Saturday, November 22, 2008

So tired...

Forgive my lack of blogging. I'm working on day three with little sleep and no naps (for me and the baby). I can handle the little sleep thing, so long as I get some naps. With no naps, I turn into Exhausted, Bitchy New Mom Emily, and she's not pretty. I'll save you all from that. To hold you over until next time, I give you cuteness.

All ready for the Ohio State-Michigan game. Go Bucks!

First time trying out the bottle. He's not so sure he likes it.

Taking a nap on daddy.

He's already getting so big.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I'm supposed to enjoy this?

Really? Breastfeeding is supposed to be something I like (or at least don't despise) doing? I've been doing it for almost three weeks now, and I just don't see it. My nips are raw and sore (and they've kinda started burning when he eats...I'm not sure that's normal...), my boobs are achy and tender (but at least not engorged any more), I hate wearing a bra 24/7 (and also hate waking up in the middle of the night completely milk-drenched because my pad shifted while I slept), and it's royally boring (you can only look at the half asleep kid sucking on your boob for so long, you know?). Plus, I can't leave him and go do something by myself (including sleeping) for more than two hours, in case he wakes up screaming to be fed. Being solely responsible for ensuring he doesn't starve kinda sucks. No pun intended.

I guess I just don't get the appeal. I'm not going to stop (I'm still too cheap to buy formula when he's got a perfectly good cow right here at home), but I certainly don't enjoy it the way boob pushers seem to think I should. Chalk this one up to my overall motherhood abnormalities, I guess.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Glamour shots

My dear friend Michelle brought her fancy-pants camera (and a delicious dinner) over to the house the other day (actually, she was here on Will's due date) to take some pictures of Will and the fam. They turned out great! She got some really cute shots. Here are some of my favorites.

Unfortunately, this is the best family shot she got. B and I look like hell, don't we?

Thanks, M.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Don't hate me...

But, according to my scale this morning, I'm already back to my pre-pregnancy weight. After a crappy, mostly sleepless night, that made my day. I'm not entirely sure I believe my scale, but it sure did make me smile. If I also already had my pre-pregnancy shape back, life would be grand.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Please stay asleep

Dear Will,

Please, please, please stay asleep. Every time you wake up, you want to eat. Every time you try to eat, I want to scream and then bawl because your piranha-like feeding has completely inflamed and shredded my poor nipples. When I see you stirring like you're about to wake up, this horrible feeling of dread starts welling up inside of me, and my boobs start crying in anticipation of the torture that is to come. So, if you could do me a solid and either stay asleep or just not eat for a week or two, that would be awesome.

Love you,


Monday, November 3, 2008

Cutest thing in the whole entire world

Alright, I know I'm biased, but seriously, I think I've found the cutest thing in the whole world. Check out this picture and tell me his little hat falling across his eyes while he sleeps isn't just adorable. It does this all the time, and it just cracks me up. I don't know why, but it does.

In other exciting news, I pooped today. This is a bit TMI, I'm sure, but it was super exciting for me, as it was the first time since I had the baby. I was lucky enough to avoid constipation problems during pregnancy, but they seem to have popped up now. Which makes sense, I guess, given the combination of sitting around doing nothing for three days at the hospital (and not doing too much more than that in the three days since we've been home), pain killers, and a not-so-fiber-rich diet. I'm hoping today is the start of the turn around, and pooping won't become a major event for me.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

It's a...


William James was born at 9:07 AM on Tuesday, October 28, 2008. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. He also had a 13.25 inch head circumference. So much for him listening to my lectures about not weighing more than 7.5 pounds and having a small head (actually, I don't know if his head is objectively large, but it sure seemed like it on the way out...).

The labor and delivery went really well, and were really easy. Recovery's been going really well so far, too. I'll post the whole birth story at some point, once I get a chance to write it all down. For now, suffice it to say we're all doing our best to adjust to life at home.

To end today's post, I would like to offer a small ray of hope to anyone who's followed my story and feels the way about their pregnancy I did about mine: actually having and holding that baby changes everything. I have been so pleasantly surprised by my adjustment to motherhood. I love the little guy, and I love being his mommy. Based on my past behavior, I did not expect that at all, but it's been great. I'm not nearly as head-over-heels as B is, but I know I'll get there. So, hang in there. It'll get better for you, too. I promise.