Saturday, September 24, 2011
Not too long ago I looked like this sitting at my desk. The view is a little different these days. :)
Finn is such a good baby. He sleeps so well & doesn't need to be held in order to sleep. So he hasn't been in our bed much at all. Which means that I've been able to sleep pretty hard. Not having to worry about where he is in the bed. I'm actually somewhat enjoying late night feedings with him. Well, when I can keep my eyes open it's pretty enjoyable. It's like my own little love fest with him. I get to snuggle him & breathe him in while the rest of the house is quiet & still & it's pretty special. I start feeling pretty mushy sometimes during those late night feedings. I feel so full of love for my little baby & for my bigger babies & for my hot husband. :) I'm pretty sure that I'm the luckiest girl in the world. :)
I am amazed at the human body. I can't believe how quickly it heals. I am feeling pretty good. So good that I am taking less & less of my pain meds. I still have to remind myself that I just had major surgery just over a week ago. Sometimes I push myself too hard & I feel it later.
Breastfeeding is a full time job. Seems like that's all I do these days. Breastfeeding has always been pretty difficult for me. We gave Sadie a bottle pretty early on & it was impossible to get her to breastfeed after that. She was no dummy. She wanted her food the quick & easy way. With Claire, I breastfed her for a couple months but she failed to gain weight. They call it "failure to thrive". So she switched to formula. With Finn, I have been so determined to make breastfeeding work! Luckily he's a good little eater. I took him to the doctor last week for a weight check & he had lost one pound which is more than they like to see, so were are doing a little supplementing with formula. I've been so worried that introducing the bottle will make him turn against me. So far that's not the case & we are hoping that we can bump his weight back up quickly.
Some things I don't want to forget:
Both of the girls loved their big sister bags that I gave them in the hospital. They took them to school the next day in their backpacks & wore their "big sister" buttons.
Sadie wants so badly for me to bring the baby into her class to show everybody.
Claire calls nipples "nibbles".
Whenever Claire is around Finn or holds him she says, "Hi Finney! It' me, big sissy!!" and she kisses his feet & his hands & his nose. I think she enjoys finally being a big sister.
Claire has been given the job of being my "bender". She bends down to pick things up off the ground for me. She takes this job pretty seriously & feels a real sense of being needed. It's so good for me because I really do need a "bender".
We say that Dylan has the magic touch with Finn. He can calm him down like nobody else...besides me. I love that Finn knows both his mama & his daddy. It is adorable to see Dylan with his baby. He is so in love with Finn.
Dylan gets 2 weeks of paternity leave & it has been amazing to have him around. I am so much less stressed. Really wishing he could be around like this all the time.
I looooove having a newborn. This stage has always been pretty difficult for me. But this time around with Dylan here to help, I am less exhausted & enjoying this baby so much!