Week 5 was the first that I really felt confident about having you and keeping you alive. That’s not to say that there weren’t some tough moments, but for the first time I really started to understand you: what your different cries mean, when to move in and how to try and prevent or treat a meltdown.
Although to be honest, and at the risk of alienating all of my fellow first time mommies, you really don’t have meltdowns. Our good friends came over this week with dinner and their beautiful baby and asked — “is this fussy?” We had to laugh and admit that yes, your little grunts and quiet cries are about as bad as it gets.
There were definitely some challenges this week… My perfect bottle-taking baby all of a sudden started to realize, “Hey, why would I take the bottle when I can find the boob right here?” so we’re trying different bottles and hopefully will find one that you can tolerate, if not love.
Hey, I understand — I love our nursing time together so much. That’s going to be very difficult to give up during the day when I go to work. I really hope that you continue to breast-feed for a long, long time.
Other big news this week: you went to the cardiologist for your post-partum heart murmur check-up and again, were a total rockstar. You had to tolerate getting an EKG and you barely blinked. And the doctor says that your already-small hole is now tiny and will probably fix itself by our next appointment in 8 months. Yay for healthy hearts!
And man are you a little chunk. You’re already at 10 pounds 5 ounces and growing by the day. You used to fit perfectly on my forearm and now it takes two hands to hold you. Your feet are starting to go off the nursing pillow and you now squirm all over the changing pad. You’re now in Size 1 diapers (you can still squeeze into newborn clothes, but it’s getting very tight).
Daddy and I would like to thank you for your new skill — sleeping through the night! We have started to figure out a nighttime routine — not a schedule, because we’re very flexible on the timing — that includes bathtime, bottle, a swing nap and a dream feed. I don’t know what clicked or how long it will last, but since mid-week, you’ve been clocking 7-8 hours a night. Hallelujah!
But I think the biggest change is your personality…you’re just so dang FUN! You and I made a message for your Grammy to try and show off your new smiling and laughing skills.
We fall more in love with you by the day, kid.