I suppose I should make a proper introduction for our little girl, who came last Wednesday. Ivy Lynn Dickerson came to the world on July 1 weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces and is completely perfect in every way.
I have forgotten how special these newborn days are, so I'm recording my favorite parts about them to remember always...
the flailing startled arms
the soft faintness of each breath
rooting to find mama
tired mama eyes in the night accompanied with a really full heart
waking up each morning still in awe that it isn't just a dream
the yellow sweet smelling newborn poop
the grunts and coos and tiny hiccups
waking throughout the night a sense of purpose and duty and selfless kind of love that only having children brings
the purity of her tiny soul
her fresh, supple skin
the sound of her gulping milk
her body fitting perfectly in mine like we were made to complete each other
watching him fall in love with her, another little human we've created together
itty bitty fingers and toes
the complete dependency and trust she has in us, her parents
We've been in a baby coma for the past 11 days, our little family, and I simply do not want it to end. She came right before the 4th of July holiday, making it possible for Darren to have even more days off than we expected, so we've had him for nearly 12 days now. Talk about one of the best ways to bring a baby home!
She came so quickly and we've been in a whirlwind of love ever since. I will save the birth story for another day, but just wanted to share our exciting news before too many days pass by. I'm already so upset with time and the way it moves so quickly, but we have been savoring every minute the best way we know how. This week really has been one of the best weeks of my life. The whole experience has been polar opposite than what I had with Wesley. Not necessarily better because it was all I knew as far as the crazy emotions and physical difficulty in recovering, but he was my first so it all felt perfect. This time has just been very different. My hormones and recovery have gone a hundred times smoother, making for a really enjoyable period of getting to know her and adjusting to becoming a family of four. Our days have been breakfast in bed, naps, a whole lot of nursing, cleaning out our closets, playing in a new kiddie pool complete with a slide, planting another garden, enjoying delicious food, cuddling, eating more fruit than ever and of course getting to know baby sis more each day. Both kids have slept in until 7 or 8 each morning! Wesley never sleeps well, so the fact that he has this week has made all of it seem too good to be true. Also, having Darren home has helped our sweet boy so much in this adjustment. They've been able to have so much time together each day and I don't think he feels like he's lacking in attention just yet because of it.
All of it is just one huge blessing I'll never be able to find the words for. I'm just incredible grateful and will leave it at that.