Monday, April 07, 2008

how we're doing

We've been home for over a week now. Time for some updates...

Baby update:

We had our first well visit today, and David is HUGE (no surprise). He weighs 9 lbs., 8 oz now, which is 95%'ile, and is 21 inches, which is 90%'ile. This is so different, I'm used to Katy being such a peanut, it's weird to have such a chunk of a baby! But the doctor said he looks really good, and I got some paranoid mom questions answered, which is always reassuring. But I hate to even say it, for fear of jenxing myself, but so far David seems pretty laid back in temperament. He doesn't cry except when he needs something obvious, and even then he doesn't cry hard. And he will (sometimes) sit contentedly awake and watch the activity around him. But I also know that these first few weeks are the honeymoon stage, and there could very easily be extreme fussiness ahead.

Sleep update:

After several nights of day/night confusion and being up until 4am, we finally figured out how to get the little guy to sleep in his bassinet. Now he's doing 2-3 hour stretches all swaddled up and warm. It's amazing how good it feels to be woken up every 2 hours after a few nights of sleeplessness. So I'm tired, of course, but we're getting there.

Feeding update:

This kid is one hungry boy. He wants to eat constantly. While breastfeeding is definitely easier this time around, it still hurts like crazy. He's 11 days old today - does anyone remember how long the soreness lasts? But it's not stressful, just a lot of work and kind of painful.

Big sister update:

The good news: Katy is extremely sweet with David. She gives him kisses and says, "Ahhhh..." when he makes a noise and calls him, "my Dabid." The bad news: with the total loss of our routine and lots of extra visitors and indulgance, Katy has been a bit whiny and demanding. And who can blame her? I feel so sad that I don't have the time and energy right now to spend with her that I usually do. So there's gonna be an adjustment period for sure, for both of us.

Mommy update:

I'm feeling better everyday. We've had a couple of small outings, and those usually wear me out pretty well. And I have had more pain this time around, I think. It's hard for me to imagine getting to the point where I could take them both out by myself, since I can't lift Katy or David in his car seat. But we'll get there.

Last week my mom was here, which was so incredibly helpful. And the great news is that Brian gets an incredible 3 weeks off of work, so he is still home with me. I know I am completely spoiled with this, and I will probably have a meltdown when he has to go back. But for now, we're enjoying the time to get used to being a family of four.

Weather update:

It's finally spring! This makes the biggest difference - Katy is significantly happier the more time she gets to spend outside, and it helps everyone's mood, I think!

David meets his 3 cousins - poor little guy among all these women!

So overall, we're doing well. Making progress, adjusting, and getting used to a new normal.


Erin said...

Oh! That baby. He makes me want MORE! He's so big and healthy and perfect.

I hope the breast feeding gets less sore soon. I think it took about 3 weeks for me? I can't remember exactly (how can I NOT remember?).

Have I mentioned how happy I am for you? I'm really happy.

Kelsey said...

Em! It sounds like things are good. I'm glad. I know there is no such thing as an "easy" baby, but it sounds like you're all getting through just fine!

Mommy Daisy said...

Everything sounds normal and great. And what a cute little (or big, rather) guy. I guess he doesn't seem that big to me because my guy started out that big. He thinned out rather quickly (thank goodness he kept the chubby cheeks), but he still towers over most other kids his age. Anyway, you have a keeper there, that's for sure. And I love the family shot. So great!

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing the new pics. Jacob was always a big baby and is still in the 90% for height/weight/head. Such a difference from Ellie and Emmaline who are usually in the 25%. I didn't really have a break between breastfeeding my kids so my pain only lasted a few days with each new baby. Since you've had a "vacation" from it for awhile, it will take at least 2 weeks, but stick with it because it will get better soon. Glad to hear that everyone is doing well. This will make your day...Did you hear that NKOTB is making a comeback? Their first televised performance will be on 5/16. They look so old now!