Friday, October 3, 2008

Sleep, Hot Baths, and More?

It's amazing what just one less wake up will do for me. Will went to sleep at 8:30 and didn't wake up until 12:30. Too bad that I didn't go to bed until 9:30, but still!

He then went from 12:30 - 3:30 and then again from 3:30 - 5:30. At 5:30, M got up with him and I slept until 6:30. I almost feel human today, although I think that I would need a lot more sleep to really catch up.

My mother-in-law is coming tomorrow. I should be able to get a nap in and possibly even head to bed a bit earlier. She adores holding Will, so I don't feel guilty if I sneak away for a bit. The only problem is that I still need to be on hand for breastfeeding. While I don't mind giving him a bottle at night to "tank him up" so he'll sleep longer, or an occasional ounce or two during the day if he seems hungry, for the most part, the breastmilk seems to be doing the job. Since he eats every three hours during the day, that's probably the longest nap that I will get. But that still sounds like heaven.

Will is sleeping in his crib for another nap today! The method that I am using for getting him down is called the shush-pat, by the Baby Whisperer. It seems to work to get him down for this midday nap, but it is time-consuming, and doesn't seem to work to get him down for morning naps or later afternoon naps. It took 45 minutes to get him down today, but now he has been sleeping for well over a half hour. Usually, if I can get him past the 20 minute mark, he's down for at least an hour. Of course, nothing is guaranteed in the nap world.

I have my six week post-partum check today. Can I just tell you how much I am looking forward to getting the all-clear for a hot bath. During the IVF cycle, my clinic makes you swear off hot baths, and of course, the same was true in pregnancy. So, I haven't had a HOT bath since November! I took warm baths, mind you, and have taken scalding hot showers since delivery, but there is nothing like a steaming hot bath and a glass of wine. I hope M is up to watching Will when he gets home . . . Mama is ready for a bath!

Of course, the clearance for a bath also means that we're cleared for something else, too. I am a bit nervous about our first time following delivery. Even though I ended up with a c-section, I had a lot of stretching and exams. Now, I still wasn't torn or stretched like someone who pushed a kid out, but I am sure things got. . . shifted. . . about a bit. It will be interesting, to say the least. That is, if I can get M interested. I think he is still traumatized from the whole experience!

10 comments:

Jen said...

A hot bath sounds so wonderful about now! When we first started TTC, we drained the hot tub because I didn't want to lower DH's count (that seems so silly now). Then we didn't fill it last winter since we were still trying and then I got pregnant. So this winter we can actually enjoy it again!

Good luck with the appointment and intimacy. I'm guessing it's totally normal to be nervous.

Amy said...

ONE WORD....LUBE! HA! Have a nice weekend, call me again when you have a moment! xoxoxox

Elle Charlie said...

There is nothing like a nice hot bath. And I hope you and M enjoy the "all clear" - I can imagine all the anxiety around it, just remember it's about being close and taking time with one another.

Jen said...

I could go for a hot bath myself. With a book and a snack of some kind.

Fertilized said...

you deserve that hot bath!!

Tracy said...

Yay for more sleep and visits from Grandma! Scott's mom is in town right now, and I've already enjoyed a long nap. You're right about the BFing really putting you in a position of less sleep. If I go longer than 4-5 hours it's quite painful. We've decided to give our twins bottles at night so we can share the load, so to speak, but I still need to get up to pump. Oh well...it won't last forever, right? :)

Kim said...

ENJOY the bath... make it a LONGGG one!

Geohde said...

Ah, I think we first shagged three weeks pp- you didn't HAVE to wait, but I can understand not having got around to it. I can't say that I'm especially inclined all that often these days.... :)

J

Laura said...

I hope you were able to get your very hot bath with a glass of wine, some rest, and maybe a little nookie! Here's to the "rest" of the weekend!

Joy said...

That man will be ready! Things will be and feel different but keep doing kegels and it shouldn't be a problem! I gave birth vaginally, twice. Things are definitely different but not in a bad way. Sorry if this is WAY TMI! But things might actually tighten up more.

*ahem* Anyway, hope you get the okay to have a nice bath!!!