It’s been seven days since Harper was born and we brought her home. That first night home was interesting to say the least. The days that followed, not so much. They were actually pretty straightforward.
Harper came home the night of the NYC “Bomb Cyclone” snowstorm that hit the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT). The snow stopped late in the afternoon, but there was about six inches on the ground. There was still snow on the roads after some cleaning up, but not completely covered so transport was possible. My best friend came to the hospital that evening and picked us up. She drove slowly and carefully and we all made it home safe and sound.
Once we got home, we put our bags down and got her ready to get to bed. YEAH RIIIIGGGHHTT!!! We got her out of her hospital clothes and put her into some brand new threads. My lady decided to feed her, wrap her in a blanket, and in her bassinet she went. Right to sleep right? WRONG! She was fussy, taking in her surroundings, and seemed uncomfortable. My lady decided to swaddle her and BINGO! That did the trick. She fell asleep in the bassinet. Only took us until four in the morning to figure it out. But isn’t that what this phase of the journey is about? Figuring it out?
The next few days have been more of the same; figuring things out. It’s been a discovery phase on how to feed, change, and get her into a schedule. I won’t say its been difficult; rather its been a challenge. I’ve been learning how to properly feed, burp, change, and put her to sleep. I’m proud to say that I’ve been successful at it and have found my groove around a poopy diaper!
That last line is funny, but it bears a lot of weight. I wanted to get in a groove quickly so that parenting duties didn’t become lopsided. I’m not saying I’m a pro, but I’ve got enough of the hang of it to understand what needs to be done..correctly..lol.
At the time of this post, it will have been a week since Harper was born. She’s been on a 2 to 2.5 hour schedule for feeding and has been overall pretty consistent. She cries for a diaper change or feeding and the rest of the time she’s just sleeping or hanging out with us on the couch or in bed.
Before I forget, yes, sleep has been an issue, but not too much of an issue where we can’t function as a unit. We have a good system in place and so far it’s working. I’m not naive to think that there won’t be adjustments along the way; like a million of them..lol. For right now though, It’s been a relatively pain free experience.
Harper and mama are doing well, and me, well I’m here writing this blog while she sleeps next to me. It’s safe to say, I’m I’m on cloud nine with my little baby girl.