Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Two under two update

I have had such great intentions to sit and write you nice a long update about how everything has been going since Connor was born. But obviously that hasn't happened. Instead, my days are filled by nursing, diaper changes, playing, attempting to get both of them to sleep, and trying to avoid major tantrums. After we get Grace to bed around 8, I always think I have plenty of time to do stuff on my "to do" list (blogging included) but I always find myself spending the last few hours before I collapse into bed snuggling Connor. I finally got both kids to sleep at the same time today so I'm going to try to give a quick update!

Over all, everything is going well. Connor is a great sleeper, he slept from 10:30 PM-5:30 AM last night. Don't hate me other moms of newborns, Grace never slept! He took to nursing very quickly and although I'm dealing with a clogged duct, breastfeeding is going very well. He was 8 lbs 6 oz when he was born, 7 lbs 11 oz when we left the hospital, and was up to 9 lbs at his 2 week appointment last week. So the boy is obviously getting plenty to eat! He looks exactly like his daddy and he has his laid back personality to match. He rarely cries, he mostly just grunts when he wants something. He is a cuddler and would prefer to just sleep on my chest all day long.

The only problem we've had with him so far is that he will not sleep in the bassinet. So he's been sleeping in the swing. I know we will probably regret that soon and I keep thinking we're going to try the bassinet again soon. I've just been enjoying my long stretches of sleep so much that I haven't made myself do it yet. May be this weekend?

The main challenge we're facing is Grace's reaction to him. Most of the time, she just ignores him.  She would be just fine if he were to go away and never come back I think. There are times when she absolutely adores him. She calls him "my baby" and she'll randomly walk over and kiss him, hug him or ask to hold him. She loves playing on his play mat with him and will spend 10 minutes or so just showing him the toys and cuddling with him.

Throughout the day, she'll bring the mat to me, put it on the ground and pat it, which is her way of telling me to put him down there. In the morning when we wake up, she'll ask for him and go find him in the swing to try to hug him. Those are the wonderful moments that every mom lives for.

Unfortunately, there are many more moments of jealousy in regards to sharing mommy. She has always been a mommy's girl and she's having a tough time with how much attention I need to give him. One morning, I went to get him from the swing and she ran to me and started shouting "no, no, no!" while pulling my hand in the opposite direction. Other times, when I start to nurse him, she'll try to pull my hands away from him. She'll throw tantrums when I don't get up the second she wants me to and she started fighting me like crazy on things that didn't used to bother her, such as diaper changes. It's been a struggle and I'm still trying to figure out how to balance my time with both of them.

I think it will get a little better when we start getting out of the house more. She's going stir crazy, but I haven't been brave enough to get out of the house with both of them by myself yet. I've had a pretty tough c-section recovery in regards to incision pain so trying to get them both down a full flight of stairs to get to our garage is a lot for me to handle. Just getting out once every day would make a huge difference in her boredom levels I think.

Moms of 2+, do you have any tips? I'm just now finally feeling like I'm starting to get the hang of having two, but I know I still have a ton to learn!

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1 comment:

  1. OMG You make the cutest kids!!! Connor is sooooooooo cute!!!



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