehow I am calm with her.  I’m just so in love with this girl!

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We spend our days eating and napping, and some days we venture to Target or Hobby Lobby.  We have made it to church a couple of times and we have already taken a road trip to visit my family.  She just goes with the flow and is such a happy girl.  We totally won the lottery with this one!

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One month in, Lucy is recognizing our voices and will smile when we talk to her.  She is reacting to other loud noises, too.  She is making some noises of her own.  She is rocking tummy time already.  Her neck and arms are getting strong.  She’s constantly moving her arms around…we have never been able to fully swaddle her.  Even in that first picture, her arms were free.  From day one, she wanted nothing to do with having those confined.  She usually sleeps with her arms above her head!

Lucy loves to stare at lights and mirrors, and loves listening to her Daddy sing.  She has a strong appetite and is growing everyday.  She is sleeping extremely well at this moment – usually a 5-6 hour stretch each night, followed by 3 more.  We haven’t worked on a schedule, per-se, but the last few days she has really created her own (my daughter would totally create her own schedule.) where she eats, stays awake for 30-45 minutes during which we read, or play or just stare at each other and talk. I can tell when she starts to get tired and if I put her down, she will be asleep in minutes.  I know that we are completely and totally spoiled!

One month in I have to say that motherhood and having a daughter is so cool!  That sounds ridiculous but it’s just. so. cool.

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8 Responses to “Lucille Jane – one month in”

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    Amy @Very Culinary — November 12, 2015 @ 5:39 pm

    Aaaaah, she’s precious! Super congrats!

    • Cassie replied: — November 14th, 2015 @ 11:07 am

      Thanks, Amy!

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    Alaina {Fabtastic Life} — November 13, 2015 @ 11:31 am

    congratulations again cassie, shes so so beautiful! so glad to hear how smoothly everything is going, aren’t babies the best?!

    • Cassie replied: — November 14th, 2015 @ 11:07 am

      Thanks so much, Alaina. Babies are the best…better than I could have ever imagined!

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    Julie — November 13, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    Beautiful….looks like she got your dimples….. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — November 14th, 2015 @ 11:07 am

      Thank you, Julie, she sure did!

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    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — November 17, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

    Love this little cutie pie! So happy for you, Cassie! xo ps. daughters are very cool! 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — November 22nd, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Sandy!

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