Okay, so time can just slow right the eff down. It feels like just yesterday that I was complaining about sore hips and being overdue, and now my son is going to be 2 months old on Wednesday and my maternity leave is rapidly diminishing! Ugh! Halloween rushed by in a flash and now the Christmas stuff is filling up every store and my neighbors have their lights up and life is just happening so fast!
This is going to be a jumble of a post. A lot has happened in the past few weeks! To start, Henry’s 6 week to 7 week period was pretty rough…and even part of 7 weeks was hard. He went from being a relatively sleepy baby to one who takes NO NAPS during the day. He’d be his normal cheerful self in the morning, but starting around 6pm he would turn into “Mad Baby”. Nothing but boob would make him happy, yet my supply was really struggling to keep up with him. We even gave him a couple bottles of formula to see if maybe my lack of milk was the culprit. No sir, it was just a mega growth spurt or something! I think we’re finally on the other side again, as Saturday evening Henry took a four hour nap and then managed his normal nighttime sleep schedule! And he’s currently asleep in his swing, which is something that NEVER happens! Woohoo!
Speaking of sleep, I never intended to cosleep. He has a Halo Bassinest right beside the bed and I was doing pretty well at letting him sleep in there. When he’d wake up during the night, I’d nurse him in bed and then place him back in the bassinet, swaddled. But last week, he started spending his entire time in the bassinet grunting and trying to bust out of his swaddle. He’d cry every hour for feeding. It ended up being So Much Better to have him in bed with me so I could nurse him while side-lying and he could just fall asleep safely there. As a result, we’re now getting WAY more sleep with him in the bed next to me. It’s sort of a huge pain in the ass with the nipple shield (which I still can’t get him to wean off of) but it’s better than shuffling him around. He does spit up all over my bed but I put blankets underneath him (tightly against the bed so as to prevent SIDS of course) and I just deal with it. The things we do for our babes! I’m a little concerned with how long I should let this go on, whether I should get him back into the bassinet now that his hell week seems to be over. But damned if I don’t love snuggling him all night long and waking up to his body heat next to me.
That’s one thing I’m coming to terms with. When I first gave birth I planned to do things the optimal way by the book. But it turns out, once you’re actually a parent you start making choices that may go against what you read but just feel better for your baby or your situation. It may mean difficulty weaning down the line, but he’s not even 2 months yet and still in his 4th trimester. I’m learning to not focus so much on how things are “going to turn out” but instead just do what feels right for NOW. Learning to trust your instincts when you’re a brand new mom isn’t easy. The entire internet is filled with a barrage of information about the best way to do things, but no one knows my son like I do. It’s okay to waver from the books and advice and do what you think is right. (BTW I’m writing this all down so that when I re-read it, I can remember to follow my own advice here). I am in a wonderful Facebook group with non-crazy moms that’s been such a huge help. I want to buy everyone on there a bottle of wine!
These last two weeks have been filled with small milestones. Henry is holding his head up a lot better, has gotten more wiggly, and as you can see from pictures…he’s looking more like a little boy and less like any ol’ baby. He’s smiling all the time, letting out the most precious little giggles, and makes us laugh daily. He aces tummy time, is now actually looking AT us and seeing us and is starting to track objects. He’s reaching out and grabbing hands, but still doesn’t try to reach and grab other objects yet. He seems to be more interested in things that are black & white rather than brightly colored. He likes when I dance and sing Bohemian Rhapsody to him. He doesn’t like to stay in one position or chair for very long, so our typical day consists of:
Wake up, feed baby
Play with baby in the bouncey chair
Pick up baby and carry him around
Play with baby on the activity mat
Put baby in swing and watch him sleep
Go on walk with baby in stroller or being worn
Play with baby in his Mamaroo
And so on…
We’re still doing very well with breastfeeding. Like I said, I did try two bottles of formula last week but that’s not going to be the norm. I’m not stressing out about pumping anymore as I have a little stash in the fridge. I’ve started taking fenugreek supplements and drinking Mother’s Milk tea, and I did buy some lactation cookies to try to increase my supply so I can pump even more. Henry wiggles and flails a lot more when nursing, but he’s pretty focused and not too distracted so that’s good. 🙂 We went to our lactation weekly class on Friday and he has gained a decent amount of weight and he is now 11 pounds (up from 7.6 at birth). It was fun to see all the other babies there and compare Henry to them. Babies are so cute!
I’m trying to get out and about and meet some other moms, but so far I’m failing at actually talking to anyone at the meetups. I’ve gone to a babywearing group and my lactation classes and I chat with folks but it’s hard to be like “Hey, do you wanna do play dates?” especially since Henry is still too young to be super interactive with other babies. He gets his 2 month vaccinations this week though, so then I’ll feel more comfortable about him being around other babies.
We still haven’t tried going out to dinner or brunch, but I have done two fast/casual lunches with him in tow and he was great. Babywearing makes life so much easier and I love it so much. I need to write a post about my current baby carrier stash. This shit is definitely an addiction! I have wraps, slings,and soft structured carriers and I have worn him everywhere. I need to also do an update post on my fitness post-pregnancy, but I am currently 25 pounds down from my pregnancy weight. I have a ton to go, but I am motivated and walking/hiking every day. I need to get back to running. Maybe I’ll go for a run today? 🙂 Probably not.
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