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Emmie’s First Weekend Catch Up! (1/29)

I thought I would check in with a catch up/recap of Emmie’s first weekend apart from her birth story!

I have her birth story coming, but I decided that rather than making it a week long affair covering my recovery as well, that I would just section out the experience.

The first part of Emmie’s Birth Story is here at her 40 week Friday Catch up!

Since I wrote that post, here is what we have been up to!

1) We ended up getting out of the hospital WAY later than we had planned on due to a snafu with my Remicade infusion. Apparently, something was wrong with the valve of the IV, so only about 30-40% of my medication infused (thank you to the nurses for double checking!), so we had to redo the infusion that afternoon/evening, keeping me at the hospital until 6:30. But then we were on our way home, looking very parental official.

Again, thank you so much to the entire Prentice staff. You all are AMAZING.

We got home and had some leftovers from my parent’s dinner from Basil (so you know it was good), some wine that my dad had gotten (RED WINE YAAAASSS) and then my in laws arrived a little bit later to meet Emmie and have a champagne toast with the good stuff πŸ˜€

And we got to use our wedding flutes!

I was crashing, though, so after her last feeding, we went to bed.

And that is where the fun started.

2) Poor Ridley. She loves this baby, and is absolutly NOT frightened of her. But she thinks that Emmie is her puppy… and after several nights away from Alex and me, the introduction of this new member, and then all the grandparents? Her brain short circuited. And she whined and wimpered and cried all night long. Which kept Alex awake, then I was awake feeding little one, then we all moved out to the couch, and I was sweating every time that I fell asleep (I took 2 showers). 

I want to make it VERY clear that not once did Ridley seem aggressive or belligerent towards Emmie, otherwise it would have been a very different situation. I think her brain just couldn’t figure all of this out. She just couldn’t stop sniffing her and wanting to be close to her.

3) Our first day home was a mix of survival and feeling like real people. I felt ok, but I had done nothing but sweat… and my milk came in super fast and my breasts got ENGORGED. I now understand what having implants from the 70s felt like. OW. And Emmie was like MOM FEED ME and I was like, um I have knots in there. Mom helped me at least get things working to an extent, but I was still not doing so well. I chose to lay low and napped and talked to the nurses at Prentice for advice, and finally got some relief later, but it took time and some major doing.

We also called the vets to get some help for Ridley. Which turned out not to do enough (she had another very rough night even though she did better during the day), and we called Alex’s SIL (who is a dog trainer) on Saturday for advice. 

Our night finished out with with yummy picked up dinner from a nearby place + champagne + Belgian Chocolates that my dad picked up. With my parents leaving early the next morning we said goodbye to them, then I fed Emmie and we hoped for the best with the dog. Which didn’t happend, but I had an ok night even with a 2 hour cluster feeding extravaganza with Emmie. 

4) Saturday I woke up feeling like a real person for the first time! I had actual breakfast, fed Em, we got organized, and then it was time for us to go to our first Pediatrician appointment!

It was gorgeous outside, and after nearly a week of being inside, the fresh air felt amazing, plus I was so happy with our little family. Also, the BOB stroller is AMAZING. AMAZING I tell you!

We took our time walking (my body was like WTF are you doing), and then arrived right on time. Emmie got an A++ on everything, and I loved the doctor we met with! We decided to walk home (we had enough time before the Duke UVA game) and then had lunch (thank you in laws!) at home from Potbelly’s before I let them freak out over the game while I talked with my brother and then responded to some emails and worked on this post with Emmie and the cat πŸ˜€

PS, we just won the game and as Alex and my MIL were yelling, Emmie stretched up like YAAAAAAAAY. Total coincindence, but YAAAAAYYYYYYY

5) Sunday was a bit of an adventure. After being awake and HANGRY for 4 hours straight (Alex and I kind of took shifts of it), Emmie finally fell asleep in my arms at 3 AM ish. I somehow got a pretty decent block of sleep and woke up needing to get my #momlife on. So I made coffee, ate, and then made muffins (we had some bananas that needed using) plus tried to clean up a little bit. I also called my mom and talked to her for a long time about my concerns for Ridley and just other things going on.

