on my Josie girl at One Month


She smiled at me!! Last Thursday (so technically she was already five weeks old. Whatever.) A big ol’ gummy grin. It was wonderful. Since then she’s given daddy little smiles, and MorMor got a big one tonight.

She loves to do tummy time on her parents – that makes it tummy time for both of us! =) Josie loves being outside, just like her brother, so we spend a lot of time on the screen porch (which makes big brother very happy). She’s quite strong, doing little baby pushups on our chests and lifting her head to look around.


Nursing got off to a rough start, but it’s getting better. Before she was a day old, I had asked three nurses and a lactation consultant to check her latch. I said it felt shallow and it hurt me horribly. They all – ALL! – said it was fine, just me adjusting. Well. I asked a friend Veronica at BabyLove to take a peek, and she said Josie had tongue and lip ties. She got us an appointment at a local pediatric dentist specializing in ties; in the meantime, since I was in such pain (we’re talking open cracks and sores) we saw another lactation consultant and another dentist. Both of them said Josie didn’t have any ties – we just had to adjust our latch. =/ Finally, when we got to the second dentist, she said Josie did have both lip and tongue ties. Not severe ones, and she wasn’t positive that releasing them would help with nursing. We decided that the benefits far outweighed the risks, so we had them clip both ties. It’s helped a TON. Going SO much better.

This girl, y’all. She sleeps. And her big brother didn’t, so we weren’t used to this! We even called the pediatrician to check if it was normal. He said, ‘um, yes.’ =) She sleeps 3-4hrs at night, and 2-3hrs during the day. She’s like this squishy delicious sleepy dreamy newborn.

My little lover doesn’t just cry to cry. There’s always a reason – diaper, hunger, overtired or cold seem to be her biggest triggers. She’s mostly a content, peaceful and happy baby.


And she smiles – big and huge, eyes crinkling closed, just like her mama.

We are so very grateful for this little sweet love. And her big brother adores her too; he is so proud when he helps or loves her. Yesterday Husby was holding Josie, and Sam boy held Josie’s hand while they all walked upstairs. He was beaming and my heart blew up a little. Which is a regular happening these days.

-Anna {girl with blog + babies}


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  • http://www.dominicandkristin.blogspot.com kasmith03

    all 3 of my boys were tongue tied and had trouble nursing…my Dr wouldn’t do the clipping so we went to a oral surgeon that my sister worked for and he did it…baby didn’t even wake it was so quick and painless and sooo helped! Our 17 yr old never got his done as a baby – it was never noticed I guess…or given as a reason for the nursing issues, so when he was 16 and had his wisdom teeth removed, they fixed his then..no regrets!

  • Sharon O

    I have always said nursing is very hard, no matter how good you are at it. if you can do it that is awesome and better if you can’t don’t feel guilty. she is adorable.

  • Guest

    My first was the hardest with nursing- blood, cracks, toe-curling pain. We clipped him too, but I think because I was so broken and he nursed around the clock it took me 4 months to not hurt. So glad you are doing well!

  • Elise

    She is absolutely beautiful!!!! I am SO glad nursing is going better! My new little one is generally happy and content, too. What a blessing. :)