I can't believe it's already been 2 weeks since Elly was born. Time flies... We had our 2 week check-up with Chris yesterday. We both checked out great. My bleeding has stopped, which has been great. I do have to say I was very careful not to over-do it this time around, though. With the others, my bleeding always lasted until 4-6 weeks, and I think it's because I did too much too soon and didn't give my body time to heal. This time around, I literally did nothing but take care of Elly for the first week, and even the second week I spent the majority of my days on the couch (having a laptop helped, hehe). I think it helped that Dave's schedule has been so flexible. He was able to take off the first couple of days after Elly's birth, and even when he went back to his little office on campus last week, he was able to go in late so he could make me breakfast, come home for lunch to get me some food warmed up and let me take a shower, and he helped out lots at home with cleaning, dishes, and laundry. We've also had lots of dinners brought to us, just about every night for the last couple of weeks. People have been so generous, it's been awesome! The dinners usually provided enough food to last us for lunch for a couple more days, too. Can I just say I'm so thankful for everyone's generosity? It's amazing how much easier life is when you don't have to worry about cooking. :p I really believe that having all this help enabled me to really get lots of rest, and let my body heal. I feel great! I'm still taking it easy, though I am slowly starting to get back into my daily routine.
Elly is doing great, as well. She weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz., so we know she's thriving on mommy's milk. :o) She is such a wonderful baby. She's still so calm and peaceful, and even lets her mom get lots of sleep at night! She usually wakes up around 7:30ish in the mornings, is awake for a couple of hours, then sleeps most of the day, with just a few short awake times (most of which she spends nursing, hehe). She then has a definite awake time in the late evenings, from about 9-11 p.m.. We're usually in bed shortly after 11, she nurses for a bit longer, and then sleeps until about 3:30 or 4 a.m., at which time she wakes up to nurse. Being that she's my fourth child, I've become really good at nursing in bed, so really all I do is latch her on, and we go back to sleep. I don't think I've ever felt so rested with a newborn. All my other kids had days and nights mixed up for the first few weeks, so we spent a lot of time bouncing them around the house at 2 a.m., trying to get them to sleep. It's been really nice not to have to go through that this time around - hope it stays that way! *fingers crossed*
Overall, the transition from 3 to 4 kids has been really easy so far. I'm so thankful we were blessed with such a sweet, quiet baby. It's certainly a stark contrast from when we had Kaylee, who was pretty high needs from the very beginning (and still has lots of energy and willpower, haha). I know life is going to get more busy as Elly gets older, but I'm enjoying the peace while it lasts. :o)