I’m almost afraid to say it, but this week was such a good one.
Not that every week isn’t but this week suddenly Logan seemed to fall in to a schedule and I couldn’t be happier to have some what of a “routine”.
This is how our day’s have been going the last 5 days.
7 am: Logan officially wakes up ready to start his day. We feed and play
8 am: Out for our daily walk [close to 3 miles] Logan starts to fall asleep but as soon as we come in through the front door he’s wide awake.
9 – 11 am: This is probably my hardest time of the day. Logan is SOO tired but just doesn’t want to sleep. So for two hours I go back and forth with nursing, rocking, shushing, and finally he’ll pass out. Mom runs to the shower and scrubs up fast.
11 am – 5 pm: Logan will sleep this whole time and wake up in the middle some where to feed, but he’ll pass right back out. This is the time where I try to get things done around the house, or take a nap myself.
5 pm – 7 pm: Logan is officially awake. We play on the play mat, look out at the flowers in the backyard, and try to just keep him calm.
7 pm – 9 pm: This is our second hardest time during the day. We try to get Logan in bed no later than 9, and it will take us almost the full two hours to achieve that. Again, back and forth with nursing and rocking. This will work, but as soon as I lay him in the crib his eyes are WIDE open. We go through this routine about 3 times. So I bring him out to his swing, crank it on high and let him go. This is our secret weapon and nighttime savior. Logan will scream in the swing for about 10 minutes and then all the sudden he is passed out.
10:30 pm: Logan comes out of swing, still fast asleep and I lay him down in the crib. Nighty-night.
11:30 pm: Quick feed and back asleep.
1:30/4/6 am: Three more quick feedings and then we start all over again.
As chaotic as this seems, it feels so much better to almost know what to expect every hour now. It gives me a reference point to my day. I also know, during our hard times, that if I can make it to the 11 o’clock hour that he will be passed out and everything will go back to being calm. It really helps to keep my mind focus and keep from going crazy knowing that I’m on a countdown.
We’ve also mastered getting Logan to sleep in his own room. We decided to do this last week because Logan is such a loud sleeper. He snorts and grunts and shifts his body so much that it was making it hard for Lucas and I to sleep. The transition was actually pretty easy since Logan was already sleeping in a cradle in our room. And even though he wakes up every three hours to feed I feel like I’m able to get some solid sleep for those three hours. LOVE it!
This week Lucas and I also had our first night out without our little guy. We left him at my mom and dad’s while we went out to the baseball game. The first hour away all we could do was talk about Logan, then we told each other that we needed to stop talking and worrying about him and just enjoy each other. As nice as it was for us, the 5 hour stint away from him was a little long for his first time without us. He got pretty fussy at my parent’s and I could see when we got to their house that they were tired. We need to just keep our outings to like an hour dinner our something. Just to make it easier for everyone.
Logan doesn’t seemed to have made too many physical changes this week. He’s still smiling his little face off and making little happy squeals. And of course, he still seems to be packing on the pounds. We don’t go back to the doctor for an official weight check for another two weeks. I can’t wait to see what they say!
Mom Check Up:
My body kind of freaked me out this week. All of the sudden mid-week I noticed that my milk production seemed to dramatically decrease. When I would nurse Logan, I used to be have very full breasts. He would nurse and I’d even spray him all the time in the face when he would break his latch because of how much milk I had. After he would nurse I would pump and was able to get 2 more ounces off each breast. I felt like a milk making machine. And then suddenly it changed. I noticed in the last few days that my breasts don’t feel as full anymore, they actually feel a little deflated, and completely empty after he feeds. And when I pump I’m lucky if I can get 2 ounces of both breasts.
I started to freak out and contacted my lactation consultant. She said that she thinks my body is just getting used to the amount of milk that Logan actually needs during the day. She told me to pump every two feedings for 10 minutes each side to keep my body stimulated. But she wasn’t too concerned since Logan isn’t still hungry after feedings and is still having normal dirty diapers.
I was glad to hear that she thought everything was good, but still in the back of my head I’m kind of freaking out that my milk could be drying up. It’s something now that I can’t stop thinking about. I just don’t want to not be able to breastfeed Logan, so it almost made me a little depressed in a way. [But that can have an affection on milk production…so I’m trying to keep my sprits up].
This week I also feel like my body has finally been able to rest a little bit. The new sleeping arrangements have really helped me out.
…anyone have any parenting book recommendations? I haven’t really started to read anything yet, since he basically just eats and sleeps, but I know soon teeth will be coming in, tummy time needs to be done more, yada, yada, and I need some good resources.
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