Hayden is now about a week and a half old, and already his face is starting to change. He’s filling out a little around his chin and jaw. John, Hayden, Lucy and I went on a walk last night (oh, and Abbey too – she was trailing us pretty much the whole time) and I mentioned to John that I thought Hayden’s face was already changing. He was sleeping and we could only see his profile when I made the comment, so John couldn’t see it. But when we went inside and he was holding him he could see what I meant. I know there are lots of great times to come as he grows, but I can hardly bear the thought that he’s getting bigger already! I want all those great things to happen, but at the same time I want him to always be this age and size.
Yesterday was our first day home without Daddy. He was gone for 1/2 day last week but my mom was here with us and it was just a 1/2 day, so that doesn’t really count. We miss having Daddy here. But we’re getting some rough semblance of a routine started, as best we can considering Hayden sleeps most of the day and his eating routine is demand-driven. Speaking of his eating, I have a book on breastfeeding that I have been diving into, and it says babies range from the all business types who pause little throughout feedings and get the job done in 10 minutes or so to the ‘dawdlers’ who may take up to 45 minutes for a feed. Hayden is definitely a dawdler. He’ll eat with a gusto for a few minutes, then he’ll fall asleep and take a few gulps here and there with big, snoozy pauses in between. No amount of fussing with him, talking to him, even getting him undressed down to his diaper, seems to make much of a difference. Sometimes I’ll stroke his cheek with my finger and say ‘Haaaayden’ and he’ll just get this big grin while still asleep but usually doesn’t prompt him to carry on eating. I’ve already learned that even though he has slowed down in his feedings, it doesn’t mean he’s done. He doesn’t do well with ‘top ups’ where I feed him until he starts taking his biiiig pauses and then I close up shop. That just means he’ll start fussing a few minutes later because he’s still hungry.
He’s been pretty good in the night the past few nights, though. It seems he takes a little while to really go down. I give him his last feed upstairs, and he really draws that out by falling asleep a lot. I’ll change him and he’ll wake up enough to want more. Then I’ll put him down in his bassinet and the last few nights he will fuss a little and seem to want more food. We’ve had good results with swaddling, though, so we get him good and wrapped up and once he finally does fall asleep he stays asleep for about 3 hours. After that middle of the night feeding he tends to go straight back to sleep again (of course, that’s after 40 minutes or so of snoozy nursing!). So it’s really not too bad. But thank goodness I can take a nap or two during the day, because for me it really only adds up to two sleep sessions of 2 – 3 hours each. I guess that’s not too bad for a newborn, but for me that’s not enough! So during the day Hayden and I have a little nap together on the couch, which is the absolute best. He’ll lay on my chest and we crash together while cuddling. It’s one of my favorite things ever.