Compare this picture to his one-month picture:
He looks like a completely different baby!
It’s amazing to me how much has changed in the last month. Not just physically, but developmentally — Will has grown in every way this month. It was a tough month as Will got fussier and fussier, but this last week has been
somewhat much easier. (He’s nine weeks old today.)
Now that Will is getting older, we’re doing some things differently. While I spent a lot of time in his first month wearing him in the Moby wrap, I haven’t put him in it in nearly three weeks!
It’s probably for the best because he is getting very heavy now. I think I need to learn how to wear him with his legs out. He just hasn’t seemed to need to nap in the Moby the way he did in his first few weeks.
In addition to the Moby, I have been wearing Will in our Ergo carrier when we’re out and about — it’s a lifesaver when we’re out shopping! He falls right to sleep and dozes his way through our errands. The Ergo doesn’t work as well at home, but I prefer it to the Moby because it’s so comfortable. I can’t wait for him to be big enough to try out the side and back carry options, but that’ll be a while. (I still have him sit on a rolled-up blanket in the bottom of the Ergo, but he’s almost big enough to go without it now.)
Some other things we’re doing differently this month include a switch from disposable to cloth diapering.
We (or, well, I) had made the decision before Will was born to use cloth diapers, but I didn’t want to pressure myself during his first month with extra loads of laundry and wondering whether we had enough clean diapers. Besides, he was so tiny I don’t think the diapers would have fit well! We’re using Bumgenius pocket diapers and I LOVE them. Cloth diapering has turned out to be super easy — I wash the diapers every other day, and dry them in the sun to bleach out any stains left behind. The only sacrifice is that now his little butt is too big for some of his shorts! So sometimes we use disposables just so he can get some use out of his clothes. (You can see in his 2-month picture above that his romper’s getting a little snug down below.) A lot of people seem to think cloth diapering is complicated and gross, but it’s neither of those things. I’ve found it instead to be incredibly easy, and we haven’t had to buy a pack of disposable diapers in about a month.
But this month wasn’t all road trips and pool visits. I saw a lot of this:
For a while it was like he would look at the clock and at exactly 5 p.m, he would fuss and fuss and fuss all the way until bedtime. He is still fussy in the evenings, but it’s gotten a lot better.
His nighttime sleep has gotten a lot better too — twice now he has slept all the way through the night! He slept 9.5 hours on Saturday night (!!!) and 8.5 on Monday night. It was very unexpected but Steve and I are not complaining! He has also chosen a bedtime of exactly 8:45, which is fascinating to watch. It’s almost always exactly at 8:45. Overall he only wakes up once at night now, usually between two and four, and he goes right back to sleep until around six-thirty or so. It’s not a bad schedule!
As for me, I am still adjusting to motherhood — though at lunch with my BFF Holly today, she reminded me that it’s always an adjustment! Right now I’ve been missing my job a lot. I will probably talk more about this later, but the transition from professional working girl to stay-at-home mom has not been seamless and there is a lot about my “old life” that I really miss. I love my new life just as much, but it’s definitely a process.
I miss this view.
Running is going really well now that my body seems to have caught up with my desire to move. I have been doing run/walk intervals and just moved up to running five minutes, walking two. I had my first three-mile run this past weekend, and I think I will keep my distance at three miles for a little while as I work on my endurance. Once I can run three miles comfortably I’ll work on tacking on another mile or two (in time for the four-miler Labor Day weekend), but I don’t think I will increase my mileage much until the fall.
And yes — from my limited experience thus far, it seems to be true — being a mom does make you faster. In my opinion I think this is because my body’s so used to the extra weight, the limited lung capacity, etc. that my perceived effort while running is now very different than it used to be. I’m not quite sure what my pace is these days, but I can tell I’m running faster, and I know my run intervals this past weekend were in the 9:00 range. Considering I started training for my 10 miler last year at paces closer to 11:00 (and I haven’t been trying to run fast at all) this is a huge change. And one I’m very happy with!
Life with a new baby definitely is not easy, but no one ever said it would be. I am learning more and more every day — about my baby, about the world, about myself — and I can’t wait to see what month three brings. Onward!