As of yesterday, Parker is one week old!
*Cracks. Me. Up. His facial expressions are hilarious - especially right when he wakes up and is trying to figure out what's going on.
*Is still a night time baby. He is usually wide awake for any feedings between 3 and 6 AM!
*Has had huge trouble with latching. I won't get into details, but we've found a system that works (I'm pumping and we're giving him bottles), but we're hoping eventually to get him latched on so I'm not tied to the pump and can actually breastfeed.
*I'm kind of a hot mess. Having a baby is everything and nothing like I expected. I expected to be tired, but I didn't expect to be capable of falling asleep while hooked up to a breast pump because I'm so tired. I expected to have hormones and feelings but didn't realize how big they would be - good or bad. For instance, sometimes I'll be looking at him and say "I love you," and am so overcome with emotion I start tearing up right there!
|Proof that one day not only did I shower, but I dried my hair too!|
*Overall though I'm recovering well. I labored for 24 hours and then ended up having a c-section (more on that later), so I'm trying to remember I too am a patient and had major surgery. Thank God for supportive friends and our families - my mom and mother-in-law have been taking turns staying the night at our house to help with feedings (when I say every two hours I'm not exaggerating), and my mom even made us a chart that hangs in our hallways so we know who is coming when, and bringing food. They want us to focus on being with/feeding the baby and they are essentially taking care of everything else. We are so grateful for their help!
*Are settling in as a unit of three. And by that, I mean surviving. We got home from the hospital on a Thursday evening, and I feel like I didn't even really get to see/spend time with Ben until the following Monday!
|Before we left the hospital!|
I'm sure there's way more I could write but I'm a little zombie-esque, so we'll end it here for now!