Before I forget, thanks to everyone who was entered the essential oils giveaway last week. The winners were Jenny W. (Lemon Essential oil) and Christine Y (Peppermint Essential oil). Congrats! Please email me with your address so I can have those sent out.
So on Monday, baby J was 3 weeks old already! I wanted to give another little update on how we’re doing.
At our appointment on Tuesday, she was up to 8 pounds, 13 ounces (her first appointment 5 days after birth she was down to 6 pounds, 6 ounces). I was so curious about her weight as I’m exclusively breast-feeding and want to make sure she’s getting enough in these first few weeks. She also grew 1.5 inches. Whew- some of the mom stress gone!
She’s definitely “waking up” a bit more and sharing a little more of her personality, but is generally an easy going baby.
I’m still waking her most days on the 3 hour mark for her to eat. She’s a sleepyhead! Then she stays awake for about an hour and drifts off again. Actually, I wish I could say she “drifts off” – she’s starting to fight naps, so we’re rocking, trying the pacifier, or she’ll sometimes crash in the car. Whatever it takes. The Moby wrap is the one place where she will fall asleep without any fussing.
In the past week, she’s been ready for bed by 7 or 8pm! This feels way too early for a newborn (to me) but there’s little we can do to keep her up. The downside is that I miss out on the bigger chunk of her sleep, as she’s ready to eat again by midnight. I am going to start doing a “dream feed” when I go to bed at 9 or 10pm but she’s so hard to wake up and I’m exhausted by that point, so this hasn’t happened yet. Maybe tonight?
Most nights I’m getting up twice with her. Once around midnight or 1am, and again around 4am. We’re all up for the day when L pops into our room, usually by 6:30am.
However, the last few nights have been rocky with her waking closer to every 2 hours! She’s going for 3 hours stretches between eating in the day, so I’m wondering if I need to work to keep her up more in the day time? We had a really fussy, gassy night earlier in the week and then she slept most of the next day other than feedings, so I’m wondering if we messed up her day/night awareness? Last night she was wide awake from 3-5am like she thought it was morning. I’d love any tips!
I was feeling really good until yesterday. The broken sleep is finally affecting me and I’m starting to feel like a walking zombie. But I’m trying to get a catnap each day when my 4 yo watches a short show, so that helps.
I’m easing back into exercise and getting out for a slow run about every other morning and usually doing a short strength workout at home on the in between days. My energy is pretty high, but my pace is very slow right now.
I dropped back to my usual weight within two weeks but then gained a few right back. This happened last time too- my body realizes it’s breast feeding and insists on keeping an extra 5 pounds or so around. That’s what I expected.
My body shape is obviously a bit different and I have a little belly but I am fitting back into most pre-pregnancy clothes. I’m pretty content with where I’m at and am not interested in cutting calories or doing anything to change it. I know I’ll get back to normal in time.
I’m feeding baby J at least every 3 hours, sometimes more frequently when she’s not napping well and demanding food. (I think we hit the 3 week growth spurt last weekend!) I’m also pumping a few times each week. I try to use it after she goes to bed or first thing in the morning if I know she’s eaten enough from one side and I want to pump the other. I’m slowly building a freezer stash which gives me some security for nights when I have coaching calls or when we want to get out for a date (eventually!)
I was only working very part-time after L was born and used a simple manual pump for the rare occasions I needed it. This time, Ameda reached out to me and asked if I’d like a double electric pump- um, yes, please!!
It’s been working out well. This one is much more efficient than my manual pump, and I’m usually done in 15 minutes. I added the massage cushion (like this) from my other pump to make it more comfortable and that’s been perfect. The pump came with a few bottles so I typically pump into those and then transfer it into freezer bags.
Ameda has generously offered to give a double breast pump to one of my readers as well. If you are an expecting mom or know an expecting mom who could use the pump, you can enter below.
Also, if you are a United Healthcare member, you may be able to get a free Ameda pump through Target- check out the details here.
Moms who breastfed, did you use a pump at home or at work?
Help- I’d love tips to help baby J remember how to sleep at night and less during the day!