Lots of snuggling going on!
My parents left yesterday after a final lunch on the porch
Mom made us tomato + cheese sandwiches with plum, fruit salad and quinoa
And then we were a family of 3. A while later, Matt had to run to the bakery to tend to something urgent, so Maze and I were all by ourselves! It was fun and a little scary being home alone – especially the first time I realized I had to go to the bathroom! Luckily we are equipped with a handful of baby seats that held him safely for a quick minute.
We spent some time snuggling in the nursery after lunch. I used to sit in there pregnant just like this – his little backside feels just like my stomach used to – only upsidedown!! (I’m amazed at how flat my stomach is just 4 days postpartum. Of course it’s not toned or anything, and it’s not flat like it used to be, but I figured I would still look about 6 months pregnant right now!)
We were very very excited when Matt returned! It was like in the movies – he kissed us both when he arrived!
And we celebrated our first moments alone together with the famous 9 Month IPA – just a taste because this is a strong one!
While Maze ate, Matt whipped up a quick dinner.
Whole wheat pasta with zucchini, garden tomatoes, and heaps of goat cheese that melted into a sauce. Topped with basil. Tasted AMAZEN!
We went to bed as early as we could last night. Well, I did! After his last late evening feeding, I went down for a nap while father and son played downstairs so my bedroom was quiet. This seems to work well and gives me a head start on sleep. When he’s ready to nurse again (hopefully around midnight), Matt brings him to me, and I take over for the rest of the night in the nursery so Matt can get rest in our bedroom. And then during the day Matt can watch him while I nap. This tag-teaming seems to be working well for now.
My night last night was quite chaotic, though. We are still figuring out how to breastfeed with a proper latch (been spending time on Kelly Mom), and the little guy alternated 10 and 45 minute sessions (with one 90 minute one!?) with no more than a hour’s nap in between. I kept reminding myself what others have told me: this time is about survival. Although I am exhausted and frustrated in the dark night, I feel pretty good during the day, especially with a few naps. I told myself I would make every effort to “sleep when the baby sleeps” and since Matt has been home to watch him when he’s both sleeping and playing, that gives me plenty of time for napping. I also have the goal tonight to focus on quality. Last night I felt rushed to get back to sleep ASAP and probably took more shortcuts than I should have to try to keep him sleepy. After talking to the pediatrician today, she said make every feeding count, so that’s my goal for tonight.
I’m writing posts a day late now (if you haven’t noticed) and that seems to be working well too! Can’t wait to share today’s adventures tomorrow! (=Confusing)