Hi All, I am a young married mother to a 4 week old baby girl, born 21st August 2009, 3 weeks early, how is everyone coping with the early weeks of motherhood?
Brittney - posted on 10/06/2009
Hi everyone! Abigail was born Aug 20 almost a week late. She is doing great, up to 4 1/2oz of breast milk and only getting up once during the night. Motherhood is awesome some days it is rough when she is fussy and nothing seems to calm her done but then when she smiles and coos its all worth it.
Ashley - posted on 10/02/2009
Hello :) I have a little boy who was born on August 23rd - a week late! I am a young Mom as well - and single parenting. So far it has been wonderful! Calen is a very good, content baby. Since coming home from the hospital, he has only been waking up once during the night! He is eating a TON! He has also started cooing and laughing and playing with toys! He is such a blessing. Congratulations to all you other Mom's on your new babies!! I hope everything continues to go well for you!
Nichole - posted on 10/01/2009
Landon was born on August 30th. I am a first time mom and I was terrified of him for the first couple of weeks. IAll I wanted was for him to go to sleep. I am on an antidepressant and I KNOW that has saved me. Now, things are great. I still get teary every now and then, but he is so great! I go back to work October 12, and I know that will be another hurdle. But women were born to do this and we can all get over it!
Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009
Hi Everyone! Congrats on your little ones. My bundle of joy was born August 24th. (same day Mimosa) It is nice to see that we are not alone. I agree with you Sibel....I also teach (K-12 music) and this is the hardest thing I have had to do. SOOOO worth it. The long nights, learning his cues and cries...all milestones to me. My husband is being a great supporter and father. I am not as young as some of you (32) but I am a new mom like you. Sometimes it is good to just read others posts to feel not so alone. So, week five...smiles and cooing have started. And, almost a routine at night. Anyone else have week five stories?
It is nice to hear that others have had teary moments, crying at night, long nights trying to get their little one to settle, ....I am glad I am not the only one. Mine spits up only when I bottle feed him - I am trying more and more to breast feed only. Its not easy. But he doesn't spit up as much and is less gas-y.
Jessica - posted on 09/28/2009
hi i am also a young married first time mum with a 1 month old boy. We are going well now, still need more sleep. Physically took me a while to recover and had a few hurdles with breastfeeding... there was a few frustrating nights learning which cries were which and one night when he woke up at 1am and would settle till 5am... ahhh lots of crying and pacing from me! and my husband was great while i was a bit teary and while our son was a bit teary too...
I love being a mum and every day never know what will happen :)
Mine was born 3 weeks ago - the 1st 2 weeks were hard! We were both in the hospital for 3 days and my baby got used to bottles and pacifiers - have seen the health nurse in my community each week now and am finually breastfeeding with minimal issues. Give me a classroom with 28 kids to teach and I can do tha, but being a new mom is the hardest thing I have done so far. All in all, my husband and I are loving it!
Tawni, Try to do one thing for yourself every day. Even if it's just ONE thing. Take a bubble bath, take a walk, etc. Postpartum depression is common so just watch for signs. I had it with my first child. I'm glad that u are beginning to bond with your son. That's wonderful and Congrats to you!
Tawni - posted on 09/25/2009
I had my little boy August 21st also, and it has been a rough ride for me. The first week I had no idea what I was doing, I cried all the time and felt like I was a bad mother. Over the past couple weeks I have got into the routine of eat, sleep, poop...its boring and sometimes I just think I can't wait until he can do it all himself. We are getting to know each other better everyday though.
Mimosa - posted on 09/25/2009
Hi there, Congratulations on your little one, my little boy was born August 24th i have 5 other kids also and im doing great so far, although it is pretty full on for me. I just learn to take things day by day some days are better then others, this time breastfeeding is good no sore nipples thank god and he is putting on weight so im happy about that i also have my other little helpers for support, my husband works in the afternoon, my mornings are so busy preparing meals so basically i feel like a single mum during the week as my husband doesnt get home till midnite but all in all i am managing well.
Lisa Marie - posted on 09/24/2009
hi im lisa marie i am young mam to 2 boys one aged 1 year 9 month old n i av anova lil boy who is also 4 weeks old. he was born 20th august 2009. its hard 4 me coz im only 19 wiv 2 kids. Both of my kids were born 2 weeks early coz they stopped growing so i had 2 b induced. n i have cried a few times wen my 2nd boy was 2 weeks old because he is a funny baby. he only takes his bottle of certian people if he dusnt want u feedin him he wont drink he just screams until some 1 else feeds him. he wakes up every 2 n a half hours during the nite 4 a feed and sumtimes he can take up to 9 onz in 1 hour. its nackering but i no it gets better wiv in time. and i no im lucky coz i am still wiv my partner.
Jacky - posted on 09/24/2009
my 1st baby, maddy, came 12 days early on august 28th and it has been a huge rollercoaster ride...such a huge shock to my system! the first week was horrible cos she was feeding so often and i didn't know what i was doing lol. i'm getting used to it now and i love how she's becoming more alert and stronger. can't believe it's been a month already. i agree with the emotional wreck bit, i've become the hugest cow to my partner :-( but hopefully i'll be back to normal soon...right? lol. hope everyone else is going well!
Celia - posted on 09/23/2009
It is alot harder than working! But my boy is worth it :D Born August 12th.
I tell you what, the hardest part I'm finding is figuring out his cries and what he's asking for. I ended up overfeeding him since he wanted the breast so much to comfort him when I couldent fix his little issue. I just found a book called "Secrets of the baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg and she's got great descriptions of a babies arm movement, and cry sounds, leg movements, facial grimaces...all with what your baby is most likely asking for or crying for...since my baby seems to be colicy I've found it useful to cut down on the now explainable cries so I have more rest for the pure colic times of the day. I am a far more rested woman!
Congrats on your new baby!!
Mine was 2 weeks ealry. Due dates are just estimates though. Let's see....no sleep for me, always wanting something from her, stupid insurance people, emotional as can get, can't remember what else from sleep deprieved mind...but her smiles are worth it
Lynn - posted on 09/22/2009
It has been ok as far as the newest addition, but my 3 year old is a different story. She has had an attitude ever since she has realized that we can't give her baby sister back to the hospital. Izzye is doing amazingly well. She is 6 weeks old today! She is drinking 5 ounces every 2 hours. She is finally staying awake more throughout the day. I can't wait to see how everyone else is doing!
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