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Oh, These Days

Today has been one of those days.

One of those days where I am eating dinner and it’s almost 9 pm.

Where I have waited in a pediatrician’s office for an hour and a half with a toddler and a one month old waiting for a simple weight check.

When said one month old threw up all over while getting a lab drawn.

One of those days when the one month old choked on milk while the toddler simultaneously tripped and fell hard.

When soothing one child means the screaming of another child.

Where screaming ensued for long periods of time in the car while mama tried not to speed home.

When mama needed to change her clothes before even 7:30 am because of so much baby vomit.

Where set plans have been revised, revised again, and yet revised one last time.

When it seems sometimes there is more corrective action happening at home than there is play and games.

When the only prayer mama can muster at bedtime is for her child to sleep well through the night.

 

And yet.

It’s been one of those days when baby girl was thought to be sick– but wasn’t.

When baby girl is rapidly gaining weight despite constantly throwing up.

When daddy was able to come home from work a little early.

When mama got to see her sister and visit, even if only for a short while.

When daddy is here soothing baby girl so that mama can get a little break.

When the kitchen is clean and at least one child is sleeping peacefully.

When there is hope for a new day, a new morning, and new mercies.

 

May He give new mercies.

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You,

When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:2

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Rachel’s First Hour in Photographs

 

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A huge thanks to my dear friend Katherine who took all these pictures. We will treasure them for a lifetime!

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Living in the Land of Spit Up & Meltdowns

Rachel turned 3 weeks old yesterday! I can’t believe how fast time is flying by these days. A little recap of the last three weeks:

  • Rachel is a puker. Big time. I can barely keep up on the laundry to keep enough burp cloths on hand! She spits up any time during the 3 hour window between feedings. Thankfully it doesn’t seem to bother her too much. I’m just adjusting to us both smelling like spit-up 24/7…
  • Nursing is going really well. She’s a great nurser (hence all the spit-up) and doesn’t have a funky latch like Josh did. I think the difference is that Rachel wasn’t tongued-tied like Josh was. I have been putting off pumping, although realistically this is the time to get some milk stashed away for when I go back to work (very part time). For some reason I just can’t make myself do it, I guess because I was often stressed with Josh that I didn’t have enough milk and was pumping a lot to increase my milk supply, as well as to get milk in the freezer for when I weaned him. With Rachel I’m just enjoying not worrying about any of that for now.
  • Rachel weighed 6#9oz at birth and was 7#6oz at her 2 week appointment! Her pediatrician was so impressed with her weight gain that he said I could let her go 6 hours at night between feedings if I wanted to.
  • ^ About that. I was pretty excited about the thought of getting 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night. But as it turns out, Rachel’s stomach is on a timer which goes off every 3 hours and 15 minutes. Sometimes there is an exception though — last night she slept 4.5 hours between feedings which was heavenly. Even with night time feedings, I still get more sleep than when I was pregnant and had cholestasis.
  • She has grown out of about half of her newborn clothes, depending on the brand.
  • She’s still in newborn diapers– not for much longer though!
  • She got a pacifier at 2.5 weeks old (after a long evening/night of screaming no matter what we did) and she mostly likes it, depending on the day or the hour.
  • The girl can scream — and suddenly! Even as newborns, I cannot believe the difference in pitches between Rachel and Josh’s cries. The girl can pierce eardrums.
  • All in all, she sleeps most of the time with 1-2 awake periods during the day (thankfully not at night) lasting 1-2 hours at a time each. She also sleeps at night in her crib, which she started doing at 1 week old. She loves being swaddled! She wakes up to eat and almost always goes right back to sleep at night.
  • So far, Rachel has been to the pumpkin patch, the park (several times), church, Costco, and Walmart.
  • She loves the Ergo and the Moby wrap, and falls asleep immediately when she is being carried in either.
From today -- 3 weeks old.

From yesterday — 3 weeks old.

Moby wrap = baby sedative. If only we could drive while wearing those things...

Moby wrap = baby sedative. If only we could drive while wearing those things…

The Ergo also wins some major points. She feels a little too small for it so far though.

