Day 17

Day 17 of newborn parenting … the grandparents have left and it is just the four of us again.  Five if you count the dog.  Which I should.  But he is just so darn well-behaved and quiet, sometimes we forget he’s here with us.  He’s just that good a dog. 

As you can see, my mind is beginning to wander.  Off.  I’m getting sleep … in 1-2 hour increments.  I’m getting enough to eat … and starting to gain back the baby weight I miraculously lost the first 2 weeks.  I’m getting … aw, shucks, I’m getting tired.

Little Bear is a voracious eater.  He’s very good at it, and eating brings him both joy and solace.  Whatever his issue — gas in his belly, solid waste that needs to come out, hunger, just the crankies — it can be fixed with a quick nurse.  But — and this is a big but — he then needs to be held upright for 30-45 minutes so it doesn’t come back up.  He spits up.  A bit.  Not enough that I need to change his clothes or anything (I’m getting really good at catching it with a cloth diaper), but enough so that I’m afraid he’d choke if he spit up lying down.

Oh, and did I mention that when he spits up it spews out his nose?  Each. And. Every. Time.  They say there’s nothing odd about that, but really? 

Grampa says it’s just that Little Bear really likes his jokes.

My point, and I do have one, is that when you have a baby who eats for 30 minutes, sits up afterward for 45 minutes, and then needs to be fed 2-3 hours after the feeding began, there’s not a lot of time in edgewise for naps.  For me, I mean. 

This too shall pass.  But in the meantime, it’s making it awfully hard for me to finish that proposal I’m writing.


2 Responses to Day 17

  1. Amy says:

    I wonder if you could nurse him while lying down? At least then you could rest (I just simply can’t sleep with my daughter nursing, the sensation of it is too much – I don’t even like for one part of my body to be touching another when I’m sleeping, much less to have someone sucking on me!!), and sit up afterwards. Or maybe you could figure out a way for HIM to sit up, while you remain lying down?

    The whole world shifted and angels sang when I finally figured out how to nurse lying down… I finally started getting enough rest (not sleep, necessarily, but rest).

    Maybe a sling in the “tummy to tummy” position would make things easier when you’re up and around – I just got one from, and I love it! Can’t wait to try it with the new baby. The old baby loves it! It would leave two hands free for typing, and meanwhile Little Bear is getting lots of snuggle time. Or a swing that sits up enough that he won’t choke if he does spit up? My kiddo spent WAY too much time in her swing – it was the only place she would sleep for a long, long time.

    I know what you mean about being more grateful this time. I had PPD after MG was born, and I was a mess. I missed a lot of good stuff because I felt lousy. I want to be more grateful this time, too.

  2. whymommy says:

    Lump. In. My. Throat.

    Thanks, Amy. Lying down is a great idea; I just have to figure out how to do it properly while elevating my newborn’s head. It’s a bit tricky — as I know you know!

    We tried the sling this weekend. I love it, he loves it, but I need to do some PT before my back will love it ….

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