Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"C" is for Content

I've got three weeks under my belt as a new mom, and time is flying by.  I had 19 days of absolute bliss, and BAM! day 20--fussy central.  I think Tully had some major gas or growing pains because he let out high-pitched squeals and cried from 2:30 am to 9:30 pm.  Poor little guy.  But everything seems to be better now, and he is back to his content self .  He really is a good baby, and I've enjoyed learning all about his likes and dislikes.  He slept for 7 hours two nights ago and 5 hours last night.  I'll take it!!

My mom has done an amazing job keeping track of Tully's adventures (and helping me keep my sanity) these first few weeks, so instead of duplicating her work, I'll let you visit her blog, which has tons of photos and stories.  Here are several great posts on Tully:

Waking Up
Poopy Time
Daddy Pics
Newborn Photoshoot
Grammy and PawPaw Visit
Mailbox Story
Trip to Grammy and PawPaw's

As a new mom it takes a lot of effort to make complete sentences and paragraphs, so I'll give you a random list of my thoughts and answers to frequently asked questions instead.
  • My ideal ratio of adults to newborns for first two three weeks: 3 to 1.
  • Number of hours of sleep between feedings at night: 2 to 7.
  • Number of diapers changed so far: 249
  • Diaper brand of choice: Pampers Swaddlers > Huggies Little Snugglers.  Better fit and less leaks with Pampers for us.
  • Average frequency of diaper changes: Every 2 hours
  • Time spent nursing: 4-6 hours per day.  I'm like a walking, talking milk factory.
  • I really like the Baby Connect app for my iPhone: it tracks feedings, diapers, stats, meds, and everything else I need for the baby, and it syncs with the website.
  • Tully's nicknames: Milk Monster, Tully Bear
  • Tully loves to stare out the window and at the overhead lights.
  • He is a master at escaping mommy's swaddles but not daddy's.
  • He started cooing.  It's so sweet.
  • He hates cold wipes during diaper changes.
  • It's amazing the things you can do with one hand or a foot: change TV channels, type on computer, eat, etc.
  • La Leche League meetings and Susan, the lactation consultant at Saint Francis South are both are excellent resources.
  • I never have enough CLEAN burp cloths/swaddle blankets/onesies WHERE I need them WHEN I need them.
  • I think my washer and dryer are on repeat.  They haven't quit running in three weeks.
  • I'm starving all the time!
Books I'm reading:

These two books are nearly polar opposites as far as parenting styles go, but with all the advice I get as a new mom I figured I better read about both sides.  So far I'm leaning towards attachment style parenting and demand feeding (LLL/Womanly Art of Breastfeeding), but I am considering implementing pieces of parent-directed feeding (Babywise).  We will eventually need a schedule, so we'll see how it goes.  For now I'm on Tully's schedule, and Tully says it's time for nap, so I better get some sleep while I can!


  1. SOO cute! I can't believe it has already been 3 weeks! Time flies! I love that you're tracking the number of diapers! haha!

  2. You are doing a great job!!! Way to go mama!!! He is adorable!

  3. Can you believe he was ever this little?


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