Week Five Summary

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Tess’s 5th week of life was from August 28 – Sept 3rd. She was 4 weeks old during this week. We spent 6 of the 7 days of this week on our trip to Orlando so many of these photos will be repeats from the vacation posts, but I did keep notes about Tess’s development during this week and wanted to keep track of it all in it’s own post πŸ™‚

Nursing: Prior to leaving for our trip I noticed that my left breast was red and spotted. And it was tender to the touch. I didn’t have a fever so I knew it hadn’t turned into mastitis, yet. I’m so thankful I packed mega early for the trip because I had to spend the couple of days prior to leaving just working on unclogging milk ducts! I spent one whole day working on the left breast and then got that cleared up and the next day the right one was clogged!!! I wrote a post on all the methods I used to unplug my milk ducts and avoid mastitis here

When the clogged duct issue happened I knew something had to change. I knew it was due to overproduction which is something I’ve always had issues with while nursing. And I knew why the over production was happening. I had introduced a pump session each day after her 10 am feeding in order to store up milk for Hawaii. I pumped every day at that time. And my body said “oh she needs more milk!” So more milk I got…and not in a good way! 

I decided at first to give her a bottle a day. Pump for that bottle and drop the pump session to help my body re-adjust to her needs. That didn’t work out well because that feeding was her last one of the day. I didn’t want to mess up her night sleep! So I then decided that while we were on the trip I would wean off the 10 am pump session. The way I did that was to pump each morning at 10 and give her a bottle at that time. My body then put her nursing session and my pump session together. I got all the milk out, got bottle practice with Tess, and told my body to chill on milk making. 

After getting my body back adjusted to just making enough milk to feed her, I still had to store milk for the trip. So I decided to do what I should have done to begin with: I followed my doctors advice haha! At Tess’s 2 week appointment our pediatrician told me in order to store up milk I should pump randomly. That way my body is confused and never gets in a pattern and therefore never starts overproducing. It worked out great! I would just pump at a different time each day. And on days that I did give her a bottle I didn’t pump the extra time because I got milk from the pump session for the bottle!

Since having Kye and dealing with a lot of nursing issues with him, I have had a TORE UP nipple. TMI? Maybe? But anyways it hurts to latch every feeding on that side (it’s my left one fyi). I think all the pumping to get rid of the clogged duct irritated it this week and I ended up having a lot more pain than usual and it was bleeding, etc. NOT FUN (more on that in a future post). Even with this being my third baby, I still got very upset about it all and frustrated. Breastfeeding is NOT a walk in the park guys! 

To help with my nipple pain I switched to the football hold on that breast. I thought maybe the pain was due to a latch issue and hoped that would help. I also started hardcore using lansioh cream on it between feedings to help it heal. 

Tess had quite a bit of bottle practice on the trip, which she needed! On the way there we left after I nursed her at 1:00 and then stopped to give her a bottle for her 4:00 feeding. I pumped in the car but used a bottle I had heated up prior to leaving. When I make bottles I like to use some of the milkies milk mixed with pumped milk. That way the milk I pump for the missed nursing session adds to my stash for Hawaii milk πŸ˜‰ I have a system down!

We stopped at a CFA and I entertained older kids while Zach did bottle duty. She just isn’t so great at the bottle. It took an hour to get her to drink it!

On the trip I pumped and gave her a bottle at the 10:00 feeding each day. Out by the pool (in the shade, of course)! Which she LOVED. She drank it great outside and on our way home when we stopped to do the bottle for her 1:00 feeding…we ended up taking turns sitting outside of the restaurant to feed it to her. 

When I pumped for that feeding I was getting about 9 oz and she was drinking 2.5-3 oz so that proved to me that my body was overproducing and that I was doing the right thing in dropping that pump session!

Schedule: This week her schedule remained the same. For this age her awake time length (including feeding) should be between 30-60 min. She usually was showing signs of needing to go to sleep around the 45 min marker but sometimes during this week she was pushed towards more of the 60 min side and did fine. I had to start really watching the clock as I learned that once she showed her sleepy cues she was already really tired and it was better to have her completely ready for sleep prior to her yawning!

