Oh What a Lucky Girl She Was

Pinch me.

Seriously, pinch me.

I have got to be dreaming, because Nellie is the World’s Easiest Baby. I don’t know if it’s because she’s still newborn, or if she just has an exceptionally sweet temperament… But my baby is easy, ya’ll. She and I had a rough first few nights as we were getting to know one another and as I was struggling to find a sleeping solution that I felt comfortable and safe with. But we’ve gotten into a nice little routine and I feel as though I’ve won the Baby Lottery.

I breastfeed her every 2 to 2 1/2 hours. I’m not as crazy-vigilant about feedings as I was late last week/early this week. Let me backtrack a little. We took her to the doctor Sunday (yes, our pediatrician’s office takes Sunday visits. It’s cool to be jealous, I understand.) and her birth weight had dropped from 7lbs 2oz to 6lbs 5oz. She also hadn’t had a dirty diaper since Friday and wasn’t wetting regularly. We were wrought with worry, of course and told the doctor so. I had been having a really huge issue getting Nellie to latch on to my right breast. It was extremely engorged and swollen and painful; hard, and she just could not latch. She was screaming, I was crying.. It was ugly. The doctor suggested we supplement with one ounce of soy formula after each feeding to get her birth weight up, and to get her pottying like she should. He made us an appointment with a lactation consultant at the hospital we delivered at….

And she worked her magic. She showed me how to actually express “backward” to soften up an engorged breast long enough to get baby to latch. Nellie has a very good latch, and she nursed on that side in the LC’s office for almost 30 minutes which relieved mama very much. Ever since then, she’s been nursing like a pro and I rarely supplement anymore.

So anyway, I wake Nellie up to feed every 2-3 hours. In the evenings I usually end up feeding her somewhere in the area of 8 and 10 PM. After this feeding, I change her diaper if it’s needed, I dress her for bed (usually in a long-sleeved footed onesie, or a long-sleeved gown, and her Halo Sleep Sack) and put her in her crib. I will turn on her Sleep Sheep (which is a little sheep you attach to the crib and it makes a bunch of different soothing noises) heartbeat sound, kiss her goodnight and tiptoe out. More often than not if she is well-fed, dry, and cozy… She will drift off to sleep. I will get into bed and sleep. She will sleep the entire 2-3 hours in between feedings, and honestly if I didn’t wake her up to eat she’d probably sleep longer. Seriously, is this normal? Or am I just really lucky and in for a rude wake up call when she gets a little older?

I don’t mean to brag, or sound like I’m rubbing in the fact that I have an easy baby so far. I’m honestly wondering if all newborns are like this or if Nellie just has a sweet disposition. I always imagined she’d be a sweet, easygoing baby because she was very laid back in the womb. She never, ever kept me awake with kicks or woke me up.

We had a rough couple of first nights, but we have a wonderful routine now. I will admit, sometimes when I’m feeling tired and in need of sleep I have the tendency to feel frustrated and weepy with her if she’s taking a long time to nurse, or if her latch is taking a few tries. That’s my signal that I’m in need of sleep.. When I get some rest and wake, I feel like a different person.

Motherhood is amazing. I’ve never been around babies in my entire life.. Nellie’s dirty diapers are the first I’ve ever changed and yet, I find myself in this natural rhythm with her. It’s like breathing in and breathing out to me now. Taking care of my daughter is the most natural thing in the world to me. I love her so much. More than I ever fathomed ws possible.

Comments

  1. You are very lucky, but I was lucky too. When I was in the hospital I could hear babies in the adjacent rooms screaming. I couldn't believe mine was so laid back.

    My sister's son is 4 months older than my daughter, and he cried and cried when he was newborn. He was so hard to soothe, and he still gets upset easily. My daughter though, the calmest most relaxed baby I had ever seen, and her temperament hasn't changed. She gets fussy every once in a while, but she is such a good and happy child.

    You ARE lucky!

