Introducing Sofia Rivera!

We are now two months into parenthood and I decided now would FINALLY be a great time to officially introduce you all to our sweet daughter. Meet Sofia! Born January 17th, weighing 7 lbs and 10 ounces, she has been the most amazing baby since the very beginning and she has changed so much already in the past two months! She’s more alert now, she’s smiling at us (which completely MELTS our hearts) and is a lot more aware of her surroundings. I already have cried over how she’s growing too fast and it’s ONLY been 9 weeks lol.

These past few weeks have flown by and why it is all still so fresh and new and scary, it has also been so wonderful. There are times where I look at her and can’t believe I am going to raise and guide this little one through life and honestly, it completely freaks me out lol. But most of the time I look at her and can feel my heart bursting inside with an immense love. It’s SO true what they say – the minute your child enters this world, you are changed for good. She has done me in. I can’t imagine my life without this sweet girl in it!

It’s been a really big adjustment in our house with this little girl in it. Figuring out our new normal, especially with two dogs in the mix, hasn’t been easy and honestly, was a bit overwhelming and stressful in the beginning but now we’ve got the hang of it all and it seems to get better and better. Now she is two months old and is a lot more awake and a lot more vibrant and happy! She definitely has her moments. The “witching hour” is a real thing and between the hours of 6-9 she becomes a super cranky, fussy baby who can be inconsolable at times unless she is fed. But for the majority of the day she is HAPPY and I think we’re very lucky in that aspect. She is starting to grab for things, put more things in her mouth and is a lot more aware of her surroundings. She LOVES music and LOVES to be sung to. I notice when she’s fussy that simply singing to her calms her down pretty quickly. That makes me so happy since music is such an important part of my own life!

She was born two days after her due date. The day after her due date we were scheduled to be induced. It wasn’t what we had planned but I wasn’t dialating at ALL the last two weeks of my pregnancy and it looked like she was way too comfortable in me so we had to move things along! The morning of the 17th I woke up knowing today would be the day we would meet her. It took us ALL day long but finally at around 6:00pm I felt that I was ready to push and by 6:26pm, there she was! I remember pushing and pushing and focused so hard on pushing (I realized the next day I had broken a TON of capillaries on my face from pushing so hard!) that my eyes were closed. When she was born I heard my doctor say “Christina, look down at your daughter” lol he had to tell me to OPEN my EYES! But there she was – and she was so much tinier then I expected her to be! And SO much prettier! I swear in a million years I never thought I’d give birth to such a pretty baby. And I know that sounds so terrible and biased of me to say but it’s true! lol Everything about my birth was wonderful. Jose was a fantastic coach and a calming force the entire time, while I dealt with contractions and encouraging me through pushing. I was also so lucky that my doctor I’ve been seeing since I was 16 was the one that delivered my baby. That was ALL I wanted the entire time through my pregnancy! He works at an office with 4 other doctors and depending on when we went in, you got whoever was on call for that day. I couldn’t believe our luck when they told me it would be him. And he was the BEST through my labor. It was a dream pregnancy and birth and I remember almost immedaitely saying I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. lol The postpartum was ROUGH on my body though and that might have been the worst part. Being sore for days was so so difficult for me and I swear it felt like it would never get better but finally, at 5 weeks postpartum, I started to feel like myself again.

It’s honestly so strange to talk about the labor and the first few weeks of motherhood now. It feels like a lifetime ago and looking back at it, was defintiely one of the hardest parts of my life. Giving birth is no joke and all the emotions that follow it is a lot to handle. I swear that first week home feels like a big scary blur. I cried over EVERYTHING and I really lost it anytime I thought of Jose going back to work. I couldn’t imagine doing it without him. And I have never used google search more in my LIFE then I have in the past two months. It’s crazy how truly CLUELESS you are about everything when you’re a new parent. It’s all so new and scary. But I’ve learned quickly to trsut my gut when it comes to my baby. We’ve got a good thing going on now and the weekends are now my favorite part of the week even more than they ever were because we get to hang out, all three of us 🙂 And I LOVE nursing this baby. It’s my absolute favorite time of day. She’s been so wonderful with breastfeeding and has made the experience so wonderful for me. I hope to continue to do it for as long as I can!

We have been so blessed with so many sweet messages, texts, visits and gifts for Sofia. It’s been so incredible to see this baby flooded with love. She is going to do amazing things because she has the most amazing support system. I LOVE this girl and can’t wait to see the person she becomes. If you aren’t following me on Instagram, make sure you do! I am always posting stories and photos of our little girl over there. I’ve honestly been taking SO many photos of her I had to make our own private Instagram account for her so I can post all the photos there instead of crowding me Instagram feed with baby Sofia pictures lol. And since this is two months into Sofia being here, here’s a photo I took last week of her! Look at that little button nose – look at those gorgeous brown eyes!! That soft beautiful baby skin!! She’s grown up so much already!!!! STOP GROWING BABY GIRL!!!

* ALL photos, except the last photo, in this post are by the amazing Charlie Juliet Photography. I can’t recommend her enough – doing this newborn session was one of the best decisions we’ve made! I didn’t have much energy to take my own photos in those early days and I’m SO glad she was there to capture her this tiny and cute 🙂

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