Yes, do we moms of newborns ever stop putting our cheeks to our infants’ mouths, holding our own breath while we wait to feel the soft tickle of baby breathing.
Ask for help so you can be the one watching the baby breathe. 🙂
I didn’t with #4 & I believe it contributed to everything that didn’t go well there. I asked for it with #2 & #3, but thought I had it all under control the last time. Turns out that help is ALWAYS needed. So ask for help, put your feet up, & remember that the days go by fast so try to take in any down time you can.
I also had a turkey sandwich after my kids, I agree it was the best meal ever because it was food.
Yes! That meal after delivery is delicious. One of our friends brought us gourmet sandwiches after our #2 was born, and despite the gigantic size of the sandwiches, I ate and ate and ate and ate. It was amazing.
Breastfeeding IS hard, even after you know how to do it. The baby doesn’t know how, so it’s always a learning experience. I was surprised my nipples were so sore this time around, but I used lanolin from the get-go, and it helped a lot. Still, I think it was a month before my nipples were pain free while nursing. Once they were toughened up, we were good to go. The engorgement was difficult to deal with, but I pumped some and stored the extra milk in the freezer for later date nights. 🙂
I also really, really, really recommend the Angel Care movement and sound monitor that you can put under the crib mattress. It can pick up the motion of the baby breathing, and if he were to stop, it would beep like crazy. It has given me so much peace of mind since my baby was hospitalized. It’s about 150 bucks or so, but SO worth it. Get thee to babies r us and buy one! Then again, if you’re co-sleeping, then it’s useless.
Yes, if you have people you can ask for help – ask!!
I’m with you on the hubby thing. My hubby went the the store last weekend and spend 320 dollars on groceries. I was so shocked and astounded. And he bought a lot of stuff that we don’t typically use. Have we used it this week? Nope. Will it go bad before we have a chance? Probably. What a freaking waste. We can’t go through that much food by the time it would go bad. I suppose we could freeze it. But we don’t have much freezer space. Besides, I wouldn’t use frozen strawberries the same way I would fresh ones. OH well.
Okay. Looks like I’m a week or so late, but I’m here! CONGRATULATIONS! So, so happy for you. Looks like things are going, um, okay? It’s usually just “okay” this early, so I’m guessing that’s a safe assessment. Ask for help. Yes. Do that, because the offers dry up soon. Wish I was closer. I would volunteer because I LOVE holding other people’s babies while they do stuff like clean up or play with their bigger kids or make dinner. I’m helpful like that:)