I can’t believe it’s already been 8 weeks. that means I’m back to work which is ok. There is a part of me that enjoys going to work. I’m not happy about leaving the little ones but I’m adjusting.
So just like we did at 4 weeks, let’s see where we are. Let’s start with little miss.
Allie at 8 Weeks:
months. She is taking approximately 3 ounces at a feeding. She is bothered by caffeine and dairy which you will often here me complain about but I do it knowing that it is completely worth it.
Oye! Where do I begin? During the day, she actually sleeps really well and is staying very close to her Moms on call schedule. She doesn’t need much assistance going down during the day but at about 8:30 each night, when she should be going to sleep, she’s awake. Bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to hang out with mom.
I try to rock her and put her in her crib swaddled, full belly and drowsy only to have her wake right back up. I leave here for a few minutes and when she starts crying I go in to try to comfort her and help but ultimately after about 30 min (after E’s in bed) I end up picking her up and attempt to study while holding her.
I’m open to suggestions.
She is definitely starting to interact more. She is way more alert and follows me with her eyes when I walk around with her. She is starting to understand how her arms work. She is trying to figure out how to control them which is really cute. It’s funny how more attentive I am to this stuff with her.
She coos and makes happy noises which just warm my heart. I’ve been trying to record them but everytime I start recording she stops. Sounds about right huh?
All in all she’s a great kid. She loves to cuddle which I love. She seems pretty interested in what E’s doing and he seems pretty ok with her too. It will be much more interesting as she gets older and can interact with him more.
I wish it was better. I average about 5.5 to 6 hours a night and it’s all based on Allie who doesn’t seem to sleep well at night. We’re working on it but I can tell you that I definitely feel sleep deprived. Couple that with the fact that Allie doesn’t do well with caffeine and you can see why I’m dragging a little.
We are still going strong. She eats about 3 ounces a feeding. I’m back at work and pumping during the day and that has allowed me to pump a little more than 3 ounces and store it. I would say I’m getting about 5 ounces each time which I’m pretty happy about.
The great thing about work is that we have rooms dedicated to new moms and you can schedule a half hour whenever you need it but there are so many new moms that the rooms are booked solid so I’m having to get creative. My recommendation to new moms…make sure you get a pump that can run on battery power.
Fitness and Running
I’ve been running now since the five weeks. I’ve committed to running the Rock ‘n’ Roll in July so I’ve been really motivated to get back to it. I’ve run about 13-15 miles for the past couple weeks and that is steadily climbing. So far I feel pretty good and am SOOO happy to running again. Even if it is slow.
One of the questions I’ve gotten lately is about nursing bras. My sister got me this bra when I was nursing E and I love it. It’s a sports bra that give me enough support but allows me to be ready for either a workout or a nursing session at a moments notice. I have this bra in white and black and love it. You can find it at Motherhood Maternity
I’m down to my last 9 lbs but I’ve been there for a couple weeks. I’ve seemed to have stalled but I still feel like I’m getting my shape back.
My stomach still has the extra pouch which I am devoted to getting rid of. The Linea Nigra is still present but fading.
Overall, we’re getting along well. E is settling in nicely to his role as big brother. Next week we’re taking our family photos which should be entertaining.
So there you have it. I’m looking forward to your sleep suggestions.
On a side note, this week I visited the local fox channel and took them through a Post-Baby Tabata workout. It was a lot of fun. You can see the video below and the tabata is here too.