Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eating, Sleeping, and Messy Diapers

Didn't want you all to think we've disappeared! Just taking an extended trip to a new and exciting land, where our lives consist of feeding Eliana, changing messy diapers, and getting very little sleep :)

It is glorious... and I mean that sincerely.

Sure, I wish I could get a little more sleep, but I wouldn't trade a restful night's sleep for any of this. It is such a gift to be able snuggle Ellie, feed her, listen to her little squeaks that almost mimic singing, and yes, even to be able to change her diaper.

Even the "unpleasantries" of these early newborn days have a strong element of joyfulness for us; we've shared many laughs over the fact that Eliana makes some of the funniest faces and the fact that sometimes when we go to change her, we have to do it three times in a row because she's that "busy."

We are doing incredibly well, as is Eliana! Even the pediatrician gave her a glowing report today!

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since your loss of Isasc. I don't think I've ever written before. But reading this post today I am just feeling so happy for you. God bless you ... keep enjoying that new baby girl. Time goes by so fast!

Diane

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear! Congratulations, again!

Sarah said...

Enjoy every restless minute!

Helga said...

I am so glad to hear that everything is going so well. Enjoy every minute of the newborn stage, it goes by so quickly!

Nicole said...

I can see the smiles all over your faces through your words! :) Enjoy!

croleyc69 said...

Enjoy each and every moment !!! They go by sooooo FAST !! Congrats again !! :)
Caroline

Heidi said...

It is wonderful that you are home with your precious little girl. Enjoy all these newborn days...

Michelle Karr said...

I am so glad! You continue to be in my prayers and thoughts.

Jen said...

This is also my first time commenting on your blog, although I have commented on your "Nest" posts. I'm so so so happy for you.

Just wanted to pass on this little bit of advice pertaining to all the diaper changing you're doing(I know you're probably hearing plenty). When you have evidence that she's done #2, wait a minute or two before changing it. Sometimes they're not done. I learned that the hard way :)

Still praying for you and your family,

Jen

Jess said...

Enjoy each moment:) Sounds like you really are! What a blessing:)

Laura said...

This is wonderful to hear! I meant drop in earlier and tell you how thrilled I am for you both.

Kelli said...

Nothing like those early newborn days!! Incredibly rewarding while at the same time exhausting!! Can't wait to see more pictures!!

Jus and Kat said...

I don't even remember our early newborn days with Faith being that unpleasant (but I was probably just coasting on fumes from lack of sleep). Glad all is going well Stacy!

Hugs,
Kat @ Keeping the Faith

KAL071203 said...

So glad everything is going so well! Praying the rest you do get is peaceful! Can't wait to see more pics of your darling girl!

Trennia said...

I'm over joyed for you all!!!

mommara said...

Enjoy every second. Take all the time you need to soak it in BUT, post a few pictures every now and again so we can watch her grow also. Sending lovies and hugs to you all.

D9 said...

there's plenty of time to sleep when she's older. Until then, cuddle, gaze into her eyes, cuddle some more, rinse and repeat until she won't let you anymore :-)

Stephanie said...

This post made my heart smile!!!

jen said...

How wonderful! So glad to hear how great you are doing! Enjoy these days...they will fly by! Continued love and prayers to your family as sweet Isaac smiles down on you all from Heaven!

Anonymous said...

Not having to get up and go to work I guess is the payoff for the next few months of sleepless nights! somehow it evens the playing field. Fortunately by the time you do go back to work, Eli should be sleeping through the night. You will enjoy having the sumnmer months with her when she's a little older and 'coming into herself' as a personality emerges.
Enjoy your new family time!!

Lucy

Cynthia said...

I am glad that you are enjoying it all! like everyone else said, enjoy them for they go too fast.

Kim said...

Your story has brought me so much comfort! I'm a carrier for trisomy 13 and we've lost two babies to the disease. We're still trying for number 3, and seeing the faith and courage you've had brings me so much hope. I am filled to the brim with joy for you and Spencer; Eliana is perfect! God bless!

Kim

Katie said...

YAY! My heart is just so happy for you! And I just knew that you would enjoy every minute of bringing your little girl home. Congratulations!

Charity said...

That is wonderful!
Your story gives me so much hope...our baby girl went to be with Jesus at 39 weeks and we lost another little one to a miscarriage 5 1/2 months later. We are now expecting baby #3 with much joy and thankfulness.

pollykinz said...

YAY! So glad to hear all is going well and you're loving every second, I knew you would. Enjoy that precious little girl!

Kamaile said...

Enjoy all those precious moments!

Holly said...

It's great to hear you are all doing well!

Anonymous said...

It is so good to hear a smile and happiness in your writing. I too have been following your blog since sweet Isaac was born and I know it has been a long road and a long process for you both to get to this point. Enjoy every minute of this precious baby's life - even the "busy" diapers :). God Bless you all.

Susan said...

So happy to hear everything is going well and you are delighting in your sweet Ellie and everything about her! She is beautiful and I can't wait to see more pictures of that head full of dark hair! What a gift she is! XOXO

Erin said...

I am so happy for both of you! Enjoy every minute of it. My three are all grown up, it is like you blink and all of a sudden they are in college!

Henninger Family said...

Yay for the wonderful report!

Paige said...

Loved checking today and seeing an update! Praise God for his blessings! Enjoy every minute with our new baby girl!

FSD said...

I'm so happy for you, and I'm so thankful that the Lord is blessing you to enjoy all of this. Blessings to you and your beautiful family! Eliana is a doll.

Leah said...

I am so happy for you! She is beautiful! Be blessed! :-)

Michelle said...

I'm so happy for you, I remember those newborn days, but you just keep enjoying everyone, because the next time you turn around she will be 18 like my daughter and I wonder where all the time went and how on earth it went sooooo fast. God Bless you all and I will keep checking everyday for more updates.

Sonya said...

yay for a good report at the pediatrician. good to hear. The first few days and weeks are very tiring but they are so worth it. I almost used the word fun and that is probably not accurate but a baby is such a wonderful miracle that it is hard not to just sit and stare at them, even when all they are doing is just sleeping. Those looks and faces that they make are amazing and worth it all! Congrats again.

Michal Ann said...

Precious days with your sweet baby girl! Thanks for the update...now rush back to your diapering. :) Newborns have some serious plumbing issues to deal with until breast-fed babies settle down to just plain "mustard butt." :) BTW, babies have "total suction" all the way through their GI tract which you've probably noticed. Pacifiers can be really helpful to allow them to get comfortable when they only want/need to suck without taking in more food. I agree with an early comment that you may need to "wait" a bit til Eliana's not "busy."

I found it worked well to nurse on one side while baby got "busy" before relaxing and dozing off. A "panty change" before the second breast allowed baby to wake up a bit for more feeding and sleeping. I hope you're able to nurse lying on your side especially while you're healing from your c-sec so you can do a little more snoozing, too. I've heard that the "secret" is to sleep when baby is sleeping. "Super Woman" is a cartoon figure. Rest in the Lord; He's awake.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you stumble; the One who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade." Psalm 121: 1-5

Sweet sweet dreams, beautiful family.