Reasons I cried the first week home:
Life with a newborn is more frustrating than I thought it would be. Like, I know everyone says it's hard... but "everyone" also says the first year of marriage is hard...and it totally wasn't for us, so I figured "everyone" was blowing smoke up our tooshes about newborns too.
Little Nora-bug has acid reflux leaving me in a total state of panic every time we tried to lay her down... you'd hear her start to choke... needless to say we slept holding her until our pediatrician prescribed her reflux meds. So MUCH better. but it feels weird/sad to have a prescription for our newborn.
Now we're working on sleeping through the nights and balancing feeding and naps during the day. We're using Baby Wise and The Happiest Baby on the Block... Baby Wise for the sleep training and Happiest Baby for calming our fussy little lady... however the most effective calming we've found to be is holding her while sitting on a exercise ball and bouncing away.
I pictured Nora and I having our first fight, and the overwhelming love I have for her now... and immediately pictured the father/daughter scene in Armageddon... all in the 10 seconds my husband left the room for. He came back, saw me crying and said, "Is the chili THAT good?"
I have a k'tan baby carrier and put her in it for the first time, she looked so peaceful that I wanted to capture her expression... I DROPPED MY GINORMOUS IPHONE ON HER FACE. Then we both cried.
I ate a bean burrito for lunch and she had horrible tummy gas/pain that night.
To cap off the week, I started crying because I was so sick of crying.
Favorite moments so far:
We discovered she loves Wilson Phillips while watching Bridesmaids one fussy evening. Needless to say I immediately purchased the album that I fondly remember having a cassette tape of. We particularly enjoy Hold On and Release Me... putting her pouting faces to lyrics is comical. I can't handle the song Over and Over, it's too... Robin Sparkles- Sandcastles in the Sand for me.
I can drive in the carpool lane! This hasn't come in too useful as of yet, most of my outings are quickly running to Kohls (it's the nearest shopping to me) or the grocery store. But CARPOOL lane people.
Her giggles and smiles, they absolutely MELT me.
When she looks like she's plotting an evil plan.
The time she sucked on Ry's nipple through his shirt and freaked him out.
Finally getting a few hours of sleep at night (every other night she seems to sleep in 4 hour stretches)
The support from moms (and some non mom's, like her Aunt Holly) everywhere, I've experienced such an outpouring of encouragement. I am SO GRATEFUL for.
The feeling of being a family... not that we weren't when it was the two of us...it's just beautifully different somehow.
Things that baffle me:
When she's hungry but fights my tata like she's a gladiator.
The howler monkey hours.
The force at which milk can come out of my body.