Monday, February 17, 2014

2 Months - Postpartum

Apparently this blog is turning into a Mommy Blog... That wasn't my intention, but I'm now a semi-SAHM with nothing to do but take care of a baby. So that leaves me nothing to talk about but the baby, of course!

Xander is 2 months old as of yesterday.

9 weeks old today.

He weighed almost 13lbs at his last appointment. He's scheduled for his 2 month checkup (with 4 shots) next week. I'm curious to see how much he's gained. He is quite the Chunky Monkey!

In the last week or two he's started smiling, laughing and carrying on cooing conversations with his loved ones. - And he still has a full head of hair that is almost always a mess.

He really likes bath time! -- But the getting out and drying off part is a whole other story!

He's getting really good at holding his head up and I don't think it will be long before he has good control of his head and neck!

He still isn't going to bed at a decent hour (I think he's got his days and nights slightly mixed up) but when he does finally go down (usually somewhere between 2am & 4am), he sleeps for 4-5 hours, wakes for a fresh diaper and a feeding, then goes right back to sleep for another few hours. Now if we can just get his schedule adjusted by a few hours, I suspect that will make things a bit easier for mom and dad!

I found this 7 Day Sleep program online but I feel like he's still a little too young to implement some of the techniques, so I'm going to try to let him work it out on his own for another month or two. I'm just super thankful that I don't have to work a regular M-F day job! I'm blessed that I have some wiggle room to be a little baby-lead right now.

I'm still exclusively breastfeeding. We haven't gotten to the "EASY 2nd Nature" stage yet, but it definitely has gotten easier. Due to the fact that I have yet to master the art of modestly nursing in public, I am still trying to limit my time away from home. When I do decide to leave the house with him, I have to worry about packing bottles of expressed breast milk and trying to remember to pump within a reasonable time of him taking a bottle to ensure my milk supply stays intact. - So with all that, I'm sure you can imagine that I'd rather just stay home as much as possible until we reach the "Easy" stage, which I suspect will come naturally once Xander gains more control of his head and neck.

Something I've noticed since returning to work, the majority of restrooms don't have electrical outlets to plug a pump into, even the family restrooms in the airports didn't have them. So if you're an expectant mom planning to nurse, be sure to register for a car adapter &/or a battery adapter that is compatible with your pump. I am having to order mine this week as the stores I rep for don't have power outlets in their restrooms.

Em turned 9 on January 31st. She had a really fun birthday celebration with 4 of her friends staying the night. I can't believe she's NINE.

Xander's arrival and presence at home was definitely a BIG adjustment for his Big Sis. She didn't think a baby boy would take so much attention away from her, but she quickly realized how wrong her thinking was. We had some rough days in the beginning, but we've all adjusted and she has been such a big help lately and I'm super thankful for that.

I'll close this blog entry with some pictures from last night of her being the good Big Sis that she is.

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