6 weeks postpartum

Wyatt is 6 weeks old. My oh my! How the time flies!

You spend so many years wishing and wanting for this baby. Once they are here, you blink and they are already so big compared to when you first laid eyes on them. I keep wondering how fast his childhood will go by. I don’t want it to go by fast, but it just seems like each day moves so quickly.

Wyatt is still doing awesome. My little milk monster eats well and is gaining weight. He’s recently grown a cute little double chin. A week and a half ago, he was already over 12 pounds and had grown 1.5 inches since birth. He graduated from newborn sizes by week 2. He is already moving up from 0-3 months to 3-6 months in some brands of sleepers. I say sleepers because let’s get real here: who really dresses their kid? Wyatt has worn “real clothes” maybe a handful of times.

As for me, my lady bits are doing much better. I’m still battling the dreaded hemorrhoids and I’ve got a ways to go until the perineum is 100%, but we are making progress. I’ve also come down with bacterial vaginosis which is lovely (meaning: itchy, red and smelly – LOVELY!). My naturopath has hooked me up with some probiotic suppositories and it should be cleared up in no time. I’ve never had this before, but I guess it makes sense after all the hormonal changes, frequent bathing, trauma and transition that my vajay-jay has gone through. :/ My poor vagina. 

As for embracing motherhood, it has come easily and brings me so much satisfaction. I love breastfeeding especially the bonding that comes from it. I’m still not pumping, but I’m ok with that. I love my baby and if exclusively breastfeeding works for us, I’ll keep at it. I have no trouble busting out the boob at my close friend’s houses, but I still cover up in front of my husband’s male relatives (especially my FIL and my husband’s Uncles). I wish breastfeeding without being covered was more of “the norm”, but many folks in my husband’s family are old fashioned in a very modest sense. I hope in a few months to not care as much what other people think and be willing to just let it all out to make it easier for both Wyatt and I. I haven’t breastfeed in public without a cover yet, but I am looking forward to the sense of freedom I will get once I get there.

My biggest challenge still remains embracing a slower pace of life that is based on baby’s schedule. For example: Tonight I hoped to make a fresh stir fry for supper, but Wyatt cluster fed all late afternoon. No stir fry was made. My husband picked up take out. Going with the flow is necessary with a newborn. My expectations can’t be so high of myself or the state of my household. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s ok to spread my to-do list out over a longer period of time. I saw this on Facebook yesterday and it spoke to me:

So you didn’t get much accomplished today, You ran the washing machine a few times today , but barely got one load finished, because you kept forgetting to take the load out of the washer so you ran the same load three times. All baby wanted to do today was nurse and sleep, but the problem was anytime you tried to escape the sleeping baby, it’s like some alarm goes off and baby instantly wakes back up, so you stop fighting it, and decide to nap with baby. You take a good look around your house and think, “How can I be this tired and still have it look like I got nothing done today?” Then you look down at your happy baby who is giggling and cooing and you soon realize , “But I did get a ton done today! My baby is happy, fed, & content. Clean nappy & full belly of my milk because I made sure to eat extra snacks so I could produce that milk. I may have neglected some of my chores, but all of that can wait because my baby needs me today.” I am my baby’s food source, comfort, sleep aid, & even though baby takes up most of my day I wouldn’t have it any other way!
From- A mom who gets it-

So, that’s where I’m at. Trying to enjoy and embrace each moment with my son while he’s still little. We waited so long to get here. I have every right to enjoy it. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “6 weeks postpartum

    • Go easy on yourself as you will have so much to do as well. It’s hard when we are so used to being in control to suddenly have to be so flexible. I don’t think it matters which way you feed, sleep, bathe or nurture your child as long as you embrace and appreciate the moments you have. 🙂

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  1. Yes, getting used to a slower pace takes time, but then it also gets easier and you get a groove.
    I breastfed in a coffee shop the other day without a cover and I felt pretty pleased with myself. Granted I was with a bunch of mommy friends and sort of tucked away but it felt good. I had taken my cover out and then I decided I didn’t care. I find it easier not covering up around strangers than people I know, as weird as that sounds.
    I hear you on time flying! These little people are amazing ❤

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  2. Slower pace definitely! Newborns are very hard work. I’m all for the sleeper/pj wardrobe especially in the first 3 months. Why complicate things even further?! I’m reliving the exhaustion now and really hope they’ll “ok” us leaving a day early because I can’t fathom 3 nights away from my other daughter. Hospitals are no place for resting (with a baby anyway). My new little monster is a boob fiend so far. I hope my poor nipples survive until my milk comes in!

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  3. That’s exactly how some days go and it’s absolutely okay!

    Eventually they let you get more done but what you’re doing right now is all you need to be doing.

    Nursing uncovered in public does get more comfortable. I do it in Walmart and out to eat. I give zero you know what’s if it bothers somebody else because my baby is what I care about. But I wasn’t always so relaxed about it abd neither was my husband. But eventually he was comfortable with the two shirt method and that’s my go to in public. The only place I really try to step out to do it is church and even then I rarely go to nursing room.

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  4. Sounds like you’re doing great!!!! Kudos to you for exclusively breastfeeding! I’m super jealous!!! And yes, they grow up WAY too fast. Blink and he’ll be driving! Enjoy every second of it – soak it all in! 🙂 So glad to hear things are wonderful.

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  5. Love, love, love your message here. I have the same problem of not being able to slow down. I’m often telling myself daily to just nap with the baby, slow down, see the word as she sees it. It is a tough thing to do in our fast paced world but we are better for it:)

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  6. Love hearing updates from you!

    I really lowered my standards in those early days (and still do!). I would give myself one thing to accomplish that day and if I got anything extra done I felt totally on top of things! 🙂 Try it out sometime. But make sure that one thing is super simple and if it doesn’t happen during the day it can happen when hubby is home.

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  7. I totally get not getting things done. I sometimes sit down at the end of the day and wonder what the heck I did all day then I remember I kept the baby alive and that is good enough!

    I wish I enjoyed breastfeeding, I really thought I would but it’s just totally unpleasant. Not that I love pumping either, but I don’t have the heart to move him to formula yet. And with my huge oversupply the freezer stash of milk is unreal so at least that will last us a while, so I keep telling myself! I only have like 3.5 months to go until I wean for next IVF anyway and seeing as how time flies that will get here so fast.

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