We have had a really great weekend here in the Coffey household . . . it started with dinner and a movie Friday night (all from the comfort of our home, of course), walking around Woensel on Saturday (including a daring cuisine choice), and ended with a fun afternoon in the park on Sunday.
So instead of writing about it, I'll just tell the story in pictures (and a video!) . . .
This may very well be my most successful day as a SAHM. It started with Liam sleeping from 10:45 pm - 7:00 am! It was nice to wake up a little later, and he was SO happy to see his day and I when he woke up. It just makes my dad to see that grin. : )
Today we took Liam to the consultatiebuereau, which is where he goes for all his "well visits." We go to our "huisarts," or house doctor, if/when he gets sick, but all the well visits are done down the street at our local consultatiebuereau. This was our second visit and we were much more prepared -- we had no idea what to expect the first time we went, and were a little caught off guard with their procedures. Although maybe it's the same at the pediatrician's offices in the States? Being our first child, we obviously didn't know what we were doing!
Now that Liam is 2 months old, there are more things I've learned -- I feel like I'm constantly finding out more about him, better ways to handle things, and adjusting to my new life. I know there's more with each new stage, and I'm sure I'm constantly repeating myself when I say that I'm adjusting and learning more, but I really am! And I'm sure I'm not as adjusted today as I will be in another month or two. And sometimes it's overwhelming knowing I don't even love him a fraction of the amount that I will come to love him as the months and years go by. I've only felt this way one other time in my life, and that was on my wedding day.
I know, I know, it's been a while since I've posted. And I wish I could say it was for some awesome reason, like, we went to the south of France on holiday! But . . . alas, theres no one really good reason but more like lots of small ones: I got busy, taking Liam places, appointments, going shopping, dinner with friends, etc. Actually, now that I list the reasons, it's been kinda nice. We're much more settled into life here and I've been comfortable enough to take Liam out more, and we've really just been doing life the last couple weeks. It feels like we're settled more into routines and getting used to what each day brings. It doesn't hurt that Liam is sleeping through the night of course! STILL so happy about that. : )
Before I begin this post, I will tell you that everything is fine and Liam is a-ok.
In my last post I mentioned that we got some great sleep Monday night, which unknowing to us came at a price. Liam was sleeping unusually well, which was great! Except that we later figured out it was because he wasn't feeling well. : ( After his 10 pm feeding, Liam spit up a few times throughout the night, but it didn't seem like anything to worry about. When he spit up, I would just clean him up and he would fall right back asleep. I was in his room from about 4:00 - 6:15 am and he was still sleeping (wow! we were pleasantly surprised!). I went back to bed and told Keith that Liam had been coughing and spitting up, but was sleeping through everything, even when I would move him. Liam finally started to stir around 6:30 and woke up. I came up to feed him and he was in a great mood, smiling at us and not giving his hungry cry or anything. And all of the sudden he threw up. And I will go ahead and apologize for the graphic details, but it was not just throw up, but yellow bile. We were a little freaked out to say the least. After some googling and trying to call the doctor, we decided to head to the emergency room.
First of all, Liam continues to sleep through the night! He's going anywhere from 6-8 hours,which is fantastic! If only I was sleeping that much too . . . Anyway, many of you have asked what advice I got to help him, and I'm almost embarrassed to say because it seems so common sense! But you know how you get into routines and don't really change them? Well that has been us. Liam eats every 3-4 hours, sometimes a little longer at night, and we had been getting up to feed him around 2-3 am every night. Well a friend suggested I try to pacify him and get him back to sleep. So ever since, I just have to go in his room a couple times a night and pat his bottom when he starts to stir. He goes back to sleep and wakes up happy and energized in the morning! I felt like that is such "duh" advice, but another friend said that babies are programmed to wake every few hours and we need to teach them that they can sleep longer. I had just assumed he was hungry and ready to eat when he would stir and wake up, not realizing I could get him to go back to sleep for a few hours! Another lesson for this new mom . . .
I am probably jinxing myself by even writing about it, but Liam is sleeping through the night. I know. I can't believe it either. The last three nights he has gone down between 9 and 10, and hasn't woken up before morning! I got some great advice from a friend and I tried it on Wednesday night, and Liam slept until 5:00 am the next morning. I was all, NO WAY. So I tried it again the next night and it worked again. SHUT. THE. FRONT. DOOR. Then last night was his best yet: he ate at 7:30 pm, was sleeping by 9:00, and slept until 6:00 am. I'm still in shock! I'm not sleeping the whole time because I'm constantly watching the monitor because surely he'll wake up any second, but he hardly stirs! I'll go up a couple times to pat his butt or give him the paci, but that's all it takes and then he's out for another few hours! I can hardly believe my luck. I can't wait to get to the point where I actually sleep too, but for right now this is awesome! And we didn't even need Samuel L. Jackson's book. ; )