Nov 8, 2011  •  In Aerin, Baby, Claire, Motherhood, Personal

Life with Aerin: One Week In

Things have certainly gotten a bit easier on the homefront since my last update. Aerin has finally started to sleep in 2-hour stretches and my sore nipples are starting to toughen up some. Our new life — whilst typically difficult of ones with new babies — is admittedly easier than we had expected, so J has decided to go back to work a full 2 weeks early so that he could save up vacation days for the holidays and possible emergencies.

We took Aerin in for her first pediatrician’s appointment yesterday, and the doctor declared her as healthy as can be. The only possible note of concern is that Aerin has a very slight tongue tie. But the doctor told us that just as long as she is breastfeeding without any problems, we do not need to be worried about it at the moment. He warned us that she may run into some speech problems later in life, but that we can deal with it then rather than perform the minor yet unnecessary surgery on a newborn.

She had lost some weight when we were discharged from the hospital — down to 6.6 lbs from her birth weight of 6.11 lbs — but had gained more than a full pound in just 4 days! We can only credit this to her voracious appetite. I had no idea just exactly how much she was eating until a couple of days ago, when we began to feed her some pumped breastmilk — she can down more than 3 oz in one sitting!

I think our biggest struggle at the moment is her day-night reversal, which we had experienced with Claire as well. We’re trying our best to keep daytime bright and noisy and interactive, and nighttime dark and quiet with minimal interaction, but I think that only time will help at the end.

But because she is still only sleeping 1-2 hours at a time, and craves more interaction in the middle of the night, I still remain utterly exhausted and am eternally grateful that J’s parents arrive every morning to help with both babies. Luckily, I am pumping enough breastmilk for them to feed Aerin throughout the day, and so far there seems to be no sign of nipple confusion.

I still remain a bit envious of mothers whose newborns are mellow little things who want to sleep all the time…because neither of our children have fit this mold. (Aerin already has quite a pair of lungs on her — you won’t believe the amount of noise that such a tiny baby can make!) But for now, I am thankful for their health and well-being…and hey, Aerin’s only been with us for a week so things can certainly change, right? ;-)

Claire seems to be handling the adjustment pretty well. For the first few days, we had to avoid letting her see me hold Aerin, because she would get overly upset and jealous, but she is getting better now. She’s even tried sharing her toys with Aerin, and imitating her when she cries.

But the cutest yet has to be when we’re burping Aerin, because Claire will grab her giraffe and try to “burp” the giraffe too!

16 Responses to “Life with Aerin: One Week In”

  1. Uhhhhhhhh, I love her tiny little mouth!! It’s TOO perfect, so cute!

  2. She is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen. What a doll!!! I hope that things continue to go smoothly with your two little ladies!

  3. Amy:

    She’s just gorgeous!

  4. can i just say how ridiculously happy i am for you?? i know claire was an adjustment and it seems as if this time around things are going much more smoothly. enjoy everything- you so deserve it!!

  5. Ok…don’t hate on me…but our second is totally a sleepy baby…as in move-heaven-and-earth-to-keep-her-awake-during-a-feeding sleepy. (you know I’m going to regret putting that in writing someday :) Since her brother was so intense and since so many people insisted he was my “hard” one, I’m totally paranoid of jinxing this and waking up to a screamer. That said, with my low milk flow, I’m paranoid that she’s so quiet because she’s starving and lacks the energy to protest…making this sleepy/quiet baby not as easy as one would expect :)

  6. Kate:

    She is so beautiful! I am glad to hear that you are getting some help during the daytime – hopefully that’s leading to some naptime for you. :) Thanks for the posts and for the wonderful guest posts – what a great blog!

  7. Sherrie:

    oooh! She’s beautiful!

  8. she is so tiny and cute! i love that claire tried to burp the giraffe.

  9. KRunRun:

    Such a cutie! And the thing about Claire burping the giraffe made me “awwwww!” audibly. I tried to stifle it as a yawn, but no dice – my co-workers think I’m nuts (nothing new there).

  10. I’m glad things are getting a little better! Aerin sure is a cutie!

  11. I was out of town, and missed little Aerin’s arrival. Congratulations, Geek in Heels family! Aerin is so beautiful with a super awesome name, too. :) Claire is now a big sister. I can’t believe it!

  12. I’m really glad to here things are getting easier. My mom has always told me, “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.” And Claire burping the giraffe just sounds too adorable! Lol

  13. You & J make the most beautiful babies!!! She is so cute! and Claire!! :) She is way too smart for her age!!

  14. I cannot get over how cute she is! I’m glad things are looking up and I hope they continue to get easier.

  15. She’s gorgeous! I’m really happy for you that Claire is adjusting well, too. I’m an older sibling, and it was the same when my little brother was born (we’re 18 months apart). At first, I wasn’t a fan, but up until high school, we were the best of friends, most days! :)

  16. She is so adorable!

    And, about the tongue tie thing – I have (had?) that too. No problems (except I can’t roll my R’s) until I got braces at age 12, when my dentist had to clip the frenum without anesthesia. Yeah… that was fun.

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