Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ahhhh, Parenthood! :)

First of all, I cannot get over the fact that my baby girl is already over a month old.  People weren't kidding when they said that time would fly by.  Although I have to admit that sometimes it does seem to drag a little....say around 3 am.... but I wouldn't trade my sweet time with her!
This has been such a crazy month of learning for us! So many fun times, so many firsts, and so many things still to learn. Paisley continues to be such a happy, content little baby. Not that she doesn't exercise her lungs from time to time, but she generally just has a happy little smile on her face! I cannot believe how much she has grown this month - I mean, I knew that she had some making up to do since she was early, but wow! It is so fun to have her be so much more alert now and to watch all of her expressions as she starts to explore and observe the world around her. I just wish I could know what's going on in that little head of hers. She's finally starting to be able to eat a little more at a time, which means sleeping a little more at a time, which means I'm starting to see a light at the end of this "no sleep for mom" tunnel! Not that I expect to get that much sleep, but even an extra 30 minutes is victory right now.
 
But even the new sleep patterns are a learning experience. This is Zach's first week back at work full time (he had 2 weeks off and then did 2 weeks part time) and last night we prayed and prayed that Paisley would sleep even just a little longer through the night as I am now solo on the night shift after about 1am. Well, being a good little girl, she slept for about 4 consecutive hours after Zach put her down at 12:30. Which meant I laid awake in bed from about 1:15am until 4:30 listening for the slightest sound to make sure she was alive! Zach woke up at 3:30 totally freaked out that I was still in bed and thinking the baby must have died and ran into the nursery to check on her! And all that to say, our first opportunity to sleep in the same bed at night - we were awake tossing and turning and wondering if one of us should just get up! :) ahhh, parenthood! we both laughed about it this morning... and vowed that the next time we get that kind of blessing....we'll SLEEP!

I've always loved learning new things, and I would have to say by far, being a parent is the best thing I've ever learned!  Funny to think, I'll really never "learn" everything.  But we've had our share of frustrations and fun so far!  And I must say, I LOVE all the firsts - first bath, first diaper blow outs (which have usually happened immediately following the bath), first smiles, first thumb sucking...it seems every day she does something new and wonderful!  We even learned the hard way that despite what they say about boys, if a baby girl is screaming, she can also push hard enough to spray across the room when undiapered - Zach got to clean the carpet and wall in the nursery! :)  Which leads me to my last favorite thing to share today - it has been an absolutely amazing experience watching Zach become a daddy.  He is completely a natural - but there is something so sweet about watching a daddy and daughter bond.  Paisley just loves him to death and seems to think he's the most fun thing in the world!  Of course, I don't blame her, I feel the same.....