Life With A Newborn

Wow, has life changed!  Life with a newborn is totally and completely busy all.the.time.  I wouldn’t change a darn thing though.  Jonny and I are both already so in love with baby William, we can’t seem to get enough of him.  I’m going to do my best to get back to blogging on a somewhat consistent basis, but I know you’ll understand if I miss a day or two.  (Sorry for messing up your morning routine, Dad, and Hi Poppy! I’m back! hehe)

All photos in today’s post are taken by Stephanie Cotta Photography.  She just takes too good of pictures not to share.  Eventually my posts will be filled with my own more amateur photos once Stephanie stops taking ridiculously adorable pictures of William.  But seeing as she demands to see him everyday and always has her camera… it may be awhile.  And we’re ok with that. For now, follow me on Instagram to see some of my own candid shots.

william sleep

Sleep.  What is that?  People weren’t joking when they said sleep when you can because you won’t get much of it when lil man arrives.  I knew sleep would be limited, but I figured I’d still get several two to three hour chunks of sleep at a time.  Ha!  William may be getting between two and four hours of sleep at a time, but not momma!  I’m nursing, but having to pump my breast milk, as well (more on this in a coming future post), so it definitely makes everything take longer.  I’m slowly figuring out how to manage middle of the night feedings.

One night I tried changing William’s diaper before feeding him since he always wakes up during diaper changes and falls asleep while eating.  As you can imagine, that just meant I had to change his diaper twice each time he was up since every time he eats, he goes.  I’m sure once I really get the hang of him waking, feeding, pooping, burping, and me pumping, he’ll totally change again and I’ll have to figure it out all over again.  Bring it on, baby!

yawn hospital

Stephanie obviously took this photo in the hospital.  I was mimicking his yawn because William’s yawns are the cutest things ever.  Like everything else about him.  The little sleep I did get in the hospital was deceiving since I had him stay in the nursery both nights and the nurses brought him to me when it was time to nurse.  They sure made it easy!  William sleeps in a bassinet right next to our bed, so I had planned on just picking him up and nursing him in bed and the keeping diaper changing supplies right there, too. But since I have to pump anyway, we get out of bed and walk next door to William’s nursery.

And actually I was even more spoiled coming home from the hospital because the first night I felt pretty frantic around eleven at night and called my mom to ask if she would sleep over. She was over in an instant and helped me through our first night. (My mom is AMAZING!) Then my sister came over the second night. They did all the diaper changes and brought the bassinet into the spare bedroom with them so I could get some sleep.  It was much appreciated because being exhausted is a bit of an understatement and two hours of uninterrupted sleep is magical.  The last several nights we’ve been on our own, and like I said before, we’re still figuring it out, but itz all good!

jacob audrey william

My niece and nephew Jacob and Audrey are so in love with baby William.  They can’t seem to get enough of him and want to hold him all the time.  Not pictured is my other nephew Jackson who is also in love with William.  He even offered to change his poopy diaper and told my mom and me, “I’m six! I could do it; I really can!  I can just plug my nose!”  Haha, such a helper!

Life with a newborn is hectic, but I love every minute of it.  Itz marvelous, indeed, which is precisely why I’m linking up to Healthy Diva’s Marvelous in my Monday today!

Oh, and napping with a newborn? They say to sleep when he sleeps.  Let’s just say I’m still majorly working on that.  At night, itz no problem.  During the day though, I feel like I have so much to do!  I know my primary job right now is take care of William, and I just need to remind myself of that. We’ve been very fortunate to have tons of people bring us food, so that has not been a worry at all. Jonny has taken over the laundry department which has helped, as well.  I do need to get better at napping when he naps though.

Baby hair. So soft. Perfect coloring. Lots of it. Mmm.

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Every part of William is perfect.  In the evening Jonny and I sit together with William and just stare at him.  We take turns commenting on how cute and perfect every inch of him is.  And baby noises?  Oh my goodness, his little moans and groans are too adorable!

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Like all newborns, William sleeps more than he’s awake, but when he’s awake we talk, laugh, sing, read, and hang out.  We listen to music and sing along.  We talk about our day and who we saw.  We talk about all our family and friends who love William.  I can’t say it enough: we love him.  We love every little thing about him.  He’s perfect.

Mommas: What was the hardest part about adjusting to life with a newborn?

52 thoughts on “Life With A Newborn

  1. He is the cutest. I remember being so freaked out the first night we were home with my oldest son. I think that my husband slept on the couch holding Jasper the whole night. So great that you have so much family around to help. It makes a huge difference! Things will settle down into more of a routine. You’re doing great mama!