  2. I'm happy that you have an easy baby!! My little girl doesn't wake me up at night with kicks either so maybe she will be easy too!!

  3. I think it means you are a great mom! I am glad things are going to well for you. Hopefully it will continue on the same path. Sounds like motherhood agrees with you!

  4. Kimmygintx says:

    Glad things are going so well for you, and YAY for that routine!

  5. A New Mom says:

    I'm a new mom as well and want to share you this piece of info my friend told me: Don't let anyone tell you any different than this – you do what you feel is right.

    If you feel you should wake her up to feed than do it. Which I would imagine you should since your boobs tell ya so. But trust yourself. It hit me too when I was breastfeeding that he would sleep a little longer between feedings at night but he is doing just fine now (thank God). It sounds like you have a very sweet baby btw and I dont wanna discourage you but that changes when she starts to teeth. Mine is going through that right now and I used to think he was such a sweet baby. He still is sweet but boy…can he cry.

  6. Diet DP Loving Mom says:

    Sounds like you hit the baby jackpot. our little one, was the same, except she was formula fed so she was able to sleep in longer stretches. babies do change as they get older, but i've found their demeanor is relatively the same. we were extremely lucky that ours slept through the night at 5 weeks, and she still does at 7 months. we count ourselves lucky. but every once in a while she throws us for a loop, just to keep us on our toes.

  7. Fertility Chick says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby Nellie! She sounds like an absolute doll. Glad to have found your blog! I'm now following and I'm adding your button to my blog. Hope that when you have time, you'll pop by and visit me and add my button to your roll as well! :)

  8. Yay for sleeping!! Riley would sleep forever sometimes if I didn't wake her up to eat, too! I think that *WILL* probably change as they get older…newborns just sleep a lot, but we can do some wishful thinking, can't we?? :-)

    I can't decide when to try out Riley's crib….she's never slept in a room by herself! Eek!

  9. sounds like a great baby. my little one slept the whole night til around 4 months then needed more night time feedings.Does Nellie take a paci? I started mine on one a few weeks after birth since he had such a high sucking need.

  10. Oh Natalie, I am so glad that you're loving being a mommy so much! And way to go, breastfeeding mom! It can be really ricky at first, but Im so glad that you and she are both catching on.You know, Hannah had the same problem with her weight. They were making us get her weight checked every couple days for the first few weeks. By one month she had caught-up and gained back the weight she'd lost in the beginning, and she was nursing every 2-3 hours around the clock, but I remember them giving me a really hard time about it. In the beginning, most babies are pretty easy-going. You might notice her personality come out a little more after she hits 4-6 weeks…. then again, she might continue being good-natured, and you might just have the best baby ever :)

  11. Worrybook says:

    I am so happy to hear you got a good lactation consultant to help you. Those first few weeks are the hardest with breastfeeding. The latch at first is just a BITCH. Seriously, whoever said it comes "naturally" was a liar. Now that she's got it down, you are good to go. :)

    So…should I even mention that my little one was a sweet little sleeper at first? Lol…she was. She was great until I went back to work when she was about 12 weeks old and then (if you read my blog you will know) her sleeping went to crap.

    Not that Nellie's will. I'm betting that since you are starting her in the crib, she will remain a good sleeper with a few minor setbacks here and there (when she goes through teething, or any other developmental stage…OK that means every other week or so).

    That being said, mine didn't get "bad" until we moved her from bassinet to crib. I think the big open space was too much for her.

    I'm so glad you love being a mommy. You are doing an EXCELLENT job. It is tough those first few weeks (and was scary as hell for me). I wouldn't have made it without help of others cheering me along (I had a mild case of baby blues).

    So, yay Natalie! You are doing an awesome job.

  12. That's what we thought about Claire up until she started teething 😉 Have a blast with her Nat. Children are amazing and can make you smile doing the smallest things. I'm sure you know that already though! Kisses to my 1st Cousin once removed and Claire's 2nd Cousin

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