They told me becoming a mom wasn’t going to be easy. What they didn’t tell me is how it was going to be a completely different situation than what I expected. As some of you may know, I just became the mom to a beautiful baby girl named Maelyn on December 23rd of 2015. I took one look at that little girl and my heart completely melted. I had so much love, joy and absolute fear about becoming a parent to this little one. I knew for certain that I was going to be up all night, every night for the first couple of weeks. But finding out she had a higher level of jaundice and having to wake her up to try and feed her every couple of hours was like torture! Here I thought she would wake up when she was hungry. I had no idea that babies would sleep through feedings for the first few days. We got through it.
Within those first few days we had family members, both local and visiting from out of town, that were eager to see our sweet girl’s new face. She was very welcomed to the world by many loving & warm embraces. Over those days, I went out to lunch, shopping at Target (addicted) and didn’t want to be confined in the house at all. Which I think had to do with the fact we had to stay an extra day at the hospital. Maelyn? She was cool with whatever we did. She didn’t get sick. But being a new mom and not knowing exactly how to breastfeed in public yet was a difficult task. So, I did it in the car. She was fine with that too, Alyssa Milano. I have since semi-mastered the art of public breastfeeding. Needless to say, we got through it.
For about a week, Maelyn had the dreaded witching hour. Nobody warned me about this one!! From about 7-10 every night she would scream. We couldn’t do anything to calm her down. What could possibly be making this little girl so angry? I nursed, changed, rocked, danced, sang and hummed to her with nothing to show for it! Eventually she cried enough and tired herself out. I nursed her once more and she fell asleep right there eating. She made me feel like I was doing everything wrong. But hey, we got through it.
As I am sitting here writing this post, Maelyn is eating and squirming around. She makes it very difficult to type one handed. Regardless of my current predicament I still got it finished with baby attached. Yeah, we got through it and we will get through everything else parenthood throws at us too.
Photos courtesy of Let Me See You Sparkle Photography