Seven Down

Week seven began with a 12 hour E and Mama day. C had a work function that kept him until 8pm! We definitely had our struggles…mainly on my end. She was pretty happy!


The next day we woke up and the two of us had our first solo outing. We were tasked with picking up E’s Papa and Nannie from the airport! She did great the entire ride there and was pleased to meet them.

After C took a half day and we went for lunch at Metropolitan Market, we spent a calm and quiet day at home. Nannie and Papa woke up at 2 am to travel to see us!


The following day C and his dad got right to work completing miscellaneous tasks left on the list to finish our house while Nannie mowed the lawn and I kept E on a wake schedule.

supervising some work

That weekend we went to the farmers market even though it was going to be a million degrees. E stayed cool with her new fan.


And a quick snack…


She also tried out her new fan while napping at Home Depot after getting lunch with the family.


Something huge happened during week 7. Twice in a row E slept through the night!! Both times were for 7 hour chunks and first night I woke several times to make sure she was still alive.


She had a few really good days with following a good sleep/wake routine during the day that kept her from getting overtired. It left her super happy when she was awake but then she fell off the wagon…or I messed something up. It’s no Babywise (yet) but I’m working to keep her on track.

While C’s dad and stepmother were still here, the two of us went out for a dinner date. It was the longest we’d left her and everyone did great! We went to the Melting Pot and had a “quick” dinner early in the evening. We made it there right when the lounge (aka bar) opened and had one of the few tables where they serve a full menu. We’ve found this to be much quicker and easier than the main dining room. Plus you’d never need a reservation! What a great time as a couple and remembering that we are not just parents…

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It’s Been Six Weeks

Six weeks since E arrived and we started a whole new adventure. I’d thought pregnancy was hard but I had no idea what was to come! I’d also heard rumors about 6 weeks being a really rough patch. All this past week I tried to figure out if it was week 6 of life (which we just completed) or the week after (the week we are currently experiencing). Well, week 6 of life was a doosie…


Real Life

This was the first full week in awhile that it’s been just our little family. E and I were home by ourselves during the weekdays and we had the weekend free! Without the extra help, it was up to me to keep the house running during the day. By the end of the week, the kitchen had started to look a bit rough so I challenged myself to get that done

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

I’ve been throwing E’s laundry in regularly since there seems to be an increasing amount of it and she has a few regular wear things like her swaddle that needs to be ready each night.

We tried to re-implement cloth diapering this week. It didn’t seem too difficult to maintain but it was a bit more stressful. One day during the week we used our all-in-ones and the next few days we used a combination of pre-folds and covers. Because E has such difficulty sleeping during the day, we’ve again paused this endeavor to reduce parental stress.

Sleep

E is a really good sleeper at night. This past week she’s been waking only about once throughout the night…once she actually goes down. During the day we’ve been struggling. I mentioned before our sleep one day not the next pattern. That’s turned more into just not sleeping much.


It’s been a focus for both C and I to try to determine her sleep cues as well as watch when she gets sleepy. We think a few of her cues are burying her face in our necks (if held), yawning and sticking her tongue out to suck. In general, if caught in time, it works to briefly nurse her to sleep. It’s a bad habit I don’t love but it tends to work at least 50% of the time. Otherwise we’re usually in a stand off…she’s now overtired but fighting it. She will occasionally pass out if walked, bounced or rocked…but none are reliable.


She has started to be relatively consistent the past several days with a morning nap…in her bed! She’ll go down within an hour of waking up for the day and this nap last anywhere from one to two hours. This has allowed me to get so much done right away each day like the kitchen pick-up or her dishes!


Since she’s sleeping so well during the night I’ve needed to implement a middle of the night pumping session. E generally only eats from one side each time she wakes up and is able to satisfy herself and go immediately back to sleep. While this is great for her, it leaves me a bit uncomfortable and needing to pump.

Eating

While E is exclusively breast fed, she gets at least one bottle a day of expressed milk. Before she was born we were going to use Evenflo glass bottles to both pump into and feed from (when needed). We’d also decided on using Calma nipple or standard Medela slow flow nipple as needed. E did not agree with our plan. Both original nipples were too fast flow for her. In fact she struggles with my flow being too fast often. We’d received a free Avent bottle for starting our registry with Amazon and tried that. We noticed a significant reduction in her choking and coughing so we ordered some Avent glass bottles to use in the meantime.

She still chokes and coughs while eating so further research lead to an even slower flow nipple. We went ahead and ordered these and smaller bottles for her. Only one instance of coughing and chocking since! Now of course we have many more dishes…I primarily pump into the Evenflo bottles and either store them in fridge or dump into a freezer bag. To reduce some transfers I ordered an adapter to pump directly into the Avent bottles. Somehow we never have enough clean bottles though!

