Monday, January 05, 2009

Mateo's 1st week...

Mateo is one week old today and it seems like time has been flying by. I have tons of pictures in this post, so I will try to tell about out week through the pics...


This first picture is of Tatum holding Mateo. I am pretty sure i posted it before, but it is too cute, so I am sure you guys won't mind seeing it again...

Mateo ready to go home from the hospital...

This is what Mateo thinks of the carseat...

After we got home from the hospital, Mateo slept pretty much the whole day.




Tatum will NOT pose for a picture anymore for me....that is unless it is posing for a picture with her and Mateo. This was on Wednesday when she got home after we got home from the hospital.

She sure likes to keep an eye on her little brother. She is doing so great with him.

Tatum says..."CHEESE!"

My friend Brandy came over to visit/meet Mateo. This is such a great picture of the two of them.

My dad was unable to come to the hospital last week since he was out of town, but he hurried home to meet his first grandson on Thursday.
My mom and dad brought a birthday cake for Mateo. While Mateo didn't get to enjoy it directly, I made sure to eat enough so that he would get to taste it.

A close up of Mateo and his cake...

I asked one of the nurses if she thought Mateo was jaundice, and she thought he was, so she suggested that we take him to the dr on friday. Friday we dressed him up to go. Here is a picture before we left. (this was also his go home outfit from the hospital)



He does have jaundice, so we now have this light he has to spend lots of time with in order to get his levels down. He actually loved it the first day. I think he spent all of his time on it unless he was eating. Here is our little glow worm...



He has also been our little night light in our room too.

This next picture was on Saturday because we had to go back to the dr.

Antonio and Mateo like to nap together on the couch. I think it is precious.

Uncle Matt (my brother who Mateo is named after) and his fiance Stephanie came to meet and visit with Mateo Saturday afternoon. Mateo managed to sleep the ENTIRE time they were here. As you can see, Matt was a little (a LOT) nervous about holding Mateo, but Mateo didn't mind, he was sleeping!

After a little time, Matt warmed up to holding Mateo.We TRIED to get Tatum to slow down enough to take a picture with Stephanie, Matt, and Mateo, but she was too busy. HOwever, I did snap this picture.
Since Mateo can't go anywhere, it is much easier to take pictures of him. Here are some random pictures from Sunday.
This is another picture of Antonio and Mateo napping on the couch. Antonio didn't want me to take his picture, so I just got Mateo. I know it looks like Mateo is naked in most of his pictures (and he is) but that is because he has to lay on his light with no clothes on. When we take a break from it, we just swaddle him and wrap him up in a blanket to keep him warm.

This last picture is from today when we went back to the dr again.
This first week has been pretty good. Our first day home, Thursday was New Year's Day and Tatum was out of school, so it was pretty crazy. Antonio entertained Tatum and took care of her every need, and I tried to do the same with Mateo. I must say that Thursday was the HARDEST day so far. I am attempting to breastfeed again, but my milk had not come in yet, so there was LOTS of crying going on from Mateo. I am SO THANKFUL that the nursery nurse from the hospital suggested that we suppliment with formula until my milk came in. It was sure a life saver for us all. We would give him 12cc of formula through a syringe after I would feed him.
Friday, Tatum went back to school. Antonio was home with me. It was a much smoother day. My milk came in Thursday night sometime, so we didn't have to worry about the formula or anything. We even got to get out of the house and go to the dr.
Saturday and Sunday were pretty low key. We have just been trying to keep Tatum and Mateo happy. I don't know what we would do with 3 kids. Right now, Antonio is playing with Tatum non stop and she is LOVING it. I am trying to keep up with Mateo and sleep when I can.
Nights are going pretty well. We are doing about 2 feedings per night. One feeding Mateo will stay up after for a couple of hours (at the most). However, the other feeding, he will sleep for 5-5.5 hours. While this is great, I usually wake up in pain and have to wake him up to eat.
Breastfeeding is going pretty well. I definitely have enough milk for him (I didn't have enough with Tatum) however, the pain is killer at times. It has been pretty good throughout the week, but it is getting worse, not better. (if anyone has any suggestions, let me know).
While I was pregnant, I constantly worried if I would be able to love another child like I do Tatum. I am glad to say I love Mateo so much and I should not have been concerned at all. I love them both so much and better yet, I love them TOGETHER!!! Tatum loves Mateo and it just melts my heart to see them together. She is such a big help. She likes to help change his diaper (she will take Mateo's dirty diapers to the trash). She will also sing him songs (usually her ABCs) when he is crying. I don't want them growing up too fast, I can't wait for them to get a little older where they can interact with one another.
Well, I guess that is it for now. It is feeding time again.

7 comments:

Amanda said...

Awww. I'm so glad it's all going well. He is so cute! And Jax had the same outfit (brown, Baby Gap). It never stayed buttoned on him or Ronin!! The pain got better for me! I remember thinking that it wasn't worth it when i was hurting. But I LOVE it now. It really will get better.

The Duff Family said...

Sounds like everything is going well. I read somewhere that one child is one child and two children are like having 20 children. It is so true. Love the pictures.

The Momma said...

They are called nipple shields and they are wonderful. You can get them at target or babies r us. They fit over your nipple perfectly, my boobs were huge so I had to hold it there a little bit, but once she started feeding it was okay. They are a lifesaver!!! I cannot say that enough!!!!! I would wear them tell I healed and then go back to the natural way and if it started hurting again I would go back to the shields. And then I would pump also to give me a break. I ould feed and then pump after she was done eating and freeze it and then Trey could feed her if I was to sore. They are next to the Medela stuff at Target.

Kimberly said...

I've been thinking about you guys like crazy! Soo glad you posted and love that little guy already! Tatum looks soo proud to be a big sister next to the bassinet of her little brother!
So I soooo can relate to the breastfeeding issues. It was harder than labor for me...but it is soo easy now. It took nearly 4 weeks for them not to be sore but now it is all good. I agree with the nipple shields and lots of supportive pep talks from friends got me through it! Hint hint...if u need any you know who to call! :)

Nickie Langley Permenter said...

Tatum and Mateo look so sweet! ALMOST makes me want another one, almost...

I can remember from Sydney that breastfeeding week 1 went great, it was week 2 that was the KILLER on the nipples! By the middle of week 3 it was like I'd been doing it forever. I tried the shields but didn't like them. I didn't like pumping either - felt and looked like a dairy cow! Just push through to that 3rd week and you'll have it made.

rghopkns said...

It took me about 3 weeks to feel normal with Kara nursing. Are you planning to go back to work? If so, I do suggest getting an electric pump. It was a total life saver when I had to work late at the office.

-Robynn

JRH said...

the pics of tatum and mateo together are precious. what a big helper she's being!