There are so many wonderful things that I have to be thankful for and it is such an amazing time in my life right now. I'm just sad at how fast it seems to go by! Last Friday, we ended up taking Cooper to the pediatrician because he was having serious tummy pains in the middle of the night and we weren't sleeping and he wasn't sleeping, and we wanted to see if there was something we could do to help him. The pediatrician said he had a mild form of colic (if you don't know what that is, it basically means that the baby's stomach is not able to keep up with the gas collection because of immaturity of the system and it causes it to back up and cause a lot of pressure and pain and therefore make the baby cry). I also had this when I was a baby, and I think like 1 out of 4 babies get it.
Luckily, he recommended this remedy called Baby's Bliss GripeWater. I was a little hesitant at first because it's basically an herbal supplement, and I'm sometimes wary of those, but it worked GREAT and it's not very expensive at all and has allowed us to get some sleep! :) Cooper and I have also learned that Cooper likes to sleep on his tummy while laying on his mommy, and I think the warmth helps the pressure and helps him to expel some pain. So we have figured out a system of things that seem to make life better for both of us! So for future reference, if your baby has colic, find Baby's Bliss GripeWater to make life better (they have it at drugstore.com or you can look up local stores on the Baby's Bliss website). They also make a morning sickness powder/drink which I wish I had known about before so I could have at least tried it. Oh well, maybe next time!
We had a good weekend although short as always. We got the entertainment center set up (although we may have to change some of it again), got a nice glider bench for the back porch, set up new lights Austin got for his birthday in the front yard, and had some good meals with family and friends. Monday, I went back to the doctor for my 4 week post-partum checkup. She said that everything looks good, I was cleared to drive (yippee!), and when I go back in about two weeks to get my IUD placed, she said she will clear me for regular activity so I can exercise (I can walk now which I'm doing but cardio and stuff like that).
Yesterday was Austin's birthday. Cooper and I took our first adventure on our own to visit Austin at work for lunch. We also spent the afternoon running errands to get the birthday gifts all in order, and everything went well, and I think he was really surprised and had a good day. We went to dinner at Pappadeaux last night which was YUMMY. I love being able to buy things and do special things for him - I need to do it more often!
Other than that, things are pretty much the same around here. Today and tomorrow, I need to work on the baby announcements and laundry. Friday, I'm going to bring Cooper to my work to meet everyone and to have my annual review. Of course, I will already know what my bonus and raise are before my review because they will direct deposit into my account on Friday, but that's okay! It will be nice to stop by and show off my little cutie! And it's Cooper's one month birthday on Friday too so we are doing to do a little dinner and I'm going to make cupcakes to celebrate! :) I can't believe he is already going to be one month old. It just doesn't seem possible. Last night, we were taking pictures of him because I had dressed him really cute to go see his daddy, and he smiled for the first time. A real smile - not a gas smile or in his sleep! He looked at his mommy and heard me talking to him and smiled....he did it several times actually and we even caught one on camera. It was so awesome!
I am so blessed that I was given off this much time from work and fully paid. However, I'm already starting to get anxious about having to go back to work even though it's 7.5 weeks away! I just love spending time with my little one, and even though I don't think I could just be a stay-at-home mom, it would be nice to just have to work part-time or work from home full-time. Oh well, I'm sure I will get back into the swing of things when the time comes. Just got to treasure every moment I have with him and look forward to the nights and weekends!
Hope you all are having a great week - tty soon! :)