Oh my goodness, talk about being MIA! Our little pumpkin is now 3 1/2 months old and I’m just now getting back to blogging! Yikes. It’s been a crazy busy summer to say the least. It took a while to recover from delivery, and not because of having a c-section. Heck, that recovery was actualyl way smoother than I expected. It was the horrible lower back/tailbone pain I was having that took several weeks to go away. My mom and mother-in-law actually took me to the ER one day it was so bad, but the docs said my xrays looked fine and I probably just pinched a nerve with all the pushing during labor. So, they gave me another week of pain meds and then finally when Henry was about 3 1/2 weeks old it eventually went away. It was AWFUL though. The sharp pain would stop me in my tracks to the point of tears some days. I was so relieved when it finally got better. Henry got a little more fussy and clingy when I came off the pain meds, but I tried to wean off over a few days so it would also be easier on him.
I took 6 weeks off from clinicals, then after my 6 week postpartum check-up, I started back. I wanted to get a lot of hours done before I had to go back to work so that I wouldn’t have to juggle work and clinicals for long. This is my last semester of grad school, and while it’s been easy as far as assignments and tests go (I only have 3 tests and 2-3 assignments for the semester), it’s been incredibly hard to focus on much of it with a newborn at home. I totally thought, “oh, he’ll sleep a lot as a newborn, school won’t be so bad.” HA! Yeah, that whole sleeping-a-lot-during-the-day-thing lasted about a month. The same month that I was in pain and on lortab around the clock. So, not a lot of school work got done. I was on-campus the first week of June for some on-site lectures and simulation labs we had to do. And now I’ve taken 2 of my 3 tests so far, and done 3 of 4 presentations I had to do this semester. And then for each clinical day, we have to write up a clinical log documenting what we did for the patients we saw that day. Keeping up with those have been the hardest, honestly. They are pretty time-consuming, and considering little stinker doesn’t always nap great during the day, it was very hard to keep up with all the documentation for clinicals. BUT, as of right now I am 80 hours away from completion. The end of the tunnel is near!!!! Just don’t ask me how much time I’ve spent studying and reviewing this semester. It’s bad. I may have to spend the next several months re-learning all the material that I’m pretty sure baby-brain shoved out the window. Grad school is no joke, people. I can’t believe I’ve survived it, so far. Let’s pray I finally graduate one day soon 😉
So, Henry man is 3 1/2 months old. Almost 15 weeks to be exact. He is such a joy 🙂 I seriously love being this guy’s mama. His laughs and coos these days make my heart sing. But before I go into all the fun he is now, let me go back and recap these past few months. I don’t want to forget all the little joys and accomplishments we’ve experienced this summer. So here we go….
Henry- the 1st month
Henry’s 1-week appointment went well. We really like our doctor. She takes time to answer our questions and we like her attention to detail when she assesses Henry. At his 1-week appointment he had almost gotten back up to birth weight. He was 8 lbs 10.3 oz (he was 8 lbs 11.9oz at birth).
The first few weeks at home I basically just stared at him and took pictures of him all day long. haha. Kinda kidding 😉 Visitors came by to see us. Greg’s mom came and stayed with us for a week. My mom lives here locally, so she stopped by a lot to visit and help. And from these pictures, Henry obviously slept a lot 😉
Around 1 month, Henry started sleeping longer stretches at night. He pretty much ate every 3 hours, sometimes every 2 hours for the first several weeks. Then right around his 1 month birthday, I woke up early one morning and realized he had been sleeping for 6 hours! I went and woke him up to feed him, more for my relief than his 😉 After that, he pretty consistently would sleep for one long stretch each night. If I could make sure he ate one more time late in the evening, around 10 or 11pm, then I could usually get a good 5-6 hours out of him before he’d wake to eat again. It didn’t always work. Sometimes he’d still wake up around 2 or 3am, but for the most part, he was doing pretty good. And once I realized it was his new routine and not just a one night thing, I made the decision to officially move Henry to the nursery to sleep at night. He had been sleeping by our bed in a bassinet since we brought him home, but since he’d started sleeping a little more, it seemed like the right time to transition him.
I started pumping from the beginning. Not every day, but I would try to at least get 1 pump session a day if I could in the beginning. When Henry started sleeping longer at night, I sometimes was able to just feed him from one side and then pump the other to store. That worked out for a little bit. When he wasn’t breastfeeding, he was taking about 2oz, sometimes 3oz with a bottle at this point.
For the most part we laid low the first month. Greg had to work from home for several weeks due to transitioning offices. That was really hard for him. By about the 3rd week he was starting to go crazy working from our den while Henry and I were also in the house. But it was nice having him here too. Here are some more pics from our first month with Henry!
1 Month Stats:
10 lbs 13 oz (77%ile)
22.5 in. (86%ile)