Woohoo....so you're finally back home, or maybe just about getting ready to be discharged from the hospital, right?
In our case, as my first delivery was a bit premature, we were kept in the hospital till a week after birth and then discharged for home. This time though, we were sent home in 4 days...quite an achievement for me after a C-sec as I was quite fine and able to walk around and do things normally.....compared to last time, this time was a breeze!
From the moment you see the little one entering the world and touching that cotton skin for the first time, you can't help but marvel at those little toes and fingers and that buttony mouth and nose....me and hubby sat in awe the whole time (we were thinking that it wouldn't be so, especially since we were becoming parents for the second time, but I can rightly say now that no matter how many kids you have, each time is special).
In our case, I was kept in the recovery room for about 4 hours and baby too was in the NICU for 4 hours, after which we were both shifted in to the room. So hubby and I got a minute by minute watch on what baby was doing....not that the newborn will do much the first week!
The most common routine for the newborn at least for the first 2 weeks is going to be feeding, pooping, feeding, sleeping, pooping, feeding, sleeping, pooping, feeding....you're getting the idea....and of course...CRYING!
There are different reasons for a baby crying, and this pretty much holds true even after the first few weeks....your baby could be crying due to hunger, or maybe baby needs a nappy change, or baby is too tired, or too sleepy and doesn't know how to fall asleep!
As the days pass, you'll learn to differentiate between different types of crying, though they may actually sound the same.
Newborns and infants get startled pretty easily, so this is another thing you'll notice a lot. Of course you need to be careful not to make some really loud noises around baby, but that does not mean you try and empty out all sounds in the house - don't create a sound-less environment, as it will be suddenly difficult for baby to adjust to 'regular' surroundings.
Keep the background noises on and baby will soon start to settle in. Sounds like softly speaking, talking, phone, television, cooking, eating, doorbell ringing are sounds baby should be used to.
As a mother, you may be experiencing extremely sore breasts. That's something that you'll have to get used to and that will go down with time. Just be patient mom :-)
And yes, forget sleep for a while!
- Debolina Raja Gupta
And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ
Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta