2 weeks of Olivia!

Today Olivia Mabelynn is 2 weeks old!

Side note, Olivia’s middle name is a combination of her two Grandma’s names. My mother-in-law’s name is Mabel and my mom’s name is Lynn. So we combined them to get Mabelynn!

I really wanted to get something down on the blog to remember the last two weeks, as things have changed so so much already with Olivia and I don’t want to forget these early days.

Since Olivia was born super early (3:30am) in the morning of Friday, November 24 we ended up spending 2.5 days in the hospital. We spent all day on the 24th, all day on the 25th and half the day on the 26th there. Those early days were tough. I was in quite a bit of pain from my episiotomy and getting in and out of bed was hard. Both Olivia and I were trying to learn how to breastfeed and she was cluster feeding. Basically for those first few nights Eric would get up when she did, wake me up, I would feed her and then Eric would burp her, change her and put her back to sleep. During those nights in the hospital Eric would head back to our house to sleep during the day because he would basically be up all night. Luckily we had SO much family visiting us that I was never alone during the day while he was gone and I’m very grateful for all the support.

This photo was taken on her 2nd night. 

I am also so very thankful for the Labour & Delivery nurses who would come and help us with breastfeeding. I knew it would be very hard at the beginning but I didn’t realize that I would literally need an additional person to help with latching and about 5,000 cushions/pillows propped around me. Luckily Eric learned well from the L&D nurses and was an incredible help with latching once we left the hospital. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Eric those first 5 days. He basically did everything except actually feed her. Ha ha!

We are pretty sure for the first few days Olivia had her days and nights mixed up, so she was asleep most of the day and awake most of the night. The second night after we got home from the hospital was our hardest night yet. Olivia was cluster feeding and basically did not sleep from 1am – 8:30am. Eric and I were so so tired and wondering how we could possibly do that night after night. Luckily her sleep has improved immensely and that was our only really bad night with her.

She sleeps in the Halo Bassinet beside our bed at night and during the day she naps on the coffee table downstairs in a baby nest my Grandma made for us – crafty grandma strikes again as these baby nests sell for $150+! And yes, we do attempt to swaddle her at night but she almost always breaks free and puts up quite the fuss if we swaddle her too tight. She likes to have her hands out!

I can’t remember when but at about night 3 or 4 at home Olivia got her days and nights straightened out and started sleeping amazingly well. We are SO LUCKY. She will sleep for a 4 hour stretch at night easily, and I usually have to wake her up to feed at the 4 hour mark or she would sleep even longer. I have been told this is a benefit of having a bigger baby – she comes out already being a good sleeper. I am so grateful!

The night before she hit 2 weeks she slept from midnight – 4:30am and again from 5:30 – 8:30am. She is also really good about sleeping in her bassinet and in her nest as long as she is asleep when we put her in there. She does not like being laid down awake which is a challenge as sometimes it takes lots of rocking to get her back to sleep after a feed, which is not always fun when you are just so so desperate to go to sleep yourself!

Breastfeeding is going quite well and her and I can now feed on our own and with only one pillow for support instead of 5,000! A huge win. I am pumping to store some milk in the freezer but we have not attempted to introduce the bottle yet as we want to make sure we get well established with breastfeeding before doing so.

Chloe seems to be doing well with her. This is a topic for a separate blog post, but a few months ago Chloe went completely blind. She had slowly been losing her eyesight since the spring, and she lost it completely this fall. We are so sad Chloe never got to see Olivia, but she is definitely aware that she is there and has carefully sniffed her a couple of times. When Chloe first came back to our house (she was at my dad’s while we were in the hospital) she would whimper on her bed whenever Olivia cried. Sympathy crying!

