Six Week Reflections

I gave birth to our youngest daughter, who I will refer to on this blog as Itsy, exactly 6 weeks ago, on July 30, 2014. She came two weeks before my due date, induced because of her size (5 lbs, 0.2 oz). There’s a whole story to her birth, but I will save that for another time.

As I was thinking about this week’s blog post (during one of our middle of the night feedings), I had this overwhelming desire to do some sort of list. I’ve never been one to ignore my writing desires, so here are my 10 things I’ve learned in Itsy’s first 6 weeks of life:

10. While you should, in fact, say no to drugs, I said yes to the epidural and, from the moment that nice anesthesiologist administered it, I knew it was the right decision. Suddenly, I felt a cool sensation and all the pain just went away, it was like I was relaxing on the beach on a breezy summer day, only I was in the hospital in the Labor & Delivery rooms experiencing regular contractions. So, kind of like the beach, but not so much.

9. I learned why drugs are bad the next day when I started itching all over like a druggie going through rehab. We had visitors and all i wanted to do was tear off my clothes and roll around on sandpaper or anything that would make that itching stop.

8. The Game Show Network plays the same shows (and repeats episodes) between 2 and 6 am, in case you cared.

7. Lactation consultants manhandle your baby when they show you how to latch on, but they should come with a warning that says “don’t try this at home, or anywhere else for that matter.” You ever try to football hold a 5lb baby while nursing? I thought I was either squeezing her soft spot or she would slip through the opening in the hospital bed and end up on the floor. I will stick to cradle hold, thank you.

6. They send you home with the tiniest creature you’ve ever known, and they figure you know what you’re doing. Either that or they’re laughing as you walk away saying, “Poor kid.” Some days I’m still amazed they let me keep her.

5. Itsy may be little, but she has tons of personality. From the beginning, she made it known she knows what she does and does not want. You ever see a baby a couple days old purse her lips together when she was full? Amazing.

4. Google is simultaneously your friend and your enemy. You find yourself looking up everything about caring for your child, and with every search, you discover you’re doing it wrong, oh but wait, Dr. Sears says you’re doing it right, but, ummm, who is this famous Dr. Sears?

3. The best advice comes from other mothers who have been there, done that. Especially the ones that have done it recently or are currently in the same boat as you.

2. In spite of my pre-baby 8 solid hours of sleep requirement, I can, in fact, function off of anywhere from 3 to 7 hours of sleep. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Do they allow naps at work?

1. Being a mother is one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Even when Itsy has her “party all night” days/nights, she gives me this smile while looking into my eyes and it all becomes worth it. Until she poops in the tub during bath time. 😉

Any lessons from the trenches you want to share? Share them in the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “Six Week Reflections

  1. Tanya says:

    I am a mother of 3 and lesson #1 is so true. Becoming and being a mother is the most amazing experience. The feel of this little human growing inside of you and the anticipation of meeting them. The connection of nursing that child. Hands down A-Maz-ing!! Although my babies are well past infancy (11, 13 & 18), I would not trade being a mother. The sleepless nights don’t go away because you will be up until they come in. You will be dropping off and picking up from rehearsals, recitals and practices. My babies are becoming more independent. My fear is I’m not going to know what to do with my extra time.

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  2. Nana Adwoa Boone says:

    Oh! Forgot my lesson comment!

    I’ve learned (and sometimes am still learning) that what works for someone else’s household, may not work for yours so don’t be hard on yourself if you you’re experiencing a parenting challenge that seems to be an easy resolve for someone else. Every. Child. Is. Different.

    Second thing I learned was to just let some things go. Plans won’t always work out and parenting truly is about patience, flexibility, more patience, and some more patience on top of that! Take things with a grain of salt because children are learning as they go. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and pick your battles wisely because you won’t have enough energy to fight them all!!

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  3. Nana Adwoa Boone says:

    Okay; this is hilarious! Very honest, very transparent, and so common for all the other mommies out here. #1 speaks nothing but truth. No matter how scary, frustrating, or tiring it may get, I wouldn’t trade motherhood for anything in the world. It is an honor and a blessing by God to have a little person who will call you mommy for the rest of his or her life (although it may change to “Mother” or “Mom” if mommy becomes too embarrassing lol). My kiddos are much older than baby age but they will always be my babies and I will always smile in reflection when I remember the goodness of the epidural! 😂😂😂

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  4. One important lesson I learned as a new mother was to be flexible. Though I may have had grand plans for certain things (nursing, sticking to a schedule, etc.), I learned to just let my baby daughter guide the way. I also didn’t want an epidural, but it was the best thing ever. Enjoy the sweet cuddles from Itsy. These are memories that will last a lifetime!

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  5. leslie says:

    You are doing a great job Im sure. I remember getting home with Paisley and putting her in the crib. I sat there staring at her with no nurse to call for help, the overwhelming, conflicted feeling of being her mother overtook me. Im like “wow, Im her mom, that’s my baby…..awwwwww (sniffle, heart aflutter w love)” and also like ” wow, Im her mom, that’s my baby….awwwwww (sobbing, heart gripped in fear and disbelief).

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