Sorry I’ve been totally MIA pretty much since the baby was born. In addition to getting used to caring for a newborn, we had to deal with my grandmother passing away last weekend. So things have been a little tough. Fortunately I have some wonderful family and friends that have been helping us out big time!
Baby’s name: Benjamin
Baby’s birth date: June 17
Weight/Length at birth: 8 lbs 13 oz
How is recovery going? Better than expected, as long as I stay on top of the pain meds! I’m pretty much healed now except for the stitches.
Biggest challenge so far? Breastfeeding has been fairly easy, except that I have trouble knowing when he’s done eating! Which has made for some marathon sessions, 15 minutes apart. This tends to be worse in the middle of the night, when I’m tired and just want to get a little sleep!
Anything easier than expected? Honestly, most things have come more naturally than I anticipated. I was so nervous about the newborn phase, and really didn’t need to be. We’re starting to get the sleep and feeding thing sorted out now, and everything else has been working out fine. He’s a pretty happy baby, so that helps!
How is your relationship with your husband? Great – he has stepped up big time and is a wonderful father! I wouldn’t have made it this far without him! There have been a few tense moments, but I think that’s to be expected!
What are you most looking forward to? Ben getting big and old enough to interact with more!
Postpartum weight loss goals/plan? I don’t really have a plan. I’ve already lost 25 of the 35 lbs I gained, just by giving birth and breastfeeding (and not sleeping much!). Once my stitches are a little more healed (hopefully in a few more days), I’m planning to start walking daily. Later on I’ll hopefully get back to swimming too!
Favorite moment so far? There’s a lot to choose from…but I guess the winner would have to be bringing him to meet my grandmother before she passed away. She was in the same hospital as we were, so we were given permission to bring him up for her to see him before we were discharged. She was so happy to meet her first great grandchild. We all think she was holding on just to meet him, she died just a few days later and wasn’t nearly as alert at any point after the meeting.
Thanks to all who responded to my question about sleep! It’s definitely getting better, we’ve been practicing putting him on his back during the day and he’s much happier that way now. We’ve been able to get him down a few times a night for 1.5-2 hours each time, which is a huge improvement! The trick seems to be to make sure he eats enough, sometimes I have to wake him up several times during a feeding to ensure that he’ll stay down for more than 20 minutes!