Life with a newborn… again.

266 copy Where do I begin? I guess I should start with… myself. Postpartum me. It’s been three weeks and physically I feel fine. The first week I found myself trying to do too much. There’s a reason you’re supposed to rest that 1st week :-/. Between my weakened back and uterine cramps (they worsen after each subsequent pregnancy), I was done for. Getting around was hard, sometimes I had to crawl and even that was a struggle, lol. Each week, something gradually improved and I am happy to be able to be mobile and out of the bed. I don’t remember my back being so bad after having Jayden.

As far as the Baby Blues… I thought I was in for it having a baby close to Winter, but I’ve been o k I suppose. I won’t pretend like I don’t have bouts of feeling blah and drained (breastfeeding can have that affect). The weather has been mild so that’s been a huge help. I usually get cranky during the Winter. All of the bright and colorful life goes away and sunlight is limited. I also have sleeping issues. It’s been an ongoing issue for years. I’m a night owl and I don’t know when to call it a day. I sleep in and that throws things off. And I’m not one who can just get up and survive on coffee. And too much caffeine gives me the shakes. At any rate, I’m working on the sleep issues because there’s no need for me to be sleeping like I’m working the graveyard shift when I work from home… honestly, I’m a little overwhelmed with work. I usually  get that way this time of the year, but now is not the time to shut down. I made the bed, I’ll lay in it. I’ll deal. Note to clients: No need to tip toe around me. I’m stable :-).

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On to Jaxon…

He’s had his eyes locked on us since day one. When the doctor handed him to me, he began opening his leftt eye, followed by the right. What gets me is how focused he is when looking at us as if he’s gazing into our eyes. It’s what I want to believe, but of course he’s only studying the blurry details. We look at him and we don’t see a newborn. It’s unexplainable. Maybe because we’ve done this before? Maybe because he’s so unique-to-us?

He nurses great although we sometimes fight. He gets so excited that he misses out on latching. His head gets to going and he starts pushing away. It’s hilarious… at night, not so much. He sleeps well through the night but sometimes he has a habit of loudly grunting and growling for a few hours. It’s so random and he sounds constipated when obviously he’s not. I think it’s gas although some people say it’s just what newborns do. When the grunts turn to growls, it seems like he’s trying to push out and sometimes results in releasing some poots. So when he starts up, I’ll burp him, rub his tummy, and lay him across my leg or arm for some relief. Jayden was pretty quiet up until he started cooing so it’s been interesting learning all of Jaxon’s extra vocal cues. Click here to listen to a sound clip from when Jax was a day old. Ovaries beware!

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The boy is strong and juicy. He’s gained 1 1/2 lbs since all of the photos in this post were taken, so he’s chunked up. Diaper changes can be a challenge because he’s so wiggly. He likes to roll over, clench up his legs, and kick sporadically. Here are some random things people have said during his first two weeks:

Ooo he’s a big ‘un. How much did he weigh at birth? Well, he looks like he gained weight! – Nurse

You’re gonna be a swimmer, you’re so long. – Another Nurse

You pushed all of that baby out? He look like he been here 3 months already. – My Mother

So EVERY time we rested Jaxon’s head on his hands, this majorly strong little linebacker lifted his own head up. I’ve never seen a newborn have such strength! – Michelle

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Jayden is super excited to be a big brother. When he returned to school, he announced to “the friends” that the baby was here. I’ve been trying to exercise some patience when it comes to his curiosity and excitement over his little brother. I’m constantly telling him to leave him alone, don’t wake him up, to stand back, calm down, etc. It’s emotionally draining trying to get him to adhere, but let him help care for his little brother too. And also give him attention so he doesn’t feel left out. It’s going to take some time…

Well, this post is getting mighty long and it’s the only thing I’ve managed to accomplish today and I’m tired. Here’s to a more productive day tomorrow. Enjoy the photos below :-).

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Nursing, black and white, and photo of Jaxon grabbing Jayden’s head by Michelle.


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Sheena Tatum

is the founder of Sophistishe. She's a free spirit, wife, boy mom, rental rebel, curator of pretty things, lover of vintage pyrex, and the tropics. Sheena can be found in NW Indiana with her husband and two scrumptious boys, clutching kraft paper, chalkboard paint, sriracha and chipotle pepper. In the midst of motherhood, wifedom, and managing a growing collection of digital projects, she somehow manages to find zen in being a quirky, introverted, lil’ lady.

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16 Comments

  • Reply January 15, 2013

    Keonté

    This is absolute perfection! Thank you for your honesty and sharing the ups and downs of being a {new} mom…again. Your family is amazing, just like you. Congratulations!!

  • Reply December 13, 2012

    Brandi

    What a beautiful family and Jaxon is soooo sweet. I know how you feel hun, I’m about 5 months post partum and I’m just starting to sort of feel like myself again.

  • Reply December 10, 2012

    Naomi

    Such a gorgeous family you have!

    • Reply January 31, 2013

      Sheena

      Thanks, Naomi!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    toi

    congratulations for your new addition. he is so sweet :)

    • Reply December 6, 2012

      Sheena

      Thank you!

  • Reply December 3, 2012

    Quiana

    Congrats! You have such a beautiful family and Jaxon looks so wonderfully squishable in the 2nd picture =)

    • Reply December 9, 2012

      Sheena

      Thanks, Quiana! He’s got cheeks for weeks, lol!

  • Reply December 3, 2012

    Marcela

    Congratulations!! You are a beautiful family!!

    • Reply December 9, 2012

      Sheena

      Thanks, Marcela!

  • Reply December 2, 2012

    Shannon

    Congratulations! Pregnancies do tend to be different & sometimes our bodies change after the first, I know mine did, as far as aching & such goes. My second birth didn’t drain me nearly as much as the second. I do know that after my first, my hormones were spiraling out of control.

    Beautiful photos, btw!

  • Reply December 2, 2012

    Jacquie

    Gorgeous baby, goregeous family!

  • Reply December 2, 2012

    traceykinohio

    Thank you so for sharing your beautiful family & your thoughts. Here’s to wishing you get back to feeling ‘you’ real soon. :-)

  • Reply December 1, 2012

    michelle pendergrass

    He really has chunked up for sure!! We need another photo shoot!!!

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