Thursday, April 30, 2015

Quick Update: 3 Weeks

Little Jack is 3 weeks old today!  I can't believe it has already been 3 weeks and at the same time, it feels like he's been with us for so much longer!

This past Monday we ended up flying my parents up from Florida a week earlier than they were scheduled to come. Hubs went back to work that day and the thought of me up with the baby pretty much all night long and then alone with him all day as well was so overwhelming that we decided I couldn't do it right now without the help. For the first two weeks we had either my MIL or SIL here more days than not (plus Hubs was still on paternity leave) so it felt manageable albeit hard. With Hubs back to work and no help available I admit I was scared I wouldn't be able to handle it.  I'm so glad they are here. (And they're so glad they're here!) They have been taking care of meals, errands, and any little thing we need them to do, plus have been an extra set of hands. It has been SO helpful.  Especially since my back pain is now so bad that sometimes I am having trouble moving at this point. It is very scary. As of today I can tell that I am just one movement away from it officially going out on me. If that happens I really don't know what we will do.  I have an appt with the chiropractor tomorrow afternoon (it can't come fast enough) so I REALLY hope that will help. It is so so difficult trying to take care of a newborn when you can barely move!!  :-(

Good news over here though is that we had another ped checkup this past Tuesday and Jack is officially back up to his birthweight of 9lbs 6oz!  He's such a big boy!! I'm still breastfeeding but still not producing much so Jack is now nursing and then taking up to 3 additional oz of formula. Hungry Hungry Hippo :-)  I'm trying to take it easy on myself on the BF front. I am doing what I can.  I talked to the pediatrician about it and my concerns and he said that ANY amount of breastmilk I can give him is good so to keep doing what I'm doing for as long as I feel like I can, and for as long as it makes sense for our family.  I can do that.

I can't believe how different life is now... I am still looking forward to when we can get on some sort of schedule. Jack has slept from about 1:30am to almost 5am for the past two nights though so I am hoping so hard that this might be a pattern.  Granted, I still can't put him down or he wakes up but: baby steps!  
Everyone says the first 3 weeks are the hardest (and many say the first 3 months) so I hope that by the beginning of July things feel a little easier!

Love him so so much though:
My sleepy little guy

7 comments:

  1. He is so freaking cute! I am glad your parents are there to help and that you are feeling better about doing what you can as far as BFing goes :) I hope the chiropractor can help with your back, that's no good!

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  2. Jack is beautiful! Hope you feel better soon!

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  3. Who could put him down?

    Also, nice pants.

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    1. Ya like those? Go Celts! ;-)

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  4. He's so adorable. Start putting him down just before he konks out so that he learns how to fall asleep. Trust me, it workss. You can start giving him a lovey-object in his hand now, and he will start to associate it with sleep/comfort. I had to work overnight once a week so I couldn't teach mine to fall asleep eating-that would be cruel. They both became great sleepers in their cribs very early on. Falling asleep is an important skill.

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  5. He's so adorable. Start putting him down just before he konks out so that he learns how to fall asleep. Trust me, it workss. You can start giving him a lovey-object in his hand now, and he will start to associate it with sleep/comfort. I had to work overnight once a week so I couldn't teach mine to fall asleep eating-that would be cruel. They both became great sleepers in their cribs very early on. Falling asleep is an important skill.

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  6. I am so sorry you are still in so much pain! But I am glad you are getting help from family with taking care of Jack. Hopefully Jack gets on some sort of schedule soon!

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