Taken from Babywise πŸ™‚

Yes, we kept the schedule on the trip! The only time for the whole week that we didn’t stay exactly on schedule was the one cat nap at 7:00 when we went to the magic show. I held her to sleep for that whole nap rather than her napping in her crib. And, honestly, she got more sleep than she usually does that nap! That nap was really the only nap she was struggling with at this age. She very rarely slept for it, ever!

The only other hiccup on the trip, schedule wise, was when Britt locked the connecting doors and we were locked out of Tess’s room at her nap time. She fell asleep in my arms (while I was frantically trying different solutions to get in the dang door!) but still went right to sleep in her bed when I was finally able to put her down πŸ™‚

At this age she was sleeping very solid for her naps and I would usually have to wake her up to eat. And when I would wake her she’d be mad about it too! If she did wake on her own, it was usually right around time to eat. It was great because it let me know she was really on the schedule!!!

Schedule:

7:00 Eat

7:50-10:00: Nap

10:00: Eat

10:50-1:00 Nap

1:00: Eat

1:50-4:00: Nap

4:00: Eat

4:50-6:00: Nap

6:00: Eat

6:50-7:45ish: Nap

7:45ish: Bath, ready for bed

8:00: Eat

10:30: Dream feed 

3:00-4:00 am: Waking on own for middle of the night feeding

Sleep: On the trip we finally used our bassinet! I had been really excited about the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Bassinet
(which is NOT the same thing as the Rock and Play Sleeper…this bassinet is flat). I bought it in hopes of using it in our room. We used a bassinet with Kye and Britt that my mom had gotten for me. While I was pregnant with Tess I really got rid of a lot of stuff. I just didn’t want to have any reminders of Mom as I didn’t know how it would affect me emotionally. So the bassinet got sold at the kids sale and I bought this new one. Then we didn’t even use it!!! We decided to take it on the trip because it folds flat and is actually easier to pack than the pack and play! We really liked it! Since we do have another trip planned while she’s still super little, we will at least get to use it one more time πŸ˜‰ 

The first couple of days on the trip she didn’t sleep as soundly as she had been at home. But a new environment, new bed, and a too bright room will do that to a kid! Once I got her room darker she slept MUCH better. 

Holding her to sleep during her 7:00 cat nap…I was in HEAVEN!

She did really great in the car both on the way there and on the way back. She slept pretty awesome both times. I know it won’t always work that way. I remember many a trips with a screaming baby which is totally a heart breaker. So I’m thankful for our first trip she slept! She did cry a lot when we were late getting to the resort on Friday. It was time for her to eat and she was hungry and her cry KILLED ME. It was a legit cry with her first legit tears πŸ™ When we got to the resort I nursed her in the car while Zach checked in!

At night she was waking just one time at around 3:00-4:00 am!

If she did wake during naps she didn’t CRY, it was more of a fussing/grunting/”eh eh eh” sound. The only nap I usually would have to hold her for was the 7:00 one. If I did go in her room during nap I would hold her and do “shhh” pat. I’d just say “shhhhh” near her ear and pat her firmly over and over again in the top center part of her back to help calm her. At this age babies can’t focus on three things at once so they can’t cry, listen to the shh, and focus on the patting. 

Diaper Rash: Tess got her first diaper rash and it was a bad one πŸ™ I had been using Vaseline on her since birth as I’d heard it really helped prevent diaper rash. But it didn’t work! She didn’t seem the LEAST bit bothered by it but I had a hard time knocking it out. I asked on the blog fb page and most people suggested Triple Paste. Prior to her being born I bought one of just about every kind of diaper rash cream haha. I know that different kinds work differently with different babies so I wanted to be prepared πŸ˜‰ I tried Triple Paste first since so many recommended it. But it didn’t help. I had some prescription strength stuff so I tried that over night one night and it was WAY worse the next day. Robyn recommended Calmoseptine…I had never heard of it but she swore by it and ohmygoodness she was right! It’s awesome!!! We used it for an entire week to really get rid of the rash and after it was gone we went ahead and bought another bottle to have on hand! 

After she’d eat I put her down for tummy time and put a burp rag under her and let her hiney air out! 

