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Ups and Downs at 4 Weeks/One Month (Friday Catch Up 2/23)

Someone is a month old today! Time for the Friday Catch Up–it was a week of great highs and a few (mental) lows.

I missed posting on Monday, but as I am about to tell you, I didn’t really feel like it, even if I had the time.

Friday Catch Up 2/23

1) As I intimated/discussed in my post last Friday, Emmie got increasingly fussy last week, and that fussiness increased enough this past weekend that it had all of us wondering if we had a colicky baby. We are talking a lot of crying unconsolably-basically, if she was awake, 70% of her time was spent crying. And there was nothing I could really do. It seemed like the way to get her stopped was mostly luck. She would get so overstimulated and not be able to settle, then swallow tons of air crying and then have terrible gas. Then finally, we would burp her air bubbles out, and she would pass out for several hours, I would sleep and feel better, then she would feed like crazy, get reflux and feel uncomfortable, I would lose sleep and she would fuss, and the cycle would start again.

I still love her more that words can say

Some people get angry and even violent towards kids that are crying. I just got really sad. aka starting to shut down and even get depressed (yes, tears are a given). Feeling depressed + baby crying (and raining) = I’m sure my brother had #somuchfun while he was here.

2) The good news is that she has done better with each day as soon as she turned 4 weeks on Tuesday. Kind of like my pregnancy symptoms–I would change each week on Tuesday as well! She has made major changes as well in terms of how much she is awake, able to focus, and engaging with the world. but best of all, she is much more congenial, and back mostly to crying when she is uncomfortable, etc. At her 4 week appointment, she had a little meltdown, but the doctor worked magic on her and got it under control, and we have used the same technique with success since!


And yes, she still has a HUGE noggin 😀

3) I have some exciting news in my postpartum fitness journey! I rejoined Class Pass to help me get myself kickstarted back into rebuilding my body. I am going to a Pre-/Postnatal yoga class tomorrow and a Pre-/postnatal weights and cardio class on Wednesday (while Mom is still here). After that, I will have 3 classes to use (likely on the weekends while Alex is home) over the next month. Walking is going well, I’m feeling better and better, and soon I will start being able to take Emmie out on walks (plus it will be necessary with Mom being gone). 

This is going to be interesting, LOL!

4) As you saw on IG, we celebrated my brother’s 33 birthday (just a few days late) with brunch at Frances’ Deli, burgers and all of the fries, and then everyone’s favorite stuffed Molly’s Cupcakes. We got the Raspberry Chocolate (with a chocolate mousse and raspberry coulis filling), Samoas (with a caramel coconut filling and caramel frosting and something else I don’t remember but omg it was amazing), and the Ron Bennington (Dark chocolate + dark chocolate frosting + peanut butter mousse filling + butterscotch shavings). And after all that food that we had before? Not a crumb was left. I was very helpful in accomplishing that feat. 

5) Alex and I are going on a date night tonight– where should we go? Sushi? Oyster Bah? DECISIONS.

Or we might just go back to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. It was so good last time…

And then he is on call the rest of the weekend. JOY. Lol!

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  • Reply Emily

    Hope Emmie stays feeling good. It is the worst feeling when babies cry and cry. Those cupcakes look amazing!

    February 23, 2018 at 5:57 am
  • Reply Jess

    This—-> Feeling depressed + baby crying (and raining). We had a few days of this. Ruby seems to be back to her normal self this week. Hopefully she’s done with growth spurts for at least a little while!!! It’s so hard. Getting back to running has helped me mentally in a huge way!!! I also have my first ‘race’ planned for next Saturday so that gives my brain something to look forward to. Also, we haven’t gone on a date yet. But thinking we reeeeeally need one before we turn into partners instead of lovers

    February 23, 2018 at 6:29 am
  • Reply Lauren

    She is so cute. I just want to say that my kids are older now– (10 and 12) –they were both born at Northwestern (we now live in AZ). My husband is also a doc and was on call A LOT. It does get easier and really made me figure things out not having him around on certain weekends. You are doing great and can’t wait to keep getting updates on Emmie!!

    February 23, 2018 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Lisa - Mile by Mile

    Happy 1 month to Emmie! Glad she is feeling a little better each day. Thats exciting that you will be doing class pass! Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your date night!

    February 23, 2018 at 7:03 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    Glad to hear she is settling in a little. It’s so hard when they are crying and you can’t figure it out. There were nights walking my older son around the house, both of us crying. Enjoy date night and yay for getting to start working out a bit again.

    February 23, 2018 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Rae

    Very glad to hear that miss Emmie is doing better, and that you are too! Excited to hear how ClassPass and these post-natal classes go for you. I’ve been absolutely loving prenatal yoga, and due to some intense round ligament pain, it’s one of the few exercises I can handle right now.

