Sarah was very awake last night and we are loving how interactive she’s being! Here are a couple of pictures I took that I really love:
Life has been a bit hectic the past few days, and Sarah has kept me crazy busy, so I figured that instead of not posting at all I would just give you a few highlights of my Wednesday.
My morning cuddle bug
Ignoring the fact that I have a double-chin in this picture, I love this photo. Sarah loves to cuddle after she eats, and I take advantage of every second she gives me. I realized yesterday that if I were working my “maternity leave” would be ending this week and I’d have to head to work on Monday… I can not thank the Lord, and my husband, enough that that won’t be the case. I can’t imagine having to leave my little girl this soon.
Also, I love that Sarah has some rolls forming on her little body. Rolls and chubby cheeks! Not only are they kissably adorable, but it also gives me peace of mind that she is getting the amount of food she needs (mom’s worry a lot about that sorta thing).
I’m sure you can tell from pictures that, if I had the choice, I would probably never dress my baby. When we leave the house, yes of course, but otherwise I love having her in just a diaper. Her skin is so precious and soft, and she tends to enjoy herself more this way (more proof that she is her father’s daughter!) I have to admit, I can not wait for the days when she is running around the house butt naked trying to escape bath time, or us putting her to bed. Babies are adorable!
My new favorite thing
While this isn’t the best or clearest photo (my phone takes crappy pictures), it is the first snapshot I’ve gotten of Sarah flashing her beautiful smile. This weekend she started responding to us with smiles, and it seriously LIGHTS up my world. This is just a snippet of her full grin, but it’s the best I’ve got so far.
So there you have it, 2 of the fun moments from a Wednesday at the Ringls.
Simply put: Parenthood is amazing!
I’m sure you are sooo surprised to see that today’s post is yet another picture of our girl. What can I say, she’s adorable and I love to share. That, and she’s growing like a WEED and each week she seems so much bigger to me!
The past 2 days Sarah has started something new that I can’t get enough of: she has started smiling. When Stephen and I are talking to her and playing she will be looking straight at us and a huge grin will spread across her face, and not the usual gas-smile we are used to. It is the most amazing and wonderful feeling when your baby smiles at you. I am SO excited to see what she will do next. She is just full of surprises!
It’s always hard for me to choose a favorite photo to use from her weekly photo shoot. I think the reason I chose this picture is because it reminds me of my brothers and how much they loooove to flex their biceps. Looks like Sarah is taking after her uncles a little bit (that, or she wants to be a frog)!
It’s funny how small things become such a big deal when you have kids. On Wednesday Sarah turned 1 month old. In 11 months she will be a 1 year old – and we won’t even BEGIN to talk or think about that, okay?!
Wednesdays have become a bit of an interesting day for us. Stephen has church right after work so it’s Sarah and I at the house until around 8 or 9 pm. That makes for a long day with a newborn, so this past week Grandma Ringl came over so I could have a little time to get things done. Around 8pm my parents showed up with a surprise for Sarah. They brought a 1 month old birthday cake. It was a delicious piece of double-layered strawberry shortcake, not that I would know since it was Sarah’s cake and not mine
To commemorate the occasion we took a family photo.
1 month as a family of 3
Tripods are a wonderful invention. I especially love that Sarah has a smile in this picture! She’s one happy baby
On Wednesday, April 6th, baby Ringl turned 1 month old! I know, I can’t believe it either. This whole experience has been so surreal. I have no idea how a month has already passed…
Sarah at 1 Month
These bloomers were a gift from my Aunt Vicci. Each month I’m going to snap a photo of her in these bloomers so we can watch her cute bum grow, and hopefully one day fit in them.
For Sarah’s monthly photo post I am going to borrow the style of my “What I’ve Learned” posts and adapt them from pregnancy tidbits to baby bits. Yes, the exciting saga continues. I hope you enjoy the start of this new series.
- Babies poop, A LOT!
- Newborns eat every 2-3 hours for the first few weeks. If you think about that then you will realize that means you have to wake every 2-3 hours to feed the baby. Fun fact, after 2 weeks the sleep deprivation starts to feel normal
- When you have a child there is no such thing as too many pictures.
- You can’t swaddle a baby too tight. Sarah is a magician at finding a way to get her arms loose, except with 1 brand of blanket: The Miracle Blanket. It’s amazing!
- I was an idiot for complaining about being uncomfortable while sleeping at the end of my pregnancy. At least I was getting sleep! I will never take advantage of 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep again.
- We are lucky enough to have both of our parents nearby. I seriously don’t know how people do it without the help of their moms. If you have had a baby with long-distance parents than my hat is off to you!
- There is nothing better in life than cuddling with your baby while they nap. It’s the best feeling in the world.
- I have become one of those parents that congratulates their baby for making a good ‘poopey in their diaper’. I don’t know how it happened, but baby talk just kinda happens, especially while changing diapers.
- If you are going to have a baby learn as MUCH as possible about breastfeeding (before you have your baby) as you can! This has got to be my #1 piece of advice for all moms-to-be.
- Their isn’t anything more attractive than seeing a man dote over his child. Seriously, it’s beautiful, sweet, encouraging, and sexy, all at the same time!
- Having a baby is the biggest conversation starter in the world. In the store, at the bank, anywhere you go people are friendlier and almost always talk to you.
- Anytime you leave the house it looks like you are going on vacation. There is no such thing as “rushing out the door” anymore.
- Getting a shower has become a privilege, not a priority. Thankfully I’m not doing anything to really get smelly or dirty, but if I get a shower every 2-3 days I consider myself lucky (I’d rather nap with those 15 minutes anyways!)
- You don’t need to worry about me being smelly, the seldom showering is very common it just isn’t something mom’s normally mention to people ;)
- While pregnancy hormones are intense, I cried more the 2 weeks after having Sarah than in all my life added together. Post-baby hormone fluctuation is INTENSE!
- You can never travel with too many diapers, but you can travel with too little. Don’t let the latter happen.
- While my birth plan didn’t go as I’d hoped, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Once you have that precious baby in your arms the rest is forgotten.
- I have 20 pounds to lose but don’t feel rushed in the slightest. Having an encouraging, loving, and selfless husband is the best thing a woman could ever hope for!
That’s all I’ve got for month 1. I’m sure I could think of a lot more, but it’s late and Sarah actually fell asleep so I’ve gotta grab some zzz’s while I can.
I’m a little behind on my weekly photo update, so here’s a little catch up. Enjoy
On Sunday our little love bug turned a whopping 4 weeks old! I don’t know how it happened. It feels like she was just born and we were bringing her home yesterday.
All I know is that I have learned another truth to what our parents told us while growing up: When you have kids, life speeds up like crazy. Lightening fast actually!