Today Winter is 10 days old.
It’s hard to believe that 10 days have already passed. Having a newborn baby is quite the lifestyle change, let me tell ya! Eric, Winter and I are working on getting our routine down. Slowly but surely. Since coming home from the hospital a week ago, we have gone to the pediatrician for her first doctor visit, had a newborn photography shoot, gone to church twice, gone to our couples Bible study, taken many walks (which is my current amount of daily exercise — walking only for the time being), and spent much time with Grandpa and Grandma! My parents arrived on Tuesday night and it has been just wonderful having them here to help. My parents raised all 8 kids in my family, and Winter is their 10th grandchild, so they really are experts in baby care/parenting.
Here is a look back at what Winter has been up to for the past week:
NEWBORN PHOTOS. We had Winter’s newborn photography shoot when she was 6 days old. It was so fun to see her in all different cute headbands, scarves, etc. I can’t WAIT to see how the photos turned out. Our photographer sent us these 2 photos as a short preview.
A preview of Winter’s newborn session! I can’t wait to see all of the photos and how they turned out! They are seriously going to be the most adorable photos ever!
Mommy and Winter pre-photoshoot. She was the perfect little model!
GRANDPA AND GRANDMA. My parents are here in Colorado to help with the baby. It is SO WONDERFUL to have them here. Winter is my parents’ 10th grandchild, but only their 2nd granddaughter. My mom has been cooking meals and taking care of us while here — it’s so nice! She has also helped with breastfeeding and in general taking care of Winter. I appreciate my mom and dad so much!
Winter meeting Grandma in the airport.
Grandpa and Winter.
Winter wearing her “Nuts about Grandma” shirt!
Getting to know each other.
PEDIATRICIAN APPOINTMENT. At 6 days old, Winter went to the doctor for her first appointment after the hospital. Our pediatrician’s office has really fun decorations in the office. We were put in the arctic room, which is perfect for our little Winter girl! The doctor said they might just have to always reserve that room for Winter’s appointments. Winter is doing SO GREAT that she has already gotten taller (she is now 19 inches, up from 18.5) and regained and surpassed her birth weight!! The pediatrician thought that was just incredible considering they hope that babies reach their birthweight by 2 weeks old. At her appointment she was already 7 lbs 7 oz, and she left the hospital just days before at 7 lbs even (birth weight was 7 lbs 2.5 oz). This little gal is a GREAT eater. Seriously, a champion at breastfeeding!
My mom and Eric with Winter at the doctor appointment.
Mommy and Winter at her first check-up at 6 days old.
Fun wintery room!
SNOW DAY! In Colorado we get fluke weather days. We woke up to snow on the ground one day this week! Snow in October is not unheard of. In fact, the snowfall we got this week wasn’t our first snow of the season! It was fun to go out walking on Winter’s first snow day!
Winter’s first snowy day!
Family picture on our snow day walk.
WALKING. For any of you that have followed my pregnancy, you know just how important fitness is to me. I decided that once the baby was born, I was going to take a short break from “formal exercise” for a few weeks to allow my body proper rest for healing. The doctor said that walking doesn’t count and is completely fine to do, so I have been taking long walks every single day. It’s very important for me to get out in the fresh air and get some exercise. I’m looking forward to getting back to “real exercise” soon…but for now walking has been such a great time. Our daily walks are a fun boding time….and plus we just love our BOB stroller!
Walking around the lake by our house.
On our walk one evening.
WINTER’S NURSERY. We are having Winter sleep in our bedroom in a bassinet for the first few months, but we are still getting use of the nursery. We always change her diapers in there, and sometimes I go in the nursery to breastfeed in the glider rocking chair.
Winter has yet to use her crib, but we placed her in the crib to snap a photo of her!
My mom helped finish the nursery by sewing the final touches on the pillows. I still hadn’t sewed up the stuffing holes:) Thanks Mom!
MY HUSBAND IS NOW THE WORLD’S GREATEST DADDY. Eric is the best. I seriously couldn’t ask for a better husband and father. He loves Winter so much and he is perfect with her. I think I love him now more than I ever have:)
Naptime on the couch.
On a walk with Winter.
MORE PHOTOS OF MY BABY! And now I just have several more photos of our sweet little Winnie girl. We just love her so much. She is an angel baby. She rarely cries or fusses. She eats like clockwork every 3 hours. She is a rockstar at breastfeeding. And she is just so beautiful.