Friday, July 4, 2014

Introducing Isabel Sonya


Isabel Sonya was born with an impressive cone head on June 24, 2014 at 8:38pm. She was 1 week and 1 day overdue, and a beautiful 7 lbs, 9 oz. Bringing her into this world and the subsequent first week of her life have been the hardest things I've ever done.

Moving through a bit of a fog, day to day, diaper change to feeding, to burping, to feeding, to diaper change, to nap, I'm not sure I've fully come to terms with the drastic change in our lives. One day, we're driving the dogs for a quick visit to the dog park and sitting up late watching movies on Netflix, waiting for a baby to come, and the next, any trip anywhere requires an extra 15 minutes so we can clumsily strap Isabel in her car seat, and late nights only happen because Isabel just dirtied yet another diaper and will need another good 20 minutes of feeding and half an hour of comforting before she'll sleep for two hours, if I'm lucky.

People are very quick to tell new moms that it gets better. I've already seen the truth of this in small ways as we've settled into something that looks almost like a routine for night time feedings and diaper changes. I'll be completely honest: I'm looking forward to it getting better and better and better. I'm looking forward to the day she really smiles at me, the night she sleeps through, the moment I realize she can hold her head up on her own. I know she'll never be so tiny again; I know time will move fast and one day I'll be wishing for these days back, so I'm doing my best to savour them through a haze of contented exhaustion and confusion, but I'm also looking forward to the days ahead and all the changes I know are on their way.

I can't wait to meet the person she is to become.

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Also, that quilt is almost as cute as your munchkin :)

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  2. So glad she is here safe! I have heard every stage with a baby is different and sometimes it is NEW challenges that you will face, but each little milestone will rock your world :)

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  3. those feet! that chin! Congrats to you both - she's adorable. And thanks for letting us in on your very special journey.

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  4. OMG! Congratulations!!!! I was wondering how you were doing, so happy everything went well and she's here!:) Beautiful name, btw!
    Hang in there Jeanette, you can do it! I was in your place almost two months ago now, I know exactly how it feels first few weeks - I am still trying to understand what the hell happened and where did it all go?:) It is still NOT easy but it is a BIT better:)

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  5. Precious little bug! So happy for you guys. It gets better, but it's always hard. Those first few months, I remember as soon as you think you've figured them out, they go and change again. The nice thing is, in a few months you forget how hard those early weeks are, and you can tell others it gets better. Hug her close!

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  6. Congratulations, she is sweet! I can relate. I was a first time mom with triplets, and that first year was a total blur. I do remember desperately querying my mom friends about "The Day" the ______ (colic, the constant feeding, the reflux, the sleepless nights...) got better, and being flabbergasted that they couldn't quite remember. I thought that day would be permanently etched in their minds. But you know, now that I look back 3.5 years, I don't quite remember myself. Eventually, they cried and spit up a little less, slept a little more, and it got better. Now that my baby #4 is a year old, I savour every single moment. Whatever it is, it will pass. One truism you'll hear a lot is that the days are long, but the years are short. Remember though, to be fair and honest with yourself and your husband. If you're struggling a lot, and you're feeling overwhelmed, please speak to your doctor. I had untreated PPD depression with my trio, and I deeply regret not getting the help I needed to make that difficult transition to parenthood a little easier.

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  7. Very sweet! It does get better and easier, I promise.

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  8. Tammi@northoftaborJuly 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    What a sweet little thing - congratulations! Even though it's a common thing to do, having a baby is a big deal! Wishing you both good health and timely rest.

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  9. Congratulations!! The beginning is super tough - even though it will get better, that doesn't make certain moments less crappy ;-)

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  10. Congratulations Jeanette! I'm so glad to hear everyone is safe and sound. I can only imagine the changes that becoming a mother brings to your life! I guess I'll be finding out in a little while myself (ahhh!), but by then I'm sure you'll be a pro ;)

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  11. Huge congratulations!!! She is so, so sweet.

    And please know that it does get way, way better. Those first weeks are so tough. I really struggled. For me, 6 weeks was a turning point, and then 3 months was another big one (this was a similar experience with other mums I have chatted with too). Soon she will sleep for longer stretches, you'll get the hang of all the feeding stuff, and you guys will have a new routine. For now, don't rush into doing too much of anything and just sleep when you can. In the first few weeks of Maya's life I was emailing all of my mom friends like "Oh my god, what have I done?!" hahah. It was rough!

    I hope your birth experience was okay and that you are healing well.

    xoxo

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  12. N_StyleingwithChildrenJuly 7, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Congratulations :) First weeks are what they are. Get rest whenever you can. She's a cutie :)

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  13. Congratulations - she's a beauty! I felt the same as you, and it does get better and better as you watch her develop into a little person with a huge personality. And we've only been doing it for two years! I'm not sure that it gets easier, maybe easier in some ways and harder in others. My husband and I like to joke that having a child is the best and the worst thing that ever happened to us :) Just know that you're not alone!

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  14. Oh I just teared up reading this! It is amazing to watch them grow and develop. Enjoy every minute and be happy for Canada's long mat leaves :)

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  15. Cathy Fischer- HolmanJuly 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Congratulations !What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby. It is difficult yet amazing at the same time. Thank you for the update. Remember to smile.

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  16. Congrats Jeanette! She looks absolutely precious :)

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  17. Congratulations again! Isabel is gorgeous. Looking forward to the day things settle down a bit and I can come visit your wonderful little family. :)

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