Postpartum: Week 2

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Dear Aiden,

How are you already a 2 weeks old?  Grandma left yesterday because her two weeks were up and she needed to get back to her life and work.  I thought two weeks sounded like enough time, but now that they are over, I feel a little sad.

You definitely woke up this week!  Your beautiful blue eyes are constantly looking around and staring at people.  I think you love to look at your mother.  You are still very active and I think you just want to jump out of my arms and start crawling on the floor.  I’m afraid to say that will be here before we know it.  I’m just trying to cuddle and rock you as much as possible right now because I know it won’t last forever.  You’re going to be a “go-er” when you get older.
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I could sit and stare at you every minute of the day.  You love to have skin-to-skin contact with me on my chest and it’s the most perfect time of the day when we do it.  It’s like the world stops and it’s just me and you.  I couldn’t be a happier mom during these times.  We mostly do this after you eat and the oxytocin is flowing through my veins letting me feel nothing but unconditional love.

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You are getting better at eating each day, but sometimes you still like to fall asleep on the boob or sometimes just feed for about 10 minutes.  It worries me, but I know you and I can figure this out and you’ll take what you need.  We went to your two week doctor’s visit a few days early and everything looks great.  The doctor thinks your healthy as can be and there are no problems.  You gained 2 ounces this week weighing 8 lbs. 4 ounces.  They would like you to gain 0.5 ounces each day, so we’ve been feeding every 2 hours during the day and about every 3.5-4 hours during the night.  I mostly wait for your cues, but I won’t let you go longer than that.  We need a big and strong boy!  At the doctor’s office, they did your second newborn screen and had to poke your heel again.  You wailed and let out a real tear.  It made mommy tear up too.  I hated seeing you in pain.  It broke my heart!  We nursed right after that and you were a happy boy again really soon.

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I was feeling really tired at the beginning and middle parts of the week, but then I decided not to wake you up all night to feed and we starting getting 4 hour spurts of sleep.  That made the world of difference!  I felt like a new person and was able to actually get up during the day and go for an outing.  You love your sleep (just like mommy!).  My body is starting to feel more back to normal.  I am feeling less sore and can move around better.  This might be TMI, but at the beginning of the week, I had a big membranous piece of tissue that made it’s way out of me still.  I was scared and called the midwife who reassured me right away.  Since then there has been no problems.  My stomach is still deflating a tiny bit more each day.  I have lost about 20 of the 38-ish lbs. I gained during pregnancy.  I feel better, but still can’t fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans (even the bigger sized ones).  I’m okay with that though.  I know it’ll happen someday.  For now, you get to see me in yoga pants everyday!  I got to stop taking the lovenox at the end of the week, but still have to be on coumadin until 6 weeks postpartum.  I’m still doing either acupuncture or moxa on myself nearly everyday.

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We went for a 10 minute walk with you in the Baby Ergo carrier.  It was really windy, so we came home early, but I think you liked it!  I can see us spending lots of time like that.

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Your Aunt Brittany and Uncle Dave came to visit you this weekend and you loved both of them as well!  We had grandma and Brittany’s birthday party which you slept right through.

That’s about it for the weekly recap.

Daddy and I are so in love!

Love,

Mommy

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