Week 2: Everything Changes.
I was having lunch with a friend yesterday who is 31 weeks pregnant, and so of course we were talking about all things pregnancy and baby. While I was talking about my days with Cullen, I kept saying things like “well he used to do this…” or “now that he’s older…” She kept laughing at me and pointing out that he is only two weeks old, but I’ll tell you what – a four day old baby is NOT the same thing as a fourteen day old baby.
Look! He’s so grown up now that he’s already wearing PANTS!
Yes, the pants have froggy feet, but that is not the point. In all seriousness though, I am truly amazed at how much this little bean has changed over the course of two short weeks. During our first week, I found myself googling things like “does my newborn sleep too much?” because all he wanted to do was sleep all day and all night long. Should have counted my blessings right?
Somewhere around day ten this baby WOKE UP, and now he’s so much more alert and expressive all day long!
So far he is not a difficult baby, but I wouldn’t say he’s an easy baby either. We have our fair share of cranky moments (all three of us). I’m still trying to get used to him being more awake and alert, and figuring out what to DO with him during his play time. Right now he enjoys his Boppy, the Ergo, and looking out the windows. He is already a big fan of the great outdoors.
The big excitement of the morning was his two-week checkup with the pediatrician. I think all new moms worry about their babies gaining enough weight, and whether or not they are producing enough milk. I’ve been obsessively reading breastfeeding books and monitoring his feedings to make sure he’s getting enough.
I was thrilled at this morning’s appointment when the nurse weighed him and reported he is a whopping NINE pounds and 1.5 ounces. That means he has gained almost exactly one pound since his last appointment (3 days old), and he’s already over his original birth weight. The doctor was impressed that he’d gained that much from just breast milk! Must be a good eater like his parents.
I had my first new mom scare last weekend when his umbilical cord stump fell off a bit earlier than expected (8 days). It was bloody and scary looking, and definitely made me have a “holy crap I’m a parent” moment. Luckily it turned out to be fine, and now that he’s cord-less he can enjoy wearing things like froggy pants.
And what about ME? I figure these updates will just remain a mix of baby info and postpartum updates for as long as it seems appropriate. Hopefully I’m not still giving postpartum reports a year from now, but we’ll see how it goes!
I’ve lost another pound or two this week, which brings me to about 6 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. My hope is to eventually lose more like 8-10 pounds total, because at the time that I got pregnant I had a little extra post-car-accident weight on me. But I am in no rush to lose any of it, and I’m actually feeling really good about the way I look just two weeks after having a baby. (He doesn’t hate me, I promise!)
I’m still very VERY sore, and while the physical recovery kind of sucks, more than anything it’s becoming more of a mental drain. I feel really limited in what I can do, how long I can be out of the house, and what I can wear (one pair of maternity jeans). I wish that going to the bathroom was not a 20 minute routine, and that I felt a little more like my old self, but I know that will come eventually with time. I am trying to be patient.
Things I am loving? I said it before, but I have to say it again. I can’t believe how good it feels to sleep on my stomach. Even with big sore boobs, I can’t get enough. My bed feels so much BIGGER without my giant stomach, and despite my gross night sweats, sleep feels sooooo good!
It also feels great to be back into my old shirts and sweaters. Pants are still an issue though. I have tried on some old ones and I am discovering that even though I’ve lost most of the weight I had gained, I am much WIDER now, and nothing will button. I’m not sure if this is a permanent widening or something that will go back over time. In the meantime, I’m getting even more bang for my buck out of my favorite maternity jeans.
That’s all for week two! Still loving every minute of being a mom, and looking forward to more out of town visitors coming this weekend.
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