    February 23, 2018 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    I hope it gets better for you. My neighbor had a baby boy about the same time you did and he got fussy about the same time too– so hopefully both babies will calm down again. 🙂
    Glad you got a Class Pass – seems like a perfect way to ease back into it.

    February 23, 2018 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Cora

    Happy one month, Emmie! Geez. I know it’s just a month but, how time flies (and I’m not even her mother…)

    I really can’t imagine the part of motherhood that is dealing with all the crying. It just must feel just so overwhelming, and…. helpless? I’m with you, I think I would also just get very, very sad. I’m glad your brother was with you. Even if you and the girl weren’t all “joys,” I’m certain he loved being there and being able to support you. ‘

    So cool that there are post natal weight/fitness classes out there. I hope they feel good!

    Also – thirteen year old Emmie is going to be SOO jazzed with her mother for showing off all the most flattering baby pictures. Lol. I can’t wait (of course, she’s freaking beautiful in any picture).

    February 23, 2018 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    It is so sad and frustrating when you cannot get your baby to stop crying. My daughter had colic and it was so challenging. We had to turn on the dishwasher or the hair dryer to get her to stop crying-crazy! Enjoy that date night so important to have a little couple time

    February 23, 2018 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Caroline

    Sending a big hug your way because having a tiny and adorable little baby is amazing but also really, really hard. I can’t imagine the feeling of seeing her cry and not being able to just fix it. I remember my baby sister would cry all the time and the things that got her to stop were rides in the car and Hall & Oates music (not kidding). You are doing so well and your daughter is so darn precious and I know she’s going to realize she’s got an awesome mama pretty soon. But seriously, all these ladies out there having babies, YOU ROCK.

    Now that I’m done being on my soap box about how great moms are: I hope you have a great weekend! I’m glad you’re doing things to help you take care of yourself because happy mamas make for happy babies. Also, I think I could eat that whole thing of cupcakes because they look fantastic. Have a great weekend!

    February 23, 2018 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Maureen

    I always get jealous when you share yummy Chicago eats. My list of places to go when I visit my parents gets infinitely longer. I don’t hate it though 😉

    I’m glad Emmie seems to be less fussy now. Hopefully it was just a little growth spurt or something and she’ll be better going forward. She is adorable though!

    February 23, 2018 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    From Emmie’s granmommy, Clare,

    Emmie is so much fun (loud, but darling) and I’m loving my chance to be a hands-on grandmommy

    I’m enjoying my month of being with her, Susie and Alex…and Ridley and Zoe—but not to worry, I’m staying at an Airbnb around the corner!

    It’s amazing to watch the day-to-day changes in a baby’s first weeks.
    Each day, she is paying more and more in this fascinating world around her.

    February 23, 2018 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Laura

    Happy one month to Emmie! I am glad she is doing better – I would probably cry also if my baby cried non-stop! The Class Pass sounds like a great way to get back into fitness. Enjoy your date night!

    February 23, 2018 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Babydoll_Brea

    The days definitely crawled by when my kids were inconsolable infants. I’ve always wished there was a way through it other than getting through it…but I’m glad you are using your pediatrician’s calming technique. Enemies looks like a champion snuggler

    February 23, 2018 at 11:25 am
    • Reply Babydoll_Brea

      Oh man! What a terrible autocorrect. If I could fix that, I would.


      February 23, 2018 at 11:26 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    Oh the non-stop crying is so tough. I had days when I was on mat leave when I was so burnt out at the end of the day. I would literally be looking out the window waiting for my husband to come home so he could take a turn. Sometimes he’d only be home for 5 minutes and I would be out the door for a quick walk around the neighborhood by myself! I’m sure that helped my sanity during those intense crying days. Hang in there! On a lighter note – those cupcakes!!!

    February 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Becky

    I remember struggling so much when my son was a baby with various things. You’re not alone and it will be a distant memory before you know it. My Timehop right now is reminding me about when he would scream his face off when we tried to put him down for a nap unless we held him. He also went through a phase where he would doze off while eating, then wake up hungry, repeat. Or the reflux stage where he’d eat, be extremely uncomfortable, eventually puke and then would be hungry again. Sigh. So many things. Hang in there.

    February 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply San

    Ugh, I can only imagine how sad and frustrating it must be to not console your baby…. this is tough sh*t.

    February 24, 2018 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Becca | Rabbit Food Runner

    I would be frustrated and depressed too but I’m happy to hear that it got better on Tuesday… hopefully this coming Tuesday will being even more positive changes!

    February 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yay for Emmie getting better! There’s nothing worse than a sad and inconsolable baby!

    February 28, 2018 at 2:26 am
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