Sunday, February 6, 2011

Home at last

If you have kids, I'm sure you experienced the ups and downs of bringing home a newborn for the first time.  If you don't have kids, I'll explain ours.


It all starts on the drive home from the hospital.  Jon and I chatted excitedly via the rear-view mirror because I obviously sat in the back with Peanut.  We talked about how psyched we were to finally get home, take a warm shower in our own bathroom, use real shampoo, introduce Peanut to the puppies.  We were thrilled to spend time as a family without any nurses or doctors interrupting us.  We couldn't wait to relax on the couch together and set up many of our awesome gifts. 


Then we pulled in the driveway.  The panic started setting in.

You mean we would be home all alone with no doctors or nurses checking up on us?  What have we done?


We walked in and nervously introduced Peanut to our house.  Our friend brought back our dogs and we followed all the right steps to let them meet the new addition to the family.  Then we started the routine of changing, feeding, and burping the baby.


Our changing table didn't have the high bars like the hospital so we had to be more cautious.  Peanut didn't like how much colder our house was than the hospital, so she started wailing the second that her little bum was exposed to the cold.


She didn't like the feel of the wipes either.  We managed to change her and I marched her to the living room to attempt to feed her.  I say "attempt" again because the second that we left the hospital we forgot how to feed her.  Everything hurt.  Nothing was going right.  Peanut wailed out of hunger while I struggled to get her to latch on.


Then she threw up her entire meal in one big burp.  It was my turn to cry.


The evening didn't go much better.  Peanut fussed and cried most of the night, letting us snooze for 30 minutes at a time.  But there was no one in our hallway that could help us.  There wasn't anyone to give us guidance.  We were both in panic - our perfect sleeping angel wasn't sleeping.  What were we doing wrong?  Did she sense our fear?

By morning we were exhausted and defeated.  Nursing the baby wasn't going well at all and I was crying every time she latched on.  The baby seemed to hate everything in the new surroundings.  We were so lost.

Then a new day started.  I pulled ouy all the information from the hospital and books on nursing and reread it.  I tried every tip and hint they mentioned, reading it over and over again before nursing.  I called a lactation specialist at our Pediatrics practice and she walked me through some of my mistakes.  Peanut and I seemed like we were on a way to recovery.  Jon plugged in the wipe warmer and Peanut seemed to enjoy the warm wipes a lot better.  She even stayed awake for an hour or so and "played" with us.

That evening we decided that we weren't dressing her in enough layers for bedtime and put on an extra layer.  She slept beautifully.


We successfully survived the first couple of days at home and even figured out how to keep our first kid happy.  We were on our way to becoming parents.

16 comments:

  1. hehe I love it :-) I remember that well, and that, I must say is one of the few times I have been glad they grow so fast haha. I bet she'll be sleeping through the night in no time!

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  2. You can do it girl! Hang in there. She's a beautiful baby and loves you very much (even if she doesn't show it because she's frustrated) :)

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  3. Oh my. Of course, I have no idea what bringing a baby home is like, but I bet its much worse than an eight week old puppy. And that freaked me out. :)

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

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  4. Groovy greetings and salutations~!!

    GFC follow *heavensent1* from Swinging By Sunday...ifn you have a moment, please stop by my place, ifn you have a moment and have yourself a look around ~ Mad Moose Mama ~ http://www.madmoosemama.blogspot.com ~ Have yourself a groovy day...peaces...xoxo

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  5. How precious! I love itty bitty babies, but I'm perfectly content to hold them and give them back. I've had enough at 2 LOL

    Stopping by and following from Swingin By Sunday

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  6. Awww I love the last picture of the two of you, little Peanut is making me so broody! Congratulations on surviving :)

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  7. it's really nice to read this and know someone else is going through the same thing i'm going through right now! i've managed to keep my first born alive for almost 4 weeks now. breastfeeding is SO HARD and takes up so much time and emotional energy but well worth it :-)

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  8. Awww....love the stories and the pictures! She is adorable and you look amazing! I don't have any kids of my own yet, so I will be soaking all of your experiences in for future reference. :)

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  9. Oh my gosh--the first 3 months are so much about adjusting and coping day-to-day, hour-to-hour. It is hard, but as time goes on things do get better. I give you this piece of advice: ask for help when you need it! I was really bad at this and it directly contributed to my PPD.

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  10. Way to go! And doesn't it feel great to know you figured it out? The bumps in the road will become easier as you gain confidence in your parenting. Sounds like you're off to a great start!

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  11. Adorable baby!!

    I am blog hopping today and I'm happy to have stopped by your blog.

    Please feel free to come over to either or both of my blogs and follow:

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    Hope to have you come and visit and follow soon!! :0)

    Have a blessed rest of your week!!

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  12. I just found your blog. We have been calling our son Peanut since I was about 8 weeks pregnant! She's beautiful. :)

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  13. I just found your blog. We have been calling our son Peanut since I was about 8 weeks pregnant! She's beautiful. :)

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  14. it's really nice to read this and know someone else is going through the same thing i'm going through right now! i've managed to keep my first born alive for almost 4 weeks now. breastfeeding is SO HARD and takes up so much time and emotional energy but well worth it :-)

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  15. How precious! I love itty bitty babies, but I'm perfectly content to hold them and give them back. I've had enough at 2 LOL

    Stopping by and following from Swingin By Sunday

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  16. You can do it girl! Hang in there. She's a beautiful baby and loves you very much (even if she doesn't show it because she's frustrated) :)

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