Cannot believe Madison will be one week old tomorrow.
It feels like yesterday we were bringing her home.
I am going to be honest here…things have been good but also rough. This first week home with Madison has been the most rewarding yet challenging week of my life. There have been plenty of smiles, kisses and hugs with some tears throughout the nights. This postpartum period definitely has its ups and downs. But it is all worth it.
I wanted to get this blog post up this morning, but due to Jax getting sick, Madison not sleeping much at night and getting Gary ready for work today I have learned that things will happen when they happen. I have to be selective with my time. Motherhood is a lot of work, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!!
First week with a newborn update from the whole fam
How are the nights?
Not great. I am up pretty much the entire night with Madison. With most newborn babies they tend to be more awake at night compared to during the day. Madison usually has her ‘fussy’ time between 9-11pm. I know we will get through these sleepless nights soon. Although last night her fussy period was around 2 am until 4 am. I am grateful for the help Gary and Michelle have been during the night when I need them. Not going to lie – these past nights have been rough. I am looking forward to when things become more routine.
How is breastfeeding going?
At first it was a little rocky. I didn’t realize how much breast feeding would hurt in the beginning. My milk came in the day we arrived home from the hospital.
At the hospital Madison did great with latching on but never nursed for very long, and that pattern continued when we arrived home. She usually latches on great but doesn’t stay awake very long while nursing. I do everything that people recommend to keep her awake. We are constantly tickling her, talking to her, acting like we are changing her diaper and burping her. Usually we have to do all that in order to get her to wake up. I must say this has been the hardest part about being a mom so far.
Breastfeeding is very tiring and a lot of work. Not only does it make me extremely thirsty and hungry (I am eating 2000+ calories a day) I still feel exhausted from it. I find myself crying at night because I worry if I am providing her with enough calories and nutrition because like I said the first few days she did not breastfeed for very long at each nursing. I was a worried mom. I never thought keeping a newborn awake would be so difficult.
Even with those nursing issues, I do find it an extremely enjoyable experience! I look forward to each nursing because I love the bond that we are creating together. I love seeing her milk coma face 🙂 Madison and I are getting better and better with nursing!! Madison likes to take her time with nursing. We are having longer nursings! Hallelujah!!
How is mom doing?
Hanging in there. Hormones are all over the place. One minute I am happy and feel like I have everything under control, then the next minute I am crying because I feel like I am doing something wrong. I am exhausted, but fine overall. I try to take naps when I can.
I eat all day long, even throughout the night. I am not worrying too much about what I am eating; sticking to my normal whole foods diet just eating MORE.
How is everyone else doing?
Gary is doing great. He has done an outstanding job with his new role as a father. I couldn’t have survived any of this without his love and support. He is great with Madison. Definitely feel he was born to be a dad. He helps out with EVERYTHING! He is so involved in all aspects of taking care of Madison. He helps me with breastfeeding by helping with latching and waking her up. And he is doing great with dirty diapers 😉
Michelle is also doing well! Another rockstar over here and someone else who has helped so much with my survival these past few days. She always has food for Gary and I to eat, cleans the house for me, helps out with the laundry, takes Jax on walks on days where we can’t exercise him and most of all she keeps our two businesses running (the blog and purely fit life). I couldn’t do this without her.
How is Madison?
She is doing amazing. She loves to sleep. She is getting stronger each day. At her first doctor visit she weighed 6lb 6oz so lost about 6oz from birth, which they said is normal. Now we are focusing on getting her weight back up to birth weight. She has great bowel movements and wet diapers. You know we like to talk poo over here.
I get so excited for dirty diapers because then I know she has a good digestive system and that her body is liking what I am eating. Gary and I track dirty diapers along with breastfeeding times on an app off my phone. The app is called BabyNursing. I love how it tracks everything, so easy to use and it’s FREE!
Madison doesn’t like to be changed. She doesn’t cry when she has a dirty diaper. She doesn’t like any swinging or vibration motions. She loves being held. She loves my breast milk. She loves classical music. She loves getting kisses.
How is cloth diapering going?
Good. There was a huge learning curve the first few days. We all had no idea what we were doing and little Madison has been so patient!! She is a rockstar when it comes to changing diapers. We used the Honest Company disposable diapers at the hospital and use them when I run out of cloth diapers at home. I will give an update on clothing diapering soon.
I never mentioned it before but I decided to ingest my placenta. I got my placenta encapsulation from a sweet lady here in town. I take a few each day. I do feel it has helped some with my recovery and emotions. But I have had a few major emotional breakdowns where I just cry. Again I have a great support team to get me back on my feet 🙂
Overall I am loving motherhood, even with this difficult newborn stage. I have not ventured out with Madison besides going to her doctor appointment and a few walks around the neighborhood. I am hoping next week I will have more confidence and go out in public. I used the Solly baby wrap the other day and she loved it. I will share more on that soon.
Well, I have lost 15lbs from birth. I am just a few pounds away from my pre-baby weight as I did not gain too much during pregnancy. It was such a crazy feeling at labor when you feel all this pressure and weight all of a sudden disappear. Crazy.
My belly is still slowly calming down. Breastfeeding helps with getting that all back to normal down there. My bleeding has slowed down so much, I barely bleed anymore. Although, I am still rocking the granny panies with a nice big pad on it. I am dealing with little dry stools, which makes going to the bathroom more difficult. I do admit I was terrified of going #2 postpartum but I have gone a little bit and wasn’t so bad. As I mentioned I am dealing with a little dryness so I am focusing on more water and more healthy fats to see if it helps.
I know healing takes time as labor is a pretty intense experience for the body. I am doing my best to enjoy this slow recovery period. I will share more on this next week when I share my birth story.
What about workouts?
I am not working out at all. I am just walking a few minutes each day and staying active with being a new mom. I am not in a rush to get back into working out as I want to allow my body to heal and recover completely. I also know that I have plenty of time to get back into shape. My focus right now is staying healthy and providing for Madison. Once I start to feel stronger and feel my body is healed I might do a few squats or something to slowly start building my strength. Don’t get me wrong… I MISS my workouts but also want to honor my body. It went through something pretty drastic and I want to rest.
Quick Skin Update from Michelle:
I got my patch testing results back last Friday. And my skin showed reaction to 3 things. Although one stood out the most and it’s the one I am focusing on. I plan to give a full report soon. But for now my focus is our business and helping Lori and Madison any way I can.
Next week we will share more of how life is with a newborn and Madison’s birth story. If you have any questions you want either of us to answer leave a comment and we will answer them.
Thank you again for your love and support!!!