Wow, so our little man has spent a whole month in the big wide world and what a crazy few weeks it has been! There have been lots of smiles and laughter but also tears and stresses. Mostly it has been caused by sleep deprivation but unfortunately we have spent more time in hospital and at the Doctors surgery than we would have liked. I will share more about that when I update you about the birth, our experience with breastfeeding and tongue tie but it is safe to say that it has been tough.
So, enough with the doom and gloom and more about Heath! He was 7lb 12oz (3.52kg) at birth and was 9lb 9oz (4.5kg) on Friday 5th December and I’m really not surprised. He only lost 3 percent of his birth weight and regained it by day 5. Even with a tongue tie so he couldn’t latch well he was determined to feed which contrasts drastically from what Annabelle was like in the early days. But then again, he has been very different to her in so many respects. He lets the whole neighbourhood know when he’s hungry or having his nappy changed, which he hates, where as Belle was easily distracted by music and toys.
At one month Heath is:
- Wearing size 0-3 months. His newborn clothes are snug.
- He feeds every 1-3 hours.
- He sleeps for up to 4 hours at a time.
- He smiles a lot, mainly in his sleep, but also fidgets A LOT.
- His eyes are blue.
- He has cute tuffs of hair at the nape of the neck and around his ears.
- He still loves cuddles and being swaddled.
- We haven’t really established a routine yet as things have been quite hectic and because he feeds on demand.
A little bit about me…
My recovery has been quite slow and I haven’t healed as well post-surgery. I had an emergency caesarean, as with Annabelle, but have needed antibiotics and diclofenac this time to help things along.
I now weigh 132lbs/60kg. At week 40 of my pregnancy I was 154/70kg. The weight I have lost has only been through breastfeeding as I haven’t been dieting or exercising nor do I plan to for the foreseeable future. Firstly because it is not safe to do so but secondly because my stomach muscles separated either during pregnancy or labour and I would need the doctor to say that it is OK.
Emotionally, I’m feeling stronger with each passing day. Sometimes (the nights in particular) it does feel like groundhog day, when there are a relentless number of nappy changes, hourly feeds and cabin fever, but this is so short-term. Soon he will begin to sleep for longer (so we can sleep longer) and become more interactive (and hence more fun). That’s not to say I won’t be sad as we don’t plan to have any more children so never again will we have the cute little fingers and toes, the newborn baby scent and that feeling of contentment when they sleep soundly on your chest until we have grandchildren… but that’s a whole different story!
Thank you for reading and please stay tuned for Heath’s birth story and my breastfeeding experience which I will share when I have a bit more time. Bx