1. How old is she?
11 weeks 2 days. That was an easy one.
2. Are you breastfeeding?
Yes. She is 100% exclusively breastfed. I think sometimes people assume she's not when they see her taking a bottle, but that's just easier for me than breastfeeding in public. It's funny how opinionated people can be about breastfeeding. Like, if I were to say no I'm not breastfeeding, I feel like I would get a lecture from them. But you know, sure I am choosing to breastfeed, but it's a personal decision and you do what's right for you. But anyway, the short answer is yes she's breastfed.
3. How's she sleeping?
This depends. The past week or so we've been getting a good 5-6 hour stretch during the night. She wakes up, eats, has her diaper changed, and is back asleep in 15 minutes (that whole process used to take an hour). But because we're on vacation, her schedule is variable, so every night is different. Last night we were visiting friends and didn't get home until 9:30, and she slept in the car, but woke up to snuggle with her grandma who missed her. Normally I'd try and put her to bed, but we're only here for a few more days so G-ma needs maximum Riley-time. Anyway, so she slept from 11-330, 345 to 7, then was up for an hour, slept 815 to 1030. If we are home she takes 4 naps a day, usually at least for an hour, sometimes as long as 3! Today she took a 3.5 hour nap in the afternoon. She does best if she's only awake for an hour and 15 minutes or so. She can stay awake longer, but she starts to get cranky and overtired. But overall I would say she sleeps pretty well, especially considering all the crazy activities we've been doing. I can probably answer this better after we've been home for a week or so and our back into a regular routine. We'll see what happens then.
4. Are you just so exhausted?
The short answer is no. I mean, yes, I'm tired. But I'm surprised at how well my body has adapted to so little sleep. And I feel pretty good. Plus, some days I get to nap with my baby, and that always helps. Some mornings are a little tough, but it's definitely not anywhere near as bad as I was expecting.
5. What do you do all day?
I'm not even going to answer this question. And for the record, don't ask a new mom this. Or any stay at home mom. Unless you have been a stay at home mom, or you have a newborn, you really won't understand what it's like, and how much work it really is. So, next question.
6. Are you going back to work?
Not yet. I have no plans to go back to work in the near future. Eventually, some day, I will be working again. Not sure what I will be doing, but I've got time to figure it out. So for now, my work is being a stay at home mom.
7. How was the flight over?
Great! (sort of) She slept well, barely cried. Mark and I barely slept. Hopefully it's just as good on the way back.
8. Where does she sleep?
Well, this trip she's been sleeping mostly in a pack 'n play next to our bed. But occasionally she has been sleeping in bed with me, in my arms. She sleeps so soundly like that, and it's so easy to get her to sleep that way. AND, I love to cuddle with her after a long day, so we both like it. Plus, I know it won't last much longer, so I need to take advantage now! This is another area where I can tell people have very strong opinions, and frown on this decision to co-sleep. But look how cute... Just imagine me snuggled in there right beside her!! And again, right now, it works for us.