Hey friends! So I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally had the baby after 40 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy. If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know that we left the gender a surprise and it’s…..(drum roll)……..a BOY! We are so thrilled as we have three girls and never thought that we would have a boy. We were so sure that it would be a girl again! Either way we would have been happy but what a surprise!
I am so relieved that baby is finally here because I was super uncomfortable those last couple days. I was overdue and in so much pain! I had terrible pain in my pelvis, I couldn’t walk, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t do anything! I felt so helpless and useless and all I could do was try to distract myself so I couldn’t think about the pain or the discomfort. I worked on my blog and watched Jane the Virgin on Netflix. (Really good series if you’re having a hard time trying to find something to watch!)
And so… I’m back to taking care of a newborn again, and really there’s a lot to remember after giving birth. You have to make sure you take care of yourself as well as the newborn because you need to be in good shape to be able to look after that precious little bundle of joy.
You gotta stay on top of your pain meds.
You have to remember to give baby the vitamin D.
You have to remember to take your postpartum multi-vitamin.
You got to remember to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated.
There’s just so much to remember and when you’re exhausted and hurting, it can be hard to stay organized, which is why I created this postpartum organizational worksheet!
Since this was my fourth time around, they sent me home pretty early after delivering. With my previous deliveries, I was sent home after 24 hours. They wanted to make sure that I had pooped and peed and that baby was feeding well etc.
This time I was out of the hospital in 12 hours. I had to think about it for a while because, in a way I did want to stay a little bit longer just so I could have that peace and quiet. If I went home, it would be back to all the noise and chaos that comes with having three little children. But then again, it would be nice to be home too because my bed is way more comfortable than the stiff hospital beds. So I decided to go home after 12 hours.
Being that I had gone home so soon after delivering, I was so exhausted. I could hardly walk. I could hardly think straight. I couldn’t keep track of anything, really. All I did was feed the baby. I couldn’t tell you how many poops or pees or what time I fed the baby or for how long or which boob I fed from last. I felt really bad that I wasn’t keeping track.
When the midwife called to check in and ask me how many poops and pees the baby had, I really wasn’t exactly sure because firstly, I was so tired and secondly, my husband was the one doing all the diaper changes.
I also felt a bit overwhelmed/disorganized because I had so many little things to remember and I felt like I wasn’t keeping track of things as well as I should.
To solve this problem, I created this postpartum organizational worksheet to help moms keep track of everything they need to remember on those first few days after delivering baby.
In my worksheet you’ll be able to keep track of:
- The things you need to remember daily such as the vitamins for mom and baby
- pain medication times and doses
- feedings and number of wet diapers and stools
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