Then I ate another breakfast courtesy of my FIL. Why not?

I miiiiight have had breakfast thrice thanks to Frances’ Deli. Worth it.

The rest of the day included some personal rest and later a walk with Ridley (just her and I), a visit from Landon, and a heaping helping of my slow cooker chicken marinara!

Oh, and a poo-splosion, but a minor one on the poosplosion scale, as I am led to believe, and somehow Alex caught it with a puppy pad lol. #itsgood #reflexes

Reeeeeally hoping for a better night for all!

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Probably far too much info, but you know me πŸ˜€ More updates to come!

Do you all want to know about things that I’ve found helpful with regards to post pardum or whatever care? Or what I think of certain products, like Rob the BOB? What type of updates? Just general ridiculousness? I plan on talking about whatever I feel like, but if there are things that people are just going to find boring, I won’t bother putting them up here. πŸ˜€

Mommy’s out there–how did your animals do when you brought home baby?

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  • Reply Carla

    Oh my goodness oh my goodness oh my goodness. I’ve been waiting for this post. I swear my heart just bursts for you. I’m so happy for all four of you πŸ™‚

    January 29, 2018 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Sam

    Yayyyyyyyy you’re a mommy! Clearly I have no mom advice (except maybe reconsider letting her watch UVA sports?) but I am so excited for you guys! I hope things with Ridley get better. It’s probably just a huge adjustment for her.

    January 29, 2018 at 5:45 am
  • Reply Heather

    Oh girl, the night sweats. Ahh the things no one tells you. They are the WORST! I wish I could say they get better real soon but they lasted multiple weeks for me πŸ™ They are normal but gosh do they suck. I hope Ridley understands what is going on soon. Poor thing! It’s hard for pets, and I’m sure having all the visitors didn’t help her understand what was happening. Hope you had a better night last night!!

    January 29, 2018 at 5:49 am
  • Reply Marcia

    So SO happy for all of you! How do I not remember any night sweats?! We had two 1 yr old Bichons when our first daughter was born (now one of them is almost 18!!). They were angels with the baby. I hope Ridley settles in.

    January 29, 2018 at 6:15 am
  • Reply jennifer

    The engorged boobs, cluster feedings, the poo-explosions, the stressed out dog .. it’s all coming back to me! Emmie is precious and it looks like you are recovering quite well — xoxo

    January 29, 2018 at 6:16 am
  • Reply Jess

    Our dog (boxer named jazzy) thinks baby is her puppy too. Ha! I’ve had to keep her from licking the baby and her bassinet. I would love to hear about your postpartum recovery and stuff. Again. I’m just still so impressed you’re blogging!!! My brain is still kinda swampy 2.5 weeks later lol I bought a used BOB stroller and can’t wait to use it!! I’ve been walking with little girl but with her in our Ergo carrier. She loves being snuggled close. PS those cluster feedings can be rough and my poor boobs went through the wringer!!! But I think we’re leveling out now. Congrats again!!! I just love that another fellow run blogger has a baby the same time I did. It’s nice to have friends even if it’s online. πŸ™‚

    January 29, 2018 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Anna at Piper's Run

    Nursing a new born is no joke! I often had heating pads on my breast…yes! It helped get the knots out and flow better. Cluster feedings are survival mode for all. Ridley is doing great…our dog at the time was so interested in our daughter that we gave her a blanket she had been wrapped up in. It helped her smell the baby even when she wasn’t around.

    January 29, 2018 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Awwww Congrats Susie! Seems like you’ve slipped right into the Mommy thing like a pro! She really is a doll– so precious. So happy for you… hope the night sweats and cluster feedings taper off.

    January 29, 2018 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Maureen

    It seems like mom life suits you Suzy! I think birthing a baby totally allows you to have three breakfasts over the weekend.

