Our little man is finally here! Today he is actually two months old! I tell you, those two months flew by and he has grown so much. I want to share some newborn photos that my friend Melissa Vossler took when Harrison was one week old.
This is the photo we used for his birth announcement, I think it is my FAVORITE by far! Harrison surprised us and came 2.5 weeks early and measured in at 5 lbs. 14 oz. 18 inches! I will save you the details of the labor story, but he arrived after 17 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing.
After the stressful pregnancy, I still can't believe our little one is actually here. I am going to be completely honest... The first month of learning to be a mom, recovering from labor, learning how to breast feed was the most challenging thing I have done. I wanted to punch anyone in the face that would tell me to "soak it up, it goes fast" because I was barely hanging on for dear life. The lack of sleep is what made everything so difficult. One night not sleeping is bearable, but when you are on the 4th week, it's hard to keep sane AND enjoy your little one. Now that we are on month two, I can look back and say, "I wish I would have soaked it up, it went by so fast!" haha!
Due to several reasons I went back to work at 6 weeks. (I know....) At week 5 I was barely confident enough to take Harry to Target alone, and at the 6th week I was supposed to be ok with leaving him and working full time? But I tell you, that one week made a HUGE difference and I was ready. One thing I have learned in my short 2 months of being a mom is that "mom guilt" haunts you in everything you do.
After being on bedrest, summer break, and maternity leave I really missed teaching. But wasn't I supposed to want to just stay home with my baby all day, because thats what being a "good mom" is? I really struggled with being scared AND excited to go back to work. I felt guilty for wanting to be back in the classroom.
It's been 2 weeks and I am really happy. I love my job and I love coming home to my baby. I know everyone is different, some people love staying home and some people love working. So whatever option you choose or have to do, don't feel guilty! I don't know what the future holds as far as me working vs. staying home, but right now we are really enjoying my decision to be at work.
Here are some pictures of Harry's nursery. One of my friends, Shannon, helped me decorate and hunt down some of the adorable pieces! Our theme is "little man, classic, and modern." (I don't know if that's a style...)
Here is where we found all of the pieces:
crib and metal storage bins- Walmart
mobile and shelf- Restoration Hardware
dino head (my husband found this bad boy) and prints- Etsy
rocker and side table- Target
shelf accessories- TJ Maxx, Easy, and the car my Husband's grandpa made!
"You make me happy when skies are gray" painting- Cara Carroll