So Lovely

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I think this might be the first pic (or one of the very first pics) here of Connor Claire with her eyes open, because homegirl sleeps A LOT (it’s what babies do).


She has her daddy’s lashes and lips, and she has my eyes and nose. πŸ™‚

I love watching her facial expressions when she’s awake and alert like this. When she’s hungry, she does this one thing I call pirate baby, where she contorts her mouth to the side and closes one eye, like, “Yaaargh!”

Also, check out her arms! They’re filling out and getting chubbier. So are her little legs and cheeks.

I already can’t deal with her getting bigger. 😭 Yesterday I went to Starbucks to grab a latte and a slice of banana bread (mmm…banana bread), and while I was there I saw a gang of moms with babies in strollers, and all of the babies (that I’m guessing were between one and two years old) looked HUGE.

That’s when it hit me — this tea cup-sized tiny phase is temporary. Connor’s going to keep getting bigger and bigger.

I dunno… I get a little teary when I think about it. Then again, everything makes me teary these days, haha. The postpartum hormone train, toot-toot! It’s a crazy-@ss ride.

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  1. Lilly says:

    You are still under the postpartum fog. Everything is so emotional right now. Hang in there!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Lilly. When does the fog lift? I really hope it happens soon…
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      • Lilly says:

        Hi Karen,
        Give it another two weeks. If at 6 week you are still feeling off, mention it to your OB. Postpartum depression is very real!

        • Lilly says:

          Sorry I’m not typing well. My baby is 5 weeks old, and I have a 3 year old so… You just have to be patient with yourself. At this stage, every 2 weeks is drastically different. I feel like I’m coming up for air only this week too. I was so weepy, feeling overwhelmed and irritable in the first 2,3 weeks. Just tryyyy to make it through another 2 week! Know that you’re not alone!

          • Karen says:

            Thanks, Lilly. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only person out there going through this and that I’m not alone (because it feels that way a lot). This is my first time going through this and I knew it was going to be hard, but I didn’t realize it was going to be *this* hard, you know? Thank you for the reminder to be patient with myself. I really needed that.

            Sending you a big hug!

  2. Icequeen81 says:

    awww cute

  3. Jenna S. says:

    AHHHHHHH this is the such a precious baby photo, she’s so so tiny and perfect!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Kwmechelle says:

    Loved the way you captured her! It is kinda sad to think she’ll only be a tea cup size for awhile. Or you can think of this as a time to play “dress the baby” and put her in every little adorable outfit she has. Just cause…. And turn it into a coffee table book. Oh and you have to put at least one book in your beauty room. For inspiration, of course πŸ™‚

  5. Charlotte says:

    I see that Tabs has taught Connor Claire the gazing-off-into-the-distance-contemplating-serious-things pose. πŸ˜€ She really is lovely. She’s got the best from both gene pools!

  6. Chelsea says:

    She is indeed so lovely! Love her onesie. Can definitely see that she has your eyes (when they’re open at least!) Hugs and kisses to her!

  7. Arianne says:

    Oh my gosh Karen! She is just a cute little peanut!! They do grow so fast (can you believe your niece is now 8 months old???) and every little milestone is so bittersweet.

    It’s amazing how much I cried in the first month, from complaining about c-section pain to just looking at her and thinking how much I love her. LOL it sounds a little cray cray to me now, and to be honest I felt cray cray then!

    How are you feeling, by the way? I hope that besides the hormones, you’re feeling a lot better and not in too much pain (physically and emotionally).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      I’m feeling better generally, both physically and emotionally. My body’s starting to slowly recover (still not 100% but I’m getting there), and I’m at the point where I can think and talk about what happened during labor and delivery without having a complete meltdown (it was very traumatic). The hormones and sleep deprivation have been making it hard, though. I cry a lot (probably more than Connor Claire, lol). I keep trying to remind myself that it’s only temporary…

      When did it get easier for you? Did it take a while?
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      • Arianne says:

        Don’t worry all that crying is totally normal. πŸ™‚ I think around 5-6 weeks postpartum, everything kind of settled and it all became “the new normal” for us. The initial coming of the baby is such a shock. If you’re able to bring Connor Claire into your room beside you (in a bassinet or pack ‘n play, or co-sleep which is what we do), you’ll sleep a lot more.

        It *is* all temporary and it can get pretty lonely. I’m only an email or message away. πŸ™‚

  8. Sandy says:

    She really is so lovely Karen, thank you for sharing her with us!

  9. Kalli says:

    Aww how sweet! ❀️❀️❀️
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  10. Amanda says:

    Awww, I had those same feelings when my youngest was a newborn. That hormone train, it’s a crazy ride. My husband would come in to a room to find me crying, and we’d both laugh. “Don’t worry, babe, just having my top-of-the-hour cry.”

