Just over three weeks ago, my sweet baby Rose decided to make her grand appearance. While I had a gut feeling she’d be an early arrival, I’d had hoped to make it a little further along than 35 weeks. Que sera, sera. I have three healthy babies to snuggle with.
Adjusting to life with three little ones has been fairly easy. That’s not to say I haven’t had some crazy post partum emotional days with some ugly crying. The first few days were the worst, mostly for a lack of sleep. There is just no getting sleep in the hospital when you’re a breast feeding mama. After week one, everything sort of fell into place. I suppose that is the benefit of having two other children. I’ve done this newborn phase twice already and have learned a fair amount from raising two kiddos. Oh, to have the knowledge I have now when my oldest was born.
- Epidurals are wonderful, wonderful things. I didn’t want one with my first two pregnancies. I got one with my first while transitioning and delivered fifteen minutes or so after getting it. I went natural with my second. This time around, I wanted an epidural. I had the best delivery. I remember holding my baby for the first time. I was happy, not in a state of shock from crazy pain. If I could go back, I’d get an epidural every time. Getting an epidural doesn’t make a person weak.
- There is nothing wrong with taking motrin after delivery. After my first two deliveries, I took nothing for pain. I toughed it out. This time around I took 800mg of motrin every eight hours.
- There’s also nothing wrong with taking medication stronger than motrin. Oh, how I wish I had realized this with my first two babies. Recovery number three has been the easiest. My first week after my delivery, Norco was my best friend.
- It’s okay to supplement with a bit of formula. It doesn’t make me a bad mom to give my baby a few ounces of formula throughout the day. My other two kids, I’d nurse, pump, nurse, and supplement with milk I’d pumped to help my little bits pack on the ounces. I felt incredibly guilty when I had to supplement with my middle baby after going back to work and my supply decreased. In retrospect, that was such an unnecessary stress and a completely ridiculous notion. A few ounces of formula throughout the day has done wonders for helping maintain my sanity.
- Breastfeeding aps are great. I laughed at the idea of using technology to keep track of my middle baby’s eating and bathroom habits. This go around, I downloaded a free breastfeeding ap. It’s a great thing, especially at night when I’m awake only enough to get Rosie latched on. It records the time, duration of the feed, which side, and whether I change wet or dirty diapers. It’s surprisingly to forget how long it’s last been since I nursed Rosie with two other kiddos to feed, bathe, care for and play with.
- It’s okay to not be super mom. Not every meal has to be made from scratch.
- Throwing on a bit of make up and putting on real clothes (no pjs, yoga/sweat pants and baggy tshirts) does wonders for making a person feel human again.