I cannot believe my baby is already old enough for me to be writing this post. Time truly flies by ten times faster when you have a kid! These first three months with Duke have been the sweetest, but most challenging months of my life. I never imagined how much motherhood would change me, but I’m so glad that it did.
At the very beginning, everything was a blur. The first few weeks, Chase and I were in survival mode. We were sleep deprived, like every new parent is, and overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility we now had. Gone were the days of sleeping in, going wherever, whenever, and getting a night of uninterrupted sleep. I was taking care of HD during the night and Chase would do the days. It felt like I was nocturnal for a few weeks! Ha! But even through the heavy eyes and night feeds, I have never felt more content with my life. I have been so in love with baby Duke from the second I laid my eyes on him. He is so worth all of the sleepless nights.
Duke was so tiny when he was born. He was only 5 pounds 10 ounces and even preemie clothes were big on him. Every day that passed he continued to grow and still does. My favorite part of the newborn stage was all of the cuddles that came with it. His favorite place to be was in mom and dad’s arms and we definitely weren’t complaining!
He has never been a great sleeper! He isn’t extremely difficult to put down, but never stays asleep for long. Most days, I consider myself lucky if he takes a 30 minute nap. He doesn’t seem to be anywhere closer to sleeping through the night than he was at the very beginning, so please pray for my sleep deprived body! We have been trying to get him to sleep in his bassinet and/or crib, but I typically end up caving during the middle of the night and bring him to my bed for snuggles. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the first few weeks with him. These were just a few of the mannnnnnnyyyy snuggle sessions.
When Duke was one month old, Chase left for his second deployment. Having our family be separated at such a special time was hard. There are so many things I hate about deployments, but the fact that Chase has to miss so many firsts of Duke’s life is the worst. This is our first child and he isn’t here to experience all of the changes Duke is going through. It’s difficult, but Chase is such a good dad, even over seas. Duke loves to start his mornings by FaceTiming his dad. Chase never misses a beat and I know that if he could be here with us, he would.
Month two and three were so much easier than month one. Over time, my body adjusted to the middle of the night feeds and I have been feeling so much better. Duke is so interactive now and is doing new things every week. He discovered how to laugh, smile, and is nursing like a champ. He is starting to figure out that his hands are able to grab objects and it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! His laugh is the best sound I have ever heard and I would do anything to hear it. He is so ticklish and loves bath time. We have our routine down to a science and we are both much happier because of it. I can see a little tooth under the surface of his bottom gums and he is drooling like crazy. I wonder when that little guy will break the surface!
We will be starting him on pureed baby foods soon and I am so eager to see how that goes! As long as our pediatrician gives us the go ahead, he will be introduced baby food right at four months. I plan on making his baby food and have purchased a baby food processor and will let y’all know if it ends up being a hit!
He is almost 15 pounds now and is 2 feet long. Where in the world did my tiny baby go?!?! On our worst days, I try to remember that he won’t always need me like he does now. I don’t ever want to wish these days away because I know that I will never get them back. Our time together is precious and I will never forget these first few months of being a mom. I truly feel like I was made to be a mother. Nothing satisfies my soul more than interacting with Duke. Just give me all the babies!!!! The amount of change that has happened in these three months shocks me. I’m so thankful for this happy little boy. He truly is my sunshine on a cloudy day.
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