Two Weeks

This little one has been in our lives for two weeks and it simultaneously feels like he was just born yesterday and like so much has happened since he was born. Both are true, in a way. He has met all his grandparents and even all his great grandparents, plus my sister, Joey’s brother and this past weekend, he got to meet the whole King crew, including his best friend Henry! These moments are so sweet.

Josh asked us what’s been the hardest part of having a new baby and we guiltily answered “nothing?” I mean, waking up in the middle of the night to change or feed him isn’t always easy and eating with one hand maybe isn’t ideal but at the same time, it really is. Nothing about this little baby feel like an inconvenience to me. I am so happy to cater to his every need.

Breastfeeding has already been such a journey. The good part about starting out on a “three-part feeding system” (supplemental milk, breastfeeding, pumping) is that it can only get easier from there. We dropped the SNS at the beginning of last week. It was taking over an hour to feed him, plus I was pumping out a lot, so I knew he could just get what he needed from me. We were following up with a bottle just to make sure he was eating enough but he started spitting up EVERY TIME, which was alarming. We had a follow up appointment with the lactation consultant last Tuesday where they were able to weigh him, let me feed him, then weigh him again so we would know exactly how much he was getting from me (cool!) and yeah, we were way over feeding him with the bottle. We are finally finally just at breastfeeding with a nipple shield but I know we’ll wean ourselves off that too. It’s just a matter of time. Whew! So that’s that.

My parents returned our dog last weekend and he was pretty riled up for the first couple of days — he would not leave Joey alone! — but he seems pretty disinterested in Dempsey and I’m more than okay with that! We’ve let him give him some sniffs and he’s licked a foot or two, but that’s about as close as I’m comfortable with. My fear was that the baby would be crying in the middle of the night and the dog would go crazy barking. OR, that the dog would be barking and wake the baby up, but neither sounds seems to bother the other. A miracle!

Recovery-wise, I’ve been feeling great! Maybe I had it easy or maybe I was so over prepared for postpartum recovery that I had it built up to be worse in my head. Either way, I’ve honestly barely felt any pain — sitting was semi-uncomfortable for a few days — and I am so so thankful! I’ve been able to take some family walks with Dempsey in the stroller and Andi on his leash and it’s felt so good to walk around. I will mention that hormonally, I’m definitely still a bit all over the place. Most of the time, I feel so so happy but I’ve also balled over Chrissy Teigan’s personal essay, teared up watching The Way I See It (I miss Obama so much!) and felt really emotional about Joey returning to work (even though he’ll be working from home, it won’t be as blissful as the past 13 days of baby cuddles, Halloween movie watching, family visits and saying to each other “we made this!”).

In other news, Dempsey spent his first Halloween meeting friends, trick-or-treating at his Grandma Lori’s and hanging out with his Grandma and Grandpa Dorsey. Our friends Troy and Kenzie passed along some of their boys’ clothes, which included both a newborn pumpkin onesie and a newborn mummy onesie. We figured he’d dirty one of them at some point, but both costumes actually made it safely through the day. I ordered Joey and I some mummy face masks and a mummy bandana for Andi, so we could all match. Dempsey was obviously still the cutest 🙂

Everyone keeps asking if we’ve been reading and/or singing to him and uh… we’ve been watching scary movies and The Great British Bake Off with him. Is that the same?? Okay, so that’s one thing to get better about. Mostly we just hold him and watch him sleep and tell him and each other how much we love him. Maybe not the most productive way to spend time, but certainly the best way 🙂

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A Nursery Tour

I am so excited to show you our nursery today! I feel like it took soooo long to pick a paint color and then a wallpaper for the accent wall and to get all the furniture, but then a couple of weekends later the whole thing was finished! I am so loving how peaceful and calm it feels (till there’s a crying baby in there, right?? 😋) and even though baby will actually be sleeping in our room for a while, I’m excited to sit in that rocking chair, use that changing table, open that closet full of teensy baby clothes and maybe even use that crib for daytime naps?? Who knows! Here we go!

First off, here is how the space looked when we first moved in. The previous owners even had our same crib! Felt like everyone we showed the house to assumed we would just leave it as was, but though it was totally sweet and cute in there, we wanted to make it our own. Apologies to those happy animals that we painted over 😬

Here are some in progress photos that I’ve already shown you, but you wanted to see them again, right?? We definitely tried a lot of paint colors and I think four different wall paper/wall decal samples before settling on the ones you see here. I’m really happy with how both of those things turned out and how they look together. The wallpaper was definitely a project (that I really thought I’d be able to help with until I remembered Joey hasn’t let me help with anything this entire pregnancy!) but wow, Joey did such a wonderful job! I’m so grateful ❤

And that’s the whole finished product! Do you love it? I love it! I will link all the items below in case you are curious, but I think the photos are pretty self-explanatory. I will also mention we are waiting on some small hanging bookshelves that are supposed to come some time in October, but those can wait I suppose. We do have a ton of books waiting in the closet though! Joey thought it was weird for me to take a photo of our cloth diaper bag and trash can, but I was sure you guys would want the details of our diaper routine 😂 We didn’t want to commit to any of those expensive trash cans until after we figure out if cloth diapering will work for us. Now all we need in here is a little baby!

Paint Color: Glidden Milkweed

Wall Paper: Botanical Wall Paper Jumbo Eucalyptus from Etsty

Crib: Babyletto Lolly 3-in1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

Crib Mattress: Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Sided Crib Mattress

Dresser: Babyletto Lolly 6-Drawer Assembled Double Dresser

Changing Tray: Babyletto Universal Wide Removable Changing Tray

Changing Pad: Munchkin Secure Grip Changing Pad

Mirror: Target 22″ x 22′ Travis Round Wood Accent Wall Mirror

Floating Shelves: Floating Shelf and Brackets from Etsy

Baby Monitor: Littelf Home Camera

Hanging Diaper Bag: Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag

Wall Prints: Winnie the Pooh Print from Etsy

Rocking Chair: Pottery Barn Kids Minna Small Spaces Rocking Chair in Oatmeal

Ottoman: Pottery Barn Kids Minna Small Spaces Ottoman in Oatmeal

Lamp: Target Edris Metal Globe Floor Lamp (We still need a dimmer or a dim light bulb because this lamp is way too bright!)

Table: Target Round End Table with Tray Top

White Noise Machine: Dreamegg D1 Sound Machine