Other Things About Tess This Week:


Since her awake time is still so short I have pretty much always held her the whole time she’s awake. It’s important to me to raise independent kids and I have already had a MEGA hip-baby for the past 2.5 years. Britt will STILL ask me to hold her and carry her around. Although I would rather love on Tess the entire time she’s awake, I can’t have another hip-baby! So I’m trying to use more of her awake time having her do things that don’t involve me. She’s not a fan of the bouncer seat but I need to get her used to it!

Obviously we had Tess’s first vacation this week! We always take our babies on a trip when they are pretty young. When Kye was just a few weeks old (close to Tess’s age) we went to visit my mom which was a 4 hour drive. It was important to me that Kye met my grandmother (SO thankful for that!) so we wanted to take him down there asap after his birth. With Britt we waited a little longer…she was closer to 8-10 weeks old when we took her on her first trip. And it was only a couple hours away to Jacksonville for the weekend. Tess’s trip was right between Kye’s and Britt’s in travel time and, for the most part, it went smoothly. I LOVE that we have children who enjoy travel and I hope we raise Tess to be the same way!!! Most of our conversations in our home are either reflecting back on memories we’ve made while traveling, or talking about plans for future travels πŸ™‚

Prior to leaving for the trip Britt and I took Tess to the chiropractor. I didn’t really feel like she needed an adjustment but since we were going to be gone for a week I wanted to make sure she was freshly adjusted and that it would hold while we were away! Britt was great at the appointment and it was very smooth and I think it def helped πŸ™‚ He said he could tell she was holding her adjustments longer and we also discussed supplements and he said both Vit D and probiotics are important (which I totally agree!)

Tummy time got much better this week. She didn’t fuss the whole time during it and seemed to enjoy it more!

As soon as she finished eating I’d immediately do tummy time. Tummy time is super important for many reasons…but for vanity reasons I LOVE Tess’s head shape. She has the prettiest little head and I don’t want it to change or go flat so the more tummy time, the better! On the last day of our trip (she was 4 weeks, 6 days old) I put Tess on our bed for her tummy time and took some pictures of her and while I was taking the pics SHE ROLLED OVER!!! I couldn’t believe it so I had her do it again and this time I took this video πŸ™‚ She ain’t happy but she’s doing it! 

All of my kids have rolled over young. Britt rolled over at 5 weeks old and Tess just had to beat her out πŸ˜‰ They roll young but then they take FOREVER to crawl or walk haha! Her first time rolling was on Sept 3rd πŸ™‚

Pictures capturing the first roll!

She looks so proud!

Trying to get that leg over πŸ™‚

BIG GIRL!

Celebration dance πŸ˜‰

Couldn’t you just eat her up? πŸ˜‰

More Tess:

  • She pooped a lot while eating so I went through a good bit of diapers. But I’d MUCH rather her poop when she eats than when she sleeps!
  • I read a story to all three kids on the trip and Kye was cuddling with Tess during the story. She had her head towards me and was “looking” at the story while he cuddled up to her. He stopped loving on her and she immediately turned her head towards him as if she was asking him to keep loving on her! As soon as he started cuddling her again, she turned back to me and the book. It was THE CUTEST MOMENT. I don’t tell a lot of “kid stories” but that’s one I told to several people b/c it was just so precious it made me get tears in my eyes!
  • She had her first “babysitter” this week when Zach and I went out to eat. Mrs. Charlotte did her bedtime routine, including a bottle and she did great!
  • Tess is always putting her hands together and even in her mouth. I’m interested to see if she will follow Britt and be a finger sucker!
  • Her grip is getting much stronger and she will grab me and hold on much tighter
  • Tess started “talking” more this week. I LOVE the baby coos! She responds so much to my voice Here’s a video!
  • Tess also smiles a TON whenever Kye is around. I’d say he’s her favorite person (after her mama, of course)
  • She started getting chubby, which I expected. All my kids get chunky for awhile! Love those baby rolls!
  • Newborn sizes were too small so I tried to get her to wear all my favorites on the trip before packing them away when we got home (hopefully I will be passing them down to Casey’s baby girl in the future since we’re hoping our next one will be a boy!)
  • No more skin peeling or ache! Just a purely PRETTY baby!
  • We brush her hair right after bath, while it’s still mega wet, but no matter how we brush it…it still ends up sticking up all over the place haha!
  • It’s clear this week that she started to trust me. She stopped rooting around like crazy when I got her up from sleep and was much more patient when it was time to nurse. She knew when she woke up that it was time to eat and it was already the schedule lifestyle paying off! She knew what was coming next and that helped her to relax!
  • If she did wake during naps she didn’t CRY, it was more of a fussing/grunting/”eh eh eh” sound
  • The whites of her eyes are very blue so I think she’ll keep the blue eyes!
  • She slept in her car seat really well on the trip and slept in it at the chiropractor…listen to that snoring action!

