My first 2 weeks as a new Mom...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Where does the time go? I cannot believe that it has been 16 days since my angel was born. I have learned so much over the past 2 weeks. My life has changed and it continues to be better than I could have imagined.

Sleep. What a wonderful word and it is something that I long for these days. Michaela is doing well but I do miss sleeping through the night. When I was pregnant I tried to prepare my mind for midnight feedings but I think it is something you have to go through to really understand the toll it can take on you. The first night home was hard, we were up all night and breast feeding was not going very well as we were having to supplement with the formula because of her jaundice. After 48 hours when she was off of the formula, we were in a routine and she was sleeping a good 3 hours at a time. She is now doing VERY well with feeding. She currently feeds about 10- 13 times a day and really if she had her way, she would feed even more I think. She seems to love it.

I love watching her do new things and learn more everyday about the world around her. She smiles more and more these days which I have heard is most likely gas but I do not care, it is too cute! She has the cutest sounds and coo's while sleeping. Her favorite place to fall asleep is on my chest curled up. She also loves to take her left hand and play with her hair while feeding, which I think is simply precious! She is learning how to suck on her hand, mostly the index finger. It is good to see her soothing herself as we have not used any pacifiers and are trying not to.

So far I feel things are going really well. We are just so in love with our little Michaela. I do miss being pregnant in many ways. It is hard to explain but it was just an amazing experience that I will treasure always.

My precious girl is napping now and I am about to get in a few minutes of sleep if I can. I have never been so thankful for a good 30 minute nap before in my life! It is funny how things change. I have never been more tired and yet I am so happy! Yes, having a newborn is hard work and requires a great deal of patience, but it is also the single most rewarding thing my husband and I have experienced!

Ok, I am off to sleep now! emoticon
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    I'm positive those are real smiles! Babies can recognize sounds before sights, so I'm sure she's truly smiling at you. I've read a study recently that indicated this is true. If I can find it, I'll send you the link. Be gone those folks who think it's just gas! :0) BTW I've enjoyed reading your blogs--I got into them around halfway through your pregnancy and now am happy to read about your experiences as a mother. Your baby is truly beautiful, as are you!
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  • DAISY7777
    Congratulations...Oh my god she is so preciouse and I LOVED reading this are doing so well and you sound like a great mommy. I can't wait to be a mom and what a stunning nursey:) Congrats again.
    3953 days ago
  • JWENZEL723
    i've heard too that it's mostly gas, but how can you tell that to a new mom? regardless, it's precious! :)
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  • BERGIE8771
    I remember being so sleepy! Then before I turned around he was walking (at 10 mo). Where did the time go? Enjoy each stage, it is gone so fast!
    3961 days ago
    I understand what you mean about missing pregnancy. I swear, after I had my son I still felt like he should be kicking inside me and sometimes I felt like he was! It was weird getting used to him not being there anymore.
    3961 days ago
    Precious times!
    3964 days ago
    That all sounds so beautiful Jen. You make pregnancy and motherhood sound wonderful. I am so glad you love it so much and are having the time of your life!
    3965 days ago
    So glad you are doing so well!!!
    3965 days ago
    Braeden has his rockstar pose with his fingers, and never has had an interest in the Nuk. I am thankful for that.

    I am so happy for you and your new addition, cannot wait to hear more.
    3966 days ago
    Congrats! I hope you get some sleep and she sounds likd she is doing soooo Great! I am so happy for you both!
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  • MLW0421
    you have such an amazing attitude! Your daughter is adorable:)
    3966 days ago
    Congrats all over again, Jen! I'm so glad that you are relishing all the precious moments even thru a foggy haze of no sleep. I understand! Please give that sweet princess a kiss for me!
    3966 days ago
    I am so happy for you, sleep or no sleep! This too shall pass. Then when she is a teenager you will once again not sleep at night until she comes in! Hehehe! Enjoy each moment, each stage and one day you will be able to enjoy it all again when you have granddarlings! I do!

    Love and Blessings to you all & Michaela,
    3966 days ago
    And THIS is why we have maternity leave! LOL. Hope you start getting more and more sleep at a time :)
    3966 days ago
    Everything sounds wonderful. It's great to hear!
    3966 days ago
    sounds like life is sweet right now
    3966 days ago
    Glad to hear things are going well. The sleep deprivation is something I am not looking forward to, but I know that there will be so much that will more than make up for it :)
    3966 days ago
    Glad to hear you are doing well...and yes...someday sleeping all through the night will come back. Then it gets even better but there are always new challenges and new things to make you fall in love with them all over again.

    Each stage has its benefits and challenges.

    How do you pronounce her name? Ma-kay-la or like Michelle-a

    Just wondering...
    3966 days ago
    Aww so sweet, thanks for sharing! I'm not in your position yet ...but I'd love to join soon ;) Our bodies are capable of doing great things ....even running w/o sleep hehe
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  • NAENAE1213
    You have such a wonderful attitude. I'm so tired and delirious, I'm having a hard time enjoying this time!
    3966 days ago
    Enjoy your mommy naptime!! She's absolutely adorable :)
    3966 days ago
    Enjoy your nap!
    3966 days ago
    Sleep Well sweetie.

    Spark Baby!

