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Corbin Travis: 2 Weeks

5 Apr

Corbin is already 2 weeks old!Corbin is nursing well. He was discharged from the hospital on Friday 3/23 at 8 lbs 9 oz and when we took him to the doctor the following Monday, he was down to 8 lbs 6 oz. But my milk came in late Sunday so by his follow-up appointment on Thursday, he was up to 8 lbs 10 oz. He had been tested for jaundice on Monday but his level wasn’t high enough to be treated, and since he was gaining weight and having plenty of wet/poopy diapers, his doctor felt he was headed in the right direction.

He eats every 2-3 hours around the clock. During the day, he sleeps like a champ and I sometimes have to wake him up to nurse after it’s been 3 hours. He almost always nurses himself back to sleep but the past couple of days, he’s sometimes alert after nursing so then we let the girls hold him or give him a bath, and then swaddle and rock/bounce him to sleep. He also likes to suck on his thumb. Sometimes he finds himself (by accident), but sometimes we help him. He also seems to like vibration like Annabelle did, but not so much swinging in the swing.We had a couple of rough nights that first week, with him feeding every couple hours and/or being awake and hard to get back to sleep (so I was only getting an hour of sleep here and there) but the last several nights, he’s given me one 3-hour stretch of sleep and gone right back to sleep after nursing.

Corbin is hard to burp so he has a fair amount of random spit up, and seems to struggle with gas pains (he sometimes cries at random intervals). He is also a poop machine!! During our roughest nights, I’d nurse him on one side, change his diaper to wake him up, then while I nursed him on the other side, he’d poop. So I’d change him again and he’d poop again while nursing. And there have been several times when he has peed or pooped all over his outfit in the middle of a diaper change. But I think I’m *finally* getting the hang of changing a boy’s diaper!The girls are enthralled with Corbin and give him loads of affection by patting his head and stroking his face. They love holding him and try to help other ways, but are limited by how young he is and how much he sleeps. (He has to be in his room to get good sleep, because the girls won’t leave him alone if he’s out in the main room with us.)

When Corbin is awake, he loves to look around and seems very content. He only cries when he’s hungry, cold, getting his diaper changed, or being held by the girls when he’s tired. But those things can probably be said about any newborn, and like I said, in just the past couple of days, he’s started being more alert and not just sleeping all the time. So we are just beginning to discover what he’s like!Corbin wasn’t a huge fan of the sponge baths he received before his umbilical cord stump fell off when he was about a week old, but he doesn’t seem to mind a real bath (until he has to get out).

Likes

* Held lying down in arms (vs. upright)

* Nursing

* Being bounced/walked around

* Sucking on his hands or thumb

Dislikes

* Being in his car seat (unless the car is moving)

* Tummy time

* Diaper changes

* Tight swaddles

We’re getting Corbin’s newborn pictures and family pictures taken in a little over a week! I’ll be back with his one-month update in a few weeks.

Annabelle Lyn: 2 Weeks

10 Apr

Our little Annabelle is 2 weeks old already!
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So far, she is a really good baby. She is nursing well every 3-4 hours during the day and usually gives me a 4-5 hour stretch between feedings once a night. The last couple of nights, she’s been nursing every 2-3 hours and hard to get back to sleep, but I’m hoping that just means she’s going through a growth spurt, and will go back to longer stretches soon. Otherwise, Annabelle sleeps pretty much all the time. She doesn’t seem to mind her carseat at all (yet…), is totally content to sleep in her swing with the vibration on both day and night, and doesn’t wake up even when Emma is yelling loudly and standing right next to her. I don’t get to hold Annabelle as much as I would like (since I’m chasing Emma around) but I’m thankful that she is as content as she is to sleep on her own. Emma wanted to be held all the time.

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Annabelle went to her first pediatrician appointment the Tuesday after she was born. She had been discharged from the hospital at 7 lbs 8 oz, and at her appointment was up to 7 lbs 9 oz, so we don’t have to go back to the doctor until she’s a month old. Her eyes turned a little yellow from bilirubin, but she is peeing and pooping a ton (which helps get rid of jaundice) so I’m not worried. I don’t remember this with Emma, but Annabelle’s farts/poops are SO loud and wet! I keep expecting to see a total blowout when I change her diaper, but there’s usually just a little squirt of something in there. It’s impressive that a person that little can make such a loud noise.

Annabelle doesn’t cry much (yet…), but when she does, it’s because she’s getting her diaper changed, her clothes changed (she really doesn’t like being cold), wants to be swaddled (loosely — she does not like a tight swaddle!), or is uncomfortable from gas or an air bubble. Most of the time, though, she wakes up to nurse and falls back asleep right afterward. When she does stay awake for a little while, she is mostly content to just look around, whether she’s being held or not.

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Big sis is adjusting to Annabelle well overall. Emma loves checking on “Baby” as we call her (since Annabelle is a little tricky) and is obsessed with making sure that Annabelle wears a hat at all times. She also loves to “hold” Annabelle — meaning I place Annabelle on Emma’s lap and hold her there while Emma “holds” her. Emma has been pretty good about being gentle, though there have been plenty of times already that she is too rough. I’m sure they won’t be the last. Nothing too serious though. Annabelle has only cried a few times from things Emma has done.

So far, the hardest part about having 2 young kids has been Emma’s need for attention while I’m nursing Annabelle. Poor Annabelle gets her nursing sessions interrupted fairly often. Just today, Emma emerged from her room with a sheepish grin as I was sitting on the couch nursing Annabelle. I called Emma over to find out what she was getting into and discovered that she was buck-naked. I had taken her clothes off for lunch (we had spaghetti and I hate dealing with sauce stains) and she had then removed her diaper. Other problems during nursing have been Emma getting into lotion, toothpaste or soap (she is getting very clever in reaching things she couldn’t before!), wanting to sit on my lap or cuddle, wanting a refill on food or drink, or needing me to do something for her and refusing to be patient.

