Max slept with Ma and Jo again last night and was very good. They think that it was because he had more milk and they burped him more between each ounce. Apparently drinking out of a bottle causes him to have more gas than drinking straight from the tap.

Church was cancelled because of all the ice on the roads. While Mom and Papa read their Bible Tj read ours to us…Jo held Max.

Jo made beignets from the Café du Monde box that Jen/Jan sent me while we were in Spain.

Tonight we played VCR Clue. In spite of the initial directions which take forever to get through we had a great time playing. I think Jo really enjoyed herself.

Well, Mom and Jo think five ounces might be a better idea. So far Max has slept pretty well for us, but he cried and was fussy a little last night. Jo kept going on and on about how fussy he was. I felt bad, but they knew where I was sleeping…I was surprised that they didn’t bring him back to our room.

Today Max followed Daddy’s face…everytime Tj moved to the left or right Max turned his head to follow him. It’s so exciting to watch our boy and wonder what he’s thinking.

We had sandwiches for lunch again. Papa made jambalaya, Mom made white beans and Jo made potato salad for supper. Yum.

We broke out the Star Trek puzzle this afternoon. Tj and I took a nap while Mom and Jo watched a movie.

Mom gave Max a bath today…Tj taped it. Sweet.

Jo and I went to Wal-Mart today while Mom cooked and Papa and Daddy put up ceiling fans. That was the first time I’ve been anywhere without Max.

We had sandwiches for lunch. Mom made boiled shrimp for supper and I made Hello Dolly for dessert. Mom couldn’t remember what it was called and asked for something Betty…we laughed a bunch and have decided to rename it Yo Betty.

I was surprised to find that I’m down 20 pounds! I gained a total of 30 overall during pregnancy. I had read that you lose weight pretty quickly while breastfeeding, but I never thought that eight days after I’d only have 10 pounds to go. I wonder how long it’ll take me to lose these last 10.

We played a condensed version of 20 Questions tonight…we didn’t use the board at all, whoever wanted to read the card did and the rest of us called out numbers at random for the clues. Fun.

Later while I was feeding Max in our bed I paused to burp him. He let out a pretty big poop; Tj was sitting right next to us watching the news…you should’ve seen him jump! I think he just about cleared the bed he was so surprised!

Mom and Jo took Max tonight. We’re not really sure how much he needs to eat, but I pumped about four ounces, if I remember correctly. After they all went to bed Tj looked on the internet and found that he should be eating around five ounces for each meal. I guess we’ll see.

Tj went to Sam’s today…we put in our order online so he just ran down there to pick it up.

I pumped for the first time today. Well, I’d tried it out once before, but this is the first time we used what I pumped. Tj’s kinda not wanting to use the formula from the hospital, but I’ve just been being lazy about pumping. After that horrible breastfeeding incident, though, it’ll be nice to give the girls a break once in a while.

So Daddy got to feed Max for the first time today…that was sweet.

Mom, Papa and Jo arrived around 1:30 tonight. They hardly had two words for me before they took over Max and started ooing and ahing over him. Well, he really is a beautiful baby. We stayed up about an hour and then all hit the hay.

After that horrible start to our night we slept pretty well, but the next breastfeeding session we had was the worst ever! Max really bit down and this is the only time I’ve cried trying to feed him. I know he doesn’t do it on purpose, and I don’t get angry at him at all, but man, that hurts like the dickens! If it hadn’t been at the end of the feeding I’m sure I would have given him formula…we’ve gotten several free tubs of powdered formula and we still have three bottles of liquid formula from the hospital. Fortunately he’d eaten enough for the night. Tj took him and I recovered. I think we’ll make it. This was the beginning of a big hormone fit all day.

We all three slept in our bedroom last night. I’d been taking Max to his room to nurse at night and I’ve stayed there all night most times sleeping on Mom’s old couch in there. After last night, though, I think Tj’s gonna want us to go back to Max’s room. I seem to do better on fragmented sleep than Tj does, which cracks me up. Whatever it is we’re still deciding where Max will sleep once Daddy goes back to work.

Becki came today to see Max and just to check up on us all. I showered before she got here and was just starting to feed Max when she arrived. I felt a little funny about feeding in front of her kids, but I guess it’s just the newness of it all. I fed the first round upstairs and when Max broke off the first time I moved operations downstairs.

I don’t remember what about but Tj and I were pretty yucky all day. I think it was a lack of sleep on his part and a complete hormonal overdrive on my part. We got it together several times today, but lost it several more times, too. It was nice for Bec to take Max…we left them and went out to eat at O’Charley’s. I ate like a madwoman!!! I’m sure Tj was embarrassed (although he denies it) but I ate more then than I’d eaten in a long time. It didn’t help that I’d gone to bed late and then got up late and so didn’t eat breakfast at all…I’ve come to realize that that gives me a headache that lasts all day. This is the second time I’ve done this. I guess I’m drinking so much water that I don’t really feel hungry…so I don’t eat. I know it takes more calories to breastfeed, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse, so I’ve been trying to wait until I get hungry to eat. Now I’ve decided to make myself eat three meals a day plus snacks whenever I’m hungry.

I went up and down the stairs three times today…I think I’m to the point where I can walk around and do as I please and I’ll be ok, body-wise.

Today a lady from our church brought by salad, chicken with rice and gravy and a plate of cookies.

Tonight while I was changing Max on our bed he got me! He’s gotten Tj several times, both with peeing and pooping, but this was a first for me. And, boy, does that kid have range! It went at least 8″ beyond his head! Way to go, boy!