Monday, June 18, 2007

Mommy Talk

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How were your first few weeks at home?
Sleeping, eating habits? Any baby blues/post-partum issues?

With Avery, she spent her first week and a half in the hospital, so that was not a fun experience. We brought her home when she was 9 days old. She was on a wonderful schedule from being in the NICU, and I was sure she would stick to it. That didn't happen. :D When we brought her home, she was on her own new schedule! She would eat 4 ounces of b-milk every 4 hours and sleep pretty much the rest of the time. Nights weren't very fun, but that's to be expected. PG and I had a the middle of the night, if one of us was up for 2 hours, then we could wake the other one up to take over. It seemed to work for us.

I think I had some of the baby blues, but nothing major. I cried a lot and I didn't want to be left alone with her either. I think a lot of those feelings are pretty normal for first time mommies.

With Olivia, I was much more emotional. I was overwhelmed to say the least. We asked my mother to come home from the hospital with us for a couple days to help out. I was surprised how I didn't remember a thing from when Avery was little. It was like starting out all over again. I had forgotten how this new little one needs you for everything. I tried nursing Liv, and we tried that for over 2 weeks. It was SO painful, and I did not look forward to feeding times with her, so I made the decision to pump. She would eat 2-4 ounces of b-milk every 2 hours. She was a better sleeper than Avery was. She would get up to eat, but then usually go right back to sleep. There were a few nights where I had to wake up Daddy to help, but nothing like it was with Avery.

I think with Liv I did have more of the baby blues. I cried a lot more this time, and just was not a happy mommy. I didn't start really enjoying my life again until she was about 6 weeks old. It was very hard going from one child to two...much harder that I had thought. It was a very big adjustment for all of us.


Jann said...

6 weeks was a magic age for me as well. I think its the adjustment period! LOL

Thanks for sharing...I loved reading about your experiences.

Sue said...

I agree going from 1 to 2 is hard. Almost all of my PPD emotions centered around being alone with both of them. I'm glad it didn't last too long for you either.

Munchkin Land said...

Oh yes, I can SO relate to baby blues. It was much worse with Devyn, than Hudson. Overall, I had more anxiety than anything else. In fact, I was officially diagnosed with post-partum depression when she was six months old. Now, as a precaution, I'm on anti-depressants and I'm so glad!!

Isn't it amazing what our bodies go through during pregnancy and then delivery?!

Sara said...

I remember being so so scared bringing Ben home and then we only had him for 3 short days before being in NICU for 6 weeks. The emotions of "are we going to loose him" went through my mind constantly. Much prayer and miracles.
Maddie was healthy, but going from 1 to 2 was a drastic change. I didn't know how to share myself without feeling like I was disappointing the other. Quickly learned from others and my own experiences. Trying to heal from C section and learning the nursing thing and caring for newborn with toddler.....yup....glad that's over.


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