life with max: three weeks in.
Three weeks in and we’re still alive! That may be an accomplishment in itself.
Week three has definitely been… the hardest. FULL ON SURVIVAL MODE. Maybe it’s because the sleep deprivation really set in or because we went through a growth spurt (I think?!) and were eating constantly for three days, but it’s been harrrrrd. But it’s also been the best. It’s like… every single day with him is the best?
I know. Who am I?
When my eyes pop open in the middle of the night to him squeaking and squirming, I initially feel a slight dread that I’m awake but then I remember why and look at his little face and want to just melt.
Into a gigantic puddle.
I end up staring at him and asking over and over (and over and over) how someone so cute can even exist in this world. You know you’re in major love when even his little cries look adorable and cute.
And when he does this little Elvis lip curl when he’s hungry. GAH.
I swear he has a little personality already. It is straight up amazing.
Annnnnd I’m such a broken record, I know.
Still just cannot get over how much I love this little guy. Like it’s not even real. I’m still holding him constantly and spending so much time cuddling. And you know what? I highly doubt that in eight or ten weeks, if he refuses to sleep unless it’s in my arms… that I’m going to look back and regret holding him this much. Never. At least I can’t fathom such a thing. I’m snuggling him constantly and it’s still going so fast! And still not enough. I wish there were more hours in the day for baby hugs.
It’s exhausting but part of me doesn’t want it to end because it’s so sweet.
Last night after feeding and swaddling him, I set him down to sleep and his eyes popped open and he started whimpering. I swear his little eyes said “mommy, just hold me until I fall asleep!” I picked him back up and he was out within minutes and I could barely handle the love.
Everybody says how much a newborn sleeps but to be real: mind doesn’t sleep THAT much. His little alert eyes? Yeah. They are almost always that open. I read somewhere that at this stage newborns sleep around 15 to 17 hours per day. Ummmm no. He is so awake and alert all the time. He squeaks and makes noises so much that I swear he tries to have full-blown conversations with me.
Okay maybe now I’m losing it. But you know.
I spend hours talking to him and am pretty sure if anyone peeked in my window they might thing I’m a crazy person. (Which I totally am.)
In the third week, we:
1. Attempted an outing to Nordstrom the day after Christmas. This was only slightly traumatizing: we had bought a snap and go stroller months ago and threw it in the car, only to learn once we were there that our carseat DIDN’T FIT. Hello new parenting fail. Thankfully I took my solly baby wrap and wrapped him up and wore him the entire time – I still think it was the longest stretch that he has slept so far.
As an aside, I LOVE the solly baby – I have a few other wraps but haven’t tried them yet. The solly baby seemed the least intimidating and more comfortable with how stretchy it is. I wore him around the house many times in the first two weeks before wearing him out.
I ADORE WEARING HIM.
Not that we’ve taken him anywhere since – and now it’s like 20 degrees below zero. We’ve been in serious hibernation and survival mode this last week, for real. He eats every 1.5 hours, maybe 2.5 if I’m lucky, so on the couch we’ve lived.
2. Discovered the adorableness that is baby sweatpants. He still swims in newborn clothes but the sweatpants? I die.
3. Rang in the new year in a glittery onesie. Um, I totally bought it before I gave birth and decided upon its arrival that it was gender neutral enough. If anything, it goes with the unicorn rocker in his nursery.
4. Got through the baby blues. Apparently it is a real thing. The best way I can describe it is that I was so thrilled, but at the same time felt so alone. But at that same time, wanted NO ONE around me to make me feel less alone. And at that same time, TONS of people were here and I was losing it. Does that make sense? Probably not, but it actually passed after two weeks. I didn’t think it would. It was such a WEIRD feeling. I tried describing it to Eddie and he’d nod in agreement but I know inside he was like… wtf?
To be real, normal everyday tasks still seem completely daunting, let alone actually working the capacity like I was before. I have no idea how to explain it unless you’ve lived through it. I definitely could never comprehend what people meant when they said that newborns take up ALL your time, but it is so very true. It blows my mind. I was like… what do you mean you don’t have FIVE MINUTES to shower?! That’s not real.
Uh, well it is. I’m eating my words, don’t worry.
So, now that we’ve been home for three weeks and I’ve literally been planted on the couch, I’m starting to stir and itch that there are things I SHOULD be doing. With the new year and all the talk of goals and what not, I’m starting to think of everything I should be doing for work. Then I remember that I will never get this time back and worked ahead a lot so I could take this time to snuggle nonstop. I mean, it’s FRIGID outside and snowy and it’s the most perfect time to do nothing but eat and nap and kiss fat cheeks. And cuddle his little arm rolls. It’s really all that matters.
61 Comments on “life with max: three weeks in.”
I am 52 and never had children. Reading your stores makes me wish that I had, but I’m okay with it too. I am living vicariously through you and Max. I just love these stories. Keep them coming. Max is the most ADORABLE little guy I have seen in a LONG time!!! Give him a big kiss and snuggle from me!!!!!!!
Jessica! I was due Friday and my little peanut has yet to arrive but I just wanted to say thanks for writing these and for being so wonderfully honest! I feel so connected to you and little Max which is probably weird since you don’t know me but I really appreciate feeling like I have a friend going through it all with me. Keep writing! You inspire me daily!
I seriously adore you two. I’m scheduled in for an induction in two days time and while it’s summer here, I just am so excited to be able to snuggle with my little guy.
I wish it was winter, we barely even have winter in Sydney. But it’s not, so it’s just going to be him in a diaper and me in a kaftan and we’re going to do summer snuggles.
Such a great post. <3 Mama, you are in it right now! It's the best and the hardest, all rolled up into one package of unbelievable cuteness. My baby boy is 4 months old… so basically, 3 weeks old was a lifetime ago, but also, really recent :)
My Julian is also a bright-eyed, never-sleeping baby. I have a friend who had a baby girl one week before me, and her baby is one of those who actually sleeps a "normal" amount and takes naps, and I have battled some crazy jealousy over that. But I still think my baby is the best baby in the world, so therefore, babies who don't sleep are obviously better. Obviously.
One last thing… I was at a loss about new year's resolutions, and then I thought about what my baby's resolutions would be. You might enjoy it. http://instagram.com/p/xUIaVNr-Qw/?modal=true <3
There is nothing I’d rather read at 0400 whilst breastfeeding! I gave birth to my son on the 18th December and have hooted with laughter at your labour post…
Keep writing. Max looks beautiful.
Ps I WAS that woman at 2cm dilated that LOST it and begged for an epidural STAT!
My husband told me that he didn’t sleep as a baby. I didn’t believe him, but both of his parents have independently confirmed, with these wide eyes that say they will never, ever forget those days. I don’t know how he did it, but apparently he slept so little as to be hardly noticeable. They got lucky–when he was 11 months old and climbing out of the crib in the night, all he did was sit on the floor and play with his stuffed animals O.o
Enjoy all of this snuggle time! I miss those days!!!
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