I'm feeling a bit smug this afternoon. Bennett slept great last night. Usually I feed him, take him up to my mom, let her sit up with him until he falls back to sleep (this takes anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour and a half) and then she brings him down to his co-sleeper where he sleeps until it's time to feed again (what will we do when Grandma leaves at the end of the week?!). Last night he hung out with Grandma before his 11:00 feed, but after that he went down in his co-sleeper AWAKE and laid there without fussing until he fell back asleep.
This morning school was in session for Bennett and me. We are going to have to leave the house some day so we worked on feeding with our cover and using our Sakura Bloom sling.
But first - I squeezed my twelve day postpartum self into a pair of non-maternity jeans! I can't button them, which is where the belly band comes in handy, but it feels so nice to have more than two pairs of pants to choose from when I get dressed. I sent my mom out for gripe water and a new battery for the scale this morning (seriously, what will we do when she is gone?) because Bennett is the gassiest baby to grace this planet (my theory: the antibiotics he was on in the NICU did a number on his tummy) and I've been wanting to weigh myself for a while.
I've lost 20 lbs. since delivery, which means I only have 10 to go to hit my pre-pregnancy weight. Another 3 and I'll be at my weight before I conceived Charlotte. I know weight loss is low on the priority list right now, but it feels good to be down 20 lbs. already. And did I mention how good it feels to be back in my trusty, lovely, beautiful Gap jeans?
Anyway, the sling: figuring it out required a bit of YouTube video watching, but Grandma and I eventually mastered it. Grandma wore Bennett around the house while she unloaded the dishwasher and vacuumed and proclaimed it very useful. I snuggled him in it for a little while before blow drying my hair (that's why it looks so interesting in the photos) and loved having him tucked in so close.
Since that wasn't enough learning for one morning I decided to try feeding Bennett without using the Boppy pillow. I figured that would be a good start to learning how to breast feed him in public. There is no way I am going to pull out my breast and feed him without a cover, I'm simply too modest for that, so I figured we would try without the Boppy and then figure out the cover. But things went so well without the Boppy I tossed the cover over us and fed him like I've been doing it for years.
I am so proud of us for getting off the bottles. No more pumping, no schedules, no logging feed times (though we do log diapers) we're just letting Bennett boy do his thing and it's working well for everyone.
Like I said, feeling a bit smug this afternoon. Here's two adorable pictures of Bennett to cap things off. He was tuckered out from nursing: