Well Sutton is officially 1 week old (and some change). Here’s a 1 week comparison.
I feel like the week both flew by and dragged by. The hospital stay DRAGGED by, but the nighttime and the daytime FLY BY. And, by nighttime, I’m referring to the time I get to actually sleep.
So here’s the breakdown…
Sutton had to treat some moderate jaundice in the hospital because of our differing blood types. She was under the “blue light special” everyday we were there, which was a little tough because no one could pick her up except for me to feed. Luckily, we were able to bring her home without any football stadium lights, but she still has a mild case of it. I’m happy to report that she is looking less like she went on a Hawaiian cruise and more like my pale self!
I have noticed, as her yellowness tones down, that she is having more alert times. Luckily, her “alert” times don’t involve pulling apart cabinets or rearranging furniture, like Gentry’s do!
I am currently nursing Sutton. I did this with Gentry up until about 4 months, when the lactation lady finally told me my body wasn’t meant for it. I was eating all the right food, taking Fenugreek (which makes you smell like maple syrup by the way), pumping after EVERY feeding and drinking gallon after gallon of water. With Sutton, I’m dumping a tablespoon of Brewer’s Yeast into my morning bowl of oatmeal and am pumping whenever I can. With Gentry running around in destructive mode, it’s hard to get any sessions in. Most of mine take place during her naptime (the 2PM feeding). Sutton was already back to birthweight at her appointment Tuesday, so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to keep it up.
But, for the record… I HATE NURSING. It is the MOST unnatural experience, in my opinion, and the constant leaking, squirting, etc. (sorry for any males reading this) is just not my cup of tea. But it’s free and it’s the “gold standard” so I’m going as long as I can stand it!
Because Sutton is so tiny, I need to feed her at least every 3 hours, even if she’s knocked out to the world. This is a necessity, obviously, but sometimes she’s so passed out I barely get her to eat. Fortunately, she is pretty much lasting that next 3 hour stretch. I’m a VERY patterned person, and we’ve managed to feed daily on the 2, 5, 8 and 11 schedule. Most of the times, she goes straight back to sleep so I do get about a 2 hour stretch. However, I’m used to starting my day at 5AM, so after that feeding, I can’t go back to sleep. This is when I wonder where my lazy bones went… I can be as lazy as I want when Justin suggests cleaning the house, but at 5AM… NO WAY.
Gentry is in love with her “baby sister.” Every morning she pops out of bed saying “I go downstairs to see baby sister.” She is (for the most part) very gentle with her, but does want to hold her and put her in her strollers. We are working on that. We are also working on not getting into all of her baby accessories. Do those things have weight limits?
G is also testing the water- she’s seeing what she can get away with. The terrible twos couldn’t have come at a better time!
I do feel guilty in the AM’s a lot with Gentry. I admit, I plop her in front of Youtube and Peppa Pig so that she will eat her breakfast and I can feed her sister. Then, I attempt at getting a pumping session in, so the Peppa Pig episode continues. What is it with that show? She watches the same episode over and over and it never gets old. Once I’m done feeding S, then I feel guilty devoting all my time to G. Ah the saga of having two kids. I’m sure it only gets worse!
So, I haven’t been able to drive since the surgery and really shouldn’t until 2 weeks out. That has been tough. Not being able to get in a sweat sesh until my follow-up appointment September 22 has be REAL tough. But, the toughest, not being able to pick up Gentry. I told her I have a boo boo and she seems to be respecting that. We will see how long that lasts!
So that’s a quickie update. In love with having two kids and all the fun and drama that’s already and will come!
Any updates on your life?