Webster has gone to live at my dad’s house for the first few months. This is again a topic for another blog post, but we were having some issues with him and Chloe since Chloe went blind and Webster is a very ornery cat. We weren’t totally sure how he would act with the baby and we weren’t ready to risk it, especially since he’d been attacking Chloe a lot since she went blind because she would get too close to him or run into him. My brother and dad send me daily pictures of Webster and he has settled in nicely with them and gets tons of cuddles. I’ll be going out to visit him soon and slowly introducing him to Olivia over the next few months and hopefully we can bring him home in the spring when she is older. It was a super hard decision, and I sobbed the day my brother picked him up, but I know it was the right decision for our little family right now.

I should also note that I could never have given Webster away completely and I am so grateful my brother and dad were willing to take him in and have been taking such great care of him and of course sending me daily photos and snapchats. I trade Olivia photos for Webster photos now 🙂

The weather warmed up immensely last week so we were able to get outside for our first outdoor walk. It was so nice to get some sunshine and fresh air!! Speaking of going for a walk, I am doing 100x better physically in week 2 than I was in week 1. I was very very sore for a few days and couldn’t spend too much time on my feet or go up and down the stairs too much as it would really intensify my bleeding. I’m also pretty sure I ripped / popped a stitch on our 2nd night at home getting up from the chair after feeding her, so that was very sore for a few days. I couldn’t even *think* about going for a walk for awhile.

All of a sudden in week 2 I started to feel a lot better and could be on my feet more and even took Chloe for a couple of slow walks around the block. I still get pretty tuckered out and need to sit and rest after a 10-15 minute walk, but I am definitely feeling better.

On the hormones / emotions level, they really are no joke post partum. The tears will come so so easily these days. The other night I was sitting on the couch snuggling Olivia and I just started crying. It was part exhaustion and part gratefulness / happy tears. I never used to cry happy tears but I definitely am in these PP days. I also would start crying anytime I even *thought* about Eric going back to work those first few days but now that I’m feeling so much better and have a better handle on breastfeeding I am feeling OK about him going back to work next week, though Olivia and I will miss him so so much.

Soaking up those newborn cuddles. 

This newborn stage is really hard. We are lucky to have an amazing sleeper on our hands, and it’s still hard. But it is also so amazing. This little person is just so darn cute and perfect in every way and you literally cannot beat those newborn snuggles. There is nothing better. Also, why do they smell SO good??

I already know the time is going to pass way too quickly so I’m really focusing on being in the moment and enjoying this time with our sweet and cuddly newborn.

At 2 weeks old Olivia loves…

  • The mamaroo swing
  • Sleeping on mommy or daddy’s chest

She hates…

  • Diaper changes
  • Baths (see below photo for how she feels about them…)
  • Being hungry for even 3 seconds

Things I haven’t felt like doing at all are cooking or cleaning. I am very grateful that Eric has taken over pretty much all cleaning the last couple of weeks. My amazing BFF Jen also flew up to spend 3 nights with us and scrubbed our house top to bottom while here and my mom has been amazing with helping clean as well. I’ve also had sooo many family members drop off food, which I am so appreciative for. Just tonight I enjoyed some amazing homemade chicken soup and homemade bread that my cousin dropped off.

I think that pretty much sums up the first 2 weeks of life with a baby. We don’t really do much, but the days pass by so quickly. I still can hardly believe it’s already been 2 weeks since she entered our lives. I am sad about Eric going back to work next week but happy that he will have some more time off with us at Christmas.

Perhaps my next blog post will not be baby related, but don’t count on it 😉

19 Responses

  1. Sam says:

    This is so lovely to read. You are definitely soaking it all up and your observations are totally normal and valid. Wish I could be closer to give you a hug! What a great BFF you have, so thoughtful of her. Must be a mom 😘. The photo of Olivia sleeping on you, you look radiant. Keep up the good (hard!) work! You are doing amazing.

  2. Cara says:

    You are doing such an amazing job! Those first few weeks are so rough with everything going on, I still think it’s so unfair that during those sweet newborn days we have to put up with so much physically, lol!!