  11. Denise M says:

    She is gorgeous!! You are a great Mom.

  12. Mira says:

    She’s so cute Karen! And yes, they grow up so fast! Too fast πŸ™
    My first one turns 5 in a few days and little sis’ is almost 1. Soak up every minute πŸ™‚

  13. Amy says:

    I remember feeling like my son would never get any bigger… And every year, I still think the kids just a year or two older look impossibly grown up. I found that if I stay in the moment, they grow at just the right speed. She is absolutely beautiful!!! Hooray for getting to Starbucks for banana bread!!

  14. Florence says:

    She is REALLY beautiful! Have a nice day (and night) with your two beauties.

  15. Lulle says:

    She’s adorable! Already a great model too, posing with her feet crossed and gazing in the distance. I can see Tabs’ influence here!
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  16. Alexis says:

    She is indeed lovely. I get it…I totally get it. Gabi has gone from newborn to a 7 year old that’s going on 16 and my baby, Izzy just turned 15 months today! Yes, you’ll be hormonal for a bit but that’ll be okay. After Gabi, I was depressed for a bit because everyone’s attention went to Gabi and not me anymore. It sounds selfish, I know but I just suddenly felt invisible when just a week prior to birth I was treated as an incredible being getting ready to do something extraordinary! Luckily, I didn’t feel that way after Izzy was born.
    Like everyone says, enjoy this time because it really does fly…it’s crazy how fast time flies!

  17. LaShanda says:

    She’s so beautiful! Congratulations!

  18. Soooo adorable πŸ™‚
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  19. Chris25 says:

    She’s so lovely indeed! <3 (Now I've got the Stevie Wonder song stuck in my head.)
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  20. Nivedita says:

    This is such a lovely post Karen. Even though I don’t have a baby yet, I saw my niece( now a 7 year old) growing up and I miss those days when she was tiny like Connor and I would always carry her around while she clung to me like a hapless kitten.
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  21. Kim says:

    Not only is she So Lovely, amazingly, she is So Clean! I don’t think we had a single thing for the boys that was white (and actually looked white!). πŸ™‚

    It’s still very early and, I know it will seem like a long time now but, you’ll be less emotional and more like yourself in a few months. Once Connor starts sleeping through the night (or mostly), you’ll notice immediate improvement. It’s hormonal, for sure, but also very much sleep related. For us, that coincided with giving the kids rice cereal. It’s probably anecdotal but it seemed to fill them up more so they weren’t waking up hungry every few hours.

  22. Lauren says:

    Postpartum hormones and exhaustion!!! You and Connor are going to have so much fun when she’s old enough to play and babble!!

  23. Ruchita says:

    What a beautiful girl! Those little pink socks are so adorable. I have no postpartum experience or advice, but you’re in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I hope things continue to get better. *hugs*

  24. The postpartum fog never truly disappears. I was way more emotional even before my second pregnancy than I was ever before, but around six to nine months you should be back to a little more normal.
    As far as size goes: Imagine how huge my daughter appeared to me after 24 hours just staring at my tiny baby boy when she came visit me in hospital. I literally felt like she had doubled in size over night!
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  25. Fran says:

    Yes, they grow up faster than you can imagine! It does not seem like it was 25 years ago that my son was that tiny. And I remember when other peoples’ babies looked huge! I had totally forgotten about that until you reminded me, lol. I thought it was just because he was such a preemie — even newborn sized clothes were huge on him when he first came home. But maybe it’s something we all go through! Who knew! Enjoy even the awkward and difficult phases while you can. Every moment is a treasure in its own way. Even when they’re big and grown. Even if they’re not doing what you think they should be doing. It’s all good πŸ™‚

  26. Kristen says:

    She’s beautiful!

  27. Cathy says:

    Connor is a beautiful little girl <3 Enjoy every moment because yes, they do grow up, and quickly!

  28. Kellee says:

    How precious! So nice to see a picture with her eyes open! πŸ™‚

  29. Tatiana says:

    She’s so beautiful!

  30. Megan Joy says:

    Congrats on your little girl! She is absolutely precious πŸ™‚ I’m sure this newborn phase will fly by but it seems like you are taking the time to really cherish it and that’s all you can do. Congrats again πŸ™‚

  31. Tulipthecat says:

    OMG she’s so cute! I love you when post pictures πŸ™‚

  32. Jae says:

    Awwwww, she’s even more adorable with her eyes open! <3 Enjoy this tiny phase because it is certainly a very precious one (not that the other phases aren't but oh, so tiny and soft and weeetle)! Sending you lots of postpartum energy!

  33. kellly says:

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous baby!!

