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Friday, December 3, 2010

Two Weeks!

It was two weeks ago today that I gave birth to my precious son!

In that time, he has already changed and grown so much! He is back up to his birth weight (or very nearly)--he was 8 lbs 6 ozs this morning and 8 lbs 7 ozs at birth.

He is getting to be a bit fussier than he used to be--I find myself so thankful for nursing because he will instantly stop crying, usually just from being put on my lap on the boppy, because he knows he will get to eat in a minute. And nursing stops him from crying no matter what, and usually puts him right to sleep--though of course he will wake up again a few minutes later unless he is actually tired . . . I wonder how formula feeding Moms do it, because I'm pretty sure you can't just give tons and tons of formula to a baby as a fix-all solution the way you can with nursing.

Anyway, I think the little chap is rather gassy--he burps and farts A LOT, and even if I burp him multiple times while eating, it doesn't seem to help. He just tends to swallow lots and lots of air--both while nursing and other times. I actually don't even know how he does it while nursing--isn't there supposed to be a vacuum in his mouth?

So while he's awake he is often fussy, but as long as I feed him often enough I can keep him from crying. It's going to be interesting when James goes back to work, though, and I can't just feed him all the time! Luckily he still sleeps well--both at night and takes long naps during the day. I usually have to wake him up from naps at least once a day because I don't want him to sleep so much that he doesn't sleep at night.

It's starting to be a bit more real that I'm a Mom and he's my baby. I don't know if the full reality has REALLY hit me, but it's getting there.

On a final note, we have such such amazing friends and family. As if the tons of things we got for his baby shower weren't enough, we've gotten tons of presents from the most unexpected people in the last few weeks . . . everyone has been so generous--and not only with traditional gifts but with food, helping us clean up, and so so many visits. It just feels like this huge outpouring of love, and it makes me just swell with thankfulness.

Then again, who could resist loving him?


I really can't believe how fast he is changing--he already looks so different and so much older than he did two weeks ago. I keep meaning to take videos of him and most days, forgetting. It just feels like everything is happening so fast and before I know it, he'll be a man.

10 comments:

Saffron Viola said...

Such a handsome one, hope things are going well on the mommy front. I'm counting down my days till baby #2 comes. 8wks or so to go and counting!

Alyssa said...

I know what you mean about them changing/growing so fast! Although I'm excited for all the stages to come, I keep wanting time to stand still for a little.

laurengould said...

About him being gassy...like mom and father, like son! AHAHAHA

Also, yeah, he looks really different already! Look at his little blonde hair! Love it, and i can't wait to see him at Christmas!

clare on earth said...

He is sososo beautiful!

Ella said...

I love that photo of him! He is soooo cute. The fussiness is normal, I remember when Eliza "woke up" after a couple of weeks and started fussing/crying a bit more. Thank goodness for the b00b!!!

Arwhyn said...

Adrienne, I can totally relateto it feeling "unreal"... for me, it has only just stopped feeling weird when I say "my son" - it's like, what? I have a SON? I'm a mother now? -It certainly takes time!
Love the picture, he's so cute with his blonde baby fuzz :)

mpence said...

What a great picture!

Question for you though...why can't you just nurse little James all the time after your DH goes back to work? I tend to nurse fussy babies all the time, around everyone else...not sure what ff moms do, either! Nursing is a magic cure all for a fussy baby!

It does go by so so so fast. Today is my twins' 10th birthday, and it really does feel like yesterday that I was in the hospital meeting them for the first time. My best advice is to cherish every moment, because before you know it, this precious time will be over and a new stage will be here!

Liz said...

As for swallowing air, some babies have trouble getting a good seal. Peter does, and even had trouble with bottles for awhile. As long as he can latch and is growing, I wouldn't worry about it.

He's absolutely gorgeous, and I'm so thrilled that life with baby is going so well for you!

justadrienne said...

Michelle--I do intend to still nurse him all the time, and I definitely nurse him around everyone. It's more about figuring out how to get everything else done (eating, cleaning up, laundry, etc) while also constantly nursing! But he does take good naps and sleep late in the morning so I guess I'll just have to maximize my time while he's sleeping.

Kassidy said...

"Anyway, I think the little chap is rather gassy--he burps and farts A LOT, and even if I burp him multiple times while eating, it doesn't seem to help. He just tends to swallow lots and lots of air--both while nursing and other times. I actually don't even know how he does it while nursing--isn't there supposed to be a vacuum in his mouth?"

Sloane did this ALLLLLLL the time. She could just be sitting there and swallow big gulps of air. This of course did NOT help her colic situation later. The bicycle technique helped get rid of the gas she couldn't get rid of and Gripe Water became her best friend when that didn't work. As he gets bigger he'll quit swallowing as much air. It too Sloane a while but she finally got out of that habit....thank goodness.

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