2 weeks old

I have a belly button!

Today Xander celebrates his 2 week birthday. Wow, it’s hard to believe! He’s growing and changing so quickly. I can’t imagine what the next couple weeks have in store for this little guy. Here’s an update on mom and baby.

Xander: His second week of life was not as stressful as his first, thank god! His bilirubin test came back lower which meant his body was fighting off the jaundice. He has completely lost the yellow coloring and the whites of his eyes are actually white! Even though I know jaundice affects at least 50% of newborns (I had it as a baby), it was a pretty scary ordeal. In other news, Xander has a belly button! His umbilical cord fell off on the 21st, leaving a very cute inny! Mom is very happy about that because that umbilical cord thing was nasty. We’ve also been trying to stablize Xander’s schedule. During the first week he was more alert at night (which is tough on first time moms and dads) and sleepy during the day. Nick and I were determined to change that. So, we’ve begun a 2 1/2 – 3 hour feeding schedule followed by some awake/alert time. If Xander had his way, he’d sleep all day so I’ve planned various activities during the day to keep him wide-eyed and bushy-taled! One thing he can look forward to everyday is bathtime, for instance. During the first week, he screamed during bathtime. Now, he just lays in his bath tub sling and watches me. So far Xander’s been doing better at night. He wakes up to eat around 3 am, but sleeps between feedings. He still has a fussy time between 9pm – 12am. Sometimes he cries for 3 hours, but as of recently he only cries about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. Last night he cried for only about 30 minutes. I guess I shouldn’t complain because he doesn’t cry at all during the day. As you can see, Xander is doing wonderful. Nick and I love him more and more with each passing day!!

MOM: Okay, okay it’s definitely easy to forget about taking care of myself when baby needs so much love and attention. Thank goodness my mom and dad were here to lend a helping hand during the first couple weeks. On top of that, I have an amazing husband who is willing to get his hands dirty (Literally! He’s an amazing diaper changer.). I was extremely sore during week 1- sitting on the couch or in bed was painful. The boppy pillow was not only useful for breastfeeding, but for cushioning my rear! Whoever invented that pillow is a genius! Since Nick and I have a 2 story house, climbing the stairs was also painful. I took residence in the downstairs family room which was converted into the nursery. I’m feeling much better 2 weeks post partum, but I’m still not 100% percent. My pregnant ‘bump’ is completely gone and now I just look like I’ve had too much to eat at Ponderosa. I’m down 21lbs but realize that the last pounds are always the hardest to get rid of. Overall, the recovery has been difficult but I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the recovery tunnel.

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