Sunday, August 10, 2008

Family Time

1 Month and 3 Days

Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott

Yesterday I asked my husband for one full day where he didn’t have to be out of the house for non baby related stuff. He obliged.

Today is the day where I hope we as a family can spend together, I can get some extra support and help and maybe, just maybe, we can take our first family photo together. It didn't happen but a frustrations and arguments over it did.

Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott

I’ve been pumping consistently every three hours so far and I hope to continue this trend today. With an extra pair of arms, I may be able to which hopefully will increase my milk production.

Last night we tag teamed with the sleeping and eating. We are trying to teach BG how to go to sleep by herself. We know that around 6-8 weeks, she should be able to sleeper for a longer stretch and we don’t want this stretch to be in our arms all night.

I started with a nap yesterday. I put her on the bouncer, put the lullaby cd on and everytime she cried for attention I quietly spoke to her, letting her know I was near. I’d rub her tummy or touch her but I didn’t pick her up. After 5-6 times, her cries became softer and were reduced in length. She finally fell asleep for 45 minutes.

Then last night, DH put her in the Boppy to sleep next to him after her 11pm meal. She awoke at 4am hungry. She didn’t cry but was rooting. We quietly changed her diaper, swaddled her and gave her a big 3 oz bottle of breast milk. She drank it and started falling asleep. Just before she was in the land of nod, we gently put her in her crib. We really didn’t burp so there was a lot of spit up but we knew burping would get her to be fully awake.

She’s also learning to sleep on her back for longer stretchs of time which makes mom feel that much better.

I know this is just the beginning but I really hope if we can tag team like this and get her to sleep by herself and on her back, as a family, we will all get a better night’s rest.

Cute story, DH played ‘This little piggy’ for the first time with BG. As he finished his ‘wee wee wee all the way home’ part, she let out the loudest poop we had ever heard. The comedic timing was brilliant.

After church, I met DH, the doggies and BG at the park. We did out Vitamin D walk. Instead of the yucky tummy hurting, smelly and clothes staining drops we do 15-20 minute walks almost daily. DH performed another al fresco diaper change and then I went to the grocery store to pick up eggs for Sunday pancake breakfast.

Having DH home for one day has made it so much less stressful for me. While I breastfed, he cleared the dishwasher and started another load for me. While I made breakfast, he swaddled and got BG ready for her nap. While I pumped, he cleaned and prepped bottles and nipples for me.

I am not sure if he realizes how helpful this really is to me but it is. I think BG even realizes this as she is sleeping more now than she usually does with just me or just DH.