Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update from the trenches

It isn't easy, but we're starting to get the hang of this whole "newborn" thing. It helps that we have four sets of hands in the house as my parents are staying with us for the week. After a particularly brutal few hours very early this morning, my mom swooped in and took Allison downstairs, affording me and Jerry some much-needed sleep.

When the crying stopped, Jerry turned to me in the dark and said, "I hope they never leave."

Alli went for her first doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon, and I'm happy to report that she is healthy and gaining weight. Granted, it's just an ounce, but it feels pretty great to know that my boobs provided enough nourishment to foster that ounce. Go boobs.

Getting her out the door was an adventure in itself. Strapping her into the car seat takes an army. There are so many latches and buckles and belts that you'd think she was a high-profile criminal being transported out of a maximum security prison for her trial.

The smallest things feel like gigantic successes. Like being able to take a shower and brush my hair. And at the risk of sounding incredibly weird to those not in the know, going to the bathroom. That first time felt like a major accomplishment.

Moms, I know you understand.


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Mohawk baby.

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By the way, sorry about the comment problem yesterday. I think my aunt changed it so they had to be approved after the oh-so-lovely "Your baby looks like an alien regurgitated it" comments. Actually, that would've been an improvement. I mean, if you're going to insult an infant, you've got to at least get creative. Anyway, I changed it back so the comments should appear automatically. Sure, I might be inviting more insults, but not even Jesus himself could convince me my little girl isn't absolutely perfect -- stinky diapers and all.

48 comments:

kimiedawn said...

Yep! Understand completely. And just wait til you go to Wal-mart or the grocery store. After that you'll feel like you can do anything. Oh how our lives change when we have children!

Anonymous said...

OMG.
Honestly, I have been waiting for this post because I was secretly hoping that all of this mumbo-jumbo I hear from new moms about "not showering" "dressing in clothing that would be appropriate outside the home" was just some kind of lazy attitude sort of thing. I wanted to see you type, "Tra-la! This is a breeze and tiring, but still a breeze! I have showered, eaten breakfast and taken a quick jog this morning. Squee!"

I'm going to go cry to myself in a corner now and reconsider my timeline of when to start trying.

Anonymous said...

Holy hair!

sweetheartmj97 said...

You'll get the hang of it! Those car seats are especially tricky. She is a beautiful baby.

LeslieAnn said...

Aww, cute mohawk!!!

Lioncloud said...

Getting the baby out the door often seems like more work than the labor/delivery did. My favorite is when you are finally all ready to go and then they barf all over themselves and you have to start again.


Glrr

julie said...

She's so cute!! I'm glad your parents are there to help you in this first week. Remember, any time the baby's sleeping, you try to get some sleep too.

Anonymous said...

she is so pretty. her skin is perfect and damn that hair. can't wait for the long ponytail... p.s
she stil looks like jerry. She is so cute.

gorakagaz said...

aw, she looks so cute. that's quite a bit of hair for a newborn =]

kristin said...

Congrats to your nourishing boobs :) I can see the ounce - she's looking great.

the plainsman said...

I wonder who's idea the "Mohawk" was? Kelly's, Jerry's or Toby's?

MandyElvins said...

What a beauty!

Randall said...

Oh my goodness, I think I didn't have that much hair when I was three! I always remember you said you wanted to do a baby mohawk - boy or girl. So there you go!

Anonymous said...

i. cannot. believe. how much she looks like her daddy. you've probably heard this a million times in the last couple of days! speaking of....when will we see some pics of her with him to prove their similarities!?

Teme said...

She is so beautiful! And cutest mohawk ever!

Tina P. said...

so today is the first time i;ve looked at your blog in a while. Hmmm pre-baby shall we say. So i just want to say that Alli is adorbale and she looks just like Jerry. Its so cute. While looking at the naked baby pictures i just couldn't believe that baby was inside of you mere moments before. Its almost unbelievable. I hope you're taking millions of pictures.

Erinn said...

Now we all know what Jerry looks like when he is sleeping. How is Toby's doing with Allison?

Jennifer said...

After my first was born I got comments (albeit from my husband's ex wife) that she looked like a cancer paitent. How immature and pathetic do you have to be to make fun of an innocent newborn child? I'm sorry someone put such flith on this site during such a special time. But I don't have to tell you how messed up they must be to say such things, you already know.

As far as the bathroom thing, yes, as a mom I TOTALLY understand. Its a scary step, glad you got through it. hahaha!

Awesome job on the breastfeeding! I'm so happy for you that its going well. Its a lot of work, but it is worth it.

BTW, you may want to look up lilypadz. They let you sleep without a bra, you won't need cotton nursing pads all the time, and you don't leak all over the place. (if you are having such issues yet) AMAZING product, worth mentioning. Keep it in mind.

Good to hear from you and I hope that you took my advice from earlier and got a nice long day of sleeping in before the baby was born. If you did, just try and think back to that wonderful moment and let it recharge you.

Jennifer said...

BTW, the mohawk is so freaking adorable. Love it

Janice said...

Don't listen to them-- she's wonderful and perfect <3 OH, and GO BOOBS!

Gisela said...

Thanks for the phone call today. I missed hearing your voice, but now you officially have a "Mom" voice!!! LOL!! Alli's mega hair will only end up looking like mine, just watch ;) she'll be the envy of all the bald babies.

