My Little Monkey Butt
Baby J now has me so conditioned to middle-of-the-night feedings that when he throws off his routine by sleeping right through one, it causes me to stay up until the next one. At least I can catch up on blogging! (And of course, my punishment for being awake from 12:30-2 am was that when he finally did wake for a feeding he would NOT go back to sleep until 4. Ugh! No more caffeine for me!)
This week has been a little odd. Some things that have happened:
1) I'm down to 212 lbs (3 more lost), so all is going relatively well on the health front (except this nasty back pain that just won't go away and of course I can't get enough proper rest to allow to heal). I have my six week postpartum checkup tomorrow (later today, I guess), so we'll see if that goes well, too.
2) I'm becoming more social with the baby. We've been out to restaurants a couple times, on long walks many times, and to a new mommies group I was recently introduced to by a friend. I also went out on New Year's Eve, leaving the baby with his grandparents and way too much expressed milk (you know... in case I was kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico or something. I was paranoid!) and called only once an hour to check on him. It's nice to feel less stuck on the couch.
Baby J and Min Gi with my high school friend, Jonathan and his lovely wife at our first restaurant outing.
3) The baby has grown a lot. He's really long (outgrew newborn sizes and even 3 month onesies are getting a little short on him) and his head is enormous. He's still pretty skinny baby-wise, but when I went to the new moms group, he was more like the size of boys a full 4-5 weeks older than him and girls 2 months older than him. The other 6 week olds looked so tiny by comparison. He's also started "talking" to us, which is super fun:
5) Min Gi has notified his job he is quitting at the end of this month to become a full time dad (and work on his business ideas), and I have told my boss I will be returning full time to work February 11. Jeongmin will be 10 weeks old. I actually kind of look forward to being a working mom. It will be hard to be away from him, but I know he and his dad will have a great time bonding with each other. Luckily, I've had no issues with pumping, so I should be able to continue to exclusively breastfeed.
Always excited in the mornings.
6. My father is in the hospital again--probably for two weeks. I don't think it's too serious, but it's still soon to see where it goes. He needs another surgery and has a small foot infection. I'm really sad because he's missing out on bonding time with Jeongmin.
7. American healthcare sucks. We're in limbo with the baby's insurance because we wanted to put him on Min Gi's insurance, but it turns out the agent who applied for us told the insurance company that nobody in the household was pregnant, even though I specifically asked her about that when we applied for his insurance, so now the matter is "under investigation" and not only does Jeongmin not currently have insurance, but Min Gi may lose his coverage because of this. With us going down to one salary, we're eligible for state care for the baby, but I can't even apply for that until I know what's going on with his application to the other agency. It's a giant mess. I will be calling around some public clinics next week to try to keep at least his vaccinations up, but the whole thing makes me want to punch people in the face. (And in case you were wondering, it's not really feasible to add him to my company's plan--it would be $500/month just for him). I really hope he stays healthy, especially over the next few weeks as this gets sorted out.
8) My younger brother turned 29 yesterday.
9) Another friend had her second baby this weekend (at the same hospital where my dad is now... funny). Can't wait to meet her.
That is all for now. I should really try to sleep if I can. If you'd like, there are more cute baby pictures in the full album:
|Baby: Weeks 4-6|