…and so have the long late nights!
6 weeks later – I finally have a few minutes to announce the arrival of LongLeanBaby, Isabella! Isabella made her grand entrance on December 5, 2009, my birthday, and weighed in at 7 pounds 8 ounces, 21 inches long. What a precious gift!
The last 6 weeks have been challenging! You CANNOT prepare for this. I read everything, researched, prepared, nested…you name it, I did it; and I can now admit, I had no idea what I was in for…
- My Birth plan or should we say, My not part of the Birth Plan. Being so fit and prepared, I thought my delivery would be smooth and au natural…not so much. That’s another topic that I will discuss in my next blog post. All I can say is, have an open mind and remember healthy baby & healthy mommy is what’s important.
- Breastfeeding – OMG, it is hard work! The latch, drinking enough water, eating enough food, having enough supply, pumping – where’s the time, especially since LLB wants to eat ALL the TIME?? It has taken all of 6 weeks to become comfortable and have faith that I am successfully breastfeeding. I know its working…she gained 3 lbs & 1.5 inches in her first five weeks. Yay! Thank God for the support of my wonderful husband (super proud Papa), my lactation consultant, friends & http://www.kellymom.com
- Baby blues – check! Everyday in the first few weeks and still a little here and there, I am second guessing myself, feeling like I am not doing a good enough job. I would sob when I looked at her, sob when I felt like I couldn’t make her happy, sob when I thought I wasn’t good enough, sob when I hadn’t sat down or rested for hours and it seemed like there was no end in sight. This is normal…hormones!! Thankfully, the sobbing has curtailed and I am now settled in and enjoying motherhood rather than stressing about it. Mommy groups really help too:) They’ve helped me realize I’m not crazy AND I’m not alone!
- Time. Ahhh, I would give anything to add a few more hours to each day. Free time is few and far between and quite precious! Many people have told me, “sleep when she sleeps”. I say, baaaah! What about eating, showering, and communicating with the outside world? Eating was one of the hardest things to do, believe it or not. I know it’s important to sleep, but my advice is cherish any free time you have and use it wisely. Try to get a little rest AND get other things done too…it helps keep you sane!
Being a mom is the most difficult and rewarding “job” I have ever had! Watching our beautiful daughter grow and change everyday is amazing…a true miracle right before our eyes. I look forward to the changes she’ll undoubtedly go through, the milestones we’ll reach and memories we’ll make for years to come!
Writing this post has taken a bit longer than usual…a word here and there between nursing sessions, cries, diaper changes…and although it took a little little longer than normal, I have proven to myself that I can do it, ALL of it, with patience and great time management skills!!