First Day Home

by HEAB on November 7, 2010

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CD, Summer, and I were given the okay to go home from the hospital after 24 hours, and we were so happy to be back in our own house with the pups. They love the baby, and I can already tell they’re going to be very protective of her – so sweet. We’ve had a great first day back. Summer sleeps a lot! She was born 12 days early and only weighed 5 lbs, 9 ounces. My labor did not go exactly as planned, but it turned out perfect in the end. I promise to share more details over the next few days.

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Finally got this swaddling thing down. :)

Chris and I are both huge fans of breast feeding, and I’m doing everything I can to make it happen. Since Summer was early and so small, nursing thus far has been a bit of a challenge. Right now, I’m only producing colostrum, and we were afraid she wasn’t getting enough. So, to ensure that she doesn’t lose too much weight, and that my milk comes in strong over the next few days, I’ve been nursing as well as using a breast pump and feeding the colostrum to Summer with my finger and a syringe. I’ve also been upping my dietary fat to make sure I have enough for both myself and Summer.

Breakfast…

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One roasted white potato cooked in 1 TBSP butter, 2 eggs, and topped with the most amazing jelly ever. Thanks again Carolyn – I LOVE it! :)

For lunch I ate some grilled chicken strips followed by a bowl of oat bran topped with 1 TBSP of butter and more hot pepper raspberry preserves…

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CD then made me chocolate oaties with butter instead of almond butter and no maple syrup. Oh my gosh, my husband can bake! I had no idea. He brought me one oatie fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. CD, I love you!

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Time to go pump, but I just wanted to thank everyone for all the amazing comments, Tweets, Facebook posts, text messages, and phone calls we’ve received over the last couple of days. Really, it’s been amazing, and CD and I are still reading through all of them. I hope to post pretty often, but I won’t be able to respond to comments like I have in the past. So, if you have a specific question, feel free to leave it in the comments or email me directly, but it may take me a while to respond…like sometime in the next 18 years or so. 😉

Much love to you all,

Heather, CD, Summer, and the pups :)