a week later

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here we are a week since jill was born.  it’s hard to believe it’s already been a week even though there have been days (or in some cases nights) that seemed endless. 

we been to the doctor’s office twice and head back again tomorrow.  we found out tuesday that she’d continued to lose weight since leaving the hospital and was down to 7lb 4oz.  this led to being told to nurse her every 2 hours.  it was taking almost an hour to nurse her which meant i was almost continually nursing.  after a day of that we decided to do some supplementing with formula.  it was way to stressful for both myself and her to keep up with the every two hours.  she was up to 7lb 7oz when we took her back the next day for a weight check.  we go back again tomorrow to see where we stand.  hopefully we can end the supplementing and go back to just nursing at a normal pace soon.

nights are a different story each time.  sometimes she would probably sleep for endless numbers of hours if we didn’t have to wake her to feed her at least every 4 hours at night.  other nights she’s wide awake.  we’ve done our best to adjust her awake time to late in the evening so she’s really tired come bedtime.  (kay, brad’s mom, has been a huge help in keeping her awake.)  brad and i are surviving the sporadic sleep, but we look forward to the time when she sleeps through the night.  (nate was doing that between 6 and 8 weeks; we’ll see what she does.)

nate has been doing really well when you consider how different things are now.  he’s acted out some, but mostly he’s just been worn out and tired from playing so much with his grandma.  he really enjoyed having her around for 8 days and would keep her here much longer if possible.

unfortunately for us, kay needed to head home today.  she has been the biggest help, and i don’t know how we would have made it through the past week without her.  i’d be lying if i said i wasn’t completely terrified of the idea of being home alone with both kids next week.  i’ve wondered how so many different scenarios will play out.  it will work itself out, but i feel very out of control in it all.  lucky for me, i’m not the first mom to have a 2 year old and a newborn at the same time.

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