At 6 weeks old, I think I've finally started to figure out what makes Baby Campbell tick. Oh, wait, I didn't update you all on our sweet little addition? Our beautiful baby girl, whom I will be referring to as Peanut, was born on June 26th 2010 weighing 7lbs and measuring 21 inches long. She was two days late, and I think she just liked keeping us on our toes. My labor was 7 hours long, but I had days (no, correction, WEEKS) of early labor. I was blessed with the wonderful experience of back labor (shudder), whereupon I finally succumbed to an epidural. To read more about Peanut's birth story, visit my pregnancy blog.
The first 6 weeks were rough. I'm not going to sugarcoat it and lie about having nervous breakdowns in the wee hours of the night as our tiny newborn practiced exercising her new found lungs. Or about the struggles with breastfeeding and concerns about not having enough milk. Or about the countless trips to the pediatrician because our little peanut had developed some nasty jaundice that required photo-therapy under a light box.
Sore nipples and depleted pocketbook aside, things have been going quite well with our new family. Daddy C, although difficult to wake in the middle of the night, has become a pro at giving Peanut evening baths and lotion rub downs. We've really enjoyed showing off our precious baby girl to family and friends, although Mommy C gets really tired of strangers asking the same questions over and over while momentously sticking their noses and germy breath in Peanut's face. (Although, I've discovered that people are less likely to try and touch Peanut while she is snuggled safely in the Moby wrap with only her head poking out. If people try to touch her, they would end up touching my face too, which no one wants to do, so they leave be.)
Last week she started smiling, which just makes you want to smile too. After weeks of scrunching up her face in various distorted expressions, a smile reminds us that she is indeed, a person of her own who actually likes us, despite our uncanny ability to knock her around and move her out of comfy positions while she is sleeping.
Life as a new mom has been interesting, and I have a feeling things are only going to get even more interesting from here on out. Stay tuned for more updates from the Campbell Castle, adorable photos of Peanut and counts of horrific discoveries inside diapers.