postpartum helpers

16 July 2015

I ALWAYS underestimate the mental and physical toll that the first several weeks postpartum take, not only on me, but on Simon and the rest of the family as well. Babies are adorably unpredictable little angels that operate on their own (not) schedule and demand a lot of attention no matter the dark and potentially ugly hour. I do have to say that I'm a big, fat lover of the newborn stage so the postpartum fatigue and sleepless nights don't get to me TOO bad but this time around with the move ... I felt the sting a little bit more than I normally do. Also, while Bosco's delivery was one of my easier deliveries with a great recovery ... he is not what one would call, "an easy going child". At all. He must take after his mother dearest. I wouldn't go so far as to say he's colicky (necessarily and denial might be coming into play here) but let's just say the hours that he's been awake and NOT crying ... they might still be in the single digits and he turned one month yesterday.

But! It's okay. I've got an arsenal of helpers at my fingertips.


And I'm not talking about Julia.

I'm talking about that glorious bottle. I know bottle feeding is most certainly NOT for everyone but Bosco wasn't making wet diapers or gaining weight the first week (he's not tongue tied and is a great nurser :)) and so we've found a very happy supplementing medium for the time being. I nurse him all throughout the night and several times during the day but when I can tell he's reached his hangry limit, he gets a couple ounces of formula in a Munchkin (post sponsor alert! - but they really are my favorite bottles and I would've told you about them anyway, stay at home mom's honor) Latch bottle because there are only two uncomplicated parts (bottle and nipple) and he had a hard time with even the slowest flow nipples overwhelming him and these are great. So great.

And equally great? When your baby takes a pacifier. Again, not for everyone. But it is very much for me. If they'll take them. Only Julia was big on the pacifier but it was SO NICE and I've prayed in earnest that I'd have another baby that would do the same. After Simon had left on the drive to Tampa and it was me, Bosco, and Julia kicking it in the apartment until our flight a couple days later ... I was sans car (duh) but was so desperate to take a quick shower and get packed and clean (sort of) our apartment that I put Bosco in the wrap, enticed Julia with promises of a smoothie along the way, and walked twenty blocks to the grocery store to buy every brand of pacifier they had in stock.


Which, sadly, did not include these. Or the plastic succulent. Bosco tolerated a few and we got through the flight just fine but he's since made his Munchkin preference known and I have a whole drawer full of these and backups to my backups JUST IN CASE. The pacifier is one silicone piece designed with the help of pediatric dentists and is super soft against our little divo's face.


Do you hear angels singing? Or is that just me?

For a long time, he would only take a pacifier from Simon (he KNEW I had something better to offer) but now he's coming around and will take it from me and a helpful Sebastian.


God bless him.

Now if I could just train Julia to change diapers, Sebastian to make my coffee, Theo to meal plan, and Phoebe to fold laundry ... I'd be SET.

And gloriously, gloriously bored.

;)



19 comments:

  1. Oh that little nugget is so darn cute...love him! And really who does he look like?? Just himself!! Angels sang glorious praises when my first born found her thumb at a couple weeks old and when my second born took a pacifier from the start BUT those angels are looking at me now cause....well Megan is 5 1/2 and still sucks her thumb and holy crap is that a hard habit to break and Grace is 2 1/2 and that pacifier is never far from her, slowly but surely she's letting go of it more and more...the one with the pacifier not the one with the thumb!

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  2. Ok ok ok, I PRAYED Will would be a paci baby bc Jordan was such a breeze of a baby (after 3 months of colic, ew) bc she loved that stupid binky. Weston conversely was the most difficult child I've ever come into contact with until he was 14 months old. Will seems on the chiller side but is refusing the bink- should I make a play for the munchkin brand?? I'm using NUK and he's like, nah I'm good.

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  3. Oh the paci! I thought I was going to be against it until our son had colic and we discovered it was the only way to achieve moments of silence. Sweet sweet silence! I'm glad you are finding things that are working for you and him.

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  4. Thanks for your posts-you make my day! :)

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  5. Pacifiers are the lords gift to mamas of tough babes! I'll never hesitate again!

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  6. NONE of mine would take a paci. None. Stinkers. They were all great nursers, though, so that helped. And I'm apparently the queen of milk production. But it would have been nice to not BE the pacifier every once in awhile. I remember Julia in the early days of reading your blog, and her paci-attachment!

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  7. He looks so teeny tiny in that last picture. So adorable!!:)

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  8. I have to say I lived the newborn phase this time around and postpartum was so much easier when you know what to expect. I'm so happy this babe will take a bottle...freedom!

    Biscotti is giving me some baby fever...and my little girl is only 4 months old. It is going way to fast this time around.

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  9. My baby doesnt take the paci from dad, just from me... Kkkk

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  10. My first was a dream baby.. DREAM! woke once at night from birth, fed every 4 hours like clockwork and slept in between. He had witching hours for a total of two weeks...
    My youngest.. wont take a bottle or a dummy (paci for you americans) Screams non stop and is a whopping 15 months old. He is still nursing at least twice a night and oh my gosh what to do!!!
    Bosco is being a stinker but.. you got this Grace.

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  11. He's a month already?! And his sweet little furrowed brow!

    Well, praying for that miraculous non-colicky turnaround to happen real soon...because I know that pain!

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  12. I've taught my four year old to change the two year old! :) One of my finer moments.

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  13. yay.. I am not the ONLY one crazy about the newborn stage. I love it... that's why I need to convince hubs we need more than 4 (wink!)

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  14. I have a new little boy (born June 27th at 36 weeks, 1 day) and he is gaining weight fine (born at 6 pounds, 9 oz and was 6 pounds, 13 oz at 2 week check up) but he is SUCH a slow breastfeeder sometimes. Last night he ate for an hour and a half off and on between 1 and 3am! It took me way less time to pump and feed him a bottle yesterday when we were going out...and he slept for over 2 hours afterwards. Tempted to supplement or pump more...

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  15. My first takes a paci...and its name is Mama. 😂 We're going to introduce the rubber early and often with the second!!

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  16. Julia feeding Bosco is adorable!

    And if you train your kids to do all those other things, can you send them to me? I'll pay them. With pennies and dimes. They'll be rich.

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  17. It's silly but I love how babies look with a pacifier in their mouth!

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  18. He's so cute and teeny! I'm glad you found things that work. I definitely wouldn't be against pacifiers either. you've gotta do what makes them and you happy.


    Erika
    www.partofherlittleworld.blogspot.com

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