6 Weeks Old

Friday, March 4, 2016
I gave birth to my sweet girl in the season of Winter, and now, Spring is slowly but surely approaching. It's weird to think of the seasons changing so quickly, because that means Olivia is changing too. This past week has been a bit of a blur. Olivia has already presented things in parenting Justin and I have yet to experience. One of those major changes would be, crying. Ava never cried, and if she did.. a boob would likely meet her needs. That is not the case with baby # 2. Olivia tends to only want the breast when she's hungry or trying to doze off to sleep. When it comes to comfort, she much prefers to be held, to be kissed on, or to be swayed in her daddy's arms. There have been a few occasions in the last 3 weeks or so where her cries will last for almost 20 minutes. It's not frustrating for us, but it's heartbreaking. This is the first time I've ever not been able to console my baby immediately. I've cried, I've worried, but I've also taken the experience in entirely. I plan on blogging on this subject alone, so make sure to look back for that. It's humbling to be reminded that just because you've done it before, it doesn't mean you know it all. 

I noticed earlier in the morning that Olivia's left eye had been watering a bit and collecting a little discharge... so naturally, I phoned the PEDS doctor. They got me in that afternoon and Justin, Ava, Baby O, and I all went to see what was causing this. Turns out Olivia has a blocked tear duct. Nothing major, pretty common, and easily treated at home. I've been applying warm compresses a few times a day and massaging the inner meeting of her eye. While at the PEDS doc, Olivia also got a fresh list of stats. Can you believe my sweet girl weighs 11.2 pounds? It's unreal, right? The last time she was weighed was at two weeks and she clocked in at 8.4 pounds. If I had any concern about my milk being lesser than, those worries were dropped off completely. Aside from the tear duct, we have no other worries for Miss Livy bean. She's doing exceptionally well for six weeks old and I can't even begin to tell you what a relief that is. 

Out of all the changes this week, her smiling has got to be my favorite. She smiles so much now. Those smiles literally make my day, especially on days like today. I keep reminding myself that Olivia and I are both new at this. When i say that, I mean adapting to a normal where there are other people that need to be taken care of as well. i've never had to put my baby second to anything, because well.. Ava was our first baby. Now it's a constant juggle between being there for our toddler and being there for our infant. Some days I wish there were two of me, other days I impress myself with my multitasking. 

Either way, Olivia is thriving and that's all I could ask for at this point. 

♥- Leilani

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