Week 3 Postpartum

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.

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  1. I hv a 3year 4 months old daughter since my second baby’ boy’s birth who is 5 weeks old she has become more stubborn n rebellious seems to be very difficult to handle her
    Could u pls help me how to handle her n make her happy….as she is missing my care n love like b4
    I am totally confused

  2. It’s week 5 PP
    My son is also gassy could u pls suggest me how to get rid of this problem

  3. 3 week PP here…Hmmm…dairy…I took out all dairy the first week and a half PP, but then slowly introduced it once I became regular again. But now Baby is getting more and more fussy, especially between the hours of 9 and 11 PM EVERY night. I’m tired…and in tears when I can’t consult my baby girl. And yes, I feel like it’s robbing my joy of parenthood, too. I’m gonna eliminate dairy again and try the chamomile every day to start. Thank you for posting your videos!

  4. Which activity mat do you like? And any tips on getting a baby to stay asleep after putting them down? I’ve tried swaddling but he still wakes up. Also how did you decide to eliminate dairy? My baby has been pooping more and it is looking greenish-yellow instead of just mustard yellow. Wondering if I should give up dairy?

  5. I love your postpartum posts and will be sorry to see them go…however since you mentioned that you were going to try and exercise more and get in shape now that you’re done having babies – I would love to follow those videos…if you were so inclined to make them?

    My big guy will be 3 weeks old tomorrow and he is our fourth and final baby. I really need some direction in weight loss, exercise and diet. I tried Paleo, Atkins and Low Carb high fat and I realize that I am more of a natural food/whole food kind of gal. I can’t give up grains, legumes or dairy and I love my farm fresh eggs … but every once in a while I let too many processed foods/junk foods sneak back in and I just don’t know where to focus my efforts.

    In the past I have always let my weight stay the same or increase with the words “well I am going to just get pregnant in X amount of time no sense losing a bunch just to gain it all back” ….well I can’t use that anymore…its now time to get serious!

    Won’t you please consider a video post on your weight loss journey/ journey back to health as a done with pregnancy mama?


  6. Hi Genevieve! I haven’t visited your site for quite some time and happened upon it today! Congrats on new baby Paloma! I really like this postpartum video series. Those first months are beautiful and torturous and it’s great to hear some dispatched from the field! I had a winter baby over two years ago and I’ve made a mental note to time the next one (if it’s to be) to NOT be a winter baby! We live in a super cold climate and it’s really hard to be indoors so much with a newborn. On the other hand, it makes for a lot of “nesting” time! Paloma is beautiful (check out that crazy neck lifting strength at 3 weeks – wow!) and Griffin is adorbs. Lots of luck to you in 2014!

  7. Hi Mama,

    It is fun to hear all you do in those first weeks. It’s so encouraging to see such a nice family sharing their experiences.

    You mentioned in your video that it’s extremely cold right now in Chicago and I can totally understand what you say. Fortunately for us our babies are not as unprotected as we might think… It might have helped that our baby was born in summer, but she LOVES cold weather, the cooler – the better. Actually she sleeps better in winter than in summer.

    Getting to the point: I’m not sure what options you have there, but given that our baby would only sleep if I walked with her outside (in a straller, etc.) we had to adjust to a cold winter… We got ourselves a Chariot stroller from a friend, and then we purchased Chariot Baby Bivy. I was hesitant to get it as it is pricey and I wasn’t sure we’ll use it more than a few times… Girl, was I ever wrong. We used it all summer and all winter until the baby decided she wants to sit up and see the world.

    In winter, I’ll put a nice winter suit on her, and a blanket inside Baby Bivy and then I’ll put her in and wrap her up in a blanket. She was snug-as-a-bug inside. Never cold. She’d sleep outside for 3 hours sometimes in -15 to -25 C (5 to -13 F).

    When asleep, I’d also put a thin receiving blanket over her face to keep it somewhat warm. You wouldn’t believe how warm she was when you took her out of there after a nice long sleep.

    If you’re interested in pictures or more information, please let me know and I’ll gladly share them.

  8. Oh I hear ya with the crying!! I LOVE hearing other newborns, but when it’s my own child I have a mild panic attack. I was a wreck with my first, but I’m happy to report that it’s gotten easier and easier with each baby–I’m 34 weeks with baby #7 (my 4th girl!)!! 🙂 I’m really enjoying your blog and videos…my 2 eldest (girls, 11 & 10 y/o) are as well! 🙂

  9. Aww she’s so cute !!!! Baby crying hits me hard too–like I’m holding my breath until I can stop the crying! You all look like you are going to have a merry Christmas !!!

  10. Great goal! I started doing more Bible reading too recently. I find it’s somewhat addictive. I love starting my day off with it first thing. I’m keeping a bit of a journal with it too, which I’ve never done. I write a little bit about things that particularly move me (this time, Joseph’s story really stuck out because my family had been going through some tough times recently, and seeing how God always lifted Joseph up despite what life threw at him was so encouraging!).

  11. I found out just a couple if days ago that I am pregnant with my third child!!!
    Seems like yesterday that I was here announcing my second…

  12. Hey, also, just a thought regarding conferences. Lots of them also are available online. 🙂 If you really want to do that, you might do a little research, and I think you might be surprised at how much is available.

    Btw….in answer to the end of your videos. I’m not pregnant yet. Been trying for 6 months now. I’m 36. Hoping and praying it’ll happen soon. We feel so grateful for our little girl who’s 18 mos. old, though. 🙂

    Bless you 4!

  13. Thanks for the chamomile and ginger tea idea!
    My 11 week old baby is gassy often so I will have to try this!
    I’m also waiting for the probiotic brand follow up please!
    Congrats on the strong beautiful baby!

  14. Would love to know what, if any, devotionals or books you have found that speak to new moms. I have a 4-month-old daughter and am finding that, of course, it’s hard to find time to fit in a moment with God like I did before becoming a parent! It’s been the most joyous and challenging period of my entire life, and while I am blessed to have lots of mom friends (both at church and not) who uplift and encourage me, I am finding myself wishing there was a book targeting the spiritual journey, too. Any recommendations? As always, love the site and have enjoyed sharing in your pregnancy and birth of Paloma!

  15. Oh woops….I see that question as already been asked several times. 🙂

  16. Can I ask why kind of probiotic you give her? My 1 month old is also gassy, and I was thinking of getting one for him.

  17. I totally agree with you about the baby crying thing! It is completely different when your own baby cries, verses when someone else’s baby cries. It makes me SO anxious! All I can think is, “I have to make this stop!” I guess that’s a good thing, but you are taking the right approach to calming yourself as much as possible until you can calm her. Hang in there, mama! You’re doing a great job!

  18. Hey there. That little angel does look like her big brother…how fun 🙂
    I am 26 weeks along and follow your videos as i approach a new week in pregnancy but with your new videos…postpartum…i have to watch them, to see how you are right now and to hopefully get a shot or two of that little baby girl….thanks for the footage of the kids & thanks for your Love….Be well (^.^)

  19. I’m echoing the question about probiotics & baby! Would love to know what you’re using.

  20. I would also love to know the probiotics you give her! 🙂

  21. What probiotics do you give to your baby?

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