Mom & Baby #2: Week 3

We made it to week 3! We were very busy this week now that I’m feeling good and back to my normal self for the most part. Here is how we are doing and a recap of week 3.

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Baby

I’ve said this every week so far but seriously, we have such a sweet, laid-back baby boy! He is such a joy and so easy, he makes me want at least 3 more kids! LOL, just kidding. This week we got lots of smiles and it just melts my heart!

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We had another doctor’s appointment for Kyler this week. We went to get an ultrasound to check on his kidneys and bladder, since some children who are born with hypospadias have additional issues with those organs. He was not a fan of the ultrasound at all, but we were SO thankful to receive the news that his kidneys and bladder are perfect. All we should have to do is repair the hypospadias when he’s about a year old (since that’s when it’s safer for him to go under anesthesia). We’ll be following up with a pediatric urologist about it sometime this summer.

No kidney issues for this peeing machine!

No kidney issues for this peeing machine!

His sleep is going well for only being 3 weeks old. His long nighttime stretch is now 4-5 hours (yeah!!) and then he will have shorter stretches of anywhere between 2-3 hours. During the day he mostly catnaps at this point. Sometimes he will fight the falling asleep process and needs a little help to get there, but once he’s out he is OUT. This kid sleeps hard!

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Savoring the cuddles because I know they don’t last long!

Nursing is also going really well. This kid LOVES the boob. Since he’s sleeping longer at night he eats more frequently during the day to catch up, about every 2-2.5 hours. He has a hearty appetite and almost always wants to eat from both sides. I can tell he’s growing because his newborn clothes are starting to get snug, and he can now wear size 1 diapers. I’ve also started to pump after his morning feeding to boost my supply and start building a stash. I don’t have any supply issues right now, but I’m doing everything I can to keep it that way after having such a low supply and slow weight gain with Kevin. I don’t want to have to relive that at all! So far, so good in that department.

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Milk drunk on a Friday night!

He is starting to become more interested in his surroundings, which is really fun to watch. The other day I put him in his crib with the mobile spinning and the music playing, and he just stared at it smiling for about 15 minutes. It was the cutest thing! He is also starting to look at us and follow us with his eyes. I love seeing him start to interact with the world around him.

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He’s such a rockstar at tummy time! He has great neck strength already, and when we put him on his belly he moves his little body around so much like he wants to MOVE. Not yet baby boy!

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Body

Last week I said I felt like I was at about 75% when it came to feeling normal again. This week I’d say I’m at 85%. I feel good most of the time except for being tired, which just is a fact of life when you have a newborn. I’m actually feeling so good that I’m really feeling the itch to run again. Even though I know how important it is to let my body recover from such an intense experience like childbirth, it’s weird to do something you love almost every day and then suddenly take weeks off.  I had an appointment with my midwife this week who checked me and told me that I am all healed below. She said I can resume my normal activities like running whenever I feel ready, making sure to take it slow and listen to my body of course. With my last pregnancy I started up again 4 weeks after giving birth. I think I might give it a (short and easy) go tomorrow. I know I will need to be mindful of my diastasis recti (ab separation), which has actually closed quite a bit already but is still about 1 centimeter from closing completely. She said it shouldn’t be an issue and will just take time. I plan to wear my belly band, which is like a tight sports bra for the belly, at first to help support my core. I’ll also need to be mindful of any bleeding. It’s stopped at this point but if it starts up again I will need to take a little more time off. We’ll see! Eeee! Just thinking about it makes me excited!

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Here is the body after three weeks. I gained a total of 30 pounds by the time I delivered, and after two weeks I had lost 20. This week I just lost 1 pound, which means I’m now 9 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight of 130. Last time the last 5-8 pounds stuck around for a while when I was breastfeeding, so I’m expecting that to happen this time too, which is fine 🙂

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It felt good to be a little more active this week in terms of walking and getting out and about. I did notice that on the days I went for longer walks or was out with the family I was extra hungry and thirsty, so I know I need to make sure I stay on top of my food/water intake – especially when I start running again.

Here’s the progress from week 1 to week 3.

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Mind

Thankfully, this week was a lot less eventful in terms of stressful situations! I am really finding myself to be a lot more relaxed about parenthood in general, which is such a change from the first time around. I’m definitely learning to just let go and laugh during the crazy times. For example, yesterday Kyler had the biggest blowout of all time in the middle of Target. I guess that’s what I get for trying to take him out shopping for the first time (and for leaving the diaper bag in the car). Two and a half years ago a situation like that would have overwhelmed me and probably brought me to tears. Yesterday I laughed it off, finished my shopping, and cleaned him up once we got back to the car. Life goes on and I’m sure it will happen again someday!

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This is his guilty face!

Even though this was a less stressful week we were still very busy. My aunt was here until Tuesday, which was nice because she was able to help me with a few appointments that we had. Over the weekend we all went out to two local events- a festival on Saturday (with beer tastings- so happy to not be pregnant anymore!), and our favorite craft show on Sunday. It felt really good to be out and about as a family, and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be due to baby wearing and my aunt’s help. We had a lot of fun!

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I also was so happy to finally see some friends this week! We had dinner with two couples that I went to college with. One was Cynthia who is the friend who took Kevin for the night when I was in labor. She has a 5 month old daughter who is the sweetest. We had fun doing a little photo shoot of the babies together. Yesterday I saw my friend Ashley, who was due 3 days after me but ended up having her baby boy at 35 weeks. I hadn’t been able to see her yet since he was so little and wasn’t allowed to have visitors for a while, so it was so nice to finally spend time with her and her little man. That night my other friend Laura came over to visit and brought us a delicious meal. I missed my friends so much!!

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My biggest accomplishment this week was surviving my first day at home alone with both boys. I’ve been lucky to have a lot of help so far from Kevin and my aunt, plus we sent little Kevin to daycare for a few days until I felt better. I was really nervous to see how it would go but it ended up being fine. I tried to pay a lot of attention to little Kev and make sure he was busy and burning off his energy. We only had one tantrum so I’ll call that a win!

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Kevin’s behavior in general has been pretty hit or miss. Some days (and minutes) he’s a super sweet angel, and others he’s a terror. I think what has really helped with the transition is sticking to his schedule as best as we can. This helps us keep some consistency in his life amidst all the change. Making sure he gets solid playtime, nap, bedtime routine and nighttime sleep is key to having a good day. Overall he really does get better each day and I’m super proud of him.

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I really can’t believe how quickly time is passing. It makes me sad! Next week is week 4 and a few days after that Kyler will be 1 month old. Where does the time go?!

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