Doesn’t he look big?! Since the minute I decided to have a baby, my time in this world has accelerated ten-fold!! Somehow, Jack is already 2 months old!
I’m patting myself on the back for being able to keep an infant alive for a whole two months but amazed that its gone so fast. Jack’s starting to digest the world around him and communicate with smiles and coos, which makes his parents really excited… and in turn they make even weirder noises and sounds to encourage his reactions. Jack’s starting to hold his head up, too – the work and diligence of scheduled tummy time. No pain, no gain, Jack!
We had Jack’s 2 month check-up and found out he’s perfect again, at least that was my interpretation of the pediatric evaluation. We got another nod of good work for our crib-sleeping baby. And we are really seeing the benefits now, as Jack is sleeping between 7 – 9 hours at night. The pediatrician said he probably gets up at 2 or 3 am but is comfortable being alone. He doesn’t need the comfort of us to go back to sleep! Go Jack. Go us. He is still 97% in height (go figure) and has gained three whole pounds since his 2 week visit.
Lastly, Jack has gained a nickname. We called him “Turkey” a lot when he was little. We thought it was kinder than “Little Devil” in those first weeks. Since then, it has been abbreviated to “Turk”! So, Turk it is. And here he is…
In other news, I headed back to work last week. Though there were tears, I’m happy to be back and start a more “real life” schedule. I have a work/life balance that works for me and the fam. Plus, it helps that I can view our baby monitor at work (I can see Jack sleeping in the morning), and I get sent one or two pictures of him daily.
The whole pumping at work is the weirdest part of the transition. Another thing I didn’t realize. If you’re nursing, every time you’re away from your baby, you have to act as if you’re feeding him, or your supply will diminish. This means pumping. For me, pumping three times a day.
Luckily, I have my own office with a lock, but it was still weird. During those first few pumps, I found myself staring at the door and rechecking if I locked it… but by Thursday I was charting, calling patients, and surfing the internet, all while pumping. It’s manageable. Plus, I really like my pump. It’s a little more pricey than others on the market but is hospital-grade and utilizes silicone cups instead of plastic. If you haven’t gotten a pump yet, check out PJ’s Breast Pump. They have great customer service and lactation consultants that will walk you through any issue, even over Skype.
Sorry, this reads more like a journal entry than a blog post, I’ll be better next time. Have a wonderful week friends.