Beck’s pregnancy felt like it lasted 10 years and then the first 3.5 weeks of his life have gone by so quickly I cannot even believe it. Although, the day I had mastitis may have actually been the longest day of my entire life ha.
*Breastfeeding is going better than I could have imagined and I really think that is simply because Beck just came here ready to latch and EAT. Before Beck arrived I decided I was just going to try out breastfeeding with zero pressure on myself and stop if it wasn’t working. I struggled a lot with breastfeeding the girls (between bad latches, pumping nonstop and feeling emotionally unstable from hormones) but with Beck, it has just clicked.
It’s so nice to slow down throughout the day and just feed him and stare at his sweet face.
*The majority of Beck’s clothing is from my sis-in-law (she has two boys just a bit older than Beck) but I’ve had questions about some of his other items so I thought I would link them—> Here, here, here and here are some of my favorite things that we have bought for him.
*So far the adjustment from 3 to 4 kids has gone pretty smoothly BUT Andrew has also been home 99% of the time since Beck was born. It will be interesting to see how things go once Andrew is working full time again. While Andrew has been home he has done so much for the older 3 kids and I feel lucky to have had that time to get to know Beck and how to take care of him during this time. When Andrew is back to work/school I just have to remind myself to let go of the things that don’t matter (laundry/cooking/cleaning often) because things are about to get really busy…
*Every now and then we get little smiles from Beck!
*Andrew has really loved having this paternity leave too. When Skye was born he was still going to school so he has loved having this time with the kids and nothing else going on. PS BECK LOOKS SO TINY HERE.
*Let’s chat about sleep! He has woken up very consistently every 2.5-3 hours to eat. Every now and then he will go a tiny bit longer than 3 hours at night but that’s where we are at right now. He falls asleep pretty quickly after he eats and I am very grateful for my magic talent of being able to fall asleep within 30 seconds of laying down. I am definitely feeling a good amount of brain fog from the lack of sleep but that’s just part of the gig and being tired feels a million times easier than constantly feeling sick during pregnancy for me.
*It already feels like he has grown so much since pictures like the one below from his first few days with us!
Before I let you go I thought I would share some of the postpartum things that have happened because while the newborn stage is magical and filled with all of the snuggles, the hormone changes etc are REAL.
*The cramping after Beck has been nuts. They lasted for about two weeks and pretty much every time I fed him the cramping was happening and so painful. I’ve heard that the cramping postpartum just gets worse with each baby and I have to agree with that.
*I wake up drenched in sweat most nights when usually I am so cold at night… those hormones are crazy.
*I’ve had some pretty crazy hormonal headaches the last few weeks which I don’t remember happening after having Skye and Brooke.
*I would never wish mastitis on any human ever… I could not believe how quickly that knocked me out. Besides the breast pain, I was shivering non-stop and my entire body ached. I felt like I had the worst flu. Luckily, the antibiotics kicked in the same day and I started feeling a bit better each hour but that was crazy. I did a lot of massage on the area with the blocked milk duct, I used warm towels to put on my breast and fed Beck as much as possible (along with some pumping too) in addition to the antibiotics. I am praying that I never experience mastitis again.
*I am SO happy to say that my postpartum anxiety that I had with the girls has not showed up with Beck. I’m not sure why but it’s been so nice to not deal with that this time around.
*Overall I haven’t felt emotional but there have been two days where I woke up crying and fell asleep that night crying. NOTHING was wrong and I knew it was completely hormonal but I just could not stop crying that day.
*Postpartum I lost so much hair after having both Brooke and Skye but I haven’t at all with Beck. I remember losing clumps of hair after having Skye and maybe that will start soon but so far it hasn’t happened.
*With both girls I was really excited to get running again ASAP postpartum but with Beck I haven’t felt that same drive at all. I’m just enjoying walks and I’m really not sure when I’ll get back to running again but I’ll just keep listening closely to my body about when to start.
What were some postpartum things that happened to you that really surprised you?
When did you start running postpartum?
Where are some of your favorite places to get baby clothes?