Baby is almost 2 weeks and changing daily! She was super easy at first... slept a lot, nursed great, didn't have to be rocked constantly like my first. Then after my milk came in with my fast letdown we started to have some problems with nursing but luckily I had a great appt with a fantastic LC (I prepaid my appt during my pregnancy and I'm so glad I did!). So we are continually working on latch. Also, she spits up a lot. Her digestive system is doing it's thing and giving her a hard time. I'm waiting it out a week or two before I jump to any conclusions about my diet.
We started ECing already because it's either watch her squirm and grunt and fight going in her diaper, or just hold her over the sink and she lets loose! She really hates to pee, but I haven't seen any evidence of a UTI. Some babies just dislike the initial "I have to pee" feeling. DD1 had a UTI when she was an infant and she would actually cry when
she peed, not only before like DD2 is doing.
This baby is put down way more than my first, but only when she is content to be put down. I pick her up if she cries... she just doesn't cry as much! Plus now I have to balance my time a little towards my toddler, not just a baby. My heart goes in my throat every time my toddler looks at me with her big blue eyes and says, "I want you to put the baby down and hold me." So far I can usually accommodate her, even if I have to say, alright, I'm going to soothe the baby to sleep and then I'll hold you, and then she has to wait 5 min or so.
Yesterday we went on a walk to the coffeeshop down the street and that was really special for DD1. We've lived in this neighborhood since before DD1 was born and the employees got to see DD1 when she was just born, so it was time to go show off DD2! A few neighborhood folks were there and oohed and ahhed over her too. I live in a city but our neighborhood is pretty special, everyone pretty much knows each other, at least by sight. DD1 rode in the stroller and I slung the baby. We stayed there for over an hour, and I chatted with a mama who was hanging out while her autistic son was in therapy down the street.
I'm SO THRILLED about not being pregnant anymore! I don't weigh an extra 40 lbs, I can press my belly against things like the sink and the front of the washing machine, I can get comfortable in bed, my kids can sit in my lap, no more heartburn, I can poop
... I just can't wait until my belly doesn't feel like such a squishy balloon full of jelly anymore! Maybe I should bring out the old belly dancing DVD soon. I just can't lay in bed, as much as I tried the first week... my mind raced too much. I had a natural home birth, though, and the recovery tends to be pretty quick for those anyway. People are so amazed to see me out and about but I'd go crazy otherwise. I always follow up an outing with a nap; I'm not totally insane!
DH has been doing dishes and I do laundry. Since I have specifics for CDs and baby laundry, etc, it's just best that I do it. Plus I'm much more aware of what needs to be done than he is.