2 weeks old!
Last Thursday, our little Miss Hannah turned 2 weeks old. In some ways its hard to believe she’s been here for only 2 weeks, but it also feels like just yesterday we were headed to the hospital to be induced.
In those 2 weeks we’ve had a busy time around our home. After coming home from the hospital, my in laws spent some time at our house and C’s stepmom stayed the night our first two nights. It was so helpful to be able to hand her off in the middle of the night when she wasn’t sleeping well. Our good friends Oliver and Claire stopped by Sunday night to bring dinner and visit. Our first Monday at home my mom arrived for a visit. She had just finished the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte and walked 39.3 miles over 2 days. So, I’m not sure who was more sore/tired – me or her! That afternoon she, C and I all took Hannah to her first pediatrician appointment. She had already started regaining weight (lost about 7 oz while in the hospital) and was looking good. We met with the lactation consultant who was super helpful! After the visit we took Hannah on her first trip to Target to get a few necessities.
The rest of the week we just stuck around the house, resting as much as possible and getting used to life with our little girl. Sleep was difficult as she doesn’t sleep well in her pack ‘n play and I don’t want her sleeping in bed with us. We did get her to sleep in her swing pretty well, so that was a huge win! She got her first bath at home in the kitchen sink and actually did pretty well. She screamed when we washed her hair, but otherwise was fairly calm. We also took our first walk around the block and she slept through the entire thing in her stroller.
The end of the week was her first Halloween and a busy day for us. First we headed to the hospital lab for a routine blood draw. She was a hit in her Halloween outfit and handled the blood draw fairly well. We then went into the pediatrician’s office for a weight check and visit with the lactation consultant. Our little miss had been packing on weight measuring in at 8lb 2oz! It was a huge relief to know that despite having some troubles with breastfeeding, she was obviously getting enough from me. The lactation consultant was a huge help again and was extremely reassuring and supportive, which I think is what I needed the most. Our pediatrician (and friend) stopped by to say hi before we left and we ended up chatting for a while. I love that we know and trust our pediatrician on a personal level. We are so blessed to have her treating our daughter!
That weekend we laid low, having C’s mom come bring food and visit for a while, watched some college football and dropped my mom off at the airport Sunday morning. I even felt well enough to make dinner Saturday night and it was a nice feeling being back in the kitchen. C’s dad and stepmom came by for their baby fix and I managed to sneak in a several hour nap. It helped me feel human again!
Our 2nd week at home meant it was time for C to return to work. We were both nervous about the change, but I think he was more worried than I. Thankfully, Hannah has been pretty good about napping and letting me get things done. I haven’t taken the advice of sleep when she sleeps, but I have a hard time trying to sleep when it’s just us two at home. Instead I focus on laundry, dishes, tidying up, vegging out in front of the TV and catching up on Facebook. The toughest part of last week was sleep. Although she had taken to sleeping in the swing well, there were 2 nights in a row that she didn’t cooperate when put in the swing. Several friends had recommended getting a Rock ‘n Play, so at our wits end at 2am one night we ordered one from Amazon (and splurged on 1 day shipping – we were desperate!). I am so happy to say that she loves it! Sleeps like champ almost every time we place her in it. C’s mom did come to help me one day and stayed the night. She held Hannah allowing me to get some things done around the house, including taking a much needed shower. It was nice having the extra pair of hands for a day.
The 2nd week at home also brought me a better sense of humanity. I didn’t fully realize how rough I would feel after delivery and how long that feeling would last. I was sore, tired, weak, hormonal, overwhelmed and easily frustrated. I won’t get into the nitty gritty but the initial postpartum period is not pretty (at least not for me). I wanted so badly to be back on my feet, doing my normal activities and feeling normal again. But it took time and that was extremely frustrating for me. Thankfully, I’m feeling much better physically mentally and emotionally. I’m still not 100% but I’m okay with that, I know it will take time to get to my pre-pregnancy self.
We finished up her 2nd week with another visit to the pediatrician. She’s continued to gain weight and grow in length. She weighed in at 8 lb 15 oz and 21.5 inches long. That means she’s gained over a pound from her birth weight in just 2 weeks!
Although these first two weeks have been filled with ups and downs, I wouldn’t trade this new life for anything. Hannah has brought so much love and joy to our lives. We love this little human!