Archive for July 25th, 2012

8 Weeks

Wow, so my maternity leave is 2/3 over. Just four more weeks until I’m back at work, missing my days on the couch, watching Ellen, and snuggling my tiny (but also BIG) baby. At the same time, I’m craving life at the office, lunching with co-workers, and having a real reason to get dressed and put on makeup in the morning. Let’s just hope that Mr. Adorable is sleeping through the night by that time, otherwise I’ll be using makeup to cover the circles under my eyes.

And since we’ll likely be having our first overnight away from home this weekend, I might as well go ahead and get down his two-month stats now.

Weight/Length:  He was 11 lbs 11oz at his 6 week appointment so I’m sure he’s well over 12 lbs now. Not sure about length but I’d guess about 24 inches.

Sleep: Well, he’s still not sleeping through the night, but I’d say we’re still pretty lucky most of the time. He naps around noon and again around 6pm. I don’t like for him to nap that late, but sometimes he’s SUPER crabby and it took me about a day to figure out that he was just tired and needed to sleep. So I swaddle him in his favorite blanket and bam, out like a light. I’d like to be on more of a schedule but every day is different for us and I don’t want to plan my life around nap times. Yes, naps are necessary, but maybe not at exactly the same time every day. Or maybe they are and I’ll eventually change my mind to adhere to a strict nap schedule. I have no clue. But as of now, he goes to sleep between 9 and 10 pm, wakes up between 2 and 4 for a changing and a feeding, then goes right back to sleep until sometime between 6:30 and 8:30 for another feeding, then back down AGAIN until 10 or so. So I really don’t get up for the day until 9:30, which means I’m technically getting enough sleep, but it’s just not consecutive. Eventually, I’d like for him to go to sleep at 9 and not wake up until 7, but I have a feeling we’re still a few weeks away from that. Any tips for speeding up the sleep-through-the-night process are greatly appreciated.

Feeding: I’m still exclusively pumping and either I’m producing more or we’re just better at figuring out a feeding schedule but (knock on wood) I haven’t had to supplement with ANY formula for more than a week now. He’s eating about 4 oz, on average, at each feeding.  Sometimes 5 or 6, and sometimes only 3 overnight. I’m still not able to build up any sort of supply, but I’m just glad that we haven’t needed to supplement very much. I know that will probably change as he starts to eat more, but for right now, I’m happy. The only problem we’ve had is with gas. This kid farts louder than most grown men. We’re pretty diligent about burping and he only spits up maybe once or twice a day, so I’m thinking the gas has to do with my diet, but I can’t figure out what it could be because he ALWAYS has gas. Always. We pump his legs, massage his belly, and have even started using the infant gas drops, but nothing seems to be working. It’s only a problem when it seems like he’s in pain trying to pass gas or poop. He’ll grunt and cry, especially while eating, which makes feeding him difficult because he’s thrashing about and not focused on taking his bottle. I’m hoping it’s just something he’ll grow out of, but I don’t know.

Firsts This Month:  REAL smiles! Technically, he’s been smiling since birth but they usually happened when he was asleep and probably due to gas. But for the last two weeks or so, he’s been grinning at us when we change his diaper. And we can make cooing noises at him to get him to smile. They’re just so much more obvious that he’s smiling because he’s happy. He’ll even try to laugh or talk back to us and ends up choking on his own breath, resulting in hiccups. It’s so cute and sad at the same time.

Other firsts: First trip to the new Walmart Supercenter that opened in our town. He slept the whole time so it wasn’t so eventful for him. Momma loved it though! First trip to visit my other grandma, who is 90 and lives about 2 1/2 hours away. He slept almost the entire way there and back. And he was such a good boy for daddy while I spent a couple of hours at my best friend’s bridal shower. They killed time by checking out the Popeye statue in Chester, IL, and took a tour of Pierre Menard’s house. I have no clue who that is, but it’s become a running joke around here about things not being nearly as exciting for him as Pierre Menard’s house.

We only got to spend about 2 hours with my grandma, but we set the boppy pillow on her lap so she could hold him and she loved every second of it.

Developments:  He’s got really great head control and can hold his head up and look at us when we’re holding him on our chest. He makes the cutest face when he does this! I wish I could capture it on camera but my hands are usually full holding him. He’s also really started paying more attention to our faces, and watching us when we move across the room. Before, he would only really stare at objects, like the ceiling fan, the black & white poster above the couch, or lights. Even in the car he would prefer to look out the window than look at me (because yes, I ride with him in the backseat). But lately he’s been interacting with us more, usually smiling when he does so, and I just love it!

Likes: Bath time is still his favorite, particularly having his hair washed by daddy. It immediately relaxes him and he’ll either stare up at the ceiling with this zen like look on his face, or he’ll stare up at his daddy with a big smile. He still loves eating too, and I’m pretty sure eating will always be on this list. As soon as we put the burp cloth around his neck, he gets crazy happy, moving his fists and opening his mouth. He also likes diaper changes, which seems strange but for some reason this kid cheeses like no other when we put him on the changing table. Loves it! Also likes being held on daddy’s chest, his swing, his fuzzy blanket, his mobiles, sitting in his boppy, and his Michigan pacifier (he refuses to take the one he had in the hospital).

Dislikes:  Being hungry, cold, bored or tired. Lotion after his bath (probably because he knows his bath is over), waking up from a nap and realizing no one is holding him, being swaddled (though we still have to do it or else he wakes himself up), the sunlight in his eyes, being buckled in his car seat, and the aforementioned gas.

What I’m Thankful For: A happy, healthy baby. Sure he gets fussy, but it’s usually pretty easy to figure out what’s bugging him and fix it.

What I’m Looking Forward To:  Sleeping through the night! (This one needs more exclamation points!!!!) Also, laughing. Sometimes he laughs in his sleep and it’s the cutest thing. I can’t wait until he does it in reaction to something we do. Baby laughs are just adorable.

How Mommy’s Doing: Eh. I still cry almost every day about my grandpa. So emotionally, there’s that. Physically, I feel like I’m still recovering. We went for a walk at the mall last week and my body was just so tired and sore – from walking! I haven’t really lost any additional weight so I still look about 4 mos pregnant. When I don’t have the baby with me, I feel like I need to wear a sign that says “New Mom” or something so that at least I’d get a few sympathy comments, like “You look great, for just having a baby.” Because there’s always that qualifier – “…for just having a baby.”

My boobs usually feel heavy and somewhat sore, like I’ve been doing butterfly presses at the gym. My belly feels like I’m wearing a fanny pack around my hips. And for some unknown reason, my second to last toe on my left foot has started hurting when I walk. Maybe it’s because I don’t wear shoes most days, and when I do I just wear flip flops. And even though I don’t leave the house most days, I’m still on my feet a lot running up and down the stairs from the kitchen to the living room, doing laundry, taking a shower, changing diapers, and standing at the sink washing pump parts, bottles, dishes and fixing lunch and dinner. I’d say I’m on my feet more now than I was pre-pregnancy.

So I’m definitely having some body issues, but I’m trying to cut myself a little slack and give myself some time to figure out a new normal. Then I can turn my energy toward improving my diet and exercise routine. Until then, this beer is mighty tasty.

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