I blinked & two weeks passed since our sweet Kate joined our family. Here's a little update on how we're all doing around here.
Help: Thank heavens for good moms. My mom helped me every day starting from the day Steve went back to work. (He had to go back a couple days after we got home.) She cleaned my house, prepared three meals a day, took care of Aubrey, helped with diapers, gave massages, & did anything & everything to make my life easier that first week. THANK YOU MAMA! I honestly don't know what I would have done without her! I also had a few meals brought in from women from church & some family members. I appreciate them all so much.
Sleep: The first week was just what you expect from a newborn - barely any sleeping, lots & lots of feeding. I got about 2-3 hours the first week. This week has been so much better. Little Kate is starting to learn days from nights, such a blessing! Lack of sleep can do a number on you. :) Also, the first week she had to be sleeping on me, skin to skin to fall asleep. If I set her down anywhere else, she would cry & couldn't get settled. This week she has been in her bassinet more, & I'll admit I feel a little jealous! Crazy mama hormones much?
Nursing: I'm so happy to say we are doing it & we didn't have any huge problems! With Aubrey I had every issue in the book, this time has been so much better. No mastitis, overproduction, or bleeding! I also was able to correct her latch from the beginning since I knew what felt wrong from last time. I love nursing her. She is a big time comfort nurser so she is constantly attached to me.
Postpartum Recovery: I had a second degree tear from my one big whopping push, so that has been the hardest part of recovery. I was very sore down there for the first week, but this week I can finally walk more than ten seconds without being in tons of pain. With Aubrey I had an episiotomy, & I don't really notice a difference between the recovery with that and tearing this time. It all just hurts like crazy! Lots of ibuprofen helped. :)
Visitors: We've kept it pretty low key with visitors this time. Some family & a few friends so far, which I am okay with. The doctor said to try & wait 4-6 weeks until she is around kids/babies since it is flu season, so I am trying my best to politely decline people with kids. I'm sure they understand though, since they know what it's like with sick kids! A newborn can catch things & it can turn into something much worse than a flu, so I'm just not messing with that!
Dr's Appointment: Kate's first doctor appointment went fine. (It was on Tuesday, Jan 8th) She lost nine ounces but wasn't jaundice. It's been a week since then & I believe she's gained it all back & then some according to our scale at home. Besides a little weight loss, she was perfect!
Big sister Aubrey: This is my third day by myself with two babies. (Err..toddler & one baby. Still hard for me to say that.) Aubrey has been so great, as I talked about yesterday. The only challenging part is how often Kate eats. It's hard to explain to Aubrey that mommy can't do this or that, because she is feeding the baby right now. I've learned a few tricks, like having a sticker book or play dough handy that she can play with only during feedings. I'm getting a little better at nursing with one hand free so I can read her books, etc. She is still loving having a baby sister to help mommy take care of! The other morning when we got her up out of bed, she immediately said, "I want Kate!" I can't say how proud I am of that girl.
Kate: Kate is changing more & more every day. I still don't think she really looks much like me, Steve, OR Aubrey. Haha! One of these days I'll notice a similarity I'm sure. When Aubrey popped out she immediately was my twin. Kate has her own little look & it's so fun to watch her change every day. Unlike how Aubrey was, Kate LOVES to be held & cuddled, all day long. She's not a huge fan of her swing, bouncer, or bassinet - basically anything besides being held. She wants mama - I think she just likes to be where her food's at, can't blame her! I have been loving wearing her in my Moby wrap & having her nice & close. I swear, I'm turning into an attachment parent!
Things are going so well & I couldn't have asked for a sweeter addition to our family. I can now laugh at how trivial my worries were about having two. I thought for sure it would be complete chaos all day every day - which I'm sure there will be days. But I have two pretty sweet little girls that make it all so worth it.
And without further a do, here are some pictures from the past two weeks: