Hi all, Some aspects of life with a newborn are much harder than I planned/expected but my physical recovery has been swift and much easier than last time as well...after pains were only really bad the first day and now on my 2nd day PP, they are bearable with only a heating pad and Motrin. But I am up and a part of the family already, in small ways.
Breastfeeding has been more of an adventure, but not nearly as painful...yet. I know that might change. My milk came in at the end of my first PP day, and now my breasts are totally engorged, which always happens. I was expecting it this time and have been very good about only feeding baby from one breast for many feeds in a row so to discourage over production and forceful let down. So far so good! No Niagara falls in baby's face!!!! But it seems Gwen might have a gagging/silent reflux issue which isn't fun.
I haven't slept more than a few hours in the past three days. THAT is one of the hardest bits. Gwen has not been liking being on her back, and will awaken soon after if I put her on the bed next to me. So I've been trying to sleep sitting up with her on my chest, which only works for very short periods and only because I am beyond tired. She prefers lying on her side right next to me. I let her do it after nursing to sleep sometimes but SIDS is in the back of my mind...I don't know if that is really a problem for a cosleepnig baby right next to me or if it is really about crib babies. I've been trying to have skin to skin time for a few hours a day, which is lovely.
My youngest is 22 months old and is fascinated my baby Gwen. He wants to hold her, carry her, kiss her and smack her all the time. He is obsessed with "his new baby". He has been tandeming and sometimes it is hard to handle both kids' needs at once and keep him from accidentally loving Gwen too hard. My 4 yo is great with her though!!!!
Overall, it has been a good transition, a little chaotic at times but good.
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