Two Months of Caroline Claire

I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun.  It feels like just yesterday that I sat down to write Caroline’s one month post and here we are again.  Caroline continues to amaze me every day with her continued growth.  She has DOUBLED in size from four and a half pounds at birth to nearly nine pounds at two months old (8lbs15oz to be exact).  We don’t know her exact length but it does seem as though she’s tall for her size.  She always seems to outgrow her footed pajamas in length well before they’re snug.

Honestly, the world feels like an entirely new and different place than it did a month ago.  I had heard of coronavirus or COVID-19 all the way back in January when I heard doctors talking about it at the hospital when Caroline was in the NICU.  I had been keeping an eye on things from afar and then a few weeks ago things started to get serious here in the US.  Much of the country is on lockdown and people are being encouraged to stay at home in order to slow the spread of the disease.

Given that Caroline was premature, we were on self-imposed quarantine before all of this began and had hoped and planned to be able to start taking her into public settings mid-April.  She only had a couple visitors because of this and now we’re not sure when we’ll be able to be around family and friends again.  I’m really sad that she’s missing out on time with family right now, but I’m comforted that she doesn’t understand what’s going on.

It’s a bit of a scary time in the world, but like almost everyone,  I’m doing everything I can to protect my and community by staying home.  I hope you and yours are feeling safe and healthy.

Hospital Bag Checklist: What I Packed (And Actually Used) For Mom and Baby!

As someone who is pretty Type A and always wants to be overly prepared for any situation, I was OBSESSED with researching what to pack in my hospital bag.  I watched countless YouTube videos and read a ton of blog posts and articles to get my ideas.

My daughter arrived seven weeks early, so while my bag was mostly packed I definitely didn’t have every single thing on my list ready to go.  We also went into the hospital for monitoring “just in case” the night before she was born and neither my doctor or I actually thought I was in labor so we didn’t even bring everything with us – just the basics.

One Month of Caroline Claire

I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write about spending an ENTIRE MONTH with our new baby girl, Caroline Claire Schultz.  It feels like it took us a lifetime to get her and now our time with her is flying by already.

I’m sitting at my dining room table writing this in the early morning with her in her bassinet in the living room.  It’s snowing outside and I’m working solely from the light of my laptop as to not wake her.  It’s so good to be home with her after spending nearly her entire first month of life in the NICU.

There’s honestly so much to say about this girl, her story, OUR story… a blog post won’t ever be enough – I could truly write a book – but we’ll start here.