More sweet pics of my girl!

She loves, loves, LOVES her bath time!

I love this πŸ™‚

Postpartum Update: I wore my bellefit 24 hours a day for a full week and then stopped wearing it at night and just wore it during the day. For best results I’m supposed to try to wear it 12 hours a day or more until I’m 6 months postpartum. I’m all about anything that will help this stomach go down!!!

I stopped needing pads and just used panty liners. Bleeding was on and off but very light.

During the trip I used the same towel to dry off after showers. I hadn’t had a yeast infection in so long that I forgot how easily I can get them…this will come into play when I do the summary of week 6 πŸ™ 

I still needed naps throughout the day at this point. I was EXHAUSTED. Kye and Britt both slept about an hour longer than Tess at night at this age and not being able to get super solid sleep was hard for me. Especially since when I was awake there was not very much down time with three kids to care for!

I had my first post-baby migraine this week and Mt. Dew did the trick! I had weaned myself off my Spark/Rehydrate combo b/c I wanted to save it for when I started my “24 Day Challenge”

I had a WONDERFUL time on our trip and was so thankful for the time away from “real life” with my sweet family!


Sibling Comparisons: You can read about Britt’s 5th week of life hereI love the Gary Busey pic of Britt from this week. I still laugh!!! I didn’t do a weekly post from Kye from this week. When I read about Britt and compare to Tess you can tell I am doing WAY better this time around. I feel like so many of the issues I had with Britt I recognized much earlier for Tess and had already worked on them and adjusted things by the time this week got here. πŸ™‚ 

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Week Five Summary

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Brittlynn’s fifth week of life was from January 3rd – January 9th. Here is what she was up to during this week (and it’s a LOT):

Sleep: Whew. Week five was MEGA tough. I wanted to cry. I think I did cry. She just would not sleep during the day. Literally. Like the longest stretch she got of solid daytime sleep was 20 minutes. It wore me out! I knew the reason doing shh-pat wasn’t working was that I wasn’t doing it long enough. I’d “shh” and pat until she was asleep then leave. Hogg (in The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems) even says if you don’t do it long enough the baby won’t go into a deep sleep. Well sorry Hogg but I have a toddler to attend to and I can’t be sitting by a crib for 40 minutes at a time!!!

I got pretty ticked at good ‘ole Hogg on Jan 3rd and reached a breaking point during this week (yes, it happens to us ALL!). I said screw it and just let her cry. An entire nap. She literally cried for an hour straight. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t enjoy the hour. I was miserable but I was too frustrated to go in and help her sleep since nothing I did seemed to work. Not the swing. Not holding her. Not the paci. (Speaking of the paci…we only give it to her when she’s hungry but it’s not quite time to eat or halfway through her nap when we’ve tried everything else first to get her to sleep. We never do it at start of nap or at night…she is a horrible paci girl b/c she sucks it so hard it leaves a mark on her face and she spits it out then screams!) Nothing. I spent the whole hour texting my two babywise bffs (thanks Laura and Kelly!!!) and they helped me feel better, feel less alone, and gave some great advice. After the hour she did fall asleep but, obviously, I’m not recommending you just let your 5 week old scream for 60 minutes. I felt HORRIBLE guilt for doing that but at the same time I know it’s normal to get to that breaking point! The rest of the day I pretty much ran in there and cuddled her anytime she even whimpered πŸ˜‰

After that day I totally abandoned the shhh-pat method. We still do all the beginning of nap things that Hogg recommends. I set the stage by singing “you are my sunshine” while I swaddle her then I hold her upright until she goes limp and put her down then leave. She usually will “buck” a good bit and do three cycles of fussing then getting quiet before she totally goes limp before I put her down.

