Our sweet little man is already three weeks old and we are cruising into a new routine. The days and weeks are starting to run together but overall we are adjusting really well and are beyond in love with these two tiny humans. I am so in love with the photo above which was taken on Memorial Day 2017. We had a small celebration at our house to welcome our little man home. These are my people and they represent everything I love about our family and this beautiful life. Don’t get me wrong…its bat shit crazy at times and chaotic beyond words. But DANG, there is so much JOY and LOVE in the air that we might drown from happiness. Babies are the biggest blessing in the whole world.
Little Jackson is doing so GOOD. We just went in for his two week checkup and he has already exceeded his birth weight by a whole pound. He was born over Memorial Day weekend and only lost 1 oz. while we were in the hospital. He dropped a little more weight in the week after his birth but my milk came in quickly and we rebounded. We went back to the hospital for his 2nd PKU test and he passed his Bilirubin screening, code for jaundice check, with flying colors. It was so crazy to be back at the hospital so quickly after giving birth to him. Major de-javu for both his birth and Reagan’s birth. On a completely random note, we were actually in the exact same post-birth room for both children. I have such special memories of the first few hours with both my children in that hospital room.
Nursing is going extremely well for us, which is a total shock after my experience with Reagan. We had a few minor road blocks with early breastfeeding pain and bleeding but overall Jackson has an awesome latch and we are crushing it. He has a small tongue tie issue which will resolve itself over time according to our pediatrician. He is eating every 3 hours consistently now and slept like a rock the whole first week of his life. We were only waking up once a night or so and getting so much sleep in those early days. But we have settled into a normal routine and I am so thankful for the 3 hour chunks that we do get. I am pumping all day long in addition to breastfeeding to build up my milk supply. This is wonderful in that Jeffrey can feed the little man for one of the night feedings and I can do the second night feeding. Reagan is an early riser so we are up between 6am and 7am every morning to kick off our day regardless. No rest for the RAD!
We had my husband’s family in town and my parents who live here the weekend I gave birth and a few days prior. It was so amazing and helpful to be surrounded by our loved ones during such a special time. They were all able to help watch Miss Reagan and give me a break the first few days home from the hospital. I was able to ease into having moments alone with both the kids. We started with an hour or so by myself, a few hours here and there, half the day, and then almost the whole day which was a godsend. The thought of having both the children by myself was so overwhelming at first. I literally cried on more than one occasion at just the thought of it. But once Jackson was here, I was able to ease into it and feel confident that it was completely doable. Now we are in such a strong routine that it feels like our life has always been on autopilot with our two little loves.
Reagan is such a little ham and is always on the go. She is literally non-stop!!! She keeps me on my toes for sure and keeping her entertained and active is my main goal. Jackson is so easy at this point. I don’t want to minimize the stress and exhaustion of the Newborn phase…its A LOT OF WORK. But its a different kind of work and I feel so blessed to have a healthy baby who likes to sleep and eat every 3-4 hours. Some newborns want to eat every hour on the hour. YIKES! We went into setting up a routine with the intention of keeping Reagan’s life and schedule as seamless as possible. This has really paid off in that she just loves the baby. She wants to help and love on him constantly and enjoys being around him. She doesn’t act threatened or jealous and isn’t trying to compete for my attention yet. I’m sure we will hit a few speed bumps at some point, as is completely normal with children and siblings, but for now the adjustment is going great!
Reagan is doing an amazing job as a big sister. I had zero expectations of what she would think of the baby and how she would act around him. She totally understands that we have a baby in the house and is so helpful for a toddler who is only 15 months old. She is always very gentle, loves to bring him pacifiers when he fusses, learned how to push the button to turn on the MamaRoo, and is very concerned about where he is and if he is ok. She loves her “Ba-by” and recently started giving him the sweetest kisses on the head. I am beyond blown away at the sweetness and love she displays towards him. I am counting my blessings for sure at her new found ability to show love and affection. We are trying our hardest to teach her to say “I love you.”
Overall my recovery has been speedy and amazing. The human body just kicks into gear and boom we had baby. Its already like I was never even pregnant minus a few hormone induced mommy meltdowns. I started walking 3 days after giving birth and am already down about 18 of the 26 pounds I gained from this pregnancy. I am hoping to have our schedule dialed in enough to fit in regular workouts once I get the all clear from my doctor. So excited to have some natural endorphins and not just pregnancy hormones flowing through my body again.
I haven’t really tried to establish a schedule at all and our days are very very simple. I’m keeping the routine basic and we only work on checking off the absolute necessities with naps sprinkled in between. We have ventured out of the house a few times but mostly we are hunkering in and just establishing a routine and getting our home base set up. I do make a solid effort to “get out of the house” WITH THE KIDS at least once a day, even if we just take a walk around the block. I easily go stir crazy even after a day of not leaving the house. Mentally and emotionally I know what it takes for me to stay balanced, and if I can keep that in check it makes managing the two munchkins so much easier. My hubby works from home which is wonderful because I have help when and if I need it. We have also had family in and out of town regularly since his birth which has helped ease the transition. At the one month mark i’m really hoping to get into a steady routine that will keep all of us thriving and not just in pure survival mode. But this is the newborn phase and we are all adjusting to our new life as a family of FOUR + 2 golden retrievers + 3 kitty babies.