Hello there! I hope you are doing well, and I am glad you are here. Henry is one month old today, and I finally feel like I have come up for air! People were not kidding when they said that first month is the hardest. I would say, though, that we are finding our groove. I know it will change next week, but we are much more comfortable in general. We now know that he won’t break. The hardest adjustment for us is the lack of sleep. I have become very good at power napping. 🙂
For someone like me (type A and a little controlling), having a baby has definitely taught me to let go and go with the flow. It has been a humbling experience. Having said that, though, I am working on creating somewhat of a schedule for us and Henry. In fact, I am following many of the principles from Babywise. I am still being flexible, but it is nice to have some sort of a guide. Basically, Babywise promotes having your baby sleep, eat, and then play. In the beginning, Henry just ate and slept, but now he is more alert during the day. It is so much fun! We have been doing tummy time and working on focusing. I love these black and white cards!
I am such a sucker for his legs right now. Hehe!
Another thing that Babywise promotes is putting your child to bed when they are awake. This was the hardest thing to follow the first 4 weeks especially because we kept him on the main floor to nap in his swing or sleeper. He cried like crazy when it was time for nap especially if he had just played. There is a fine line of stimulating versus over stimulating a newborn. I decided that it was time to put him down his his pack ‘n play in our room for naps. The first day, he screamed for 10-15 minutes, but then he fell asleep. I wasn’t going to let him go more than 15 minutes. We have been doing this for 3 days, and he is going down like a champ. He might cry for 5 or 10 minutes, but then he self soothes and falls asleep. Thanks to a suggestion from a friend, we have started to swaddle him with one arm out. Who knew?!
Look at our big boy…
Lastly, I went to my one month postpartum doctor’s appointment yesterday, and I am cleared to go back to barre and yoga! Yahoo! I have been walking every day either by myself or with him in the stroller for 30-40 minutes. It has felt great, but I am ready to stretch and start toning my muscles especially my core. It is so strange to flex my abs and hardly feel anything. They were stretched just a bit. 🙂
The night before my water broke, I bought video series from foam rolling expert, Lauren Roxburgh. It is called Happy, Healthy Pregnancy – Bundle and Beyond. I use the foam roller probably every other day for 5 minutes or so, but I do the same thing each time. I was very excited to see a video series for pre and postnatal utilizing the foam roller. Anyway, her postnatal videos are awesome! I did both (about 15 minutes) this morning after Henry and I got home from our walk, and it felt great!
I am doing my best to post when I can…I hope to be back soon! It’s crazy how fast the day goes with a baby. Nights are another story! Ha!
Have a great week!