How is my baby already a week old?! This week has gone by entirely too fast with his one week birthday being on Thursday. Will goes back to work on Monday, a day that we are both dreading. He doesn't want to leave his family and I'm scared of our first day at home without Daddy there to help. I sense a whole new level of exhaustion coming on.
Crew is absolutely perfect. Our first week with him has been as great as it could be as we adjust to our new life. He hardly ever cries. If he does, it's usually one loud scream because he's hungry or if he's naked. He sleeps really well too. Noises like the dogs barking don't phase him one bit, which is awesome or we'd be in trouble. He's been sleeping in our room in the Rock 'n Play and he loves it. His nightly sleep schedule varies. He'll go anywhere between 2-4 hours usually. I love those 4 hour stretches. Will has been so great getting up to help in the middle of the night. He will get up to hand Crew to me to nurse and then usually change his diaper before putting him back down to sleep. It helps so much having him awake (usually) with me during the middle of the night feedings.
We've been exclusively breastfeeding and I honestly still have mixed feelings about it. Breastfeeding is hard (at least so far). I'm ready for the tenderness to go away and for it to be easier. The middle of the night cluster feedings are what really wear me out. I know everything is an adjustment and I'm just trying to stick it out for Crew's sake. Crew hasn't had a pacifier yet...really hasn't needed one. He's always so content. We'll probably try a bottle in this next week so hopefully Will can start feeding him too.
Speaking of Will, have I mentioned how great he is?! I love seeing him with Crew. I didn't think it was possible to love him any more than I already do, but seeing him loving our son just pulls on my heartstrings! Crew and his daddy are going to have a pretty awesome relationship.
I've been so emotional this past week. These postpartum hormones give the pregnancy hormones a run for their money. I've cried about everything. I've also cried about nothing. There have been lots of tears from exhaustion or just being so thankful for this life we now have a part of our family. The middle of the night feedings are usually spent silently praying over my son, which usually lead me to tears too! I pray for his health, for who he'll grow up to be, for his faith one day, and for God to give us rest despite the hours of missed sleep.
The dogs have done so well with Crew. I think they've finally realized that this baby's here to stay. They like sniffing him and are always checking out what he's doing. On the rare occasion that Crew does cry, Ginger will start whimpering too. She even gave Crew his first kiss on the top of his head today. NEVER expected that from our diva dog, Ginger!
Postpartum recovery, to me, was worse than the actual birthing process. It's all worth it though and we are so thankful for the most perfect baby we have! It's still hard to believe he's ours. I am so happy and get so excited for all the adventures to be had with our sweet Crew.
Crew had his first outing on Day 8 for his newborn photos with Kelly Ginn. She came to our house first and then we went to The Grove. I can't wait to see them!