Alexander: 2 Weeks

So apparently this has become a baby blog.  It might be slightly more entertaining than my lame attempt to cook and show you what I ate for dinner.  Speaking of, I actually did cook last night.  My mom is still here so it’s been easier to get things done (and nap)!  I made this Stir Fried Cabbage, Tofu and Red Pepper recipe.  I’ve made this a handful of times and it’s easy to throw together and tastes good.  No picture because cooking was a big enough challenge.  Okay, not really, I just didn’t take a picture.

I’m a little late in this update.  Alexander is 16 days old.

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He’s definitely woken up in the past few days.  When we first brought him home, it was sleep, sleep, sleep.  Not so much anymore.  He still sleeps a lot (annoyingly, mostly during the day and he’s wide awake at night), but he has much longer periods of alertness.  Our highlight of the week was going to the pediatrician for a weight check.  Just like in pregnancy, I’m slightly obsessed with how he grows.  It might be unhealthy of me, but I just want to make sure my baby is growing well outside of the womb since he wasn’t inside.

Good news on the growth front – he’s up to 5lbs, 7 oz.  He was 4lbs, 15 oz at birth so that’s a half pound gained in two weeks.  So that’s exciting.  What was not so exciting was that I realized that I packed my diaper bag full of stuff to go to the pediatrician, but managed to not bring any diapers.  And of course, he peed all over himself and the scale when they weighed him.

We had some visitors today – Heather and her 2 month old son Allston came over.  Alex was a cranky pants the whole time.  Though right now, they are very different sizes, the babies are only a month and a half apart in age, so we’re hoping that they’ll be fast friends when they are older.

Sleeping has been okay.  Like I said, my mom is still here, so that’s been very helpful because she’s been taking some of the night time feedings.  Jason works overnights so I’m kind of scared of what it’ll be like when my mom leaves and I have to do the entire night alone.  So, speaking of feeding and my last post…

I gave up breastfeeding.  I felt some (okay, a lot of) guilt about it, but after talking to my OB at my 2-week follow-up appointment, I realized that it just wasn’t worth it.  I was driving myself crazy for a very little amount of milk.  For whatever reason, I just wasn’t producing the milk that I should have been.

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12 Responses to Alexander: 2 Weeks

  1. Just went back and read your bfeeding post. I’m SO SO SO sorry that you’ve had to go through the milk problems – not cool. I just want to encourage you to leave the guilt behind and be the best mama you can be. Stress and guilt and expectations can rob you of the present joy that you can feel. You’re a great mama, I just know it!

  2. Good for you. Not worth all of the stress! Glad you’re able to get some sleep with your Mom there. Hes such a cutie! Yayy for the weight gain!!

  3. No guilt! You tried and it didn’t work. Alexander is so loved and is going to grow and thrive just as much on formula as he would on breastmilk. I hope he gets his days and nights straightened out soon. Thanks for the update–I love reading about your little guy. He’s so adorable!!

  4. I love the baby blogging! And so glad that he’s growing well–that’s a lot of progress!

  5. I’m so glad he’s doing well. Normally baby blogging bores me, but I enjoy yours. Your honesty is refreshing. :)

  6. He’s growing like a champ!!! I love reading these updates :) I am glad you gave up on breast feeding for now, despite the guilt. Seems like the right thing to do. xo

  7. I’m SO glad he’s growing so well – I also obsess about W’s weight, ugh.

  8. You’re doing great Mama!

  9. I like the baby blogging. :) Glad to hear Alex is growing well. And don’t worry about the breastfeeding. Everyone is different and you do what’s best for you.

  10. Kristen @ The Concrete Runner

    Nothing to feel guilty about! I hardly produced any milk and had to supplement very early on. Some people just don’t produce milk like they should – and that’s ok. You tried and that’s commendable because it is really freaking hard! So glad he’s growing so well!

  11. aw he is adorable! I love the baby blogging and updates so keep it up! I am so glad everything is going well and he is growing like a champ!

  12. It was so great meeting Alex!! It’s funny how different in size they look now but just wait until they’re 1 year old and things even out. It’ll feel like there was never a difference!!

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