As I look at my daughter, Naomi’s face, I am so mesmerized that this beautiful baby came out of me. Being Naomi’s mom has been the most fulfilling, happiest, yet tiring and hardest job I have ever done. She has completely changed my life for the better even though my life is now wrapped around pumping milk for her, feeding her and changing dirty diapers.
I never thought I would miss the little things like driving alone or sitting in a coffee shop however, I would not trade those moments for the moments with Naomi! She is such a pleasant sweet baby, she is very content and patient yet I can see a little flair that comes out of her now and then. For example, when I take a while to fix her bottle she waits patiently sucking her pacifier until I am ready to feed her; however, when her bottle is ready and I’m taking a while to put it in her mouth, she gives me the funniest short high pitched squeal and then gets back to waiting, always very attentive to the whole process. She is progressing each day, now beginning to open her eyes more and really looks at me when I am talking to her. I am so excited seeing these changes in her each day.
My schedule as a new mom is busy and rewarding. It starts with me waking up around 6 am to feed her. After that she wakes up every 2-2.5 hours for another feeding, she is very consistent with her feeding schedule. At night after 10 PM I try to push the feedings to 3 to 3.5 hours. (It does not always happen that way BUT I try). Like any new mom, after the 6 AM feeding, I try to close my eyes for a few hours before she needs to be fed again. I wake up, pump and feed her somewhere around 8:30AM – 9AM. After she eats I put her down for a nap and this is the time where I decide if I want to eat breakfast or just lay around. Around 10 I pump more milk, feed Naomi again then get my lunch ready. My schedule varies daily, of course depending on Naomi’s needs, but this is how my morning routinely goes.
I am trying to create a better schedule as I figure out how to transition her to her crib from the bassinet; these are things that we are learning together. I continue to remind myself that it’s only been 21 days as a new mom and we are learning about each other daily. I know many other mothers that just had newborns as well! I would love to hear about your schedules…. Signed
“Love Being a New Mom”