Here's our 3 Days Old and 1 Week Old Photos!
How Old: 1 Week
Medical Updates: She had her 1 week appointment Tuesday morning and gained 1 oz since her birth weight! The Dr. said she looked and sounded healthy. She's been feeding, filling diapers, and sleeping well. Now we don't have to have a 2 week appointment and will just have a 2 month one!
Sleep: She's not a bad sleeper (as I knock on wood). The Dr. even told me today I could try to not wake her at night every 3 hours and try for 4 or even 5 instead and see how she does. He said since I'm having to really wake her up when I've set my alarm for 3 hours that she could possibly sleep longer, but she'll also likely feed longer once awake. We'll see what happens this next week.
Clothing/Diapers: She's in newborn sizes and we're still not cloth diapering. I'm giving myself a little time to learn more about being a parent to Braelyn and adjusting to life before throwing in one more curve ball. I mean 1 week ago, I was the girl asking her husband if we should call the nurse in the middle of the night because she had a dirty diaper to change! Ha!
Postpartum: 1 Week
Weight: Down 18.8 lbs. 10.8 lbs to go before I'm at pre-pregnancy weight. However, I'm thinking I may not want to be quite as small as I was. I would feel back to 'normal' losing another 8 lbs.
Waist: Down 5 inches. 6.5 to go (ish) before I'm back to pre-pregnancy...the measurment may be off since I took a really old waist measurement to use as I didn't take one early in pregnancy.
Belly: The linea nigra is still really dark on me and I am sure it will stay that way for a while. My tummy is softer than it's ever been, but makes a nice coushin for my baby as we learn how to nurse :)
Best moment this week: Meeting Braelyn for the first time was pretty darn special! I couldn't stop telling Neal how much I loved him right after she was here. And then I proceeded to tell Brae the same :)
Hardest Moment this Week: Being sore in the pelvic floor, having cracked nipples, and baby blues. The blues didn't hit until Monday, 1 week postpartum. They came suddenly and strong. It was my first day home alone and I feared Neal wasn't going to be around. It's totally irrational, Neal adores both of us and our bond is strong. However, right as I calmed myself of that fear, I started thinking if he got in a car accident and was taken from us. It was terrible. I hate thinking about losing him and the hormonal changes only worsened my fears.
As for the pelvic floor, I think the pain will take some more time. I'm taking ibeprofen as needed and trying to not overdo anything. So far I just take easy walks and am working on my kegals.As for the cracked nips. They are starting to heal. Braelyn's latch looks good externally and her tongue seems fine and since they're healing, I do think her latch is good. We shall see what the course of this next week brings and if they continue to heal. I sure hope so!
Question of the week:
What's your best tip you've been given as a new mom/dad? Or if you have't had a baby, what's your best tip for big changes in life?