|The car ride home|
Cave dwelling: I feel as though we have become cave dwellers since we came home on Monday. We've been keeping the blinds shut so I can nurse when/wherever without neighbors getting an eye-full and haven't left the house (except to go on a walk on Tuesday). Needless to say, I'm starting to get a little bit of cabin fever. We want to give Ayden a chance to build his immunities from my milk and weren't planning on taking him out for two weeks but I think we are going to run to the store to pick up a few things tomorrow. Fresh air will probably do us both some good!
Healing: Post partum healing is interesting. I was fortunate enough to not endure any trauma down below (besides the usual swelling and pelvic achy-ness that any lady might experience after pushing a baby out of there... sorry if that's TMI). That being said, I've felt well enough to walk around and do some small amounts of house work, etc. so it's been difficult to make myself take it easy. I can say that I am very tired of wearing what I've deemed "diaper pads." I'm looking forward to when things are back to normal in this department...
Breastfeeding: My mother breastfed my sisters and myself and always spoke very openly about it to us. Because of this, my sisters and I never had a doubt in our minds about whether or not we'd breastfeed our own babies. Ayden is the 6th grandchild for my parents so I've also been able to witness my sisters nurse all of their babies before I had mine so it really wasn't too difficult to get the hang of. Ayden had a little bit of trouble with his latch on the left side at first (he likes to keep his cute little bottom lip tucked in) but with some advice from my midwife, we've managed to get it straightened out. The first few sucks when he initially latches on are the only time I notice that I'm a little sore because the milk hasn't let down yet and he's trying his very best to summon it. Other than that we are doing great and I just love gazing down at him with his little hands clasped under his chin and his eyes closed just nursing away. It makes me feel so good that I can provide for him in this way.
Cloth Diapering: It's going okay. We are using pre-folds until he grows into his pocket/hybrid diapers and the covers seem to be irritating his umbilical stump :( . We had some newborn disposables from my sister and the hospital so we've decided to use those every now and then to give him a break. I've already done 2 loads of diaper laundry and have had some trouble figuring out the right amount of detergent for the size loads we have. I suppose it'll be trial and error for the first little while. We are counting down the days until that stinky umbilical stump falls off!! I can't believe I haven't taken a picture of him in his cloth diapers yet...
Sleep: Our first night home, Ayden woke up a lot. He really only slept well if he was in the bed with us. I know that co-sleeping is something that a lot of people do but it just makes us nervous. Starting the second night home, though, he has done much better with sleeping in his rock and play sleeper for 2 solid hours between feedings. I on the other hand am still a nervous wreck. I wake up every 45 minutes or so to check on him. I just can't help it! Napping is also difficult. I try (and fail) everyday to "sleep when the baby sleeps." I am hoping to do better with this when David is back to work next week. We'll see...
|Napping in the Moby Wrap|
Falling head over heels in love: Getting to know our newborn has been unlike anything we've ever experienced before. Ayden is our love personified. We look at him in awe and just can't get over the fact that he's a little bit of each of us and that he's ours to keep. We love him so much and want to be the most amazing parents for him. We can't wait to show him the world and are also excited to see what he teaches us along the way.
Ayden has his first pediatrician appointment on Monday and I'll be taking him by myself since David will be back to work... Should be interesting! :)
|Rock 'n Roll!!|