Archive for July, 2011
We brought LP to the pediatrician for the first time for his two month check-up yesterday. The visit went very well. He weighed in at 11lbs, 3.5 oz and measured 23.5″ long (or tall as Darius would say). His doctor pronounced him “perfect” and when she put him on his tummy and saw how well he held his head up, she said that he is displaying traits of a 4 month old! She also noticed (like everyone does) just how alert he is. He also had his hearing test and he has good hearing. He must have liked what he was listening to because he smiled toward the end of it both times.
The thing that LP didn’t like was getting his vaccinations. We’re doing an alternate immunization schedule so he’s going to get a vaccine every month for a while, instead of a bunch of vaccines every two months. The first one he got was a liquid one and about minute after it was administered he projectile spit up all over the exam table, the floor, and even hit the skirt of the dress I was wearing. Then he got a shot and his eyes opened really wide and he started crying again. So I picked him up and bounced him a bit and he calmed down. Then he had to take what was left of the liquid vaccine, just to make sure, but that wasn’t so bad. He also got a nice Garfield sticker, which made his father smile.
I was worried that LP would take after me and react badly to the vaccines (if a vaccine says 1% of people get this side effect, I get it). However, the only side effect seemed to be exhaustion and hunger. Even today he has no fever and I can’t even tell where on his leg they gave him his shot. He does seem to have a bit more and slightly more explosive poop today, but that could just be from eating a lot in the past 24 hours.
Happy Two Months my Little Prince!
Damien is 8 weeks old, so here are 8 facts about him:
1. He hates to have a wet diaper. Seriously. This boy will sit in poop for hours, but if that diaper is wet, it is the end of the world and must be changed right now. Sometimes we go through 3-4 cloth diapers in an hour. If it wasn’t for disposables, I’m not sure if we’d get as much sleep as we do.
2. He dreams about nursing/practices nursing in his sleep. It’s seriously cute.
3. He really likes the color red. He stares at red things all the time. We even has a dancing ketchup bottle at dinner the other night that kept him interested for ages (of baby time).
4. He LOVES water. He adores his bath time. He grins and coos the whole time. The other day we went out for ice cream and Darius showed him the running water and he was entranced. I guess it’s water baby classes for us when he gets a little older.
5. When I nurse him and he is alert, he will “talk” to me while nursing. I tell him not to talk with his mouth full, but he doesn’t listen. He’s also smile sometimes while nursing, which doesn’t work so well because then milk dribbles out of his mouth.
6. When we change him on the changing table at home he is all giggles and smiles and coos, especially when we have the diaper off. However, lately when being changed on a changing table in a public bathroom, he starts screaming. I know it’s not just me, because he did it to Darius also.
7. The Moby Wrap is his nemeses when he is overtired. It never fails to put him to sleep. When he’s awake in it, he’s started gumming the sides. I think he actually recognizes what it is because when he’s upset, if I put him down and start to put it on, he sees it and calms down a bit.
8. When he is awake, he is super alert. He’ll look at everything, taking it all in. Sometimes I can almost hear his neurons firing. And he’s been this way since birth.
Over the course of the first few weeks of our Little Prince’s life two things became clear to us: 1. co-sleeping was 100% the way to go and 2. our Queen bed was too small for two grown-ups, one infant, a bumper on the side, a body pillow and the occasional cat or two. My mother made the suggestion of getting a twin bed for LP so that he will have it when he grows up and gets his own bed (we have the frame that Darius had when he was a child) and putting everything on the floor. The mattress arrived on Monday and after a day of airing out, it was good to go.
Our new bed setup:
The first night all the beds were together, I got LP in a deep enough sleep that I was able to wiggle away from him onto the Queen and he was in the middle of his bed. The middle of his bed was apparently waaayyy too far away for me to deal with as a first-time-mom, and I spend ages staring at him to make sure he was breathing. I moved him closer to the edge of the twin when he partially woke up to nurse and I was much happier for the rest of the night.
The second night I started out with him on the twin, but he was in a light sleep and was twitching and woke himself up, so I decided to pull him onto the queen since it has more room now that I’m not using the bumper or the body pillow. The third night was more of that. I think that it’s mostly a me thing. I’m sure LP is fine since night twitches are totally normal, but I miss him not being right up against me. Also, when he’s against me, I can hold him when he twitches and that seems to calm him down and keep him asleep longer…and I can feel him breathing. I know that he’s fine and technically he’s still right there with us, but after 8 weeks of having him snuggled against me every night after 9 months of sleeping with him inside of me, it’s kind of hard to let him go.
And now because it’s too cute not to share, our LP rocking a fauxhawk:
Our Little Prince had his 6 weeks check-up on Monday. He weighed in at 10lbs 0.5 oz and almost 20″ long. He’s getting so big. The midwife who delivered him was the one who did our check-up. She commended on just how strong he is and how cute he is. She said that the noise he makes overnight are perfectly normal and healthy noises.
