Well for only four hours a day.
My Mom left yesterday. She had been here almost a month and wanted to give us "family time". I wish she would've stayed longer. It was fun having her and nice to have a babysitter for Noah while I ran an errand. I have to limit where I take him due to his immature immune system.
David also returned to work today. He only took 3 days off last week. He was planning on taking 80 hours or 2 weeks. But, he came up with the idea of going back to work today from 9-1. This will stretch his time off, so he can work this schedule for the next 3 weeks. He can take Emily to school and still be home so I can take a nap in the afternoon, one of us can pick up Emily, and we can get dinner ready together. Today was the first day and it was awesome. I got quite a bit done in those four hours and the time went really quick.
Noah is doing fantastic. At this age (35 1/2 weeks), his brain is developing which means he sleeps all the time. We have to wake him just to eat usually. When we left the NICU they had him eating every 3 hours with a few night nurses doing 4 hours. We quickly learned that 3 hours was almost a waste, especially at night. He'd eat half of what he was supposed to and he was out cold. No diaper change or playing with his feet would wake him. So, we went to 4 hours and he's eating like a champ. Right now, he is eating at 1, 5, and 9:00 AM and PM. It works out great. I get the 1:00 AM feed as I need to pump anyway. David takes the 5:00 AM feed as he's usually up then anyway. I'm getting about 7 hours of sleep a night and so is David. We're both still a little tired, but we are so grateful that Noah is so good.
Now when he approaches his due date he will probably turn into Mr. Fussy Pants and want to be fed every two hours. I certainly hope not though for everyones sake.
Here are a few pictures of Daddy and Noah relaxing.
This picture almost makes me want to have another baby with this man, but after almost dying, I've scheduled his vasectomy instead.
Do you see where Noah is looking? He only has eyes for me...another Mama's boy.
Emily thinks Noah is a little doll and loves to hold him. She wants to feed him too, but it's a little more difficult than a normal newborn for now as he sometimes gags a little. She'll have to wait a few months.
Ben is indifferent. He's too into superheros right now to care much about the goings on of his little brother. He likes him though and is sweet to him, so that's all that matters.
His legs in this picture crack me up. He's so skinny, but I can tell that he already has my husbands legs which is a very good thing.
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