Friday, October 12, 2012

One week old

October 12

We stayed in the hospital for 3 days due to my c-section.  The rest of the days following Lo's birthday were filled with sleepless nights and lots of visitors.  I can't even begin to count the amount of people who came to see us.  We are very blessed with lots of people who love and care about us and our new baby.

Day 2 was a little stressful.  We were trying to get the hang of breast feeding and Lo and I were both stressed out about the whole thing!  My awesome husband jumped right in and did whatever he could to help.  He called the lactation nurse, got me a pump, cleaned all the supplies, sterilized everything for me, etc.  He was awesome!    

On night number 2, Baby Lo was so fussy.  Probably because she was frustrated that I had no milk to give her...She was probably starving, wouldn't you be?  I finally asked for a binky that night.  I was desperate.  I also let her sleep in bed with me.  I couldn't help it.  I was desperate to do whatever worked so that we could both get a little sleep.  And I will tell you that there is nothing more precious than a sleeping baby on your chest.

The following day, Lo seemed to latch on better and eat more frequently.  I don't know if it was the binky or what but I was so very thankful!  There is nothing more frustrating than feeling like you can't help/satisfy your baby.  

The following day we finally got to go home!  Andrew was ready, but I was a little nervous about going home.  I was still so so sore and worried about getting around and we had quite the drive to make.  But I was excited for a little peace and quiet and down time with just my husband and my baby.  Lo did great in the car!  She slept the entire way home.  I got to rest a little too.

We made it home around 4 pm.  It sure was nice to be home and sleep in my own bed!  Lo did great that first night home.  I woke her every 2-3 hours to eat.  The second night home however was a different story...

We gave Lo her first bath at home that night.  She HATED it.  She screamed the entire time.  Poor baby.  Then around 8pm that night, she got really really fussy and cried for hours.  She refused to eat, sleep, etc.  All she did was fuss and act like she was in pain.  It was heartbreaking.  I sat in the rocker with her until 4 am and rocked her and prayed for her to eat and get some relief.  Finally around 4 am, she ate!  Thank God!  I put her to sleep around 5 am and finally got some rest.  That night was rough...

Thankfully, my milk finally came in the following day and we haven't had a night like that since.  Andrew learned how to use my breast pump and cleaned, organized, and stored everything for me, I'm telling you, he has been so great!  We got into a little routine and had a great first week at home together as a family.

On October 11, we took Lo to her first doctor appointment.  She loves her doctor :)  She weighed in at a big 5 pounds 13 ounces.  She had gotten down to 5 pounds 12 ounces in the hospital, so I was happy to see she was at least gaining weight now, even if it was just an ounce.  Besides being a tad bit yellow...ok a lot yellow, she was doing great!  Thank God for a healthy baby!

Lo's first week of life was the most incredible week of our life.  What an amazing blessing we were given with this beautiful healthy baby girl.  It's so crazy how this tiny human being comes into your life and this indescribable over-the-top consuming love just immediately happens.  We love this little girl more than we can put words too.  I just sit with her and rock her and the tears just start streaming down my face.  God has blessed us so much with her and I am forever grateful for this wonderful gift.     
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27

*please pray for those still yearning to start their family, may God bless them with a child when His time is perfect

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