No one can prepare you for parenthood. People tried to tell me what it would be like to have a newborn, but I never fully understood until I experienced it myself.
The indescribable love, the feelings of found purpose, the connection and bond with this tiny human…
as well as the pain, exhaustion, and excessive use of diapers
is ALL worth it!
Weight & Length
If you read Piper’s Birth Story blog, you may recall Piper was born on November 7, 2017, at 1700 hours, weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long. Piper was truly a gift from God. She is more perfect and beautiful than we could imagine. I always expressed to my (red-headed) hubby that I would love to have a ginger baby. I still had this dream even though my husband expressed that she would be drinking sunscreen and wearing sun-shirts for the rest of her life. And my dream came true.
At one month, she weighs a perfect 9 pounds 11 ounces. At her two week appointment she was suppose to gain her birth weight back (weigh 7 pounds and 7 ounces again). She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces, and her doctor’s response was “oh Heavens”. Her doctor confirmed I was breastfeeding and gave me a “you go, girl!”
When we first took Piper home, she only fit into a couple outfits. It is always surprising how small babies are at first. I accidentally purchased a preemie outfit (thankfully) that she fit into, along with a couple newborn footies (as my husband calls them). She wore mostly newborn clothing for the first month, along with a few 0-3 outfits. At one month, her legs were too long for a few newborn clothing items; I couldn’t believe she grew out of clothing items already!
All I do is breastfeed!
I never knew how much time I would spend feeding my baby. They say you start out feeding every 2-3 hours. Although, it is from start to start of each feeding. With the challenges at the beginning, by the time I breastfeed, burp and change her diaper, it is almost time to start feeding again (as it feels)!
During Piper’s first month, she nursed usually every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-5 hours at night.
It has its challenges!
This is also something you must experience for yourself. I understood that many women have their challenges when it comes to breastfeeding, but due to leaking colostrum during pregnancy, I assumed I would have zero issues. No wonder the formula companies provide women with samples and opportunities to start bottle feeding, because they know that breastfeeding is difficult and bottle feeding is tempting. I have to admit: even though it was very painful and it had its challenges, I stuck to it (and I am so thankful I did)!
One reason it was so challenging for Piper and I: engorgement. I was so engorged that my mother told me I looked like a porn star with my rock hard, enormous breast (haha)!
To all the future mother’s out there, please be aware that breastfeeding is difficult, challenging, and painful, BUT it is so worth it. There are amazing lactation specialists at the hospital that are a great help and lots of people that can help you through the first challenging moments.
By one month, it was no longer painful. Piper and I finally figured it out. I am producing enough (plus some) for Piper, and very grateful! It is so obvious that God is the Creator through seeing all of the amazing things our bodies do for our precious little ones.
Speaking of night time, Piper is such an angel baby. Since the day she was born, she has slept through the night (other than waking her up to eat). She continues to sleep very well at night, but is now waking up on her own on average every 4 hours to eat at night. I always set an alarm for each night feeding to make sure she doesn’t sleep too long.
Helpful hint: I was informed about ‘dream feeding’ and I believe it really works! I would suggest looking this up for yourself and seeing if it is something you would like to try! I often do this extra dream feed before I go to bed. Piper loves it as she gets a little more food in her tummy before being able to sleep a longer stretch of time at night.
Piper sleeps in a bassinet co-sleeper that goes right next to the side of our bed. This has been such a blessing, as I can reach over to give her a pacifier or check on her. When it is time to feed during the night, I lean over and wake up my wonderful hubby. He then zombie walks (as he calls it) to Piper and changes her diaper. This wakes up Piper the rest of the way in order to eat. My hubby brings Piper to me and I nurse her, burp her, swaddled her, and put her back to bed next to me.
Piper came into the world screaming to show off her beautifully healthy lungs. It is clear that these lungs are still healthy. She is a lady who knows what she wants. For example, she uses these healthy lungs when her pacifier drops. Thankfully, she always has a reason when she cries. In addition to her pacifier dropping, she dislikes wet/dirty diapers, gas, being sweaty, and especially feeling hungry.
Piper loves nursing, holding hands, taking really warm baths, being swaddled, her pacifier, white noise sounds, Christmas lights, kissing sounds, being carried in a wrap, and daddy’s voice. It was so sweet when she was born, she was immediately calmed by her daddy’s voice. It is so special to have a baby that is calmed and finds comfort in the arms of us, her very blessed parents. She is absolutely a God-given blessing and the very best early Christmas gift. Thank you, Jesus!
(you can see Piper has grown so much from her first bath on the left and a more recent bath on the right picture above)
XO, KATLIN LINDSEY