I also realized, thanks to Laura and Kelly, that she was going through a wonder week. I hadn’t ever heard of the wonder weeks but omg what a blessing to know about them now!!! You can see a breakdown chart of them HERE and you can learn about them in detail (as well as sign up to receive an email whenever your baby hits a wonder week) HERE. Basically a wonder week is a time frame when your baby is going through developmental milestones. It’s actually based on their due date and it’s so funny because both times she’s hit one (I’m writing this during her week 8 wonder week) she’s started it around Friday and she was due on a Friday πŸ˜‰ It is SO exact and right on. And it’s a HUGE blessing because instead of getting mad at her, or at myself, or freaking out I realized it was just a wonder week and she’d be fine once we got through it. The developmental leap she was making was that she was starting to show interest in the world around her and she wanted to take it all in rather than spend her time sleeping. When we’d be holding her, trying to get her to sleep, she’d be wide-eyed and would move her head all over to look around. She also rolled over for the first time the next week and when that I happened I KNEW her issues during week 5 had been developmental for sure!!!

The best way to deal with the Wonder Weeks is to recognize them and get through them anyway you can. For me, it was letting her fuss in the beginning of nap unless or until she got REALLY worked up then I’d just hold her and love on her until she was very sleepy or even asleep then put her down. I’d do the same thing over and over again throughout her nap.

While it was a tough week, it was a HUGE breakthrough week…

Gas: THIS was the breakthrough!!! We were so frustrated with Britt’s lack of sleep…then Zach came out of her room during one of her naps and told me she had been screaming then he walked in to help her and she lifted her legs and let out a HUGE fart then fell right to sleep. Gas issues can cause a baby pain and I thought maybe that was what was going on. We started to hardcore burp her whenever she took a break on the breast, in between breasts, after eating, throughout her awake time, right before sleep time, during naps, basically all day. It made a HUGE difference!

Ways that we help her to release gas (and yes, I researched ideas) include:

  • patting her in an upward motion on her left side with her on our shoulder
  • doing the same thing while having her in a sitting position on our lap
  • same thing but laying her on the boppy
  • varying the positions repeatedly as the movement helps to get the gas to move
  • pumping her legs, bending them and pressing them to her chest and holding it
  • pumping her legs without holding it but pressing them and releasing them back quickly
  • pushing her legs to her chest and moving them in a circular motion
  • moving her legs like she is riding a bicycle

A combination of all of these really makes a difference. We also started giving her mylicon at every feeding prior to her eating as I read it better helps to prevent the gas from happening to begin with. I couldn’t BELIEVE the difference in our child. Not only with her sleep, but with her overall personality! To be honest…I didn’t really like her very much. I loved her but I felt like she was ALWAYS crying and fussing and just unhappy. Until we started revolving our lives around getting that gas out of her system. Oh my goodness! Seriously, if she isn’t eating or sleeping she is SMILING and COOING! It’s precious and I totally missed out on that cuteness due to her being in constant gas pain! Feel guilty much?!?! Basically our sweet baby girl spent her first month of life in pain πŸ™

The FIRST full day of us focusing on the gas…she had what I call her breakthrough day. She had her BEST sleep EVER for naps all day, I was even able to lay outside (yes, in early January I was laying out) for 15 min! And that night she slept from 11:30-5:30 which was AWESOME! SO proud of her and of Zach and I for figuring out that mystery gas!!!

Schedule: Her schedule was the same as Week Four.

