Monday, January 28, 2013

First Few Weeks with our Baby Girl

These first few weeks have flown by with our baby girl!
So many firsts.
We left the hospital early Saturday evening and it was so warm out.
Mid 50's for January, not bad at all!
We could have stayed until Sunday,
 but I had enough of the hospital and I just wanted the comfort of our home.
Since all was well with Brooke and I breastfeeding,
and we were doing well healthwise, we were given the green light.
 Besides, there was a MAJOR playoff game
Niners vs Packers
that we had to watch in our living room!
And baby makes 3!
Daddy buckled her in nice and tight.
The dogs acclimated fine,
Holly is very curious but has been great.
Sadie doesn't really seem phased at all.
The first few nights were a little rocky.
I didn't know what to do with Brooke.
Put her in the pack-and-play newborn napper?
Place her right in the crib?
She was wide awake pretty much all night long.
I had her downstairs in the swing for a bit.
Or she would fall asleep in my arms.
I knew neither of these were great options,
but I was still lacking sleep from the week before,
plus healing after delivery...
needless to say by 6am that Sunday,
I cried to my husband,
"I've been awake for 22 hours. Please help me."
He got right up,
and took care of baby girl.
I got a few hours of sleep...
The whole feeding every 2 hours was exhausting,
but I knew she had lost a pound,
my milk hadn't come in yet,
and I was determined to get her to gain some weight.
I am so thankful my husband was home that first week.
I did not expect to be as sore and tired
{I know, really Jenn??}
but having him here to keep up with the house, grocery shopping, meals, 
and help with baby was so necessary.
One of the fancy breakfasts he made us!
 I think he helped with the chores to avoid diaper duty:
Daddy Duty:
If I needed to rest, it usually went like this...
We figured it out just fine.
We had our newborn photoshoot
--photos to come--
Unfortunately,
a lot of people I thought would be able to come and help got sick.
January is an awfully germy time of year to have a baby!!
But we did have a few friends stop by with tasty meals for us--so good!
My mother in law caught a nasty flu right after being at the hospital
and still hasn't seen baby since she was born.
My sister came by the first Sunday and was a huge help with her
husband and her best friend, but then she too got really sick!
My mom was supposed to come up the second week,
but she got sick.
I've had my step-mom's help which was so great.
{Tip::if you visit someone who had a baby,
simple things like loading/unloading dishwasher,
throwing in a few loads of laundry, are very helpful!}
So even though it's just been us three for the most part,
I have to say, I think things have been going great.
I now how the swaddle down.
Baby is wrapped like a burrito.
She sleeps in her crib, no problems!
We are on demand feeding,
so sometimes she goes 3-4 hours without needing a feed.
Sometimes it's still 2.
We are using the following diapers/wipes:
Earth's Best
Seventh Generation
Honest Company
as her little bum was red and splotchy...and I freaked.
I also use my homemade cloth wipes and spray water bottle.
Last week I needed to get out of the house.
I got my hair and my eyebrows done,
and we had our first adventure as a family of three 
grocery shopping.
It felt great to have some normalcy!
I've enjoyed a glass of my favorite 
pinot grigio wine,
sushi,
and have had a few rare steaks grilled by the hubs.
I even did my floors on Saturday--
LOVE my new steam mop. 
There's so many great happenings and I am loving life as a new mommy.
My milk supply is OOC!
I am not complaining,
 but holy moly I don't know what to do with all this milk.
I just keep freezing it...
I know this post is all over the place.
I'll try and focus more on certain aspects in the future.
Finding the time is hard though.
I suppose I'll get into a groove soon enough
I'll leave you with a professional snapshot of us with our little angel
{Joe made it very clear to Miss Brooke 
that angels are better than princesses because angels can fly}
Our love our new little family.
Happy Monday!

12 comments:

  1. She is just beautiful!! Love that last pic!!! Glad things are going well!!

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  2. Awww.. I don't blame you for wanting to be home. I know I was and will be the same way again. I'm such a homebody already! So excited for you.. enjoy each and every precious moment with baby girl:) xo

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  3. That is seriously the sweetest picture ever!! Love hearing all about Brooke!

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  4. Awe!!! This makes me so happy to read and see, you guys are doing GREAT. That last photo is beautiful, I cannot wait to see more!!! :)

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  5. This post is SO helpful to the mommas-to-be who are so anxious about what life will be like once our bundles of joy actually get here. Right now, I feel like I'm so focused on the pregnancy, delivery, and nursery that I'm ignoring the most important part - taking care of her once she gets here! It's so nice to see that you're loving life... that's definitely encouraging! :)

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  6. It takes a lot to sort of settle into a routine with the new little one, if that ever happens! I'm glad your little family are doing well! Love that professional pic, you have a beautiful family!

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  7. so sweet! you are doing great momma!! your family is precious!

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  8. I love the last photo do beautiful. Can the hubs make me breakfast too? ;)

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  9. Congrats! Sounds like you are getting the hang of it all.

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  10. Absolutely love this post! I wanted to email you the other day and check on things to see how you guys were...but Pierce demanded attention and I didn't get around to it again!
    Jealous that your supply is out of control!! STILL battle it, five months in!

    Beautiful family!

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  11. Oh Jenn!!! What a beautiful family photo! :D

    I am glad you're drinking your pinot grigio, eating sushi, and enjoying some rare steaks again :) And that you're finding your new normal!

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  12. Oh, and eeeeeeek about all of your help getting sick!

    Let me know if I need to fly out there and be of assistance! Haha I do have three months of nannying under my belt!

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