It comes as no surprise that the past month flew by, but it’s also hard to believe that Kinnick is only a month old. We packed so much into the past 4 weeks; returning home from the hospital, spending time with my mom and sister, visiting with Neal’s parents, and adjusting to our life as a family of 4. It was a wonderful month, full of love and support, but I’ll admit that I’m ready to ease back into a “normal” routine. I don’t exactly know what normal looks like any more, but it’ll be nice to start finding our groove as a family of 4 as we move closer to the start of the school year for Magnolia and my return to work part time.
At 1 month old, Kinnick is growing like a weed (already 24 inches long) and is still on the eat, sleep, poop train. His awake times lengthen a little more each week, but for the most part, he’s either eating, sleeping, or pooping (or peeing on us). During his first 3 weeks, Kinnick would essentially sleep for 3 hours, eat, poop, and then go back to sleep. He repeated that cycle night and day. This past week, his evenings shifted and he really struggled between 5PM and 10PM, which was really hard for me. Up until this point I’ve fed Kinnick on demand, which works well for us, but it’s hard when you’re the only one with the food source and he’s fussy for 5 hours.
The great thing about a second kid is that you know how quickly kids, and their phases, change. I know it won’t be like this forever. I know he’ll sleep through the night eventually and I know he’ll get past these fussy evening hours. I know he’ll grow up quickly, just as Magnolia has, so I’m trying to be present and to just enjoy the here and now… no matter how exhausting it is!
Speaking of Magnolia, guess who transitioned to her big girl bed on Monday!?! It’s only night 2, but she is doing really well! It was time, and although I’m sure we could have transitioned her a few months ago, I’m glad we waited. Kinnick won’t switch to his crib any time soon, but Neal and I both felt it was the right time before I head back to work and the school year starts. All in all, Magnolia is doing fantastic. Still adjusting to life with a little brother, but she’s thriving!
At 1 month postpartum, I’m sleep deprived, eager to get back to working out, hungry to figure out our fall routine, and am trying to make the most of these last few weeks of short term disability with Kinnick.
Our first 4 weeks together went by quickly, but I’m looking forward to some days with just him. I love seeing family, but I really enjoy the days when I can just focus on Kinnick, have downtime around the house while he naps, and can focus on my own wellness and well being. The first month postpartum is a whirlwind, but as we move into our second month, I am looking forward to slowing things down a bit, figuring out a bit more of a schedule for Kinnick, and starting to add things back into my routine.
On the breastfeeding front, feeding Kinnick is going well! It’s exhausting, but he’s clearly eating enough and is growing quickly! Kinnick is a snacker, which his pediatrician has encouraged me to change as we move into month 2. She said it’s a good time to stretch him a bit more and to focus on more substantial feeds. I’ve also started pumping, which is an entirely different ballgame. I really dislike pumping and struggle with the emotions that come with the value women apply to how many ounces we’re pumping. I struggled with pumping when I returned to work with Magnolia, so I’m trying to have a better experience this time around, but I won’t deny that it’s tough.
On the body image, fitness, and weight loss front, I have an entirely separate blog post written. In a nutshell, I’m feeling pretty good at the 4 week mark. I have focused on breastfeeding, not on weight loss, and will continue to do so. I am extremely ready to return to OrangeTheory, not just for fitness, but for sanity. Working out is how I relieve stress and I miss that aspect of my self care. I miss my friends and the outlet OrangeTheory is for me. I’m really excited to head back this month!
My mommy mind is in a good place and I’m looking forward to these next few weeks. This month our family will go through another wave of transitions, but it’s just another stepping stone towards our new normal. I’m grateful for my kids and for Neal, and although I’m exhausted most days, I’m really happy!