I'm glad siblings are doing well. This is our second, and our daughter has handled it beautifully. It's obviously never occurred to her to be jealous or anything. Our only problem is her smothering him with kisses. Of course, that's not a bad problem to have! But it does kind of drive me crazy when I'm trying to nurse him and he's upset, and she's climbing all over us
We're not done yet. We don't use birth control (we're Catholic), so we just don't even worry about how many
So my two major postpartum problems this time are oversupply- producing a choking, gurgling, crying, and profusely vomiting baby- and poop- mine, that is. I probably have not pooped in a week and that seems to be the average since I had him. I'm five weeks postpartum, and I can't believe it's not more normal now. This is probably TMI, but I don't have any urge to go for several days or a week, then I have absolutely miserable diarrhea with cramps, sweating, shaking, and I swear it can't possibly be enough to really clean me out. I just have to be totally full of poop by now, but I'm scared of taking anything that might make the diarrhea part worse!
As for the oversupply, I figure there's nothing to do but wait! In the meantime, I just let him nurse on one side over and over until it's totally drained before going to the other. As long as I actually remember which side that was, it works well.
Other than that, I'm pretty drained from just how colicky he seems to be. I read The Happiest Baby on the Block, and that's made a difference as far as how to soothe him, but even soothing takes so much energy. I'm really not even going anywhere yet, so that's weighing me down, too. I feel like a mother-of-two failure, like I can't even handle two kids when I have so many friends with at least four to contend with. I just don't know how to get out when he cries constantly if he's not swaddled, wrapped, or eating. I went to the grocery today for the first time postpartum, and it went well except for him crying the entire ride home (20 minutes). I was ready to run the car off the road! Afterward, I just wasn't sure it was worth it!
As for good news, Cormac started smiling about a week ago, and yesterday I actually got him to laugh!!! My daughter didn't laugh until like five months old, so I was shocked!! He's done it several times since then now that we know what he thinks is funny
. I couldn't believe how fast my heart melted. I just can't wait for more of this super fun baby stuff!!