Monday, September 29, 2014

Lessons :: Baby Update / Week 2

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Here's what we learned and loved about our little one this past week...

+ When we first brought Trey home, we realized he had a nocturnal sleeping pattern, just like when I was pregnant. He used to kick all night in my belly, and then after he was born he would be wide awake from about midnight to 4am. Brandon and I have slowly been training him to turn this around, and he is learning quickly. We try to keep him entertained and fed as much as possible during the day so that by the time we put him down at night, he is full and tired. I am also learning to let him "cry it out" which makes me feel bad, but as long as he has been changed and fed, and he is warm and safe, we let him cry for a few minutes until he falls asleep. That way he knows that it's nighttime and not playtime. He still wakes up at night but it's only 2-3 times for food and a fresh diaper. He is already growing and changing fast!

+ Speaking of eating, he is an expert nurser, though the first few days were tough. Right after my c-section I got to try breastfeeding for the first time, and I was so drugged up that I didn't realize he was leaving sores on my areolas. I knew the correct positions for latching after taking Lamaze and a breastfeeding class, and Trey knew exactly where my boob was -- so what was the problem, you ask? Well, we learned over the next few days (after a million nurses tried to help, and a mean pediatrician forced me to give him formula) that I have inverted nipples. I didn't even know that was a thing, but apparently mine don't pop out like they're supposed to, and therefore my poor baby had nothing to latch onto. The hospital's lactation counselor provided me with nipple shields and it's been smooth sailing ever since, though my nips do get a little tender because they're used to being flat. I've been replacing one feeding a day with a bottle of pumped milk to give them a break and allow Brandon some bonding time. Fortunately, Trey will suck on anything and goes back and forth easily.

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+ Brandon also does the bathing each night, which will continue to be a fun ritual especially since he goes back to work this week. Trey hated baths at first and would scream bloody murder but now he actually enjoys them. We take him downstairs to the kitchen sink and use a mesh little bather (like this one). Then we make sure the water is warm enough and we turn on some fun music and go to town. Once Trey is dried, diapered and dressed, we dance around with him in the living room until he gets tired. Brandon's mom usually gets home around this time as well and joins in on the party. B and T are two peas in a pod, by the way -- always playing and napping together. I'm a natural at the nurturing part but Daddy is definitely the fun one. I'm trying to learn more from him about entertaining an infant because even though I used to babysit, it was for kids who knew how to walk and talk.

+ As far as diapering goes, it's probably Trey's least favorite thing. He doesn't like having a dirty diaper, getting the diaper taken off or getting a new one put on. He also doesn't like his clothes being taken off or put on. Brandon and I have already gotten poop on us and B got peed on too (I've somehow managed to dodge it so far). The other day it got so messy that I think we had to change his clothes four times. I can't get mad though, he's way too cute. His lower lip puffs out when he cries and I just want to squeeze him! We use Pampers Swaddlers and Sensitive Wipes (you know, unless something else is on sale). No diaper rashes so far, knock on wood! We also have an awesome Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail.

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+ Everyone thought he was going to be big because my family tends to make 9 and 10 pound babies, so most of the clothing we received as hand-me-downs or baby shower gifts is for 3 months and beyond. We do have a few newborn onesies but when we need to dress him in something a little loose, we don't worry about it. I don't think Trey cares as long as he has clothes on. :) If people want to judge, then whatevs. We are making do with what we have and I am really grateful for it all.

+ Trey's mood is pretty chill. As long as he isn't tired, hungry, bored, or sitting in a poopy diaper, he's happy. He can sleep anywhere and through anything, he lets anyone hold him and feed him, and he even sneaks in a smile once in awhile. I can't wait to hear him laugh and babble, but at the same time I love how little and snuggly he is. I'm already sad about him getting older and he's only two weeks old -- I'm such a sap. Thanks for letting me gush. :)

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