Three Week Check In: Chase
Chase is up almost two pounds from his birth weight and he’s gaining some adorable little rolls that I cannot help but kiss every day. He absolutely loves to eat and eats often. Right now we’re feeding on demand which means sometimes I’m feeding him every hour when he seems to want to snack more than eat a full meal, but he’s typically eating every two hours or so.
Earlier this week we began to implement supervised tummy time on Chase’s activity mat!
Chase seems to love being on his belly and we have a little too much fun watching him pick up his head and move it from left to right. (If you would’ve told me that watching a baby move their head would’ve amused me before I became a mom, I would’ve thought you were crazy. Now it’s basically the best thing ever. Oh how things have changed!) It seems to take all of his effort and his little grunts and coos are so entertaining.
Also entertaining? Sadie!
Her whole being wanted to be involved in our first round of tummy time and she took every opportunity to bring us toys to try to distract us and turn our attention onto her instead of Chase.
With every day that passes, Sadie is getting more and more used to her little brother. She still doesn’t love his crying (she moves to the opposite end of the couch when he starts wailing) but she’s also started checking on him when he starts to stir in his Rock n’ Play. I’m so impressed with how she’s handling everything!
I’ve already seen such a big change in Chase’s level of alertness since we brought him home from the hospital. The first few days were filled with sleeping and eating, but now Chase has longer spells where he loves to just be awake! He needs constant entertainment when he’s awake and seems to love bouncing, swinging on the swing outside, silly face games and kisses. He isn’t smiling yet (I can’t wait for this!), but he has a million different facial expressions that amuse us to no end. I love his big open-mouth face and pursed lips most!
(And yes, Chase is constantly naked – with the exception of his diaper – because we keep our house rather warm and it’s still quite hot in Charlotte… Plus, I’m a little too obsessed with skin-to-skin time!)
Ryan and I have been playing a nightly game with Chase where we’ll ask him a question and then turn his face toward the other person. I’ll say something like, “Chase, do you love Daddy?” and turn his face toward Ryan and we’ll crack up because his facial expression will inevitably be a scowl, furrowed brow, serious stink eye or a judgmental baby face…
File this game under “Games That Would Only Entertain New Parents.”
Three Week Check In: Julie
As for how I am doing, all is well over here! For the first two weeks, I feel like I was riding the new baby adrenaline high. I felt so happy and some how the crazy exhaustion I read about eluded me, but by Monday and Tuesday this week, I was hit was some serious tiredness.
I suppose never sleeping for more than two hours at a time was bound to catch up to me eventually! I wish I was better about napping during the day when Chase naps, but I cannot seem to get myself to sleep and tend to use his nap time to blog, check emails and get stuff done around the house, but perhaps I’ll eventually be sleepy enough to have to nap during the day at some point. I have a feeling that would help me a lot!
(The above pic was snapped on one of the three days where I actually took the time to do my hair and makeup since Chase was born. And yes, I’m in my pajamas. All day every day. The fact that I’m even wearing a t-shirt is a small victory since it seems like I spend most of my days in a nursing bra or topless right now!)
Our daily routine around here almost always includes a walk with Sadie and Chase in the morning before the heat of the day sets in. If feeding works out well and we’re able to get out super early, Ryan will join us before work which makes me love our walk time even more.
Since I wasn’t able to walk for several weeks toward the end of my pregnancy due to sacroiliac pain, the ability to spend time outside walking with my little gang is so special to me. Plus, my walks are basically the only time I get out of the house, so they help a lot with cabin fever, too. (Also, all of my hip and lower back pain went away completely after birth! It was amazing.)
My body seems to be healing fairly well (I had two stitches post-delivery) and I’m doing my best to keep myself fueled with mostly healthy food. I’ve been a snack machine between meals (I’m attributing this to breastfeeding hunger) and feel like I’m eating my bodyweight in nuts, nut butter, trail mix and fresh and dried fruit. I am so grateful to my mom for her help during these first few weeks as she’s dedicated a lot of time to making all of us delicious and nutritious meals. (You guys were so right about encouraging her to come ASAP after Chase was born. She has been amazing not only for her help with Chase and around the house but also for her support and company.)
I’ve received a few questions from you guys about whether I’ll be documenting my “Body After Baby” progress or anything like that and it’s just not something that interests me so it’s not something I’m planning to recap weekly or monthly on the blog. I did weigh myself this morning so I had something to share with those who are curious and I’m down about 15 pounds since delivering Chase. Since I gained a little more than 25 pounds during my pregnancy (I think I was up to 28-ish pounds at 38 weeks?), I still have some weight to lose, but that is obviously to be expected and I’m not really doing much to help the process along right now since it’s just not a priority as all of my energy and focus is on Chase, breastfeeding and recovery. I’d eventually like to get back down to a weight where I feel more comfortable and confident, but I’m giving myself plenty of grace and time to get there right now. Slow and steady!
And I think that brings us up to date! I hope you guys are having a great Thursday so far!