The First 10 WeeksErin Loechner
My daughter Bee celebrated her 10 week birthday this past Tuesday. And yes, that’s not necessarily a significant birthday of any sort, but for me? I’m so incredibly proud of this journey we’re taking together. It’s been a tough road with a few bumps, but we’ve arrived. And we’re still arriving.
Looking back over the first few weeks of Bee’s life, I’m realizing that we’ve been through so many transitions together – the good, the bad and the oh so confusing. And in honor of hitting the 10-week mark, I’m recapping what this newborn haze is all about – week by week. Behold, real entries from the real diary of a real new mother (me!):
OMG did I just birth that? I’m amazing! I’m superwoman! The journey is complete! I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, but yes! We did it!
Can I be pregnant again? Because when I was pregnant, my nipples didn’t bleed. And I didn’t have people coming in and out of my house to marvel at this baby that won’t stop screaming at me every night between the hours of 6 and 10pm.
The fridge is empty. I need those people to come back, please.
Finally. I think I have this nursing thing figured out. And my baby just slept through the night! Gosh, that was way easier than I thought. I can totally do this.
I’m a moron. Clearly, that sleeping-through-the-night song was a one hit wonder. She’s never going to sleep again. I’m never going to sleep again. Also, where are those people with all the food again?
OK nursing got weird again. Is it nipple confusion? Cluster feeding? Is my milk supply low? Am I weaning her? And why does this game keep changing?
OMG she smiled. I melted. She smiled and I melted. I can totally do this.
Couldn’t make the crying stop. I broke down and bought a baby swing, which I said I would never do. And now I have no idea why I said I wouldn’t do it, because baby swings are sent from heaven.
She’s still sort of a train wreck, but I can do this. We can do this. She hasn’t had a screaming fit in days. Could it be true? Could I actually have a happy baby that doesn’t drive me nuts?
We’re in a rhythm, baby and me. We’re a team. A team that took a really long time to form, but now that we have, we’re unstoppable. Here’s to an undefeated season.
And baby swings.
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