Thanks to a shift takeover from Matt, I slept amazingly well on Wednesday-Thursday night. We are really happy with our set up with the bed in the nursery. One parent sleeps in there and keeps a fraction of an ear open for peeps and handles the diapers, swaddling and soothing after each feeding. The other parent gets to sleep in what I’m calling The Palace – our master bedroom (which is 6 feet from the nursery). This set up is such that the person in The Palace mentally can just zonk out while the person in the nursery sleeps less soundly. I had been doing most of the nursery shifts after midnight, but last night Matt let me stay in The Palace until 5am and I slept so well. Of course I had a few feedings in there, but it was great sleep when I did sleep. We’ll probably rotate this shift every few nights or so.
I woke up so refreshed that I wanted to make something special for breakfast – a sense of my old life and new mixed together. I put Maze in his wrap where he promptly took a nap.
SIDEBAR: The White Noise Lite app on our phones has been an AMAZING soother. M will often be a bit grumpy after a feeding or when he’s procrastinating a nap, and if we put this app on he instantly goes into a trance. I think the terrible phone speakers make the white noise even more uterus like! If you haven’t heard of Happiest Baby On The Block, the book’s soothing techniques for a crying baby are magical. White noise or “shushing” is one of the 5 s’s. I tuck my phone into the front of the wrap with the white noise on and it settles him to sleep in less than 2 minutes.
SO – french toast with figs!!
I soaked a big slice of Honey Whole Wheat in a beaten egg with cinnamon and vanilla and plopped it into a medium low skillet until it was all cooked through. Little figs danced around in a circle until they began to brown and sweeten.
Topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and chia seeds and sunbutter!
Served with a side of mom pills. Any idea what the two in the back are?
When Matt woke up we gave Stinky a bath. He hated it!! But it was over in less than 5 minutes (4 hands = efficient)
He generally does not like being wet or getting his diaper changed
But some dry clothes
And one of dad’s great swaddles
He was back to sleep in a few minutes.
Check out his little chick-a-dee hair!
I haven’t done too much snacking. Breastfeeding has made me incredibly thirsty, but not really all that hungry. I’ve just been eating balanced good sized meals and having a few snacks here and there. Like a few handfuls of trail mix to tide me to lunch:
I miss him when he sleeps!
But also enjoyed the time to make lunch myself.
I heated up the white bean and greens soup Lynsie brought over – it was really really good! I’ll have to hunt down her recipe…
and on the side I had a Rosemary Garlic Roll from our bakery and a green plum
Maze likes greens too
Afternoon I caught up on a bunch of blog work during nap #2 (or 3?) and folded laundry
Then Matt came home!!
And we had a visit from Auntie Faith followed by my doula, Jen, for some birth debriefing. It was great to hear her perspective on the birth. I’m going to sit down and write my birth story this weekend (I hope!)
We had told Jen all about the Pumking during [early] labor and so we had a toast to a healthy baby and successful delivery
Karen brought us a delicious dinner. Baby played with Matt while we cooked!
We had big fat beans with sundried tomato pesto, garlic bread, green beans with bacon and baked sweet potatoes topped with butter and candied pecans.
Incredible flavor combos Karen!
I ended up crashing on the nursery bed around 8pm and our long night began early! The good news is, I am once again well rested and thankful. Rather than napping during the day, we are just making our nights last 12 hours. It’s working out well.
Also, Mazen’s Birth Story has been posted!!