Friday, July 24, 2015

One Week

Where has the last week gone?! Reuben is one week old. I feel like he's always been a part of our lives. I feel like he belongs here. I also have no time. Please don't ask me if I've remembered to brush my teeth. When you don't have a "night" anymore it's kinda hard to remember to brush your teeth. Actually I should be sleeping right now since baby is sleeping, but I have things to do. People who sleep when your baby sleeps--when do you shower? When and how do you use the bathroom or do laundry?

this helps!
Honestly so much has happened I don't know if I can articulate it all, much less grasp my emotions. I filmed Reuben's birth story, and will post that video as soon as I get around to adding some pictures to it. Who knows when, because I have no free time. Taking care of an infant is a full time job, and also requires someone to take care of me as well--because I literally do not have enough arms. And until yesterday I couldn't even control when I would pee, so yeah. Take that into consideration. Sitting down still hurts, but it's a lot better. I can walk without shaking. However, I can't walk far without running out of breath. And I have a tiny human who needs me.

He is so tiny guys. And I love him so much. I knew breastfeeding would be hard, and it is! What I didn't know is that putting clothing on an infant is like trying to wrestle a cat into a paper bag. Poor Reuben. Good thing its July and he really only needs clothes for bedtime. I have no idea why the onset of a diaper change or onesie makes him scream bloody murder but it does. New experiences, I suppose. I always feed him after and it does help calm him!

So far my two favorite items are the boppy and my nipple cream. The boppy helps me achieve so many breastfeeding positions comfortably, and I am sure you can guess what the cream does. Also, I seem to have birthed a kid that does not ever want to be put down. Like ever, or he will instantly cry and wake up. The only thing that I can put him in is the boppy. Apparently it feels like a hug. I literally could not live without it.

So how are you guys? Has time stopped for you, too?


GhostEden said...

Congratulations, and my week has certainly not been as eventful as yours. :-) How's your hubby adjusting to the new addition? Is he a natural at baby soothing? Petrified at holding his tiny body? I love thinking about how my husband might react to a baby when we choose to have one!

Kristin said...

I can't believe it's already been a week! I'm glad to hear you're doing well. :)

Michelle said...

I felt the same way...if I slept when the baby slept I would never eat/shower/get anything done whatsoever. It gets so much easier. Now, if I don't get a chance to shower during nap time, I put her in her bouncer and stick it in the bathroom and she's totally content (most of the time). I haaaaate the Boppy. Hate it. I know everyone loves it, but it just didn't work for us at all. The Brest Friend pillow saved my life. But now she's much bigger so I don't need to use anything at all, and I like it best that way.

Stacie said...

No one can ever truly know the INSANITY of a new born until they go through it. It's like your initiation into the best club ever. I remember feeling so awful because I couldn't remember to brush my teeth. I honestly just started taking showers at night. I know those are cringe worthy words to many, but once I got into that habit I actually found I like it better. I went to bed feeling fresh and cozy, and I woke up not feeling like I had to take the time to shower when I also needed to take care of another person. Practically, it was simply because my husband could care for the baby so that I could take a shower and pull myself together again. Laundry and everything else was done by my husband until we were on a better schedule and I was able to wear baby or put him down long enough (you will get there). The absolute best system my husband and I had in place was our sleep schedule. From about 7PM to mindight, I would take a sleep shift. While I was trying to kick start my production, I would wake up every two hours and try to feed, hand off baby and go back to sleep while my husband dealt with trying to get him to go back to sleep. After a few weeks of getting absolutely nothing as far a s breast milk, we stropped our hard efforts and I didn't have to wake up between 7-midnight. But once midnight hit, my husband would go to sleep and I would take the rest of the day until he got home from work.

Kira Brennan said...

Congratulations! Sounds like it's been a crazy world since he arrived :) Best wishes and I hope you get the sleep you need!

Addie Marie said...

Congratulations!! So excited to keep reading about this new adventure! (Also... he is the CUTEST!)