Well this week was our first week back to normal......well our new normal.
Last week my mom was here until Wednesday and then Luke's parents were here until the weekend. So we had a full house all week.
So beginning Monday morning of this week it was just me and Eli, our new normal.
I have discovered a couple of things while staying home.
First, the days go by much faster at home then they do at work. I wake up at the same time I did when I went to work (Eli = new alarm clock) but I feel like by the time I blink twice its already 5:00.
We have been fortunate enough to have friends bringing us dinner each night so I haven't had to worry about preparing dinner yet. It will be interesting when I have to start planning a time to cook between nursing. Nursing takes up a lot of time!
Eli and I are still spending most of our time in the house. The pediatrician told me it would be ok to get Eli out, but it still makes me a bit nervous, so for the most part we stay at home. Which has been a bit hard on me.
The day we got home from the hospital I realized I had a bit of the "baby blues" and was feeling very down. I'm doing better in that regards, but there are still days when I feel it coming on and I will start crying for no rhyme or reason. Usually the nights are the hardest. I have found I feel better if I get out at some point in the day, which is hard when you are nursing every 2.5-3 hours.
So usually when Luke gets home I will walk around outside, or we will get in the car and hit up a drive-thru restaurant to get some soda or ice cream or something. It is nice to get out for a bit.
Another thing I've discovered since being home is that there is nothing good on TV during the day.
I mean really, HOW MANY court room shows do we need?!?!? And when did Maury Povich become the new Jerry Springer??
Times have changed.
Luckily we have Netflix hooked up on our xbox so for the past 3 days I have spent most of my nursing time watching past seasons of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. This may very well be the worst TV show to ever grace the TV airwaves, yet I'm completely addicted.
So that is how we spend our days, nursing, watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager, sleeping, nursing, the occasional crying (from both me and Eli) and just getting to know each other.
It has been fun. I'm enjoying every single moment with my little guy, even if I am about to go stir crazy.
A couple of Eli tid bits for me to remember from this week:
Eli is eating every 3 hours, except at night he will go 5 hours. Which has been so great for me. It's amazing what that extra 2 hours of rest at night can do for a momma.
He is very good at nursing and already surpassed his birth weight. He now weighs 6 lbs 10 1/2 ounces and is 21 inches long.
He stays alert a little longer each day. He still sleeps most of the day but the moments when he is awake and alert are so fun.
He loves to just sit and watch Luke play the guitar.
He definitely knows my voice, which just melts my heart.
It is so hard to find clothes to fit him. Pretty much the only thing that he can fit into are preemie clothes. I have so many outfits just waiting for him to wear. But I guess it doesn't matter since we aren't even leaving the house :-)
He is a very hard sleeper and is impossible to wake up. This is frustrating when he falls asleep nursing and I can't get him to wake up, but also nice when he is sleeping in our room and we can still watch TV and he doesn't budge.
No matter how tightly I swaddle he wrestles his arms out. It is hilarious to watch him kick his legs and move his body and work so hard until he gets his arms out.
Some Eli pics:
This chair is where we spend most of our nursing time
He fell asleep while dad played the guitar