I didn’t mean to put this off for so long. Our baby, Gracie, is 4 weeks old today and she’s great. I wish I had more amazing stuff to say about being a parent, but it boils down eventually to, “This is weird.” I wasn’t a dad 4 weeks ago, and although, we had about 9 months to prepare, I’m a dad now and it’s weird. Good weird, for sure. 100%, but weird.
We’ve been really lucky so far that Gracie has been mellow. She doesn’t always go to sleep or stay asleep, but when she starts to fuss, she calms down really quickly. Actually the first two weeks she mostly slept anyway. The last two weeks, she’s had longer periods of alertness, sometimes in the middle of the night. Like any baby, I guess. She gained back her birth weight and then some really quickly really and the pediatrician told us we could skip her two week appointment. I bragged about that to everyone.
We didn’t know if we were going to have a boy or a girl, but I think we might have both thought we were going to have a boy. We knew what the boy’s nickname was going to be, probably from imagining it, but not the girl’s. One other important impact of not finding out the baby’s gender ahead of time is it wasn’t until Gracie was a few days old before we received her first piece of pink clothing. I hadn’t spent any time considering a baby girl’s sartorial options, but had a mini panic attack on her second day when my aunt mentioned all the cute frilly dresses you can get for a little girl. She’s free wear whatever she wants down the road, but it’s only fair to let her know there are other options before confining her to girl stuff for the rest of her life.
She coos and burbles, and she grunts a ton while she’s sleeping. There’s a sound she makes consistently, it sounds like “Ayoooouu.” It was amazing to see her first sneeze, and then to see her eating minutes after being born because this tiny thing was doing something human. And more recently when she startles and her hands fly out. I like when she’s calm and looking at me, us, anything, even though I know she’s not focusing on anything yet. James, our older cat was wary of her originally, but is less so now. Ducky, our one year old cat, was fascinated with Gracie right away, and spends a lot of time just generally being around her.
We’ve been really lucky so far that our time hasn’t been too structured. If Gracie doesn’t sleep well, we can sleep a few hours later the next morning. It makes a huge difference in how we see the day. Either that, or we’re lucky have a really easy baby. We’ve heard it can change quick, but hopefully Gracie will continue to be a mellow baby.
Photo above by the awesome Tony Luong. All the other pictures you see will likely be hurried iPhone pictures.