May 11, 2015

Two weeks postpartum

I don't plan on doing these weekly for very long (maybe just until the first month), but I've always found them interesting on other blogs so here we go!

He:
*Is slooowly starting to reset his days and nights. When he was first born he'd sleep all day and be up a lot at night. We've been able to manage to stretch his feedings to three hours at night (for the most part), so here's hoping that sticks.
*Is starting to eat like a champ. He's still not latching on (we may be looking at an exclusively pumping situation here soon), but he went from eating half an ounce to an ounce at a feeding and now is eating at least two and a half to three ounces (or more!) each time. I'm grateful my supply has been good so I can be pumping for him.

*Is utter perfection. Even when I'm beyond exhausted (which is more the case than not these days), his face melts me every time.

She:
*Celebrated my first Mother's Day with a child here on Earth. It was quiet, and I was tired by the end of the day, but I'm also still amazed I get to call myself "Mom." I thought a lot about Cece, and my fellow infertility warriors who are still struggling. I think holidays like this will always have a hint of bitter sweetness about them.
Photo courtesy of Nelson Lane Photography
*I've had some stretches where I've been alone with Parker and there have been a few tears (his and mine) because I'm a little overwhelmed, but overall it's been pretty good.

*I'm recovering well, and I'm getting into the spot where I'm starting to feel better so I have to be careful not to overdo it. I have a follow-up appointment this week and I'm hoping I get cleared to drive - not so much because I will be going places, but more for my mental sanity that I have the freedom to do that if necessary.

*You guys, it's insane how amazing this little boy is. I'll be exhausted and near tears while trying to burp him (after he's been eating on and off for an hour), but then his cries will turn to little silly noises, and I feel his milky breath on my cheek and I think "oh my God he's mine, I get to keep him."


We:
*Had newborn photos taken last weekend by Jess (who did our maternity photos), and I cannot wait to see them! She let me sneak a peek at a couple and the cuteness about killed me.
Photo courtesy of Nelson Lane Photography
*We managed our first night parenting, just the two of us. Ben has some pretty major deadlines at the end of this month so either my mom or his mom have been staying overnight to help me with the "night" shift so he can sleep a bit more. The bad news is we're exhausted, but the good news is we survived. It only gets easier from here, right? (Right???)

*We also managed our first family outing with the three of us - a quick trip to Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby. Parker slept through them both, and we were in and out in no time! (See also: knowing a baby might wake up and start fussing is great motivation to not linger in a store). We did take pictures of him in his stroller right when we got into the first store and then Ben groaned and said, "Ugh, we are those parents now." Ha! Guilty as charged.
Photo courtesy of Nelson Lane Photography

8 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am glad your first night on your own went well! *High five* I"m glad you've been able to stretch the night feedings to every 3 hours instead of 2. That's still not a long stretch of sleep, of course, but I bet that extra hour helps! I am glad that you are healing and feeling pretty good, all things considered. I hope your doctor's appointment goes well and you get cleared to drive! I'd want to at least know that was an option even if I didn't plan to go anywhere!

Keep the photos coming! Parker is just oh so cute and perfect!!!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Parker is SO cute! Seriously, I love him. Take ALL the photos!!!
That's so awesome that your mom and MIL have been helping with the nighttime :) It will get easier promisepromisepromise.

Amy said...

My second son was a preemie twin and they were 5 weeks early. Took him 6 weeks to learn to latch so don't give up (unless of course you're totally good with just pumping! :) ). He's adorable and I wish you much happiness and even more sleep! ;)

Nicole said...

The sleeping does get better, honest! And you wanna know a secret? The more you take a newborn outdoors during the day, the better they rest at night. It helps set the circadian rhythms or tires them out because it's a different type of stimulus or maybe it's just straight-up magic, I dunno. But it's worked with all three of my chicks!

Nora said...

I'm on the more Parker photos please bandwagon. Can't get enough of them. I may or may not stalk IG for some, or consider pestering you via text to ask for more (but then i realize you have enough going on without your crazy friend demanding more pictures of your sweet baby). Sounds like things are starting to settle in a bit; so glad to hear that and I love that your village is there to support and surround you!!! <3

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This is my testimonial on how my broken marriage got restored back with the help of drlovepriest,he brought back my husband after 6months of seperation, I came across Drlovepriest email address through the search engine few days ago, so i emailed him about my condition and how my husband left me. He told me it would take him only 48hours to get my ex back to me,i thought he was just joking, my ex called me before 48hours just as Dr ekos told mee begging me to forgive him and forget about the past and that he is ready to make up for lost time.Thank you my priest for the good job you did for me continue the good work. Contact drlovepriest via email on drlovepriest@gmail.com good luck...

Amber said...

Do you read healthy tipping point?? She had trouble with latching with her first child and ended up almost exclusively pumping I believe! It's crazy how difficult breastfeeding is for so many people.

So glad to hear that you are overall doing well and Parker is just the cutest little guy ever. I really hope I get to snuggle him one day soon!

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