Monday, March 26, 2007

We need some sleep!

Things I have learned in the last 48 hours:
1. When people say that the first night home from the hospital is difficult, they are not exaggerating. I'll spare you the details, but I was having a difficult time feeding Creed so there wasn't much sleeping, but there was a lot of crying on my part and Creed's. Fortunately things have been getting better.
2. Creed is freakishly strong; He can push himself away from me when I'm trying to feed him and things are not going the way he wants, he can hold his head up and look around, and he can roll over! Newborns are not supposed to be able to roll over and the first time it happened it startled me. Now we have to really keep a close eye one him wherever we put him down.
3. I'm not a good baby photographer, but Candice is. Her pictures are so adorable, and I can't wait to get the edited copies so I can share them with you! She's really busy getting her CKU classes together, but she came all the way up here with her family just for the day so she could take pictures of Creed for us and she's going to design his birth announcement.
4. I never knew what a difference a homemade meal or a short visit could make in someone else's life. I'm in love with Creed, but feeling a little inadequite and overwhelmed at times, and and the support of our friends and family has meant so much to me and Larry. When life gets a little more settled I vow to be more thoughtful of ways I can serve my friends.
5. I knew Larry traveling to interviews over the next few months was going to be difficult, but I thought that I could handle it. Yah, I'm rethinking that one and coming up with a new plan.
6. I've never wanted to see my mom as much as I do right now. She arrives tomorrow and I'm incredibly excited to introduce her to Creed.
7. I think Larry and I each fall a little more in love with Creed everytime we look at him. Things have not been easy, but I know it will get better and in the meantime it's worth it because he's so sweet and perfect.
Today was a big day for Creed. He got to meet two of his three cousins.
He spent hours posing for pictures.
And he attend the awards ceremony for his cousins being the best older cousin and second oldest cousin Creed has. One of them wasn't thrilled with all of the attention the new baby was betting so Larry decided they both deserved a little special attention (ok, maybe the medals are left over from winning Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on the cruise we went on so they have big boats on the medal, but they didn't seem to notice)


Melinda said...

Things I think you should know:
1. EVERYONE has a hard time feeding their newborn (whomever says it comes naturally, lies).
2. You are and always will be a superb mommy (and Larry will be great too)!
3. You're right; nothing is better than having your own mom around.
4. He's beautiful and you're loved!

The Gooches said...

congratulations guys!

Laura said...

ok so I had a hard time nursing and I cried a lot -- I think it comes with nursing and having babies and the second time was no easier for me. It took me 5 weeks until I didn't cry while feeding James. Having said that I want you to know that it gets better and life is great with a baby. oh and he is so cute.

Erin said...

I am sending you that nursing book tomorrow. Does your hospital have lactation consultants? Call them! Or call me and I will put you in touch with my lactation consultant friend. This "natural" process is not intuitive for most, so you are not alone.

Freewald said...

Hey Steph,
Check your email. I left you a msg there before I read your blog.
Also, when L's gone, I'm officially adopting you as a part of our family. You can eat (yes, I'll actually make dinner everyday), sleep, shower, and even work on your quiet book here. :)
It will get better, I promise.

amyh said...

Steph: Next time you're up crying in the middle of the night, give me a call. I'm probably doing the same thing! Evie was wide awake at 3 a.m. the other night, and my sobbing over the prospect of no nap the next day actually woke John. Amazing!

amyh said...

I was thinking that my last comment makes it sound like John's slumbering blissfully all night while I do the dirty work. Not true. I just mean that he sleeps soundly!