We had a very quiet and low-key weekend here. It seemed to rain a lot this weekend which was fine with me. Saturday we made a trip out of the house to get frozen yogurt after dinner, and Sunday we had several friends over to grill out and had a really good time. One good thing about not being able to leave the house much with a baby is getting to have people over, which we did not do enough before Maddie arrived.
Time is definitely moving quicker now. Yesterday Maddie Grace had her one month checkup and on Thursday she will turn 5 weeks old! Her appointment yesterday went great. She looked healthy all around and was in the 81st percentile for height and 76th for weight. I’m so proud of my little nugget. It’s still crazy to think that her entire life has been sustained by my body. Maddie is now over 10 pounds and very long. She still fits into most of her 3 month clothing, although some of it she has outgrown, and some of her 6 month outfits are fitting her! She has started making the cutest little cooing noises, and enjoys watching fans and looking at pictures. Thankfully Maddie is still sleeping a good bit throughout the day and night and loves to cuddle with us.
I’ve also been trying to start getting my body back in shape! I have been running, which does not feel the same as when I ran pre-pregnancy. I started by going very, very, short distances at a very, very, slow pace, and have built up to going longer and slightly faster. I’ve also started doing strength-building exercises and some yoga at home. Today for the first time I ventured out of the house with Maddie and went to Mommy and Me yoga, and it went surprisingly well. I was so worried about whether she would get hungry, cry, what to bring with me, etc., and I really didn’t need to. The class is made for new moms so of course the instructor was very understanding, and Maddie did so well! I brought a blanket for Maddie to lay on, and she only got a little bit fussy and calmed down as soon as I swaddled her and gave her her wubbie (pacifier). The instructor loved getting to hold and love on Maddie while we did yoga too. Maddie did poop during the middle of class (of course) but I just took a break to change her and then jumped right back in.
I’ve been trying hard to wear Maddie a lot, especially when I’m doing housework. The ring sling I have pictured in several posts has worked well, and I have enjoyed it, but I’ve had several issues with it: it starts to weigh on my shoulder after I’ve been wearing it a while, Maddie seems to get really hot and sweaty in it (although this doesn’t seem to bother her), and there is no head support, even though she won’t need any much longer. I think the sling will be much more usable for us when Maddie gets a little bigger. I found Solly Baby Wraps through Instagram and really wanted to try one, but didn’t want to spend more money. I finally gave in and ordered one and I just have to share how much I love it. It’s now my favorite way to carry Maddie around the house, on walks, and to and from the car (because I dread having to carry the carseat). It comes in the cutest packaging, and the fabric the wrap is made from is super breathable, lightweight, and stretchy. I wish I had purchased it sooner because you really can use it on the smallest babies because it supports their heads. Plus, the wrap is super cute. I also bought a book from the company called Carrying Baby and for some reason it makes me so happy. It has adorable illustrations inside with pull down flaps to show how different animals carry their babies. I was not compensated for posting this, I just really love these products.
Now that I have several different carriers to wear Maddie in I’m thinking about starting a series on baby-wearing. Any advice on what baby carriers are worth a try? Let me know below!