Waverly had one of those major moments this week.  It wasn’t a developmental milestone, but an important day in her life nonetheless … One that will most likely affect her daily fashion for years to come.  Yes, our Waverly Maye had her ears pierced.  As may be expected, it was planned by mom much to the disappointment of dad.  I made the appointment a few weeks ago (at the doctor, rather than at Claire’s or The Icing), and knew my husband wouldn’t share my excitement for the event. However, after some convincing … He didn’t argue my need to adorn our baby girl with a pair of studs in those precious ears.
Like mother, like daughter … As I also had my ears pierced as a baby.  However, times have certainly progressed as Waverly had lotion applied to her ears to numb them and she didn’t even feel a thing.  Our wiggleworm was hardly quiet when she had to sit still on my lap in order for the nurse to perform the piercing, yet she was smiling within minutes.  And those sparkly studs look rather adorable on that cute face.  In fact, they are so cute I think my husband secretly likes them himself.  He just won’t admit it. 

Side View the Next Day … With her “Aunt” Niki! 

As previously posted, our Waverly Maye has spent the last week with a few people other than Mommy, since this was my first week of work.  Truthfully, if it wasn’t for these few family members & close friends… I probably would have quit my job and become a stay-at-home mom rather than drop our sweet girl off at daycare.  But luckily, Waverly had her Li-Li watch her on Monday/Wednesday, a family friend on Tuesday/Thursday, and my grandparents this past Friday.  It was an eventful week, but our baby girl exceeded our expectations and adapted perfectly.  (Almost TOO perfectly … I was hoping she would need her Mommy a little more … 🙂 ).

Li-Li spends tons of time with Waverly and Taylor is a babysitter by profession at the moment, so if I was slighty nervous about any day – it was most likely Friday.  Not that my Momma & Papa aren’t two of my favorite people in the world, and not that they didn’t watch me quite often as a child … But our sweet Waverly can be a bit high-maintanence and certainly has her unique personality traits.  (She most likely takes after her mother, and therefore can have her dramatic moments.)

But, according to my grandmother, the day was not as high drama as I might have predicted.  I came to their house to find a peaceful, sleeping baby.  Of course, she was in Momma’s arms, as I assume she was all day … But you can’t spoil a baby, right?  Because all I want to do when I come home to that face is hold her tight all afternoon & evening long.

I am thankful for a successful first week and my happy baby girl … And those special people who are her happy when I can’t be there.

Age:  Three Months

Height:  Since Waverly doesn’t have a doctor’s appt. until next month, she hasn’t had her height checked since two months.  So … I don’t know her exact height. But if she is going at the same rate, she is about 23 inches.

Weight:  Waverly was weighed last week, and she was 11 pounds & 3 ounces.

Milestones:  Waverly is becoming more vocal each and every day.  She has a high-pitched squeal that she uses at least daily, especially when she is extra excited.  She will make direct eye contact and coo over and over all of the time, especially when she is being changed.  She is so strong and can hold her head up perfectly, although she doesn’t like tummy time so she hasn’t rolled over yet.  She has been kicking her legs (and staring at them)and wiggling like crazy, and in the past week has started to try to lift her head to get out of her swing!  We better watch out! 

Sleep:  Waverly is pretty much only getting up once a night now.  She has fallen into a routine of going to sleep by 8, and waking up between 2 and 3 for about thirty minutes to eat.  We still are putting her in the swing to sleep since it is her favorite … although we have every intention of moving her to the crib at some point soon.  (Mommy’s not too excited about that!)

Eating:  Breasfeeding has been smooth and really enjoyable for a while now .. so smooth that the problem turned into one with the bottle!  Since mommy went back to work this month, Waverly had to get used to a bottle for several times a day.  Although it was definitely rough the first few times we tried, she is finally getting used to it and isn’t putting up as much of a fight!

Favorite moments:  Waverly smiles all day long, and each times she does, it completely warms my heart.  I love when she first wakes up (because I miss her when she sleeps), when we have our little talks, and definitely when we breastfeed.  Specifically, I love our final, long feeding every night at about 7 pm.  And since I have gone back to work this month, I love coming home to that sweet, sweet face.

Worst Moments:  Waverly got sick for the first time this month.   Our poor baby was stuffed up, sneezing, coughing … And she definitely got it from me as I had it the week before.  We had to use the aspirator to clear her nose and she hated it!  We felt so bad! 

Extra Comments:  Waverly Maye is so alert now, and although I don’t want her to grow up so quickly … I love how fun she gets each day.  She is able to interact more, to make better eye contact, and it couldn’t make me happier.  To watch her develop and grow is the most rewarding thing in the world.

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Day two of my return to work was even more bearable than day one … Waverly only woke up once in the night, leaving me with more sleep, I was less nervous and a little more prepared, and I was mentally more aware that the day would go by fast and I would be home with my baby girl before I knew it.
However, there was one slight hiccup.  A hiccup I have since laughed off … But that I must mention.  During my second block, the time I have allotted for my pumping session, I walked down to our department office just as I did the day before.  The difference?  This time … I ended up walking back with milk soaked down my brand new turquoise shirt, just in time to meet & greet my brand new third block.  Enough said.  It’s a story I’ll share with our Waverly Maye one day.

I made it.  The first day back to work after a rather long maternity leave with my first daughter is officially over.  A little painful, yes … but over indeed.  And hopefully, it only gets easier from here on out.
Truthfully, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  It was the hours leading up to the actual drive to work that were the worst.  Like, for example, when I cried in the paper products aisle at Kroger, while searching for ziplock bags to pack my lunch.  Or, the second cry later that evening while packing Waverly’s large bag of items for the following day.  The final emotional moment was this morning, when I had to say good-bye to my sweet girl as she slept in her swing.  But once I actually got to work, it went by so fast that I didn’t have time to continue my emotional downward spiral.  While I definitely missed her precious face, I was able to get hourly updates complete with photos and descriptions (I am so thankful for the iphone).  And it was actually nice to get dressed, do my hair, and be back at a job that I really do enjoy.  I forgot how much I do appreciate the company of my students and teaching one of my true passions.  But the best part of the day, without a doubt?  Coming home to my number one passion at 2:30 this afternoon, and getting to spend the rest of the day with her.  It was like Christmas in October.

Ready for my first day …new bag & lunchbox.