Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lessons :: Baby Update / Week 3

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

+ Let me start out by saying that I absolutely adore breastfeeding and the intimacy that it provides. I love when T gets close to my nipple and chomps down on it like he's been starved for days. I love when he pauses and stares up at me and smiles between sucks. I love that he gently places a hand on my breast while he's eating or wraps his tiny fingers around one of mine. I love when he pulls away at the end of feedings with that "drunken sailor" look, milk running out the side of his mouth, eyes half-closed. I love when he curls up on my chest afterwards and falls asleep with his head under my chin. I wasn't prepared for how much I would enjoy the process, but I also wasn't prepared for how messy it would be! When I told my friend Michelle that I wouldn't make it to her wedding in Michigan this month due to the fact that I'd be drenched in my own breast milk, I thought I was joking. It doesn't help that my tits were the size of cantaloupes for the first two weeks and have only shrunken down to coconuts at this point. I'm waiting for them to stop leaking like faucets so that I don't have to wash my nursing bras and pads every other day. One thing that helps a little is tucking a burp cloth under my boob after rolling the bra down so that it catches some of the milk during sessions. I'm not really sure what to do about the nip leakage besides double up on pads, but I'll keep you posted if I find another solution! I am just trying to prevent milk stains as much as possible because I've noticed that shit does NOT come out (though bright yellow poop does, somehow). I could probably write an entire post about nursing and I probably will in the future.

+ Trey is still sleeping for four hours at a time at night and for most of the day between feedings, too. I read somewhere that newborns spend only 10% of their day awake and I totally believe it. We had a pretty strict eating/sleeping schedule for T at first -- I made sure I was feeding him every two hours no matter if it was day or night. Eventually we realized that he is a lot more hungry in the evening and then not so much at night. Now the times that I feed him are usually around 6am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 4pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 2am. He eats for anywhere from 15-45 minutes (but his record time is an hour and a half, no joke). At night we put him in his crib, but during the day I let him sleep wherever -- in the rocker or in bed with me, in his vibrating chair, etc. Cuddling with him is my absolute favorite thing in the world!

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+ We are still bathing him every night, sometimes earlier though if he has an explosive diaper, and only using soap twice a week to lessen the wear on his delicate dry skin. B loves shaping his hair into a faux hawk to match his future BFF, Daniel. The lovely arm below belongs to my mother, who is currently visiting and being an amazing help. She is sleeping in the baby's room on an air mattress and has been up just as much as me. What would we do without our moms? We're so blessed to have them around.

+ Not much has changed when it comes to diapering, except that T has been peeing on himself more than anybody else! He also has some redness on his little baby booty so we are keeping him clean and dry and using plenty of butt paste to prevent it from becoming a full-blown rash. The idea of my son being in pain or even uncomfortable just breaks my heart so I hope it's not bothering him too much. Oh -- random, but my mom is currently watching this and suggested I start calling him Mr. T -- thoughts?

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+ Trey was 8 pounds 3 ounces at his two week appointment so he is starting to fill out and soon he will probably outgrow his newborn clothing. I can't wait to dress him up in more elaborate outfits with little shoes and accessories! Right now the most I can do is put a hat on him and hope that he doesn't fuss too much about it...

+ His mood is still relaxed and bright but he does tend to get a little cranky in the evenings as he gets more hungry and tired. I understand though because I am pretty pooped myself by the end of the day. :)

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+ And just so you know I'm alive, here are two pictures of me from Instagram. I'm the unprofessional photographer of the family so I usually end up behind the camera -- er, phone. Yes, I still look pregnant, but that's normal (unless you're Amber, of course). If I'm going to keep wearing maternity clothes though I might as well color coordinate. I'll see you next week and you can read my last update here!
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