I can’t believe 10 weeks has passed since our daughter Éva has been born!I want to recap and tell you a little bit of my journey so far.
(excuse all the bad quality iPhone images that follows)
BIRTH & HOSPITAL:
As I was prepped for surgery, the nerves finally started to hit me, but was soon over as hubby was allowed into the operating room (he had to stay outside while I was being prepped). To the right of the operating table was the heart monitor.. this monitor was angled in such a way that from the reflection, I could clearly see what is happening on the operating table – yup, the entire procedure!! But most amazing of all, the birth of our daughter!
I remember my husband putting his hand over his mouth and crying when he saw his daughter for the first time and me asking what her hair colour is, as I was hoping for a dark haired little girl, followed by does she have 10 toes and fingers lol
I felt pretty good after surgery and was even up to welcoming visitors but we decided to spend the first day as a family together.
Hubby was great too, he changed all the diapers and took really https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-cialis-en-ligne/ good care of me 😉
Éva latched on without any issues whilst I was in the recovery room. I felt so proud as a mom to be able to breastfeed my baby – my first gift to her as a mom 😉
The first two days of feeding went down without any issues – I still remember thinking, man this is easy, I can do this! Man was I in for a surprise!
On day 3 my milk came in – I woke up to rock hard super painful breasts! They were so engorged that Éva was unable to latch on. My nurse Betsie from India (I love her) tried to latch her on with no luck. Within 5 min I had 3 nurses with me trying the same, but to no avail. Before I knew it, I had cabbage leaves on to try and stop/slow down milk production. Within half hour the midwife, Sally (she is pretty amazing) was https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-feminin-effet-quel/ called. She tried without luck and then called for a breast pump. After two min of pumping, Éva was finally able to latch and I was dubbed “Daisy” as in Daisy the cow lol.
I was on morphine to mask the pain from surgery. Huge mistake! Never ever will I ask for Morphine again! I had such a bad gas build up from it. It looked like Dr Josza forgot another baby in me. The gas build up got so bad, that it went to sit in my shoulder and neck. The pain was so excruciating, I totally forgot I had surgery! Dr Jozsa said to get off morphine immediately and instead I went on Voltaren IV
The staff from the maternity ward at Al Zahra Hospital, was absolutely amazing!! They made it such a great experience for me. I will be forever thankful to them 😉 And the food was pretty good too!!
The hospital was so great, I didn’t want to leave lol, but partially also due to the fact that when you leave, you will be on your own, no nurse or midwife to fall back on to for reassurance. Kind of getting thrown into the deep end of a swimming pool!
That first night home wasn’t actually as bad or frighting as I thought it would be. She slept well and feeding wasn’t an issue. The only issue was that I was still in quite a bit of pain. I needed help to get up from a seat and in/out of bed. I opted to sleep on the couch instead as it was more comfortable for me to sleep in an upright position. I pretty much stayed on the couch for about 2 weeks before I ventured back to our bed.
During pregnancy, I was so sick and tired of sleeping on my sides, I wished to sleep on my back! After surgery I was so fed up of sleeping on my back and longed for sleeping on my sides again lol
Breastfeeding started to take its toll on me. I use to cry when hubby told me its time for her to “eat”. She just ate, and they were so sore I couldn’t even bare the thought of her coming close to them. I came to despise the words “mommy she is hungry”! One night
I remember saying to hubby, screw this, Im over it! I went as far as sterilising the bottles and taking out the formula! If it wasn’t for my husband saying ” just try once more, only for 10 min” and giving me constant support, I don’t think I would still be breastfeeding!
Feeding really was the hardest thing for me. I could do with the little sleep but I could not stand feeding – I use to count down the minutes until she would be done – only 10 min left, whilst I played solitaire on my phone!! I was also feeding her in bed, propped up by pillows – this took a toll on my back! I logged every feed and one day I decided to give up logging the feeds and bought a nursing chair – Oh my goodness, what a big change that made!!! Suddenly it didn’t feel like a chore anymore and I started to enjoy it. Until today I haven’t played one game of solitaire while she is feeding! I look forward to her feeds now and even want her to “eat” longer.
Feeding in public at first was so hard and stressful – never mind finding something decent to wear to bf in public!!! Once my breast pad fell on the floor whilst feeding her in IKEA!! And hell, it is soooo damn hot under that cover!!!
Month 2 brought on the stomach cramps and fussiness!! Thank goodness my mom was here to help out with that!! And she gave us some valuable sleep techniques!
Éva is a tough sleeper: she fights sleep! During the day she will rather be awake with swollen red eyes than go to sleep. She will go from fast asleep to wide awake and ready for a party in a matter of minutes!! Night time is much better: she refuse to go to sleep before 21:30 and usually sleeps for 5 to 6 hours straight before her first feed, apart form when she is going through a growth spurt, which means waking every 1h30/2 hours. Growth spurt days are the toughest, they are super cranky, want to feed all the time, and you are super tired as you barely got any rest the night before!
She started smiling 2 weeks ago, developed a personality and only wants to fall asleep on my or her daddy’s chest whilst being bounced around! Weighing in at almost 6kg, this is becoming more like a work out lol.
Motherhood is totally tough!!! Respect to my mother and all mothers out there ! It definitely gets easier with time when you get into the swing of things. You also forget about the rough night and how tired you are, when you look into their tiny little eyes and that cute face! TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
I took the day “off” today – hubby is in charge of baby and I only feed her. I get to catch up on series, reply to e-mails and write a blog post of course!
Till next time when I post about my mommy hood tips 😉