Baby Luke arrived safe and sound last Thursday evening – and in a hurry!!! For my second time moms: run, do not walk to the hospital. After my water broke, I wasted precious time at home wondering if I was having contractions before heading to the hospital — which nearly cost me an epidural! All’s well that ends well though, and we are thrilled to have Baby Luke at home with us (Wyatt not so sure yet…). I wanted to share a quick recap of our first week — before my mom brain erases all useful information — and what’s working well for us in case it’s helpful for you.
I was extremely anxious about the idea of bringing a newborn home, just when we’ve started to feel like we have things under control with Wyatt. To be honest, so far it feels like managing a toddler is the (much) more significant challenge of the two. Both Tom and I feel a lot more confident about handling and managing a newborn than we did the first time around. How to manage both kids, jobs and our household is a completely different challenge that we are only beginning to contemplate! Stay tuned.
- Midnight-12:30am – Feeding & diaper change
- *3:30am – Feeding & diaper change. Since Luke has regained his birth weight, our pediatrician recommended we try eliminating this feeding beginning in Week 2 and feed only on demand between 12-6am
- 6:30am – Feeding & diaper change. Say good morning to Wyatt when he wakes up around 6:30-7am
- 9:30am – Feeding & diaper change
- 12:30pm – Feeding & diaper change
- 3:30pm – Feeding & diaper change
- 6:30pm – Feeding & diaper change
- 9:30pm – Feeding, diaper change and go to sleep
I like to have a general time guide in my head (12, 3, 6, 9…) so I can ensure we’re feeding Luke frequently enough, but I know with Wyatt I was much more detail-oriented and found it helpful to track every detail in his first few weeks with the Glow Baby Newborn Tracker app.
NURSING & MOM CaRE
Haakaa Breast Pump: I recently learned about the Haakaa breast pump, and it is my new must-have item for nursing moms (link here for my recap of Nursing essentials). I am pumping anywhere from 3-4 extra ounces per feeding with this magic tool, and it is so much more gentle and easy to setup than an electric (or traditional manual) pump. In my nursing essentials checklist, I recommended Milkies, which I used frequently while nursing Wyatt and is a convenient way to collect excess milk and reduce the mess. But while Milkies only collects “drippage”, the Haakaa actually extracts milk like a breast pump using suction. I tested both the Haakaa second and third generation models, and I recommend the third because of its superior suction and the add-on bottle top which converts the base directly into a bottle (awesome!). I’m using the Haakaa on one breast (alternating each time) at most daytime feedings when I’m at home, and storing the milk in Kiinde bags so we have bottles ready-to-go. If you try the Haakaa out, be sure to watch this instructional video before you use it as it’s a bit of a learning curve the first few times.
Introducing the bottle: Our pediatrician recommended introducing the bottle early, and we have gotten Luke to use it for feedings 3-4 times now in his first week. We have used both the Haakaa bottle, which is very similar to the Comotomo bottles that we love, as well as the Kiinde bottle with a Slow flow nipple (I talk about my love for both of these products here and here.) I also recommend you try to get baby to use a bottle early and somewhat often (maybe once a day) so Mom can have a tiny bit of personal time! With my newfound freedom, I am going for a 90-min post-natal massage today (ahh…).
I hope this helps a bit for new moms who are experiencing all this for the first time (or remembering it, in my case!). This is seriously hard work, and I know every mom’s experience is unique and challenging in its own ways. Please take care of yourself and ask for (and accept) help as much as you can! Questions I can try to help with? Anything that’s worked well for you? Leave a message in the comments below or shoot me a note: firstname.lastname@example.org.