    3967 days ago
  • MISSG818
    Enjoy your time with the little one. I have a day care. Many parents are forced back to work after 6 precious weeks with their children. Although I am happy to update them on their child's day, my heart breaks because I know they want to spend these moments with them. As the child grows, I give reports on their progress. However, I care for many children who sleep with their parents and it is a disservice to the child. The children who sleep with their parents cry during naptime/rest time. They miss their warm, smell and love. I feel for the child, but I am required to provide 2 hours of naptime/rest time during each day. Enjoy that precious baby, but let them sleep independently (especially if your planning to return to work). emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD4442701
    So glad to hear its all going well! You're making me want one!
    3967 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1425027
    ps - reread what amy said about fingers vs a pacifier. i know an adult that still sucks his thumb in private (no, not my dh! LOL)

    there is something to be said for being able to take away a pacifier vs thumb or finger sucking.

    mine had a pacifier for a few months, then they really didn't need it at all - i was scared they would thumb suck much later than i would want - BOTH are bad for the mouth/teeth

    just another thing to "worry" about, and that wasn't my intention, but i did want to "throw it out there" so to speak!

    3967 days ago
  • KACOSTA42105
    Aww, that is too precious, it makes me miss the days when mine were still tiny and slept on me..enjoy these days as they pass so swiftly. Congrats on all the love and joy you have in your life, children are amazing!
    3967 days ago
    so happy everything is going well for you! Being a new mom is awesome! So many changes so quickly, but somehow, you don't even think about not adapting to those changes immediately. Definitely nap when she naps... that is something I should have done more often when Silas was born... but I was busy "getting things done" so I still haven't caught up on missed sleep:)
    3967 days ago
    Sounds like your all doing wonderful! Enjoy your rest!
    3967 days ago
  • MRS.NG.06
    I am SO happy that everything is going as it should..lack of sleep and all! LOL SO good to hear from you honey, make sure you take every opportunity to have a family member come and watch the baby so you can get some shut eye, even if its for an hour or so...a little goes a long way *HUGS* its nice to hear someone trying NOT to use a pacifier..I hope to do the same when the time comes! xooxox
    3967 days ago
    So glad things are going so well. Sleep is such an over-rated thing :-) My kids are 9, 7 & 5 and I still get up in the middle of the night to check on them.
    3967 days ago
  • HOLLYD17
    Congratulations! I have a 5 week old and the sleep situation does get better. My DH was great at making me take naps when he got home from work. I could really tell a difference on the days when I didn't.

    You WILL sleep again. :)
    3967 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2644837
    That was BEAUTIFUL!
    I LOVED when they slept curled on my chest!!!

    Thanks for the update!
    I'm glad to hear that things are going so well and you are so happy!
    Keep on resting when you can!

    3967 days ago
    emoticon Aww!!! Enjoy that nap!! it is definitely the most beautiful experience ever in having a baby!! They are so awesome!! Enjoy! emoticon
    3967 days ago
    Awww she is so precious!! Im glad for you that she is healthy and happy!!! Just a word of caution however about the index finger...unlike a passy, you cant take it away. I sucked my finger (index finger) until I was 12, no matter what my faimly did they could not make me stop and after 2 years and $3000 worth of braces my teeth still arent what I would call "normal" I still have a pretty bad overbite.

    Cherish every moment you have with her...It feels like I had mine two days ago but he is now 2 1/2...time flies!!! Write down everything, after a few nights without sleep you will never remember exactly what day something happened and they are things that you def. want to remember years from now.

    Congratulations again!!
    3967 days ago
    So glad to hear things are going great! She sounds like an angel! 3 hours at a time is really good!...and I think you're smart to try and forego a pacifier. Self-soothing is key for both her and Mama to get some rest! Yes, catch naps anytime you can! You are so organized and on the ball though, you'll probably have her on a sleep schedule by 3-4 months. Sleep reenters your life at that point-Thank God! Take care of yourself and that precious baby! emoticon
    3967 days ago
  • TWALKER0475
    I'm so glad all is going well! And you are so right - until you have lived those midnight feedings you just cannot understand how difficult it is to be up multiple times each night. Pregnancy is such a special time - I still miss it!
    3967 days ago
    Congrats to you. So glad to here about your new life as a mother. It's so rewarding. Sleep is something you will treasure from now on. Get in as many naps as you can.
    3967 days ago
    Amen to that Jen. And Cheers to your new family! How wonderful that things are going so well. I am so happy for you three! The next year you will experience so many new AWESOME stages with her. My advice would be to ENJOY them all! Have fun with her and get those zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! LOL.
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  • PINKCAT1980
    congrats on your new baby girl! You are very lucky she sleeps in 3 hours stretches this early! My daughter was feeding every 2 hours for several months but she was a small baby and still is. She is 2 now and has drastically changed my life for the better.

    It's funny how babies do that huh? I'm expecting #2 right now and hope my attitude is as positive as yours is after 16 days of little sleep lol.

    Great Job Moma!
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    Comment edited on: 4/20/2010 2:37:53 PM
    Congrats on your daughter! Enjoy every moment and take lots of pictures they grow up so fast. Mine will be 16 this year.
    Sleep when she does and don't worry about the other stuff.
    3967 days ago
    You are so cute, and so sweet! I have to chuckle at all of your's so different 'hearing' about it and experiencing it!
    Taken advantage of those naps...they really help!!
    3967 days ago
    Oh you are making me so excited! I can't freaking wait!!!! Will you and hubby have another?
    3967 days ago
    Congratulations, she is beautiful! I remember those days well. After your daughter and husband, naps will be the most treasured thing in your life for a while!
    3967 days ago
    Glad to hear things are going well with your beautiful little girl.
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    3967 days ago
    Enjoy your nap Mommy! It is well deserved. I couldn't be more happy for you if I tried! Blessings for you Michaela and your hubby.
    3967 days ago
  • SINGER73
    Ah yes. Those sleepless nights. I promise the will go away. Glad to hear that all is going well. Yes the time does fly by fast. I can't believe Lillian will be 6 months in a few weeks.
    3967 days ago
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