Poppyseed is 5 Weeks Old

Holy cow.  Today has taken a toll.  It started out well.  I got a good bit of sleep last night.  (8 hours if you add up all the broken increments!)  I enjoyed a slow morning with Poppyseed, and we went to a park in Sealy for a good little power walk.  I went to the grocery and then came home, where I fed her and relaxed for a bit.  All morning she nursed well.  But then 2pm came around and she got REALLY fussy.  I tried rocking, shushing, holding her in the cradle position, holding her in the football position, swaddling, unswaddling, carrying her around the yard on my shoulder, strolling her around the yard in the BOB stroller.  Nothing worked.  She’s been nursing sort of weird all afternoon, unlatching and then relatching and such.  I tried to nurse her again and she took about a half of a feeding and continued to fuss.  Finally I put on the ERGO baby carrier and she stopped wailing and went right to sleep.  I was afraid to stop moving, so I cooked dinner – fish tacos made with of lettuce instead of tortillas, with an avocado, cabbage, cilantro and citrus slaw.  Then I boiled 2 chickens, used half of the broth to freeze for later, and used the other half to make a chicken and veggie soup for tomorrow.  With some leftover chicken I packed a lunch (spinach salad with avocado, goat cheese, orange slices and shredded chicken) for Oatmeal for tomorrow.  All while Poppyseed napped in the ERGO.

Hello multitasking!  Gotta love life with a baby!

I am baffled that 5 weeks has gone by since I have given birth to Poppyseed.  It’s crazy.

It’s so fun to look back.  As overwhelming as parenting is, it’s really motivating (for me at least) to think backwards and note the progress made in such a short time.

For example, 3 weeks ago I was driving down I-10 with a screaming infant in the back seat, and I was so completely stressed out that I actually may have been crying harder than her.  I stayed home for an entire 3 days after that because I was so traumatized!   I am not kidding when I tell you that I considered just ordering groceries off of Amazon from that point forward, because there was just no way I was ever leaving the house again!  Whereas now I try to go somewhere with her every day, because it just keeps getting easier.

Another example of our progress is feeding her – WOW have we come a long way, and she has a double chin to prove it!

Some new developments:

  • Poppyseed is starting to give us little previews of a smile!  I just love it – I know it’s probably not intentional, and those little smiles are always so fleeting, but they make my heart happy.
  • Lately I feel like she eats a ton in the mornings and then I’m having trouble getting her to stay awake during feedings during the afternoon.
  • I have been sticking to the 8+ a day feeding schedule, which works well for us.  But she has been SO hard to wake up for her 10pm feeding, so I did a little experiment last night.  I decided to just try to give her a full feeding at 10pm and then just see how long she would sleep.  (The guidelines I’ve read about breastfeeding seem to all agree that it’s safe to do this at 5 weeks, whereas before I have been religious about not letting her go more than 3.5-4 hours without eating.)  Well, last night I fed her from 8-8:30, swaddled her, changed her, and put her down in her crib.  I didn’t wake her up for her 10pm feeding, and…  she slept…. until 3am!  I first woke up to her little sounds at about 2:15am, but I didn’t get up because she wasn’t crying and I thought she may put herself back to sleep.  Then at 3am I heard an actual cry, so I went to get her.  She took an entire feeding, which showed me she was truly hungry.  After she ate I swaddled her back up and put her back down and she slept until 6am.  My 5 week old baby can sleep 5.5 hours straight!
  • Oh by the way, that also marks the first time she slept overnight in her crib.  But when she woke up for good at 6am, I fed her in bed with me and then let her nap on my chest until 8am.  I love all that snuggling.  🙂  I just put her to bed in her crib tonight, and I have such mixed feelings about it.  I sleep so much better with her in the next room, but I miss her being in the Moses basket right next to me.  I may just put her back in the basket tonight after she wakes up for her middle-of-the night feeding.  I’m not quite ready for my baby to be in the next room!
  • I am really impressed at how well she can (sometimes) go to sleep on her own.  I spent weeks 2-3 of her life putting her in her crib at 7:30am and listening to crying for about an hour and a half while I took a shower, cleaned, prepped dinner, etc.  I’d check her every 10-15 minutes to make sure she didn’t have a dirty diaper, need to burp, etc.  After that two weeks I gave up, she is obviously just not much of a morning napper and I couldn’t do the cry it out thing anymore.  However, now when she really IS tired (such as for her lunchtime and afternoon naps) all I have to do is get her sort of drowsy, swaddle her, and I can put her right into her crib and she will sleep without fussing.  It doesn’t work every time, but it does work most of the time.  I’ll put her down, she’ll open her eyes and watch me walk away, and then she’ll just sort of wiggle around a bit, spit her paci out, and then go to sleep.  I’m so impressed!  So while I’m not a huge fan of the cry-it-out tactic, I have to admit it did work to some degree with us.
  • Her mood seems to change all the time.  We’ll have 3 days of fussing, and during those days I’ll be really stressed.  For example, Friday-Sunday she seemed to be SO unhappy.  I knew she was gassy, but I just didn’t know what to do about it.  Giving her some chamomile seemed to help a lot, so we’ll keep trying that.  But it is REALLY hard to keep my head on straight when all I hear is crying all day!  I get so stressed out, it makes me crazy!  At one point after a full day of crying, I looked at Oatmeal and said, “Honey, I am losing my mind, I don’t know what to do!  Do you think something is WRONG with her???”  I also sent a few texts to my friends who have babies, asking, “Does your baby cry ALL THE TIME?  Mine cries ALL THE TIME!!”  Then the next day, it was like a gift from God, she was so happy and peaceful and hardly made a peep all day.  I wish I knew what it was that I was eating or doing that made her so grumpy the day before.  I’d give up chocolate AND wine for the rest of my life if it meant she’d stay happy – and that’s saying a lot!

