Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Parker's Birthday

Hello Bloggers! 
Sorry it has been so long. I thought that I would blog all the time once I was on maternity leave ... but WOW ... I had no idea how much of an adjustment this whole baby thing would be :) 

While it is a huge adjustment, Eric and I are learning new things about our little man each day.
Each day I feel like - I have no clue what I am doing ...
and each day I feel like I start to understand little Parker a little better.
We're slowly figuring each other out & I am figuring out that I don't know a lot of raising a newborn. But I guess no one does until you have one. 
I have so many questions each day about how to get him to sleep in his crib without crying ... or when will he have a bedtime like other kids do ... or when will he take naps in the afternoons? 
I know he's only 2 weeks old, but I wonder about these things. 
Thankfully I have a wonderful mom, mother-in-law, and friends to go to for advice.
So we're hanging in there.

Parker is doing well at night. He sleeps anywhere from 3-5 hours at a time. I feel like that is pretty good. He's really unpredictable about if he'll go in his crib without crying. Sometimes he will go right down, and other times he cries. 
Hopefully that is normal too. 

We're feeding him around 10-11ish and getting in bed around 12ish, and then he usually gets up around 4ish. I would like to start putting him in bed after he eats at 8ish, but he doesn't seem to want to cooperate. 
For whatever reason he is the fussiest after his 8ish feeding. 
So right now he is sleeping on the couch beside of me ... and I am praying that he will be sleepy again after he eats around 11. 
Last night he slept on my chest from about 8-10, and then we fed him and tried to put him back down and he was WIDE awake. We didn't get him to sleep until about 1:00 am ... so I'm really hoping that doesn't happen again tonight.

Anyways, that's about all that is going on here.
We're slowly getting used to this new normal. 
Figuring out how to get a baby to eat and sleep well isn't the easiest job in the world ... but we do LOVE him a ton :)
And everyone we talk to says that it gets easier ... so I'm hoping that is true.

On another note, I thought that it is about time I share some pictures from Parker's "birth"day - exactly 2 weeks ago today :)

I'll spare you all the gorey ones that Eric took. 

Here I am - on the other side of the curtain ...

and here is the view from the other side - pre cutting me open

Still smiling

This one might be a little gorey for some ... if you look closely you can see his head starting to come out.

Here he is all crazy and alien looking.
The amazing thing is, when they held him up for me to see and he looked just like this all I could think we how perfect he was.

Our first family picture 

Love at first sight.

The first time I held him.

It's amazing how I can't look at these pictures without crying.
I am overwhelmed by how perfect he is ... and also blown away by how much older he seems at 2 weeks old. 
As difficult as this newborn stage is, I can already feel that time is going to fly by and I need to soak in each moment that I have with him.

Alright, I'm off to feed him again and "try" to get some sleep for the night :)
I'll be back soon with more pictures from our time at the hospital. 


Anonymous said...

Hey Rachel, looks like you Parker and Eric are doing great!! I am sure you have been told to read babywise but i would recommend going die hard with it Asher started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks and it was because of the book, we only had to wake him once to feed him and soon cut that out cause he was healthy! Hope you all are doing well!

Cory said...

I love this & him & you guys!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing, Rachel! Looking forward to meeting him in June.

Brittney said...

So glad to hear things are going well. And yes, Parker is totally normal! Sounds like he's actually eating and sleeping like a rock star :) Love the pictures and the update :) He's precious. Excited to hear more about your mommy adventures. . .I've found them to be unpredictable, joyous, super difficult at times, but more rewarding than anything ever :) Live it up!!!

kathy said...

As a mom of two, I think he's way too young for you to start worrying about him sleeping without crying. He needs to know that you'll be there when he cries. You could try just letting him sleep in his carseat or putting the carseat in the crib. It worked for both my boys.

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