I'm in my 7th week of my maternity leave and I have enjoyed every single moment of it. I took 12 weeks off and they are flying by. I don't want to think about how fast the next 5 weeks will go.
Most days I do a good job of letting Eli nap in his crib, but sometimes I just sit and hold him during naps and let him lay on me. I don't want to look back and be sad that I didn't hold my tiny newborn enough. I love when he is all cozy and nestled asleep on me. It is the best feeling in the world.
Today was a dreary day. It wasn't raining but it was very dreary and yucky looking outside. I don't like getting out when it's cold and yucky, especially with a baby so I decided we would stay inside for the day.
After Luke left for work this morning I fed Eli for his morning feeding and then gave him a bath. I love bath time and Eli has come to love them also. A friend taught me to let the hot shower water run and get the bathroom steamy so that it's nice and warm for him. Ever since I started doing this Eli is very calm and content during baths. He loves to look at himself in the mirror:
This picture isn't from today but look how cute he looks in his bath towel:
After bath time I put Eli in a fresh set of pajamas. I knew we wouldn't be leaving the house so I wanted him to be warm and cozy.
He has started smiling at me and Luke lately. Not just a small "passing gas" smile, but a true smile that lights up his whole face.
I was trying to get him to smile this morning so I could take a picture. It is hard work to try and get him to smile and then snap a picture really quick. Much harder than it sounds.
I caught the end of a little smile:
And this one looks like he is totally cracking up about something I said. I tell some pretty awesome jokes during the day:
When Luke got home from work I put dinner in the oven (King Chicken Ranch) and then went out walking/jogging in this dreary weather. I've started doing the Couch to 5K again. Last year I was able to work myself up to 3 straight miles of jogging. Which I realize for some people isn't a lot, but for me it's a pretty big deal.
So now post baby I'm trying to work my body up to that again. For the record, running with a full supply of milk is not easy and kind of painful. Just saying. But not as painful as not being able to fit into any of my clothes. Just saying.
It was pretty chilly outside and I kept thinking it was fall.
So that was how I spent my day. It was a normal day but it was a great one!