I haven’t been great at getting updates or posts up lately. Despite still being on maternity leave, time escapes me.
Ellie turned two months old on Saturday. She turned nine weeks old on Monday.
She had a doctors appointment this week and weighed in at 10lbs 2oz and is 22″ long. My little gal is growing fast. She’s still tiny, but come her next appointment they’re going to start tracking her on the full term growth charts instead of the premie charts. You guys. My little girl is growing up.
She smiles. She coos and babbles. She grabs at things and swats at the toys on her playmat. She can push her chest off the ground during tummy time. She gets giddy whenever she sees her daddy. She loves to play and be walked around the house to look at things. She loves to sit up and can hold her own head up perfectly.
She is perfect.
My maternity leave is going to be over soon. I only have two more weeks then I go back to work and Rob is on his own with her during the day. I’m already sad about having to go back. I love my job and miss my co-workers, but I will miss this precious time with my daughter more.
Things will get more difficult when I go back. I know this. And I know I can figure things out. Thankfully my first week back will promptly be followed by a full week off for February break, so it’s a nice way to ease back in. It will still be difficult physically and emotionally.
Originally I had wanted to run an Ironman first then start our family. But after a lot of conversations with my husband we decided to start our family first, and I am so glad we did. I can’t imagine my life without my sweet little girl. Some days are really difficult and learning to put myself second a lot of the time is a hard pill to swallow, but it’s all worth it. My daughter, my husband, my family; it’s all worth it.
Ironman, triathlon, it will always be there. It will always be important to me, but the races will always be there. These early days, these milestones, they won’t be. And I want to cherish every moment I have with Ellie and with my family.
These moments are precious. These moments are beautiful. And I want to soak up every moment I can.