Health: Eli has had some days were his nose is congested, so we have been using Olbas Oil to make it easier for him to breath. We also clean out his little nose with Saline Nasal Spray when we feel he needs it. His sweet little face broke out in “baby pimples” this week. It is completely normal, but seemed to be particularly bad after mommy ate some pineapple. We will have to test this theory again later to see if the pineapple was the culprit.
Sleep: This week had about three really tough nights. The weekend was the worst because Elijah’s stomach was not good, and the discomfort that he was experiencing made him scream during the evening. By the third night mommy was so exhausted (we had done a two day trip to Beijing prior to that) that she could barely do much but hold Eli and cry too when she couldn’t console him. In this moment I felt like a complete failure. There was nothing I could do to calm him down, even techniques that never fail only worked for 10-15 minutes. The problem was that I was so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open. Other than the discomfort he feels on some evenings, he sleeps really well. On the plus side, there are nights where he sleeps for periods of 4 hours and he doesn’t make a peep. He slept in our bed again this week and it made comforting him much easier for both of us. Instead of sleeping between us, we move him to one side and we cuddle on the other side of the bed. To keep him safe, the little guy literally gets half of the bed and us grown ups share the other half! haha… it’s a funny sight. Besides the episodes where he wakes up screaming in pain, he sleeps really well. We look forward to the day when this discomfort doesn’t occur anymore (or even just less than it does at the moment). On the last night of this week, we moved Elijah to his crib (in our bedroom) for the first time and he slept well there too.
Eating: The breastfeeding is going REALLY well for us. Elijah is always hungry, so I often feed him every 1-2 hours, but he still doesn’t eat for very long. Usually he feeds for 10 minutes, and a 20 minute session is a really great one. Sometimes he doesn’t open his eyes for the entire duration of his feed, and other times he is alert and looks around curiously. When we were in Beijing he barely ate much during the day, and that leads me to believe that when his surroundings are too busy, he tends to want less food. Perhaps he enjoys to eat when things are peaceful and quiet. He ate well on the train, where it was cool and quiet. I have no issues with milk production, in fact, I have so much milk that sometimes it sounds like Elijah can’t swallow it fast enough! It tends to leak and mess everywhere… Oh dear! I have been trying to eliminate certain foods from my diet to see if something that I am eating has an effect on baby boy’s tummy. We have already found some foods that are a no go, like beans, because they leave Eli screaming in pain. As time goes by, we will figure out what I can eat and what is out of bounds.
Diapering: We are still mainly using newborn-size diapers. In the Pampers he is wearing a NB/S, but in the Chinese brand that someone gave to us, he is wearing a small and that works well too. We noticed a very red bottom when we changed him one day this week, but after some naked time and some diaper rash cream he was all back to normal. Thankfully, it did not get too bad and didn’t reach the point to where it became a nasty rash that bothered him.
Clothes: He is wearing the same clothes as last week because 0-3 months are still way too baggy. We can’t wait for him to be able to wear that size because he has some cute outfits! Newborn size still fits best, but this week 0-1 month fits nicely too since he has gotten taller. The snaps at the bottom of his newborn onesies are getting a little more snug, so we might be moving to a new size in about a week or two. If only all brands were consistent – dressing him would be much easier. We often have to hold onesies against his body to see if they fit. The size on the label is not always reliable. Oh slow down Eli… We want to keep you little for longer!
Milestones: On his “two week birthday” we move Elijah’s crib to our bedroom and put him to sleep in there for the first time. He stayed in there all night without any problems. Although we loved sleeping with him, it was nice to not have to worry about a blanket or pillow going over his head, and we were able to spread out. He looks so cute in his crib… it is huge, so it makes him look even more tiny!
Social: Eli seems to attract strangers, and we struggle with this because they reach out to touch his hands and face. When we are at home he is very alert especially just before feeds. We are starting to pick up the earliest hunger signs now – and this alertness is one of them. If he is wide eyed and too curious, it usually means that he will be hungry soon after that. He makes the funniest frowny stink face, and if we are lucky he gives adorable little “gas smiles”.
At Home this Week: We went to Beijing for two days this week, and on Saturday we went to a friend’s surprise birthday dinner. On all the other nights, we received visitors to our home. They all came to bring us dinner, and see Elijah. It was a much less eventful week since we decided to tell our landlord that we will not be moving. Thankfully, that meant no more people coming to view our apartment. With Justin back at work, the days seemed to FLY BY faster than they ever have. Now that we are not moving, there are a few things we’d like to do around the house but for the time being we are taking things slow and not worrying about too much except Elijah and each other.
Mommy: Besides being tired after the rough nights, I feel completely back on track. I have to remind myself that I gave birth only two weeks ago! I’m so thankful for the speedy recovery because it makes caring for Elijah easier. I lost another 5lbs this week, so I am down 25 for the 55 that I picked up during pregnancy. It’s pretty awesome getting on the scale and being a pound less every morning. I have not started walking yet because most days this week I was relaxing at home with little guy. When he has a night of tummy discomfort, we tend to sleep away most of the following morning. That is actually the best hours of sleep that I get, and I look forward to it. My emotions were up and down again this week, but the anxiety seems to be subsiding. I feel very irritable at times, especially with inconsiderate people. The mixture of a sleepless night and postpartum hormones leave me annoyed when people do foolish things. Pretty soon this will pass, and I will be back to normal.
Daddy: Justin was back at work this week so he has been pretty tired! He falls asleep much earlier than me at night because he doesn’t get to sleep in like I do in the morning. Even though he has been going to work, he faithfully gets up to help me when Elijah cries due to tummy discomfort. When I feed Justin gets up to make sure that I have everything that I need. He is a wonderful father!
* The cute sounds that Elijah makes while feeding, when he looks around, and even sometimes while he sleeps. The sounds have been getting cuter by the day. Sometimes it even sound like he wants to say something to us.
* Elijah absolutely loves to be in the bathtub! He makes sweet noises and lays in the water without any complains. I think that we have a water baby on our hands, and this makes us very happy since both of us love to swim.
* On the first night that Eli slept in his crib, mommy went to get him at 8am in the morning so that he could sleep with her after daddy left for work! We enjoy being able to sleep without worrying about Elijah being in our bed, but we miss him lying with us.
* Our friends have been so sweet – we have had so much extra time in these past two weeks since we haven’t had to cook or wash too many dishes. We are really grateful for this, and we don’t ever want to forget how kind people have been to us.
* We painted Elijah’s feet to make prints of his feet. With green paint all over his feet, he looked like a “mini hulk”. He curled up his toes every time we tried to stamp his painted feet onto the paper so we were not completely successful but we will always have those little prints. I don’t want to forget how small his sweet little feet are right now!
Here are some snapshots of week 2 with our little man…
This week was rough at times, but then amazing at other stages. We are happy to be feeling healthy and fully recovered. Now all we want is for Elijah’s tummy discomfort to subside. We have heard that it shouldn’t last too much longer than about 6 weeks (at most 3 months). In the meantime we have been using Gas Drops and Gripe Water. Both work, but not for very long periods, and we feel bad to give him the medicine too many times a day. We look forward to when little man is more comfortable.