Isaac Updates

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

So a few updates to dwell on my lovely boy and our life with him so far.

He still does not have a sleep schedule. Most nights he is asleep by 12:00, but 1:30 is not unheard of . . . I'm not sure how to remedy this as he is just on the brink by age of benefiting from a schedule, but has not caught on yet that lights out means sleepy time!

We start at 7:30-8:00ish with a warm bath in the sink {love Burt's Baby Bee's shampoo! It's what makes Isaac's hair so fluffy and it smells fantastic! Thanks Kier!}, followed by dry butt time {which he loves}, then we read a book {which is so fun, because he's very attentive to my voice and the colors of the pages!}, and then I nurse him to "sleep." Unfortunately the level of sleep varies.

Last night was a good night, he went down around 10:30, slept until 2:00, nursed until 2:30, slept until 5:30 and then I nursed him until I had to get up for the day at 6:00. Even with being up at 5:30 I was still late to work. That sucks, especially since I was hoping to get a run in this morning. Didn't happen.

I think I may have to go back to copious amounts of caffeine . . . otherwise I may not make it.

Pumping at work has been interesting. I didn't have much of a stash established at home and unfortunately we have had to resort to supplementing with formula. Only one bottle a day so far, but I don't think I'm going to make it to 6 months. At this point I'm hoping to make it to 3 months. It makes me sad that he has to have formula because he definitely doesn't like it and he's followed virtually every bottle with the hiccups. :(

I haven't even mentioned cloth diapering, but we're loving it! I'm being pretty generous with the "we," because Tony gets out of changing diapers quite frequently {maybe once every other day}. Additionally, Tony isn't very aware of the diaper level, so it's 99% up to me to make sure our stash of clean diapers is maintained. We've split our supply with my Mom now, so we don't have as many, but it's completely fine since they're supposed to be washed every other day anyways.

I'd say that they are every bit as convenient as disposable diapers because your supply is maintained at home. There's never a need to rush to the store when your dangerously facing a shortage! The protection has been great and we haven't had any problems with the sizing of the BumGenius 3.0, which is an all inclusive, one size grow to fit diaper.

Little man still doesn't have an official nickname besides the obvious ones:
Mr. Man
Little Man
Naked Baby
Sweet Baby Boy
Turtle Durdle
Puppy Dog {Tony still lets it slip! The transition from baby talk reserved for pets, suddenly for baby on low levels of sleep can really mess with your mind lol}

Oh, and I suppose Clod, as in Clodhopper because his feet were huge when he was first born! The ink pad for the obligatory foot stamp was equal to the length of his foot!

Kind of a bummer to me is that Isaac hates being in any sort of sling or carrier. I'm very glad I didn't spring for the Moby! Although, the Moby is completely different than those that I've tried, so maybe I should have . . .

We're loving our travel system. It's a Baby Trend jogger and it's mobility is awesome. Obviously a BOB would be amazing, but for our needs and price range, the Baby Trend works just swell!

Um, this is very random and unorganized, but I think that's all.

18 comments:

Kristy said...

He is so freaking precious! I'm so happy to hear you read to him every night. My parents did that for me until I was able to read all the books to them- and I am so grateful for it!
Thanks for the update about cloth diapering- people say i'm crazy for wanting to do it, but you've made me believe again!
Keep it up SuperMom!

Dee said...

Aww, I encourage you to try and stick with breastfeeding and pumping. If you need any help or advice let me know. I have some good breastfeeding books as well. I know pumping sucks but you can do it!

Kristal said...

Is BumGenius the only diapering system you're using? I just started looking into this and it's overwhelming. And it seems to me that a lot of people start out with three or four different types of diapers, which makes it even more confusing.

Little Miss Southern said...

I love hearing about this sweet baby!! He rocks!

mrs.leah.maria said...

Kristal, I thought the same thing! I didn't know if I would have the patience to muddle through them all! My friend Rachel had great success just going with the the BG, so I gambled a bit and hope we'd have success too. There's a concern about babies being to lean for the BG, but we both had 7 lb'ers and were okay. That being said, neither of us started until our boy's were a few weeks old. Honestly though you have enough going on the first couple weeks than to deal with CD's!

Chic Maps by Nikki said...

He is so precious! Although you always tend to say at the end of a blog that you weren't sure what the point was or that it was unorganized I still find them so interesting! Can I be honest? I never actually READ blogs, I'm more of a look at the pictures and then only read what I need to get the appropriate info, but with your blog I read every word! Just thought you should know that your blogging time is well spent and I appreciate it. Thanks! Oh and I love your new Headline Logo, it's lovely!!!

Becky said...

Oh wow! He is just a little bundle of love right there...he's already growing so fast! He's just adorable :)

Melissa said...

I am so glad you said you like the BumGenius! We think we will use these when we have a little one and I wanted to know how they handled. Thanks! He is growing up so much!

Julia said...

I will totally call my first son 'puppy dog', too:) And maybe even 'Hanky' just b/c of Henry.

Such a cute baby boy, Leah. I love him.

d.a.r. said...

So stinkin' cute...

*kimmie* said...

I want to squeeze his little cheeks every time I see them!

AJ said...

His hair does look all fluffy. If it weren't for my stash of CA baby (thanks!) and Aveeno shampoos, I'd totally get some BB.

Copius amounts of caffeine sounds logical, seeing as you are hardly getting any sleep. Stick with the BFing as long as you can. Perhaps you'll surprise yourself!

Isaac is getting cuter with every picture, if that's even possible :)

Mary said...

I can't imagine functioning on your schedule. You're doing an awesome job. I know that it takes a long time to pump, so I can understand how hard it must be to do it while you're at work. Your nicknames are cracking me up, especially Turtle Durdle!

Kaitlyn said...

I hereby dub thee Super Leah. Really, how do you do it all?! Your little one is such a blessing, but he's also blessed to have such wonderful parents!

Wanderluster said...

I found my Chloe's sleep schedule improved and became more predictable around 6-7 weeks and I've heard the same thing from many other moms, so hopefully Isaac will develop his own rhythm soon.

As for the moby, Chloe hated it at first when I put her in the Newborn position, but now that she's a bit bigger and I've used her in the Hug Hold position she loves it. It really is a great carrier. It may be worth another try if you think Isaac would like some of the other positions.

You're doing a wonderful job Leah. I can understand your feelings about the formula, but you have to do what works for you and your little man. Love the pics of Isaac - especially his fluffy hair!

Sarah Denley said...

what is dry butt time??

S. said...

i am so glad you posted about cloth diapering! that is what my hubs and i plan to do. if you have any great cleaning tricks and soultions, i would love to hear them!! :)

Sarah Denley said...

Also, we use cloth diapers and LOVE it! I thought it would be so much more work than it is. I won't say it's as easy as disposable, but it's great for the earth and our wallet and our baby...so defiantly worth it to me!

 

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