Bringing our baby home for the first time was so frightening. We are both so new to babies and have so much to learn. We handled him like a porcelain doll and really second guessed every single thing that we did. As the days went on we got more and more confident with him. You just have to trust yourself and your instincts and when you are stuck you can always receive great advice from friends and family. We have fantastic support behind us from day one and couldn't appreciate it more.
During Noah's first week he was good as gold. He fed, slept, fed, slept. He enjoyed his sleep so much that we would actually have to try to wake him for a feed. I think he was just getting used to the outside world and catching up on some well deserved rest after the stress of labour. We did struggle with him sleeping in his moses basket as he preferred to sleep on me. We slightly tilted the moses basket mattress and created a hoop with a blanket for a head rest on advisement from the midwives and that has really seemed to help.
Noah absolutely loves his milk and although he rarely finishes a 90ml bottle he will want more milk shortly after. He tends to feed every 2-3 hours. He is a very hungry baby! I tried breastfeeding initially but it wasn't for me, I found it painful and I struggled to get him to latch on correctly. I did express for the first week but it didn't seem to fill him up and we would have to top him up with formula. I wish I had of educated myself on breastfeeding more than I did as I was extremely disappointed with myself and I still have a bitter feeling when thinking about giving up. Anyway I am trying not to dwell on it too much.
He put a little bit of weight on at his first weigh in and the second he had lost half an ounce. The midwives said it was great though as newborns normally lose a lot and Noah was fine. Since then though he has piled on the weight (now at 16 days old he weighs a whooping 8lb 10oz!) They also said he had a bit of jaundice when he was a couple of days old but as he was feeding well I just had to keep an eye on it, if it got worse I would have to call them. It didn't and went away in a few days time.
His cord fell off on his seventh day and I have wrapped it in a nappy bag and put it in his memory box. We waited until his cord fell off until we gave him that daunting first bath, which he loved! He really enjoyed the water falling on him and didn't cry until he was out and getting dried. He isn't a fan of being dressed, he actually prefers a nappy change to his clothes being messed with! Since that first bath he has had a quick dip with me which he loved even more. He was kicking his little legs about like he was trying to swim.
He is such a character already and I think he is going to take after me. He is so strong willed for a newborn and if you do something that he doesn't like he makes a grumpy huff which makes me laugh every time as he sounds just like me. He seems to love his snuggles and kisses and is so aware of everything. I can't wait to see his personality develop as he gets older.
I can't believe how much he has changed already. It's incredible watching him grow and I am absolutely loving being a new Mummy!