Newborn

Newborn

Let me start with the hospital stay. We had her on Fathers Day. Which was fabulous, not only for the fact that it was Fathers Day but also for the fact that we where the only ones in the hospital. The nurses where great, the entire staff was so understanding and helpful.

Let me start with the hospital stay. We had her on Fathers Day. Which was fabulous, not only for the fact that it was Fathers Day but also for the fact that we where the only ones in the hospital. The nurses where great, the entire staff was so understanding and helpful.

She was perfect. The first night she stayed in NICU. Then the second night she was able to join me in my room. This was great, however she was hungry. I was producing milk, which I had sent down to her. I had a c section, so it was hard to move around, and I my medicine was limited due to my allergies. So I had to just bare through it. I ended up putting her in the bassinet they have and putting it next to my bed. I was able to get her in and out that way. Hubby had a hard time, because he wanted to help me but there was nothing he could really do except change her diaper. The nursers where very admit about how much she ate, and for how long. We kept a record. There was a four hour time frame where I could not get her to eat. As a newborn I guess this was not very common. So I struggled with that. Then it was time to go home, finally we had been released.

She was perfect. The first night she stayed in NICU. Then the second night she was able to join me in my room. This was great, however she was hungry. I was producing milk, which I had sent down to her. I had a c section, so it was hard to move around, and I my medicine was limited due to my allergies. So I had to just bare through it. I ended up putting her in the bassinet they have and putting it next to my bed. I was able to get her in and out that way. Hubby had a hard time, because he wanted to help me but there was nothing he could really do except change her diaper. The nursers where very admit about how much she ate, and for how long. We kept a record. There was a four hour time frame where I could not get her to eat. As a newborn I guess this was not very common. So I struggled with that. Then it was time to go home, finally we had been released.

The first week, was really not that bad. She slept a lot. I fed her every two hours and she would eat for about 30 minute each feeding. She slept great in her bassinet on her side, just like she did while she was in NICU. After the first week however she did not like the bassinet anymore, and she slept in her rock n play. The feedings did get tiring, I was still in some pain from the c section. Overall hubby was home, and we just enjoyed lots of cuddles. She was so small, 6 pounds 1 ounce 19 inches long.

No one really explains breast feeding, everyone just says it is great for the baby. Yes, I agree and I whole heartedly wanted to do it. But let me really tell you how this goes:

Time to eat say 2am. She eats for 30 minutes on one breast. Then she sleeps or wants to be held. You need to feed her every two hours, so you started at 2am so you need to feed her at 4am. But its now 2:30am. Okay so she goes in her rock n play to sleep after a diaper change and you lay in bed. Timer goes off, or she starts crying. If your lucky you will hear the timer first. Then you start this process over again. At most you might get an hours sleep. This goes on for as long as you breast feed.

Please do not think that I am trying to talk it down in any way. I am just saying people do not explain any of that.

 

Living on an hour or less of sleep at a time is harder than you might think. I can stay up for a long time, but then I crash for a long time. But this is different. You are only getting small amounts of sleep, it does where you out. Since she being breast fed, doctor wanted to see us once a week for a weight check in. The first weight in she was 6 pounds 3 oz. Which apparently is great for a breast fed baby at a week old. I could not drive so my mom was so great taking us to the doctor.

Living on an hour or less of sleep at a time is harder than you might think. I can stay up for a long time, but then I crash for a long time. But this is different. You are only getting small amounts of sleep, it does where you out. Since she being breast fed, doctor wanted to see us once a week for a weight check in. The first weight in she was 6 pounds 3 oz. Which apparently is great for a breast fed baby at a week old. I could not drive so my mom was so great taking us to the doctor.

First sponge bath

Week two was one of the hardest. She wanted to eat all the time, mainly because I was not producing enough. I decided I would start pumping and feed her what I pumped and then that way I could breathe a little. She went from wanting to eat every two hours to wanting to eat every hour. So pumping was the solution. I quickly learned that I was not able to produce enough to keep her fed. Once a day I had to supplement with formula. But I kept at it. Hubby said I was a basket case. I started pumping and feeding her at the same time. She was still gaining weight so I knew it was working, but it was wearing me out. I went from being able to sleep a little to feeling like I was not sleeping at all. When she was down I had to clean pump parts, then I would try to add in pumps to help my supply.

First trip with daddy. He was so funny, he said he never thought about all the bumps in the road but with her in the car he would cringe at every one of them. It was so sweet to see the way he was with her, a different side of him.

First trip with daddy. He was so funny, he said he never thought about all the bumps in the road but with her in the car he would cringe at every one of them. It was so sweet to see the way he was with her, a different side of him.

Our first month was beautiful in it’s own way. We now have this wonderful daughter that relied on us for everything. We are so blessed that she is heathly, strong, and thriving. They say there is no love like the love for your children, but you do not understand that statement till you have one for yourself. It is so hard to explain, the overwhelming fullness, emotion, joy, you have for this baby.

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