The first 6 weeks
WHERE OH WHERE DOES THE TIME GO??? My baby girl is already 12 weeks old but I’ve had this post in the pipeline for the past 6 weeks!!!
The main reason I want to write about the first 6 weeks is because we often say it to new mothers in the shop “the first six weeks are the hardest” but over time you forget and it becomes a saying. But now that I have recently gone through it I’m saying it with meaning “The first six weeks are the hardest” – Not necessarily hard work as in meeting deadlines, overseeing reports or the daily routine of running a house.
It’s a combination of hormones, soreness, lack of sleep, the overwhelming feeling of responsibility for this little life!!! You feel like you can get nothing done – even get dressed correctly some days!!! It’s a roller-coaster of feelings and emotions.
The first few days baby does nothing but sleep and all seems to be going well. You have the family around, hubby is around a sense of pure delight fills your home J Then hubby has to go back to work and you feel this is ok we kinda got this. But no sooner have you said it/thought it and all hell brakes loose. Baby starts to sleep less our little one slept every two hours. Your nipples begin to crack & the pain when baby latches on is worse than the labour itself. For an owner of a nursery store do you think I had a bottle in the house!!! Not a chance! I had breastfed my little boy and it had honestly been plain sailing so I presumed it would be the same this time around.
And just for fun my 3year old comes home from playschool with the vomiting bug!!! Of course I got it but thankfully baby managed to escape the doctor informed me that babies are bought into the world with an immune system to help them avoid such illness so it was just the rest of us!!!
Another week on baby moves up to 3 hours sleep my recovery from the labour was much quicker than on my first & I’m feeling ok but now my boobs are unbelievably sore now. They are cracked, bleeding, engorged and by the end of the week I had mastitis. I don’t know how I got through this stage but for my Public Health Nurse she was a star. She phoned or visited every second day she was a great help. Breast feeding all comes down to how baby latches on and if baby doesn’t latch on correctly the first few time God help you because it’s a slow and painful process correcting it!
Another week down I can only describe the journey as a roller-coaster some days you get dressed, a clothes wash on, and even a dinner cooked you fell like super mama!!! The next day you don’t manage to get out of your pajamas and you crave a coffee but you can’t because your breast feeding and the guilt you of having “A” coffee is too much L
Finally we are getting closer to 6 weeks. Our wonder full baby is sleeping 4 hours at night (nobody cares about during the day). A full four hours we don’t know ourselves (error I don’t know myself!) Again good days and bad days but you can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And believe me twelve weeks in there is light! For the days when you can’t see the light and feels like God is playing with your emotions and has quenched your light just for fun… You don’t get dressed you tell your husband to collect a pizza for dinner and when your baby is awake and those beautiful eyes look up and lock her eyes into yours you remember that feeling because this is your reward for these hard days & it’s super special 🙂
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