366/2012: Day 32
366/2012: Day 33

Life With Harper At Eight Weeks

Only eight weeks?? It feels so much longer than that. But in a good way. She's already outgrown so many of her clothes, though this is not a surprise as she was a week late and over eight pounds at birth. Thank goodness for all the amazing hand-me-downs we got from everyone!

Harper is so alert now, looking right at you, smiling, chatting. She looks directly at toys and colorful things and spends a lot of time on her jungle play mat, wiggling and reaching out. I've seen her grab an object and pull it toward her two times now. Excellent developmental progress!

We are very lucky. Harper is a good sleeper (knock wood) giving us at least 5-6 hours in a row before waking up to eat again. Then she'll sleep for another 2 hours or so. I feel rested most of the time and I am soooooo grateful! During the day she eats fairly constantly and hasn't gotten into a regular rhythm of naps yet, but that will come in another two months or so. I am just taking things day by day.

I am also very lucky that Kurt works from home and is flexible, so I can get a break when I need it. Yesterday I went to run errands on my own (TJ's, etc) and loved being out and about. Next week I'm getting my hair done after about 4 months of neglect. That's going to feel good.

Twice this week I went out alone with Harper. The first trip was to Babies R Us for a few sundry items that were on major sale. (I've gotten quite used to buying from Amazon with my free "Amazon Mom" prime shipping. Getting stuff in 2 days without paying extra is awesome.) Today I went to a Baby Play class in Santa Monica at a place called Books and Cookies. I figured I have to start getting out and getting practise with Harper -- lugging the gear, getting in and out of the car, breastfeeding in strange places without all the pillows, etc. Learning new motor skills is always a challenge! I liked the class and it was nice to see other moms and babies out and about. Harper was the youngest in today's class, the next oldest was four months. I know the more I do it, the easier it will be and hopefully Harper will get used to all the comings and goings and be chill about it. So far she likes riding in the car, generally snoozing.

Our two month doctor check up is next week and I can't wait to find out how much she weighs and how tall she is. As for myself, I have lost all the baby weight and more. I gained 27 pounds and have now lost 32. No, I don't know how I did it! Breastfeeding really takes it out of you I guess. Again, very grateful!

We've had a good time these last eight weeks, and we've had very hard times. Saying good-bye to Bunny was just gut wrenching. We are still grieving her loss. She was such a good spirit and added so much richness to our lives. Sweet Bunny is already missed so much and will be forever.

As for life aside from Harper, I'm slowly building momentum back on my/our writing projects, having meetings here at the house with partners and emailing people about my feature script. While I am not able to jump right back to writing, I am moving other projects forward, small steps at a time every week. It feels good to do, reminding me there are things in the world other than diapers and feedings. (Sometimes it gets overwhelming!)

We are oh so lucky and I am grateful every day for all that we have and how amazing Harper is. Grandma Jane (this will not be her official "grandma name" - we'll have to see what Harper calls her) comes to visit soon and that will mean more outings with Harper, more practise and strengthening of other mommy muscles. I'm really looking forward to it!