Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Post Bump Update, 5 weeks

Remind me never to think I have it all figured out, because that's the time baby karma slaps you right in the face. Let me preface by saying I'm very aware that Charlotte is a very easy baby. I had prepared myself for the absolute worst so anything better than my imagined idea of life with a newborn would seem that much better. That probably sounds loony but it worked in my case. I'm pretty sure the good Lord knew that if my experience with Charlotte was too difficult I most certainly would have been ok with her being an only child. Anyway I digress. I was just telling my mother how I was so excited because I could finally interpret Charlotte's cries. You read all these things that say good moms know what the cries mean and I was now one of them. (Let me add that it's easy to say you know what they mean when the person doing the crying can't talk to prove how wrong you are.) Then I was saying how I figured out how to get her to sleep and it just took a little patience blah blah. Enter a growth spurt or karma spurt. For the past nearly 3 days (or really I have no idea because I have lost concept of time) charlotte has been eating round the clock. Like every two hours. She takes maybe a 45 min nap and hasn't slept over 2 hours at night in a while. She was doing 4 and 5 hour stretches between night time feedings consistently just this last week and into the weekend!! I was so used to her fairly consistent schedule I have been reluctant to go back to that brand new newborn routine of round the clock eating. Who wouldn't be!? She also has been super fussy which is hard for me because she usually is so chill and she has been difficult to get to go down to sleep which is exhausting. Oh did I mention she will only go to sleep while being held, usually by me. That's fun at night. To top it all off, the vibrating unit on her pack n play where she sleeps every night literally melted. This is probably because I had been running it all the time but it's designed to do that so its not my fault. Since the bed is not vibrating she really doesn't like to sleep in it for long. I called the company to ask for a replacement part and they kindly offered to ship me one except it would be 6-8 weeks because it is on back order. Um, no. She will have outgrown the thing by then and I will most likely be a basket case. I told the lady that wouldn't work and so she offered a new pack n play. Yes! I accept!! The catch was I had to send the old one back first...again these people must not realize they sell baby products because what mother calling about her child's bed would do that? At that exact moment charlotte woke up and started screaming and I had to tell the lady no thank you and hang up. I guess she heard desperation because she called back saying she found a unit and would ship it to me second day air. Graco for the win!! Hopefully this little spurt will pass and my chunky monkey will go back to her usual charing self. 
Yes you read that right, I said chunky monkey. The little lady who had to go in the hospital for jaundice because she was on a hunger strike is now over 10 pounds! She gained 25 ounces in 11 days!! She was in the 50 percentile for weight and 75 percentile for height at her one month check up last week. Hooray! 
At my appointment I had lost 20 pounds but that means I have 20 to go. I was cleared to work out but don't have time for the gym quite yet so on nice days I've been taking charlotte for a long stroll. I haven't lost much more though because our fantastic friends have brought food every other night since she came home from the hospital. I'm most definitely not complaining about this in the least. As are more than grateful!!  I've feasted with reckless abandon and only feel a teensy bit bad about it. After easter I think I will tighten that up too since I will be cooking for us again. The only other interesting thing I'd like to remember for the future is that the line down my belly is starting to fade from the outside in, meaning areas covered by a bikini are now gone but it's loud and proud still down my tummy. That's opposite of what I would like but I'm really just glad it's going away. Also my rings still are tight some days and that's annoying. Oh and at first my eyes seemed messed up but that's gone now too. It's a crazy ride, this mom business, but it's so much fun. My mom keeps telling me to chill and not worry about figuring everything out because the minute I do, it will change. Nothing has been further from the truth this week note to self: listen to your mother!! 


Here is her one month picture!

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