Who Knew?

Two Days OldIt’s been a loosely guarded secret, but the so-called cat is out of the bag: I had a little girl last week!

As many of my readers know, becoming a parent was not my number one goal in life. But now that I’ve met her…let’s just say everything changes. Five hours of sleep is the new 12 and somehow that’s OK with me. Nursing is difficult- sometimes shockingly painful- but worth every minute. Seeing her look at me is a just reward for every physical or emotional thing I’ve been through this week.

First Day HomeI never thought I’d be this way. Sure, I thought I could do it, but I didn’t think I’d be this…overjoyed. I know that I sound like every other new parent. But it’s true!

Her name is Ainsley Elaine; she weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long at birth. No, there are no current plans for her to have her own blog (but that might change). The pets are adjusting pretty well; Mr. Kitty is a little afraid of her, Mini is cautiously curious, and Silo is nonplussed. Sunny is still at my parents’ house and I cannot wait to see her reaction to the new kid in town.

In some ways I feel totally different; in others, completely the same. I’m completely in love with someone I only met ten days ago; on the other hand, I’m looking forward to resuming my wine tasting hobby!

11 thoughts on “Who Knew?

  1. The gamer grapevine failed me on this one (I’ve learned never to count on DH to pass along any good gossip), but from the clues on your blog and Oz’s blog I guessed this was the big news. Congratulations and welcome to the mommy club!

  2. She doesn’t urp very much at all (another benefit of nursing). Luckily, when she urps, it’s still just milk and doesn’t smell gross. When she’s four and has a stomach virus, I don’t know if I will be able to stop from sympathy-urping!

  3. Congratulations! As a mom who nursed one of my kids (for medical reasons I couldn’t with both), I can state, even 11 1/2 years later, that I remember how much that HURT at the beginning. Or maybe my daughter is just part vampire; I’m not sure. 🙂 But within a week it was fine, and two months later when I was NOT paying $7 a can for baby formula (who knows what it’s up to now?) it was definitely worth surviving that first week.

  4. Not only is formula costly, but it’s just no substitute for the real thing (if it’s possible to nurse). Ainsley had to have supplements for two days because she lost so much weight, and it was obviously much harder for her to digest.

    With all our advances in medicine, why can’t we do better at formula?

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  6. Just catching up on your blog. Great post on what new motherhood is like. You can talk about it all you want, but true understanding only comes with experience. Congratulations!

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