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|Sun, 11-29-2009 - 3:08pm|
Hi WTT mommies! I'm so happy to be here - FINALLY!
Eliza is doing great. She is two weeks old, and we are finally coming out of the "OMG what just happened" transitional phase into parenthood. I can definitely feel my hormones returning back to normal. The first 10 days were admittedly rough - not because she's a difficult baby (I honestly love the work of taking care of her, and DH is the greatest daddy to coparent with which makes it so much easier!), but because I was soooo incredibly emotional. My hormones were out of control!! I knew it was normal, but I felt like a basket case. It was like I felt every emotion x 100. I think I probably cried every day for any little reason - not wanting her to grow up, feeling like I wasn't doing a good enough job, missing alone time with DH (and then I would cry more because I would feel sooo guilty for feeling this!)... basically ANYTHING could make the tears start. Yikes! Anyway, I am feeling so much better now. I think it helped to get out of the house with Eliza, and then also to get out of the house without her (and this was also good for DH to get some time alone with her - even if only for an hour).
I'm rambling... but anyway, I think what I was feeling (and might continue to still feel in the upcoming weeks, I know!) was normal, but wanted to ask you BTDT new moms about it. I honestly wasn't expecting it. I know everyone says the first few weeks are HARD, but for me it wasn't Eliza who was hard to take care of - she's a great nurser, a reasonably good sleeper at night for a newborn, etc... it was the PP emotions that were hard to deal with. I felt like if I didn't have that going against me, all of this would have been easy! Well, maybe not *easy*... :)
Eliza is back up to her birth weight, so it seems the nursing is going well! The first two days were difficult, but the LCs in the hospital were fantastic, and helped us figure it out. So by the time we went home, we had it down. I am so very grateful for this, I know how hard BFing can be for some mommies and how much stress that causes.
Well, that's our update! From now on I'll post my updates in the updates thread... :)