Saturday, June 15, 2013

All About Miller

We are still plugging right along!

I figured baby Miller deserved a little post dedicated just to him before I forgot everything.  I try not to compare him with Ellie, but the truth is there is not much to compare because our experiences with each child have been SO different.  From my pregnancies to the deliveries and now to their personalities, they are two unique little creatures!

We had a few tough days last week.  I was afraid we were on the verge of having a colicky baby but thankfully we made a few changes that I think helped his problems!  I think our sweet baby had a little confusion when it came to what kind of bottle he preferred.  He was so used to the small bottles that I used to pump that for a while they were the ONLY ones he would take!  I had every expensive bottle on the market that we tried and he would not take any of them well.  We finally got him to take a Tommee Tippee and a Dr. Brown's this week and it has made all the difference.  No more gassy/fussy baby.  That was just not fun!  He is also just now getting the hang of taking a paci.  I was afraid he'd never take one and it was a little stressful.  You don't realize how handy those can be in extra fussy moments when it's not quite time to eat!

As far as feeding goes, he nursed great right after he was born. After our little trip to the NICU I was encouraged to start pumping and supplementing with formula because he had become dehydrated and needed to eat more to pee and help pump the antibiotics through his system.  Once again, I was disappointed because I felt that we were doing well nursing but I also wanted to do whatever was necessary to help him get better.  So we are still nursing/pumping/supplementing.  It is exhausting and I am not sure how long any of it will last, but for now we are going to try and stick to is as long as we can.  The hardest part about all of this is that Miller has ZERO patience and is a big eater!  When he's hungry, he lets you know it!  He is a big screamer and is LOUD.  He is also a very aggressive nurser which still proves to be quite painful.  I try to be tough but sometimes it is just unbearable so we only nurse a couple of times a day.  Just another part of being a mommy that you have to endure that people don't warn you about!

Our nights are going fairly well.  I really cannot complain because I am already noticing that they are getting better.  We have our little routine that works and he is sleeping in his crib!  I started this right at 2 weeks because I felt like I was running all over the house all night to try and avoid waking Ellie up.  This was a great decision and it has been a very easy transition.  I can feed, change and rock him all in one room without waking anyone up!  I have also started staying up late for his last feeding before I go to bed to avoid getting up that one extra time.  He still eats about every 3 hours and even went 4 hours the other night.  I'll take it!

Emotionally I am doing well.  It was questionable the week or so after he was born but thankfully those lovely hormones have calmed down.  I don't enjoy being a hormonal mess:)  I also feel great and have a ton of energy.  I honestly don't know where it's coming from because I have never gotten so little sleep in my life!  I guess it's just a natural mom thing because I am always so busy there's not much time to think about how tired I am.

Now that we have his fussiness mostly under control, I am really noticing that he is a sweet, laid back little guy.  I feel like he has been here forever and adding him to our family was just a natural transition.  I am so thankful for our sweet baby and cannot wait to see him grow and change.  I am trying to savor every second of this sweet baby stage though because I know how quickly it passes.  Sometimes I still have to pinch myself when I look at our TWO kiddos.

Weight:  10+ pounds
Diaper:  Size 1
Clothes:  growing out of newborn, wearing mostly 0-3 and even some 3 month clothes!
Feeding: 4 oz. every 3 hours
Loves his bath, his swing, being held, and lounging on his boppy pillow.

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