Welcoming a baby during a pandemic: baby Micah first month update
It’s officially been one month since Baby Micah graced us with his presence via c-section. It was a scheduled c-section so things were way smoother this time around. Being pregnant during a pandemic is hard but giving birth ( no matter which way) is even harder. The love that we all have found is just the sweetest. I never thought a new addition would make us so happy and in love. Welcoming a baby during a pandemic is definitely a different monster. Not being able to head out or even have people meet him has been so hard.
One thing that 2020 has shown us is to savor the moments.
The first few weeks actually were not a blur like it was with A. Since I was diagnosed with antepartum depression, I opted to start my anti-depressant meds in the hospital, after realizing how overwhelmed I’ve become. We were only allowed one person even after the csection so my mom couldn’t be there. I will admit I did handle her not being there better than I thought. Welcoming a baby during a pandemic isn’t easy. No matter if it is your 1st or 10th baby.
This time around the nurses were so much more supportive than they were when having A 7 years prior. From helping me when it came to breastfeeding, getting up the same day, to making sure I took my meds on time so my recovery would be so much smoother. So it’s easier for me this time around. The constant crying doesn’t make me frustrated and I know what cues to look for when it comes to caring for a newborn.
Take a nap when baby naps they say
This doesn’t happen all the time since A does virtual school at home 3 days a week and always needs help. So once my husband gets home I take a nap and one right after we put A to bed.
Breastfeeding has been different
It’s been known that some women with PCOS have a hard time breastfeeding due to our hormones fluctuating. After the birth of A my milk took a whole month to come in. He lost too much weight. So I opted to formula feed.
With baby Micah he did lose weight and we did opt to supplement in the hospital to help him. He just wouldn’t latch well since we opted to use a nipple shield. It helped a bit but he wouldn’t latch just right so we had the issue of him falling asleep and not getting the fatty milk. So we still stuck with supplementing 1-2x a day and making sure I pump a few times a day.
Recently we made the decision to see if he had a tongue tie and long behold he one to the point it has been affecting his latch. Over the past few days he’s been latching so great so we ended up graduating from the nipple shield.
Top things we’ve noticed in the first month
- You went from 6lbs 14 oz. to 8lbs 10oz
- Even though you have no idea you’ve started smiling more
- That newborn curl is starting to go away. Soon we won’t have a squishy baby
- You started your own baby gabbing
- You’ve officially started getting bald. Something we didn’t experience with A
- You love bathtime even as a newborn
- You totally dislike your bassinet
- You love your swaddle from Happiest Baby which helps you sleep in your bassinet.