It’s hard to believe Hunter’s already more than a week old! On Monday he hit the 1 week mark.
Being home now instead of working full time has been an easy adjustment. I love every minute of it. It’s like a constant weekend, just hanging out with my little guy, no worries in the world.
Starting off his sleep was hit or miss. The first 4-5 nights were really rough. One night I had been awake the entire night and when it got to 3:30am with no sleep, I just broke down and started crying. Nothing I was doing would make him calm down, so I gave him to Jacob and went to sleep. Much needed sleep. Luckily he wasn’t back to work at the time so we could tag team him in shifts. Monday morning Jacob had to get back to work, which meant no more tag teaming at night. I know if I need his help I can wake him up, but since I’ll be home throughout the day I feel like I should let him sleep. Plus I function much better on less sleep than him.
Luckily I’ve figured out how to get him to sleep the majority of the night — on my chest. He boycots sleeping in the pack n play napper set up next to our bed. Occasionally he’ll sleep laying next to me, but only if I put him there after he’s really asleep. Since I figured this out, the past 2 nights I’ve slept from about 9:30pm-6am, waking up about 3 times during the night to feed/change him. I feel sooooo much better now that I’m getting sleep!
He doesn’t cry too much at night, and when he does cry I’ll just give him a boob and he’s okay.
Throughout the day he’ll sleep for long stretches on the couch in between two pillows. At night it’s a different story though… strange.
He’s been breastfeeding since the get go and it’s going great. No real problems with him latching or wanting to nurse, which I feel so lucky about. When my milk came in my breasts were engorged for about 2 days, but nothing painful. I’d hand express a bit of milk before feeding him (to make it easier to latch), and we’d be good to go. Again, feeling soooo lucky about that.
His skin is starting to flake off, which I read is normal. So far his eyes are blue/grey… I wonder what color they’ll end up being. Jacob’s eyes are blue, mine are brown.
He gets the hiccups daily and is already working on holding his head up!
Look at that big cloth diaper butt!
Since we switched to cloth diapers that’s all we’ve been using and we sure love it. Doing a load of laundry every day isn’t a big deal at all, especially since they’re pretty small loads.
How am I doing? Recovering pretty well, just still sore from him coming out of me. It feels like I’m bruised down there, and I can tell when I do extra walking around the house or if we run an errand I feel even more sore.
I think I’m on the mend though. Yesterday I went for a walk with Hunter in the moby, and my mom holding on to Joe. We did our normal 25 minute walk and I didn’t feel sore at all during. When we got back I could definitely feel the extra movement, but the joy of walking was way better than the tiny bit of soreness.
Sleep definitely makes me feel a lot more normal. In addition to the walking I vacuumed, ironed some of Jacob’s shirts, did lots of laundry, did dishes and even made dinner yesterday. It felt so good to cook again!
When Hunter was born I had gained a total of 45 pounds. One week later I’m down 17 pounds. I’m definitely not worrying about the extra 28 pounds I’ve still got. They’ll leave me eventually. Honestly I felt so tiny instantly without the big belly! I’m interested to see what happens with my weight by just eating well, eating when I’m hungry (which is basically all the time!) and slowly starting to add walking in.
One daily treat for myself (other than constantly cuddling my Hunter) has been soaking in tn the tub. It’s not only super relaxing, but helps with the healing process too.
Today I’m venturing out and running some errands, just me and this guy. Should be fun!