Just checking in to let you all know that we're doing well.
Parker is THREE WEEKS today!!
Seriously exhausted, but really we are doing well.
I find myself holding Parker and loving him more each day.
I especially love him when he sleeps for 4 hr stretches :)
I am healing well, and getting used to caring for another person around the clock.
Each day seems to be a little more normal, and when I look back over the week, then I can really see the changes in Parker and I.
Parker is still not nursing well, so after talking with Eric and our pediatrition we have decided the I will attempt to pump and feed him breast milk for at least 12 weeks.
12 weeks is my personal goal ... after that we will talk more about other options.
I am enjoying my days at home with Parker. I am not sure how I will feel about going back to work part-time in 5 weeks. Although these days can be long and hard, I am trying to enjoy every moment because I know that before I know it my maternity leave will be over.
Parker went to the pediatrition today for his checkup and he is doing fabulous!
He weighed in at 9 lbs 5 oz.
He's a growing little boy and has put on about 2 lbs since we brought him home from the hospital. He's also one inch longer at 22 inches. The dr. said he's currently in the 90th percent tile for height ... he's a tall little man. I hope he stays tall like his daddy.
Anyways, that's about it right now.
Somedays I feel good & somedays I feel like I have been hit by a bus.
I keep reminding myself that feeling like you've been hit by a bus is a normal feeling when you have a 3 week old - AND IT WON"T LAST FOREVER.
Here are a few pictures of Parker's first days ...
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
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.