Today Jude is one week old. Crazy. I wonder if time just continues to speed up this way! Right now, I feel like I’m in a time warp where I’m just feeding and changing the baby all day and napping in between! It’s pretty hard to see past this point but I know we’ll be out and about sooner than it feels.
I thought I would compile some thoughts that I’ve had with this first week of mommy-hood that have struck me as interesting or unexpected. . . I will get the birth story done soon – turns out I have two – one from my perspective and the other from our doula’s perspective. Would y’all be interested in hearing both?
Who knew that breastfeeding was going to have such a learning curve! Thankfully, I’ve had good friends, nurses and a great doula to help educate me on what’s normal and how I should be handling all of this. I understand now why women stay in for such a long time after having a baby – breastfeeding is very unpredictable! Especially because of leakage once your milk comes in (it takes 6 weeks to regulate itself based on how often you feed your baby). Talk about embarrassing. . . We’re slowly but surely getting the hang of it, especially learning the calming methods so he won’t get frantic before feeding. I am super envious of all those moms that can breastfeed in public without being detected now – they make it looks so easy!
I’m pretty amazed at how quickly the baby weight is dropping – when I went into labor I was 175+ pounds, and I am at 155 already and my stomach seems to be shrinking more each day. Breastfeeding is a miracle baby fat weight loss method! Once you’ve had a baby, your uterus is still around the size of a 4-5 month pregnant woman – breastfeeding not only accesses the fat reserves your body has made during pregnancy to turn into milk, it helps shrink your uterus back to normal size. So exciting! It is definitely nice to be able to bend over again. 🙂
Sleep has been so much better than I anticipated. Partly, that’s attributed to my amazing mother who has been in Austin since Jude was born and she is forcing me to take naps and rest. I hope all women are as lucky as I in this regard. Even sleep during the night isn’t too bad because Jude will ‘cue’ me for a feeding with some large smacking sounds so I know to pick him up and feed him before he gets hysterical crying. We have him in a bassinet next to my side of the bed, so I just whisk him away to the nursery, feed him, and then he promptly falls back asleep and allows me to do the same. Incredible. 🙂
We have been using the GDiapers for diapers (once we got home from the hospital – we just used the disposables they had there – it was just so much easier) because they fit him well at this point and we have tons of inserts. I tried the BumGenius All in Ones yesterday and they’re just a bit too big for him right now. I think they’ll be great once he is big enough. I will say we’re doing quite a bit more laundry than we were previously. Babies sure do poop and pee a lot. 🙂
I think that’s all I have for now. It’s definitely time for more snuggling and a nap now. 🙂