Dec 17, 2018

Emma Lynn: One Week



Dear Emma:

Most of your first week was spent in the hospital but that’s pretty normal right after being born.we had quite the experience right out of the gate with your birth since you were coming in a hurry and I wanted an epidural that didn’t get to happen. But you arrived safe and sound so that’s what’s important.

Our experience in the hospital was a little mixed though because you had a little trouble maintaining your blood sugar levels. You had your levels checked before every feeding and although most of your levels were fine, you did have some that were just a little too low so we had to supplement with formula to make sure they were staying good. I didn't mind the formula. I just wanted you to be good. But your doctor wasn’t worried because they were going up again after a feeding and after a couple days they should level back out completely as your body adjusts to not being in me anymore.

You are a pretty good eater though. You latch well and we will see how long I end up making it breastfeeding but we are giving it a shot for now. When your blood sugar is low you have a little bit more trouble settling and you spent a good deal of time screaming at your dad but otherwise you sleep well for a newborn. But after we got home, we have really only had one rough night but otherwise you sleep for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours between feedings at night. There are times when we have had to actually wake you up at the 3 hour mark because you aren't quite to your birth weight so they don't want you to go more than 3 hours between feedings. We are looking forward to when you are back to birth weight because we can stretch out the feedings then.

So far breastfeeding is going pretty well. You are eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours for about 30 minutes or so. We are having to supplement some but mostly things are going well. I still don't feel an awesome bond breastfeeding but we are doing pretty good. We did have to go to a weight check a few days after leaving the hospital to make sure you were gaining weight. You weren't up to birth weight but you were past the weight you were when we left the hospital. At the appointment you were 6 pounds 10 ounces but we are getting there.

We are happy to have you home and healthy and beautiful. Your brother and sister adore and often just want to watch you like you are going to disappear or do a magic trick. And luckily you don't seem bothered at all by the noise they make and usually just sleep right through it.

 We already can't imagine our lives without you in them and it's only been a week! You are so amazing already and we love you so much.

Love, Mama

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