Tuesday, February 28, 2012

6 Weeks Old Picture

We survived our first day of Day Care for Eli yesterday.  I made it through the work day without too much pain and Eli handled Day Care like a champ.  They told us he had slept on and off most of the day and had met lots of new people.  Apparently everybody loved his hair. (I can't say I'm surprised... Everywhere we go people comment on that head full of hair.) 

When we got him home last night he was so tuckered out that he slept hard all evening and most of the night.  I think it's going to take him a few days to get adjusted to this new schedule.  Maybe by next week he won't be so worn out at the end of the day and he'll decide to wake up and play with Mommie and Daddy some.

Here's the picture I promised yesterday.  Napping while I finished getting ready for his first day at Day Care. 

6 weeks old - First day at Day Care

Monday, February 27, 2012

6 weeks old - Back to Reality

Today my baby boy is 6 weeks old and life changed again.   This morning at 6:30 am I dropped him at the day care on my way to work.  I then proceeded to cry the entire drive to work knowing that there was really no reason for me to be so sad and that he would be just fine without me.  Getting adjusted to this next new phase is hard.  My 6 weeks at home with him passed so very quickly.  I now find myself in an unusual situation... I've spent the whole day waiting anxiously for 4 pm so that I could go home and hold him. 

It's now after 3 pm so I've almost made it through my first day.  I've done really well and stayed pretty focused on my tasks so that the day would pass quicker.  I've also managed not to cry while at the office though a couple times I wanted to.  I felt better after I called at 10 this morning and the lady at the day care said they were having a good day and he was sleeping in the pack and play.  Apparently he's better for them than for me because I've had a hard time getting him to sleep anywhere except in my arms. 

I'm hoping tomorrow it will be a little easier and then even easier every day after that to leave him in the mornings.  My nighttime goal is to be prepared enough to plan the following day's supper so that I can enjoy my time with him when I get home.  Tonight we have black bean soup in the crockpot to go home to.  I'm thinking about doing a roast for tomorrow night if it's thawed.  If not, I'll come up with something else.  Hopefully by bedtime tonight I'll have us all ready for tomorrow.  Sucessfully getting out of the house in the mornings is going to require a lot of discipline, planning, and organization.  The first day is over so it is all downhill from here.

I did take a photo to commemorate his 6 week birthday and first day of day care today but I didn't have time to get it off my camera this morning.  Until I do, I'll share this picture I took at our doctor's appointment last week. 

My sweetheart - 5 wks 2 days, 10 lbs 10.5 oz

Friday, February 24, 2012

5 Weeks Old - Our Last Week Together

Today Eli is 5 weeks old.  This week is bittersweet as it marks the last week of my maternity leave.  It has gone by so quickly in some ways though at time the days seemed to last forever. 

I'm both dreading and looking forward to returning to work next week.  I love my job and am really excited to get back in the office and feel like a productive member of society again.  I'm also looking forward to having a schedule and a reason to get up and get dressed in the morning.  Lastly, I'm looking forward to having some adult company on a regular basis and to feeling like an intelligent person again. 

I'm dreading losing my morning (and sometimes afternoon) nap and having to suffer through days completely exhausted thanks to those midnight feedings.  But mostly, I'm dreading the thought of leaving my little man with someone else and not being able to hold him all day if that's what I want to do.  This doesn't come as a shock to anyone I'm sure, but I struggle with letting others help because I have this feeling that my way is the only way to do things.  (I know this is not accurate but it is how I feel.)  I've tried very hard over the last 6 weeks not to be critical of others when they were helping for Eli and if anyone reading this has fallen victim to my Type A personality I'd like to appologize.  I try to remember that my way is not the only way to care for a child and that any other person who is helping care for Eli is doing so out of love and their way will work as well.  I admit that I struggle to remember this at times. 

As far as Eli goes, he is still in a bit of a needy phase.  Most days he won't nap unless he is being held and occasionally no one but me will suffice.  Along the same lines, at night he won't sleep unless he is lying in bed with myself and Brian and cuddled right up against one of us.  (So much for my promises that our children would never sleep in our bed.)  He eats about 4 oz of formula every 3-4 hours now except at night when sometimes he'll eat much, much, more before going to bed.  He typically sleeps about 4 hours at night before waking up to eat.  For this I am very thankful and hopeful that we can stretch that sleep to 5-6 hours in the near future as we work our way up to sleeping through the night. 

