Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mommy Life

I am adjusting quite nicely to life as a mommy. The first few days felt like a whirlwind because I was still physically tired from all the labor and still overwhelmed at the fact that I had a brand new human being to take care of. Will and I felt a little crazy the first few days because we weren't quite sure how the whole scheduling thing worked out for a newborn and how our lives fit into it... er... I guess how his life fit into ours. Last night was the hardest out of them all so far. I'm not sure if it was gas, a growth spurt, addiction to the pacifier, confusion on the time of day, or if we just genuinely have a party animal for a child... but he was up ALL night. Poor guy was crying crying crying and we didn't know why. Well, I guess we kind of did. He was hungry immediately after every feeding. So weird because he didn't do this during the day. He would eat his hand and cry. We are way more cautious about shoving more milk in his mouth because the day before we up'd his ounces from 2 to 3 and he completely spit up the entire thing. Not even kidding. It was sad. So, I guess last night we were just hesitant to give him any more. BUT, as soon as I did... he finally fell asleep (at about 6 am). He was so worn out...and so was I.
SO, so make things easier on ALL of us... I buckled down today and created a schedule for the little guy. More for my sanity than anything. I realized that the past week of having him home has felt a little chaotic because I don't even know when I can eat or shower because I feel like I'm feeding him or pumping all day. So, I think a schedule will really help me feel like I have a life and make him feel like he has some sort of consistency through the day. Plus, I've really been wanting to do babywise and I just finally decided to write it all out.
He'll be eating every 2.5 hours and he'll be awake for 30-45 minutes after and then will nap until the next feeding. This way, I'll know when he naps and I'll be a
ble to schedule out when I can shower and brush my teeth :) :) Haha.

Obviously I'm not going to be psycho about it or anything, because I know he's a baby and things change by the hour... but this is what we will try out for now.

As for breastfeeding, he still won't latch on. He gets angry and frustrated every time. I am still trying every day but it is definitely trying my patience, so please pray for us! It is hard to pump 20 minutes every 3 hours AND feed him every 2.5 hours AND try to breastfeed him all at the same time. I know it will be worth it in the end and I am so thankful that he is at least getting some breast milk in there.

We went on our first outing yesterday.... where to? Target of course. Mommy's favorite store :)

It just happened to be the coldest day of the year yet in Georgia. So windy and so cold... but we were happy to get out of the house a little bit. And the little guy slept like a champ the entire time.

Here he is all bundled up and ready to go....
He is so sweet! SUCH a good baby and so content all the time. Seriously, he really only cries when he really needs something... or when he's cold. He hates to be cold. But, he won't even cry to eat... he just makes these little grunts. It's adorable!

As for this week...
We have had company over almost every day since we got home. My parents were here, then my sister and her husband, and some friends from church. Now we have Will's dad coming in tonight, my cousin and his wife coming on Thursday, and Will's mom coming for the weekend. Sorry if I've been bad about returning calls and emails. I literally haven't had time to respond to all of them, but want to soon! Should be a busy week, but a good one!


  1. Hello. We don't know each other but I found your blog from Jess Sterns blog which I found on Tori Sheltons blog :) hope you don't mind that I've been reading. I also just had a baby, on Dec 1st. I had a lot of problems with nursing at first also and I was doing just like you, pumping so he'd get the milk. But I wanted the bonding time with baby and I finally fou the solution...a nipple shield. They sell them at Target and Babies r Us and they are a miracle, at least for me. Anyway, hoping everything works out for you and you are enjoying your new little guy. He's a cutie!

  2. laura, call your midwives and ask for a lactation consultant right away! it will be the best thing you ever do for yourself and for your sweet baby. They are amazing, take one look at you nursing, tell you what to do, adjust the baby, etc...and it helps so much!

  3. Fun being part of these moments of your life :)

  4. You're doing great! A step ahead of where I was with your scheduling idea! Go for it.

  5. I know I am late but....Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)