One thing we have done with Emma that has proven helpful is buy child safety knob covers. We put one on our bathroom, one on Travis’ office, and one on the door that leads to the stairs from the basement (so that she can’t go upstairs without me). I’m thinking about buying some more so that we can keep her out of the other two bathrooms and the utility room too. Otherwise, Emma can get into any room she wants and to truly childproof everything would be sort of ridiculous.

The dogs have adapted to a new baby well. Katy pretty much ignores Annabelle and Charlie just sniffs her every once in a while.

I plan to do a postpartum update soon so I’ll save the details on how I’m adjusting to being a mother of 2 for then, but for now I’ll just say that it’s going WAY better than I thought it would. I know a lot of that has to do with Annabelle being a good baby, but I think also that it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about a new situation before it happens, but once you are actually put into the situation, you find a rhythm or routine that works for you and your family, and realize you were freaking out unnecessarily. It’s also easier to respond to the specific reality of a situation when you’re actually dealing with it, instead of just thinking (and worrying) about all the different “what ifs” ahead of time. (And can I just say that after having an extremely busy toddler to chase after all day, the days that Emma is at daycare and I have only Annabelle seem like a walk in the park? That’s not meant to discredit the major life changes a new mom goes through — because I had a hard time with them myself — but to just muse on how different things are the second time around. Like that Luvs commercial where they contrast the mom’s actions with the first child and second child. First child: Require anyone who holds your baby to douse themselves in hand sanitizer. Second child: Ask the car mechanic to hold your baby while you write a check. They’re funny because it’s true!)

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Emma: 2 Weeks

22 Apr

Our baby girl is now 2 weeks (and one day) old.

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Time is already going by too fast! I tell ya, some days it feels like I wake up and before I know it, it’s 5 pm. Between daily laundry, nursing and sleeping in until 9 or 10 if Emma lets me, I often drink my coffee at noon and shower at 4 pm.

My parents left last Sunday so this was the first week that it was just me and Travis with the Biscuit. Travis works from home, which is really nice because I can move the swing into the office or set up the baby monitor and go run an errand while Emma is sleeping and Travis keeps an eye on her. It’s also nice for him because he can come say hi while taking a break and also get his Emma fix during lunch (while giving Mommy a break!).

Travis and I have worked out a rough schedule for sleeping at night – I go to bed around 9 or 9:3o while Travis stays up with Emma – sometimes, she’s a little fussy or takes a while to get to sleep so he comforts her while I get some sleep. Around midnight-ish, Travis wakes me up for Emma’s midnight snack (assuming she’s acting hungry) and goes to bed himself. Then I take over from there, getting up whenever I hear Emma starting to grunt and smack her lips. Since Travis is working right now and I’m not, I’m bearing the brunt of the night duty – he couldn’t do much more than change her diaper anyway. I’m hoping that once we get Emma to take a bottle, Travis could handle the midnight feeding so I could get more like 5 or 6 hours of sleep at once, instead of only 2 or 3.

Emma lost her umbilical cord stump on Saturday, which completely grossed Travis out. It was dangling by a thread, so we used a nail clipper to snip it off completely.

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It’s a belly button!

That meant Emma got her first real bath! She fussed a lot less when she could actually be in the water (we still use the infant sling that hooks to the bathtub). We use the sprayer attached to the sink to get her wet and wash her hair – it works really well.

She is noticeably more alert this week – yesterday, I took her on a walk and she stayed awake the whole time. She’s also started crying for reasons other than being hungry – wet diaper, being overstimulated, wanting a different position – but she’s still pretty easy to comfort, once we figure out the issue.

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She’s also a lot more gassy/poopy and spitty. Some of her farts are impressively loud and long considering her size, and her diapers are starting to stink a bit more. In the wee morning hours of yesterday, Emma had just finished a rather eager feeding session and was drifting off to sleep when all of a sudden, she burped and then puked everywhere – on my clothes, the blanket, my nursing pillow, herself. I think it was caused by her eating too much, too fast.

I’ve tried drinking a glass of wine a couple times after feeding Emma in the evening but it seems that that’s always the time she decides to wake up early to feed. So I think I’m going to wait until we figure out the bottle situation until I try that again. It’s the same with when I use my breast pump – instead of going 3 hours in between feedings, she only goes 2. Then I don’t have the amount of milk she wants and she ends up getting frustrated. Another situation that will be greatly relieved once we can get her to take a bottle, and keep it down.

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We had our 2 week well baby appointment today and Emma now weighs 7 lbs 8.5 oz! Her birth weight was 7 lbs 6 oz, but at her last appointment, she was 6 lbs 14 oz, so the doctor was pleased with her gain. Yay Emma!

Travis and I are big fans of nicknames and have come up with several for Emma:

  • Em Diggity
  • Jellybean
  • Bobble head
  • Lizard tongue

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The thing I was looking forward to the most about having a baby was the cuddle time. Since I’m nursing, though, that makes up the majority of the time Emma and I spend together. When she’s sleeping, I usually give her to Travis or put her in her swing so I can do things like eat, take a shower, blog, drink my coffee, do laundry, tidy up, go shopping – in short, be productive. But I can get so caught in getting things done that I miss the moment. So yesterday, I forced myself to let things go and instead, take a nap with my baby girl.

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IMG_4493 (Large)Holding her reminds me that all of this is so worth it, and helps me appreciate what a blessing she is.

Tomorrow, I’ll post about my recovery and adjustment to motherhood.