Recovery – I’m feeling ok. Much better than the first weekafter I had Little I. I don’t know if it’s because the labour was much shorter, or because I was in the pool, or because I was pushing for a shorter period of time,
but I feel a bit less like I’ve been run over by a truck, more just a car or moped this time around. I’m getting a lot of cramps and it feels like someone has taken a baseball bat to my tailbone. So sore. Going to the toilet hurt for the first couple days after giving birth, but feels much better now. I do have quite heavy bleeding and have passed a couple clots. Lovely. The midwives said they looked fine though. I’m just keeping an eye on it all.
Body – my ‘bump’ has gone down a lot. I was very lucky in the sense that I only seemed to put weight on around my tummy and not really anywhere else. I do feel very unfit and untoned at the moment though. Roll on 6 weeks post partum so I can start lean in 15 and HIIT work outs again. My boobs are out of control will all this attempted breastfeeding and expressing. I hate it!
Mood – all the emotions have been going on this week. To put it bluntly, I’m a mess! There’s not been one day where I haven’t cried. Like full on crying. It wasn’t nice, or pretty. I just feel so down about the whole breastfeeding thing. It’s hard not to feel like an utter failure when everyone around you seems to be managing to do it. I’m also dreading the husband leaving again to go back to his deployment. The thought of dealing with two kids without him is so scary.
Weight/Height – L has lost a bit of weight and is down at 8lbs 4oz, compared to his birth weight of 8lbs 9.5oz.
Feeding – feeding is awful. I’m attempting to breastfeed and it’s not going well at all. We spent four days in hospital tying to get feeding established with not much luck. He doesn’t want to latch. It’s heartbreaking. I’ve been hand expressing and pumping colustrum for him. I’m supposed to be trying to feed him every three hours, but he just won’t wake up.
Routine – no routine as of yet. Just winging this initial newborn stage until we can start thinking about a proper routine. I love routines!
Sleeping – he is a very, very lazy baba at the moment. He’s rarely ever not sleeping, which should be great, but it isn’t with regards to his feeding. He sleeps nearly all day then wakes up at 11pm for a couple hours and then is off again.
Size – he’s a skinny bean so first size and up to one month are big on him. So different to Little I.
Development – not much to report here – he’s still a lazy newborn bean!
What we’ve been up to – we’ve spent most of this week in hospital but did manage to get out before the husband’s parents headed back down south. We also had L’s newborn shoot which went really well. Can’t wait to see the images and share them! The husband and I took L for his first lunch date out at a pub and he slept the whole time. Winning! And finally, and most importantly, we went and got him registered. We wanted to do it as a family whilst R was still here.