We hope you all had a restful and peaceful holiday. Our holiday season was very much the same as every other "new normal" day for us...we slept and ate around Charlee's schedule, and yes, that does mean I held her while trying to eat Christmas dinner (my sister-in-law put food on my plate for me, thanks Rachelle!)
|Our girl has graduated into the white bear suit! Thanks to our friend Kate for this adorable suit.|
For me, the best part of this entire holiday has been having Joel home full time (his office closes over Christmas). Navigating this whole experience is 100% more awesome when Joel is around, especially when I look at him while Charlee is melting down and whisper, "I need some patience right now" and he assures me that I have access to said required patience. It's just better when he's here.
|Charlee loves her Pa so much!|
|Joel's parents were able to come for Christmas and they finally got a chance to hold Charlee!|
|Nans takes one in the face.|
|The two grandpas commiserating.|
|Packing up Charlee's tiny newborn clothes that are barely bigger than my feet!|
As far as my health goes, I am officially allowed to go off my blood pressure medication (yep - still taking pills for my pre-eclampsia induced high blood pressure). I've started doing some reading on the various conditions I had (complete anterior placenta previa and pre-eclampsia) and it's probably a good thing I waited this long to do so. I've read some medical articles and scanned through some online forums and as it turns out the combination of these two conditions is quite rare. In fact, our midwives both claimed they've never experienced a pregnancy where both these conditions were present in one person at the same time. During the first few weeks after Charlee's birth I was feeling pretty let down by my body despite the fact that my surgery went as planned and our baby was totally healthy. On the other hand, I couldn't help but think, "Of course this would happen to me!" I tend to gravitate toward the weirdest and most absurd allergies and reactions...like who on this planet has anaphylaxis to wasps, food sensitivities to bananas and pecans, and breaks out in a nasty rash when brushing past a pine tree, but can confidently eat peanut butter by the spoonful?! Me. That's who. So really, it only makes sense I developed a stubborn-as-hell placenta with a side of pre-eclampsia. Gotta keep things interesting! Anyhow, jokes aside, I am well and happy and my blood pressure has finally normalized. I have been able to turn my fear and anger toward my physical body into an attitude of wonder and amazement. In fact, I am healing so well that I was able to do my first run/walk on New Years Day (5.7km! I've been waiting since April 12th to do that).
|Our first New Year celebration together - no one made it til midnight.|
|At 7 weeks old Charlee officially grew out of the brown bear suit, gifted to her from my cousin Amber.|
|I've never loved walking so much in my life! It feels so good to get outside every day. The BabyBjorn carrier has changed our life - not even kidding. This was an early Christmas gift from my parents.|
|Our sweet girl dressed the most pink she's ever seen in her whole 8 weeks of life. Thanks again to our friend Kate for the adorable pink dress!|
|Our girl's favourite way to sleep, on her Mama or Pa's chest. We will take the snuggles while we can!|