We've been home for about a week and a half now, and I feel like we're finally getting settled in. I'm amazed at how quickly I have adjusted to operating on very little sleep. Doug and I trade off as best we can, but I definitely take on most of the work since it's basically my job at the moment. Besides, I can't sleep for more than about four consecutive hours even if Doug is taking care of the baby, because I have to pump.
Breastfeeding is coming along slowly. We're still mostly pumping and bottle feeding. I have a scale and do pre and post weighs, but Carter seems to take just a third to half an ounce when he nurses. He'll then take two ounces from a bottle, so clearly we have a way to go. He's just not quite developmentally ready to take a full feeding by breast yet. He loves to nurse and works at it enthusiastically, but he doesn't yet have the strength to get a lot of milk. That should resolve itself in the next month or so. I hope it does soon, because all this pumping is getting old. :-P Still, producing a liter of breastmilk a day has benefits for me. I'm now 35 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight, amazingly enough. Today I'm wearing a pair of jeans I haven't worn in a couple of years!
But other than figuring out the sleep thing, having Carter home has been remarkably unstressful. I think part of that is because he was in the hospital for so long. We got to learn how to take care of him under the watchful eye of the nurses, and so we were pretty confident about being able to do it on our own. I'll also credit all of the reading I've done on attachment parenting; it's really helped me keep everything in perspective. Carter is a sweet and snuggly baby, and we're slowly getting to know each other. He's 39 weeks now, so almost term. If not for the pre-eclampsia, I could be waddling around now and waiting to go into labor. Weird, huh?
I've got a blog set up for Carter at http://carterlogan.blogspot.com/
. I decided to put it there because I wanted to use the privacy options of blogspot, which are different from LJ. Pics and video will generally go there, and I'll try to keep crossposting to a minimum. If you'd like to watch it just let me know and I'll send you an email invite. :-)