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Life These Days: An Update

Life these days is quite different from the hectic workdays and short evenings I'd become accustomed to. Having Camille in our lives has definitely made us slow down a bit and appreciate, well -- the small things in life.

When we brought our daughter home Friday, May 16th, we were so happy to have her under our roof. We had two successful nights under our belt in the hospital, and while our sleep was definitely interrupted those two nights between feedings and nurses popping in to check my vital signs, we still got a fairly good amount of rest.

That Friday night was a little different. I snapped these photos below of her napping peacefully during the day in her bassinet and wearing her Halo SleepSack Swaddle. Well, these things are amazing (and so user-friendly), but we experienced a truly wild Friday night of her not sleeping and us -- out of desperation -- pulling out all of the stops that we swore we wouldn't yet, including pacifiers and co-sleeping. The next morning we begged her to forget sleeping in our bed and the pacifier incident, and we went back to the drawing board. I pulled out the hospital blankets that she'd slept so well in the two previous nights, and that is what we used to swaddle her.

Since then, she hasn't slept in anything else! We found the "magic recipe" and I'm scared to veer from it. The SleepSack Swaddles are awesome for daytime cuddles, though, I just swaddle her with her arms out and save the full swaddle experience for nighttime sleeping.




She still looks a bit yellow to me in those photos above, but that quickly went away with time and a little indirect sunlight.

That weekend we had some very close friends to come by and visit her. We also started making outdoor time a daily priority to help her get her days and nights figured out. 


Drake has been amazing. After our first night in the hospital, Ian ran home with a ziplock bag containing a blanket and two hats she'd worn and left them around the house in areas where Drake frequents so that he could get used to her smell. He is so intrigued by her, and he gets cutely agitated when she cries -- he just wants her to be happy!



After doing Friday and Saturday nights as "just us," my mom joined us Sunday evening and stayed through Thursday. Having an extra set of hands allowed Ian to return to work and was incredibly helpful to me. 


With Mom in town, we wrapped up our first week as new parents with folded laundry, an unloaded dishwasher, and considerably less baggage under our eyes.











Another plus is that my very talented Mom brought some adorable pass-down baby clothes for Camille that were worn by me and my sisters. She has an arsenal of gowns and bonnets that she made by hand.



We spend a lot of our days eating and doing diaper changes, so our little Camille is right on schedule! She was back up to her birth weight by one week and feeds about every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night. Ian has been a great help to me and loves speaking to "Little Pea" in the cutest baby voice you've ever heard. I don't want to call him out on it because I'm afraid he'll stop!

I can't wait to share our birth story as well as some of our newborn favorites. But for now, this mama is going to take advantage of a post-feed baby nap and go shower!

46 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your little one! Also,I love what you and your husband did for your pup... putting her smell around the house before she came home! I will have to remember that when I have a baby in a few more years :)

    Justine
    www.lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

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  2. What a sweet little girl! She is beautiful! You look great too, Mama!!!!

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  3. She's so beautiful, congrats again. Enjoy every second!!

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  4. So cute. Isn't the Rocking Sleeper the bomb diggity? We took it with us when we would visit people!

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  5. Those photos of Drake and Camille might be the sweetest things ever! And how funny that she likes those particular blankets to be swaddled in! A girl wants what a girl wants. She is just beautiful, April! xo

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  6. She is beautiful!! Way to go on the "magic recipe" discovery. Ours involved me standing on one foot, SS in a pair of "lucky pajamas", and a sleep sheep. :)

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  7. She is absolutely perfect and beautiful!! But I know I don't need to tell you that ;) I LOVE the pics with Drake, so cute.

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  8. She is precious and you look amazing. Congratulations!

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  9. Oh she is just the sweetest! I'm glad you found what worked for Camille - amazing what a difference each blanket can make!!

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  10. She is so beautiful! Those dresses are so sweet!

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  11. Congratulations to you and your little family!!!

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  12. She's so beautiful! Love these pictures of her & cannot wait to see more :)

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  13. Yay, she is just adorable! So happy for you, Liz! :)

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  14. Those bonnets, swoon! C looks so dang adorable. GiGi or Happy or Grandma looks SO happy! :)

    PS - jealous of your sleep/eat schedule.

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  15. aww im so glad she is settling in so well! you seem to have the sleeping thing down! i cant wait to hear some of your favorite newborn items... so i have some ideas for the future! she is such a beautiful baby and i am so happy drake is adjusting to everything so well. congrats again! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  16. All babies are precious, but I have to say, she is a particularly beautiful one! Glad you are settling into life as a family of three! xoxo

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  17. Oh April she is precious!! I love all of her dark brown hair!!

