*The information provided in this article is meant for entertainment purposes only, please consult your doctor for all medical concerns and conditions.
My Mental Health:
I’ve been in denial for the past month on how well I was handling life with the new baby. If I were to be perfectly honest I’ve been devoid of passion, lost as to who it is I am, and lost about what I want for my future. My husband described me as an empty shell, and explained how he wants back the woman that he married. Even after him saying that I still wasn’t 100% ready or willing to wake up. It took me and the baby getting sick with a cold to finally realize how far gone I really was. Over the course of the past week. I’ve started doing what I can to wake up and begin feeling like myself again. I’ve started to drink more water, and to eat more regularly. I’ve also started making the time needed to work my new job. It is a slow start, but hopefully in the end I can get back to the place I need to be. As my husband explained I need to stop looking back and start looking forward.
How baby is doing?
This month baby mastered the act of rolling from back to belly, he also began the dreaded sleep regression stage and is no longer sleeping through the night. Despite knowing how to also roll from back to belly, he often gets stuck on his belly and becomes very frustrated. The teething has also become worse as he now frequently runs a low grade fever. Everything that comes near him goes straight to his mouth. Though weight wise he still technically fits in the swing, he is currently 18.15 lbs, he rolls and twists too much for us to feel safe trying to set him into it. We are buying him a chair for Christmas, so as soon as Christmas passes the swing will officially be dismantled and stored for the next baby.
The 4 month shots went way better than the 2 month, but it was also all the same types. I ended up going alone without my husband, because we missed our original appointment due to little one keeping us awake all night thanks to sleep regression. Thankfully, the nurse had me lean over the baby and distract him while I held his arms, because I am super afraid of needles. The Dr informed us we can begin solids at any time now because of Wesley’s awesome development, we plan to begin this upcoming month.
Sadly we had to make an unexpected trip to visit my husbands family this month. My mother in law passed away, and per her wishes she wanted everyone to come together for a big party in her honor. We were there from Noon to midnight and my son was the center of attention he met my father in laws mother and became her new best friend. As the party was very loud he was unable to sleep more than 15 minutes at a time. He would become uber cranky with everyone so I would take him to a back room feed him and put him to bed in the pack n play, go mingle with the family for 15 to 30 minutes before someone would come to inform me he was crying. I would go in pick him up and he was good to go for at least an hour, before needing to return to the back room. In addition to sleep issues, teething, and rolling over the baby babble has increased and it constantly sounds like he is saying mama. Over the last month he’s become very much a mama’s boy.
Life as a breastfeeding mama:
Up until this past week breastfeeding was going strong. My milk supply is still running slower than before, and I have yet to establish a back up supply, but the bonus to this is I don’t have to worry too much about leaking. Recently however, everyone in the house has been sick including baby and me. Luckily for baby he seems to have only gotten a small cough and sneeze, without much of a runny nose. I took him to the Dr. after he had been running a 99 degree fever on and off for about three days. They told me the teething was very likely the cause of the fever and the lack of interest in eating, as well as his ear pulling were all signs of this as well. The Dr. did say its likely he has a small cold, but that as long as I drink plenty of water and just keep trying to feed him, the baby would be just fine.
*This month we will be starting solids so hopefully I will be able to create a back up supply as he slowly starts eating solid foods. Be sure to check out next months post to hear about his first taste of apple, and other yummy foods.
Biggest Lifesavers I have learned this month:
Tip#1: Take the time everyone morning and evening to brush your teeth and hair, it will help you feel alive.
Tip#2: When you are sick with a runny nose use the homemade baby wipes to blow your nose every now and again, it will helped your chapped nose heal faster thanks to the coconut oil.
Tip#3: Use your stroller as a chair for baby, especially if you haven’t gotten around to buying them one. It also makes it easy to entertain them while you do chores around the house, you will often find me doing dishes on one foot as I push the stroller back and forth with baby.
Tip#4: Once baby hits about 18lbs it is time to remove the newborn netting from the baby bath tub.
Tip#5: Use head and shoulder shampoo for cradle cap, little one’s hair pulling was deemed to be residual cradle cap.
Wesley’s First Christmas
First Bites of Solid food
How I scored a Bob Stroller for $20 (You won’t believe how I found this deal).