The Siberian American: Let’s Have a Coffee Date: Newborn Edition

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Let’s Have a Coffee Date: Newborn Edition

I’m amazed at all of those bloggers out there who write with a newborn. I’ve been so eager to start writing again, but I haven’t managed to do it between taking care of Anthony and some big editing projects. I thought I would start off with a coffee date to share some tidbits of life with Anthony.


I can’t believe Anthony is two months old today! It has truly been the longest and shortest months of my life. It’s amazing how much love you instantly feel when they put your baby on your chest for the first time. Life with a newborn isn’t easy, but it’s just so worth it.

Chris has had the craziest schedule since Anthony was born. I mentioned in my last pregnancy post I had a feeling Anthony would be born while Chris was on nights, and he was. One of his friends covered two nights for him (he had to take vacation time for those and still has to make them up to her), but he’s been basically working a bunch since those first few days. His schedule was completely different each day, except for the three weeks of nights he has had in the last eight weeks. He just did two weeks of nights in a row, so I spent them at my parent’s house. Living close to my parents during residency has been a huge blessing, as I’m not sure I would have handled the nights well without mom around. She has helped me so much, and I am so thankful for her.

Anthony has been showing a lot of interest in his toys lately and loves to smile and laugh these days. He especially loves anything musical and will “dance” if you play one of his musical toys. I love watching him discover new things.


He has also given me one five to six hour stretch at night for the last few days. I’m praying he keeps it up because it really makes me feel like a new person. I basically laugh at myself for any time I felt I was tired before having Anthony—this is just a whole new level of tired. I really had no idea how difficult it would be.

As I mentioned in Anthony’s birth announcement, my recovery was a bit on the difficult side. Thankfully, I am feeling significantly better. There have been a few things that have popped up here and there, but overall, I am doing well.

The holiday season has taken on a whole new meaning with a newborn around. Thinking back to how difficult Christmas was for me last year, I’m so grateful for the blessing of this new life. I wish I could go back and tell that girl sobbing on Christmas Eve that she would have a two-month old in her arms this Christmas. God is so good!

Soon, I’m hoping to share Anthony’s birth story and some of his newborn photos with y’all. Thank you so much for bearing with me as I adjust to life as a mama. I am hoping to get back to my regular posting schedule in 2018!

21 comments:

  1. How is he two month!!?? Wow!
    So glad they your mom has been there to help you out and keep you going. It sounds like it's been a tough but rewarding experience for you. Hope your health keeps improving and Chris' scheduled chills out a little bit soon for you guys! This Christmas is going to be so special for y'all!

    ReplyDelete
  2. 2 months already?! Time really does fly. It is so hard keeping up with blogging when you have little ones. I wish I could say it gets easier when they get older but I'm finding it to be more and more difficult. That's great that your parents are so close because I'm sure that makes a big difference. Hang in there mama!! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a little cutie! I can't believe he's 2 months already. How has Chris been dealing with his crazy schedule and getting enough time to spend with your time? I'm glad you are feeling better and I'm just so happy for you.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I am glad to hear you are feeling better, mama! I remember when Zoe started sleeping a longer stretch at night, and you really do feel like a whole new person!!! Kids make the holidays so much more magical, I hope you guys have an excellent first Christmas with Anthony. He is such a cutie!

    ReplyDelete
  5. He is absoloutely too cute for words!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! We are so in love. πŸ’™

      Delete
  6. He's so adorable and has the cutest smile. What a joy to have an angel like this!
    Happy Holidays!

    www.fashionradi.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! It's true, we are full of joy!

      Delete
  7. He's the cutest!! Look at his smile!! <3 <3 Enjoy your first Christmas with him and hopefully Chris won't be working nights then!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. He is so precious! I can't believe it's been 2 months already!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh my goodness, he is too adorable and love his little hat! And girlllll you're not kidding about having a newborn and knowing what being tired really is. It's on a whole different level, but this too shall pass. Before you know it, you'll be back on your regular sleep schedule and he'll have a bedtime where you can enjoy time to yourself or get things done. Sending all the hugs <3

    Green Fashionista

    ReplyDelete
  10. He is so precious and I love the he dances to music! Such a happy little man! I hope he has an amazing 1st Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh my gosh! Two months already!! :) He's such a cutie and I am so glad that you have your family close by to help you and him out, especially while Chris is working so many nights! I hope that things just keep getting better and better for the three of you. I'm sure that they will! What a powerful statement about wishing you could tell yourself last Christmas where you would be now. Just amazing. So happy for you all, good luck as you keep getting used to baby life! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh my goodness, he is so precious with his sweater and beanie! I can't wait for my little guy to arrive. :) Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm so glad you have your parents nearby to help! That is so wonderful. Anthony sounds so sweet! I'm glad you are feeling better and starting to get a little bit more sleep than you have been.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love this picture of Anthony!! He looks so much like you!! So sweet!! I’m glad that you’ve had so much help. I can’t imagine how overwhelming it would be without your parents nearby. Glad you are able to get a little rest too!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a cutie pie! I so agree with you, when you start getting those longer stretches of sleep you feel like a totally different person!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's so true! I'm feeling human again! Haha.

      Delete
  16. I'm so glad he's letting you sleep a little bit! That makes all the difference!

    ReplyDelete
  17. We would like to extend the best wishes from our family to yours! May the New Year bring only good things to all of you!
    Ryoma.

    ReplyDelete
  18. So I meant to comment on this a while ago, but I got sidetracked and didn't have a chance! I'm so glad that things are going well with Anthony, and I can't imagine having Christopher being so busy along with having a newborn! And oh my goodness, the 5-6 hour stretch of sleep at night is so magical! I'm so glad that the girls have finally started to graduate to that point as well!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for reading my blog! I love hearing from you and respond to every comment. :) If you're a no-reply blogger, I will respond below your comment.