Milestones: More alert the last 2 weeks. Working on pooping. (She grunts a lot) She's taken several 10-15 minute neighborhood walks with Momma, including the first one in the double stroller with Landon! She's also been to Wal-Mart (Landon included) and Target.
Nicknames: During week 3, she had really goopy eyes. Ben called her "Goopy Eyes" at one point and Landon overheard and started calling her that too. We've had to work on NOT calling her that and choosing other nicer nicknames. :) I call her Sis or Sister a lot. I also call her Sugar, Sweet Sister, Sweet Girl, and Sugar Britches.
Sleeping: At night, I feed her at 7/7:30pm and then she usually goes until 12/12:30. Occasionally 10/10:30pm. Then up again around 3-4:00 am. And then anywhere from 6-7:30am. If she's up at 7 or 7:30, we stay up and start the day. If it's closer to 6:00, I put her back to sleep - try to sleep a bit more myself, if I can and Landon isn't up - and then get her up about 8/8:30am for the day. Our first night home was awful. She fussed a LOT. We've had a few nights here and there that have been rough - mostly related to something I've eaten or her learning to poop. Sometimes, she'll be wide awake after the 7/7:30 pm feeding and won't go to sleep well. That's exhausting when it happens. As far as napping, she's napping 1-2 hours at a time. She's sleepiest after the lunch time feeding and crankiest at the "witching hour" around 5:30-7:30pm. Because of belly or pooping issues, there have been lots of naps where I've held her and she's slept on me. All in all, though, I'd say she's doing great! I treasure those snuggles much more this go round! I know it won't screw her up and I know she's our last baby. I'm soaking them up!!
Eating: We do a Babywise eat, wake, sleep schedule. BUT I'm way less strict on this with her than I was with Landon. Simply because I can't stay home 24/7 and make sure her schedule goes perfectly. :) It's different with a 3 year old at home too! She eats anywhere from 2-3 hours apart in a given day. It just varies. I try to start her day around 7/7:30am and end it at 7/7:30pm. I try to keep the lunchtime feeding around 12/12:30 because that helps with Landon's nap time and MDO pickup days. I try to keep her supper time feeding around 5/5:30 because that helps with Ben getting home and supper. She's a good nurser. I offer both sides and sometimes she takes both and others just one. She spits up quite a bit so we're always using burp cloths and burping her good. She usually gives a few good burps. She was super lazy nursing the first couple weeks and has gotten better.
Highlights: Conquering my first week solo - with no help - at home! Whew! Exhausting, but we made it!! We've also conquered our first solo sink bath, Wal-Mart trip (with both kids), using the double stroller, getting out the door for MDO, bath/bed time routine without Daddy (he had a meeting), and two doctor visits with both kids (one with Daddy and one by myself). Her umbilical cord is still on so we're working on drying that thing up! Her eyes were goopy for a week and then cleared up, and her nose was congested sounding (no cold though) for the first 3 weeks of her life and then cleared up on week 4.
- Sleeping. She snoozes all the time! It's hard to keep her awake during the day.
- Walks in the stroller.
- Her swing.
- Sink Baths. She doesn't cry and just sits and enjoys them. She does cry once she's out and cold though.
- Being cold.
- Changing clothes.
- The time from 5:30-7:30 pm.
- Getting her nose suctioned.
- Getting her eyes wiped.
- Taking gas drops or her Vitamin D. She acts like they taste like acid.
Favorites at this stage of parenting: The snuggles. The cute noises and grins. Watching Landon love on her. He's OBSESSED and can't keep his hands off her. It's a challenge to make sure he's easy with her, but I'm so thankful he's so smitten with her.
Challenges at this stage of parenting: The tummy and pooping issues. Juggling two kids. Having patience with Landon when I'm exhausted or just annoyed at his threenager tantrums.
Doctor appointments this month:
1. 1 week: weighed 7.75 lbs, 20.75 long
2. 2 weeks: weighed 8.31 lbs, 21 long
3. 4 weeks: weighed 9.44 lbs, 22 long
Diaper and clothes sizes:
Diapers - Newborn
Clothes - Newborn and some 0-3 months in the last week. We've been living in sleeper PJs because they're easy and comfy!
How Momma feels:
Emotionally - The first 2 weeks were ROUGH. My hormones were all over the place. Having been through this before, I knew it was normal, but I was so ready for them to level out. I felt like a crazy lady. I had more "baby blues" then I did with Landon. I got really sad and depressed around 5:00pm each night. I hated the unknown of what the night held. Since I couldn't do our stairs, I hated missing out on the "regular" nightly routine with Landon. I also hated how inpatient I was with Landon and how much our relationship had changed. All of that was just hard to accept and process while my hormones were so whacko. Week 3 was when I finally started to feel them level out and felt like myself again. Now, I feel much more like me and don't cry at the drop of a hat anymore. :) I think knowing this is our last kid, our last newborn, I'm soaking in each day. I'm way more laid back this time. I'm not worrying about stuff. I'm more go with the flow. I'm adjusting to (and accepting) my new relationship with Landon. I'm just enjoying the little girl that God has blessed us with!! I have a friend currently suffering a miscarriage, I have another who has suffered two in the last several years, a friend put on bed rest and a family at church who lost their newborn baby boy after holding him for less than 2 hours. It's just all in a different perspective this time. I feel so lucky and thankful to be Allie's (and Landon's) Mommy and to have such an amazing little family! So thankful to have had 2 healthy pregnancies which gave us 2 healthy and happy babies and a happy and healthy Momma!
Physically - Everybody was right....the 2nd csection is easier. My theory though is that it's easier because I don't have the time to sit or lay around and think about how sore and limited I am. I have a 3 year old who is go-go-go and I'm not sitting around thinking about it this time. I'm up and going! I'm still sore, but I just don't have time to dwell on it this time. I borrowed a binder belt from a friend and have been using it all day every day (even to sleep) starting this week. I notice a big difference when I don't wear it. It helps support my muscles, keeps soreness at bay, and makes me feel stronger in my core. Plus, it's helping to flatten out some of that gross C-section bulge around my incision. I don't think I had stitches this go round on the outside. My glue (TMI I know) is starting to come off now and things are healing up nicely. We've taken several 10-15 minute walks around the neighborhood as well as several Target and Wal-Mart trips. I'm always sore after those, but it's getting better each time. I tried some straight arm planks around week 3 and I was SO SORE the next day. Whew. Not doing those again for a while.
- I've made Landon's MDO days my "relaxing" days with Allie. I get things done at home and soak up her newborn love.
- I've also declared Tuesdays and Thursdays (and some Fridays) my "Mommy gets dressed in real clothes and puts on makeup" days. It helps me feel human again. :)
- Ben was home the first 2 weeks and it was SUPER helpful again. Our motto in those days was divide and conquer. He took Landon duty and I took Allie and resting from surgery duty.
- Allie sleeps in the Rock N Play at night because it helps with her tummy. She naps in it some and her pack-n-play too. She sleeps in our closet (we can hear her....no worries) because she's such a loud grunter.
- We had newborn pictures made at 2.5 weeks. That was the first time I went upstairs too. Now, I'm going up daily, but just 2-3 times a day.
- I can carry Allie in her carseat carrier, but still not picking up Landon. (I have picked him up a couple times out of necessity only)