Dang, I had every intention of writing witty and insightful blog posts with admirable regularity while I was home on maternity leave. And here we are, halfway through my time home with the Itty Bitty Brewster and I haven’t written a damn thing.
In my defense, with the holidays and the DreadBrewer being able to take some time off work and other family members being able to come up and help out, I’ve had very few days where it’s been just me and the IBB. And those days are my best chances to sit down and get a post started. No one who comes to help really wants to sit and hold the baby while I work on my laptop…
But enough excuses. How are things going with IBB? Now that we’ve reached the 6 week mark (!!!), I feel comfortable saying that she’s a pretty darn good baby. I never want to make that pronouncement too soon, for fear of jinxing ourselves and bringing on horrible colic or something like that, but at this point, I think we’ve passed the official colic danger zone and we can breathe a sigh of relief. I was actually fairly certain that IBB was a grumpy baby and that she was never actually awake AND happy, until my sister visited and made an effort to point out all the times that she was awake and happy. And it was a heck of a lot more time out of the day than I was giving Itty Bitty credit for, probably because the times that she is grumpy are so much less pleasant and more anxiety-provoking and thus they stick out more in my mind. She is starting to have longer periods where she’s alert, which is nice because the older girls love interacting with her. The Littlest Brewster in particular thinks the faces that IBB makes are hilarious and will spend quite some time trying to get her to smile or make funny expressions.
Sleeping is going as well as can be expected for a 6 week old. She usually goes down for the night around 8, with a bottle, and then is up again around 12 and 4. While we’re home, I can feed her again between 7 and 8 and she’ll gladly go back to sleep for a brief nap, but she’s not averse to staying up a bit after breakfast. Up until the last few days, she was taking an epic midday nap (in the 3-4 hour range) but it’s been shortened just recently. Itty Bitty is just like any baby and gets kind of grumpy from around 5 pm to bedtime and wants to be held a lot. The DreadBrewer notes how her crying/fussiness coincides with his arrival home from work, though I have pointed out that that’s correlation, not causation. The last two days have been particularly obnoxious (to me) as she has not been napping well and she has decided that she is only happy in her car seat as long as it actively moving (be it in the car or in my arms); as soon as motion ceases, she is fussing. Needless to say, the trips to pick up her sisters from preschool have been trying.
I had planned on writing a funny post about how it’s not supposed to be this hard the third time around and I should have more of a clue, but (surprise!) I haven’t gotten around to it. (I’ve actually been working on this post alone for 3 days… which is just depressing.) The list of things I googled in the first few weeks of Itty Bitty’s life included:
- How do I know if my newborn is constipated?
- Do formula-fed babies cluster feed?
- Is my one-week-old sleeping too much?
- When does colic start?
- What are lifting restrictions postpartum?
- Can the umbilical cord stump fall off too soon?
- How do I care for an umbilical cord area?
- How big is my newborn’s stomach and how much should she be eating?
- What does an umbilical hernia look like? An umbilical granuloma?
- Why does my baby fart so much?
- Can my baby fart too much? How do I know if she has a tummy ache?
I’ve also spent a considerable amount of time worrying about things like:
- Am I holding her too much? Am I coddling her compared to the other two?
- Am I not holding her enough? Am I neglecting her compared to the other two?
- Am I over-feeding her? (Thank you, Dr. S for giving me a complex about this at our last check up.)
- Why does she seem hungry all the time?
- Why can’t I figure out what to do with her when she’s crying?
- Why doesn’t she like a pacifier like the other two? Should I get her used to one or should I count my blessings?
- Why doesn’t she have a schedule yet like the Littlest Brewster? Have I lost my parenting edge?
All of which is ridiculous, as this is our third go round and I should have a little more faith that we are doing okay and we aren’t going to irrevocably damage our child with our best intentions.
And, despite my every effort, I still feel that this post is a little scattered and not totally complete, but I want to go ahead and post something about how we’re doing. And of course, I’ll include some pictures, since most of you are in it for the pictures anyway. But I do PROMISE to post something again soon that is more complete over the next few days. And I need to post something on restarting the Couch-to-5K program. More so for my accountability than anything.
Anyway. Enough tired rambling. On to the pictures!