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Emma’s First Week

15 Apr

I had good intentions of posting this update yesterday but all the days and nights of minimal sleep caught up with me. And Emma decided that she wanted to eat every hour between 5 and 9 pm – but then she slept for 5 hours straight, and then another 4 after I fed her. (I was ok with letting her sleep longer because I had fed her 11 times throughout the day.)

Emma spent her first week sleeping, going to the doctor, nursing and getting out and about. 🙂

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Sleep

Emma sleeps best in late afternoon. I almost always have to wake her up to feed during that time. Otherwise, she starts moving around, grunting and smacking her lips about 3 hours from the start of her last feeding. If I wait too long to feed her after she does that, she has a meltdown (the only time she really cries) so I try to not let it go that far. And if we try to change her diaper before feeding her, she is not happy.

The first couple of nights we were home, Emma slept a few hours in her cradle in our room, which made me hopeful that it wouldn’t be a battle for her to sleep there. But the past couple of nights, Emma has wanted nothing to do with the cradle, so Travis and I have had to hold her or put her in her swing and sleep in the living room. I love holding her, but it makes for a long night. Luckily, our glider is awesome and it’s fairly easy to hold her and sleep at the same time.

Emma loves being swaddled, so we’ve been using our Halo sleep sack and SwaddleMe wraps a lot, even when she’s awake but mostly when we put her down to sleep. She also loves her 2-in-1 swing/vibrating chair.

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Going to the Doctor

We came home from the hospital on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, we made the 5-minute trek over to the pediatrician for checks on weight and jaundice levels. Her bilirubin came back around the same intermediate level on both days, so they felt that as long as she was eating and peeing/pooping ok, she would be fine. She had lost 8.5% of her birth weight on Wednesday, but by her appointment on Thursday, she was up 3 oz! So she’s doing well with feeding and gaining weight too.

Nursing

My milk came in by Wednesday morning and Emma started being really fussy about nursing. She’d latch on, suck a few times, and then pull off. I could tell she was hungry because she’d get upset and open her mouth again, only to latch on and pull off after just a few seconds. This would go on for 10-15 minutes before I could get her latched on for a good feeding.

On Friday, we went back to the hospital to meet with the lactation consultant. She weighed her before I fed her, after one breast, and then again after both. Based on Emma’s weight, she needs about 19 oz of milk a day, which breaks down to about 2 oz a feeding. Emma ate almost exactly 2 oz during our feeding. Apparently, her fussy behavior was due to my breasts being overfull and her having a difficult time latching on. I don’t have my breast pump yet, since I had to wait until Emma was born to order through insurance (but it should arrive tomorrow) so there wasn’t a ton I could do about expressing milk, but I did learn that pinching my areola into a ‘sandwich’ helped her get latched better, sooner.

I’ll do a separate post about breastfeeding, but for now I’ll just say that it’s going well and I feel very blessed to be able to bond with Emma that way, even if it does mean little sleep and sore nipples.

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Getting Out and About

Emma’s first shopping trip was to Target and she slept through the whole thing. It’s so fun taking her places!

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On Saturday, we also took her on a trip to Best Buy, a Craigslist meetup, and Babies R Us. We didn’t time that one very well, though, because we got stuck in traffic and she ended up being hungry even before our first stop. I stayed in the car at Best Buy to feed her, then we all sat in the car after meeting the Craigslist person (we found a nightstand for the nursery!) so I could finish feeding her enough to tide her over. She was content until we got into Babies R Us, then she started to crack. So we bought our stuff and left.

By the time we got out to the car, she was losing it. I let her suck on my finger on the way home, and that made her happy. I know they say that pacifiers shouldn’t be introduced until breastfeeding is well-established (and it’s only been a week) but I think a pacifier in emergency situations would be fine if it helps her avoid a meltdown. Not sure she’ll like pacifiers though – we tried two different kinds yesterday in church and she wasn’t interested in either. So we’ll see.

Speaking of church yesterday… I fed her right before we left the house, hoping she’d sleep through the whole church service. Not so. She made it through worship and the break before the sermon, but about 5 minutes into the sermon, she started waking up. I took her out of her carseat and gave her to Travis, we tried the pacifiers, but I ended up just taking her to the nursing moms’ room and nursing her the rest of the service. A few of my friends were in there too, so it was fun to catch up with them. It’s probably something I’ll have to get used to, unless I start bringing a bottle for her, but they post the sermons online so I can listen to them later. Although, even if I did bring a bottle for her, I’d still probably leave the sanctuary because Emma is an incredibly loud eater! She likes to moan and coo the whole time. It’s very cute, but it’d also be very distracting to everyone else.

We also took Emma on several walks in her BabyTrend jogging stroller. We just snap her Graco carseat in and go. The stroller is awesome so far – it pushes really easily, rides smoothly and I think we’ll be very satisfied with it. Since this post is getting pretty long, I’ll save the specifics of walking and the possibilities of jogging for another post. 🙂

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Dogs

Just a quick note that the dogs have adapted really well to having Emma home. They like to sniff her a lot. And Katy is very protective of her – Charlie acts pretty much the same as before. More details to come…

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At one week, Emma LOVES:

  • Being swaddled
  • Being held
  • Nursing and sucking
  • The vibrating chair and swing
  • Hearing our voices (reading her a book knocks her out)

Emma DOESN’T LIKE:

  • Baths
  • Having her diaper or clothes changed
  • Not being able to latch on to nurse
  • Being on her back when not being held
  • When the dogs shake with their collars on

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All in all, Emma is amazing and we are so in love with her. Whenever I have a hard time getting up at night to feed her (which is often), one look at her face reminds me that it’s so worth it. I’m trying to consciously soak up this time with a heart of thanksgiving because I know it will go too fast.

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