Thursday, April 16, 2009

It has been 3+ days and we are all still alive. Baby goat had one weight check yesterday and gained 5 oz to get over 7lbs. I assume this means that we are doing something right. He had a home nurse visit today to give him one dose of a RSV shot to protect him on the tail end of cold/flu season. We've given him a bath. We've been peed on - Chris most recently. We are tired and we owe a huge thanks to my mom for doing laundry and dishes and general baby care to give us a break.

On the one hand it is going swimmingly. On the other it is harder than I could imagine. Even with help I long to stop pumping, stop washing bottles and sleep for a long stretch of time. But the things that bother me are not baby goat, they are the chores and daily details that are hard to work into the care of baby goat. And that makes me think that I'll be able to handle this mother thing.

Amazingly, while I still have anxiety I am not nearly as worried and jumpy as I expected to be. Maybe it is the exhaustion and it is still there but I've fallen into an emotional routine fairly well. Now if we can just find a physical routine we'll be great.

That's a quick update for you guys. Thank you for all your help, advice and prayers so far. All three of us are very grateful. Pictures coming soon I hope and I'm sure I'll have questions for you along the way. If you have any helpful figuring it out advice right now I'm sure I'd love to hear it.

In the meantime I'm off to see if the baby sleeping on me will sleep in his crib too...we'll see.

6 comments:

Monkeymama said...

It's good to hear an update. :)

Try not to let the dishes, laundry, and other stuff bother you too much. In time it will get easier. Enjoy your little guy. :)

Marketing Mama said...

Thanks for the update, Liz, I've been thinking about you. So happy to hear you are adjusting.

And about the dishes, laundry and cleaning? They will never, ever be done at the same rate as before you had a kid. Let alone during the newborn stage. Take a deep breath and look past the mess...

:) Missy

Naomi said...

wow, it's amazing to read your accounting of everything that's happened / is happening. Don't stop blogging! (unless, of course, baby and chores take too much time) as always, you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca said...

Sounds like you are doing everything perfectly, Mama. Just keep it up! And, to second Missy, don't forget to take the time to pause and enjoy life despite all the chaos. You have a beautiful family.

Tiffany said...

One word of advice--sling! That is the only way I got anything done with a newborn. I would put (insert one of the various children here) in the sling and I would be able to pick things up, vaccuum, do laundry, etc. The only thing I couldn't do was dishes and those I left for my loving husband. But it will take a couple of weeks to get it all down so don't beat yourself up just yet. Miss you guys and we are so happy for you!

pjmystic said...

Good to hear from you...you are a wonderful Mother, and Chris is a wonderful Father...I have no doubt that you will indeed be able to handle this mommy thing. All my love and prayers to you guys!