Total silence except little taps on the keyboard and the sweetest little coos coming from little Braelyn.
Mom is playing games on her iPad, Neal is resting in bed (don't worry, I was just there too, but could sleep no more), and the dogs are in their usual positions, sleeping soundly on the futon in my office. It's simply a perfect scenario at this moment.
Bringing home Braelyn was filled with a lot of excitement, some hesitation, and of course some fear. What will I do now if something 'strange' happens, like her poop is weird, she spits up, the latches don't get better and my tits don't make milk right, or oh goodness she just cries differently? Am I REALLY the one responsible for her? Where's my nurses? Where's my doctor? Holy S**T what did we do!?!
Thankfully, the first day has been a lot better than expected.
|Proud parents getting ready to take baby girl home!|
As Neal drove his work truck, my mom took myself and our little girl home in our truck. Braelyn was great in the car ride home as I sat next to her in the back seat taking pictures and stealing kisses as we went home.
|Car ride home!|
|This was Braelyn as she first met the dogs...pictures of her and the puppies to come, they are just all on my mom's camera!|
Then she just snoozed on Neal's chest forever and ever. This will likely be my most favorite scene to witness for many months to come.
My mom mowed the yard as Braelyn, Neal and I rested before taking some family photos.
When the evening arrived, we had some delicious veggie filled lasagna my mother made [it's a true masterpiece, so good and yet somehow filled with tons of veggies to help me well umm go bathroom too ;) ] Yep, everything is all different as my intestines make their way back to their original 'homes' before Brae took over. So far, so good. Going to the bathroom doesn't hurt like I thought it would, but I'm not 100% comfortable yet either. And yes, maxi pads, ice packs, and witch hazel (Tucks) are a women's bestie after giving birth!
As we ate our home cooked delight, we watched a movie, White House Down, where I got to oogle at Channig Tatum and those man muscles as Braelyn slept cozy in her Snuggamonkey. It was getting late and I was exhausted, very much ready for bed, but Braelyn was still sound asleep, so we decided to wake her up for a feeding since it had been a while from her last. She only ate for 20 minutes and was thankfully ready for bed. This was much easier for me than the 2 hour feeding we had earlier on day 2.
|Little Girl as we watched our movie! So stinking cute!|
I still can't believe we had stretches of 2-3 hours of sleep last night! It was amazing! I have her sleeping in the bassinet on the pack-in-play beside the bed in our master. I swaddle her up, put a towel on one side to slightly position her on her side since that's what we've found she likes best, and then I put one more blanket on top to snug her in so she can't wiggle out. I'm hoping this will work for a bit longer, but am sure she'll soon want to be put to bed another way.
It's going on 2PM and she's been sleeping most of the morning with a few shorter feedings and then she just falls back asleep. It's about time for me to go check her diaper, which will wake her back up, feed her, and hopefully she'll stay awake a little bit so I can play with my cutie some.
I want to thank all of our friends and family for their thoughts, prayers, and kind words during this transition Neal and I are making into parenthood. We truly appreciate all of the support we've been given and I hope to keep you up to date on Braelyn as she grows with our family!