Just dropping in to give an update on things around here! Who new there would be so little time when all Henry does is eat, sleep and poop 🙂
Eating: Henry has no problem in the eating department! Nursing is going very well and he is packing on the pounds. He was weighed at a newborn class last Wednesday and was up to 8.10 pounds. At our three week appointment this Friday I bet he will surpass 9 lbs. There goes the newborn size clothes!
Sleeping: Henry takes after me and my ability to nap. We’ve been so lucky and have gotten at least one 4-hr stretch each night between feedings. However, the feeding, diaper change, back to sleep process takes 30-40 minutes. So we’re getting about 3 hours of sleep. Otherwise he consistently gives us 3 hours from one feeding to the next which is more than a few other new parents can say so we know we’re lucky! An average night may look like this: Eat at 6:45pm then again at 7:45pm. Dr calls this cluster feeding and he is stocking up on calories for bedtime. I go to bed at 8:30 and wake up at 12pm to loud grunting and sucking noises (Henry sucking on his hand means he’s hungry!). He is not a crier so I don’t think he’s ever actually woken us up by crying (so nice!) Anthony or I will change his diaper then he will feed for about 15-20 minutes plus some burp breaks. Often times he falls back asleep or sometimes we will rock/sway him before putting him back down. Repeat process again at 3:30am then again around 6:30am. Don’t get me wrong though, there have been some nights when it takes over an hour to feed, change his diaper again, burp, feed a bit more then rock him back to sleep!
Personality: Henry is very “vocal” as the doctor puts it! He makes ALL sorts of noises and is very squirmy! Hence the title “Squirmy mc Wormy” 🙂 He is currently sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom and he grunts, smacks his lips, peeps, and moves all around as he is falling back asleep. It’s quite humorous! We are seeing longer stretches with Henry awake which is fun. He loves looking at the ceiling fan, lights and TV. He’s not so keen on reading books yet so we’ll save that for month 2 🙂
Mom: After not resting too much our first days home my body was paying for it. So I finally got the hint and took it easy. A few days with my feet up and I felt back to normal. I was able to start back with long walks, which puts Henry right to sleep, and gets me out of the house. In the last few days I’ve been able to venture out for 30 minutes on my own and have started jogging again. It feels fantastic to sweat again! My abs feel very weak so I will slowly start to incorporate some planks into my schedule a few times a week to build my core strength back up. It will be a few weeks still before I can swim but I’m looking forward to it. Don’t worry, everything in moderation. I certainly am not exercising to lose weight and I definitely want to make sure I rest and have enough energy for Henry. Exercise keeps me sane though and the sun shine and movement make me feel good so I try and incorporate something each day.
Visitors: My mother in law and parents came to help this week while Anthony has his last long work week on the road. It was so nice to have help around the house, with meals and taking Henry for a bit so I can get outside or shower. We were able to venture out and my parents and I went out to dinner for the first time and my MIL and I went to the mall Monday morning.
Getting out of the house: Besides lots of walks I’ve been able to start getting out of the house including a coffee stop, a trip to Target to get diapers, out to dinner and even the mall. We have to be careful of particularly germy places and after attending a newborn class at our pediatricians I got some clear instructions on where and when I can venture out in these first weeks. Church is off limits for a while. She recommended keeping him covered when we’re out and about so for the most past we’re able to keep him in his car seat with a light cover over him. Sitting away from others and going places at off times, when there aren’t a lot of other people around help too. Visitors at the house is a little hairy because we have no schedule and I need to be able to feed him at any moment. Thankfully the few friends that have stopped by stay only for a few minutes to drop off food and one girlfriend has even come over to run Dixie a few times 🙂