It’s hard to believe, but tomorrow is Baby W’s 6 week birthday. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone — I feel like he was just born last week. Because I am so busy being mommy, and of course getting little sleep, the days and weeks seem to run together. It’s actually nice not worrying too much about what day it is, how many meetings I have, and everything else that goes with work and life. The only things that have mattered over the last month and a half are taking care of Lewis and spending time with my hubby. 🙂
The last 6 weeks have been quite remarkable. I feel like we’ve been on how to be parents crash course with a teacher who doesn’t speak English. We have learned his cues and cries, and watched him grow and change so much already. Baby W has become more alert, is smiling, and cooing — he’s just adorable! His hair has also gotten lighter, but his eyes are still a beautiful grey. I can’t wait to see what color they eventually turn. He loves to dance and play in his activity mat, he’s getting better at lifting his head during tummy time, and I really think he’ll be rolling over in the next month or so. One of his favorite activities continues to be eating, and it shows in his weight gain — he has to be pushing 12 pounds! Thankfully, he knows his nights from his days, but he doesn’t love napping during the day. I am trying to do a better job of reading his sleepy cues, so I can get him to sleep before he has a meltdown from being too sleepy. I have also learned that if he thinks I am going to sleep, then he is more likely to nod off. He also love walking, so I often put him in his baby carrier and we walk on the treadmill or outside (if the weather is nice). Typically the rocking motion puts him to sleep within minutes!
Being a mom truly is an amazing journey! I am loving every part of it, and I am grateful for a wonderful support network. My hubby is an amazing father, and he takes great care of me. He’s been cooking a ton and always takes Baby W at night so I can get a nap in before the nighttime feedings begin. Our family and friends have also been great — they’ve visited, sent gifts, brought food, and just been a fabulous support during this time of great transition. I honestly don’t know how people do this without support from their partner and loved ones!
Right now, I am searching for a nanny to watch Baby W when I return to work in a month. It’s so hard to find the “right” person to care for him. This is one of those time that I wish we lived closer to family — I am so jealous of friends who have family close by who can watch their kids. I have interviews set up this week and am making additional calls to a few more people — fingers crossed that we find the right person soon. I know s/he is out there… On the bright side, I work from home, so I’ll be able to spend time with my little guy during the day and should also be able to still feed him on demand. Yay!
As for work, I have mixed feelings about going back. Part of me is excited to return — I miss the thinking and creativity of my job. But, another part of me is sad that I won’t be able to spend all of my time with my son. I know that I will get used to it, and I will figure out how to find the right balance between caring for Baby W and getting my work done, but it will definitely be a HUGE adjustment…
For those out there who just had their little ones — congratulations again! I am sure you’re enjoying every second as much as I am. For those who are expecting, good luck with the rest of your pregnancies, and all my best for a quick and healthy delivery! And, finally, for those who are still trying, sending much love and baby dust to you!