The first couple of days after Penelope was born were probably the hardest. Only because we were first time parents and had absolutely no idea what to expect.

I think the only thing I would change for me was to have actually paid close attention during our Breastfeeding class. The production of your milk really does rely on how you start it off. I'm glad and thankful for the Lactation consultant that came to our room before we left the hospital. I was worried about P being able to eat enough. She lost 5 oz after birth and was close to the 10% that the hospital allows. She tore up my nipples pretty badly and it was very painful when I nursed her. I learned so much about breastfeeding in three days. There were so many helpful tools available to help you with breastfeeding. I'm pretty confident now about my breastfeeding knowledge. After about a week I was used to it. Penelope is not picky at all. She's able to feed from me and her baby bottle. During her two week doctor's appointment, she gained 10 oz. Right now.. she's at 10 lbs 1 oz. She gained over 3 lbs since birth. This girl loves to eat.

So far our baby girl is eating well, she's very strong and can lift her head up. She was able to do so a couple of hours after she was born. Which I was very surprised at. I didn't know all the potentials that a newborn had already. Penelope is starting to laugh and babble now. Her coos are music to our ears. We love seeing her gummy smile and the hundreds of faces she makes. She sleeps pretty good. We set a routine for her at night and while she's still adjusting to it. She only wakes up 2-3 times at night to eat and then immediately goes back to sleep. We've been very blessed. There are a couple of days here and there where she does get fussy and won't sleep for a while, but we're still learning everyday what works and what doesn't.

I know everyone says sleep while you can before the baby's born because you won't get any afterwards. And enjoy your time to yourself now because you'll never have it again. While that is the case, I don't see why it has to be so bad. Yes, having a newborn is hard, and yes, Wynne and I don't really get as much sleep as we used to. But I love being a mom. The reward of being a parent and seeing our baby girl grow everyday makes all the negative aspect of it completely insignificant and irrelevant to me. I loved being pregnant too. I'm looking forward to our next one. :)

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