I feel like I just wrote baby Kevin’s 6 week update (which I did, because I was really late in writing it!), and now he’s already 7 weeks old! I say this every week, but I really can’t believe how quickly time is passing. Our 7th week was really exciting. We dressed up for his first Halloween as a “football game,” with baby Kevin as the football. We took him to a farm and got some cute pictures with pumpkins. We also had lots of family in town visiting. So many sweet memories made this week 🙂
I think Baby Kevin went through a growth spurt this week, because he’s starting to feel sturdier and bigger to me when I hold him! Very exciting!
He is becoming VERY vocal. He loves to exercise his vocal cords by cooing, making cute little screeching noises, and of course crying occasionally 🙂 I think he’s going to be a loud boy when he grows up!
Sleeping is going well. He wakes up to eat about twice a night. We will get a good first stretch of sleep out of him and then he will wake up around 2 or 3 to eat, then he will sleep more and wake up around 4 or 5. I can usually get another 1 or 2 hours out of him after that if I take him out of his bed and let him cuddle with me. Despite all of my interrupted sleep I feel great during the day. I hope that continues and I don’t struggle too bad once I go back to work next week!
He is starting to show some interest in objects now. He will stare at the toys hanging from his activity mat and at rattles if we shake them in his face. He is obviously too young to grasp things on his own, but if we put a toy in his hand he will hold onto it for a while, which is very cute!
His constipation issue has gotten better. He’s been pooping once a day, with the exception of yesterday when he went three times after not going for another two days. I’ve read that it’s normal for babies to poop less after 6 weeks since their digestive system is maturing so I’m thinking it is a normal developmental thing. It is not hard like you would expect it to be if he is constipated. It comes out at the same consistency as it did before, so I’m not sure what’s going on. The way he strains and pushes and gets upset really seems like he’s constipated, but who knows! I’m going to ask the doctor at his next appointment. Sorry for all the poop talk- but this is life for me right now!
His reflux is getting better now that he’s been on the medicine for almost two weeks. We’re still trying to feed him smaller amounts more frequently throughout the day, holding him upright after eating, frequent burping, etc., which I’m sure also helps. I have confirmed that dairy makes his reflux worse, because this week I ate some Halloween candy and he was super fussy and spit up a TON the entire day afterward. I also was accidentally eating bread with some dairy in it. Since I’ve cut that out his reflux has improved. Looks like no dairy for me for a while, which is sad but if it makes him feel better that’s all that matters.
He is loving the Ergo baby carrier still. At our Halloween party I put him in there when he started to get sleepy, and he slept for a solid 3 hours while we all continued with our party. It was great!
This boy LOVES being naked now. He used to hate it, but now he smiles and coos when we take off his clothes- and then cries when we put them back on!
Finally, he is looking more and more like his daddy with every passing day! Seriously, I can’t get over it!
Still holding steady at the same weight (135), but I notice a slight difference in my body this week- AND most importantly, I can fit back into my old jeans. YAY! I was getting really tired of my maternity jeans but I couldn’t get my old ones over my hips until this week. Who cares what the scale says? The fact that my pre-pregnancy clothes fit again is way more important to me!
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The other thing that I think is really helping my body feel good is weekly visits to the chiropractor. I feel like it is putting my body back to its normal state after pregnancy and also helping to relieve some of the back pain that I get from nursing with bad posture.
Feeling a lot of anxiety this week. Between going back to work soon, Hurricane Sandy, and a pitbull puppy jumping on Baby Kevin I am feeling SUPER protective of him and very anxious about anything happening to him. Luckily the hurricane didn’t do very much damage in my area, but listening to the violent storm outside made me so nervous that a tree would fall on our house or something.
The other scary thing that gave me a panic attack was when someone let my sister-in-law’s pitbull puppy back in the house accidentally while I was feeding the baby a bottle on the couch. The puppy ran right over and jumped on the couch, almost right on top of the baby’s head. Kevin was sitting right next to me and pushed the dog away, but I couldn’t help but start to cry. I kept having visions of the dog biting the baby and it really freaked me out. That strong maternal instinct to protect your baby is VERY real.
The other thing I have been thinking about lately is my running and how it will be affected when I go back to work next week. I love running and it is definitely something that helps me so much mentally, especially with the stress that work brings. But I’m nervous about being able to find time for it while working and wanting to spend as much time as I can with my baby. I know that making time to run will make me a better mommy in the long run, but I can already tell it’s going to be hard for me to leave him to run once I’m home from a long day at work, especially because soon it will be too cold to take him out in the stroller.
Luckily, these two guys make me feel so much better about all of the things that give me anxiety 🙂
Another great week is in the books. I loved being able to celebrate Baby Kevin’s first holiday and we are looking forward to many, many more!
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