So it took me forever to get Virginia’s birth story written! But I’m glad I got it all down before I start to forget the little details! The past few weeks have really flown by! My mom was able to come for the first two weeks, which was a huge help! We got home from the hospital on Saturday the 17th, and Joe didn’t have to be back at work until the 26th. The first few days home were actually much easier than I anticipated. I was so fortunate having an easy labor, I didn’t really feel like I had any healing to do. I have stitches, but they never caused me any pain which was great. My mom took care of making all of our meals, and I just had to worry about feeding Virginia.
Breastfeeding was definitely a challenge for me. I knew that it would be difficult, but the pain from breastfeeding was way more than I was expecting! Virginia was a very aggressive eater and my poor nipples were not ready for that! My milk came in Sunday and my boobs were hard as rocks, which was so painful. When Virginia would latch on to feed a lot of times it hurt so bad I would yell out! My nipples got cracked and I would have to put ointment on them. My mom was great giving me advice and tips, and I started to get the hang of it.
Monday the 19th we had Virginia’s first pediatrician visit. Her doctor, Dr. King, is amazing! She is so sweet. Virginia weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces, which meant she’d gained 2 ounces since leaving the hospital. Dr. King was happy with that, and said that Virginia looked great! Me, Joe, and mom had taken her to the visit and Virginia did so good being out of the house! We even stopped by my bank branch to show her off!
My dad flew in on Wednesday the 21st, and Callie and Molly drove up from Nashville the next day. We had a full house, but it was so great that they could all meet Virginia so soon! Dad and Callie loved holding Virginia, but Molly was too afraid because of how small Virginia was. Friday the 23rd we went and got donuts from Joe’s favorite place for breakfast, and later on we went to the Amish market down the road. We pushed Virginia around in her stroller and she was so good! Callie flew home Saturday afternoon, and dad and Molly left Sunday morning. Dad and Molly drove up to RI to get Molly settled in at her college. I felt bad that mom was missing out, but was so glad that she was staying with us!
That Monday Joe went back to work, and me and mom spend our days watching tv and hanging out with the baby! My mom was great about cleaning and cooking and just making me more comfortable with Virginia! Plus it was great just to have my mom around! I wish that Joe and I still lived in TN so we could see our family more often, but we’ll make due with the 2 hour plane ride.
Friday the 30th Virginia had her 2 week check up, and she was up to 6 pounds 14 ounces! That put her at 3 ounces over her birth weight, which Dr. King said was great! I was pretty proud of the fact that Virginia was doing so well with her weight gain, especially since I am exclusively breast feeding and it’s basically up to me to provide for her. My mom flew home Saturday afternoon, and I was sad to see her go! Sunday and Monday Joe and I got to be home alone with Virginia, we did really good! Joe is so great with her!
This past Tuesday (Sept 3rd) was my first day home alone with Virginia. We had a great time! I was able to take a shower in the morning while she napped (I drug her bassinet into the bathroom so I could watch her), and in the afternoon we went by the post office, the bank, and I got a pumpkin iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts (it’s that time of year already!!) Virginia is great in the car, she falls right asleep once we start moving! Yesterday we went to lunch with Joe and some of his co-workers at the Green Turtle, and Virginia did great! I changed and fed her right before we left the house, and she slept through lunch! I think Joe’s co-workers were pretty impressed! She was doing so well that I decided to be brave and go out to Reisterstown to the Records Office and I picked up a copy of her birth certificate. We got her social security card in the mail the other day, so she is all official!
Today Virginia is 3 weeks old. It is amazing how much bigger she looks to me each day. She makes the sweetest faces, and smiles in her sleep. She holds on to my finger while she eats, and it is the sweetest thing in the world. She only cries when she is hungry or cold, and is really a laid back little girl! She sleeps in her bassinet next to our bed at night. Some nights she only wakes every 2 or 3 hours to eat and then falls right back asleep, but we also have nights were she cluster feeds. On nights when she cluster feeds, she tends to eat for about 3 hours straight, and I feel a little like a zombie! But I haven’t felt sleep deprived yet, and I definitely don’t feel any baby blues. I love being a mom! I think Joe and I are so lucky to have such a sweet baby girl! During the day when I’m not changing or feeding her, I have plenty of time to do the dishes and laundry, and I never feel overwhelmed! Today I vacuumed and she slept right through it! I definitely do not miss working at the bank and will be so sad when I have to leave her to go back!
One of the things I’ve been most surprised about is how my body has just gone back to its old size! I’m thinking that breastfeeding and staying relatively active (doing housework and going out) has made all the difference. I was back in my old skinny jeans by the time Virginia was about a week old. This morning I weighed myself and I’m only 6 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I was worried my stomach would look really scary, but it shrunk back down really fast! I was so lucky and never even got stretch marks. I’m definitely looking forward to my 6 week check up so I can get the okay to go back to the gym. I miss Zumba!
So that’s all I know for now! I can’t wait for the rest of me and Joe’s families to meet Virginia! She is so loved already! The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be when I grew up was to be a mom, and I am so happy that I am one! Joe and I love our little girl!