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  18. She is just precious! Congrats to your little family (Drake included) :)

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  19. BIG CONGRATULATIONS! She is so beautiful and what wonderful photos. She is a very lucky little girl. Much love you and your family! xx

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  20. She is a little beauty! So glad you all are adjusting to everything well. It took a few weeks for us to adjust and feel semi-normal again. You look great!

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  21. oh she is just gorgeous!!! Those photos of Drake looking at her are adorable. I know you let out a sigh of relief knowing that he can do well with the baby! She is just too cute, April!

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  22. She is such a beauty! You look fab too!!!

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  23. She is such a beauty! You look fab too!!!

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  24. Such stunning photos of such a beautiful baby!! It sounds like you guys are doing great! Love the gowns and bonnets your mom brought down - how special!!

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  25. Sounds like everything is going perfectly!

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  26. I can't get over how absolutely beautiful she is!!!

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  27. Such a little beauty!! I also love that Drake is clearly very much still your other baby. Makes me so sad when people tend to forget their first fur children!

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  28. She is just adorable! Glad everything is going well for you!

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  29. Sounds like you are adjusting well and so is the nugget. I hope the sleep comes soon!

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  30. She is so sweet and so alert! Sounds like you all are adjusting well- the first night home is always the worst! We had the most amazing night nurse and our first night home were both like "where is Barb? We need her right now!!"

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  31. What a beautiful little family you have made! I commented on your instagram about the smocked bonnets, I LOVE that you are putting them on Camille. I have a huge plastic bin full of smocked bishops and bonnets in my cedar closet that I made or was handed down to me from family. All three of my daughter (24, 23, 17) wore them all. I went through it just the other day making sure everything was not yellowing. (Spit up stains and milk stains yellow over the years.)

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  32. April, Camille is so beautiful! I love how you mom brought bonnets for her to wear that she made. Enjoy this precious time!:) It sounds like you and Ian are settling into parenthood beautifully.

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  33. She is such a gorgeous baby! You are so lucky to have all those adorable gowns your mother has made. Enjoy your sweet baby, it goes by so fast!

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  34. Such sweet pictures! And grandparents are the BEST. It's the best of both worlds. They LOVE spending time with their new grandkid and totally don't mind letting you sleep and doing baby duty. And the plus side is, you get to nap! Your family is so beautiful and you look like you are thoroughly enjoying mommy hood :)

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  35. Such sweet pictures! And grandparents are the BEST. It's the best of both worlds. They LOVE spending time with their new grandkid and totally don't mind letting you sleep and doing baby duty. And the plus side is, you get to nap! Your family is so beautiful and you look like you are thoroughly enjoying mommy hood :)

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  36. She is so beautiful!! The first couple weeks are complete survival mode - glad you found something to help with the sleep! We are still working on it almost two years later :-P

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  37. She has such a sweet little face. :) Enjoy these early days! You can always sleep later but those moments won't come back. Hope y'all are getting the hang of it all! And aren't moms the absolute best? I definitely don't know what I would do without mine to give me a bit of rest!

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  38. She is absolutely beautiful. I love all her dark hair and her big, dark eyes! <3

    It was so difficult for me to successfully show Jackson the day/night difference in the middle of one of Michigan's worst winters ever. I swear we had like two hours of daylight a day! I couldn't take him outside (it was too bitterly cold on some days for ADULTS to go out, let alone a newborn.) On one of my "not my turn" nights in the beginning (when Thomas had not yet gone back to work)I came upstairs after a relatively decent night's sleep and freaked out when I saw my newborn in a sleepnest on the bed next to my huge (6'3") husband. Eek! I am not into co-sleeping (not for us, no judgement on others) mostly because it freaks me out that one of us would roll over and crush our babe--even with the co-sleeper contraption. I also sleep way too light to have a baby in the room. (Tried that too-keeping him in our room in a bassinet--he got moved to his nursery during week 3, lol.)

    Anyway, your baby is beautiful and as I knew would be the case--you are already an amazing mother!

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  40. She is just beautiful! Glad your Mom got to come help out. It's such a lifesaver during those first few weeks when even the smallest thing seems like a huge task (unloading the dishwasher!). And I wouldn't worry so much about the co-sleeping and pacifiers at this age. Just enjoy your time with her! It's funny how much more laid back I was with our 2nd son and he's a MUCH better sleeper than my 1st ever was. :)
    Lookin' good, Momma!

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  41. She is SO adorable!Congratulations!

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  42. So incredibly excited for you! You look wonderful and she is such a beauty! You sound like you got a real routine going, so happy for you.

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