    January 29, 2018 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Oh my goodness, I still can’t get over how TINY Emmie is! Personally, I’ll read whatever you want to write about. I’m just so curious to hear about what your life is like now with this new little one! I’m sure things seem overwhelming, but it sounds like you’re already getting the hang of a lot of it! I’m sure you and Alex will be pro parents πŸ˜‰
    And poor Ridley, I hope she figures things out soon…(for everyone’s sake!) that’s a lot of confusing changes for a pup. And how’s Zoe taking it?

    January 29, 2018 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Danielle The T-Rex Runner

    It sounds like things are going…as well as they go for the first week with a new baby! Of course you’re making muffins, haha! I hope Ridley settles in soon and everyone can get some sleep.

    January 29, 2018 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Mary

    I’m 23 weeks so any and all baby/post parting posts are great! Congrats!

    January 29, 2018 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Lex

    If anything deserves champagne, it’s the birth of your sweet little girl!
    Aww poor Ridley is stressed, i wonder if a thunder shirt might help? Hopefully Alex’s SIL has some good advice, my friend’s dog was freaked right out when she had her baby and it took a while to get her used to the idea.

    January 29, 2018 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Allie

    I’m loving all the baby pictures!! And it sounds like #momlife is in full effect. I’m sure the Ridley situation will work itself out too – it’s a big transition for everyone πŸ™‚ So happy for all of you!!

    January 29, 2018 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Katie

    What a sweet little baby. I can only imagine how good that fresh air must have felt because it felt good for me last week too and I wasn’t managing a newborn, stressed dog, and new mom life. You’re a rockstar.

    January 29, 2018 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Alyse

    Way to get outside and moving! That’s seriously so amazing; postpartum is a wild ride and you’re crushing it so far.

    January 29, 2018 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Congrats again on your beautiful little girl. So happy for you <3
    It's funny, my German Shep. pup has that same reaction to ANY child in our house. She literally follows them nonstop, licking their face occassionally and she FLIPS out if she can't see or be near the kid. Nap time for the kiddo? She sits right outside the door and whimpers the ENTIRE time. We just figure she loves kids πŸ™‚

    January 29, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Our dog behaves exactly like Kat’s around kids. Like she thinks it is her job to take care of the human puppy. I hope Ridley figures out she can leave the baby caretaking to you so everyone can get a bit more sleep!

    January 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I love this so much. The dog/baby dynamic takes time. Ridley and Emmie will get in their groove. P.S. I have a truly horrific engorgement story to share with you after the twins

    January 29, 2018 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Neil

    So happy for you both Susie. I only just found out the good news on Instagram over the weekend but it was news I was looking to hear. πŸ˜€

    January 30, 2018 at 4:37 am
  • Reply Cora

    So yeah, seems like you and mama-hood are kind of meant to be. #naturalmom #professional. You already made muffins!?!?

    I think I’m going to really love Suz-Lyfe Mom rendition.

    January 30, 2018 at 6:32 am
  • Reply Rae

    Can’t get enough baby pictures, eeeee! And I’m always interested in mommy updates/baby updates/product updates etc because hopefully motherhood is in my near future πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2018 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Jamie King

    She’s so perfect, congrats mama! πŸ™‚ XOXO

    January 30, 2018 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Laura

    I’ve LOVED stalking you on FB. This mom life thing is so fascinating. Except for the poosplosion parts. I’ll pass on those. LOL!

    January 30, 2018 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply San

    You survived the first weekend,yay! I am sure it was a lot of adjusting for all of you, but I am so glad things are going well, Suz!

    January 30, 2018 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I would love to know your MUST HAVE post partum products and how you are adjusting! Can’t wait to read Emmie’s birth story. We just got our BOB and I’m so glad to hear how much you love yours!!

    January 31, 2018 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Poor Riddles! I’m sure she’ll settle in soon!

    Look at you on Saturday heading out and owning that mom title! Love it!!

    February 1, 2018 at 2:45 am
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