    As far as happy tears, I was welling up just reading your post, EVERYTHING makes me cry these days!! The older my girls get the more I think about when they leave the house and I just can’t fathom that yet.

    Way to go on the breastfeeding! I was a La Leche League leader for 9 years, so if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email!!
    bczimmer5@gmail.com

  3. I am glad the first 2 weeks have gone so well. I know there have been tough moments but overall it sounds like you guys are doing great. I saw my friend Courtney last night and told her about Olivia’s 4 hours sleep stretches and she is envious! Both her and our friend’s baby got up every 2 hours to eat!! And Courtney’s son would only sleep when being held in those early days! So it’s great that Olivia sleeps for long stretches and will sleep in her bassinet or nest!

    She is so unbelievable beautiful, though! I think I’d be staring at her all day if I was you! I’m so glad you guys got your miracle baby and that she is here and thriving!

  4. Shoshanah says:

    She is so adorable! And I still remember those first few weeks when you know you’ve barely had her but it feels like she’s always been there. Also not sure if Olivia is back at her birth weight, but once ours were our dr told us we didn’t need to wake them at night anymore, so that’s something to look forward to!!

  5. Marie-Christine says:

    I’m so happy for you!
    She is adorable!
    You will be able to look back on those first weeks with your blog, it’s so great to keep memories!

  6. What an exciting time for you and your little family 🙂 Babies really do smell so good, and newborns are just so precious. Soak it allllll up.

  7. I am so sad for Chloe. Poor girl. It has to be so difficult for her but hopefully, she is not in any pain.

    And I totally feel Olivia when I have to be hungry for more than three seconds. It is a struggle, kid! haha

    Keep up the good work, momma! You are going to get into an incredible rhythm and other things will get easier!

  8. Lindsey says:

    I remember those first few weeks so well! Hours spent with a sleeping baby on me 🙂 I am glad she is sleeping good that helps a ton! I was lucky that way too. And so awesome that your friends and family are helping out!

  9. Wow, Eric is amazing. With my first, I got about 2 hours of paternity leave before getting back to work. With the 2nd it was closer to 2 days. Still under the american system it’s simply not possible for me to have done what he’s doing now. Very impressive.

    Those first few weeks can really explain why sleep deprivation is used as a torture technique! The sleep schedule is so strict because of hunger. This is the main advantage of having a 10 lb baby! Most newborns have a stomach that will only hold enough liquid to fill a golf ball. As they grow and hit that 10 lb mark, the stomach has gotten big enough to hold more than one golf ball’s worth of nutrition at a time. This translates to longer digestion times, which allows them to sleep longer. Eventually it patterns out so they sleep about 20 hours a day in even intervals, then by 6 months old (appr) they start to stay awake more during the day and reserve longer sleep sessions at night the way most adults do.

    then they become teenagers and go back to sleeping 14 hours a day.

  10. Stephany says:

    Gosh, Olivia is SO darn cute. I can’t get over it. So chunky and adorable. 🙂

    I can only imagine how difficult it is to have your life totally rocked (in a good way!) by a newborn. The sleeplessness is what freaks me out about having a baby. I really enjoy my sleep, haha.

    Poor Chloe. It’s so hard having a blind dog!

  11. San says:

    Olivia is a doll. So happy to hear you’re settling into a new routine (although I can imagine that it’s been an adjustment 😉 but the baby snuggles make up for it. Also yay for so many helping hands during these first few weeks!

  12. Leigh says:

    So glad you guys are doing well! Hope the first day alone went well 🙂

  13. Hayley says:

    I’m late catching up on this post, but I love the updates! She’s absolutely adorable and it makes me pine for my baby’s newborn days. But the next minute I remember how difficult it really was. I’m glad you’re in the moment and trying to soak up all the newborn snuggles. This is the one and only time you’ll ever have a first child.

  14. Lovely photos! I’m so glad you guys are doing so well.

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