Our daughter turned six months old on April 1. No joke! Time has flown, and she’s already got her own personality. Generally, Maddie is quite a chill and relaxed baby. She doesn’t really fuss much, and does well on outings. She’s learned to roll over, sit up unsupported, laughs and babbles a lot, and likes to grab at anything you’re holding whether it’s a piece of paper or an iPhone. She’s still a tiny baby compared to others, but that’s ok. She’s growing at a steady pace. And as long as she’s healthy, I’m happy.
As for myself, six months postpartum, I’ve come to terms with how my body has changed after my pregnancy. I’ve since lost the baby weight that I gained, but it’s definitely a different body. Life after the birth of Maddie has also changed, and has taken some time to get used to. Every moment, we feel so busy and rushed. I just need to remember to breathe once in a while, and realize that every moment is also fleeting. The moments with Maddie, and the moments that my husband and I have together.
I’m hoping now that every chance I get, I can capture our life with Madeline to remember every bit of how much we love her.
She’s here! Our Maddie. She was born on October 1, five days before her due date. We had gone in for an ultrasound appointment the day before to check her status not knowing what was coming next. My OB/Gyn decided that we should induce due to her small size and wanted her out while she was healthy. We were a little surprised that it was going to happen, but we were so excited that we’d get to see our little girl sooner.
I had my family there and my husband Bruce was so supportive. We stayed at the hospital for the induction, and waited till the next day before they decided to break my water and proceed with the delivery. The contractions prior to the water break were manageable. But let me tell you. Once it happened, each contraction got painful after that. Thank you, epidural.
By mid-afternoon, little Madeline came into the world. Bruce and I could not help but cry seeing our sweet girl for the very first time. We were so happy and emotional and excited. She was ours to keep.
We stayed in the hospital for a bit afterwards while I recovered. Boy was I exhausted! But we were doing alright. Bruce changed her diapers like a pro, and Maddie was breastfeeding like a champ. Once we left the hospital and was on our own without the nurses, it definitely took some major adjusting to. We tried to nap whenever we could.
Maddie has been doing great with each new day. She regained her weight and was back at her birth weight in less than a week, which was awesome since for some it takes up to two weeks.
Maddie at one week old
And now, Madeline is one month old. Her spontaneous smiles are so cute. Her baby talk is adorable. She’s our pride and joy, and we love her so much. We’re so excited for all the new things as she continues to grow. But for now, we’re just taking in every little moment as they happen.
Happy one month Madeline! Mommy and Daddy love you to infinity and beyond.
Maddie at one month
I’m at 38 weeks today. Getting achier as the baby grows and settles into position. She’s very low. We have doctor appointments at least two to three times a week now because of how tiny she is. But then again, I’m also a petite Asian woman. I’m pretty sure she’ll be just fine.
So as I wait for my little one and try to keep my health up, sometimes comfort food is all I need. I made an easy chicken congee with some salted soy beans, cilantro and green onion toppings. Sprinkle with a little pepper and I’ve got one simple yet tasty meal.