Tuesday, July 3, 2012

7 weeks

- Reflux continues to be frustrating. I'm not sure if the baby Zantac ever really helped as much as it should have, and if it did he has already outgrown his dosage. We are back to the fussy feedings and I just hate knowing he's in pain. : ( I have a call into the pediatrician about it.

- I keep remembering little details about my birth experience (like the blood pressure cuff being stuck around my elbow and the anesthesiologist trying to move it for me during surgery) that I never recorded anywhere. I get really panicky when this happens. I want to remember every second of that day. Even now I look at photos from the hospital and it seems a world away, not just 7 weeks.

- I have given up trying to use the bassinet at all and now we're just straight-up co-sleeping. I'm going to try to talk to the pediatrician about this next week at his 8 week checkup. I'm wondering if the reflux isn't a prime reason he's so comfortable on my chest, or sleeping next to me, which keeps him just slightly angled toward my body.

- One thing I never wrote on here is that we did go through with our decision not to circumcise Alex. And holy hell, was there a backlash for that. My parents were very upset, especially my dad, and my mom had a "talk" with me in the hospital to make sure I was "thinking clearly". Pretty much every single person who visited us asked when he'd be circumcised and if he'd had it done yet, so we had to explain that no, he hadn't been and he wouldn't be. It wasn't very fun being immediately put on the defensive when my baby was 72 hours old!

- We have been using the cloth diapers for a week and a half now. It's going very well. We started out with the shorter inserts and have since switched to the longer ones, and we haven't had any more leaks. Full disclosure - we are using disposables at night for more absorbency, because we still have NB size left and didn't want them to go to waste, and also to stretch my stash a bit right now. I have 25 BG 4.0s and can go three days if we use the disposables at night. I also have 5 Fuzzibunz but I haven't used those and I'm thinking of selling them - not sure yet. The cloth is a lot of laundry, but it's actually easier than I anticipated.

- I go back to work in 5 weeks and have no pants that button.

- Sunday night, Alex went 4.5 hours and then 4 hours between feedings. It was amazing. Last night he had a 4 hr 45 min stretch, and then went back to 2.5 hours. Let's hope he continues to have these 4ish hour stretches, because they're amazing!


TurtleMama said...

Lulu - thanks for the words of encouragement. Sounds like things are going well for you and your little one. Good for you for sticking to your guns regarding the circumcision. That is such a tough thing and it really should not be. I wonder if I was thinking clearly when we decided to go ahead and do it. Good to hear that cloth diapering is going well. Probably going to start that in a couple of weeks - He was 9 lbs today! Let us know what your ped says about co-sleeping.

TurtleMama said...

Lulu - your post reminded me of something about my labor that I had forgotten - that damn BP cuff! I thought I was going to lose my mind because it was so freaking tight on my arm! ha - I guess I had blocked it out. Hope you are having a great first fourth with your little one!

Alex said...

I hate that you had to justify your circumcision decision to everyone. He's your child!!!

That's awesome about the cloth diapers going so well. I like the idea of cloth, but could never take the plunge. And I knew there's no way I could get the hubs to help out with laundry, especially poopy diapers...

Sorry about the pants. You can keep using stuff like belly bands and rubberbands! I did for awhile!

That's awesome about the 4 hour stretches. They make all the difference in the world! Hang in there - you're doing great!!!