Monday, Jul 15
Leaving the hospital and heading home to my family after a Caesarian Section is not easy. Part of me can’t wait to get back to my people and all that’s familiar. I can’t wait to eat some delicious food made with love by my husband and sleep in my own bed. But part of me is apprehensive about the reality of what waits for me at home. Lots of people, lots of noise, and no sleep. I have to say good-bye to my to my call button and the tireless nursing staff who gets me everything I need when I need it. Little things like staying on top of my medication schedule and getting out of bed to go to the bathroom can seem overwhelming at first. But, fly back to the nest I must. I thought I would share some of my tricks and tips with you. They’re little things that make recovering at home more peaceful and comfortable for the baby and me.
I found this nice sized table that is the height of my bed this spring. It is has just enough space for all the little essentials that I need at arm’s reach.
Let me break it down for you…
~important medication and homeopathic remedies
~a camera to take tons and tons of pics of your beautiful baby
When I’m being discharged from the hospital, I ask for a pack of the disposable pads the nurses use for patients’ beds. For the first couple of weeks, these are perfect for changing the baby’s diaper right there in bed with me. That way, if I’m not quick enough with the clean diaper, I won’t have to change my sheets.
~Lansinoh wipes for keeping myself fresh or for wiping under baby’s neck & Lansinoh ointment for cracking or soreness from breastfeeding so much!
~Disposable breast pads
~Cloth diapers and burp cloths
~little nail clippers
~natural hand sanitizer for visitors and siblings
A friend of mine is letting us borrow this “Snuggle Nest.” I have never had one for previous babies, but we have been using it quite a bit with our Little One. It’s a nice safe way to have baby in bed with us without having to worry about her safety. I just nurse her and then place her in the Snuggle Nest, that way she’s nice and close for the next feeding and I don’t have to get out of bed.
The other option is a co-sleeper. With this baby, I have only been using it for naps during the day. I think because Little One is such a peanut, she really likes to be close to me at nighttime. But as she gets bigger, I am certain she’ll be sleeping in the co-sleeper more and more. It’s nice and light and easy to put right next to our bed. Then when she’s just about four months old, we’ll move her to a regular crib in the nursery.
I keep my glider in our room for these first few months. It is a nice place for friends to sit and hold the baby when they come to visit. It’s also perfect for Daddy and brothers and sisters to hold and rock her when Mommy needs a break.
I keep all of baby’s essentials right in our room for quite a while. Our Master Bedroom is on the first floor, which is so convenient for all those diaper changes and clothing changes I have to do all day. It’s just so much more practical to have all of baby’s clothes, blankets, bathing, and diapering stuff right here where I can get to them without having to go up and down the stairs.
Allowing siblings and cousins to get up-close and personal with the new baby is so important!
An understanding Daddy is the best buffer. He can talk to the children and cousins and explain to them that it’s not always a good time to barge in the room and ask to hold the baby. To be honest, sometimes all the
nagging asking can be more than I can handle when I’m postpartum and sleep deprived.
I try to tell Daddy when to allow children to come in and hold and touch baby. Sometimes, what I really need is for Daddy to take baby out of the room for snuggle time. That way I can have some peace in my room and be alone, even for just ten minutes.
It’s so important for the children to bond with their new sibling or cousin. I’m all for it! Just as long as everyone has boundaries. My children know they are not allowed to go up or down stairs holding a baby. And they have to be old enough to stand or walk while holding her and must have a little lesson on how to properly hold a baby. They also need to be taught that babies cry! It’s their only way of communicating to us that they need something.
Bringing home baby is such a special time. And if I’m well-prepared for it, it’s that much more enjoyable. If I do my best to take good care of myself, then baby, then the other members of the family, everything will be more peaceful. Speaking up when I’m not comfortable, crying when I need to cry, and making my needs known to my spouse are absolutely essential, and far more important that all the baby supplies in the world.
Now, back to nursing my baby!