Happy one month birthday to my baby girl, Annabelle! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by! It seems like just yesterday that I was in the hospital delivering this little cutie-pie and here we are, a month later! We’ve been lucky to have family in town for the last month helping out and giving us an extra set of hands so we can do other things here and there, like go on a date or run some errands. But as of today, we’re officially on our own – everyone is gone. 🙁 And now I’m having anxiety about being alone with the baby for extended periods of time while my husband is back to work and traveling overnight. The morning and afternoon isn’t that bad being alone with baby, but it’s when we get into the early evening when she has her fussy time and she’s not napping and I need to make dinner, do some laundry – WRITE A BLOG POST – and she’s not having any of it!
“WAH! WAH! You better not put me down mama!!! WAH!” — I imagine this is what her cries translate to.
I know every mom has to deal with this, but it just makes me nervous. Like, am I going to pull my hair out not being able to do much during the day other than hold, feed, and change the baby? Or will I feel horribly guilty for letting Annabelle cry it out a bit while I go to the bathroom, sit down for a meal, or take a shower? I don’t know how single moms do it, or moms of multiple babies!
Take cover from the…POOP! (Warning: TMI!)
Let’s talk about poop, specifically, projectile poop. We have a changing table in Annabelle’s room upstairs and then we’ve made a makeshift changing spot on our ottoman in our living room for convenience when we’re downstairs. But now we’re realizing this living room changing spot is a bad idea. At least three times this week we’ve had to clean projectile poop off our couch, SHAG rug (ew!), and Jeff’s shorts and legs from sitting right in front of the ottoman as he changes AB! She literally squirts shit out EVERY TIME SHE POOPS! And it happens like 3-4 times in ONE changing session. We’ve wasted so many diapers from thinking she’s done sharting and then she totally blows out a brand new diaper before we’ve even taped the second side of the diaper shut! So now, I sort of have to create a shield with the old diaper to catch the second and third coming of projectile poo that resembles split pea and sometimes butternut squash soup! This is a pain in the ass at 4am when I’ve just nursed her for 40 minutes and I’m so sleepy and just want to go back to bed! But, you know what, I love the little munchkin and she makes such cute little faces while pooping that I forgive her sharts.
The breastfeeding saga
Ok, so breastfeeding definitely gets easier than that first week, but I’ll be honest; it’s still a challenge for me. Sometimes it’s more painful than others, and for some reason, those painful times just happen to be at her 3am and 7am feedings! Ugh! At 4 weeks old, I think baby girl is going through a growth spurt, so she’s hungrier more often than the 3 hour schedule I’m trying to keep her on, and she wants to eat longer than 20 minutes on each side. That being said; I’m a little concerned because I don’t think she’s gaining much weight. She gained 12 ounces in one week in our last pediatrician appointment, so I thought she was well on her way to plumping up. Because of this, the doctor even gave me the green light to cut out the formula supplementing since her weight gain was going well. But then last week I weighed her and she weighed about the same as the week before! They say babies are supposed to gain about an ounce per day, so what’s wrong with this picture?? Is AB not getting enough breast milk? This is definitely frustrating because you try so hard to do this thing that is definitely a challenge and then you freak that you may not be producing enough milk! I’m going to call and make a lactation appointment with a consultant because I think I could use some tips on how to make this easier. AHHH! The breastfeeding saga continues…!
The good news is that I joined a mommy group and started it today. I’ll blog on that next because I think it’s going to be a life saver for me! There’s nothing like talking projectile poop, boob feeding challenges, sleep issues, etc. with other ladies that are going through the exact same things I’m going through! From here, mommy play dates will spin off and I’ll officially be in full on mommy mode with a packed schedule. I’ll need to go get a dry erase board for my kitchen wall to keep things organized! Oh, look at my life now!
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