5-7 am is my nightmare and the worst part of newborn life. which isn't too bad. i just hang w/ him and hope i can go back down.
w/ my first, i called my Grandpa/Pediatrician and had a couple of vaccines that he thought were important. I chose his most important one, and then asked my Dr. and chose his most important one and had those 2 for the first year. My older sister has a documented vaccine reaction to the DTaP (TDaP) and so i'm very aware. my 2nd didn't cry for the first 3 months of life, seriously, she mewed or talked, but never CRIED, so i really couldn't handle the thought of making her scream like my son had. so she never got any.
and so the story goes, now i don't vax, but i'm in dialog w/ my pedi. so far, w/ a 7, 5, 3, 2(tomorrow!) and 2 month old, I don't see us vaxxing anytime soon. I'm a stay at home mom, they eat whole, local, organic, and homemade foods (seriously, i cook all day) and haven't had any issues w/ my unvaxxed kids yet except they are very healthy and happy. i'm willing to talk about it all and address any real concerns for their health, but cannot accept vaccines as a necessary treatment for healthy kids. we're exposed to the flu multiple times a year, colds, viruses, and we don't even share them when one kid does get sick.
i would NEVER ask another mother to make the choices i do, but can say that it works well for us.
How are our Feb mamas and little ones?
amazing! i can't believe he's as easy, happy and sweet as he is! loving this little one!
Doc visit updates?
had to cancel 2 months for a mediation. would rather have argued vaccines. oh yeah. so 3 months next. he's huge and happy and healthy so far.
he's sunny most weeks. i'm so immune to bits of fussiness these days that hubby and i keep raving about how easy and happy he is. people in our community also are shocked at how happy and social he is for 10 weeks. he loves a little 9 year old girl that likes to snuggle him. her mom was floored that i let her carry him. i guess it's not normal, but she's a very sweet, responsible and gentle girl and he loves her and leans into her when she's in his line of sight. speaking of line of sight- he can spy me across a room- like 20 ft away and keep focus and then holler for me! whoa.
Developmental changes you've noted?
oh- see above! he's also almost got his thumb. is lurching all over as if he can almost crawl. baby sit-ups nightly. and talking his head off while cooing and smiling at me. he's got me so wildly smitten i cannot even begin to figure out how!
Your pp hormones?
crazy but settling. i've had the biggest drop in libido ever charted. and i've been charting for 5+ years. we're down to 2x a week, or once every 3-4 days. since i'm doing Creighton model, it's only end of day, and we're both so totally and completely and ridiculously wiped by then that it keeps just falling by the wayside. after almost 12 years of marriage and 5 kids, it's a new thing! we so appreciate it when we get the time and have the energy to be intimate, but it's really a challenge suddenly. but night sweats are easing up, i'm only making an extra 16 oz a day, and almost, almost don't feel stinky and slightly crazy all the time.
yes- the lack of time and energy for each other has been very challenging. we flirt, we really try to be there for each other. he's on a plane to California from MA right now. but it's been hard. baby in bed is great, but does shift things. charting again after birth leads to some stressors i didn't miss while pregnant. i love being pregnant b/c i'm already pregnant! but now we have to decide on next steps. not today. so we're trying very hard to adjust- baby number 5 has changed things in a way we couldn't predict. we're also in a new home, new city, and new job (self-employed, but it changed a bit), so it's all NEW. thank goodness kids and baby are the easy consistent part of life! they need food, playtime, snuggles, stories and baseball, and that is dependable!