She also gave me a check-up. She said that my breast tissue is very healthy, that my abs only have a touch of separation, and that everything that should be together has come back together well. I had to give her a high-five for the last one since she was the one who stitched me up. I also got my blood drawn and tested. I am officially no longer anemic. Hurray! Which means that all of the exhaustion I’m feeling is normal new baby exhaustion. Hurray?
Last Saturday we had our official Centering reunion. While I’d seen some of the other babies already (either at a meet-up or over the internet), it was nice to see everyone again. I even made a cake while baby-wearing (my mom helped and Darius was on baby duty while we decorated it).
Darius and I got asked to come and talk to the August Centering group this week about our experiences at the Birthing Center with the L&D and about being new parents. I think it went pretty well. Our LP was asleep on Darius’s shoulder for most of it, which was really cute.
Pumping has been going well and Darius has even given the LP a few bottles. He’ll eat about 2oz and then about 30min or so later decide he’s hungry again, will refuse the bottle, and will do a long nursing session with me. But it’s a start, so that’s good.
Our Little Prince really likes to “talk” to us and things. His favorite “word” is “agoo.” When he talks, he talks to everything! He’s also starting to smile a lot. It’s so adorable. The other day he invented a game called “roll off of Daddy’s chest onto the edge of the couch.” He’s also getting amazingly good at holding his head up and kicking his legs like he wants to crawl. I have a feeling we’re going to be in big trouble sooner rather than later.
We’re also getting better at recognizing “I’m about to freak out” sounds from “I’m happy in my playpen” sounds and the “I need to nurse” vs. “I have a wet diaper” sounds. I’ve found out that when he’s overtired he’ll think he wants to nurse, start to scream, try to nurse again, and start to scream. When this happens, the best thing is to just stop trying to nurse him and walk him around until he falls asleep.
We’ve been developing a bedtime routine. Every other or third day it starts with a bath from both of us (which he LOVES). We then put him in a disposable diaper (because he hates being wet, so he sleeps longer in one) and put him in a pair of footie pajamas. I then nurse him and hopefully he falls asleep in my arms so I can transfer him to the bed. Sometimes he needs a bit of a walk and a side nurse to fall asleep. The other night he fell asleep in my arms in the “Magic Baby Hold.” Then we all fall asleep because Darius gets up super early for work and because I’m exhausted. Sometimes LP wakes up in the middle of the night and so one of us will do a diaper change and often take him out of his PJs. A lot of the time, he doesn’t quite wake up but sort of thrashes and if I nurse him he just falls back to sleep for a few hours, which I hear is the first step toward longer sleeping periods at night.
Had started putting LP in onesies every day, but he developed a heat rash (man is it hot in Texas!) so most of the time he’s just in his diaper covers. Sometimes I give him naked time on waterproof pads covered with cloth diapers. He seems to really like that time. We also got him some lightweight and/or sleeveless onesies and rompers (in size 0-3 as he is completely out of the newborn size now) for when we need to go out/because they are so cute.
In other news, my mother has been in town for a week and a half. It’s been fantastic having her here. She’s been a tremendous help, both in terms of housework and helping with the LP. It also means we’ve been getting out of the house more, which is tiring but good. I got to get a haircut and she even babysat LP for a few hours so Darius and I could go on a date to see the last Harry Potter movie (I cried a lot). I’m going to miss her so much when she is gone.
I’ve started pumping to build up my supply, both for when I return to work and in case of emergency. I was nervous to start pumping. The whole thing seemed so weird to me. I got the Medela Pump In Style Backpack pump. Of course after I’d opened it and started going through all the parts and pieces I realized that I probably should have gotten the shoulder bag version instead as I carry a backpack with my computer and lunch and stuff into work already and now I have two backpacks. Oh well. At least it is light and has a handle. (The other option is that I grow up and get a shoulder bag for my computer instead of using the backpack I’ve had since I was in high school.)
The pump comes with a lot of pieces and I was nervous about how it would all work. I read the instructions and I read the chapter on pumping in the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Then I started wondering how I could pump after feeding when no one else is here, as I usually spend that time holding my Little Prince, either in my arms or in a wrap. I figured that at night I could pass him off to Darius or someone else to hold.
On Monday I finally had all of the parts cleaned and bit the bullet, since Darius was home and could attend LP. So I pumped for the first time. Then today after his morning nurse, I got LP to sleep and was able to transfer him to his swing and he stayed asleep (he’s still asleep!) so I was able to pump again. I now have 3 bags in the freezer, one with 5oz and two with 3oz. Hurray!
I’m still getting the hang of this pumping thing. I figure that it’ll take some more practice. Double pumping is tricky because I’m not sure how to keep the breast shield in place while turning the pump on and off or adjusting the suction. I think I need to invest in some hands-free pumping bras (or make some) to make it easier.
Next step, having someone else give LP a bottle once in a while.