The first week has been absolutely magical. We’ve had friends and family bring dinner nearly every night and my mom is here helping us out with everything else. When we arrived home, she had the house decorated with all the flowers we received. It was just beautiful. With her help around the house, we have very little to do other than sit and stare at the baby. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. Seriously. It took a week to get her birth story up because that meant not staring at her for about 30 minutes.
Despite her age and size, she’s truly a champion latcher. She knew what she was doing from day 1. It was mommy who had to figure it all out. And this is after taking a class, reading 2 books on breastfeeding, and meeting with a lactation consultant at the hospital. In the first few days it took 4-6 hands and two boobs to breastfeed her. As I’d navigate the correct positions, Ashley would stroke her to keep her awake and the lactation consultant would tweak and adjust things throughout the feeding. It was a hilarious amount of fuss for such a tiny baby!
For now, we’re still waking her every 2 hours to eat due to her size (3 hours at night). At Tuesday’s pediatrician appointment she was down to 5lb, 3oz which was a little scary (though within the 7-10% range) but by Friday’s appointment she was up to 5lb, 6.2oz, so that’s promising! If I have any complaints it’s that I wish I could get the side lying position under control. We’ve only gotten it once, but other than that we have to get up for night nursing to move to the rocker.