Here are some more things she was up to this week:

  • I thought she had been done with the peeling skin, but her scalp started to peel this week and often looked like dandruff
  • The child grunts and moans constantly and reminds me of me!!! I am a bit of a moaner (especially during child birth…I get it from my Nana…and get ready because that means when I’m an old lady I’ll be moaning nice and loud all through church services!) so she comes by it honest! Here is a video of her grunting when I pump her legs to release that gas. Here is another video of her making noises in her sleep.
  • I started to run our cool mist humidifier throughout all of her sleep periods and it REALLY helped her congestion (we even ordered her a hot pink one of her own!)
  • We took her to church for the first time! I skipped class that morning and fed her at home then she and I rushed to church. We were late, but only by 15 min which was better than Kye’s first time at church πŸ˜‰ We tried to have her sleep in her car seat but she wasn’t having it so Gramma got the special privilege of holding her the whole time!
  • Her awake times started getting longer, she would stay awake an hour to an hour and half each time (including feeding time) so it was WONDERFUL because I finally felt like we got to know her personality better
  • A couple times we’ve walked in to wake her up and have found her body totally moved in her bed. Like out of view of the video monitor. She’ll still be swaddled but will be turned completely to the side?? (not on her side…she’s still flat on her back) How is that possible???
  • Her nails are now hard enough to where it’s easier to clip them with clippers than with my teeth
  • She lets out the CUTEST smile when she is falling into a deep sleep…precious!

Since she was awake longer, and she was so much happier…there are a LOT of pictures this week!!!

Lots of tummy time!

Britt and Sadie

She loves to be on her tummy

Here is a video of some of our sweet moments together, love those little sneezes!

No more cord!

Favorite activity is still bath time

Not only does she still have her hair…but it’s becoming very crazy πŸ˜‰

When Zach and I both looked at her on the video monitor we said she looks like Gary Busey!!!

Gary

Britt

Kye started back to school this week and I’m SO thankful for Mom, Zach and Mrs Charlotte. When I was pregnant I wrote them a long email talking about how important Brittlynn’s schedule is and that is comes FIRST. Even before Kye going to school. I do not feel comfortable having Brittlynn nap in her car seat 6 times a week which is what she would have to do if I took him and picked him up every day. Once she gets on a four hour schedule it’ll be easier because she should be able to make it to his school and home during her awake time so it won’t mess up her naps, but right now it’s just not possible. I asked them to please help me out and take Kye and pick him up for me as often as possible. My goal is to only have to pick him up once a week, twice if there is no other option. If it works out where no one can help me on a certain day then he’ll have to miss school. That may sound crazy to some of you but I KNOW the schedule WORKS and it has to be top priority for our family during her first year of life. We have may have to make sacrifices but those sacrifices will benefit us all (yes, even Kye) in the long run!

I picked Kye up one day during this week and it was the first time doing that. My plan is on the days I have to pick him up to run an errand before going to get him. I pumped and fed her a bottle at ToysRUs so I could use some coupons that would expire. Man, I forgot how tough it is to go places with a new baby!!! She ate at 10:00 then would not stay in her car seat. So I ended up pushing the stroller and carrying her at the same time which made life difficult. She wouldn’t sleep at all in it. She’d nod off when I was driving but when I stopped she’d wake back up and cry. Not good!!! I literally had like 15 minutes to do my actual shopping before we had to leave to get Kye.

changing diaper at ToysRUs

She did finally fall asleep so I left her to sleep in the car seat until she woke up then I swaddled her and put her back to bed (it’s what we do whenever she falls asleep in the car seat…better to let her sleep than wake her!)

Here is a video of her with her playmat

Kye kept wanting to feed her the bottle that came with her cabbage patch doll

he was so serious about it

focusing on objects, her developmental leap this week!

being bossy probably

Kye is SO great with her, here’s a video of him showing her all of her (tooooo) many stuffed animals (note to anyone who ever may buy her a gift, please no more stuffed animals! books are best!)

me and my babies!

The way her schedule worked out this week she had awake time from 7-730 so we were able to spend time as a family before Kye went to bed. I’m SO thankful I got some pictures of this! We all would sit in the hallway and read a bedtime story together. Yes, the hallway. When that baby shows the slightest sign of being tired I like to be mega close to her room πŸ˜‰ It was a wonderful little family time together and it makes me look forward to the many years to come. Of course, her schedule didn’t stay that way very long and it’ll be changing so much that they probably won’t get to read stories together again before bed until she’s much older!

yes, I was there too πŸ˜‰

I realized I never got a picture of the stork bite on the back of her head…it’s still there as you can see

