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2011 One month finished already?!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wow, I looked at the calendar this morning, and I was absolutely astounded to realize that January is over. I had really been looking forward to the new year and a fresh start, but somehow I've missed most of it!

My son is now 4 months old and I had thought that he'd be a bit less fussy and I thought I'd be in a routine by now. Instead, things are going in the opposite direction. My son got over his colic and then quickly switched to being upset all day long! I have been struggling to keep up with breastfeeding him as often as he needs to eat, and it is starting to feel like each day is a marathon of feeding, laundry and housework from start to finish! The little guy is not a napper. The only way I can get him to sleep during the day is to put him in his baby sling and sway until he conks out. If I stop moving for too long he wakes up!

I took my son to the doctor on Friday and she says he is healthy, but definitely needs to eat more than the average 4 month old. Looks like he inherited my tall, super skinny husband's metabolism. I have to try to keep up with the little guy for the next week - that means extra sessions with the breast pump on top of nursing him every 2 hours or so. We're going back to the doctor for reassessment on Friday.

My house is a disaster - we're still in the midst of a huge renovation and I barely find time to do simple things like unloading the dishwasher and vacuuming. Every day I tell myself that this will all get easier one day soon, but it's not happening. My husband is not able to help as much as I'd like because he has a shoulder injury and isn't able to lift the baby sometimes. He'll be going in for surgery in February, and won't be able to lift the baby at all for at least 6 weeks.

I feel a bit lost in all of this and needed to vent. I'm doing my best to focus on the positive. I manage to keep myself together most of the time, but my healthy eating has pretty much gone out the window. I'm really hoping that this difficult phase passes quickly so I can get back on track!
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  • ANDEENNATE
    All 3 of my kids nursed every 2 hours. With my 3rd (I had 3 kid in 3 years)I used a sling and I learned how to nurse while doing the dishes one handed...a multitasking mommy emoticon . It will get easier with time. You are doing great, being a new mom is hard but it also fantastic. emoticon
    3177 days ago
  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    It will get better, but in the meantime, feel free to vent here all you need to. We'll support you through it.
    3182 days ago
  • WALKFIT
    This sounds so familiar. My 1st was a huge eater, every 2hrs as well. he never napped except for maybe 20 min 2x per say which doesn't help much. He didn't have colic , but he was so cranky in the evening and I never got anything done after work. All he did was nurse and cry it seemed like from 6pm-10pm.
    All I can say is that it's a relatively short period in the big picture. Not helpful now, I know. But I hope you can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    One thing that really helped calm all my kids-wear them in a baby carrier. Not a Bjorn type thing-not good at all for bigger babies. But check at babyhawk.com or ergo baby carriers. These are great for bigger babies and the constant movement is great for colic-y babies. They are 2 shoulders so they are not hard on the back and you can wear them on back or front. I wore my kids until they were 2 yrs old.

    Hang in there, you are doing great even if it's challenging! emoticon
    3182 days ago
  • RUPSSEXYWIFE
    Hey hang in there ok. i know how hard things can be with a new baby and lots of stuff going on. But just stay strong and take it one day at a time...u'll be ok. emoticon
    3182 days ago
  • no profile photo IRISH_AGUIRRE
    Big hugs! I'm sorry things are so tough right now. They will get better. Look for little "victories" each day & write them down, if only on a scrap of paper that you are throwing away - that might help. You are in my thoughts.
    3183 days ago
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