I felt like I was pregnant for nine years instead of nine months, but London arrived on the exact date she was scheduled (via c-section) to be born.
London Audrey was born on October 30, 2018 at 10:07am. She weighed 7 lbs 7 oz and was 19.5 inches long.
She looks exactly how I pictured her. I’ve always thought of her as having dark hair and blue eyes (like me), and was going to be completely weirded out if she looked anything different from that. I can’t be positive that her eyes will be blue, but they’re the same dark blue, nearly black color that Liam’s were when he was born. His are blue now, so I assume that’s what will happen with hers.
Anyway, we’re both doing good! She had some issues with eating during the first couple of days, and didn’t want to take as much formula as the hospital insisted. They were very adamant about 20-30 mL every three hours, and told us that we absolutely had to wait three full hours before feeding her every time. Even if she was screaming and appeared to be starving.
I didn’t agree with that, but luckily, we didn’t have to stay any extra days in the hospital and she’s doing great now! She does have a tongue tie, though. Just like her brother did. We’re taking her to an ENT later this week to get that taken care of, and it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. The procedure didn’t seem to bother Liam at all.
She’s only a week old, but so far, she’s a very good baby! She probably sleeps 20+ hours a day, but unfortunately, she’ll only sleep in a travel bassinet if we keep it on top of the couch. Cameron and I have been running “shifts” every night, where one of us will stay in the living room and watch Netflix next to her for around four or five hours. Then, we switch. That’s what I’m doing right now. It’s 6am and my shift is almost over!
We have a regular bassinet in our bedroom, but for some reason, she seems to hate it. She’ll be sound asleep, but when we lay her down inside the bassinet, she wakes up crying within 15 minutes. Since she’s only a week old, I’m not too worried about it. I’m sure we’ll be able to get her used to sleeping in it within the next couple of weeks. If not, if you have any recommendations for other things we could try getting her to sleep in (while keeping her in our bedroom), please let me know!
Everyone always asks how Liam, our two-year-old, is adjusting.
This photo was taken when London was two days old, and Liam seemed very nervous about holding her. I don’t blame him. I was 30 years old when Liam was born, and wasn’t even sure how to hold a baby.
Now, after only a week, he tries to pull London out of our arms and wants to hold her without any help. Last night, while I was feeding her a bottle, he said, “I’ll feed her!” Plus, he kisses her on the forehead about ten times a day, so I’m sure he’ll be the best big brother ever.
He doesn’t seem to be jealous, but I think he definitely realizes that things are different now. Sometimes, if London’s not in her bassinet, Liam will climb into it and put his pacifier in his mouth. He’ll also go into our bedroom, sit on our bed, make us turn on Mickey Mouse, and demand that someone sits next to him. If we leave for any reason, he yells for us to come back and sit down. I think that’s how he was, anyway, but it’s hard to tell.
Either way, before London was born, I read a lot about bringing new babies into the family and helping your other kids adjust to it, so I’ve been doing my best to make sure Liam never feels left out or like we’re always telling him to “hold on.”
I’m half asleep and it’s almost time for me to go back to bed, so I’ll end it here! If you want to see more pictures, make sure to check out my Instagram. I’ll probably start posting on there a lot more now.