The First Days With My New Baby
KidzStuff’s guest blogger, Jackie, recently experienced one of the most amazing moments in her life. The arrival of her precious Baby JJ. Congratulations, Jackie! We are so happy for you here at KidzStuff®. Read below on how she’s handled being a mom and the realities she has discovered! Are you a new-mom? Can you relate to Jackie?
The First Days With My New Baby by Jackie
Nothing (absolutely nothing) could have prepared me for Motherhood.
Everyone can tell you about their personal experiences, but it’s not until you go through labor, delivery and bringing your baby home that first day when you know what it actually means to be a MOM.
After 13 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy. Baby JJ was born on 6/21/17 @ 12:41am. A summer solstice baby! Weighing in at a whopping 8 lbs., 14 oz. and 21.5 inches. It was definitely the hardest, most physical and emotional thing I have ever had to go through. But it was so worth it. As soon as they put that baby in my arms, my heart felt full.
If I said bringing my baby home that first day was a piece of cake, I would be lying. Although I can honestly say I have never been happier and even the lack of sleep has not put a damper on my mood. Baby JJ is the best thing that has ever happened to me aside from meeting and marrying my husband. My world is now complete.
There are so many things I learned in just his first week of life. Here are a few unexpected realities that have settled in:
I go through at least 3 loads of baby laundry each day. It’s not like I do not have a million outfits for him. But I never thought I would use so many blankets and burp cloths. It’s probably the most used thing. (I bought more online last night)
Every time Baby JJ eats, he poops. Every time. Like clockwork. Never fails. Sometimes, during a changing of the poop, he poops again and I need a third diaper. The amounts of poop are endless. Nothing could have prepared me for all the poop.
Practically everything Baby JJ touches needs to be sterilized. Just at first. And maybe I am a paranoid new mom, but I follow this rule. This means all his bottles need to go through this process. Now, if you figure he eats about 8 times a day (every 3 hours) and you do not have a huge supply of bottles, you need to sterilize at least 3-4 times a day. This includes the bottles as well as pacifiers, breast pump fixtures, etc.
It is TOUGH. Not as easy as Mother Nature intended, I am sure.
Baby JJ hasn’t wanted to latch. I think mostly because he is a big boy, requires a lot of milk and gets too hungry to work for it. For now I am pumping a little out for him and supplementing with formula…which brings me to my next unexpected motherhood reality…
OMG. The formula making industry must be making a killing!
Formula powder alone is around $21 for a canister that lasts about 4 days. It is definitely an expense that new parents should be prepared for especially if you are not planning on breastfeeding or are supplementing like I am.
All in all, #momlife is amazing.
I love it. All of it. The good, the bad, and the poop.