Friday, March 4, 2011

He is here!

Garrett Hudson Moore has arrived!
He was born Feb. 25th at 5:26 am
Weighed 7lbs15oz and was 19.75inches long

I am in love!

I wonder how long I'll have to write? Garrett is fast asleep in his bouncy chair and it appears all is right in his world. :) I have thought on and off about how to write a blog post covering this past week and find it's nearly impossible! 
There have been ups and downs and nights I didn't think we'd make it (the first night home!).  I realized today that the only thing getting me through the days has been this on-going conversation with God.  No matter what time of day, he is there pouring His love into my heart.  My heart is full of joy and peace today.  I am a young mom with more to learn than I anticipated.  The trade off is that I also didn't realize how much you could love your child! 
It's been important to me that although he has become my life that I am also being filled with God's word. It's early in the morning that God and I dig into His word and he teaches me.  I realized that it's going to look different.  I can't get out my bibles, notebook, concordance, dictionary, etc and really dig apart books of the Bible.  Right now it looks like this, opening the Bible and finding a passage like this morning in Ephesians 6 where it talks about putting on the armor of God. Or yesterday a psalm talking about how God is compassionate. I treasured those words that God wanted me to know.  If I want to be a mother after God's heart that means I have to spend time filling my heart and mind with God's word.  I'm thankful for the quiet moments with my Savior and being able to love Him all the more for letting me cling to Him desperately this past week. 

Garrett is the most incredible little baby.  I call him my 'sweetie pea'. :) ..and when he has a messy diaper he is my 'stinky pea' but still oh so very cute!
It's weird how 3 hours of sleep is something I am rejoicing over these days! Last night was the first time that we had long stretches of sleep! That was a blessing for this sleep deprived mommy. 
He is one week old and each day we are learning more and more about each other and our new worlds. He is an easy going baby so far. We had a few bumps in the road with breastfeeding because he was tongue-tied and couldn't get his tongue out.  Tuesday morning he had a small procedure where they snip under his tongue to help. (Yes, I cried for him!) having that done actually helped a lot! We are working on weaning him of the 'nipple shield' and that's getting better each day. 
I am feeling better myself each day.  It takes time to heal and recover after giving birth but i'm doing great! I LOVE how my stomach is going down, thanks to breastfeeding I think? I have to be careful when I start feeling good because then i'll get up and do too much and am feeling crummy again.  Thankfully my mom scolds me and tells me to sit down. 
Speaking of my mom..She has been wonderful! For the past few weeks she's been here helping me out and walking me through uncertain moments with a newborn.  What a blessing it's been having her here.  She was able to see Garrett being born. :) This week she has cleaned, cooked, baked, been a support, and loved her daughter by being completely selfless! Being a mother never stops...and i'm blessed to call her my mom.  She has put in a ton of work friends, and i know that she misses my dad a lot! I'm going to really miss her when she leaves this sunday morning..i'll probably be in tears but i'm sure she is ready to get back to her life! 
Darren can't get enough of his baby boy.  I think that seeing them together was everything and more that I hoped it would be.  He is a great dad and I really do mean that! I'm not just trying to make him sound good :).  He loves on that sweet child of his as much as possible.  The man wakes up with me in the middle of the night to change a diaper or hold him when i'm ready to pass out.  He is aware of him and showers the boy with sweet kisses.  Garrett is blessed to have him as his daddy, and i'm blessed to call him my husband. 
I've had many tear filled moments this first week (I'm on a roller coaster of emotions! lol) but God has tended to my fears by reminding me to TRUST Him.  I can't explain how comforting this week has been in the midst of the craziness. Each day gets sweeter and sweeter and I fall more and more in love with my baby boy and husband.  There are moments I feel helpless and unsure but God is faithfully walking me through every step of the way. 
I'm treasuring my newborn baby and not getting too caught up in the routine of feedings, diaper changes, and sleep.  This time will fly by and i'm soaking up this time in our lives! 
Well someone is stirring...The birth story will be coming next! Thank you for all the compliments, prayers, and encouragement friends! It's getting me through :)


Amanda said...

Ah Laura I'm so glad you're back on your blog during nap times!! I can't wait to hear all about it and I cannot believe he is 1 week already! You are such great little mommy and I miss you!! Can't wait to meet Garrett!

Anonymous said...

God bless you and Darren, and God bless your MOM! So much goes on during those first few days that new moms have a tough time figuring it all out on their own. When my daughter was born, we lived in Texas, and it was just me and her dad -- and I was post-cesarean with a 9-pound baby girl. It was a challenge, for sure! But, we got through it, often not in a pretty way, but mostly, we did survive.

That first week or two, it seems like you have more questions than clues to the answers. I agree with what everyone else is saying, he'll settle into a nice schedule soon. Then, you sleep when he sleeps.

In the meantime, know that your heart is completely in the right place as a new mommy. You are looking to God for that inner spiritual uplifting, and you are looking to your husband for his strength to hold you up (or let you rest) when you need it. That's the beauty of your marriage, I do believe. :-)