Height/Weight: He is back at his birth weight of 7 pounds 15 ounces and remains at 21 inches long. This is a huge relief to me since I was feeling like he wasn’t getting enough breast milk. Doctor wants to see him next week again to monitor his weight gain but she didn’t seem concerned. Happy Doctor equals Happy Mommy!
Routine: We are slowly but surely getting into a new routine. I’d like to say that we are already operating like a military base but that’s just not the case. Unfortunately, we are having to get into about 3 new routines with the new baby, summer and being out of school. So it’s been a bit of a slow starter. However, our morning routine is likely the craziest, but once lunch hits we are pretty smooth sailing from there. I am very relieved we have no kids to get off to school at this time because I’m not sure they would make it. Haha! The older ones are also getting into the groove and I have almost successfully planned out their days to the hour which has been a life saver.
Sleeping: He is a good sleeper for a newborn. I mean we get up every 2 hours to feed and change his diaper but we have yet to have a full sleepless night….knock on wood. He is pretty content to sleep in his ‘pack n play’ most of the night but due to fatigue on mommy’s part has ended up in bed with me for the last couple hours of the night. Gasp….I know this is not the best thing and trust me I try really hard to keep the kids out of my bed but sometimes a mom has to do what she can do. He also sleeps for about 3 hours in bed with me as opposed to the 2 but it’s certainly not something I intend to make a habit….only in extreme circumstances. He is also sleeping most of the day since he is milk drunk most of the time. I love this stage because it means lots of snuggles with mom.
Eating/Feeding: He eats every 2 hours pretty consistently. Latching on properly has been difficult due to mommy’s large size and his small mouth. I have people tell me all the time that their 3 pound preemies have been able to latch on so I should be able to get it but it’s just not working. I have had tons of pain and end up rushing him through his feedings to get relief. Not a good picture. So I’ve started to pump and bottle feed the past couple of days to give my nipples a break and when he is a bit bigger we will try again. Although, being able to have help with feedings has been a godsend and I still make sure we have plenty of skin to skin and snuggle time.
Sizes: He is in newborn diapers and still newborn clothes. They are all so darn cute that I really secretly hope he grows slowly so we can savor all the cute fashions. Ha!
Milestones: He had his first legitimate smile yesterday. No it was not gas…..he has had a lot of those smiles. It was very cute and sweet and all the while he was making eye contact. Adorable!! Umbilical cord fell off this morning so that will make diaper changes easier and we can do his first bath tomorrow! Yay
Favorite Moment: My favorite moment of the week has just been bringing him home and having him here. We snuggle all day and I just can’t get enough of him. He is the quietest most easy going baby, so far, and of course I think he is absolutely perfect!!
My recovery has been the most difficult out of the three, but I can’t say I’m surprised since the pregnancy and everything else has been so different. However, I can’t complain because many women have it much worse and I didn’t have to suffer through a c-section recovery which I hear is not fun. I had the typical soreness from a vaginal delivery and have obviously been suffering from fatigue but I think I’m still running on a bit of adrenaline since I don’t feel as tired as I should. The worst pain has been from my epidural since it took 8 shots to finally get it in my nerve space. The area was severely bruised and inflamed so that added a lot of pain to the recovery. Its hard to find a comfortable way to sit without adding more pressure to the already inflamed area. I also notice that my right side is weaker which is where I felt the most pain and discomfort while getting the epidural. It’s all mostly muscular pain and no nerve or sharp, shooting pain. That definitely makes me feel better since I don’t want any permanent damage to the spine. Eek!
I woke up this morning feeling the best I’ve felt in a long time so I definitely think things are healing and getting back to normal. I’ve been having steady contractions to shrink the uterus and it is definitely much smaller at this point…from what I can feel. I think I just needed to get over the one week hump. My pelvis and hips have never felt so relieved in all their life and they are thanking their lucky stars that all that baby weight is off of them. I certainly don’t blame them one bit. I still walk a little funny from all the soreness but thankfully most people can see that I’ve just had a baby so hopefully understand.
Other than that things are good and I’m loving being a family of 5. Smooth sailing so far!!