Sunday, May 29, 2011
Chase is 4 weeks old!
*Isn't his Memorial Day outfit cute?!
Chase is 4 weeks old today! It's crazy how quickly the time goes. I'm about to be super honest here people. Hubby was off work the first two weeks. That went really fast! We spent the first few days getting the whole breast feeding thing figured out. It took a few days for my milk to come in. We had been keeping track of poop and pee diapers and he was behind so we called the advice nurse at our ped's office and she said to give him a couple ounces of formula. Luckily people had given us bottles and similac had sent us formula. I got pretty upset and freaked out because I didn't read about bottle feeding in the books. I didn't know what to do and thought if Chase tasted formula from a bottle he would never want breast milk again. The formula helped hydrate him and he went back to breast feeding. My milk still hadn't come in and we had what we refer to as the "bad night". He wouldn't sleep anywhere and was crying a lot! We saw the ped the next day and she reassured us that we were doing good and my milk came in later that day.
We've done ok with Hubby going back to work, at first I didn't know what I would do with Chase all day and then I was sad because hubby didn't want to be away from us. Broke my heart! Hubby helps out a ton when he is home and I love that he comes home every day and doesn't travel for work.
I have no idea where or how Chase slept those first few weeks. I guess sometimes he slept in his pack and play and sometimes in the bed with us. I think we were putting him in the pack and play when he was completely asleep.
This week I wanted to get him on a schedule. I got the book the secrets of the baby whisperer. Her secrets were not working when I tried to put him in the pack and play. I was exhausted after trying to get him to sleep for like two days. I was asking every parent I know what they do and found out a lot of people sleep with their kids and have no clue. During a desperate moment hubby put Chase in the crib in his room and he went to sleep! I got desperate again and did the same thing and it worked! My theory is he likes the sturdiness of the crib, the pack and play was wobbly and would move if he fussed. So Chase made that tough decision of when to move him to his crib for us. We are all sleeping much better now and it's wonderful!
Breast feeding was difficult in the hospital. Things got better after I got the my Brest friend pillow. After about two weeks I had a mild infection and was kind of over breast feeding. It's going better now but the breast I had an infection in still has a cracked sore nipple. Things would be really great if that would heal! He eats about every three hours during the day. We are flexible which is nice.
He is awake for about an hour every three hours. Sometimes we do tummy time, walk around, look at the fan, or watch reality tv. I love waking him up because I miss him when he is sleeping! He gets lots of kisses then.
We think he has gained about a pound. Our friend let us borrow their baby scale. He's probably grown an inch. We only had 1 pack of newborn diapers so he is in size 1s now. A couple of his newborn onesies are too small. His eyes are getting lighter blue and I think his hair is getting lighter.
I had no idea how much work having a baby was! We both really wanted to be parents and love kids. Everyone would tell us what great parents we would be. If you aren't so sure about having a newborn, I don't recommend it. I don't think it's for everyone. I'm lucky I have tons of support and know what a blessing having this little miracle is. When he looks at me with those big blue eyes it does melt my heart!