It has officially been a month since welcoming Baby Avery into the world and what a month it’s been. We’re all adjusting to a new life and new lifestyle, but definitely taking it all in stride. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve had to surrender to the demands of a little person so I’m a little rusty. LOL! It’s currently 4AM and raining so I’ve decided that it’s best to not even try to go back to sleep. So since it’s been forever since I’ve posted here, I’ve decided to fire off these updates all at one time.

Baby Avery

As mentioned, we’re adjusting to life with a new little person who is calling all of the shots. We’ve finally reached a point where he is sleeping longer through the night. My milk factory is open, although it’s been hard to be consistent with pumping while I work. With that being said, we supplement with formula whenever needed. I’m hoping to lock down some sort of a routine to where I’m consistent enough with pumping that formula isn’t needed. I will say that pumping sessions are much easier to deal with while watching episodes of Sweet Magnolias, even though I’ve seen all of them at least 10 times already.

Maybe at some point in the future, I’ll share my birth story. But for now, just know I delivered an 8lb baby on a Saturday and left the hospital on Sunday to complete my recovery at home.

Virtual School

Virtual school is hard ya’ll. It really is. It’s hard because there are 3 dogs in the house that bark at almost everything and 2 puppies that haven’t left for their forever home yet. I created nice little workstations my kids, especially since finding quality desks are hard to come by these days. But it’s extra difficult because my children are bored due to a lack of engaging content. And I know the teachers are trying hard and working hard. I know it’s different for them as well. And it sucks because I’m not ready for them to go back to school 5 days a week, especially with a new baby being in the house. I still haven’t decided if they will be returning.

Postpartum Recovery

I’ve gotten through the worst part. This time around I was much sorer than before. I’m sure a lot of that had to do with my age and physical state, and probably also returning to work so soon even though I work from home. I did do recovery a bit differently this time. Like taking 3 sitz/Epsom baths a day because the pain killers were low grade due to me breastfeeding. And because I tore while pushing and needed about 6 stitches, the aloe vera gel and honey pot herbal infused pads were my saving grace. That may seem like a given, but when I had my first two, I was quite uneducated about easing the discomfort and pain. When you know better, you do better.

I Miss My Family & Friends

I’m fine with being alone. In fact, I revel in the fact that I’ve gotten to a point where I absolutely enjoy my alone time and will go above and beyond to protect my peace. But I deeply miss my family and my friends. I miss being able to share the birth of my son with them. I miss being able to hang out in person. But at this point, it’s pretty clear that we are all focusing on the most important thing: doing our absolute best to keep the little one safe since his immune system isn’t strong enough yet. In due time, we’ll be able to be in each other’s company and make new memories together.

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3 Comments
  1. Amanda

    September 22, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Smooches to baby Avery! I’m happy that you’ve recovered well. I’ll be reaching out to you and Disa when it’s my turn (In 2-3 year or Jesus time). I want to do ratchet things with my friends and family. I miss vacations! I will not be on the Tulum bandwagon right now lol. Schooling from home…. I’ll talk about my online learning next month, it’s interesting in grad school. It was the thing I was trying not to do but ended up doing (online learning). It’s interesting trying to connect with people that I’ll have to speak to for the next 2 years.
    Anyways, one day at a time. Glad you’re well.

  2. Daenel T

    October 2, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    He’s the cutest! Congratulations again. Reading people’s birth stories makes me feel ancient – ie I gave birth in the Stone Age. I knew nothing about nothing. LOL I can’t believe you had an 8 lb baby and then went home. Whew.

    My sister and I were talking about the home school vs on site school debate. She’s thinking about sending her kids to school but she’s scared. It’s hard. I told her I support her no matter what because I think that’s what parents need.

  3. Shannon

    October 3, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Congratulations again! I know this is a trying time right now and I can only imagine how much your patience may be staggering, but hang in there. I know that’s easier said than done, though.

    This whole virtual thing weighs on me heavy. It’s tough when you work full time while also having a family to take care of. I’ve been trying to find away of relieving my frustrations and my patience feels as though it’s wavering at times but I’m getting through it.

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