Natalie turned one week old on Friday and I am in awe over how easy the transition has been for our family. Of course it’s been a whirlwind since we came home from the hospital, but Max is doing super well with his baby sister and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the love he has for her. I can’t put my finger on it specifically — maybe it’s the family we have visiting, how we’ve been talking about “the baby” to Maxwell since he was 11 months old, that we’ve tried our best to keep to Maxwell’s schedule, but the transition has been really beautiful.
When we came home from the hospital, Zack’s parents had decorated our apartment with pink balloons and flowers. And I love that they used a halloween bucket as a vase! It was such a sweet thing to come home to.
Natalie is such a sleepy, cuddly baby. I can’t stop kissing her head as she squishes into my neck. Having her on this side of my tummy with Max by my side feels like home. She’s had a couple of baths and is nursing so well. And maybe it’s become this is our second baby, but oddly I feel less tired. That’s totally normal, right? Haha.
Maxwell calls Natalie either “nana” or “no-ni”, aaaaaaand it’s adorable. You can feel the love he has for her — it shines from his little heart, and I’m so proud of him. I know it’s not always going to be this easy, but we’re taking it day-by-day, acknowledging all of the joys along with the difficulties. I think it’s important to do that, too — recognize both sets of emotions. Because there definitely are a lot ;)
And speaking of emotions: seeing Zack with our children has been just the most amazing thing. I knew he’d be a great daddy from the very beginning. Zack is super encouraging and helpful with all the postpartum “stuff”, I feel so spoiled.
I’ve had a fever since Saturday night and it’s totally put me in bed ever since. Whoooo, it’s time for this bug to go away! I’m ready for a fresh week with my family :) By the way, all of the cute hats and headbands and outfits for baby girls — they are way too precious and fun! We are enjoying shopping for Nat ;)
Congratulations on your sweet little family of 4!
Glad to hear the adjustment is going well. Maxwell sounds like an adorable big brother ;)
love seeing your sweet updates on instagram. she’s precious.
thanks Melissa! ♥
I’ve loved following your blog and seeing your sweet pics on Instagram. Congratulations on #2!
Keep an eye on that fever that you don’t have a postpartum infection or mastitis or anything (unsolicited advice from a postpartum nurse- sorry!).
I’m so glad to hear things are going well and you’re feeling rested! Natalie Rose is beyond sweet :) And must be beyond adorable listening to Maxwell saying her name. :) I remember those days with my own kids and talk about heart-melting!
I hope your fever clears up asap… keep an eye on it in case of infection. A friend of mine had that after delivery.
Wishing you lots of rest and soaking up all that new baby smell. :)
Thank you Sarah! I’m now on the mend with my fever, thank goodness!!! xoxo
I started following you on Facebook by accident a couple years ago. I am inspired by your work and your stories. I moved and have horrible internet but from time to time you come to mind , so i check your blog to see whats new. I was so hoping you were having a girl. Congratulations to your lovely family. There is a total stranger in the world that thinks of you and feels encouraged by you. I hope some day to do the same. Best wishes!
You all look so happy :) That’s so great that things are going as smoothly as possible, and I think you can tell that Max loves her so much. It’s so sweet! Congratulations :)