Life is tough as a newborn. Everything previously handed to you – nutrition & hydration, temperature regulation, oxygenation – now you suddenly have to do for yourself. On top of that, everything in your environment is totally new and unfamiliar. Gah! Fortunately, Benji has lots of people (like daddy and Nana) willing to help him transition.
Yesterday we had a checkup with the lactation experts at Evergreen. Benji is doing well, although he struggles to nurse and tends to get very upset – too upset to eat – when it is hard. The nurse reassured us that we were doing everything right, and gave us helpful tips for getting through the next week or so. Hopefully by then Benji will have the hang of it and we’ll move on.
After a feeding session fraught with frustration, Daddy swaddled Benji for some nice calm father-son bonding.
Little Ben is now in his second day of life, and has started opening his eyes occasionally, squirming more, and giving us good hunger cues so we can try to feed before he’s ravenous. “Try” is the operative term, since he gets frustrated and too upset to feed half the time or more, but he’s healthy so we’re not worried.
We were discharged from the hospital about noon today and are figuring out how to do this deal at home. Both sets of grandparents are super helpful and I am sure we will see lots of them in the near future.
I am loving not being pregnant, even though we’re both exhausted and anticipate only more of the same indefinitely. I can bend over! I don’t have to pee every 30 seconds, with no result! My lungs and stomach can expand normally – deep breaths and full meals!
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more little Ben coverage.