This week has included a very steep learning curve. Monday was Jt's first full-day back at work coupled with Henry not sleeping much Monday night-- i felt quite overwhelmed and completely exhausted Tuesday and Wednesday. I realized that taking care of the baby seems really doable when you have two people around but as soon as it's just you on call all day (and much of the night), it starts to feel a little more trying-- especially when the baby cries a lot or is fussy and you can't figure out why.
The key for me it turns out is sleep-- which isn't surprising, but i've had to learn that if he doesn't sleep well at night i absolutely have to drop everything the next day and sleep absolutely whenever i can, not try to return phone calls, write thank-you notes, pick up the house, etc-- just sleep. I had JT come home early from work a few nights and my parents arrived Thursday night. Having four sets of arms to hold and comfort Henry this weekend has been marvelous. Now, i just have to brave it alone tomorrow. With any luck, Henry will continue to sleep well most nights like he's been doing.
I've also started to make plans to get out during the day for more than a walk around the block. I have friends coming over to visit, i'm joining a new mothers play group, and hopefully soon i'll start some mom and baby yoga classes that are in my neighborhood. To be honest, the best gift we received this week was the care and support of friends and family that dropped a kind email or phone call or came for a visit.