I don’t think I am alone in the selective memories of the newborn phase when we reminisce … Ollie and I laughed and giggled about sleepless nights and leaking boobs and projectile vomit and of course those explosive poonami’s!
However all the above have come tumbling back with some amazingly beautiful memories this time round ….. even with the explosive poo’s
With Jacobs birth from the beginning I knew I wanted it to be more intimate after suffering with a reaction to a medication in theatre when I had Joshua, I was left feeling like death and looking like something from the exorcist in the pea soup vomit category.
I found it hard to feel normal and struggled to talk when visitors started arriving on the ward to see us so this time round we requested that no visitors come to the hospital. Although we wanted to share our new addition with our nearest and dearest I wanted those first few hours to be just Ollie and Joshua and I.
I wanted time to breath and put myself together and I wanted us to all bond together after a really emotional year.
Thankfully we had a really understanding family who honoured our wishes and with enhanced recovery I was home just over 24 hours later, even after a Caesarean section!
The night after Jacob was born I had no sleep and counted down the hours till breakfast while watching his tiny face while breastfeeding for most of the night.
Ollie arrived the following morning with a McDonald’s breakfast in hand and after seeing the Dr we were told if some test came back OK we were all systems go for going home.
Mid afternoon after some epic waiting for my medications to come in from the pharmacy we were on our way home to start life with Jacob
My parents and sister were the first visitors to arrive when we got home, followed by Ollies parents and then Ollies sisters families on the Sunday morning.
For the first few nights at home I was so wiped out from the surgery that Ollie pretty much took over with Jacob to let me sleep which was amazing but after that we tag teamed with me doing the night shifts and Ollie allowing me to sleep in the day.
It has beensuper helpful having Ollie at home for the first 4 weeks, especially with school runs and helping me get around and helping me to latch Jacob on while I tried to breastfeed it really was priceless to have him here.
A couple of days after getting home Jacob took his first bath, and was not really impressed!
On the 16th February we took Jacob to be officially registered and then we headed to Frankie and Benny’s for lunch!
For the remainder of the month we have just enjoyed being a family, lazy sofa days, skin to skin contact, box sets on Netflix, chocolate and generally just enjoyed every single second of our new family.
With each passing day we can’t believe just how lucky we are and also we can’t believe how much Jacob has changed over the last few week …. It’s a little sad that we won’t be having anymore newborn babies but I intend to make the most of every single second of Jacobs early years and beyond.