  2. William is absolutely perfect in all ways possible. I’m really happy you shared this post with all of us. Sounds like you are doing a fabulous job & really enjoying motherhood <3

  3. William might be the most precious, beautiful baby ever! And I so appreciate your realistic outlook on newborns 🙂 I need lots of that REAL advice and I have to remember to double that, and maybe on that note I should just try to sleep the next 3 months 🙂

  4. He is so freaking cute! I had a little peanut too… my little girl was just 4lbs 2oz at birth… 3 weeks early but she is pretty freaking tall now which is ironic since her dad and I are little people! Newborn life i hard but now that the weather is nicer you can spend lots of time outside!! Enjoy it …

  5. Sleeping when the baby sleeps. Great advice but sooooo hard to do! Being home with your new sweetie is such a cozy happy time! I remember thinking so many times that I should nap when my little one was snoozing but there was that happy adrenaline that just made me want to stare at him. I also had a post baby nesting period. Just feeling joy for my new little family and bee-bopping around the house doing little things, nothing major. And just happy happy happy! My daughter was born just 12.5 months after my son

  6. Congrats to you and your family! He is just precious. As time passes, it will get easier. I have 18 month boy/girl twins and one of the things that really helped me out was pumping and nursing/feeding the babies at the same time. I found that the more I could do at once, the better. It also helped move along the dreadful pumping. Good Luck!

  7. hands DOWN, the hardest part of all of this is the not knowing. The not knowing how the night will go, if he’ll suddenly decide to cry for no reason, if we can leave the house today or if tomorrow might be a better day. The not knowing is always the hardest for me.
    hang in there, mama! believe me when I tell you that EVERY DAY gets a little bit better and by the 2-3 month mark, ITZ a breeze!

  8. He’s so sweet!! Thanks for finding time to write, especially about life with a newborn, because I’ll be in your shoes soon. I know it won’t be easy, and I’ll need the constant reminding to rest, sleep, and focus on taking care of baby… and let all the rest that I don’t get to go. You’re doing an awesome job, mama!

  9. Oh I feel you! I didn’t nap during the day at first, but I learned that I had to take at least one nap! It does get easier as time goes by, and you don’t realize the sleep deprivation. I would be happy to come over and help with the night time snuggles. 😉

  10. William is adorable! Those yawning photos that Stephanie took at the hospital are by far my favorite! It is such a blessing that both your mom and Stephanie are helping out and chronically everything with professional photos! I know you have tons of help but I’m coming into STL in the middle of May – let me know if you need any meals for the freezer or anything.

  11. This brings such joy to my heart to read! I’m loving your Instagram feed, as well as your mom and sisters. So precious and such a treat to glimpse into your life as a new mom. Thanks for sharing. Now go take a nap 😉

  12. He really is too cute! Oh man, I totally forgot how hard the sleep deprivation is. I actually got two 2-hour chunks last night and have been saying how well-rested I feel today. So funny how our standards for good sleep change so quickly!

  13. I’m 24 weeks pregnant and love reading your posts! What bassinet did you get? I want to have one next to our bed as well, but I’m still trying to find the right one. Your baby boy is absolutely adorable!!! 🙂

    • Hi! Congrats!! We have the Kolcraft Cuddle N’ Care 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleeper – I took out the incline part since he’s a newborn and I wanted him to be sleeping completely flat, but I love the bassinet – itz got a vibrate feature, music, and light which is really convenient for the middle of the night!! 🙂

  14. So beautiful!! I’ve been not so patiently waiting to hear how it’s been going. Sounds like you are a champion mama and he is a champion baby! Hang in there with the additional pumping, I pumped after most feedings and looking back, I am so glad I did!

  15. Awwwww he is so so cute!!! <3

    The newborn stage is magical, intense, exhausting, and so wonderful. So many emotions! So much going on. Just enjoy the moments–and yes, lie down to take those naps when you can 😉 What helped me was darkening my room and using a sleep mask–I slept so well during those naps!

    Also, you will get the hang of things soon–you're doing great mama! Even if you feel like things are in a bit of an upheaval 😉

  16. I think the very hardest part was letting myself relax and rest when I could – there was always so much that needed to be done. Thankfully my husband was quick to remind me that cleaning and even cooking didn’t matter – it was all about taking care of our son and myself so that I didn’t get run down!!!
    The sleep depravation is short-lived!!!

  17. Oh wow, this is crazy! He is so itty bitty it’s not even funny! But the craziest thing…. He is going to grow so quickly!!!!! Ahhh it’s going to be amazing to follow you, Johnny and Will on this journey!

  18. yay! Congratulations on such a beautiful baby boy. I know the whole world seems turned upside down right now, but after about 6 weeks they start to establish patterns and you’ll be able to sleep more. Just take it one waking moment at a time. I love how you are absorbing as much of his awake time as you can right now.

  19. William is seriously the cutest little thing! And it sounds like you’re doing a wonderful job. I can’t imagine how challenging it must be to learn and adapt, but it sounds like you’re handling it like a champ! 🙂

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