Thursday, February 21, 2008

2 week appointment

Great news! JJ is doing fantastic - his weight is back to his birth weight (8lbs 5 oz) and the doc says we can move to exclusive breastfeeding now. Hooray! Even better, we don't have to keep waking him up every 2-3 hours to feed him. I'm hoping he'll decide sleeping through the night is a good idea :)
My appointment also went well. I'm cleared to start walking and doing light yoga (as long as it doesn't involve any ab work). Still not allowed to lift anything heavier than the baby or drive. Sigh.
Life with a newborn has definitely been an experience. The sleep deprivation makes everything kind of fuzzy and frustrating - normal decisions (like what to have for lunch) seem like some sort of insurmountable horror. Thank goodness my parents are here helping out. Actually, I should say, doing everything since "helping out" doesn't really cover it. Mom has cooked every meal, done all the laundry, changed sheets on the bed, dusted, vacuumed...it's a life saver! And Dad has helped John with all sorts of big lifting chores around the house while still working. They both watch JJ when I need a nap. I don't know how I'd've survived this long without all this help.

The most unexpected thing so far is my near terror that the boy will stop breathing while sleeping. He's in our bedroom in his bassinet next to my side of the bed and sometimes I wake up just to check and make sure he's still ok. I don't know why I am so worried about this, but I really am. The doctor says he doesn't have any of the risk factors - I wish I could stop worrying so much.

2 comments:

Joanna said...

Hi Beks - This brings back so many memories. You are doing an awesome job. Just to let you know, with my girls and even my grandsons, I constantly woke up to check on them to see if they were still breathing. I'm surprised women don't age from lack of sleep for the first few years!! I think it's not only wanting to make sure they are OK but also just part of being in love with your kids and wanting to take in every little moment. They grow so fast.

BeccaD4wn said...

Joanna,
Wise words! I'm pretty sure I have all sorts of new grey hairs from worrying about things that are totally normal (the OMG, what is THAT!?!?! syndrome of new motherhood)
Even so, I wish he could stay little longer. He's already getting so big...