3.18.2014

newborns can be a pain in the ass

That was my tweet sent at 5:30 on Monday morning.  For the past week, we've had a bit of a rough time with Henry.  After eating he is incredibly fussy and we're finding it hard to get him to calm down and sleep.  Sunday night into Monday, I slept for one hour before he was up again and eating followed by being so fussy that I couldn't put him down or he'd immediately start fussing again- which meant my total sleep for the night was exactly one hour.  Needless to say, the exhaustion has definitely kicked in.  Being a parent is hard ya'll.  Especially in this first month when you're trying so hard to please this tiny human who can't even smile or laugh with you yet.

But we're surviving and the times when he is calm and is exploring the world with his eyes wide open are truly amazing.  We're constantly asking each other what we think he sees or hears or is thinking.  We're taking our first weekend trip this weekend to go home and see family and I'm really hoping that by that point we'll have worked out how to keep him a bit happier and content.  

I think I've come to the conclusion that he may have reflux.  I've begun employing a few tactics that are supposed to help with reflux and since then he's been much, much better.  So here's hoping that we'll go back to having a pretty satisfied baby and also a bit more sleep.  Have any of you had a baby with reflux?  Suggestions?

And now to provide a bit more of an "awww" to this post, check out a few of my favorite photos from his newborn photo session (taken when he was 10 days old).  Photos via Laura Ruppersberger.

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11 comments:

Chelsea Oliver said...

I have no parenting advice, I'm just here to gush over how cute you guys are!! D'aweeeee! I love the one of the cat looking at you and the close up of Henry with his eyes wide open - such a cutie! Hope you three have a good trip!

-Chelsea
chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

xoxohannah said...

These pictures are super freaking gorgeous-beautiful "makes me wanna baby" pretty! And Henry has Brandon's natural tan. Love you guys <3

xoxohannah

Julie said...

Aww, My daughter had reflux and was super colicky when she was very little. It gets maddening! Some of the things that worked for us were: feeding baby in a "sitting up" position (I just angled my arm differently so her head was higher), keeping baby upright for a least 20 minutes after a bottle, and the doctors told us we could try rolling a blanket and putting it under one side of the mattress so it's at an incline...we didn't try that one but it's supposed to work well. Paige spent A LOT of time "sitting" in her bouncey chair. Hope it gets easier for you!!

Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

Awww, these pictures! You guys are the cutest family ever!
~Sara

Yolonda J. Washington // DesignRoundup said...

Sarah,

I hope you are able to enjoy the trip and that you get more sleep. Try not to answer Henry's every beck and call...and this will be hard. But you will have to train him to be independent. Also, the photos are amazing. You all look great!

Rhe Christine said...

We had a reflux baby!! It's one of those crazy things you do t even think about until someone else whose kid has had it tells you about it. Switch to a gentle formula, make sure not to over feed, which is super easy to do because they eat so much faster that way and their brain doesn't know their tummy is full until they've downed a lot. So try to stick with the amounts they need (google it). We spent a lot of nights sleeping on an incline and finally decided that was all ridiculous and asked our pediatrician for medicine. She was on baby Prevacid and it helped dramatically! They usually outgrown it and by the time she was a year she was off t, probably sooner but it's been too long.

Rhe Christine said...

We had a reflux baby!! It's one of those crazy things you do t even think about until someone else whose kid has had it tells you about it. Switch to a gentle formula, make sure not to over feed, which is super easy to do because they eat so much faster that way and their brain doesn't know their tummy is full until they've downed a lot. So try to stick with the amounts they need (google it). We spent a lot of nights sleeping on an incline and finally decided that was all ridiculous and asked our pediatrician for medicine. She was on baby Prevacid and it helped dramatically! They usually outgrown it and by the time she was a year she was off t, probably sooner but it's been too long.

Ashley said...

Thank you for saying that newborns can be a pain in the ass! Oh how they can be. I thought I was the only one who thought that (sometimes). If you don't have a Rock and Play sleeper get one because it helps with laying him down and reflux.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Newborns can be a pain in the backside...wait till they're toddlers as well, it can just get worse..tantrums...not nice!! But, I know this crying and little sleep. Both my girls cried a lot at night and we were up till crazy hours trying to get them to sleep, I was a zombie for a lot of the first years. It's not easy and you want to freak out! But, they're smiles and discovery of things thankfully makes it happier!! These photos are sweet!! xx

Megan Diaz said...

LOVE! The mix of prints is perfect! Great list of advice/inspiration!
xx
Hot Pink Day
Libi & Lola

LEIGH said...

OMG he is just gorgeous! Handsome little guy! I hope things get easier :)
PS. I am giving away a pair of black and white striped leggings on my blog and I'm pretty sure they'd make Henry look like an adorable stud! I'd be honored if you entered :)

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