You know, they should really send you home from the hospital with a manual. Don't you agree? Haha...I'm silly I know, but seriously! I've never had a baby before, and I've only babysat one time (yep, once)...but yet they still send you on your merry way after a couple of days, to do things on your own . . . Be a parent! Eeeek!
So, on those first few nights home, what did I do in the wee hours of the morning when I was up breast feeding? I turned to Mr. Google. Now, there are many things Mr. Google is good for, but I'm here to tell you that if you need parenting advice, just don't do it. If there's one thing I've learned, it is that every single parent is completely different, as is every single baby. I mean, it's nice to hear the different things people do, just so you know your options, but ultimately it's up to you! YOU are the parent!
The main thing I was stressing out about is whether or not I should wake Addie up in the middle of the night to feed her, or let her wake me up when she's hungry. I made the mistake of posting the question on Facebook, and within 30 minutes I probably had 50 comments! I appreciate everyone that commented, but I will definitely say I was extremely overwhelmed. A couple days later, I spoke with my midwife and thought I would ask her opinion. She told me that as long as she is eating good, to not let her go more than 3 hours during the day without eating, and then at night, just to let Addie let me know when she's hungry. This is exactly what we have been doing and it's working great! I feel like we are somewhat getting on a schedule (obviously it takes longer than 2 weeks to get your baby on a schedule) which is awesome!
Things have definitely gotten easier over the past couple of days. We started putting her in a cradle next to our bed a few nights ago (we had her in the bed with us for a few as well), and it has been great. Also, the past 3 nights, she has only woke me up once to eat in the middle of the night! Woohoo!
Also, can we talk about how obsessed I am with taking pictures of this sweet child? Whether it be with my iPhone, or my Nikon, I am always taking pictures of her. And yes, people might get tired of seeing me post picture after picture of my little butter bean, but I will be so happy I did!
So...Mr. Google...not a good source for parenting advice, and you can never take too many pictures! Speaking of pictures...here are a few. :)