So you might have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the blog front. Well, there’s one reason why that is: say hello to the newest member of our family – baby Theo!
Theo arrived on the 14th June – our planned homebirth went completely out of the window (more on that another time).
He was born at our local hospital after a pretty traumatic labour and wasn’t breathing at birth.
Thankfully the NICU team were amazing and took extra special care of our new baby boy. Theo spent the first week of his life in NICU and SCIBU but we are now home and slowly getting used to life as a family of four.
I wasn’t up for writing anything whilst in hospital – as you can imagine it was a very stressful and upsetting time.
I’m glad to finally be feeling a bit more like my old self again, so figured I’d jump right in with our two-week postpartum update.
I’m pretty sure the past two weeks have been the fastest two weeks of my entire life which is crazy considering that my days are mainly full of doing nothing besides feeding Theo, changing his nappies and snuggling him. and playing with him now that he seems to love being awake for quite a while. He has already changed so much since we brought him home from the hospital!
A few facts about baby Theo:
Name: Theo Alexander Fox Iveson
Weight: 6lb13oz at birth // 7lb2oz now
Favourite things: Mummy and Daddy, his big sister Lily, Bottles of milk, Rap music (seriously!), listening to voice notes from his aunties, listening to Daddy reading, staring out of the window…
Least favourite things: the 2-minute wait for his bottle when he’s hungry, getting hiccups, lying down flat when he’s got wind, having his nappy changed…
Theo’s 2 week update
Since getting out of hospital Theo has come on so quickly – he’s already so much more alert than he was.
He’s feeding really well – basically every 3 hours like clockwork. All that feeding means he’s now steadily gaining weight (he dropped quite a bit in the hospital as he was tube fed for a few days whilst incubated).
He does, however, get trapped wind which means lots of crying and moaning between feeds, usually at night. It helps him to be held but lying him down flat is a no-no as it makes it so much worse. Which is manageable in the daytime but at 3am when your eyes are burning holes in their sockets it makes you want to bawl too!
At the moment Theo is still in the first size and newborn clothes but you can see that he’s starting to fill them out so it won’t be long until he’s into his 0-3 months things.
The first few days were filled with sleeping and eating, but now Theo has longer spells where he loves to just be awake.
When he is awake he needs entertaining – he loves sitting upright, leaning on my knees and watching me pull funny faces. He also loves listening to Scott read – at the moment they are reading Watership Down!
He isn’t smiling yet but he has a million different facial expressions – I love his ‘grumpy old man’ and pouting faces the best. Oh, and the ‘fake smiles’ from wind are a nice sign of what is to come when he does smile 🙂
I barely remember what it felt like to be pregnant. I remember how uncomfortable it was trying to fall asleep, the pain of the extra weight on my fractured hip and the feeling of little feet kicking me in the ribs!
But I’m shocked at how quickly my memory of how it felt overall has faded. I already miss having my bump and I feel pretty sad that the journey is over – although feeling normal again and not having constant morning sickness is nice too!
It feels surreal that Theo grew inside me – he seems way too big to have fitted in ha!
I gained about 2.5 stone (35lbs or 15.9kg) during pregnancy. This seems like a lot but it’s nothing compared to how much weight I put on when pregnant with Lily – I ballooned 4 stone when pregnant with her (mainly as I used it as a great excuse to eat junk food).
Pretty sure that this time around I didn’t put as much weight on because I struggled for months to even keep food down – living off of cans of coke and pistachios instead!
So far I’m down 1 stone which was mainly all the weight of Theo and the amniotic fluid etc.
I’m not in any rush to lose weight but I have been making a conscious attempt to eat healthily – the heatwave helps as all I want is salads and simple meals.
Other than weight wise I’m feeling pretty good physically – I’m walking every day (although my hip is still very sore) and no longer hobbling around. I’m hoping to start postnatal yoga in the next couple of weeks which should help with the backaches too – not to mention help tone the wobble.
The tiredness has definitely scuppered me – I forgot how debilitating sleep deprivation could be!
I’m trying to handle most of the night feeds simply because it’s not long until Scott goes back to work and I don’t want to become reliant on him doing them. That being said, last night I asked him to take the 3am shift as my eyelids felt like they were too heavy to open.
I’m trying to nap during the day but my Instagram addiction and need to get other stuff done around the house tend to get in the way of my plans for a snooze.
Mentally I’m still struggling to process his traumatic labour and those first few days in the hospital – the whole experience has really taken its toll on me. We are waiting for a debrief from the hospital about it which will hopefully help!
Other than that though I’m feeling really good – reminding myself that the days are long but the years are short, and making the most of every minute that Theo and I have to snuggle together!