Friday, 24 June 2011
So I've updated you on how precious she is but I haven't updated on her. For those who are interested, here is your update:
She's not a good night sleeper. This is the most important update at this moment because I am ridiculously sleep deprived. Each day I'm working on anywhere from 1-4 hours a sleep. She'll sleep in my arms or on my chest, she'll sleep in her bouncer, she'll sleep in our bed, she'll sleep on the couch, but she will NOT sleep in her bassinet. Why? I HAVE NO EFFING IDEA!
This morning though I brought her bassinet into the living room, I was determined to get her to sleep in it. She ate and I laid her down while she was sleepy. It was a no go. So I laid her on her stomach and...as if by magic...she fell asleep with no fuss.
Unfortunately it is highly recommended to use the back to sleep method, especially for newborns. The back to sleep method is that you ALWAYS put them to sleep on their back. Apparently it reduces the risk of SIDS.
I don't know why really...not yet, I plan on doing some research in a little while. But it was suggested by cafe mom that if I do put her on her stomach to sleep then buy one of these : http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2970307.
Do you see the problem though? That's a lot of money and I just spend $156 on that co-sleeper bassinet that I wanted (Jeff's grandma HATES the bassinet we have, so she lent me some money to buy another one). So yeah, I don't see me buying this monitor, but I really wish I could. If she sleeps, actually sleeps, in her bassinet on her stomach then of course I want to put the baby on her stomach! It makes her happy.
See? PASSED OUTTTTTT.
Anyways, she's not a huge crier. Don't get me wrong, she does cry and when she cries the whole world knows, but she doesn't do it too often.
She is a cuddler. She LOVES being held. It's insane. My mom was telling me today that I needed to put her down sometimes. I can't.
She's a pretty decent eater. But breastfeeding is hard. Every 2-3 hours I'm feeding her and I'm always the only one feeding her. It's frustrating. And sometimes she cluster feeds so I'll feed her and then 30 minutes later she'll want to eat again. She always seems to want to eat as soon as I sit down for dinner too.
I've forgotten how hard and demanding it is to take care of a newborn. Adding in a toddler on top of that makes it even more exhausting. I'm running on very little sleep and I'm crying most nights because I'm so tired. Jeff told me this morning to pump some today so that he can feed her at least once tonight. Regardless of how much he tends to piss me off, he is a pretty amazing husband.
How is mom other than the sleeping issues?
Pretty fantastic. I've lost all but 2lbs of my pregnancy weight and despite the no sleep I'm in pretty good spirits (most of the time). I don't feel like I have any baby blues so maybe I'll be able to avoid post pardum depression this go round.
If not though, I'll have to stop breastfeeding so I can get myself back on Lexapro. Fingers crossed and prayers said that I won't have to deal with any PPD.
My headaches are gone completely and my back is healed up. Sometimes it aches at night when I'm trying to sleep but it's not too bad, just some stiffness really.
I'm going to try and talk Jeff into going to a concert in September. My Chemical Romance and Blink 182. Could it get any better? I posted awhile back on how I've been gypped out of seeing MCR live and when Blink 182 took their time off (a.k.a. broke up for awhile), I was really depressed because I never got to see them live.
So, it's like a miracle. We'll go to either Charlotte, NC or Atlanta, GA, it's pretty much the same distance either way but I'm sure Jeff will choose ATL.
That's about it though. Emma is sleeping and Preston is quiet so I'm going to try and catch a catnap before I have to get up and finish laundry.