Well, we are finishing up week two of being new parents. It has been a roller coaster. It has been scary, fast paced and confusing, but has given us both immense joy and happiness, all at the same time. Taking care of a newborn is really hard, especially when you have no experience. But, I am very happy to report that she seems to be doing well and both Joshua and I are getting used to our new normal.
I have a very long list of things to be grateful for and want to start with the importance of good health. I've never checked into a hospital before. Furthermore, I've never had surgery. So, giving birth was certainly an eye opening experience. I'm so thankful for my good health and even more grateful that Ev was born happy and healthy too. Two weeks later, and I almost feel normal. I have my energy back. I seem to be healing well. I just have mild discomfort from time to time. Ev was checked out both at the hospital and by our new family doctor at the Mayo Clinic. She passed both exams with flying colors and regained almost all of her weight in just one week rather than two. We have one more appointment this coming week. I look forward to hearing that they don't need to see us again until her 2 month appointment.
This week, I am most grateful that Ev is now fully feeding on breast milk. The first week was a struggle. I am pretty sure that we broke every breast feeding best practice rule - formula, bottle feeding, pumping early, pacifiers, etc. But, in hind sight, I wouldn't have made different choices, except maybe to worry about breaking these rules a little less. Only time will tell if it affects our long term breast feeding potential. At this point, I feel as if I've given it all that I've got and am hopeful that we can continue until our girl is big and strong. I need to send out a special thank you to my friend Christina. I may not have had a pump right away if it had not been for her and having a pump was a necessity in the early days of getting home to be successful breast feeding.
Finally, I feel grateful that Ev sleeps more at night than during the day (so far). Is it a perfect schedule, no. Is it liveable, absolutely. She tends to cluster feed right before bed time and then I feel comfortable letting her sleep 3-4 hours. I even have to wake her up to eat at night and in the early morning. This gives me a good stretch of time to sleep too. During the day she feeds more frequently and usually wakes herself up regularly. This behavior bodes well for a good sleeping schedule in the future.
All in all, it has been an incredible and somewhat indescribable two weeks. Although difficult at times, I would not trade away one single instant with our daughter.