My First Week As A Stay At Home Mom

So some of you may or may not already know this but now that Baby Brooks is here I will be staying home with him full time. I have spent the last year doing various freelance and marketing projects and will continue to do what I can on the side but the majority of my time will be spent taking care of our new little man and for that I am thankful, lucky, blessed, grateful and so happy – I can’t imagine any better job in the entire world.

mum and bub

I was extremely lucky with the fact that after Brooks was born, Charles was able to stay home from work with us for 2 weeks. It was an awesome time to spend together as a new family of three and also amazing to have an extra set of hands as we figured out caring for a newborn together.

cozy

After Charles went back to work my mom came up from Virginia to stay with us and help out for the next two weeks. Having her here was amazing for me and she loved soaking up every moment with her grandson.

smiles

So this meant that I have had constant help at home with our little guy for the first 4 weeks of his life, not to mention all the visitors and friends and family that have come by to say hello. It’s been all sorts of awesome but those first few weeks sure have flown by fast and last week was the first time where I was actually alone with Brooks, if you can believe it!

baby

Ok, ok – I lied. Last Monday was supposed to be the first day I was actually all alone with him, but it snowed and Charles stayed home from work since we had Brooks’ one month doctors appointment in the afternoon.

One month update – Brooks is weighing in at 10 lbs 2 oz and 22.5 inches – He grew 2 pounds & 3 inches in the past month since birth! He also got a one month shot, which I believe was more traumatic for me than it was for him.

shots

So back to my first week alone with Brooks –  I wasn’t nervous at all to be by myself with him. Not sure why but that was a question I got a lot leading up to our first week alone together. I think after taking him home from the hospital my “mom gene” kicked in and everything has felt like second nature to me. I have been really comfortable with him, which has surprised even me a bit – before having my own baby, holding other peoples babies was a little weird for me, but holding Brooks feels awesome and so right.

spots

He has managed to make everything so easy for me these first 5 weeks as I made the transition into real motherhood, and especially our first week alone together. Seriously, he is the best baby ever.

{knock on wood that he continues to stay so chill}

snoozebouncer faces

I’m sure every new parent thinks so about their own child but Brooks is such a dream. He cries when he is hungry or has a dirty diaper and a little bit at night between the 7-9 o’clock hours {the witching hours?} when he is tired and other than that he is alert, awake, all smiles and entertains himself {and me!} all day long.

I couldn’t ask for a better baby.

smiles1little man

He has been so much fun getting to know as his personality comes out a bit more and more each week and I feel so spoiled that I get to spend all this amazing, quality alone time with such an awesome little guy.

naptime

Side Note: I’m obsessed with his little toes

baby toes

And adorable sleepers with cute footsies!

monster toes

A big milestone during our first week along together -> I even managed to give B a bath – all by myself! I was quite proud of this accomplishment.

bathtime

We have a new schedule at night that we put into effect this past week too. Since I started pumping, Charles has been giving Brooks a bottle each night {of pumped breast milk} – our new schedule for the evenings is I feed the baby before we eat dinner and then Charles is in charge of the next feed, usually between the 9-10 o’clock hour. This has been awesome because it frees me up to have a glass of wine with dinner, or go to bed at 8pm, and it gives Charles some quality time with Brooks too! Having a few hours in bed without the baby in the room has been key for me getting enough sleep!

Even though Brooks has been going 3-4 hours in between feedings at night, its still nice to have a head start on sleep, allowing me to function like a human during the day!

snuggles

Another Side Note: I am obsessed with little boy clothes, especially ones with bow ties.

bowtie

And little button down onesies.

sleeping beauty

Also my adjustable sling has been amazing for keeping a sleeping baby close & being able to get things done around the house, including writing this blog post!

baby wearing

All in all, it was an amazing first week together – everyone survived with smiles on our faces.

Bring on week two!

baby love

And since it was so gorgeous out this past weekend, here are some photos from our time out and about in the city, soaking up the sun this past Saturday & Sunday –

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10 Comments

  • Reply Stacey March 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    My goodness he is cute! Enjoy your time with the little one…

  • Reply Lani March 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Looks like you are a total natural! Sounds great and I’m thrilled for you. What a cutie he is!

  • Reply DoubleM March 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    He is just too precious for words!

  • Reply Sabrina March 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    BROOKS IS THE CUTEST!

  • Reply Rebecca @Strength and Sunshine March 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Brooks is so adorable! Love his chubby cheeks, haha <3

  • Reply Patty O March 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    You are sooo lucky to be able to be a stay at home mom and Brooks is sooo lucky to have a mom and dad who love him to death! You are Charles are sure naturals! Love all Brooks adorable pics and can’t wait to see him Friday!

  • Reply Laura March 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I’m sure you will be a great stay at home mom! Looks like you’re doing great already. Congrats again, he’s adorable 🙂

  • Reply Nikki March 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Can you tell me the brand of the green jumper with big white circles that Brooks is wearing above?

    • Reply Leslie March 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

      sure thing Nikki – it’s Hanna Andersson 🙂

      • Reply Nikki March 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

        I was never on that website before. Thanks a lot!

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