I literally CANNOT believe it has already been a month since we brought home Baby Hunter from the hospital. Every time I think about that, I also realize that means only one week left on maternity leave 😦
I have been SO busy with life in general as a mom of two and wife and all of the other hats I try to wear and SO tired from lack of sleep and trying to get on a normal schedule. I cannot yet imagine working all day and handling it all. Yes, I work from home (hence why I only took 5 weeks, I didn’t want to use any unpaid time) but it is going to be REALLY hard. And I have a feeling everything will be very crazy crazy crazy with work upon my return. I’m stressed just thinking about it.
But this post isn’t about me, it’s about Baby Hunter. Let me just say it, he’s amazing.
I’m biased though.
We started off with our days and nights pretty much flipped and he is still a big day time sleeper and more awake in the evenings and early early morning (like 3 or 4am), but we are slowly but surely improving.
We’ve done a pretty good job of feeding. Not that it’s perfect. Breastfeeding is never easy. I don’t think anyone doesn’t have at least one issue or feel like throwing in the towel sometimes. For example, my left breast is currently engourged and totally in pain but he’s sleeping so nicely…
I wrote the rest of this post several days ago and am updating this just before posting because LITERALLY as I wrote this post, the pain in my left breast grew and grew. Literally within 15 minutes I knew something was wrong and woke the baby up to try to eat. It was super painful. Within ANOTHER 15 minutes I had full blown flu symptoms. I was shaking so bad I couldn’t open the door with my key. I took the hottest bath of my life (don’t tell my obgyn, I couldn’t stand up!) and was shivering the entire time. It was insane! Needless to say, I had mastitis, a breast infection from clogged ducts.
Thankfully, I’m better now, but it has put a delay on my posts here, so hang with me 🙂 And now, back to Hunter!
He has gained weight (from just over 7 lbs to just over 9), in fact his doctor said his weight gain looks amazing! So he is clearly getting more than enough milk. For that reason, I gave in and started giving him a pacifier sometimes. I know this is controversial but he started using my breasts for comfort (honestly, I was his pacifier) during those 3am wake up calls that could last three hours. For that reason, since he wasn’t really even getting any milk, I decided I needed to try a pacifier so I could get a little sleep and keep my sanity.
I mentioned working out. My doctor said light workouts are fine. Walking, elliptical or stair stepper. I have JUST started doing a little at home light weights too, but definitely not over doing it.
As for his personality. Well, we’re still waiting to see a lot of it! In general, he is a very happy baby or should I say content. While he has started smiling for brief seconds occasionally, it could just be gas 😉 but he is just a content baby in general. He doesn’t cry much except when he needs something and, ya know, the typical times that babies cry (diaper changes and such). He loves being close to mommy and has started to show us when wants to be around his family… “why am I all alone in this rocker, pick me up!”
Sometimes, when he’s crying and I think he’s hungry his big brother just has to go over to him and rub his head and sing to him and he calms down. It’s the sweetest thing! Speaking of Davy, he has been amazing. He loves telling everyone that he’s the big brother and telling us how to take care of him! “Be gentle, mommy, his head isn’t hard like ours yet,” or “the baby’s crying, daddy. You just need to sing to him and rub his head gently. He likes that.”
He only gets jealous occasionally and not as bad as I thought it might be, just needs a little extra attention sometimes.
Overall however, we’re so in love with this boy. Just like I knew I would be 🙂 I’m now totally over the whole “second child fear”. I can’t wait to see his personality bloom over the next few months. I’m one lucky girl.
As I said above, I’m kind of behind of my food posts. Last week I baked a cake and it was a fail, then the breast infection from hell hit me. I have a few in the works now, stay tuned 🙂