Re-learning newborn days is easy when you have journal written that went through the same process. I enjoyed reading the ones I wrote when Sofia was born, so let’s do more with Lizzy too.
I didn’t realize how “difficult” were those days with Sofia, but reading the journals I noticed that Sofia wasn’t sleeping well during the day and I was busy entertaining her most of the days until she was about 6 weeks. Well… Lizzy is good sleeper. Maybe because I know what to do, or I got lucky again or she’s just a great sleeper. Most of the days she takes several naps and I have plenty of time for myself. Yesterday not so much but it wasn’t a bad either. Let’s recap
6:10am.. nurse Lizzy for 16 min and she passed out
I put her in the crib and she slept 1 hr 20 min
7:15 am: I went to Sofia’s room and she was already awake
I lied down with her for a couple of minutes and talk about our day
then I changed her and she brushed her teeth
grandma did her hair while she had breakfast (homemade WW bread with goat cheese and almond butter)
I already had decaf capucchino and cereal in the morning. For breakfast I had two eggs in fermented rice soup (took the rice away)
then Lizzy was up and hungry.
after nursing her… I pumped for 10 min. (starting to build a stash)
had water and white fungus soup
she didn’t want to nap in the crib… so I put her in the swing and she fell asleep within 10 min
an hour later she was up again and wanted to eat
fully awake after one breast… I let her rest while I snacked some walnuts
she went to take another nap and I prepared lunch. A cheesy kale salad with zucchini, apple and roasted chickpea. For the dressing I used:
- 1/2 cup silken tofu
- 2 Tb olive oil
- 2 Tb nutritional yeast
- 1 tb mustard
- 1 lemon juice and zest
It was so delicious, love the cheesy flavor of the nutritional yeast.
and followed by a steamed corn
I also pumped once more after feeding Lizzy in the afternoon too but this time not much was coming out.
I continued reading this new book which is super interesting… and I took an hour nap. I woke up with Lizzy’s cry. Milk was needed.
by 5:30pm Sofia was back home. She gave me a big hug and kiss. Love seeing her happy face!
We played with Lizzy for a bit
and we had dinner (6:15pm)
I had dessert: black rice aduki bean porridge
Sofia played ping-pong with Tony
while I had some ME time eating kabocha
then Sofia and I curled up in the coach for some reading time
she knows that I only read her in spanish so she brings all her spanish books.
then at 8pm, grandma helped her with shower and teeth brushing. At 8:20pm it was my turn to finish the night routine. We read two books (Sofia and I read one each), sing one song (3 times), kiss and hug to end the day.
I stepped out and checked on Lizzy… she was still sleeping (from 7pm).
Tony and I lied on the bed waiting for Lizzy to wake up. But I was too sleepy by 9:10pm so I took a nap. Tony and Lizzy showed up 20 min later. Tony already changed her diaper. I nurse her and she went to her room and slept until 12:50am. Another sleepy nursing session (both me and Lizzy), Tony took her back and she slept until 4:20am. I nursed her while Tony went to sleep in the basement so he can sleep well for few hours.
I tried to sleep a bit more but half awake in case Lizzy cries. She did… at 5:40am. I suspect she didn’t eat much at the earlier feeding so she was a bit hungry. I nursed her for 10 min, put her back to the crib and she slept for an hour and 20 min, until it was time to start the day at 7:20am.
That was our day:
Total sleep time for Lizzy: 15 hrs.
Total sleep time for me: 6 hrs at night with 4 wake ups, and an hour nap.
Diaper changed: 7
I’m grateful that grandma is here to help out taking care of Sofia, Tony to be here to take the night shift so I get to rest well, Sofia for being a good kid and big sister, and Lizzy for being a good baby. 🙂