Our Baby’s First Few Weeks
Our first baby entered the world via a scheduled C-Section. He was bundled up with me while I was monitored in the recovery ward. Then our little family was taken to the room we would be staying in for the next few nights. There was a bed for me. A little plastic walled bassinet on wheels for our baby. A terribly uncomfortable looking vintage foldout chair for my partner.
We were completely smitten and our baby was perfectly healthy and nursed every one to three hours right from the start. On the second night, we just could not settle him. In the morning the doctors checked him out and told us that he was dehydrated. So I was trying to nurse almost constantly to rectify that. Their solution was to prescribe top up feeds with formula. When they left the room, one of the nurses came in with a breast pump. She showed me how to use it to build up a supply of milk to give him rather than formula. The pump worked wonders. By that night, our baby was feeling much better and went back to his little routine of roughly two hourly feeds.
I had been encouraged to get out of bed and helped to the shower on the second day once the nurses were happy that I was physically ready. I was in a fair bit of pain but the medication they gave me helped a lot. I was able to comfortably sit on my bed to nurse our baby and shuffle around the ward. Too much movement was painful though, and sneezing was agony. Eventually the nurses realized that I’d only been taking the base level of pain medication. I should have been asking for oxycodone. I’ve never liked taking any drugs unnecessarily but once I was given that, life became a bit easier!
We headed home when our baby was three days old and my milk started to come in. From that point on, our baby nursed every couple of hours around the clock. Only breaking that regularity to sometimes indulge in a round of cluster feeds in the middle of the night. I was pumping milk between feeds to relieve some of the pressure as I had an oversupply of milk. Which also meant that my shirt was constantly getting soaked. I had milliseconds after getting out of the shower to get a top on before I was covered in milk.
My partner was home with us for two weeks. Once he went back to work I ordered groceries online and asked him to pick up anything else we might need. I didn’t really have any reason to venture out.
After a while, my partner could see I was going stir-crazy (not to mention sleep-deprived). So he pushed me to get out for a walk with our new family member. It was nice to get out in the fresh air, even though I was still sore from the surgery. We took a million pictures and videos of our precious little human and he seemed to enjoy the walk as much as we did.
It was a whirlwind few weeks but our baby seemed to do everything by the book. The visiting midwives were really happy with his weight gain and everything else.
Nothing can really prepare you for a new baby. I think we’ve done a great job as a family considering that. Our little one is just perfect. Even though I sometimes feel like tearing my hair out when he can’t seem to sleep when I want to, he is a pretty laid back and happy kid.
We feel so lucky to have been looked after the way we were. We’re even luckier to have this perfect little creature in our lives.
Tags: baby advice, Birth Experience, bringing baby home, C-Section Experience, new baby, new baby support, new mom advice, new mom support, new parents