Baby Bo is now more than two weeks old and I’m finally starting to feel like a normal new mom (i.e. sleep deprived, slightly dirty, forgetful, etc.)
I finished my antibiotics. I saw Dr. P for a check up and, based on his exam, he doesn’t think my uterus is infected. My urine showed a bit of infection, so it’s possible that the issue was a UTI all along. The follow-up urine culture was clear. I’m scheduled for a follow-up ultrasound soon, just to be sure that there is nothing left to be concerned about.
My nipples are healing nicely. I haven’t bled in over a week and my cracks are pretty much gone. There are moments when Bo still doesn’t latch perfectly or when he adjusts his latch so that he’s not on properly, so I’m not totally pain-free. I still feel pain in between feedings, which is mainly just annoying. But, I’m not in excruciating pain anymore, so I know that we can work through this.
Now that I’m feeling so much better, I’m really looking forward to enjoying time with my boys. Littleman has been such a good big brother so far. Although it wasn’t our original plan, there is something to be said for the fact that he is three years older than his baby brother. He’s much more mature than he was a year ago, or even six months ago. He’s helpful and is able to do so much on his own. Of course, he’s also used to being an only child so he still wants someone to play with him all the time. We’re doing our best to give him some one-on-one attention whenever we can.
And Bo is such a good baby. So far, he’s definitely calmer and more laid back than his big brother was. Although he generally needs to be held to fall asleep, he’s perfectly happy to be put down after that. He’ll sleep in his bouncy chair during the day and in his bassinet in our room at night. Speaking of night, he’s slept a couple of 3-4 hour stretches at a time overnight, which is quite lovely. My boobs are still adjusting to the longer stretches between feedings, but I’ll take it!
All in all, aside from feeling so crappy during the first week, the adjustment to a family of four has gone very well. I’m sure there will be some blips along the way (especially once D returns to work!) but I feel very lucky for now.