I have a new found respect for “mommy bloggers” who manage to blog regularly with a newborn in the house. This is simultaneously an easier and more difficult job than I have ever imagined. It’s fulfilling, exhausting, wonderful, amazing, wholesome, and taxing. My new role as “mom” to Henry feels like I’m finally fulfilling the role that I was made for. But I do have to be honest that it’s way more busy than I thought it would be. Henry eats every 1-2 hours, all day long. I can’t really go anywhere on my own because I’m not pumping yet, and leaving him with Luke is just asking for an inconsolable mess. A simple trip to Babies R Us or the grocery store takes such organization and feels like an ordeal, even while babywearing. Henry has his own little schedule and it trumps everything else.
Life is wonderful. I look down at him and I feel so much happiness. It’s already reframed the way I look at the world, and changed my own personal ambitions. I’m already freaking out at the idea of going back to work fulltime because maternity leave just feels so right. Utmost respect for working moms out there, because I don’t know how they can bear to be away from their babies for so many hours a day. I’m still working out what that arrangement will look like in our household.
Henry had his second pediatrician appointment today, and he was only expected to gain back to his birth weight but he surpassed it by 6 ounces. He’s now 7 pounds 12 ounces, wearing size 1 Pampers Swaddlers, and is still fitting into all his newborn clothes. He’s kind of a scrawny baby — very lanky, long, and thin. So weird because I was a chubby baby. We’ll see if he fills out or not.
Breastfeeding has been going amazing. I honestly was going into this with the mentality that I would “give it a try”, but so far I’m producing way more than baby needs. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make enough for some reason. My nipples are sore and it’s not always comfortable to nurse him, but I am super thankful that I’m able to do this. It’s tiring to not be able to ask my husband for help, but he’s doing so much for us outside of feeding. He’s been an amazing diaper changer, he’s been making sure I have food and my medicines and he’s caring for the dogs. I’m already terrified of him going back to work in a few weeks!
Anyway, I got a few minutes to get laptop time so I could post this. I want to remember all these moments in the future and this blog is going to be a big part of that. I’m on cloud nine. I have a reason to wake up every morning and be the best person possible. I love mommy life. 🙂
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