Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Working Mom Life so Far

one of my favorite pictures from the hospital 
I haven't been a mom, much less a working mom for very long (going on 5 days to be exact, actually). But here are some random thoughts so far.. :

  • Real clothes, adult conversation, and generally just needing to be somewhere is an amazing feeling. 
  • I now know about this thing called Mom guilt. Yup, I've felt it now. Every day I worry she won't remember me, or not like me as much. But nope! she loves me all the same. It truly is such a relief to see she still loves me at the end of each day! 
  • I also feel odd being out and about. Like what? I have this much freedom? No way! Moms don't get to eat sushi midday! I went to target on my lunch break and not lugging a car seat  just felt straight up wrong. LOL.
  • Pumping at work isn't really that weird. 
  • Your job never stops, your at home job is just much more fun :) by 10 p.m. I'm W I P E D.
  • You miss your kid so much. It's kind of a lovesick feeling. 
  • You feel like you are doing everything, but not doing anything that well. 
  • There's no time to be a pinterest mom. I mean there is, but I'd just rather not spend my time like that. This is the weirdest one for me, since I thought I'd love being creative for my little. Turns out I'd rather cuddle her instead of planning amazing Christmas tablescapes.

I could go on and on, but the past few days have confirmed what I thought all along. I'd love being a working mom! I never thought I was wired to be a SAHM, and the past couple days have confirmed this. I am just not a suzy homemaker! I raise my hat to moms who can do it all day in and day out. Truly. Since I could hardly keep up with basic tasks after Coral's arrival, being a SAHM for 11 weeks left me feeling depleted and bad at my job. I miss her like crazy, but I think is right for us!

And that's all folks.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

2 months

Stats: 11 lbs. 10 oz. (65%) 23.5 inches (93%) and head circumference of 15.25 inches. Mostly Size 3-6 months in clothes, although we can still squeeze into 0-3 if we must. Size 1 diapers, but not for much longer I'm afraid! 

Feeding: Coral is still exclusively breast fed/ bottle fed breast milk. She's down to 7 feedings a day (a la babywise). She gets a daily bottle during the last feeding of the day (930 pm ish) with daddy. This feeding seems to be getting earlier and earlierr (her request) and we hope it gets elimated soon. 

Likes: playtime! Coral really enjoys being put down for 30 min spurts to enjoy her activity mats, the swing, and most recently TV! She loves the lights. She likes napping in her jogging stroller, and sleeping near mommy and daddy. She really likes her grandma and nana. And oddly enough, is usually very content on her changing table. Still loving the newborn boppy lounger too. The car if it's in motion. Staring at things. 

Dislikes: the car if it's not in motion, Sleeping or waking up alone. Sleeping on her back. (We are clearly having sleep problems!) When I mess up her midday nap (drama queen alert), and being put down when she's tired. Being swaddled. 

Sleep: well, I never thought id find myself saying this, but we are flirting with co- sleeping. Coral falls asleep in our bed around 10 pm and we move her to her boppy lounger when she's out cold. After she wakes up around 4/5 am she either is still sleepy enough to go back in the lounger, or comes into bed with us til 730 am. Trust me, it's not ideal! But baby girl really hates sleeping by herself, and we all get good sleep this way. We have a nap routine and coral is doing great with eat, play, sleep so I'm pretty happy with those items. Overall, I'm happy with our sleep. 

-week 5 she started stringing syllables like al-goo. Very chatty girl!
-week 5- first time to go for a six hour stretch from feeding to feeding 
-week 5- started reaching for things 
-sucking on her fingers 
-grunted on Halloween 
-week 6- discovered patterns (leap 2) 
-recognizes people other than mommy and daddy 
-she can track an object but rarely does it. Unless that object is me :) 
Week 8- mom and dad's first date night 
-she whimpers when she wants us to put her to sleep 
-Halloween! She was a fish and we wore fishing shirts! 
How mom/dad are doing: 
- I actively tried to implement a schedule this month. It started in week 6, fell apart in week 7, then one really emerged in week 8. Crazy stuff. I'm sure it will change soon! 
- soooooo. This month was a lot harder for me because I stopped running on adrenaline and the newness wore off. I started to really feel the effects of sleep deprivation if ya know what I mean. This motivated me to get on a schedule, which has helped us all tremendously! 
-we survived our 2 months shots! 
- I'm becoming more lax about germs and going in public 
- we went on our first date! We were so worried about her the whole time tho lol. She did wonderful with grandma.  We were kind of sad that she didn't miss us! 
-week 7 was really tough because coral sleep regressed, but the wonder weeks books reallllly helped me understand what she was going through. According to the book, Coral went through leap 2 in her mental development. I can't recommend this book enough!  

That was a lot. Phew. And I still need to write her 1 month as a catch up. 
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