My favorite thing to do right now is watch him sleep or more accurately, watch him wake up.  When he is just about to wake up he'll arch his back so much that his little booty almost meets his head and he'll throw his arms and legs out as far as he can to get the best stretch possible.  Then he'll raise his eyebrows as if he is trying to use them to pull his eyes open but just can't seem to get those eyelids up.  This little routine is usually done a few times before he is actually awake.  Once he's awake he's moving his mouth like a little bird signaling that he's ready to eat.  If we're quick enough we can get the bottle ready before the screaming starts.  If not, he lets us know that he isn't happy with our delay.  Regardless, it's rediculously cute. 

So that about sums it up for now.  Below is a picture taken today when he is 5 weeks old.  He's already getting so big and showing so much personality.  What a sweet little man.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

4 Weeks Old

On Monday Feb 13 Eli was 4 weeks old. At 4 weeks Eli is averaging eating about 4 oz of formula every 3 or 4 hours. He usually goes to sleep about 10 pm and sleeps about 4-5 hours before waking up to eat then sleeps another 2-3 hours. 

We seem to be going through a needy phase because he doesn't sleep longer than about 15 minutes unless he is being held.  For that reason, he is currently sleeping in the bed with Mom and Dad just so that we can all get some rest.  So much for the thoughts of keeping babies out of our bed. 

We've had a crazy week. Last Tuesday night Deb and Grannyy Reba came to visit and spent Wednesday with us.  It was great to have the extra hands and gave me time to get some things done that I'd been meaning to do.  Brian had to go do his drills for the Air Guard Thursday through Sunday so we spent some time on our own.  But Deb came back over the weekend to stay with Eli while I went to a funeral Saturday.  Sunday Eli and I had to go to a birthday party then got home just in time to welcome daddy home.  Thus far, this week is going pretty well.  We've backed up to trying to get out of bed around 6 am since we only have this week and next before I go back to work.  Hopefully we'll both be adjusted to early mornings again by the time that rolls around.

Well that's aboout it for us. We hope you have a great week.

12 hrs old

4 weeks old

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Road Trip

This weekend we took Eli on his first road trip. We went Saturday night to stay with Brian's dad and then had lunch Sunday with Frankie's family.  We had intended to stay with Eli's Uncle Woo on Sunday night to watch the Superbowl but a night away from home proved too much for all three of us so we came on home.  Brian had planned on being off today (Monday) anyway so he took the day to recoup and nurse his cold.

Overall, the trip was a good one.  Eli slept the whole drive down and the whole drive back.  He did pretty well visiting with his grandparents, but being in a strange place he didn't sleep at all.  That meant that mommie and daddy didn't sleep either.  I think the big family gathering was a little more than Eli could handle this soon too.  After about an hour of the chaos, he was worn out and getting sore from being held too much.  So, I took him into a quiet room and laid him on a couch so that he could stretch out and take a little nap.  Then when we decided to drive on home that afternoon Eli slept the rest of the way home. 

Sunday night we stayed on the couch and watched the super bowl then promptly went to bed.  Eli did pretty well but was a little over tired and was up every 1.5 hours or so.  Monday morning Eli and Brian both woke up sick.  Eli had a runny nose and was fussy all day and cried any time I put him down.  Brian had to take some cold medicine and keep on going but since he was sick I didn't want him making Eli worse.  So we had to ban Daddy from helping Monday which meant that I was left on my own with a fussy baby.  Monday I held Eli all day because he was feeling puny.  Monday night, he was still kind of stopped up so he and I slept on the couch with him on my chest so that I could keep his head elevated and keep him breathing easier.  Fortunately by Tuesday he was feeling better and we had a pretty normal day.  Now it's Wednesday and other than some occasional sneezing you wouldn't know anything was wrong with him. 

So after a couple of days to recover life is back to normal.  But now Eli and I are preparing for Brian to go away for 4 whole days.  We've got some plans and we've got some down time to rest and recover planned.  We'll try to check in again after our big weekend.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Eli's First Real Bath

It's taken me almost a week to write this post but last week Eli had his first real bath. On Tuesday the last of his umbilical cord fell off so Wednesday Feb 2 was bath day. Eli liked the real bath a little better than the sponge bath but he still isn't crazy about the whole thing.