adjusting

We were finally able to come home on Friday afternoon and we were both beyond happy to be sleeping next to each other in our pillow-top queen sized bed instead of extremely uncomfortable hospital beds.  (OK, mine wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable as Matt’s, but a 6-inch incision in your abdomen makes even the most comfortable bed uncomfortable.)  It was nice to be home, but coming home with a newborn + no instruction manual to go along with her has made the transition a little scary.  We are doing are best with adjusting to parenthood, but we are a little anxious and worry about every little thing.

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Currently, I am very limited on what I am able to do.  Absolutely no strenuous activity (which includes vacuuming, going up + down stairs, and laundry), no driving for the next 2 weeks, and no lifting anything that weighs more than my baby, who only weighs 5 pounds.  As much as I want to really do things around the house, I am finding that I have to rely on Matt (and my mom on occasion) to help me do things – like go downstairs to do laundry or get another pack of diapers (her newborn cloth diapers are too big right now) or go to the grocery store for me.  I absolutely hate being limited on what I can and can’t do, but my body is letting me know just how much I need to rest right now.  I am doing my best to listen since I will probably otherwise pass out if I don’t.

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I am still trying to establish a routine for myself as I adjust to feeding, diapering, and caring for a newborn.  I hope you all understand if my posts for the next couple weeks are few + far between.  Not having the ability to stand for long periods of time to cook or bake, do any sort of physical activity, or drive to get some Fritz’s will make for some pretty boring posts.  I will do my best to keep you entertained (feel free to give me some ideas if you’d like), but my biggest priorities right now are caring for MacKenna and getting as much rest as possible.

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If I haven’t said it before, THANK YOU all for your thoughts, prayers, and support over the past week!  I truly appreciate all the wonderful comments, tweets, and wall posts I have gotten the last few days!  I am so thankful for this wonderful blogging community, my amazing family + friends, and of course, my wonderful husband!

photo 1 (2) Can you tell that I am absolutely head over heels in love with this baby?

  • She is so precious! I forgot about the 2 weeks of no driving, no fun!
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  • oh my gosh! how can you not love that face. she is precious!!!! Enjoy your time with her…it goes by so fast!
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  • awww she is just adorable, I’m so happy for you!

    I have a crazy week and then am on business travel next week, but once I’m back can we chat about what food you’re craving and I’ll bring you a meal?!? :)
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  • hooray for coming home! :) i am sure it’s a scary transition, but i’m sure you’re already a wonderful momma!
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  • She is so beautiful! One day at a time! Hope you have lots of help!
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  • She’s too cute! Especially in that last picure :) Hope you have a really speedy recovery and enjoy your time with MacKenna! I’m sure you’re doing a great job with her!
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  • Marlen

    I also had a c-section on my pregnancy due to my little guy not wanting to come out. The first few days can be challenging but trust me that you do feel better each and every day. For now, just enjoy your little girl, enjoy the snuggles, and you’ll be up and at them in no time!!

    • Kristen

      It is definitely getting better each day! Thanks!

  • Jen

    MacKenna is beautiful! So glad you’re home and more comfortable. Hospitals are no fun!

    Boring posts??? I don’t think you could write a boring post at this point. We all just want to know how you’re doing and what your days are like. I’m at 36 weeks so I’ll eat up any insight or information about your new mom experience. You’ll be up and around and getting frozen custard in no time!

    Take care of yourself…

    • Kristen

      Good luck the next couple of weeks! I’m learning as I go and am definitely no expert mom yet. Most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing. Luckily, all she does is eat, poop, and sleep, so it’s pretty easy right now!

  • Amy

    Hi, Kristen :) I’ve been following you for a little while now– but I think this is my first comment! First of all, congratulations to you and husband on the birth of little MacKenna– she is perfect <3

    Enjoy these first few days and weeks as a family of 3! I know it's probably very frustrating to be limited in your movements, especially for someone who is so active — but at least you've got a great excuse to simply sit and snuggle your sweet girl… not that you needed one ;)
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    • Kristen

      I’m taking advantage of the extra rest as much as possible. I honestly can’t get enough of her and snuggle her constantly!

  • Jen

    Aww she is beyond precious, Kristen! I am so sorry to hear you have such limited mobility. I wish I lived near you so I could help out and bring you some Fritz’s. I really hope you heal soon, hon. Hang in there!
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  • SO CUTE!! I love all the hats, that’s one of my favorite things about babies.

    I wouldn’t worry at all about the blog, most important is your recovery and you getting accustomed to the huge change in your life. Just keep posting baby pictures and we’ll be happy (oh, goodness, did I actually say that?)…
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    • Kristen

      LOL – I’ll keep posting pictures of MacKenna as long as you keep posting wedding related stuff on your blog! :)

  • I’m sure the transition has taken some time to get used to, but it sounds like you are adjusting quite nicely. I can only imagine how difficult it is to hold back, though – I think it’s going to drive me crazy not to be able to do simple things like lifting and driving.
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