I’m always bummed when a blogger has a baby, then drops off the face of the earth for a few months. I love babies! Tell me all about the baby! Tell me about having a baby and a toddler! Is it hard? How hard? Do you have tips? I repeat, TELL ME ALL ABOUT THE BABY.
I now know why that happens: there’s nothing to say. Having a newborn is boring. I love it. LOVE. But it doesn’t provide much blog material. I barely ever leave the house. I know some people go insane in the newborn period because they’re stuck at home, but I’m not “stuck” at home. I get to stay home. I’m anti-social and I love everything about being at home – wearing pajamas, DVR, kitchen full of food – so why would I leave?
So. I stay home. I feed the baby. I feed the toddler. I read books. I watch TV. That’s pretty much it.
To answer the questions above:
Tell me all about the baby! Um, he’s a baby. He eats. He sleeps. He wakes me up at night. That’s it. Oh, except I have to brag that if you consider “sleeping through the night” to mean 5 hours, then he slept through the night for the first time at 4 weeks exactly. He’s done it twice now. It confuses the heck out of my boobs, because he’ll eat every hour and a half for six hours, then crash and go 6 hours between feedings. It’s rather painful. But the sleep is amazing. Meg ate every 2 hours, 3 if I was lucky, until she was 7 weeks old. I’d thought since Meg didn’t have colic or reflux, taking care of her was as easy as it could be, but no! I think I have the easiest-to-care-for baby in the world right now so I probably shouldn’t have more. My luck has got to run out sometime. (I still want another one.)
The other thing that has surprised me about Paul is how big he is. After the first week, he has gained about a pound a week (usually a little more) every week. According to my unscientific bathroom scale weighing he’s a little over 12 pounds now at almost 5 weeks. Back when I thought he’d be born around 37 weeks gestation I decided he was unlikely to be a bigger baby then Meg, so I used her weight history to determine how many size 1 diapers to buy. I have way more than we’ll be able to use. The upper weight recommendation on those is 14 pounds. Meg weighed 13 lbs 10 oz at 4 months old. I keep waiting for Paul’s weight gain to slow down a little, but it hasn’t. The size 1 diapers are already not overly large on him and if he hits 14 pounds two weeks from now, I’ll have 2 cases of diapers left over.
Tell me about having a baby and a toddler! Is it hard? How hard? Again, please don’t hate me, but having both a baby and a toddler hasn’t been much harder than having a baby and a toddler separately would be. That is, having the baby hasn’t made it harder to manage the toddler. Meg has done just fine. I haven’t wanted to say that, for fear of jinxing the whole situation, but since we’re over a month in now with no problems, I think if we start having problems we can no longer blame it solely on the fact we had a baby.
Do you have any tips? Nope. The secret to my success is an easy baby and a toddler who loves babies. I got lucky.