Thursday, June 3, 2010

It's All Coming Back To Me

Blogging might be a bit sporadic as Josie and I try to figure each other out. Feeding on demand means no schedule or sleep so my mind is a bit foggy and I can't yet figure out how to be on the computer while feeding her. She's now a week old!

Photos to come soon but in the meantime I've been experiencing all the challenges associated with infants that I had long since forgotten with Ned and Penny. There are also some key differences with having a "singleton" but I'll save those thoughts for another post.
  • Tied to the breast. When in doubt as to what is wrong - gas, hungry, exhaustion, etc., just shove a boob in the baby's mouth. Josie is very, very interested in nursing and as a result I seem to be tied to her 24/7 (never mind I've had to start using a shield to help with pain). We have had to do a couple of bottles when I feel completely tapped out but things are going well in the breastfeeding department. How do moms with other kids manage to care for them while breastfeeding a newborn?
  • Diapers. I had forgotten how often you have to change diapers - at least 10 a day.
  • Obsolete husband. Husband has so little to do (this time around) since Josie is nursing. He has been on twin duty of course but I feel like he hasn't been able to bond with Josie as much. And since he is back at work already I don't want him to get up in the middle of the night unless I can't mentally get out of bed (happened at least once around 5 am when I had been up most of the night).
  • Unpredictability. I never know when she'll want to eat or sleep or for how long.
  • Exhaustion. Good thing I don't have to make any important decisions on a daily basis!
  • Floppy and fragile, but sweet and snuggly (even if that is all routing).
What is your least favorite part about caring for infants? Most favorite?


Shelley said...

Took the words right out of my mouth.....except that I never managed to blog about it 5 months ago!

The obsolete husband part is so true! Great to hear that you're all doing well.

Oh....and as for how you breastfeed a newborn and take care of other kids.....Unfortunately I found myself scrubbing crayon off the walls and cleaning up messes on a regular basis. Messes made while I was feeding Ethan. Basically you just take it in stride and remember that it will eventually get easier! :-)

Stacey said...

Embrace the snuggles while you can. Those only lasted for 8 months or so with Cameron. It makes me long for another one! Shhhhh, don't tell Jeremy.

A. said...

Least favorite part - that initial, complete inability to know why they are crying. Is it gas? Are they hungry? Is it reflux? Something in my milk? Something in the formula I've had to use since I don't have enough milk? Ugh, don't miss that.

Favorite part - having a lumpy little sack of newborn-smelling cuteness prefer nothing more than sleeping on your chest. LOVE this!!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Best part? Snuggles

Worst part - everything else! (no jokes)

Absolute worst part - the crying!

Anonymous said...

HI from a twin mom who enjoys your blog! When I gave birth to my twins my older son was 5 years old. I still had to parent my older son WHILE caring for the newborn twins so my advice is to get the newborn on a feeding schedule so you can give at least some shape to the day. I just don't recommend feeding on demand because it involves way too much guesswork and may leave you too drained to parent the other two! Its a whole different situation when you ADD kids to an existing family. Those kids become part of the family, instead of the center of it, which is healthy and good for all. My favorite part of newborn stage is how tiny and portable they are! Best of luck to you!