The Ergo also wins some major points. She feels a little too small for it so far though.

Baby Tae kwon do.

Baby Tae kwon do.

And I couldn't leave out a sneak peak from her newborn pics that my friend Katherine took. More to come later!

And I couldn’t leave out a sneak peak from her newborn pics that my friend Katherine took. More to come later!

And now on to big brother…

Josh will be turning 19 months in a few days, and I’m not going to lie — these past 3 weeks with Josh have been brutal. The tantrums and meltdowns have been CONSTANT. Clearly, having 24/7 competition for Mommy and Daddy’s attention have taken a toll on this kid. I’m really glad he’ll know he’s not the center of the universe anymore but I just didn’t anticipate that he’d have such a hard time adjusting to having a little sister. (Honestly — I wasn’t sure if he’d even notice much that he even had a little sister!) He also has been super accident prone and managed to lose an entire fingernail (it got caught in the door jam), scrape up his nose, cut his lip, and fall so hard on the back of his head at the play ground that I was momentarily worried about a skull fracture. There were several other incidents (sometimes 3 within ten minutes!) and after his pediatrician mentioned that some kids develop stutters when they have a new sibling join them, I began to wonder if Josh’s clumsiness had anything to do with Rachel’s arrival.

In any case, Daddy went back to work yesterday and so we are all adjusting once again. I was pleasantly surprised when Josh had a great day yesterday with very few meltdowns and no accidents, but then today has been a completely different story that has made me want to pull my own hair out.

A recap on Josh from the past few weeks:

  • Josh continues to be infatuated with trucks and cars. But mainly just trucks. He can be found clutching or playing with a truck or with making ‘truck noises’ at any given moment of the day. He would sleep, eat and bathe while holding a truck in his hand if we let him. As it is, it’s a major meltdown any time we have to pry a beloved truck out of his hand. Now that we know how much he loves cars and trucks, he has amassed several (thanks Grandma & Mimi!) and they are littered all over our house.
  • Josh will repeat several words, but not consistently, and still doesn’t have any words that he says on his own. His babbling is still non-stop though and pretty cute. Still, we look forward to the day when that boy can communicate with us!
  • I gave Josh a plate and spoon with dinner last night (normal he eats with his fingers off of his highchair tray). It was an epic fail (see picture below). He chewed on the fork instead of eating his dinner, and then screamed with gusto when we took the spoon away. I’ll try giving it to him again in a few months when my cave-man toddler perhaps decides that eating with utensils is the more refined way to go.
  • We got a swing set recently and Josh loves it! (Me too.)
  • Josh still loves stories, and enjoys looking through books as well as having them read to him.
  • We got rid of his bottle and he’s been getting the sippy cup since 13 months. He gets milk twice a day — first thing in the morning and right before bed, both during story time with Daddy.
  • Josh goes to bed anywhere from 6-7 pm and gets up usually 12-13 hours later. He doesn’t wake up at night usually but has a few times since Rachel was born. Thankfully he goes right back to sleep! We are still in 1-2 nap limbo-land, but most days he usually needs 2 naps, even if the 2nd nap is only 30 minutes.

And here’s some pictures from the past few weeks!

Notice the sad lack of food on that plate...

Notice the sad lack of food on that plate…

Josh's special box that I pull out just when I'm nursing Rachel. It works really well and helps keep him occupied and out of trouble!

Josh’s special box that I pull out just when I’m nursing Rachel. It works really well and helps keep him occupied and out of trouble!

New swing set! We all love it!

New swing set! We all love it!

Josh woke up from his nap and discovered something exciting being built in the backyard!

Josh woke up from his nap and discovered something exciting being built in the backyard!

Exploring the park. He loves leaves, pine cones and sticks.

Exploring the park. He loves leaves, pine cones and sticks.

Josh's sad lack of finger nail.

Josh’s sad lack of finger nail. I’m not even going to say how much this traumatized me at the time with postpartum hormones on board.

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At the pumpkin patch. I sure love this kiddo!

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