People don't tell you what the first week of a baby's life is really like! Some moms may warn you that you'll be overwhelmed or how much your life will change, but nobody really tells you exactly what it's going to be like. Maybe it's that no one in their right mind believes moms when they try to warn you. I know I was shocked. So for all you future moms here's what my first week as a mom was like!
While we were in the hospital Daisy slept well, cried almost never, and was sort of getting used to breast feeding. However, each new shift change brought a new nurse with new ideas and tips on breast feeding. "Try a nipple guard" "No, that nipple guard will chafe your nipple" "Use a syringe to give a little formula while she's trying to breast feed" "Don't do the formula it's just coddling her and making her more lazy." Needless to say I was confused, upset, and had no idea what I should really do! When I wasn't breast feeding I was trying to get used to the idea of dealing with taking care of myself and my stitches. We won't get into all that, just take my advice... take the pain meds!
They shipped us home Sunday, I wasn't ready! Next time I plan to make sure to tell them I'm not ready. I was still waddling, bloated, and swollen. The morning we left, a pediatrician I'd never heard of before came in, woke us up, and announced Daisy's bilirubin was moderately high. I realize now how much harder it must really be for parents with babies in the NICU! Bilirubin being moderately high is really no big deal, but I thought the world might end then and there! We were told to spend a little extra time in indirect sunlight and we were told to check in w/ our regular pediatrician in a couple days.
Sunday afternoon we got home, had more trouble breast feeding, and cried AGAIN. I cried a lot that first week! I wasn't depressed or baby blues like they warn about. This was just tears streaming down my face sometimes for no apparent reason, sometimes I was just overwhelmed. Once I cried just because I realized how crazy in love I was with her and her daddy. I also cried every time I couldn't get her to stop crying. Yea... that little thing that acted perfectly in the hospital got home and woke up!
We went to the doctor on Tuesday and saw his nurse practitioner. The actual appointment was great, it was just the waiting and the cranky baby that made it hard. The nurse practitioner was great, and wasn't worried at all about her coloring due to the bilirubin. She was a little concerned with her weight though. Which meant we got to go back on Friday.
Tuesday night Daisy went from being a lazy sucker to giving up all together. After much drama, tears, trying all the different ideas from the hospital, and talking with the lactation consultant... we finally decided formula was the way to go. FB was so helpful and understanding during this whole process. We both wanted Daisy to breast feed, but it just was not going to happen!
After we switched to formula and got a little used to Daisy's cries, life started to get easier. FB could take a feeding and let me sleep. I was finally starting to feel more normal physically as well. We had a great weight check on Friday with the nurse practitioner. She was really sweet about us switching to formula and gave us a couple sample cans. So the first week finally wound down and ended on a high note.