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One Month with Zelie

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

One Month with Zelie

Dream baby!

Dream. Bay. Bae. 

Shameless intro: We love her so much! Besides being innately cute and wonderful, she is just beginning to coo and smile at us. When awake, she is super alert and can really hold her head up well. It takes a lot for her to cry, but when she does cry, it's real tears (just like big brother). All in all, we can't imagine life without her! Blah blah blah, all those postpartum baby love hormones talking here. 

I had just three days with the two of them by myself in between Will's parents visiting and my mom visiting. It was like starting this two kids thing on training wheels. I went really well, even with Little Will sick and skipping naps. I managed to make it out of the house with both of them two of the days (Starbucks —> Target & Commissary, the usual). Big Will is working long hours (he had a discharge board and has been prepping for trial all weekend), but truly - I'd rather be taking care of two kids not pregnant, than one kid while super pregnant and uncomfortable. I really really like being not 9 months pregnant. The training wheels come off this week, though, while Will is in trial and I have these two kidlets all to myself all day. 

Sticking to the syllabus, let's talk eats, sleeps, and poops.

THE EATS.  Breastfeeding was rough for the first two weeks. Really rough. Around Christmas, I was wincing in pain (and there may have been a few tears) during the first minute or so of her marathon nursing sessions. Things took a turn at the two-week mark, when the ole nips healed. Ever since, she's been growing more and more efficient at the boob and it's wonderfulllll (especially during those middle of the night feeds). She is really easy to nurse. I was a loyal Boppy-user with Little Will, but now I never use it because she seems to actually help me out and hold herself up to the boob. (Will was just a super floppy babe. I know this to be a thing now.)

I've been feeding her on demand and she's more of a comfort nurser than Little Will was at this age, I think. I think it's in part because my oversupply isn't as bad, and partly because she just likes it. I definitely do have forceful letdown/oversupply again which leads to some coughing and choking. She only nurses from one side per session and has trouble keeping up with the flow, so she takes breaks, leading to cluster feeds. But this is usually in the mornings and evenings, so that we can run errands in the late mornings/early afternoons before Little Will's nap and all is well. 

Breastfeeding in public. I think I've nursed her more in public this first month than I did with Little Will during his entire 11 months on the boob. I've nursed her in the pew all but one Mass, I think. It's made getting out and about so much easier. I figure most people are going to be looking at the crazy toddler climbing on things, spinning around, making animal noises, rather than the discreetly nursing mom. I'm always covered anyway. Amateur lactivist that I am.

THE SLEEPS. She's been sleeping in the Rock n Play next to our bed, swaddled in the Halo, usually with the help of a pacifier. I mentioned before that at 2 weeks old she slept 7.5 hours straight. While she hasn't kept up quite the same stamina for sleep, she consistently sleeps in 3-5 hour stretches. WOOT WOOT. About 70% of the time she wakes only once between 10 and 7. And then the other 30% of the time, she'll wake twice, but usually she goes right back to sleep (and on the rare occasion she needs a diaper change or some rocking, daddy to the rescue). 

She typically takes itty bitty cat naps throughout the day in arms or in the car seat, but she'll usually have one long nap coinciding with Little Will's when I can furiously clean up toys and try and make our house not-gross. 

THE POOPS. I switched her to cloth diapers for a few days and we had a few too many blowouts out the leg holes. I figured her legs were just too skinny for the one-size all in ones we have, so I went and bought disposables. The first Pampers I put her in . . . blowout through the leg hole. Obviously. So we'll probably be back in cloth soon. (For the record, Little Will is in disposables for the rest of his diaper career.) She seems to have big poops less often rather than the stream of poop all the time that Will had (with accompanying NEVER ENDING diaper rash). AND!! She usually doesn't poop at night, which is great and means no diaper changes in the middle of the night. Dream baby, dream baby, dream baby. 

The poop section is your fave, admit it. 


// Being baptized.

// Her first pumped bottle (not a huge fan, only took 2 ounces).

// Surviving her first month at home with a sometimes curiously destructive (and contagiously sick with croup and a cold) big bro.

During our little photo shoot, Will kept running up to me with one eye shut, like he wanted to look through the camera. And touch it. And destroy it. With his crusty face.

This kid. Speaking of, here's Little Will's One Month Update. Squish.

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At January 17, 2016 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

All the feels for her one month mark. It's too soon! Also, can we get a side-by-side comparison of Zelie and Will's one month photos? I feel like they look so much alike, but also not alike at all!

At January 18, 2016 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Alyson Naville said...

So cute! Love these updates and comparing the two at one month! Do you see much of s resemblance yet? I swear they change every minute!

At January 18, 2016 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

I love reading baby updates :) I think about your family every time my son plays with the St. Zelie peg doll you made! (it's so lovely in intricate, btw.)

At January 18, 2016 at 2:51 PM , Blogger Kallah said...

I'm envious of your ability to nurse in public! So chill of you. I'm still a car nurser all the way :/

At January 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Hannah Gokie said...

The poop section is my favorite always. :) I have a feeling I'll be much more lax about nursing in public if we're blessed with #2 -- I was SO nervous to do it at all with Kate, I don't remember if I even ever did. Go you! Go second-time moms!

At January 21, 2016 at 2:49 PM , Blogger Julia @ I Camp At The Ritz said...

I'm trying to muster the enthusiasm for re-entering cloth diapering. My husband keeps asking when I'm going to switch back. I'd also like to tell Will he's in disposables from now until underwear because toddler poop is gross.


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