Wednesday, February 6, 2013

She’s Home. 

Now What?

A Journey of Parenting and Breastfeeding

After months and months of waiting, prepping, arranging, re-arranging, shopping, reading, re-reading, re-arranging once again . . . my brand new bundle of joy FINALLY arrived. I was so ready for her. I felt as if I knew what I was doing and what had to be done. I read everything about newborn care; I had changed a ton of diapers before, and helped feed all the babies in my family. Having always been around lots and lots of babies, I practically helped my sister raise her 2 kids the first 5 years.

Well, only because I couldn’t stay away from those adorable little faces and I had to stop by almost every day.

My little girl arrived by Cesarean Birth, so after a few days in the hospital (which felt like an eternity) I was finally home. 

I was excited to have my beautiful baby girl home with me. All of the brand new bedding, blankets, clothing, burp clothes and everything under the sun was out and ready to be used. 

There was just one problem . . . I started to panic. 

I was home all by myself with this tiny little person. Suddenly it sinks in … I am totally and completely responsible for this little person. Me!!! (well, okay, her father too) but really ME!!!
Finding myself with a ton of questions, I was sure all the answers were in the stacks of books I have, but it just wasn’t enough. 

I needed to talk to a real person with real answers. Yes, there were several family members willing and ready to give me their point of view on how to take care of my baby, but do I really want to go there? It made me think of a family gathering I attended early in my pregnancy. EVERYONE had advice on what I should or shouldn’t be doing. Eat more, no don’t eat too much, eat this, no eat that, rub this on your belly, rub that, do this exercise, do that. It made my head spin! I could just imagine all the unsolicited advice I would get without asking!

So there I sat with all these questions and nowhere to turn.

If only I would have known early on about Postpartum Doulas, Breastfeeding Support Groups and Moms Groups.

Join me here to find out more about how these groups became my bridge to sanity. . .

DoulaTales.  Real people.  Real challenges.  Real joy.  Join us. 

Today's blog was brought to you by Elizabeth Valencia, CAPPA Trained Postpartum Doula and Lactation Consultant with Seasons Within Doula Group & Birth Services

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