Saturday, September 11, 2010
Baby Project complete
Well... my latest project is complete. We had baby Drew two weeks ago today, August 28, 2010. He weighed 9 pounds and 12 oz. There has been some controversy over his height though, he first measured a lenghthy 22 1/4 inches. But since I have taken him to the doctor twice he has shrunk...Is this a common phenomenon? I don't think the other boys did this. Anyway, needless to say I am really relieved for that one to be out. I feel like a million bucks. I don't look like a million but I certainly feel better. He is a sweet, sweet baby, so far. He is good nurser, he poops constantly, he has already surpassed his birth weight, he's now 10 lbs 4 oz. I am in love with him. His brothers are too. They are constantly asking me a million questions, mainly can I touch him. No! Well... are your hands clean? They seem to perpetually have runny noses and dirty hands and faces. They also smell like like goats. I am trying to remember they are my children too. Most people are overly concerned with other people's germy kids, not me. I can't get past my own. They are sooo precious about their tiny brother though. They are very proud of him, they all want him to look like them. He looks the most like his Daddy. He has enough hair to see the tiny little cowlick, just like his Daddy and his big brother, Sam. He is kind of chubby so he reminds me of Johnny. I have yet to see much of Jack in him. I don't seem to make cookie cutter children. Although, every time we are in a store someone says those have to be Andy Malone's children. Certainly, John is a carbon copy but Sam and Jack look alike. They are all different but similiar, I suppose.
Something about birthing a baby makes me want to buy stuff. I guess I am going to have to get a Christmas list going...
1. Blabla Mobile
2. New sling-I ordered one from Seven slings after recieving an email saying I qualified for a free one. I had to pay 11.95 shipping and handling. Ridiculous. It came in. Chintzy. I had such high hopes. So now I am back to the denim NOJO I have had for 9 years. It is not a cool pattern, but it has been the most user friendly one I have had. And yes, even though we are tv-less I have heard about the recalls. I find it difficult to believe that you don't notice your baby suffocating. Trying not be judgemental. I do wear mine really high up and I don't cover their faces.
3. Anything Kissy Kissy. I had a few pieces of layette from Jack but big boy can't get them over his head. He seems to carry the most of his weight in his face, very chubby in the cheeks.
Basically, everywhere I go I think he needs something.
My sense of smell is still in pregnancy over drive, hence the goat smell from my kids. I cannot get over the smell of the Target brand of baby detergent. Now that I have associated it with my boy, it could not be more delish. Same for the original Johnson's baby lotion. My favorite pregnancy smell was lemon scented Pine-Sol and bleach. Not mixed, of course. Just good old fashioned clean.
So far, other than the aforementioned products I have learned of a few new can't live without after baby goodies. namely the belly bandit. My good friend Jennifer bought one and graciously allowed me to borrow it. She gets back in to pre-baby shape sickenenly fast. It has truly helped. My belly was somewhere around 42 inches, straight out in front. It has been two short weeks but it has gone down considerably. I haven't actually measured it. I only mentioned the measurement to let you know how desperately it was needed. It is a small and I started wearing it when I left the hospital. I had to really struggle to get it closed the first day, every new day has been a little easier. I could switch to a smaller size now, but my budget has been cut. They recommend wearing it constantly and sleeping in it, but I have taken it off to sleep. I am hoping it will continue to support my saggy skin even after my uterus shrinks back to its normal size. I feel like my belly actually does look better at this point than it did with my third. I give it a thumbs up. I also have a couple of new nursing tanks from Motherhood. They are fabulous, the opening goes up, no clips or anything. It is excellent for sleeping in. I have had to wear it all the time, since I haven't "adjusted" to my new bras yet. Another life saver these gel pads from The First Years
Now, if I could find something to make the giant man hands go away, I'd be in bidness.