02 January 2012

Four Weeks, One Day

Life has been very uneventful for me the past few weeks and I am becoming more settled. There is no schedule or routine whatsoever but daily life is the same each day just at different times. She still sleeps a lot through the day but now she always wants to be held so it's impossible for me to get anything done. When she's not sleeping she wants me to bounce her on my knee or play a game called, "Guess what Baby wants" where nothing seems to please her for too long. She is a lot more high maintenance and fussy than in her younger days. There is not much of an eating pattern either. Sometimes she'll drink two ounces every three hours, then two hours later she wants four ounces, then wakes up an hour later and drinks another two ounces. At night when she sleeps she constantly grunts and sounds really uncomfortable. It's hard to sleep when you think your baby is going to wake up at any second because she isn't happy. I think it's just tummy issues linked to gas. She'll be fine once I pick her up and hold her but the second I put her down she squirms around and makes noise. We gave her her first bath tonight. I took pictures but feel a little weird posting those. I know four weeks seems like a long time for a first bath but we had to wait until her cord fell off and then finished healing. We had been giving her sponge baths til this point. She didn't mind being bathed and really didn't make a peep the whole time. Speaking of noise, two days ago she seemed to be very responsive to my mother in law while she was talking to her and she cooed and smiled back. Twice today she did this with me. It was so heart warming. I can't wait til she babbles more and is aware of the world around her. Right now she just stares off at shiny objects and seems fascinated in things that only someone on hallucinogens would find interesting. She can be a lot of work but I love my new job as a mom. She is a great deal cuter than my legitimate boss and smells better too. (For real.) I don't look forward to going back to work, that's for sure. Better soak up these next two weeks because they are going to fly by fast!

15 Thoughts :

brit January 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM  

Enjoy her, I know you will! I promise it goes by way too fast!

Gina January 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM  

If you are formula feeding have you talked to her dr about a formula switch? Right around a month Payton had the same problems and I knew it was the formula. We got the dr to agree to switching it and we tried sensitive kind and she has been fine ever since. If you are breastfeeding try changing your diet (removing dairy etc)

momto8 January 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM  

congrats! and good luck going back to work!

bchan January 3, 2012 at 12:18 AM  

Hang in there Sean!! Weeks 2-6 were the worst for us! Just remember, this too shall pass :). Never thought I would agree with that!

Jilean January 3, 2012 at 12:19 AM  

Ok that post was from me but for some reason I was logged in as my hubby! Sorry!!

Cameron Morrison January 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM  

I know exactly what you're going through. My little one is in that constantly-wanting-to-be-held stage as well. It's quite exhausting. These moments will go by too fast, though, and we'll look back and miss them! Hope you and your little one are doing well! :)

marie January 3, 2012 at 2:20 AM  

"Guess what Baby wants", I do remember that game, I played it often. Glad you're New Year is starting out so lovely with your precious little babe. My favorite stage is around 9 months when they are all chubby and scooting their little bum all over the place crawling. You have so much to look forward to.

Marjorie January 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM  

try wearing a sling inside so you can hold her and get stuff done. also have you heard of mylicon drops for gas? it really helps :)

MOMMY TALK WITH STEPH January 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM  

Being a mother is the greatest, however, I remember those hard times. Yeah, go get her some stuff at Target or Walmart or where ever for gas. They helped my baby a lot. I remember giving my baby his first bath! Awesome! Just keep it up! You can do it! :)

Kristin January 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM  

This post reminded me SO much of Leah. She was exactly like that - no routine, had to be held allllllll the time! And also the first bath around 4 weeks! I remember feeling weird when she was a newborn and couldn't really interact. Enjoy this time now because before you know it, she will be running around your house causing all sorts of mischief! ;)

Shannon January 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM  

"little tummies" gas drops are the best. we give taylor a little bit before each feeding and she has been much happier.

and yes, everything gets better after 6 weeks.

hang in there.


Caiti January 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM  

Good to hear you are all doing well!

Lesley @ Everyday Moments January 3, 2012 at 8:36 PM  

Awwe I promise it gets easier!!!

jessicaclarke January 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM  

Congrats, with the holidays I must have missed this. Things are hard in the beginning my oldest was very fussy and gassy, but try to enjoy it because it really does go by so fast I miss those days already

Sharon January 8, 2012 at 1:35 AM  

I'm glad I'm not the only one who had to trade in my daily routine for "just baby." :) It does get easier, but I'm not looking forward to having to balance work with baby. It's part of life though I guess!!