Something I remember that I LOVED doing with Kye was checking the mail each day. It was nice to go outside together and, since he was a spring baby, the weather was so pretty. Around here lately the weather has been LIKE spring weather even though it’s winter! Since Britt started staying awake longer I would typically take her out to check the mail after her 1:00 feeding while Kye was napping. We’d get some quality together time in reading through it on the back or front porch.

my girl

I LOVE how much more alert and happy she is…I wish I could take pictures of how precious she is while she nurses…but you can tell she’s just as sweet right after!

action shot of that constant baby laughter

Postpartum Update: Zach and I officially started Weight Watchers. At our first weigh in I have 10 lb to lose…yes I gained three pounds over the holiday. It was an emotional week as I dealt with her nap issues and I found that taking a shower helped me to feel SO much better. More alive πŸ˜‰ I started to fall into a good routine…Zach and I watch shows together during her 8 feeding at night and have our nightly snack then I go to bed at 9:30 for a nap before her 10:30 dream feed. It is TOUGH to wake back up but somehow I get through it. My bleeding is still going on…so annoying…but light enough for a thin pad. My new bridesmaid dress arrived for the wedding and the 8 fit in the chest perfectly so I have some options which is good! I know with Kye even when I lost weight, I held on to the chubby junk until after I stopped nursing then I got my body back so we’ll see how this goes.

I left Brittlynn for the first time for an entire day this week. I drove up for the day for Hallie’s service. Zach kept her and Kye the whole day and it was REALLY good for us both. I got a needed break and he got to live a day in the life of mommy and see everything I go through. Often times he’ll call me while both kids are napping and want to talk and he doesn’t get it why I rush to get off the phone…it’s because that brief alone time is SO rare and I want to enjoy it for MYSELF! I called him that day when both kids were asleep and it clicked with him why I’m always in a rush, because he wanted that alone time too!

While it was one of the toughest weeks yet, it was also one of the best thanks to ALL the many breakthroughs. I felt like I was starting to finally get to know Brittlynn better. It sounds horrible to say that I didn’t really like her in the beginning but that gas made her such a grump and it’s been a blessing to finally know the REAL Brittlynn and see her sweet, wonderful personality shine though. That smile makes EVERY hardship worth it!!!

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4 Comments

  1. Forddygirl
    January 30, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    The Gary Busey comparison is HILARIOUS! I seriously cracked up looking at that! πŸ™‚ Still am!!!If it makes you feel better, i had pretty much the SAME EXACT experience w/ Mack. The first 5-6 weeks were bad. Honestly, worse than bad. I was miserable. I had several times that i just broke down bawling and then felt guilty for not liking him. Gas and reflux were his issues. Yeah, i felt like mother of the year too :-)I thought he was just a grumpy baby, too, but it turns out that he's a sweetie, too! HA!She's a doll, girl. Absolutely precious!

  2. Crissymegow
    January 30, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    she does TOTALLY look like him *only in the monitor though, hahahaand don't feel weird about kye missing school b/c no one else can take him, i would totally do the same thing too! especially since it's at the beginning of the day, that would mess her (and everyone else) up for the REST of the dayI think it's so sweet how you always say "we" is Z really able to help that much, or are you just a sweet wife πŸ˜‰

  3. Stephanie
    January 30, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    Justin was the only one who could ever get Jackson to burp.Β  He would stand while holding him and bounce up and down hard…feet never leaving the floor but very intentional on the bouncing.Β  I never could get that technique to work for me but Justin got him burped every time.Β  He was really good at calming him too.Β  I remember being able to get Jackson to sleep but Justin was better about getting him to STAY asleep.Β  Probably because of the gas/burping thing.Β  Sounds like things are really busy at your house.Β  Enjoy these moments!Β  They are gone too soon!!

  4. MeganRay
    January 31, 2012 / 4:39 am

    You are so so so so blessed to have so much help from your family with Kye. From day 7 of my second one's life (after my hubs went back to work), her schedule has had to revolve around her older sister's schedule,Β  meaning she goes with me to drop her off at school at 9 and pick her up at 4. While preschool may be optional, third grade definitely isn't, and my parents are both busy, and 15 miles away. In other news, though, Brittlynn is such a cutie!! Love your reading in the hallway pics πŸ™‚

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