Good morning friends from le babe and moi.
You guys are seriously the best. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words on Mitchell’s arrival and The First Week update. I’m so touched by your well wishes, kindness and love. Today actually marks three weeks with Mitchell!
Ever since Mitchell arrived, Phil and I have been so spoiled by our friends, family, and community. We’ve received gifts, visits, cards and have had a steady rotation of food showing up at our door. The support is more than we could have ever imagined and is also more helpful than we could have dreamed.
Delivering a baby is hard, raising a baby is on another level. Every two-three hours this momma is on call to le babe as I’m breast feeding full time. That may not seem like much, but having someone need you every few hours with no breaks for sleep is another level of stress and exhaustion. Breast feeding has gone well for us, and for that I’m so grateful. But it’s a full time gig with no end. Good thing kids are cute.
We are planning to breast feed exclusively for the first few weeks and then introduce a bottle. Doing so will help me and Phil – I really want him to have that quality time with Mitch. Plus, I have a trip mid November and am hoping bottles are going well so I can make it.
Being with this wee one around the clock is the best and hardest job. Thank goodness for Phil. He is back to work full time, but as soon as he comes home (or after Mitchell’s next feeding) tells me I am free for two hours and to go do something.
At first I thought I’d want to stay and visit with Phil for hours once he was home. But I realized quickly after my first outing last week, that taking even 20 minutes for myself is so necessary and helps me regroup, refocus and be a better mom and wife. I usually spend my free moments taking a shower, catching a nap, doing a few things around the house now that I have two hands or jumping on the computer to work (or writing this blog post!).
As for Mitch, he’s growing like a weed and is a healthy baby!
We had a rough few days where he simply would not nap. He’d stay awake for four -seven hrs at a time with two 20 min naps sprinkled in. I was losing my mind and our concern was through the roof. After a trip to the dr we decided that it was probably gas (he would scream for hours on end) or overstimulation.
I was given a few to-dos and if nothing changed we had a trip to the ER in out future.
You have never known stress like you do when your feeding is the make it or break it for your baby. I cried before I fed him the next time out of total fear. What if he gets gas? What if I ate something? What if he eats too much (I have too much milk supply). Fear and doubt are a nasty duo.
We pushed through and the next day he slept. Since then we’ve had some ups and downs and there is a lot of trial and error, however things are much better! There’s no handbook for a baby, but thank goodness for my amazing sister, doctor and Phil who are all amazing resources and support.
The week did have lots of highlights including our first full bath (he lost our umbilical cord so he can be fully submerged).
Grandma Kathy came to visit and brought three casserole, a sheet tray of brownies, gifts for Henry and Mitch and seven bags of groceries. I told you, spoiled!
We took a beautiful walk with my sister and niece.
And our neighbor brought over a full dinner or pork loin, sauerkraut, potatoes, orange green beans and homemade applesauce. It was beyond! Sure, we ate separately, but such is life at the moment. Mitch seems to know when it is time for dinner and wakes up just in time.
As for my update, I’m down a few more pounds and am starting to wear my ‘normal’ clothes again. I am proud of myself for staying active and healthy through my pregnancy because my body naturally bounced back with little effort.
These days I eat for nourishment for Mitchell and can’t exercise, so I’m glad I did the work up front so life can just fall back into place post delivery. Because believe me, your weight is the least of your concerns with a newborn! Food is typically consumed on the go at odd hours in any way possible.
Paper plates, avocado and all the ketchup on a turkey burger.
Overall we are doing well, hanging on to each other for support and feeling the joys of this new family. I keep reminding myself how quickly the newborn stage will pass and to be in the moment – even when that moment is 3am.