Okay, so that's probably not the most original title, but I'm a sleep deprived mom who's 4 days post partum, okay? A quick introduction - I'm Sandy, my DH is Tim and we have a beautiful 4 day old baby boy named Nicholas. We tried for two long years to have a baby, and now our dream has finally come true!! It's almost too much to believe. I look at him laying on Tim's chest, the two of them snuggling and fast asleep, and I just want to sit there and stare forever. How lucky can one girl get?? We are just so, so blessed.
Nicholas was born on October 17th, 2007 at 6:35 PM. My labor was 32 hours long (!!) but the end result was totally and completely worth it. Nick was 7 lbs 9 oz at birth, and when we left the hospital 48 hours later he was down to 7 lbs and 1 oz. With the way he's been nursing, I'm sure he must have gained most of it back by now! I had some extensive tearing from his birth, so I am in some pain now. I'm also trying to find a balance between being awake and getting enough sleep, but I'm sure that as time goes on that will get easier. Tim is home for 4 weeks, so we get to do this whole learning to be parents thing together! It's a BIG help to have him here. He is such a hands-on dad! I have been totally spoiled so far - he watches the baby so I can nap, gets me food and water while I nurse, and even helps me with getting Nick to latch on. Breastfeeding has been a bit of a struggle for me since we were having problems with Nick's latch. But today I had a lady from the LLL come over and she helped us out so much! Turns out most of my problems were from engorgement that was making my nipples flat. We're ironing out the wrinkles now, and today he nursed like an absolute champ! I am so happy and relieved! It was really killing me to not be able to nurse my baby when he was hungry.
So far I am absolutely enamored with new mommyhood! Sometimes I like to just lay down and stare at Nicholas. He is just so perfect in every way. I love the way he smells! He is a good mix of Tim and me, although I think he's more Tim than me. He has Tim's eyebrows, eyes, ears and chin. He has my nose and lips. I can't wait to see the awesome little person he's going to turn into!
In two weeks we have Tim's mom coming to visit, right around Nicholas' first Halloween. That should be fun! She is dying to see her first grandchild! We live across the country from them, so they haven't been able to see him in person yet. Tim's dad is really bummed because he can't make it this time, but he and my MIL are coming for Christmas.
Tomorrow we call and make an appointment for Nick to see his pediatrician! We found a really great doctor while we were at the hospital where I gave birth. He is really intelligent and genuinely loves kids so much. I am already planning Nick's outfit for this outing! I just love having my little boy on the outside now instead of inside me! Time for bed, but I'll write more later! Oh, and here's a picture of the two of us: