It’s hard to believe that one week ago we were coming home from the hospital with our new baby. Week by week I’ve slowly watched each of my children grow and Mia is not different. This week alone I’ve noticed a few changes in her.
My One Week Old Baby:
- Her skin has started showing its actual complexion and not the red that it was when she was born.
- She started nursing regularly and being awake for more periods of time.
- Her diapers have been steady, those first few days I wondered if she’d ever go by herself. Sure enough one week in and everything is perfect in that area.
- Speaking of poop – breastfed babies projectile their poop. I was laying in bed early in the morning and was changing Mia’s diaper. My husband was laying facing us and woke up just as he saw a whole diaper load fly through the air and land right on me. Mark this one down in the baby book!
- From that lesson I learned that you must have diapers and wipes ready to go. Remove the old diaper and quickly slide in the new. I can hardly believe I forgot all of this.
- Our other kiddos – have adjusted really well. They fight over who gets to hold her. They wash their hands often. My 3 year old started carrying her baby everywhere with her, she’s also asking to use my nipple cream and breastfeed her baby. It’s bittersweet since it feels like I was just breastfeeding her.
Her first week had been rather exciting and we’re all adjusting well to having her around. She literally is just another wonderful addition to our family.
1 week Postpartum:
- How I’m doing emotionally – weepy but feeling great about our future as a family.
- PhysicallyÂ – Turns out my epidural hit a major nerve, and has caused me a lot of pain in my back. I’m going back to see a specialist next week and the hope is that this damage is not permanent. So far the pain is just my lower back and legs, my legs often get weak and I am not carrying the baby around much because of the fear that I may drop her. My husband carries her up the stairs, etc. I regret getting the epidural because of this residual pain has been so horrible.
- Everything else – doing well with breastfeeding and pumping breast milk because I am so full.
- My husband – the most supportive amazing man. Without him this would all be a lot harder. He’s been there for me emotionally and in every other way. It’s one of the most important things I think a husband can do for his wife after having a baby, just being there and being understanding. We are closer than ever and love just spending time with our newborn.
- Sleeping – I’m happy to say we’re all resting well every night. My husband takes her most of the night but passes her off for feedings. I can’t complain because I have not missed any sleep.
Mia’s First Week: