So I was thinking about where this blog will go now that Blake is here. I want to continue updating as much as I have time for, I think with having our family out of town it will be a good way to stay connected. There will be lots of pictures! I plan to take more time with decent photos. Most that have been posted were taken on my iPhone.
I have some significant posts I want to get up in the next few weeks, once my school semester is over. These posts include:
Our Birth Story
Our Breastfeeding Journey
Our First Moments (2 weeks) of Parenthood
My Emotional Postpartum Rollercoaster
I am still hormonal and can cry at a moments notice. When discussing daycare with my neighbor, I cried. When enjoying a moment with my husband, I cried. When our pediatrician talked with us about maintaining an 'us' I got teary eyed. At least the night sweats are gone!
It's the most amazing feeling in the world to love something, someone so much. I feel like my heart just can't take all this love in at once. I cry out of pure and utter happiness, pure and utter disbelief that John and I have created this perfect little human that we are completely responsible for. I can't wait to give him our best...I am completely in love with my son. I can't wait to provide for him what my parents were able to provide me.
I have loads of pictures to organize and LOTS to write...when I get the time
For now, here is a photo. taken from my iPhone
In "Mom World" - breastfeeding is going well...we still have our challenging days, but overall, going well. It's been an amazing fix to the postpartum body. Weigh gain through pregnancy was 15lb., at 7-days postpartum I am down 20lb., so currently 5lb. below pre-pregnancy weight! Nothing like burning 500 calories a day by feeding your child!!!
So little Blake man is 5 days old today...it's flown by sofar. Mainly due to the sheer amount of newness we are all dealing with. We're learning from each other, day by day. Being a mom is the most wonderful thing ever!
Our first night home was nothing short of a nightmare...we were quite worried what we had gotten ourselves into. Blake woke up at 11:50pm crying and continued to cry until after 4:00am. I ended up pacing and bouncing him throughout our first floor until he eventually tired himself out, we then shared the couch, Blake in his Boppy, me on the edge of the couch. We determined that he was having gas and stomach issues. Gas drops and "Gripe Water" have been our saving grace. Last night Blake slept in his own room in his crib. He woke up every 3 hours to feed, so we were able to get some decent sleep. It's made us all a little happier today :-)
Blake had his first pediatrician appointment on Monday, April 16, 2012. He weighed in at 6lb., 7oz. Down just 6% from his birth weight. Breastfeeding is an ongoing learning process, for Blake and myself. Definitely getting easier day by day. Next weight check is tomorrow. Let's pray for at least a 2 oz. weight gain.
At first pediatrician visit
I will post our birth story soon...for now, we're off to eat, sleep and change diapers! Oh yeah, I have a TON of school work to catch up on also :-)
Wearing his first 'real' clothes...we don't have many that currently fit because Blake is teeny tiny!
Per our OB's change in due date way back at our first ultrasound, today is Baby T's due date. However, based on my own ovulation charting, I have estimated April 15, 2012 as a more correct date. Anyways, we're hoping Baby T decides to enter the world sometime this week. He's fully cooked now!
Here's the bump...not much change with my weight gain remaining at 15lb.
Yes, we are at zero now. Hadn't thought about negative numbers...
AND, our crib skirt and curtains arrived today. Thank goodness we can complete the nursery tonight so it's ALL set before Baby T arrives. I will post completed pics. once it's done! I'm so happy with how it's coming together!!!
Poms were made by Auntie Alison and Grandma Nichols!
AND, I bought a too short curtain rod, will eventually change it out, but I had to see the curtains up!!!