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7 Things I've Learned In The 7 Days After Having My Baby

By Alyson Brown |

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I'm convinced Wolf is already learning to smile at 1 week old!

Wolf is officially one week old!  In our first week with him, we’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions.  I’ve cried big sobby tears, I’ve laughed harder than I’ve ever laughed before and my heart has swelled with love.  He’s the most amazing thing that has come into our lives and we’re over the moon with love for him. It’s been quite a learning experience so far and I’m sure there’s still lots more to learn! 

Here are 7 things I’ve learned in Wolf’s first 7 days.

1.  There is such a thing as Mom instinct. And it kicks in immediately.  Before Wolf, I’d never held a baby before.  Ever.  I wasn’t sure I’d know what to do or how to take care of a newborn.  Honestly, it amazes me how much I do know.  And how much is that motherly instinct.

2.  Newborn diaper changes are quite the task! We’ve had more mid-changing pees and poops that I care to remember.  I’m convinced Wolf likes to expel his waste while naked.

3.  Sleep is golden. I knew sleep would come at a high price once the baby was born, but I didn’t realize how much I would cherish those few hours of rest I can squeeze in while Wolf is sleeping.

4.  Breastfeeding is a lot of work. 7 days postpartum, my milk still hasn’t come in.  I’ve been pumping to stimulate milk production and supplementing at the breast non-stop all week.  Plus, my nipples aren’t quite used to all this attention just yet!

5.  Learning to multi-task is imperative. So far I’ve become a pro at multi tasking.  Pumping one breast while breastfeeding on the other or rocking the baby to sleep while typing emails on my iPhone.

6.  Seeing the love your husband has for your new baby will make your heart melt. I’ve seen hearts and stars shooting from my husbands eyes when he gazes at Wolf and it makes my emotions explode.  He’s been incredible with Wolf so far, swaddling him, rocking him to sleep and playing with his little hands.  Watching them together is sure to constantly make me melt.

7.  The kind of love you feel for your new baby is like nothing you’ve ever felt before. I want everything to be perfect for Wolf.  I want his little life to be filled with every good thing I can give him.  And I’m quite certain it’s the love that I have for him that motivates me so much.  He’s quite an incredible little person!

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About Alyson Brown


Alyson Brown

Alyson Brown is a graphic designer living with her husband Levi, little boy Wolf and two cats in Bend, Oregon. She blogged for the Pregnancy channel on Babble, writing about her personal struggles to breastfeed, as well as searching for the perfect diaper bag. More of her work can be found on her lifestyle blog, Unruly Things.

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14 thoughts on “7 Things I've Learned In The 7 Days After Having My Baby

  1. Roni says:

    This totally made me smile. :)

  2. Dori says:

    Oh my goodness, your little Wolf is one of the cutest newborns I’ve ever seen!! This post was so touching, especially the part about how joyful it is to see your husband’s love for him. Best wishes in taking care of your little boy. :)

  3. Coral says:

    I think number 6 got cut-off… :( This is a great commentary on the first week, and I really really want to know what else you had to say about your husband bonding with him. I’ve only got 6 weeks to go! Following your experience has been so exciting. Thanks for keeping us up to speed post-partum. :)

  4. Helen Palmer says:

    no 6 is SO true. I love my hubbie, but seeing him with our baby then toddler is just hte best thing ever. He never sang to me during the past 15 years, but since M. has been year, has turned into the biggest crooner ever :-) *he he*

  5. Kelsey says:

    You are going to feel SO awesome about yourself when you get the timing of diaper changes down. We had an 80-diaper-a-week diaper service and he blew threw them DAYS before our new delivery. This was in large part because of the mid-change poops that would cost us sometimes 3 diapers. It’s kind of amazing that we’re down to just 60 diapers a week now that he’s 10 weeks old. (That still sounds like a lot, doesn’t it?)

  6. mjb says:

    All very true! Have fun – it gets better, but somehow I’m still nostalgic for those first few days!

  7. jessica says:

    smiles, smiles, smiles. all the way through this post. i’m currently one week away from my due date and anticipating all of the seven things that you talked about. can’t wait!

  8. Sondrah says:

    Congratulations, there is nothing like being a first time mom. Enjoy it. And just so you’re prepared – the first six weeks are actually much easier on the sleep thing… get ready for less sleep after that.

  9. Tiphanie says:

    Oh My #2 so true. I have a 3 week old little boy today. I have two girls also, but man oh man are the little boy diaper changes a challenge! We have gone through so many blankets and onsies and diapers and bed sheets. I really got to stop changing his diaper on the bed. : ) Wolf is adorable.

  10. Ashley says:

    So thrilled to be following along, Alyson. He’s beautiful (and very lucky to have two adoring parents). xoxo

  11. Katie M. says:

    He’s adorable! It might just be my bias, but he looks an awful lot like his daddy in this picture… he at least has the Brown nose. :) Congratulations to you both. As it sounds like you already know, he will be the best thing that has ever happened to your lives. Oh, and don’t get disheartened- breast feeding will get easier eventually… you know, after the blisters and rawness subside. (Ouch!)

    (Sorry, just realized this post might be strange for you- I’ve known Levi for 15 years. We were neighbors and his sister is my BFF. :) )

  12. tanya says:

    the baby is adorable but seriously? wolf? that’s a horrible name

  13. CJ says:

    Tanya, whats with the attack on the baby’s name. Would I have picked the name Wolf for my son? Probably not, but at the same time I would not have even considered Tanya. Not because anything is wrong with either name, they just were not on my baby name radar. I think when you post on Babble you agree to keep your comments supportive and any criticism should be constructive.
    Alyson, I love your choice of Wolf for your little guy. In a world full of Michael’s and John’s, (not that there is any thing wrong with Michael or John) Wolf is a very unique and strong name. All the best for your family.

  14. Dana says:

    he is so adorable! congratulations!

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