1 Week Old

I think it is crazy that Leiland is a week old. One week ago life changed for us in the best way possible.

Leiland was weighed on Friday the 13th and was 8 pounds 8 ounces and on Monday he was 8 pounds 9.5 ounces. His billiruben went up just a hair however they said that was the peak (5 days old). Its heading out so no worries there.

At 1 week old Leiland is just starting to be awake more. His "schedule" changes every couple days but we just roll with the flow and watch where he takes us. He has started to cluster feed more but is really getting the hang of nursing. Before he would freak out for a minute or two before latching on but now he just goes right on. As long as I am not too full he can go to town. If I am full I just have to hold my boob just right so he can get on. No biggie though. Today he has nursed just about every hour on the hour for about 5 feedings in a row. Now he is sleeping with his daddy.

I also pumped today to have some milk for bottles while we are out tomorrow. I did pretty good and got 9 ounces in just about 15 minutes. Leiland takes the bottle so great which is exactly what I wanted for him. Tim can feed him and have that extra cuddle/ care time. Its also nice to know he can have a bottle in public until I am comfortable nursing in public. I don't think it will be too long before I get the hang of that though.

Last night his umbilical cord stump came off, his tar poop is long gone, and he sleeps great. At night he will feed, sleep a few hours, feed again, then usually sleeps a good 5 hours before waking up again. He is so great to his mama letting me sleep at night.

Leiland at 1 weeks old is just adorable. He makes the cutest faces and always keeps his hands up close to his face. His big cheeks just BEG to be kissed 100 times a day and he will hold onto my finger the whole time we nurse. When he falls asleep after burping he just sleeps on my chest but always has a hand on my chest. I love holding my boy. I hate to put him down and don't care if I am spoiling him. At night he sleeps in our bed and its everything I have wanted. I love feeling him breath and just watching him. He is so great and I love him so much.

As for me, I am still in pain, but starting to feel better. I am still taking the prescribed vicodin and motrin. I am also still taking a stool softener to help me go potty. I saw the CNM at the OB office on Monday because the pain was still so bad. I started bleeding more and the meds weren't helping my pain at all. She said I still have a lot of bruising there but my stitches from the episotomy are disolving and that it is healing. My boobs get full but don't really hurt too bad. My nipples just started hurting when Leiland nurses but I think its because when he gets sleepy he slides down and loses his good latch. So I have started taking him off when this happens but they are still a little sore when he first gets on. I still have some good bruises on my arms from the IV and blood draws but I mostly feel great. It was wasn't still hurting in my crotch I would be one very happy girl. However, because I am still having pain it just means I sit in my nursing chair a lot and snuggle with my boy. I am soaking up these early days with Leiland knowing they will pass so quickly and also be slightly foggy down the road. My belly seems to be going down as well. Every couple days I notice it looks smaller and today I weighed myself and was 184 pounds. Thats only 12 pounds over my starting weight. I know my belly is jiggly but I actually love it. I love playing with the skin and seeing my stretch marks. I thought I would miss being pregnant but I really don't. I loved it but I love having Leiland in my arms SO much more. Emotionally I am doing fine as well. I had a couple days I was sensitive but nothing too crazy. I haven't had any signs of depression which is great since it was a worry for me. My bleeding seems to have slowed down. Its nothing crazy but it hasn't stopped or anything yet either. Because I am nursing I am hoping it will be awhile before I get another period after the bleeding does subside.


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