Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Our first days at home

Today, we are on our 3rd day at home and boy has it been interesting!
Baby Laurel is quite the sleeper...during the day! Our first two nights were rough, but I guess should be expected. I don't think there's a way to prepare for the crying (on her part and mine!) and the loss of sleep (for all of us!) She's so peaceful during the day and even has to be awakened for her feedings. The heat doesn't help, it's been so very hot that I'm sure she's in a nice warm snooze all day long. Both nights, she was determined to cry for no apparent reason...wait, not cry...scream:). Alex was wonderful though, and came to the rescue both nights. She sure does love his embrace and settles on his shoulder almost instantly. Last night, he even admitted to singing her the Smurfs theme song since he couldn't think of anything else:). Eventually we'll make it through, but more daytime naps are definitely a priority!
My milk has come in...and so have the post-baby hormones! Mostly associated with worrying about her 24-7...is she getting enough to eat? is she too hot? how many times has she peed and is that enough? And boy are my breasts sore!! I will be going to the pump station tomorow for some lactation help.
We've had Alex's family up on Sunday and Monday to visit. She mostly snoozes in their arms, but it's still wonderful contact time for her. And a nice distraction from the worry, for me:).
This morning was her first check-up with the pediatrician. She started out at 7 lbs, 10 oz. and dropped to 7 lbs, 5 oz at the hospital the day we checked out. Today she was back up to 7lbs, 8 oz. Her respiratory system sounded perfect and her coloring is very healthy and not a sign of jaundice. We asked a lot of questions, especially about the sleeping and eating habit so far. And she hiccups all the time, which she said is normal. Phew!

1 comment:

alexmebane said...

Jill - everything you are describing is NORMAL! Actually so nice to hear you are experiencing exactly what most new mothers experience. Remember for your breast pain - hot showers, cold compresses. Keep alternating. I'll check in with you later, too.