Sunday, January 10, 2010

Highlights of Month 2

My second month of motherhood was surprisingly harder but better than the first. The first month was hard but there were lots of people here for the majority of the month. The second month I had more one on one baby time.

The 5th and 6th week were more hard than fun, but then suddenly way more fun than hard during the 7th and 8th week. This may have been because I was in Oregon for the 7th week, and I had lots of help. But I attribute the awseomeness of week 7 to The Swing. The swing is now my best friend. Bradley willingly sleeps for a five to seven hour period during the night. And regularly takes hour naps at regular intervals during the day. My life became much more predictable when the swing entered. But I also think that Bradley seriously matured during that week. He suddenly would have long happy, giggly, awake stretches where he would amuse himself. I am amazed at how much difference a week can make.

It is odd how I am still living my life week by week. During pregnancy I would eagerly await the emails updating me on the development of the baby growing inside. Each week felt like a new victory as I grew larger and closer to my due date. Now, I still find my self celebrating each week accomplished but with even more enthusiasm than before. I survived another week! He survived another week! He learned to smile this week! I learned how to put him to sleep in under 5 minutes! My victories are small, but monumental when compared to the previous one.

The best development this month by far is his smiles. I love those gummy, giggly smiles.

Bradley's blessing outfit made my Grandma Daniels!

We were so blessed that we could do Bradley's baby blessing in Oregon with our family. And double blessed that Brian's family, who is not of our faith, was willing to support us and attend.

Daddy and Bradley chillin on the floor playing with new Christmas toys.

I try to take a few photos each week, this was my fave from week 6.

Oh my girl is so patient. I don't think she "loves" Brad yet, but she tolerates him and accepts him as a member of the pack. When he is upset at night she will run over to Brian and sit right by his head and stair at him as if saying "FIX IT!"

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Mike Skeels and Mary McLain said...

Steph and Brian - Great to see you and to meet your little guy over the holidays. Your comments about The Swing are hilarious and the photos are great. We especially like the shot of Portland nuzzling Bradley. Keep the pix coming - we really enjoy them.

Marcene said...

yes it is all about the weeks. So different in such a short period of time! What a sweet face, I just love him. So happy for you that all your family got to be together for the blessing. Miss you!

Heidi and Deric Ence said...

I am just in love with this little guy! And his SMILE is SO cute! I can't wait to see him again. And yeah for the swing! Yeah for sleeping!

Macon Family said...

There are definitely ups and's amazing! He looks so sweet!!