Monday, August 13, 2012

Cooper - Week 6

Cooper was 5 weeks old (in his 6th week) from July 30 - August 5

Nursing:  Nursing went great this week.  Honestly, there's not much to talk about in this area any more other than a "am I" or "am I not" type of thing.  This week I still nursed Cooper, and I actually only gave him 2 formula bottles this entire week.  So for this week, it was pretty safe to say that Cooper was breastfed for almost 100% of the week.  I'm still just taking this nursing thing just one day at a time.  I'll keep going until I don't want to anymore.  And I have no idea when that will be.  I will say that it is SUPER easy at this point.  He latches on like a champ.  My milk has pretty much stabilized, so I really don't get engorged at all anymore.  He eats CRAZY fast (seriously, under 10 minutes).  He did have one change this week: he started nursing on only one side at each feeding.  Even if I changed his diaper after he stopped on one side, he would not continue feeding on the other side afterwards like he used to.  Actually, he won't nurse after a diaper change any more at all - no matter what side I offer.  I guess he's gotten so efficient at eating that he just gets it all in in one go.

Sleeping:  This week was both awful and wonderful in this area.  At first, the week was still terrible in the sleeping department (it just continued from the week before).  In fact, on Tuesday, he slept for less than two hours TOTAL for the entire day.  And it was broken, at that.  Which is even worse.  I tried EVERYTHING to get him to sleep - including holding him- and nothing worked.  Then, in the evening, he cluster fed for almost three hours straight (from 5:30 - 8:30 pm).  I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day and felt like a zombie.  What is funny though is that the very next day, on Wednesday, he had his best day EVER.  He stayed completely on schedule on the entire day and had almost PERFECT naps.  I had to go into his room ONE time during ONE nap (and even then I got him back to sleep in his crib).  The rest of the day he slept perfectly!  It was so nice after such a hard day the day before! 

Poor boy still has some eczema on his forehead AND his face is still peeling a little bit!  Oh well - at least his baby acne is gone!

Milk drunk and sooo sleepy.  :)

Schedule:  This was the same as last week.  He is still on the 3 hour schedule.  My plan is to not move him to the 3 - 3.5 hour schedule for 2 more weeks.  I have to go back to school for two days next week, so that is NOT a good time to try and move the schedule.  I'll work on it the next week (when he is 7 weeks old).  Overall, he did really great on his schedule this week, and I was super proud of him.  I can really tell that BabyWise is really starting to pay off this week.  The schedule is really starting to become something that he just does naturally now, not something that I'm trying to keep him on.  I love it.

Development/What's Going On:  Here are some other things Cooper has been up to this week:
-He has started smiling some more, but they are still few and far between.  We've probably seen half a dozen total, so not many.  I know that we'll just start seeing them more and more in the weeks to come, and I'm really looking forward to that!

-If we put him short ways in his pack-n-play, his feet can touch the bottom and his hands can touch the top.  He is GROWING!
-Wednesday was his best day EVER and it was also my longest day so far with both kids!  Perfect timing!  Matt left for work at normal time, but then didn't get home until almost 7:00.  I was so proud of myself for making it through AND being able to get dinner and stuff done all by myself.
-He had two major meltdowns in the car this week (both when he was SUPER tired and ready for a nap).  One was on the way home from church on Sunday and one was on the way home from Grammy's house (where we had dinner) on Friday.  It is the saddest thing EVER to hear him really cry.  He will cry so hard that he gets hoarse.  His crying also has a pattern to what it sounds like - which is funny in a really sad way.  He'll do three loud cries and take a breath, and then start over.  Another really "Cooper" thing is how he moves his hands when he's this upset.  He alternates them up and down while opening and closing his hands.  It looks like he's climbing a ladder and grabbing the rungs.  SO SAD!
-He's started having "fake sneezes".  It's like he prepares for the sneeze, it never comes, and he does the noise anyway.  Gosh - it is SO funny and I LOVE it!
-He has started to yawn (sometimes) like LL used to.  She had a very specific yawn (it was crooked and she made a funny sound when she closed her mouth).  It was one of our FAVORITE "LL baby" things.  He doesn't do it every time, but he does do it some.
-I stopped logging his feeding times this week.  Up until now, I logged what time he ate, how long he ate, and what side he ate on.  In the middle of the week, I started logging only what time he ate - not for how long.  By the end of the week, I stopped logging anything at all.
-On Friday, he cried before his second and third nap.  This is VERY unusual for him, as he really NEVER cries when he's going down for a nap (he usually just grunts and wiggles).  It was weird for me to have to go in there and calm him down at the beginning.
-At the end of the week, he started going 3.5 - 4 hours between feedings at night instead of 3 hours in between.  Score!
-On Saturday night, he only got up once in the night to eat.  After his dream feed at 10:45, he slept until 2:15.  I fed him and then he slept until 6:30.  It did mean that he started his day a little early, but we just adjusted as we went throughout the day.
-Sunday was another perfect schedule day, just like Wednesday.  Again, we only had to go into his room one time during one nap.  And, again, he went back to sleep in his crib.  Definitely a good week, for sure!

Here are some random pictures from this week:

He's getting SO GOOD at holding his head up!

I really think he is going to be more serious than LL was.

I love these cheeks!

Here are two videos of him doing tummy time.  You can see how awesome he's getting!

Me:  I still doing pretty well!  As crazy as it sounds, I did have a little bit of an emotional week with all of my teacher friends going back to school.  While I'm so happy that I still get to spend a lot more weeks home with Cooper, it's also VERY strange for me not to be going back to school right now.  I know it sounds weird, but it's kind of just another reminder of how "not normal" things still are for us right now.  It's just another reminder that we're still adjusting to life with another baby, etc., etc.  I'll probably do another whole post on this, but I realized a lot of things about myself this week.  One major thing: I don't think my "dream" of being a stay-at-home-mom is a real dream anymore.  I also think that I'm going to go back to work at the beginning of October (When Cooper is 14 weeks) instead of the middle/end of October (When Cooper is 17 weeks).  Again, I'll talk about this more in another post.  On the positive side, I lost another pound, so I'm officially 5 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight!    I did get to go to my bi-annual kid's sale Saturday night.  I LOVED it, as usual.  I ended up not being able to go to Steak-n-Shake afterwards (for several reasons.  we got out of the sale SO late AND Cooper wasn't going down to bed at home.  It was his first time doing his bed time routine without me and it didn't go great.  Not terrible, but not great), but I still had a good time with the girls and scoring great deals on clothes for the kids.


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