Monday, May 4, 2015

Cecilia & Mommy: 1 Month Old

I don't know how long I will keep this series up. Maybe until she's two? That seems like a reasonable time frame to me. Eventually, I'll try to keep her involvement in my blog to a minimum because she's a little person who deserves the choice not to have her entire life blasted about on the internet. 

Cecilia
First, let's get the requisite holy-crap-I-can't-believe-she's-a-month-old out of the way. Really, I can hardly believe it but that's probably the sleep deprivation talking. And man, am I sleep deprived. I mean, that's pretty much what everyone tells you as soon as you announce you're pregnant but you don't (and can't) understand it until you lived it. You basically have a tiny human alarm clock that insists it be fed every hour or two for the first few weeks. Throw in the fact that there are times when the tiny human alarm clock insists it be fed every hour, so even if you're sharing feeding duty that's rough times. Plus, if your baby (like mine!) requires a high level of soothing to get to sleep and stay asleep, that adds up to very little sleep for the caregiver.
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Cecilia and Nutsy at 1 Month Old
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Why are we doing this, Mom? It's stupid. *cry*
Basic Baby Stats:
  • Weight: 9lbs 2oz (+1lb 15oz)
  • Length: 22.25" (+3.25")
  • Head Circumference: 38 cm (+3.5cm)
Likes:
  • having her diaper changed but who wouldn't like that?
  • eating breast milk (champion latch, kid!)
  • being worn in the Ergo
  • sleeping in the Ergo
  • eating her hand

Dislikes:
  • falling asleep
  • bath time 
  • being swaddled
  • not being held
  • sleeping anywhere but mommy's arms
  • picture time
Mommy
I feel like all I have to talk about on the blog right now is Cecilia. I guess that's understandable since having a child is a full time job with 16 hours of overtime and no vacation days.

Anyhow, moving on.

I still hate selfies but I'm going to keep sharing them because I'd like to have more honest representation of what postpartum bellies look like for normal (I'm sort of normal, I swear) people.
Squishy belly @ 4 weeks PP
To put this in perspective, my pre-pregnancy weight was 137 and my last weigh-in before I gave birth was 188. That means I gained a grand total of 51 lbs during my pregnancy which was 16 over the recommended max gain of 35lbs. Oops. Oh well, perhaps I had one too many grilled cheeses. My current weight is hovering around 167, meaning I'm 40 above my preferred weight of 127 and 30 above my pre-pregnancy weight.

I'd be a liar if I said it didn't bother me a little but that thought crosses my mind so infrequently right now because there's not a lot to be done about it. On my list of personal priorities, sleep is the most important right now, followed by teeth brushing and then showering. Once Cecilia starts sleeping longer stretches and after I return to work, I will probably be able to dedicate a little more time to caring for myself.