Hi lovelies! I can’t believe Luca is already 6 weeks old already so I wanted to do a baby update! I feel like once you have more than one kiddo everything goes into warp speed! He is such sweet baby and of course we are all SO in love with him! I don’t know if its because he’s a boy or because I feel a little more at ease because it’s my second child but i’m obsessed with him! It still is just such a trip that we are a family of four!!
It’s safe to say that life is a bit CRAY ZAY over here still trying to find a balance but we’re slowly getting there. The first few months are always a bit hazy for me. You’re sleep deprived, your body is recovering, you’re emotional and just exhausted!It’s beautiful, messy, exhausting and rewarding all at the same time!
The biggest thing is it’s just constant (especially if you’re breast feeding)! My husband and I rarely ever bicker or argue (mainly because he is just really awesome and doesn’t take me on lol) but each time we have brought a baby home there’s always that adjustment period and the little back and forth bickering of “well I work all day….well i’m with the kids all day” etc etc. With blogging or social media in general there’s always picture perfect posts but I think it’s important to remember to not compare yourself to peoples “highlight reels”. My house is mess 70% of the day, Ava has her melt downs, the laundry and dishes are always piling up and I have my share of sweatpants (and milk stained tanks) days as well. While I feel super blessed we’re not perfect either. Okay sorry for the ramble it’s just something i’ve been feeling/thinking a lot about lately with social media and felt it was important to share.
Having Ava in school a few days a week is a HUGE help because trying to keep up with two babes (especially the demands of newborn) on little sleep is no easy task. Not to mention trying to blog full time, keep the house together and still make time for yourself and your needy hubby 😉 So those few afternoons when she goes to school and I only have one kiddo to juggle is much easier.
The sleeping is still a bit rough but to be expected at this stage. When we first came home Luca was sleeping a good 3-4 hours stretch in the beginning of the night and then would wake up every couple hours…score! My husband and I were like hell yeah! lol But after the NEW newborn sleepy stage wore off and he was awake more he started only giving us 2 hours stretches and then would wake up e.v.e.r.y. hour! Well that means that after I fed him, stayed up to burp him, swaddle him and put back to sleep I would get 30 mins here or there before he woke up again! WTF talk about brutal! So I would take him in his nursery, let the hubby get some sleep and then in the morning give him to my husband and I would try to go back to sleep for a couple hours. Like I said before its all about the tag team effort right now. The last week or so he has been giving us longer stretches. 2-3 hours in the beginning of the night then another 2 hour stretch then up every hour. So basically you just never know what kind of sleep you’re going to get in the first few months. To say i’m looking forward to a few months from now when he is sleeping better is an understatement!
Breastfeeding has been going great and this little man likes to nurse about every 1.5 during the day so mama can’t go far. I am pumping (the pump i’ve been using for years) but because he is eating so frequently its hard to pump a decent amount. With Ava I used to pump during the night once she started sleeping longer stretches and was able to build up a stash. With Ava we only used Dr.Browns bottles but Luca took to the Tommee Tippie bottles much better so we’ve been using those with him.
Ava is doing SO much better with him now! As previously mentioned the first week she was on ANOTHER level wanting attention but now she is perfectly in the groove with him! She is constantly asking to hold him and read him stories and it is just the sweeeeetest! She helps with diaper duty, testing out all of his new toys 😉 and loves putting his pacifier in for him! I honestly can’t wait for him to get a little bigger to see them interact more together!
Luca loves a ride in the car (his carseat), having his hair brushed, bath time and I can’t get enough of his little smiles even if they are only while he’s sleeping so far. At four weeks he rolled over during tummy time! He’s actually done is a few times but only from his stomach to his back! He’s doing great in his co-sleeper and loves to be swaddled (but has to have his arms free). I know I said I didn’t like a baby carrier with Ava but it has been an absolute necessity now that I have two! Thank you SO much for all your recommendations on my last post! We purchased this Ergo carrier and LOVE it! We have been using this stroller with the second seat adapter quite a bit lately and are loving it so far! Our living room has been over run with swings and bouncy’s and now we’ve added our pack n play in the mix. Oh I cant wait to have all this stuff out of our living room;) On another note I have really lagged on finishing his nursery! It’s about 80% done and now we’re just finishing up the last couple things and will do a full post for you ladies soon!