Full of it

I’ve learned something about Julian in these first two weeks of his life. He’s full of it. What is “it,” you ask? Pee. PEE! The boy has so much pee!!

I had heard people say before that boys pee more than girls, but I was skeptical. After all, they are ingesting roughly the same amount of milk and their bodies process it the same. (Right?) So how is it that they can have so much more pee??

I’m not going to claim that I remember how frequently I changed Ava’s diapers as a newborn, but I don’t remember her saturating diapers and leaking through to outfits sometimes several times a day (which Julian does). And I’m talking both cloth diapers and disposables (7th Generation), which we were using while the meconium stage passed and until his cord fell off, and are still using at night. The boy can soak a diaper like there’s no tomorrow and still have pee leftover to spray after you take his diaper off (more on that below).

I didn’t buy a whole lot of 0-3 month outfits/sleepers because I figured I would have a larger baby and one who would outgrow that size within a month or so (as Ava did). But now, due to the lack of clothes, Jody is having to do laundry about every other day. At least all of the boy’s outfits will get some good use. ;)

Seriously though, has anyone who’s had both a boy and a girl experienced the excessive pee factor with their boy? What do you attribute it to?

And don’t even get me started on the crazy peeing during diaper changes. So far Julian’s peed on me, Jody, my photography backdrop, the bed, himself (including on his hair today – what range!), as well as whatever he’s lying on – changing pads, towels, etc. – during the diaper change. And I’m sure I’ll have more things to add to the list as the days pass.

Having a boy this time around has certainly been a sometimes messy and WET experience thus far, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. :)

Edited to add: After posting this, I got up to change him and what do ya know? After his (soaked) diaper was removed, he peed – not once, but twice! Guess he didn’t want to make a liar out of me.

10 days old (pics) and a bit of an update

I know, I know – all I seem to do anymore is post pictures. :oP I’m trying to find the time to write some actual posts, but it just hasn’t happened yet.

So in the meantime, I decided to get out of bed yesterday and take some pictures of my “little” boy (he weighed 10 lbs., 6 oz. at his one week check-up) before he loses all of his newborn characteristics. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to doing it until the sun was setting (doh!), so I only had 15 minutes of daylight to snap, snap, snap away.

Here are the best ones of the bunch. :)

Julian at 10 days old





Things are going well pretty here.

Julian is a cuddly little bundle, who nurses well and sleeps a lot.

I may have jinxed myself earlier by saying how well Ava was adapting. She is definitely in love with her baby brother, but she has had some meltdowns in the past week. I think it’s been hard for her to share mom and dad. Some days are better than others. Yesterday was really hard, but today was much, much better. While daddy or Aunt Carrie have been good about getting her out of the house most days, I think it helped that she had a playdate with another child today.

I am feeling good. I had a couple of migraines last week and ended up taking my acupuncturist up on her offer to come out to the house to treat me and prescribe more Chinese herbs. So she was here on Saturday and did a bit of acupuncture and got me more herbs (that taste even worse than what I had prenatally). Blah. No more migraines though since she came to see me. I’m knocking wood that they are gone (at least for a while).
I have my 2 week check up with my midwife on Thursday, then I don’t see her again until 6 weeks postpartum. After seeing her so much these past few weeks, I will probably go through withdrawal.

Jody is home from work this week again, which is wonderful. His help around the house and with the kiddos is priceless. I’m feeling very thankful for my husband.

The photographer is coming to our house on Friday to take some family pictures of us. I’m looking forward to that because (for a change) I will be able to just relax and be with my family while she worries about all the photography stuff. :)

Now for my random thought:
I can’t believe it’s already December! We haven’t done anything to decorate for the holidays yet. That might have to wait until my parents get here next week. Oh, and Christmas shopping?? Hmmm, that might all be done via the Internet this year.

So that’s us in a nutshell. Hope you all are doing well. :) I’m trying to read up on my regular posters when I can, but I don’t usually have time to comment these days. (Sorry!) Hugs. :)