“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.”
- Storm Jameson
So I figured it is about time I share a bit with the world about my little miracle, Gemma. Hard to believe she is already over 2 months old!! (And that I haven't blogged since shortly after she was born!) I guess time flies when you're a new mom. I feel like there is so much to say, I hardly know where to begin!
The first few weeks were really a blur. Getting used to living with a baby in the house wasn't as crazy as I had been warned it would be, but it was definitely an adjustment. It's really an interesting challenge to be 100% in charge of this other very small person. A person who happens to have no concept of time, schedules, routines, etc. Taking care of an extra adult full-time would at least have the benefits of easy communication, scheduled mealtimes, bathtimes, and bedtimes, and the person's ability to sit still while clipping fingernails. I digress. I also had a pretty difficult labor and delivery (see previous post), so I had a lot of recovering to do. Needless to say, one day I woke up, and Gemma was already a month old! That was when life really started to be fun.
By this point, I was fairly well-adjusted to my new life and new schedule (or lack thereof). I was also considerably well-rested. I always hear you aren't supposed to brag if you have a good baby, but man, I have such a good baby!! She was sleeping at night for solid four-hour stretches at this point, so I usually only had to get up with her once or twice a night. I also have the advantage of being able to pass right back out after waking up in the middle of the night. I know, I should stop bragging.
Alright. So around one month of age, Gemma went bald. Well, almost bald. Ok, she just lost the hair on the very top part of her head. They say this is common with babies; nevertheless, I suddenly had a baby girl who looked like an old man! (An extremely adorable old man, of course). I did therefore, commence my obsession with hair bows at this time. I'm sure there are hoards of people out there curling their fists in rage that I would start pushing strict and old-fashioned gender confinements upon my child at such an early age. To them I say, "but have you SEEN how adorable she looks in her bows???"
We started to really see the Gemster's personality emerging around this time as well. She is an extremely curious, observant little girl. She would just sit for an hour straight staring at everything around her, taking it all in. She is extremely social, and just loves to be held. Which is a nice way of saying she would cry every time we set her down. Thankfully, she likes her Baby Bjorn, otherwise I'd never get anything done!!
She's been smiling more and more over the past month, and now she smiles all the time. She is also talking all the time, and even though she still can only speak Baby, I feel like I can understand her most of the time. After all, Baby was my first language too. One day, she be multi-lingual just like her mama! (Oh yes, I speak to her in Spanish, sing to her in French, and talk to myself in English all day long so she's bound to pick it all up.)
Her hair is growing back in nicely, and it's looking just like mine - sort of a sandy blonde with reddish tints.
Here are some of my favorite things to do with Gemma:
:-: Cuddling! There is nothing more cozy in the world than
snuggling up on a couch with a teeny little baby!
:-: Bathtime. Gemma just loves the water, and who can resist
kissing that adorable fresh baby skin?
:-: Believe it or not, I love changing her diaper, not necessarily
the diaper part of it, but for some reason, Gemma
smiles non stop on her changing table!
:-: Singing songs to her. Lately, she has started making all kinds
of cooing sounds to sing along with me!
:-: Photo shoots. She's a regular ham! I'm telling you, this kid is
a total natural on camera. She's probably gonna be a model ;)
Well, as Joaquin Phoenix would say, "I'm a miracle man." There is no doubt about it, life really is miraculous and I thank God every day for giving me such a beautiful baby to love.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
- Albert Einstein