My sweet baby Jack is one month old today! I would say the time has gone by so fast (which it has), but it also feels like he has been with us forever, and I can't imagine life without him anymore.
He is still nursing like a freaking champ! I am making tons of milk which I am very, very, very grateful for! Our freezer is starting to look like a small dairy farm haha, so that's great. Nursing this time around has been 10x less painful than it was with Piper at the beginning. It definitely hasn't been pain free, but with Piper I would cry because it hurt so bad, and get anxious the closer it got to each feeding. I don't know if it's because I know HOW to breastfeed now (and what a GOOD latch feels like), or if my chest is like...tougher now haha. Is that a thing? Whatever it is, I feel very lucky that things have all gone smoothly so far.
If he is awake, then he's mostly likely got a scowl on his face haha. He had this furrowed brow from the second he was placed on my chest in the hospital. Such a grumpy little fella.
As far as sleep goes...man, this stage is tough. We've had a couple great nights of 5-5.5 hour stretches, and a few nights where he seems to think it's party time. It's not, Jack. Piper started sleeping 7 hour stretches at 4 weeks old, so I was kind of expecting him to do the same, but turns out she was just a abnormally great sleeper haha. All things considered though, he's doing pretty well! He goes right back to sleep after a night feeding now which makes it easier, and we're down to 1-2 night feedings!
I love how he is getting more and more alert throughout the day. He turns his head when he hears our voices, and you'd think he'd turn away from Piper (considering how much she harasses him), but he always "looks" for her when her voice (aka her screams) appear.
Those first couple of weeks he was just sooo sleepy, and would fall asleep whenever, wherever. He's definitely starting to get quite particular and it's hard to get him to sleep if I'm not holding and rocking him. It makes things a little tricky with Piper in the picture, so my SollyWrap has become my BFF. I love having him close to me, and getting in all the cuddles, while also being able to have my hands free for Pipes.
**Side note: I can't believe how similar Piper and Jack look. She looked more girly and he definitely looks like a boy, but they have a lot of the same features!
I'm still eating and drinking like a mad women thanks to nursing! Pregnancy hunger is absolutely nothing in comparison to the breastfeeding hunger! It never ends. I'm eating lots of food that are good for milk supply, along with lots of quality nutrients to make sure both Jack and I are getting the very best.
Still no working out over here. Just a daily walk outside along with pelvic floor strengthening exercises to help my body recover. I'm at the point now where I'm getting excited to workout again. After I had Jack, exercising was the VERY last thing I wanted to do. Now that I'm feeling a little more human, I'm excited to incorporate that outlet because it makes me feel more like myself.
This week I've felt kind of "off" and down for no specific reason. I thought I'd skipped the whole baby blues thing, but I guess it took a couple of weeks for all those hormones to catch up to me! All I know it that it is TOTALLY normal to go through this after having a baby. Things that help me, as silly as it sounds, is getting ready every day (even just changing out of sweats, or just taking a shower first thing), getting outside instead of staying cooped up all day, and talking to family about it. Like I said, it's NORMAL and okay. What's not okay is dealing with it alone.
My body is softer, with more dimples and skin than pre-pregnancy, but I made a BABY, and it took me 9 months to do so. As much as we all want to get right back to "normal" (or our new normal), it simply takes time, and I'm okay with that! My body did an amazing thing, and I love it for that.