What it feels like to be 5 weeks postpartum…

  • I still feel good!  Yesterday I went on a walk with Oatmeal and Poppyseed and then he took her into the house for a while.  I did some kettlebell swings with a 25lb bell, some pushups, and some planks.  I didn’t do much (only about 10 minutes), but it felt SO good to use those muscles again!  I even feel like I could almost begin to do things like jog and jump rope now, but I’m scared to wear a sportsbra tight enough to support me because I’ve read so many things about tight bras causing mastitis.
  • My little primal challenge is going well!  I’ve cheated a few times, but my starbucks and chocolate intake has significantly decreased.  My weight is the same, but eh, it’s only been a week.  I really don’t like depending on a scale to see results anyway, as some of the times in my life where I have felt the best I’ve weighed the most.
  • I’ve never snacked so much in my life, and I find myself always eating carbs.  I’m always munching on grapes, apples, berries, Larabars, and bananas.  I’ve also eaten my weight in cashews.
  • I realized the other day that in the past 5 weeks, no more than 5 of the meals I’ve eaten have been outside of our home.  One night our friends brought over fajitas, and once I had lunch in Houston when Caylin was in town, I had one lunch with my MIL for my birthday, and I’ve had a few home cooked meals at my in-laws.  But otherwise, every meal I’ve eaten has been home-cooked by yours truly or Oatmeal at our own home.  I haven’t even tapped into any of the frozen meals I made.   I should really compare our food budget this month to previous months when I was grabbing lunch on the go all the time and see what (if any) difference it’s made. Between eliminating the take out and the Starbucks, I hope we are saving some cash.  It’s probably the first time in my life that I’ve gone 5 entire weeks with absolutely ZERO gluten in my diet.
  • I am just going to admit it – I am stir crazy.  Living out in the country is great in the sense that we have peace and quiet, safety, room for the dogs and horses, etc.  But life as a new mommy in such a remote location has a lot of downfalls.  I wish I could go have lunch with a friend without it being a 4-5 hour commitment.  I wish I could get to a grocery store that actually has ALL of the things I like to buy (Walmart doesn’t) without that taking so long, either.  I wish I could join a Stroller Strides or baby boot camp of some kind, but there’s nothing like that out here.  I wish I could just run to a Babies R Us or Target on a whim to pick up some diapers or a picture frame sometimes.  Oatmeal and I are such opposites in some ways.  When I am down, it cheers me up to be around people.  I don’t even have to really even talk to them – for example I can just go sit in a coffee shop for an hour or walk around Target for a bit without even buying anything, and I feel rejuvenated to just hear other people bustle about.  He is the type who wants solitude and a total LACK of people around him when he wants to relax.  So, it’s tough.  I know that living out here is what makes him happy, but ever since having a little one I am feeling a lot more isolated.  🙁  I hope that we are able to find a good middle ground soon, and that we are both able to find a good compromise.  I don’t want to move him into the city where he isn’t happy, but I don’t know how to stop feeling this way out here either.  This is our challenge for now.
  • Speaking of Oatmeal, wow did I marry the right guy.  He is such a fantastic father.  I am blessed… as is sweet Poppyseed.  I knew he’d be a fantastic dad, but he has surprised me even still.

A few pictures…

I so love when she falls asleep on my chest!

 

Baby, stop flaring your nostrils at me! (Lordy this baby looks like her dad...)

 

Hanging out in the bouncer after bathtime.


Loving our BOB stroller!

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  1. Hey girl! I love your blog! So great to keep a running memory log, believe me it goes by fast and becomes a blur…sadly. You aren’t the only one that has some struggles about this time, the 5-6 wk mark. It’s a time in theory that babies go through a growth spurt causing them to change a littlenbit in regards to their ebs and flows including sleep and feedings. I was panicking about this time because of the fussiness, but it will pass soon, though expect it to relapse again in about 6 wks. As well, the mastitis, so true! I got it three times, the first of which was about week 6 bc I was producing so much and not pumping or nursing to relieve. The second time was after I ran a half marathon when the babies were 4 months. Way to long of a way too tight sports bra. The third was again because I became overly engorged. Regardless it’s awful and makes you feel miserable so be careful! My little ones have still only had my liquid gold, fortunately my feeding days are coming to a close, but you are doing awesome! Keep it up, it’s such a selfless act and the most nutritional thing for your baby. You’re doing awesome mama! If you ever have questions please feel free to ask.

  2. I agree with Randi, pump when neccessary to prevent problems! On the gassiness. Get a pic of the colon. Gas travels from lower right quadrant to upper right then across top of abdomen & then left upper to left lower to rectum. Sometimes it helps to massage belly in the direction of that route or roll them right side to left side while lightly patting belly with cupped hands following route of colon. In the picture of colon you will see tight corners at upper left & upper right. Those are the worst spots because they dilate the most & that is what causes the pain. I’m not sure what you are talking about with the “Ergo” seat, but any vibrating seat will help move gas also. You can put car seat on dryer or go for a quick drive if you don’t have a vibrating bed or seat at home. Watch what you eat also. If you eat gassy foods it can transfer to baby in the milk. Camomile is good. I would stay away from chronic use of any gas product. Eventually she will get used to tummy discomfort and not fuss so much. If she is fed Mylicon constantly she will end up having issues with bowel movements later. And that is the end of my GI nurse lecture! LOL!

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