The next chapter: After Joseph

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5/27/2008
3 weeks 1 day old.

Long time, no update. The sleep deprivation is something I remembered, but forgot all at the same time.

Thomas' umbilical cord fell off on May 16th, but it took us until yesterday to give him his first submerged bath. He was a good baby for it, no crying at all. I feel guilty for waiting so long for a bath. Since we cloth diaper, and use cloth wipes too, every diaper change, he essentially gets a sponge bath from the belly button down, so he wasn't really dirty. His belly button started out as an outie, that looked like a donut, but it's gradually getting to be an innie. We'll see.

Today Thomas had his first bottle. Mike and Will both fed it to him, Thomas did really well. Let's hope that continues. DS1 never really got good at it and turned into a power nurser when I got home from work. It made the nights kind of long. I actually went somewhere without Thomas (though at the last minute, William wanted to come with me, so I didn't get to go alone...). It wasn't an exciting trip, just to Walgreen's to get a prescription for Thomas, as he has pink eye. The second kid is different -- much more germs around. We've already been to the doctor 2 times for sick child visits. I think Will was 2 years old by the time that happened for him. The good news is that he weighs 10lbs 4 oz, up from 8lbs 9oz at birth. He's already grown out of clothes, we had to break out the 3-6 month stuff. What's interesting is that he's growing out of them in length. Neither me nor DH are tall, I wonder where he gets this from??? His namesake, my uncle (the Harlow part) is tall, where my dad is short, so maybe he got some of those tall genes that run somewhere in my family.

I'm off work until August 11th, but so far, the weather hasn't been cooperating. I had visions of hanging out with the baby outside, but today it was in the 50s. Not baby outside weather at all. At least I can look forward to it warming up soon. Not so with DS1 who was born in October. All it did was get colder.

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6/23/2008
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Thomas is doing great. He's growing like a weed -- probably up to 14 lbs by now. We go in for our 2 month appointment soon, so I don't have an official weight.

My maternity leave is half over. It's gone fast, and I know from here on out it will go faster. We finally got some nice summer weather here, but I haven't gotten outside as much as I would like. We're busy with just normal everyday things.

I've finally gotten back into having some time for knitting. Thought it means giving up sleep to do it. Now I just figured out that I have to start pumping more so Thomas can get used to a bottle. We need to start to transition to DH taking care of both boys at once.

I do find it hard to call Thomas by his name. I don't know if because he doesn't look like his name, or if it's the "wrong" name, or it's just because he looks so much like Willliam. I've been practicing, but it doesn't come naturally.

I started Weight Watchers last week. Tonight is my first weigh in. I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight with Thomas, now I need to get to my pre-pregnancy weight from Joseph. It's a bummer that after having lost so much weight in 2005-2006, I put it all back on with Joseph.

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Thomas is 13 weeks today. I go back to work in 1 week. I can't believe all the plans I had for maternity leave and I feel like I didn't get anything done. Thomas isn't even taking a bottle well. Things are busy, but I don't feel like we get anything done. Maybe that's just how it is with having kids????

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9/4/2008
Four months tomorrow!

It's gone by fast. I'm back at work and hating it. It's bad enough to 1) go back after maternity leave, but also influencing it is 2) I had the whole summer off, who likes to go back after the summer 3) My company is closing my location, so as of March 31st, I'm out of a job, so all the "good" work goes to people at other locations. So I'm essentially getting the crumbs -- work that needs to be done, but nobody else wants. Sigh.

Thomas is doing great. He was sleeping through the night until I went back to work. Now he's up 3-4 times. It figures, when I really need to get a good night's sleep because I have to get up in the morning and I can't nap. He misses me (the milk) during the day, so he makes up for it at night. It's good to be loved, but could he love me in the daytime?

Janel

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I've been seriously slacking on keeping up this. I am trying to update my blog instead, because people outside of preg.org can read it. I really don't want to direct people here because you never know if they'll read my other posts!

We're doing fine. Thomas is 6 months already. I haven't done a birth annoucement yet, but I will. Mostly because all his first pictures he has stuff all over his face in the NICU. I'm working on it though. I don't want to not do it because I did one for the other boys. It just wouldn't be fair! Whose to say I have to send it to a bunch of people. I figure if I send one, that counts. Smile

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ok, I though this was forever gone, but I found it

Thomas is doing great. 4 teeth, about to walk, eating up a storm, babling a lot.

I got a little teary today because I noticed my ticker of 2 years, 2 months, 2 weeks and 2 days since we lost Joseph. It's still ALWAYS in my mind.

Janel

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