Isaiah has been home for a week and although things are definitely different, I haven’t felt too overwhelmed with changes, nor has Grayson I believe. Isaiah is such an easy baby compared to how his older brother was, and I know it can change, but for now, we are enjoying a slow transition into this new lifestyle.
The nighttime feedings are going pretty smoothly since he is both bottle and breast fed. Since he is still so small and doesn’t really have his full cheek strength developed quite yet, the doctor advised me to nurse as much as I want, but also supplement with bottles of pumped milk to ensure he is getting everything he needs to grow. Thankfully, Isaiah nurses like a champ and he also takes the bottle well, so I can’t complain because it makes things very nice for splitting up the feedings.
John usually takes the first feeding of the night and I grab the second one. On this particular night, he was up at 4am, so I nursed him, pumped and then went back to bed until about 7am. John kissed me goodbye on his way out the door and I realized both of my boys were still sleeping. What a peaceful morning to begin it sipping coffee in the quiet.
It didn’t last long as Grayson was up shortly after, followed by Isaiah who was ready to eat again.
Yep, definitely getting this kid’s hair cut today!
After I get the boys fed, I eventually get to eating something of my own. We have been so blessed by so many meals from friends this past week. My good friend made me a delicious pumpkin baked oatmeal so I enjoyed a nice helping along with some sunflower seed butter and strawberries.
After breakfast, Grayson played and watched an episode of Blaze while I pumped and snuggled with the babe.
The plumber came a little while later to fix our downstairs toilet, exciting I know!
I believe what happened next was I got a shower. Sometimes, a shower is the highlight of my day and in this case, it was. 10 minutes of quiet time to myself….I’ll take it! So I’ve managed to get a good system down in terms of showering. I bring Grayson and Isaiah up to my room, lock our bedroom door and give Grayson his LeadPad while he hangs out in our bed. Isaiah comes into the bathroom with me (usually sleeping) while I shower and get ready. The whole process takes about 20-25 minutes and both boys are great during that time. Praise the Lord!
After I get ready, I get both of the boys dressed and then we come down to work on lunch.
We eat lunch, I feed Isaiah again and then I get them cleaned up. So the one issue we are having is that Grayson has not wanted to nap since Isaiah came home. He does bedtime great, but naps have been a struggle. The only way I can get him to sleep is if we go for a “car nap.” I haven’t been partaking in car naps since taking both boys out in the cold and driving around hasn’t sounded appealing at all, but yesterday it was warm and I knew his therapist was coming in a few hours and if he didn’t get a nap, it would be a disaster. So I bundled everyone up and we got in the car.
Fortunately, (and maybe a little unfortunately) there is a Starbucks’ Drive-Thru less than 5 minutes from our house, so I swung by there, grabbed a latte and enjoyed a little quiet time as both kids slept. Once I got home, I was able to transfer Grayson to his bed to finish his nap (sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t) so it was a total win yesterday!
I got some work done as the kids slept and enjoyed my latte. Pure bliss!
Grayson got up about an hour later and we got to work on making some snack balls.
I’ve been trying to make sure Grayson feels included and since Isaiah is so little and doesn’t require much other than eating right now, I’ve been taking the opportunities when he is asleep to really focus on play with Grayson. He is finally in the stage where he loves to help me with anything…cleaning, cooking, etc. His favorite part of this particular peanut butter protein ball recipe was testing out the chocolate chips…who can blame him?
I’m sure I fed and pumped in between all of this as well. A little later, Grayson’s speech therapist came (have I mentioned that we started Early Intervention for Grayson? I will post more about this all later) and we worked on some structured play/speech for about an hour.
After she left, I let Grayson watch another show while I fed and pumped again and then worked on making him dinner.
John got home and we ate, cleaned up, and he took over Grayson while I tended to the little one and practiced some baby wearing with our ring sling.
I think he’s still a little small, but I actually got him wrapped well and he definitely enjoyed it.
After Grayson went down, John and I settled in on the couch, watched an episode of The Affair, and hung out with our little bug until we all passed out.
So this is what our days look like for the most part now. I am planning on getting back into the gym (just to work) soon, and I know Grayson will appreciate getting out and back into his routine. It’s been tough with a toddler in the winter and not being able to get outside and run around, but we’ve been dealing pretty well.
I’m also feeling great in terms of healing from my C-section. I have a doctor’s appointment next week to check on the progress, but I am hoping I will be cleared to workout again in another few weeks. I’m definitely excited to start teaching again soon!
Well I hope you all have a fun weekend planned. We are finally planning on breaking out for a little as a family….probably just to the grocery store, but out of our cocoon nonetheless.
Have a great Friday!