Friday, December 23, 2011

Life as a Mom

I still can't believe sometimes that I'm someone's mom!

Obviously this blog will be more baby-centered for awhile. Heck, I can't even workout for several more weeks! But in a few months when I can train again it will turn more back into a triathlon/baby blog :) So after 11 days, this is what I've learned about being a mom:

  • The sleep thing is tough. Newborns are supposed to be fed every 2-3 hours, and this 2-3 hours is from the time of the beginning of each feeding. So if you're feeding the baby every 2 hours, maybe you start at 7pm. He eats for 30-45min, and if you're lucky he goes to sleep. If you're not, he's squawky and alert. But wait, you have to feed him again at 9pm! -- 2hrs later. So when exactly do you get sleep?
  • I've been feeding Logan on the 3 hour schedule, and pretty much every time at night I have to wake him up to feed - some people have told me to let him sleep, others have said, no he needs to eat a lot. I let him sleep for 4 hours last night before I got up...maybe a little selfishly because that meant I got 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
  • All told, I get 6-8 hours of sleep, it's just all broken up
  • I don't want to make any assumptions, but he seems like a good sleeper right now. He is only 11 days old, and I'm sure this will change over the coming weeks.
  • I did get to experience some projectile poop and then a fountain of pee right after yesterday morning. Hi mom!
  • I am doing most of the legwork right now since Marty obviously can't breastfeed. I'm not going to wake him up just to change a diaper. There's no reason for both of us to be sleep deprived. But once I can start giving him bottles you'd better believe he'll be doing some nighttime feedings.
  • Even though I do a lot right now, I think I have a bit of an advantage since Marty works out of the house for the most part. So if I need to take a shower, I can. I'm not totally chained to the baby like some moms who's husbands have to go somewhere for work.
  • Speaking of, I even got out for fro-yo with my girls the other night. Marty took care of squawky baby - he seems to be most disgruntled in the evening. This can last for a short time or several hours. I'm not talking about hours of crying, just hours of wakefulness with bursts of crying and not liking anything we do.
  • Also, breastfeeding hurts! I don't care that everything I read online said it's not supposed to, that's a bunch of bs. Probably he didn't have the greatest latch at the beginning which contributed to the problem, but now it's pretty good and it still hurts. A lot of mothers have assured me that after 2-3 weeks it gets better. I'm really hoping it does because I definitely want to continue. Even though it means I get not much sleep and Marty sleeps like a baby (a baby who sleeps through the night, at least). A friend pointed out to me that I must be doing something right if he has several wet diapers a day, he has bunches of wet diapers.
  • My weight has literally fallen off. I weighed myself this morning and I'm only 5lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight, and my exercise has consisted of several walks with Logan in the Bob around the lake in our neighborhood. Things are different, though, like my belly although I only have a bit of pooch right now, is super soft, like dough. I can't wait until I can do some core to help that tighten up.
  • Tassie is doing fantastic. She hangs out with me when I feed him, seems concerned when he's crying, and gets very excited to see him in the mornings. Like wiggly and want to lick him all over excited. Logan, for his part, doesn't seem to mind.
  • I'm getting lots of reading done on the kindle while feeding him. If anyone has awesome books recommendations, send them my way
  • I am continually amazed that Marty and I made this little guy!


Beth said...

What an awesome post! Merry Christmas to you guys. I think you got the best gift ever!! :-)

Donna said...

That's a great update! I agree with letting him sleep, especially at night. He can eat more often during the day. He sounds like his daddy, with that evening wakefulness. You're doing a great job with him!

Angela said...

agree with Donna Bri. We let the boys feed as often as wanted during the day and let them sleep as long as they would at night...although you may need to still get up to make sure you keep your supply up.

Sounds like you're doing great. And that mushy post baby belly won't stick around long. From what I've seen, you look awesome.

Angela and David said...

Sounds like you are doing great! Yes, breast feeding kills in the beginning but then it's fine. I thought that getting to fine would never come, though. I hope it comes faster with the second. And I know what you mean about "being squwaky". Zach was always that way in the later afternoon/early evening and I'd try to hand him off to David as much as possible then. And I'm guessing those last 5 pounds will fall off no problem and soon you'll be working hard to keep weight on. It's hard to keep weight on if you've got a hungry boy sucking the fat out of you!