We have made it to week 3! Every day and week that go by feel like such an accomplishment. It’s amazing to me that we managed to keep this little man alive and healthy for 3 weeks all on our own 🙂
Well I think that Baby Kevin went through a growth spurt this week. He was extra fussy for a few days this week and absolutely nothing would console him except being held and eating constantly. I literally could not put him down without him screaming and he would not fall asleep either. It was exhausting for me and it broke my heart to see him so upset for no apparent reason. I was reading that babies go through their first growth spurt between 2 and 3 weeks and act just like he did during this time. It also said that following the growth spurt he would be super tired, and he definitely is. He’s been sleeping in longer stretches (4-5 hours!) and hard to wake up.
We also introduced the pacifier this week to help him learn to self-soothe, and it has helped calm him since then. I don’t think he has had any nipple confusion issues because of this which I am very thankful for. However, he did start doing something weird and I’m not sure why or if it is related to the pacifier. He is very resistant to eating from my left side. Sometimes he tries hard to latch on but can’t no matter what position I put him in, and sometimes he totally refuses all together (even if I start with that side when he is hungry). It’s obvious he prefers my right side, which is weird because they look the same to me. Because of this I have noticed that my supply hasn’t been as much on that side as it was before. Maybe this is why he doesn’t want to eat from it? It’s a bad cycle. Anyway, even though I wasn’t planning to pump yet I started to on my left side to keep up my supply. I was getting nervous that it would totally dry up and I wouldn’t have enough to satisfy him using just my right one. We aren’t bottle feeding yet (we plan to introduce this next week), so right now I’m pumping and freezing it for when I go back to work. Any suggestions from my mommy readers on what is happening and what I can do?
In other baby news, we had his 2 week doctor’s appointment last Thursday. He has officially surpassed his birth weight and now weighs 7 pounds and 8 ounces! I was so happy to hear that. He is also measuring 20.5 inches- which makes us think that his first measurement of 18 inches was wrong. He couldn’t have grown that much in only 2 weeks. I asked the doctor about his gas and constant spitting up, and she said it seems like he has a touch of reflux and might be affected by all the beans and greens in my diet. She recommended trying not to eat those things to see if it helps, but I’m not sure what to eat if I eliminate two of the main food groups in my vegetarian diet. I have noticed that he seems to be getting better even though I’m not changing anything, so maybe his digestive system is maturing on its own and it won’t be a problem anymore. We’ll see!
The other thing the doctor said was that she noticed his left hip clicking when she did his exam. She said that this could be a sign of hip dysplasia and wanted us to go get an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay around his hip joint. We went yesterday and got it done, but haven’t heard anything from the doctor about the results yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the clicking was no big deal and something that he will grow out of eventually.
I am continuing to feel better and better with each passing day! My back is hurting less because I’ve been focusing on leaning back while nursing in bed instead of hunching over. I’m also using the Boppy pillow for more support. Other than that I really feel normal.
My weight stayed the same this week and is still 136, probably because my eating hasn’t been great. Constant hunger combined with a screaming baby going through a growth spurt means that I grabbed whatever food I could eat quickly, which weren’t always the best choices. My goal for this week is to do better with my eating, because when I don’t eat well it affects my energy level and my patience. In the picture above you can see that my upper stomach area is thinning out but I still have the bump at the bottom. But I feel great about my body so far and I also know that I will most likely hold onto some weight while I’m breastfeeding. So if I need to stay 6 pounds above where I started in order to continue breastfeeding then that is fine. It’s not a big deal at all!
I’ve had some comments from people about how they really appreciate my honesty about pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery on the blog. I was so happy to hear that because that is something I have always tried to do so that I can remember the good, the bad, and the ugly. So let’s continue to keep it real here- last week I talked about how my bleeding has stopped. Well, it has stopped from one “area” but has continued in another “area” when I go to the bathroom. Yup, I believe I have hemorrhoids! Fun stuff! I have heard that this is very common and is a result of all the trauma that my lower body went through during labor, and it will be resolved with time.
I had a really great week emotionally and mentally. I was having a hard time trying to balance taking care of the baby and taking care of everything else at home too. I felt like since I am home all day and Kevin is working that I should be the one to do the cleaning, laundry, cooking, and other household things. I found out quickly that it is extremely difficult to do anything with a needy newborn. I honestly have no idea how single moms do it all. I have so much respect for them! Kevin helped me realize that I don’t need to be superwoman. He told me not to worry about all of those things, and has been taking care of it all since then. My time at home is so short and it’s going by so quickly. It finally hit me that I will never get this special time back and I’m not going to spend it cleaning!
It was also my 26th birthday on Monday and I was spoiled by my boys. Kevin made me breakfast in bed and took me to dinner at On the Border. When we got there I realized he had set up for my friends to be there as a surprise! It was so much fun!
While we were there I had my second post partum drink- a margarita! It was amazing. I have been afraid to have a drink since Baby Kevin was a few days old and screamed for food after I had just drank a glass of wine. This time I fed him in the car immediately before going into the restaurant and ordered it right away. He was fine and slept the entire time we were there. When we got back home and he woke up hungry it had been two hours so I knew it was okay to feed him. Success!
My confidence as a mother is continuing to get stronger. He’s becoming a little more predictable and I have learned a lot of strategies to soothe him if he gets upset. Because of this I am feeling more comfortable taking him out in public, knowing that I will able to handle whatever happens while we’re out. This includes breastfeeding in public. Baby needs to eat when baby needs to eat!
Obviously I am happiest when Kevin is home at night and on the weekends and we can do things as a family. Kevin can calm Baby Kevin down instantly. He loves his daddy 🙂
We had a great weekend together, with the Light the Way 5K on Saturday and then we spent our Sunday walking around the Occoquan Arts & Crafts Fair with little man in the Moby Wrap. It is so much fun being with my little family 🙂
I am looking forward to another great week with Baby Kevin! We have a bunch of things in store, including walking another 5K and cheering on daddy as he runs it!
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