Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ashford: week 2

as a whole, week 2 went more smoothly than week 1. i hope i'm not coming off as whiny or ungrateful in these posts. i feel silly because i know i'm not the first person to have 2 kids or a demanding newborn. i always hear people say "just enjoy the newborn stage, it goes so fast." but i still struggle. i am slowly adjusting to our new normal. some days i feel like i'm totally on top of things, then the next day i feel the exact opposite. if that doesn't sum up parenthood, i don't know what does. 

one last christmas celebration with my mom's side of the family, weight check appointment, "celebrated" new years eve, met more friends, newborn pictures, first bath at home, lots of friends brought us dinner (so so nice!)

here are some pictures from our final christmas get together. ashford got to meet lots of extended family for the first time. he and azalea are the youngest ones by about 18 years, so they get a ton of attention :) 

ashford had a weight check appointment on 12/30 when he was 9 days old and weighed in at 7 lbs, 8 oz, which was up 4 oz from his 1 week appointment. the doctor was very happy to see it (and so was i!). the doctor said we didn't need to come back again for another check for a week. woo hoo! hope this trend continues.

on new years day, we did ashford's newborn shoot with our awesome photographer alison bents photography. ashford started off the session asleep, which was great, but he soon woke up and proceeded to cry the rest of the time. sigh :) here is a little sneak peek. i can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. 

hair and eye color:
same as last week - blonde hair, blue eyes. basically mini thatcher :)

still rockin the newborn stuff, and a few 0-3 onesies. 

wearing his daddy's newborn jammies :)

we had a huge turning point for sleep this week, thanks to my new best friend, the rock n play sleeper. i had heard so many good things about this cradle, so i figured it was worth a shot. i ran out at 7:30pm on new years eve and bought one at target. low and behold, ashford started sleeping 3-4 hour stretches that very night...and every night after. amazing! i lay him down in it swaddled, after nursing and he stays asleep. it's worth a million bucks!

feedings continued to get better this week, as well. ashford started spacing them out a little more - ya know, like every 1.5-1.75 hours. 2 hours  would be ideal, but 'll take it. the initial latching pain is almost gone, which makes the frequent feedings more bearable. hoping we get another good weight report next week and can keep on going with nursing.  i've already made it longer than with i did with azalea.

most used gear:
rock n play sleeper (amen!), he's warmed up a little to the bouncy seat, but doesn't like it all the time, we've also used a sling a few times around the house, with some success. 

first bath:
ashford's umbiical cord stump fell off around day 7 or 8, but we didn't get around to giving him a bath until day 13 (how you know you are a second child - haha!). he was sort of unsure about the whole thing. he was calm and looked around at first, but then started to cry after a while. he was such a slippery little dude - i had forgotten what that was like! azlaea enjoyed "helping" with bath time. 

same as last week....eating and being held.

same story....dude wants to eat all.the.time. so if you aren't offering him a boob, he probably doesn't like it. haha. 

azalea's adjustment: 
azalea did pretty well this week. she spent more days at daycare, which is part of the reason i'm surviving right now ;) she shows some interest in him, but mostly does her own thing. 


Sarah said...

Yay for making it further breastfeeding! That's awesome! Keep up the good work!

I totally wanted to get one of the rock N plays for Aubrey and I probably should have- I've heard only amazing things about them! Maybe for the next child :)

Jen [wonderfully unkempt] said...

That giraffe bouncer is so cute! And the Rock & Play is at the top of our list of things to get for baby 2. I have only heard awesome things.

Avery was awake for her whole newborn session. And cried a lot. One of my favorite shots is of her laying there screaming her head off. Welcome to the world! :)

Emily Torgerson said...

No worries with sharing the truth! Life adjustments can be hard and I think it's best to share the truth. It is almost harder when everyone sugarcoats a situation. Glad things are getting easier! Hope you're stayed warm!

Durant Imboden said...

I love his expression in the bath photos. In the full-body shot, he looks like a skinnier Wallace Shawn.

~Dawn~ said...

Hooray for a better week! :) It will continue to get easier, too!!

I can't wait to snuggle Ashford!! I'm thinking this Sunday??

Bridget said...

He is SO DANG CUTE!!! Turner also cried most of his newborn session & also pooped and peed on all her stuff...it was wonderful :) Glad things are going better. Before you know it...this will all be a distant memory of how overwhelming it is and you will be like...let's have a third ;)

Sally said...

That's how my life goes... just when you think you've actually got it all together... you realize that you don't!
He's gorgeous! Congratulations!

ajs {of MN} said...

i am so glad that the BFing is going so well!! keep up the great work!

Lisa said...

You are doing a great job, Melissa! There is such an adjustment period after the second (or any) child is born, and after the adjustment is made, it just gets so much easier and it's like you've had two forever. I remember when Adam was born, I gave myself permission to take as much time as needed to adjust to another baby, and it went much more smoothly than I expected. I was expecting another (difficult!) Rosemary! Ha! It sounds like you are doing such a great job with nursing, and I am glad it's been easier this time around! Hoping that it just continues to get better!
He is SO handsome. That newborn photo is so precious!


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