Entertainment

We didn’t do a ton this week.  We tried to keep it pretty low key. We did venture as a family to Whole Foods for dinner! This was our first experience since breakfast a few weeks ago where we couldn’t just get up and go as needed. As a result, E and I had our first non-doctor’s office public nursing session. It was awkward and not that comfortable for either of us but we survived!


Saturday, friends were in town and we had them over for lunch. We got takeout from The Red Hot and spent a good portion of the afternoon with them. E enjoyed the company…too much. She slept VERY little that day, was extra fussy and had a really rough time going down that night. C and I reflected on that visit and the days our families have arrived in town and discovered that E gets very overstimulated by new people. We think it’s even more so than new places. The day/evening was so rough with her that we ended up postponing our get-together with another young family. Too much was too much and we needed to get our girl back to equilibrium.

These smiles though..they make EVERYTHING not so bad!

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Five Whole Weeks

Her fifth week of life is over. In this time she celebrated one full month with us. She truly blossomed…and probably grew a ton this week. I’m afraid if we blink she’ll be in college.

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Feed Me!

We recently welcomed a new family member. She’s currently 6 weeks old and going through a growth spurt. Life with a tiny human (especially one growing!) can severely interfere with foraging for food. This past work week was our first week alone since she’s been born. We’d had a few days here or there just me and her but this was 6 whole days waiting until 5:15 PM for hubby to get home.

Being 1:1 with E meant I had to grab food when I could. That leads to a rather interesting (or boring!) assortment of eats for What I Ate Wednesday (head over here to see what everyone else has been eating). Jenn, the creator of WIAW can be found here…so can lots of yummy recipes!


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One Month

E is already one month old!

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She’s changed so much over the past month…we’ve all changed so much!

Likes

  • Diaper changing station
  • Sleeping on her tummy on someone
  • Being walked around
  • Bath time
  • Ceiling fans

Dislikes

  • Wet or dirty diapers
  • Sleeping during the day
  • Car rides

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Four Weeks as Three

It’s been four weeks since E arrived. Four weeks of chaos, love, sleeplessness and the discovery of who we all are as a family. It’s been so exciting to see how much she’s changed in these past four weeks but also so sad that she’s already growing up so much!

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It’s been four weeks since we had to start putting someone else’s “schedule” ahead of our own. It’s never taken us so long to get ready to leave the house as it has these past four weeks and the car rides have never been so loud (E isn’t the biggest fan of her car seat!).

I’ve never been more tired in my entire life. My mom said if I survived college I can survive this. I have never been the type of student who would stay up all night or late to finish something, I’d wake up early. I’ve never been one to nap either so this adjustment is rocking my world. Lately, E and I have been taking a nap together on the couch in the mornings.

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Three Weeks Young

This week E met her maternal grandma for the first time!

We spent the week relaxing as a family. The bonus to having my mom here is she’s done almost all the non baby care related things needed around the house (cooking, cleaning, laundry, feeding us!) so I’ve been able to completely spoil baby girl.

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The First Two Weeks

We’ve been a family of three humans for a few weeks now. Its been crazy, exhausting and terribly rewarding!

The First 48 Hours

E came to us bright-eyed and calm as a cucumber. From the minute she could open her eyes she was a keen observer of what was going on around her. She was like that for the whole first day.

My brother came to meet her while we were still in Labor and Delivery and she was still alert. He accompanied us to our room in the Family Birth Center and stayed with us for an hour or two there. While we were visiting, she dozed off.

Shortly after waking that afternoon, she got her first bath from Nurse Maggie. Her long brown hair was washed and she smelled even more like heaven on earth! I knew she’d come out with hair but didn’t know she’d have quite so much!

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And Then There Were Three

Baby E joined our family June 28, 2016 wide-eyed, alert and with a full head of hair.

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Brand new baby!

We’d been trying to bring her into the world for several weeks. With my diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes and our desire to deliver at The Birthing Inn, we had several time limits that necessitated she be born on or before 40 weeks (June 25).

When we went for our 39 week appointment we were in crunch time. E needed to be born in 72 hours…or less but she was making no indications that she was headed that way. After lengthy discussion and debate, we decided to try a natural, castor oil induction. This entailed:

  1. Eating a large, protein rich breakfast
  2. Drinking a castor oil milkshake (sounds WAY worse than it actually was…the first 2 times)
  3. Using the breast pump for 10 minutes
  4. Taking a 45-minute walk
  5. Resting for 4 or more hours

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Random Ramblings at 38 Weeks

I’ve always been a sensitive person.

I had sensitive skin as a baby and small child. I was allergic to dairy formula and needed soy. It’s been described to me that I feel things more than the average person.

When I was younger, I would be unable to eat upon seeing someone eating out at a restaurant alone. Granted, I was always too painfully shy to invite them to eat with my party. Currently, its still not comfortable, but I can tolerate it.

Despite all the time I’ve spent in Psychology, it wasn’t until a few years ago I realized I wasn’t a freak. There is an actual term for the highly sensitive person…a person with high sensory processing sensitivity or Highly Sensitive Person.

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