And what kind of fucktard said that comment about the alien? I'll beat you up, dickweed!

aahcoffee said...

Oh man, I totally understand the bathroom thing. Welcome to mommyland! LOL.

And she is precious!!!

its_just_ang from Xanga said...

She is really rocking that mohawk. Love it! Oh, yeah, go boobs!!!

Chelsea said...

Love the mohawk! I'm not a mom, yet I nanny so I know how hard it can be to do something simple as going to the bathroom. For example, before you leave you to go to the bathrrom you have to make sure the baby is happy and set..that she won't roll over in the one second you pee...etc.

Erin in Scranton said...

Hahaha! Glrr said "barf."

She's a doll, Kelly. She looks very sturdy, too. How does she like the interior design of her room, by the way?

Christie said...

I cannot believe that someone would say such a thing about such a beautiful little girl... sure, sometime newborns can look a little funny but not yours. Good lord, she's one of the prettiest babies I have ever seen.
Any way, I'm so glad you're getting in the swing of things. You will be a wonderful (already are!) mother. Don't worry about what unbelievably ignorant people say. Your true readship knows better. Promise.

PS-I am totally diggin the mohawk. That's hott!

Melissa said...

Yes, your baby girl IS absolutely perfect!! I love her mohawk!

Myranda said...

Love the mohawk!! Adorable!

Kirstin said...

she is so cute!
and she looks just like jerry...with your hair!!!

so amazingly beautiful!

Shalini said...

Love the mohawk! Alli is such a cutie! Those CHEEKS are so pinchable! (now i understand why all those aunts I have want to pinch cheeks)

Sigh, I really want another one.... i miss that baby cuteness!

Emmy said...

Well, it's easy to see that she *is* perfect in every way. And also lucky to have you as her mom. :-)

Rachel said...

I'm glad you have parents there to help. I know I needed my mom the first week!
And congrats on your boobs doing their job! Not every woman's boobs work the way they should! And hopefully the bathroom thing is still going ok... I know it took me a couple weeks to feel normal again...

Anonymous said...

aww, lookit all the hair! :)

Kriston said...

Of course she is perfect. I can't believe anyone said those types of things. I do understand about the bathroom thing.
My SIL said it best when she said leaving the house with a baby is like mounting an expedition.
It's true. One of those old timey expeditions that involved sea going trunks and maybe even a jaunt to the south pole. To say nothing of the "is the baby warm enough" anxiety. Congratulations for the good boob work! I'm very happy for you.

Laura said...

so much hair!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you have extra hands to help you. That is a huge bonus!
I can't believe anyone would say anything negative about that little darling. I swear she is one of the cutest babies I have ever seen and I have seen a ton of babies!

Good Luck and enjoy the sleep you get!
~Kirs

mercurial scribe said...

Though my Squishy is still in utero, I remember this newborn stage with my little brother and it was quite a feat to eat, sleep and bathe. And what a learning experience this all is...

I can't wait to read about it more.

BTW, even my Husband, who is by far the "newborns always look like wrinkled old men" took one look at Alli and went... "Awwwwww! She's so CUTE!" LOL. And then he wanted to steal her name. :-)

Go boobs! ;-)

Anonymous said...

your baby is perfect! F*** anyone who says otherwise! Allison has more people who have loved her even before she was born than many people have their whole lives!

Pauline said...

Whoever left that comment is CRAZY. Allie is beautiful. And that's a lot coming from me, because newborns usually look kinda... weird... to me. ;]

Randall said...

Hmm... don't think my comment worked before. But, just wanted to say how happy I am to see that you all are home safe and sound. I remember you saying early on, before you knew if it was a boy or girl, that either way they would be getting a baby mohawk. And there it is!

Tiffany said...

She IS perfect, and I'm so happy for you :-)

Ray said...

Hehehe. I love that after Allison you still have your humor intact. That's a good thing. =)

And being a mother is not easy! I just stood over my cousin's house for a day and a half. Him and his wife have a son & daughter (both of them my cousins too of course). The boy's about to be two in January and the baby girl's about to be two months tomorrow. And it NOWHERE near easy!

I found myself tired yesterday when eleven o' clock rolled around from attending to the baby for so long. It's an all-around-the-clock-job and it's NOT EASY! So to all the mom's that do it on a daily basis and to you Kelly, "You guys rock!"

And yes it is hard to go to the bathroom, or do anything that doesn't pertain to, "baby." But when they get a bit older it'll be better.

Take, care.

Ray said...

P.S. LOL at the 2nd comment from Anonymous. My thoughts were totally the same! We're one in the same, hehe. But anyway if I'm not being too nosey I was wondering: Who is going to watch Allison after you go back to work?

Not that I want all this time you have with getting to know your daughter to fly by! I was just wondering. =)

Kristin said...

She's adorable.
I don't know what drugs those other people are on that are saying otherwise.
It's nice that you're parents are there to help, though.

-KrIsTiN-

Anonymous said...

I can't say it enough, Kelly, your daughter is gorgeous! Parents are fantastic to have around. I lived with my sis for 6 months after she had her first, but now she's pregnant with the second and due to school, I'm going to be 1000 miles away! Enjoy the live in assistance while it lasts!

Erica said...

I can't wait now for you to tell us all about your fun times being a mother. I know my ten months so far with my son have been such a trip!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a beautiful baby.

Jenn & Jason said...

Go Boobs! Indeed!