Wow! I can’t believe that Hadley May has already been with us for one whole week! It honestly feels like my pregnancy went by in the blink of an eye. Kenny and I went in for our induction Thursday night and Hadley was born Friday morning. We were not prepared for such a quick delivery. With Kennedy we had been in labor for about 24 hours before we actually had her. I thought since we were being induced again that labor would be close to the same experience. Turns out, that was not the case at all. Which is fine by me because it was quick and for the most part painless.
I was a little concerned with how Kennedy would adjust to having the new baby home with us. She is doing amazing! She is so gentle and kind to Hadley. Kenedy likes to sing to Her sister and try to make silly faces to “make the baby happy”. I on the other hand, am feeling some guilt when it comes to Kennedy. Pre-baby we had a pretty set morning routine together, and since the baby has come our routine has obviously been thrown off. We have also had visitors over almost everyday, so instead of being able to spend quality time with Kennedy Ive been busy entertaining guests. It’s also been hard because I have to spend so much time feeding the baby. I am missing the snuggle sessions with my girl! I’m super lucky that Kenny also has time off of work, so he is able to give Kennedy a little extra attention.
Now. lets talk about the breastfeeding. This and delivery, were my two of my biggest concerns leading up to Hadley’s arrival. It was one of the biggest insecurities I had during my postpartum time with Kennedy. I felt like we never “figured it out”. Although we made it eight months, we had to supplement with formula. I ended up almost exclusively pumping. I felt like I had failed, not only myself but Kenny and Kennedy too. This time around things seems to be going a lot better! I think its helpful that I’m not so nervous and unsure about everything lol. I’m really trying to be patient and remember that we are both learning. My nipples are a little sore and cracked, but it is NOTHING compared to the damage that Kennedy did to them. At one point during breastfeeding Kennedy, my nips looked like ground up sausage… and that is not exaggerating.
My postpartum recovery has been amazing. I keep comparing everything back to when Kennedy was born. (Which I’ve been trying to do less of, because every baby is different). My delivery and recovery experience was very painful and difficult. I didn’t feel like myself for a few weeks. Four days after giving birth to Hadley I was wearing my maternity jeans and a full face of make up. Sometimes because I do feel so good I have to remind myself that my body just went through a traumatic experience and I need to slow down. If I don’t, then I end up being REALLY sore by the end of the night, or by the morning.
Over all things have been amazing! I am so blessed with this sweet family of mine. Kennedy will be ending school soon. And I’m hoping things will get settled down in the next week, so we can start a new routine for our family. Plus, take advantage of the fact that we have the summer off of work!
I just have to give a quick shout out to my awesome hubs! He is such a huge help to me and to our babes. And the best part is that he doesn’t feel obligated to be here, he genuinely wants to be here and show up for us. I couldn’t have made it through the last nine months without him.
Thank you to everyone who sent love our way! ❤