Archive for October 30, 2011

Planning for Life After Delivery

I thought I’d planned out as many details as possible before our little one arrived two weeks ago. I bought everything I thought we needed and mentally prepared myself for consecutive sleepless nights. Still I found myself rushing out to buy things a few days after the baby was born.

Before the baby was born doctors told us he would be quite large. I wasn’t particularly surprised by this news, since my mom told me I was just a few ounces shy of nine pounds at birth. Our beautiful baby boy was born a week and a half early, but he popped out just shy of 8 pounds. Babies lose a few ounces after they are born, so by the time we left the hospital he weighed about 7.5 pounds.

The trouble is I was expecting a much larger baby and didn’t have any clothes in newborn sizes. The clothes that ran a little bit smaller than 0 – 3 months fit, but most of them weren’t long sleeved, which meant our little one had to be swaddled extra tight at night to keep him warm.

Within a few days of his arrival my husband and I trucked out to the store to purchase a handful of newborn sized sleepers that would keep him warm both day and night. In retrospect I wish I’d purchased a couple of outfits in smaller sizes. We could’ve kept them in the closet with the tags on until after the birth, but it would’ve been nice to avoid dragging a five day old baby out to the store.

While most of my day is spent caring for my newborn baby, I didn’t realize how much time I would need to care for myself. My labor was very quick, but it took the doctors nearly an hour and a half to stitch me up after delivery.

I had a drawer full of feminine products on hand for after delivery, but I wish I would’ve had a few staple supplies on hand like ice packs and witch hazel. It wasn’t the end of the world to send my husband out to the store for these items, but it would have been nice to focus my energy on getting better without having to wait for products that could relieve my pain.

As for sleepless nights, well there is simply no way to prepare yourself for that reality. Our baby boy is exclusively breast fed and wakes every two hours on the dot for feedings. Since it can take 30 minutes to feed and change him, I typically can’t sleep for more than one and half hours at a time. Some things I can plan, for other things like sleepless nights I just have to wing it!

October 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM 6 comments


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