So.. theoretically, I have until tomorrow until I'm officially "cleared" from having a c-section, but they said I could drive yesterday to my 2 week appt (which I missed 'cuz DH's truck wouldn't start, but anyway..). Is anyone leaving the house with the baby yet? I need to accomplish a few things, mainly grocery shopping, but I'm still a little weary of taking the little one, by myself, into the store. We took her to the store about a week ago, she slept the whole time... but DH was with me and it felt a little less scary.
We are out all the time. Once I could drive I started picking DD up from school with just the baby. I have had her out shopping a few times with me. I try to park near a carriage corral and then just out the carriage right beside the car and then the transfer is easier... I do this even when my lifting restrictions are gone. I took Rylee to a softball game and also to one of the bay parties we went to because DH was busy. I think with the second you can't stay stuck home (makes me nuts anyways) so you just do it lol. Honestly rylewe sleeps 99%of the time I am out so it doesn't phase her at all.
I drove myself home from the hospital.. is the drive restriction a CS thing??
I'm a total type A personality so staying home more than 1.. mayyyybe 2 days.. I'm going stir crazy! Starting with the day after we came home from the hospital, I've been out and about visiting this person.. going to the store.. at this and that dr appt.. dropping these papers off at this office.. going by work to introduce the new little man to everyone..
I don't sit still very long.
I take T to and from school, and have been taking him to his twice weekly swim lessons. I have been to Target several times, and go to the grocery store a couple times a week. I've been out to eat a couple of times, and gone visiting various relatives. I agree with the PP that said that when its your second, you just have to keep doing the things you need to do. T's swim lessons are a perfect example of this. They are right in the middle of Reid's nightly nurse-a-thon (he pretty much nurses without stopping every night from 5-7) so if he were my first I would probably be tempted to stay home, but since my first needs me there, it's not optional. I just take my nursing cover and nurse there. You'll get the hang of taking Julie places. I find its actually really nice just to get out of the house.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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I'm different. In this early stage, I severely limit how much I take her out. First, she cries in the car, second, nursing in public is a little difficult at this age unless I know I'll have somewhere to sit, plus it takes her forever to eat, plus she eats so frequently. Third, she'snot easy to get to ssleep so when we take her out, she often won't nap unless I wear her, which isn't always convenient. I try to limit my outings until the baby starts to consolidate sleep and awake time a bit.
We've been out to eat twice with my mom and dad. Took her to the mall yesterday with my mom(that was too much for me, not her she slept the whole time), we've also been to the store twice with her and to my parents last weekend to do some laundry.
I was also told no driving for two weeks unless it's an emergency or I have to be the one to drive. That ends Monday...I haven't driven yet...and i'm supposed to be a "couch potato" for 6 weeks, but that just isn't happening. I don't do well just sitting around. This coming week, I will take her in to where I used to work as the ladies I worked with keep in contact with me and are dying to see her in person and we will be at my mom and dads tomorrow again for a cook out.
My advice, start out slow and you will learn what works for you and you'll soon realize that it's going to take longer to maybe get through the stores if your alone it is very doable!
Jill I also had the two week driving ban but doc said if I stopped the meds a few days before was fine. I was told 6 weeks for really heavy stuff but let your body tell you. So far at 4 week mark and same with my DD I am good. I cleaned whole house for DDs party today. Baked all day yesterday and stuff. I truly believe you heal better if you make your body do stuff. Sitting around is not for me either and so I got up and about very fast
I've been going to church since Liliana was born(I taught in my dd'1s classroom for the children's lesson this week, thankfully Liliana slept the whole time!), I took her shopping with me when she was a week and a half old, and we have been to the library and outside for walks when the weather allows. I probably would have gone out even more, but we have had a ton of cold, rainy weather and trying to haul two kids anywhere in the rain is a hassle. I actually find that DD1 is better behaved when we are out since it is a change from being stuck in the house and Liliana sleeps whenever we go out so it is kind of a break for me. Sitting around isnt really an option with a toddler, even if I wanted to!
Yeah, just take it a little bit at a time; I agree, once you have had one baby, you just know the drill when you have the second. But going from none to one is harder because you're just not used to having another person with you everywhere you go!
I have to get out or I go insane. Our feeding issues limit things a bit because I'm more paranoid that he'll start wailing wherever we go but I just bring a bottle w/ me and feed him when he gets hungry. It's way easier once nursing is more comfortable because I can just nurse wherever. Good thing is, he loves the wrap and will promptly go to sleep in it so I use it a lot.
We've been to church a couple times, I took just him grocery shopping with me and I've been to Target a couple times with all the kids. It's definitely more time consuming but getting out of the house is SO much better for all of us!
I'm so jealous of all of you! I haven't been anywhere alone with her. I *know* a bottle will make her stop crying, so there's always one with me, but I'm always with someone when we go out. PLUS.. I was going to the doc the other day (didn't make it) but..omg it was such a nightmare to get the carseat in the truck!!! MY car is a Mustang, which DH is driving right now because it's better on gas, but it's not any better carseat wise, so I told him I didn't mind driving the truck. So, once I got the carseat in the truck, with much banging her around and cussing... I left it in there. Which was the plan from the start. I STILL think it's easier to put her in/take her out than the whole thing, especially since I have to lift her up to get in the truck. DH takes the carseat out though...but he's got longer arms n legs than me and can hook it in better. I have to go around the other side of the car and climb in to buckle it LOL