3 weeks postpartum

9/02/2017




Blake turns 3 weeks tomorrow, and we are adjusting pretty well I would say. My recovery from this birth was much easier than either of the others - I'm not sure why. Because I know I will forget all of these moments soon, I wanted to write them down. It's funny how quickly you forget 'big' milestones. I've been racking my brain trying to remember when Soren first smiled, and while I remember the moment, I have no idea how old he was.

Blake - Sleeping is going well. She will usually fall asleep around 8 or 9pm, and then feed again before I go to bed around 10:30. Then she'll wake up between midnight and 3am to feed again, usually falling asleep relatively quickly afterwards. From then she's up every 1-2 hours, usually getting up for the morning with us around 7:30 or 8am. During the day she sleeps a lot - no schedule of any sort so far.

She's eating a TON, and at 2 weeks was almost a pound over her birth weight. Like most newborns, or at least my newborns, she tends to have a fussy period for a few hours leading up to bedtime.

I told Poppy today that I'm sad because she is already outgrowing some of her newborn clothes... Poppy said that's good because she is a good eater:)

Me - Sleep is interrupted! Between Blake, Soren, and Poppy... I am not getting very many solid stretches of sleep. I seem to function ok on little sleep, for awhile. It's starting to build up and my goal for the past few days has been to have a nap. Sadly I've failed at this goal each day. Soren starts school on Wednesday, and Poppy soon after, so I am looking forward to having a little downtime with just Blake each day. Three is a lot, especially with no activities or structured plans. As soon as the baby sleeps I feel like I have to play with the other kids, or do laundry or make dinner or whatnot. It's not quite the same as the 'sleep when the baby sleeps' advice from baby #1.

I am feeling great physically, other than being tired some days. I've embraced a second cup of coffee every afternoon. My maternity clothes are all packed up, and while not all my jeans zip up, for the most part I can get away with wearing them with longer tops. I'm looking forward to exercising in a few weeks, but for now I'm trying to walk every day and do a few push-ups to compensate from being hunched over nursing for so many hours a day! I gained about 30 pounds with this pregnancy, and have about 10 to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Emotionally I have been doing ok. I think the post-partum hormones were the worst for the first 2-4 days, and after that the daily crying has mostly stopped. There are some other things that have been going on in my life that have been really challenging, and unfortunately those co-incided with having a baby. I have had some amazing friends and family step in and help out - whether it's answering my texts at all hours of the day, sending over Skip the Dishes gift certificates (the BEST gift idea!) or coming over to hang out with a fussy baby in the evenings. I am grateful to have so many wonderful, caring people in my life.

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