Thursday, 28 May 2009

the first few weeks...

again, for the sake of continuity, i've decided to do a little condensed run-down of the first few weeks -you know, the interesting bits - i'll spare you the progression of the consistency of baby poo ;)

the maternity ward
i couldn't get out of there quick enough! don't get me wrong, the staff were lovely, and i felt very special when the daddy showed up with the biggest bouquet of flowers EVER, and when i was surrounded by lovely visitors cooing over the baby & telling me how well i'd done, but the night time was torture.
seriously, imagine a woman who's just done the most exhausting job she's ever likely to do, who is in dire need of a little kip, while trying to take care of the tiny little person she's just produced... why would you make her share a room with a dozen other sleep deprived women & their screaming babies?! (plus of course, the food was dire.)
so yes, very pleased to get home!

week one
...a blur of hours spent just gazing in amazement at the gorgeous little person we'd just brought home :)
plus nappies, daily piles of blue envelopes from the postman, more nappies, lots of visitors, and yes, more nappies. good times :)

week two
...was less good. our little man dropped 14% of his birth weight & we ended up back in hospital for a few days :( he was fed through a tube for 24 hours, which was horrible, had a cannula in his hand for antibiotics - without a doubt the scariest few days of my life :(

but, thankfully, he was soon shouting for boobs again, and we got to go home. again :P
unfortunately, after gaining a bunch of weight, he stopped again. the health visitor thought maybe he was a 'lazy feeder', which seemed mad to me as i'd often be sat feeding for an hour at a time, but anyway.
she suggested 'topping him up' with formula, which we've been doing since, and it seems to be working.
(had a HV visit today & he's up to over 8lb - yay!)
i'll probably write more about feeding at some point, since it's been quite a big issue for us, but i'll leave it there for now.

week three till now...
having got over the little bump in the road, things have been great since :)
there have been a few milestones... registering as an official member of society & getting his birth certificate, first bath (pretty sure I got wetter than he did!), first train ride! (pram + train = tricky, practice needed!), and a whole bunch of other fun, plus a lot of getting to know eachother & falling head over heels in baby love :)

now, the daddy has sadly had to go back to work (boo), but the little dude & I are starting to find our feet & getting closer(ish) to finding a daily routine. (ish!)
we've been out just the two of us (why was i so scared of that?!), we're managing to be up dressed and fed before noon each day (!), and we've been investigating some groups and other things to check out next week.

all in all, i'm loving being a mum :D

1 comment:

  1. Hi :) Found your blog on Being a Mummy...those pics are so cute! You seem very calm and together for a brand new mum, well done :)