I feel lucky to say that I have spent one whole month with this beautiful individual I call my daughter. It still feels very odd using the words my daughter, but I’m sure I will get used to the idea soon. India’s first couple of weeks out of utero was a complete one big blur. I have vivid memories of constant feeding, changing and skin to skin. I found myself not eating as much as I should. I became obsessed with nursing her as much as I could because I wanted to produce enough milk to feed her. My partner was on paternity leave, he would do all the nappy changes, fetch me food and take care of India whilst I caught up on some sleep. This was a huge help and definitely took the some of the weight off my shoulders.
Breastfeeding: I found breastfeeding extremely difficult for the first couple of weeks. So difficult that I almost gave up on it all together. I was so adamant that I wanted to exclusively breastfeed and even though it was causing me so much pain, I didn’t want to give up. I told myself I would stick at it for two weeks and if things didn’t improve I would contact my NCT breastfeeding counsellor. Every feed made my toes curl, I hated feeding my baby and I hated my breasts for making me feel that way. My partner would comfort me and say “Shanice you can do this, you’ve done so well” and in my head all I could think why can’t I do this? Breastfeeding is supposed to be natural so why is it causing me so much pain? I ask my midwife, and she told me breastfeeding isn’t supposed to hurt if you have the right latch. My latch was perfect so I didn’t understand what was wrong. Despite the odds, I persevered and stuck to my gun and eventually the pain did get better. I began to breastfeed without fear and it didn’t seem like such a chore to me anymore. India feeds roughly ever couple hours, she likes to cluster feed every now and again. One time she fed for a whole 4 hours (I didn’t even know this was possible, and people still don’t believe me when I tell them).
Sleep: she sleeps a lot, and I mean a lot. When visitors came round she would always be sleeping, some of them have never seen her with her eyes open. She wakes up every couple of hours for feeding in the night, and tends to take longer stretches during the day.
- Can mimic facial expressions
- Stares at faces
- Her eyes follow me as I leave the room (cutest thing ever!)
- She has that addictive baby smell
- Her skin started peel
- She hates bath time
- She loves to sleep on daddy’s chest
- She had her first bottle of expressed milk and took to it well
- I breastfed her in public
- She’s had her first trip to Nando’s
- Will only sleep in her crib if swaddled