Paloma’s wowing the doctors, and mama’s gonna need to SEE a doctor if she doesn’t start taking care of herself. It’s week 3 postpartum.
Little Miss Paloma is wowing the doctors and Mama’s going to need a doctor, she doesn’t start taking care of her self. It’s week 3 postpartum.
Here’s what happening physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Physically I’m doing good..I actually am disciplining myself to nap when baby Paloma naps, particularly this end of day nap she does as in the evening Griffin’s usually asleep and it’s a perfect opportunity for me to get extra rest because I have not been doing that and it’s starting to catch up with me.
The other thing was I had a little bit of dizziness this week and I did some research about it and I guess it’s very normal just with all the changes and fluids and blood volume and stuff like that that happens after giving birth, I’m going to talk to my midwife about it. But also can be due to just not getting enough sleep and enough fluids okay? Especially if your breastfeeding so I’m really been working on those two things this week.
Paloma on the other hand is doing fabulous. We went to the doctor and she is eight pounds 10 ounces and 20 and a quarter inches long. The doctor said not to worry about the height not growing that much because, she said, frankly a lot of times hospitals don’t get it right when they measure, so that we’re all good and so Paloma’s in the 90th percentile for weight and height which I love because Griffin was a little bit on the lower side of things.
I love having a strong baby girl! And speaking of which, the Doctor when Paloma was on the table there and the Doctor is examining her she almost rolled over. I mean this girl has incredible neck you know head shoulder strength and the doctors said you need to watch this girl because she is seriously going to roll over and like could fall off something like you have to really watch her so she was really impressed which of course made me proud.
Paloma is also a lot less gassy this week which I’m so happy about. So I think definitely getting rid of dairy for me helped her a lot. The other thing I’m doing is drinking a lot of chamomile tea also fennel is really good and ginger tea. And, believe it or not, that really helps the babies through the breast milk and in fact if you look at a lot of gripe water recipes for babies they include some of those teas or some of those ingredients, so I think that’s helping to calm her stomach. And I’ve also been giving her a lot of probiotics so I think the combination of everything, she’s doing so much better, she just seems happier and this week is just been so fun because she’s had her eyes open. She would do this little routine when she gets up we nurse and then get on the activity mat and her eyes open and she’s staring at things and she’s even cooed a little bit, and I just love it, you know, just that she’s coming to life…. yeah so things are good.
I realize that I do not like hearing babies cry. I’m sure that’s probably a no-brainer for most of us. Probably none of us like hearing babies cry, but I realized I get kind of anxious about it. Paloma, you know, cries sometimes then because you… think about this, that’s a babies main way of communicating, and she’s a real fiery one! Like if she gets up she wants to be nursed within like 2 minutes. I get about 2 minute window and if she’s not on my boob then she is weee… You know and really really adamant about it.
I remember with Griffin doing the same thing and I would just get so anxious when they cry so I had to remind myself this week that its normal and that is ok and that this too shall pass and I’m also just trying to get out of some grooves I had with Griffin I would get kind of almost neurotic around his sleep schedule is he sleeping enough and not napping, am I rocking them right… oh my gosh we can’t get them over tired and all that kind of stuff. With this girl I’m just having to like back off and I’m going to to do the best I can. It’s like you can lead a horse to water but you can’t force him to drink you know.
So luckily she has been a really good napper but just not to get caught up in those kind of perfectionistic grooves I had with my first baby because frankly I think it’s stole some of the joy of parenting. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have because I was worrying a lot so that’s been a really big revelation for me.
And the other thing is, it’s just been a hard couple weeks it’s been super cold here in Chicago. We’re talking like single digits like dangerous cold okay. So definitely not the weather that I could go on a stroll with a little baby even if I wrapped her up tremendously and had a cover, everything like that, it’s just too cold and so crazy. I like being outside, I like going for walks, I like just having some freedom and I really haven’t felt that this week so that’s been a little bit harder.
The good thing is Christmas is coming so we got a Christmas tree and I’ve been decorating the house so it give me some things to do within the home that are fun and different but man it was tough having a winter baby.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the new year. Each new year I like to have goals, spiritual, emotional, physical. So spiritually I’m like what can I do for 2014 and of course there’s some amazing conferences that are coming to Chicago. But it’s just probably not realistic. Particularly, there’s a lot of them are coming up in January. I’m gonna have a 2 month old baby, I’m not going to go for like a weekend away to some conference so I started thinking and praying about it.
I decided my goal is going to be to really read the Bible. That’s something that I have not really gotten into as much as I’d like to. So my brother and I are going to do it together which is awesome to have like a partner to do with you and it’ll be fun, it’ll be great way to bond with him, he’s a couple years older than me, he lives in Nashville and we are gonna do it via Skype or phone and yeah I’m looking forward to that.
And you know the thing about doing that is I can do it anytime day or night and I can just do small little pieces like and I even told him like I’m not going to go to read huge chapter’s every single day, I’m just have to take it really bite size. And I love the idea of- if you just take those small simple steps. There’s just saying words like a one degree change every single day by the end of the year you’ve done a full 360 and then some. So that’s going to be my motto this year and keeping it simple but I’m excited.