It’s been nearly three weeks since our little Freddie was born and it’s safe to say we’re still very much in our little newborn bubble enjoying quality time with him and everything is rosy. I’m incredibly lucky to have had my husbands support over the last few weeks. He’s taken two weeks annual leave alongside a weeks paternity leave to be with me and Freddie and it’s been wonderful having him at home as we muddle through discovering what life is like with a newborn in the house again.
The first week was tough. Spending three days in hospital without Olly, recovering from an elective c-section and with all the natural worries about your precious newborns health were hard going. Thankfully, I knew Olly was in safe hands with his Grandparents, I was recovering well and taking all the drugs offered and Freddie was being observed by the paediatric team on the ward.
The team on the ward in hospital didn’t seem too concerned about Freddie’s health but obviously had to make us aware of them following his newborn checks. It was discovered that Freddie has a heart murmur which we hope won’t hold him back or cause him too much trouble in the future. We saw a consultant earlier this week who listened to his chest and said that his heart murmur was systolic and very faint. The consultant said he’s more than likely to grow out of it as he gets older but to be aware of the symptoms and if we’re concerned about his breathing to contact the hospital.
It was also discovered that Freddie was born with a sacral dimple which is an indentation at the base of his spine and looks like a little crease just above the top of his bum cheeks. When the doctors tell you information like this so matter of fact, of course you google it to find out more and then get worried with what you find. We were told he would need to see a paediatrician and possibly have some ultrasound scans to rule out other abnormalities. Knowing that my beautiful baby boy has an abnormality is heartbreaking. Is it my fault? What did I do in my pregnancy to cause it? I had all the guilt going through my mind during the last couple of weeks. Thankfully, the lovely paediatrician has reassured us and doesn’t think it’s anything to worry about however wants Freddie to have an ultrasound to rule out anything he can’t see and to put our minds at rest.
We were also told that Freddie needs to have a hip scan because he was breech during my pregnancy past 36 weeks gestation. Sometimes babies that are breech can have hip issues but nothing was mentioned about any issues with his hips when he had his newborn checks so we’re hoping that’s nothing to worry about.
Since we’ve been home we’ve all really enjoyed getting to know Freddie and welcoming him into the family. Olly has been a complete star and has really taken to the role of big brother. He’s very helpful and will talk to Freddie when he’s crying (whilst we run around trying to get his milk ready) and Freddie looks in his direction and appears to take in Olly’s every word. He’s even asked to feed Freddie and have cuddles before bed which is lovely and something we’re keen to encourage.
Freddie’s co-sleeping in his Knuma Huddle next to our bed which is fantastic. I love waking up next to him during the night seeing his little peaceful face in the crib. He sleeps so quietly, I have to have the bedside light on in our bedroom so I can see his chest moving up and down to check he’s ok!
I’ll be writing up a review of the Knuma Huddle in the next week or so, it’s been so lovely having him so close of an evening and throughout the night so if you’re looking for a co-sleeping crib recommendation, watch out for it.
He’s been feeding roughly every four hours and both Shilts and I have taken it in turns to feed him. One of us takes the midnight feed whilst the other takes the 4am wake up. I’m sure it’ll all change when he goes back to work in the week but for now I’m enjoying the sleep when I can get it.
Last Thursday Freddie was back to just above his birth weight at 8lb 1oz which is brilliant, we were a little concerned about him not complying with the midwives newborn weight checklist but thankfully he’s put the weight on and has wet and dirty nappies on a regular basis so we know not to worry. His jaundice has also disappeared thanks to spells in the front window getting as much daylight as possible and again, regular feeding.
The newborn bubble is probably about to burst as Shilts returns to work but it has been lovely. A wonderful couple of weeks to welcome our newest member of the family into the fold; a chance to get to know him and for him to get to know us. A chance to recover from the surgery, a chance to slob around in my pjs as I cope with leaky eyes and boobs and the never ending joy of postpartum bleeding (TMI – sorry!) and the chance for us all to try and get some sleep!
Although the newborn bubble might be about to burst, I’m actually looking forward to a new routine whilst being on maternity leave with Freddie as we attempt the school run, cooking dinners for the family for the first time in forever and getting fresh air whilst pushing my beautiful baby boy in his pram. It’s the small things..x