Wednesday marked two weeks since Mr. Adorable was born. I’ve always heard that those first two weeks are the hardest, and while I hope that’s true, I have to say that it really hasn’t been all that bad. In fact, I feel really blessed.
First nap at home
Of course it hasn’t been easy. No life with a newborn is ever easy, especially when you’re the primary source of food for your little one. But when people say how hard it is, but end their statements with “…but it’s worth it.” Well, it totally is.
Our little frog-monkey napping on daddy
I’ve been fortunate to have the hubs home with me to help when I just need a break to use the bathroom, wash some bottles and breast pump parts, or take a shower. He also takes care of the laundry, the dishes, the shopping, the errands, and pretty much whatever else I need him to do. And he does his fair share of diaper duty and middle of the night feedings, so it’s not like I’m solo-parenting here by any means, which makes a HUGE difference, especially since I’m still healing from the c-section and trying to minimize how often I go up and down the stairs in my tri-level home.
First bath – He loves having his hair washed
We’re still trying to figure out a routine. In the hospital, he was on a 3-6-9-12 feeding schedule in order to monitor his blood sugar. At home, we’re still on an every-three-hour schedule for the most part, but sometimes it’ll be 2.5 hours, or 3.5 hours, or 4 hours if we’re really lucky, and then we’re no longer doing feedings exactly at 3, 6, or 9. Which is fine, but it means some nights we’re going to bed at 10pm, and some nights it’s more like 11:45. I’m not much of a nap taker, so I’ve only napped maybe three times since we got home from the hospital.
We’ve had four successful (i.e. no crying) baths, and three car rides – two for pediatrician appointments and one to visit my grandparents since my grandpa is currently in hospice care and unable to get out of bed. The pediatrician appointments went well. The first one, little guy was 9lbs 4 oz, so a little below birth weight but otherwise completely healthy. We had a second appointment for a weight check and he had gained a whopping 5 oz, putting him at 9lbs 9 oz and therefore 2 oz above birth weight. His skin is a little blotchy so we’re switching soaps and lotions to Cedaphil in hopes it clears up. It’s nothing major, but the pediatrician commented on it and said Cedaphil should clear it right up. She also said it was fine for us to start practicing tummy time and demonstrated it by putting little dude on his tummy on the exam table. He was already picking up his head and moving around, which really seemed to impress her for only being 2 weeks old. He’s definitely a strong little guy!
Just hanging out
At one week and two days old, we had a photographer come to the house to do his newborn photos. We just got the proofs emailed to us yesterday and I have to say I’m really pleased with how they turned out. I’ll share a few of my favorites once I get the final disc.
So yeah, it’s been a crazy two weeks adjusting to this new little life of ours, but we’re loving every second of it.