  34. Sandy P. says:

    I. Can’t. Even……Thank you so much for sharing your precious angel with us. If you are still nursing try to get involved with a nursing group for support. Or perhaps your doctor can steer you to a group. Just having someone that is going through it at the same time was the biggest help ever.

  35. Maria says:

    She’s so beautiful. I wish I had had one girl! I love my three boys but if I knew I’d have a girl, I’d go through it all again… I can’t imagine sharing many of my favorite things with my boys as I could a girl. Postpartum is shocking in itself. I used to cry at the prospect of showering. πŸ™‚ When I think of it now it’s just part of the experience as a whole but then, it was crazy how intense one simple moment could be.

  36. Jane says:

    She is sooooo cute! Don’t worry about her size now, enjoy it. My baby is 15, 5’6″ now and I have to look up to see his face. He was barely 10 pounds at 3 months. I know you’re on an emotional roller-coaster ride, this too shall pass hopefully, if not as others advised, speak to a doctor. Just enjoy these precious moments as long as possible. Wait until menopause!!!

  37. Rachel R. says:

    What an angel! She looks so much like you. The hormones will settle down, I promise. Babies do grow fast, but it’s very exciting to see them become little people.

  38. Claudia says:

    She is so cute but wait until she plumps up more and will be freaking adorable! Take all the pictures you can and though it’s hard just enjoy how quickly she is growing and developing.

    When I had my son I felt overwhelmed at times and cried even though my hub was and even now a year later is extremely supportive. It was the hormones combined with the sleep deprivation but mainly the lack of sleep. I didn’t feel that instant love people talk about which made me question whether or not I was experiencing post partum depression. I think it had to do with the fact that I had been married 10 years with no kids before he arrived and it was such a drastic change. On the plus side when he was six weeks old and our schedule felt like the new normal on one night while putting him to sleep I held his tiny body and instantly felt this huge warmth radiating from my heart like the way the fumes look in the heat when pumping gas. I knew I was in love at that moment.

  39. Erin says:

    I think to 6 to 8 weeks is pretty common for the fog, if it goes longer mention it. Everyone is different but things can go from kind of ok to scary real fast with PPD. PPD is fairly normal too so you really can’t be too hard on yourself if it happens. While being a gal has a lot of cool stuff it’s also got a lot of really hard stuff too. Lean on your support system too!
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  40. Canan T says:

    She is delightful, simply beautiful.

  41. Michaela says:

    Hi Karen! Enjoy Connor while she’s in the little baby phase. Take lots of pictures and videos so you can store those memories. Have fun!

  42. Kimm says:

    She is so beautiful! Three more months and I’ll get to have a tea cup size little man! Newborns are my favorite. That’s why I’m on #4! Lol. Remind me that I said that in a few months when I’m sleep deprived and hormonal. I had severe postpartum with all my kids. It’s tough. Lack of sleep is tough too. Anyhow, she is absolutely gorgeous! Just like you! πŸ™‚

  43. Kelly says:

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful! Don’t sweat the teary stuff – you’re going to have a lot of “firsts” that will make you teary eyed! They grow up so fast. Mine are 20 & 15 now and I would love to go back to when they were little! Much love to you & your family!

  44. Pamela says:

    Connor Claire is beautiful! Seeing her makes me almost want to have a third kid…almost. Take lots of pictures! And Carter’s is having 50% off!!!!!! (I’m an enabler.)

  45. Jennifer Rowland says:

    She’s so beautiful! It’s fun getting to share a little bit of this whole new world of life according Conner Claire with you, El Hubs and Tabs. πŸ™‚

  46. Kellie says:

    She is amazing Karen! Congrats and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything! ❀️ I can’t even imagine how emotional it must be (no kids yet here) but if I get as weepy as I do about our cats and foster kitties, I can’t even imagine a little human! Hang in there and know you are not alone.

  47. Renee says:

    I’m pretty sure I just had to swallow to keep my heart from bouncing out! She’s so feminine and just downright pretty!! Listen, coming from a nurse, medical trauma is a very real thing and wrapping your brain and emotions around whatever happened may take some time. Now is the time to go incredibly EASY on yourself. Let yourself cry. Let yourself be sad, grateful, overwhelmed, cranky, in love, whatever feeling comes your way. Emotions are fleeting so let yourself feel them but remember, a lot of those feelings will only be temporary. You made it and now have a beautiful gift named Connor Claire! Take a breath, and one minute at a time. And if you ever get a surge of emotions that can’t decide which way they want to go, just look at that beautiful face you created and make that your point of reference. Prayers to you…

  48. Melanie says:

    Look at her little arms!! She’s so beautiful. Congrats Karen & Hubs.

  49. Nina says:

    What an adorable baby. Such a cutie! Thanks for sharing!

  50. Andrea Darst says:

    She is so beautiful!

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