|Poor baby didn't know what was coming|
when we got in the examination room.
|Three sticks in this leg.|
You don't have to jump up and change him right after he dirties his diaper. Chances are, he'll go again shortly, so you may as well not waste time, effort, and a diaper. I change Crosby at after each feeding, but wait for him to "finish" first. And you know the old saying "You don't wake a sleeping baby"? Well, you don't. If he's asleep and it's time for him to eat, let him sleep. If he has a dirty diaper, but he's asleep, let him sleep. I do eventually wake him once it's been an hour after time to eat, just so he doesn't get too hungry. But not during the night; I let him wake me up. And thankfully, he sleeps through the night most nights. He has even gone 9 hours between feedings a couple of times at night.... talk about spoiled!!
Don't bother buying clothes before hand. Chances are, you will get plenty from family and friends. And until you know how chunky or tall he is, or how fast he grows, you won't know what sizes he needs. And he'll grow out of them faster than he'll get to wear all of them if you get too many in once size range. Also, different brands run very differently. In one brand, he may wear 0-3 months and in another 3-6 months at the same time. All that to say... just be sure he has a couple of gowns and our personal favorite- Gerber "Sleep and play" zip up outfits in the 0-3 range to start with and go from there.
When you gain 50 pounds over the course of 9 months (Yeah, won't be doing that next time... too much!!!), don't expect to lose it all in the first 2 months. I've lost around 30 pounds at the 2 month mark. Weight loss has slowed quite a bit now and the last 20 pounds will involve healthy eating and being active. I try to stay grounded in the fact that I have to stay motivated to lose the rest, but also have to be encouraged that I've already lost a good bit. The fact that I'm in one of my best friend's wedding in June helps just a bit! Still trying to see my stretch marks as tiger stripes that I've earned, but I'm still working on that part.
Most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff. No one expects you to be super mom. Just live day by day and sometimes moment by moment. When everything seems to be going wrong, just take a deep breath and remember how blessed you are to have your new little one. (Still working on this one!)
to be continued...