Friday, January 2, 2015

Baby & Mama Postpartum: Week 3


It's hard to believe that three weeks with a newborn have blown by, but they have.

The days are long but the years are short.

And because this is our second child, that statement couldn't be more true.  Everything with Baby O seems to be happening twice as fast as it did with our first child, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  Last week, I shared details on the first two weeks at home with a newborn, including details on both baby and mama.

In hindsight, the first two weeks were heaven.  Baby O was soooo predictable: she would eat, then sleep for two hours, eat, and sleep another two hours.  She is what many would call a 23-and-a-half-hour baby, meaning she sleeps pretty much all day.  And night..

All that changed in week #3.

Baby Updates for Week 3

Milestone: we started out week 3 with the standard 2-week-old appointment with our family pediatrician.  All vitals were measured and Baby O is doing great.  At birth, she was 8 pounds, 5 ounces.  At her two week appointment she weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces.  Hooray for breastmilk and breastfeeding!  All the hard work is paying off!

Wake-up call (literally): in week 3, all bets are off on predictable sleeping hours.  Starting with day 16, Baby O starts staying up for 2-3 hour stretches in the middle of the night (but continues to sleep all day, every day, as long as the sun is up).

Introducing the bottle: because child #1 never took to the bottle, we have been planning for baby #2: introduce the bottle somewhere between week 2-4, and be consistent.  Offer the bottle once a day, every day.  This first week is a disaster.  By the middle of the week, Baby O's latch is horrible, causing mom lots of soreness.

Mama Updates for Week 3

Worst moment(s): having to retrain Baby O what a "good" latch is for breastfeeding.  I consult with my husband to make sure he is feeding Baby O with the bottle using a hold/technique that mimics breastfeeding.

Best moment(s): after baby's two week appointment, we get the confirmation that baby is getting enough food through breastfeeding -- weight gain is good.  High five for mama!

What's different this week: every night the schedule is a little different.  Baby O isn't on a regular feeding schedule anymore, and there's no telling if the stretches between feedings will be two hours or three hours or some other unknown time...

Post C-section health: I'm taking just the ibuprofen now and again for occasional pain relief.

Day to Day Highlights for Week 3

Day 15 (Monday): baby's two week appointment with pediatrician goes well.
Day 16: the (sleeping) honeymoon is over: Baby O is awake from 1:30-3:30am and nothing we do gets her to sleep.  Mom and dad are exhausted on Wednesday morning.
Day 17: mom tries going to bed at 7pm to get a jump start on the night.  This time, Baby O doesn't sleep from 7:30-9:30pm (that's kinda normal - 10pm seems like an OK bedtime, right?), but we're thinking, we can't predict when Baby O will be up for long stretches of time.
Day 18: today is focused on staying at home and working on the re-establishing good breastfeeding habits with Baby O.  There's nothing like living in your pajamas all day!
Day 19 (Friday): last night was a good night of sleep!  We spend Friday out of the house enjoying some of the holiday fun.  Baby O does well with being out of the house.
Day 20: another day of laying low at home, thanks to a rough night of sleep.  A pattern is starting to emerge...
Day 21 (Sunday): Baby O sleeps three hours between feedings.  Mama nurses Baby O at 9pm, 12:30am, 4am, and 7am, which means a total of nine hours of sleep!  Yes, there is a god...  Sunday turns out to be a great day for getting out the house again...

What do you think?  Will week 4 be better or worse in terms of getting sleep at night?  Stay tuned...

2 comments:

  1. Sending positive vibes for week 4!! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Sandy! I hope your weekend is awesome, too!

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