It’s been 3 weeks already since Isaac officially joined our family.
Although some days (and nights) are harder than others, overall, our transition to a family of four is going pretty smoothly.
Isaac is very mild-mannered, which undoubtedly makes things easier. He rarely cries, and the smiles that come when he’s sleeping are enough to melt your heart.
Speaking of sleep, we are getting some. He sleeps next to our bed in a co-sleeper, tightly swaddled, with a white noise machine to soothe him. He usually wakes twice to nurse, and generally goes right back to sleep afterwards. Some nights, he grunts all night in his sleep, keeping me awake, but a tighter swaddle seems to be helping with that.
He nurses every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-5 hours at night. Although it was initially painful, nursing has been going very well- much easier the second time around. We had a few days of excessive spit up and some projectile vomiting, which was very worrisome. Adam had reflux, and I was terrified of going through that again. In fact, the first time Isaac vomited, I cried. But, I made some adjustments to our nursing routine, and he is spitting MUCH less.
Adam is still embracing his role as big brother! If he is playing and I ask him to bring me something, he won’t always do it, but he’s still very patient when I’m tending to Isaac. He has been going to daycare part-time, which helps me out a lot. He loves to interpret Isaac’s faces and noises, already speaking for him.
I am doing very well so far, too. Physically, my recovery was a lot easier this time, and emotionally, it’s been easier, too. Of course, there are times when I feel overwhelmed and times when I’m not sure I know what my baby wants or needs, but in general I am much less anxious and stressed than I was when Adam was a newborn.