I’m still in survival mode here. Every day is different — as is every night. One thing is for sure though, this guy likes to eat…
He weighed in at 10lbs 9oz at Tuesdays 2-week checkup. Really they just want babies to be back to their birthweight at this point, so he’s an overachiever.
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Look at those cheeks!
I’m not going to lie, this part is hard. The nights especially since E is waking up every 2 hours (sometimes more) to eat. While he eats for 15-30 minutes and then immediately goes back to sleep (after a quick diaper change) , it’s the actual waking part that’s hard. *Yawn*
However, I can’t complain. He’s an incredibly sweet boy – and while he’s fussy here and there, he can always be soothed with a boob, paci, or some sweet snuggling.
There are some things getting me (and Evan) through these first few weeks…
Some days I drink fully caffeinated, some days I drink half caff. Today is a half caff day. Yesterday, was not.
Yes, nipple cream. When you have a baby latched on your nipple 20 times a day this is important stuff. I am allergic to lanolin (wool) and everything else has lanolin in it.
Yes, really, cabbage. I’m actually done with the cabbage now (THANK GOD), but this was a lifesaver after my milk came in and the first week following. WHY? I get extremely engorged and cabbage has an enzyme in it that helps reduce the swelling and open blood vessels to decrease congestion.
Seriously dude. Don’t mock me. It works.
I am borrowing this from a friend, but where has it been all my life??!! Evan naps in this during the day – and sleeps in it at night. We’ve tried the co-sleeper, but he was fussy – and the last thing you need is a fussy baby at 3am. My neighbor, Meg, mentioned that her son was sleeping in it (he’s 10 days older than E!) and I thought why am I not trying this?
E now has 3: an elephant, a giraffe, and a turtle.
He loves them. Obviously.
All 3 of my kids have loved these blankets. They are awesome for swaddling – but are also awesome blankets as they get older. Especially for travel! I’ve tried the Miracle Blanket, I’ve tried other Swaddling Blankets — and I always go back to this one. Bonus: it’s big enough so they can’t escape. See…
I’ve already established that I hate pumping, but I have to admit this pump is pretty fancy.
I started pumping in the morning after the first feed to build my back to work/mommy’s freedom stash.
I previously used the Pump in Style Advanced, which did the job JUST FINE, but this time I bought my pump from a friend and this is one she had. At first I was confused (I still don’t know what all the attachments are for – I’m sure I could read the directions, but eh), but it’s so portable it’s amazing! I also like that it tells me how long I’ve been pumping. So for me, it’s definitely been worth the upgrade!
I’ve been out of work for less than 3 weeks, but I already have a TV “routine.” It goes like this: Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael, Today Show, Supernatural — and in the afternoon Ellen, Friends, and Veronica Mars.
These TV people are my friends.
What’s your favorite daytime TV show to watch?
Friends and Family
I am really not cut out to be a stay at home mom – so emailing, texting, and hanging out with friends and family (even when I can’t necessarily form full sentences or have a full thought because I am so exhausted) really helps me get through the LONG and sometimes lonely days!
The Good Stuff
If I drank more than a glass I would pass out (from being exhausted), but it’s nice to relax with a glass of wine before bed these days.
My friend Tracy bought me this as an early birthday present….
I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to fill and finish this glass anytime soon (unless a few people are helping me), but it’s pretty amazing, right?
It just needs a name a la Cougar Town…
Normally, I’m a fan of the Moby Wrap – but this time around I tried out the Ergo right away (this purchase is thanks to many giftcards to Babies R Us!) and E is a huge fan. I’m able to pop him in there to cook dinner and go grocery shopping. E is big enough and has enough head control so I don’t need to use the infant insert.
The boy loves being outside and being in this stroller. If he’s fussy (and not hungry/wet), popping him in for a short walk is a miracle!
He LOOOOVES the heartbeat sound of the Sleep Sheep. It’s not obnoxious either and it turns off after 20 minutes. *Love*
Sooo…. I’m pretty sure I am there are 1000 things that have gotten me through these first two and a half weeks that I’m forgetting… but it all goes by in a blur, I thought I would document the stuff that I CAN remember. Are you a mom? What got you through the first few weeks (any tips? It’s been a while!!)?
Now back to chugging the coffee while I have two free hands…Disclosure: All of the items mentioned here were either purchased by me, or were gifts from friends/family. None of the links are affiliate either – so go ahead and click them Also, if there are major typos in this post – just ignore them, please. This is one time I can blame it on major sleep deprivation going on here! Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries says: