Mollie arrived to us on July 6, 2010 at 10:42 AM. She weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 oz and 19 inches long!
We could not be more in love and can already see the start of our little family blooming!
Thanks for your continued love and support ~Leigh Ann, Matt & Mollie

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2 weeks- Survival Mode

14 days...yep that's 2 weeks. Mollie arrived in our lives 2 weeks ago today! There are so many things you can read up on and be 'prepared' for, but at the same time I feel that us women are a bit duped by each other as not being really upfront with other moms on how HARD these first couple of weeks are on the mom, baby and even dad. I didn't realize 14 days could feel so short, but at times feel so long ago!

I had a great conversation with my mom and friend Jennifer yesterday about how these first couple of weeks are a total whirlwind. The baby is trying to adjust to life in the real world, you are adjusting to caring for another human being 24 hrs a day and yet at the same time, try and live your life as 'normally' as you can nd actually maybe try and FEEL normal. Well, I know our 'normal' is a new normal and could not be more excited about that. When you choose to bring a life into this world, that's what you are signing up for- and I looked down at Mollie this morning and had a happy cry wondering how I have gone this long in my life without her in it.

It didn't even dawn on me that after she would be born that my body would have to take a while to readjust and my hormones would take a while to plateau. During a 9 month pregnancy your hormones are so high, then WHOOSH you have a baby and your hormones go way low. Now..add that to very little sleep, if any and it really doesn't make for a delightful combination- no lie you feel quite like an emotional zombie.
Once you have your long awaited baby there is nothing like it in the world..even the hard times in these past 2 weeks have shown me that unconditional love to our child really does exist and is at times a bit overwhelming and emotion gets the best of me..haha, time & time again! My tear ducts have gotten a great workout:)

I have greatly relied on some of my mom friends these past 14 days with random breastfeeding questions, sleep questions, burst of tears for no apparent reason other than the fact I felt as to having no clue what I was doing! But as I was told by our fabulous pediatrician the day after Mollie was born 'The first two weeks are all about survival- YOU are in survival mode as is the baby.' I have literally said that to myself multiple times each day since then and it has greatly helped. I also heard, "Each day gets better & it will get easier." Again, soooo true, but about day 4 I could seriously not see how that was possible. Having that motivation by friends and family were a huge help.

So on that note, I want us ladies to be encouragement for each other, be able to lean on each other more and most importantly TALK about these hard times that come with a new life..I knew it would be a blessing and love would be abundant with a baby, but I feel like I was not prepared for my body/insides to feel as bad as it did for a whole week plus, that nausea would be my stumbling block and the vicious cycle of lack of eating/sleeping would completely DRAIN me, that my emotions would take over often and I could just cry and cry. The list goes on..this is a juggling act. There is always a ball up in the air & not sure it will ever come down when you have children! The trick is to learn to juggle- I am currently taking lessons, but no pro yet:)


  1. You're doing such a great job w/ her! Mollie is so lucky and so loved

  2. I agree with you on the info front... I do make jokes about the wee ones and the woes it can be but it is with jest, love and the as you said, unconditional love... my Vietnamese man friend said after his wife gave birth... she needs to adjust... she rests and feeds the baby... the family cooks, cleans, and goes shopping... we Americans feel as if we should pick ourselves up and move on as if we just had a bad menstral day.... give yourself time and don't feel pressure to be anyone else or a super mom and wife.. I hated the 'roids... after... having to literally sit on a cushion... the stitch itches... yes had them... the look of the hollow stomach with the stretched out saggy skin... the breast leaking like open faucets in the night and the wet sheets.... the baby not latching on correctly.. the pained nipples... the bleeding nipples... who knew until the baby thru up blood... scary... the baby being intolerant of the ingestion of milk protein I was ingesting.. I had to go Casein free... not even an egg!!! the hair loss, the fret over the tiniest little sound the baby makes which may not sound "right" the changing color of the poo.... the not sleeping at night, baby or you or worse... dad... and the list goes on...the biggest.. memory loss.. shaving one leg in the shower and forgetting to do the other.. did I put clothes in the washer?? do I use baby lotions (no) then the wee one is a blessed three months old... laughing, recognizes daddy when he comes home and kicks those legs like crazy.... life gets a normalcy... then there is the teething... the,"do I start adding baby cereal as everyone says or just keep breast feeding??" "do I make my own cereal... do I want my child around other kids which are walking or crawling and my make my baby sick..." yep... that's coming.. and then they go to kindergarten... drive, graduate... go into the Army... been there sister... just don't put too much pressure on yourself to do it as others have... find a way which works for you and your family... mother knows best... lots of love...