Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Drive-By Update - Week One

I can't believe Will has been with us for over a week now! I thought life with two would be crazy and stressful, but so far it has been good. I know that it is because hubby has been home and his mom still comes over to help out (in fact, she stayed with us the entire last week), so I am definitely not getting my hopes up and still waiting for the storm to come.

Will
He's such a sweet laid-back little guy. All he does is sleep and eat -- a perfect baby in my book. We wake him up every 2-3 hours around the clock for feedings, and he may be awake for a short period of time before falling back to sleep. I am much more relaxed about giving him stimulation than with Anna. I remember with Anna, whenever she was awake as a newborn, I talked to her, read her books, listened to music, etc. Now with Will, when he's awake, I just plop him down on the bouncer or the floor and let him do his own thing.
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Anna
She's going to be a protective sister, I can already see it. She wants to help in every way. If Will is on the bouncer, she wants to make sure the music is on for him. Last night, hubs was giving Will a sponge bath while Anna and I waited downstairs. She heard Will crying and immediately wanted to go upstairs. I told her to wait...but she started to cry herself. I could tell that she was just concerned, so I said okay and she climbed up the steps and went straight for the bathroom to check on him.
Will and Anna
I know Anna is trying hard to be good, but I can see that she's sad, too. I have been spending nearly all my time with Will, while hubby is on Anna-duty. I know she can see that things have changed. I am not sure if this is a direct result of Will, but she has been eating poorly, which stresses me out. She has also been more clingy and not laugh nearly as much. I hope things improve for her soon.

However, she has not shown any signs of jealously. She pats and kisses Will, which is just the sweetest thing to see.
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Mama
I am doing fine. Physically, I feel like I am healing better and faster this time because I am simply not moving too much. Emotionally, it has been hard seeing Anna sad. She's not her usual chipper self. And because I am trying to move as little as possible, it's hard for me to play with her. On top of that, since she hasn't been eating well, I have been impatient with her. I need to do better.

On another note, I am so in love with Will already. I want to cherish this newborn moment.

I am nursing and pumping. I exclusively pumped with Anna and I thought that since Will latches on so well, I would exclusive nurse this time around. However, I find that pumping much more convenient. I can pump whenever I want and others can feed him. Right now I am doing a mix of both and it's working out so far.

4 comments:

  1. He looks so sweet! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your new little gift. You all have so much to be thankful for!

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  2. I love the pic of Anna and Will in the playpen. Don't worry, you guys will find your rhythm soon. Happy thanksgiving!

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  3. So interesting to hear your observations of Anna.

    Will sounds like a dream baby!

    I have this huge desire to actually bf the next baby we have, but I think I'll be like you and like the convenience of pumping as well. It will be interesting, for sure.

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  4. He is so cute - and seeing Anna with him is so precious!

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