Q and A answers: Part Two

I know you tried to be very prepared before Knox’s arrival, so what has been the most surprising thing about motherhood?
For me, the most shocking thing since he has arrived was finding out he had to stay in the NICU after he was born. That’s not really about motherhood in general, but that’s what comes to mind when I think about “shock.” It was a horrible, gut-wrenching feeling to hear the doctor say “Mom, we have some problems.” Terrifying. Thankfully, Knox is looking excellent now and should be coming off his medicine at six months because according to the Cardiologist, he has probably grown out of the SVT.
As far as motherhood, I don’t know if it’s really surprising or not, but you never know how much you’ll love them until they get here. It’s the most all-consuming feeling you can imagine, very primal and instinctual. And amazing. Oh, and you don’t get tired of them. You know how when you babysit someone’s newborn, you are all excited, but about four hours in, you think “okay, when are your parents coming back?” It’s not like that with your own! I can’t get enough of him.

What was the worst part of pregnancy? Labor? Delivery?
The worst part of pregnancy was worrying constantly. I am a little anxious by nature. Okay, I am insanely anxious. I was on Zoloft (self-requested) before we starting TTC, and let me tell you, I missed it every day of my pregnancy! It was hard for me to remain calm.
The worst part of Labor was contracting after my water broke. Ow, ow, ow. After the epidural, it was awesome.
I can think of nothing negative about delivery, it was an amazing experience. Unless you count the after-delivery vagina care regimen. What a pain (literally) in the lady parts! I was sore for a good two to three weeks after. Tears are no fun.

Everyone writes about their favorite baby products. What’s something you got for Knox that you hate or find useless and why?
Skinny burp cloths! You know, the decorative little things shaped like a long, skinny oval. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Don’t waste your money on them, use cotton pre-fold cloth diapers, instead. They’re bigger and can actually contain the puke. Also, don’t buy any medicine that isn’t dye-free because it stains everything, and don’t even consider buying a nasal aspirator/ bulb syringe because the only one that works is the one they give you at the hospital.

Favorite food of all time!? ??
Probably spaetzle topped with gravy. My grandma was from Luxembourg, so we got to experience all kinds of European goodness when it came to eating. It’s like a noodle/ dumpling combination made of flour, eggs and water. Spaetzle is one of Trevor’s favorite thing to eat, now, though he doesn’t like gravy on it which is just a sin, as far as I am concerned.

What do you want Knox to be when he grows up? (and not whatever he wants!)
Happy. I don’t know what kind of career I’d choose for him, but I want him to be a good, moral Christian man, husband and father. I want him to be an inspiration to others, and I wish for him the same kind of happiness that he has brought to us. Career-wise, I want him to do something he enjoys and perform that job to the best of his ability.

Did you buy your diapers before Knox was born, or did you wait? Either way, did you buy a couple of several different brands, or just go off of reviews and stock up with what looked good?
I bought about 15 before he was born. I read TONS of reviews and decided on the bumgenius 3.0. I did purchase a Happy Heinys and FuzziBunz to compare, but they weren’t as user-friendly, so I went with my initial inclination. After he was born, I did a trial-run, liked the BGs and ordered the rest.

How do you cope with working and looking after Knox during the day?
Better some days than others! It really depends on Knox’s mood. Sometimes, he is in a very happy mood, is content to play quietly and not very fussy. Others…. it’s rough. Today has been a rather moody, teething day. He’s pissed off, and I had to resort to playing VeggieTales for him on my laptop until he quit screaming (that show has magical powers… for real). Then, I walked him around for half an hour until he dozed off. My mom works with me, which pretty much saves my life most days. He’ll hang out with “Gigi” and let me get some stuff done! It’s way harder than I imagined it would be. WAY.

Have you and Trevor tried you boobie milk yet? If not, I’m gonna need you both to do so and tell what it tasted like. Hehe. And, please tell Trevor that the use of the word ” cream” when describing the taste is strictly prohibited.
Lindsey asks me this question every time she sees me, LOL. Trevor has not tasted my milk, the thought of it freaks him out and he hasn’t even touched my boobs since Knox was born. I think he’s afraid I’ll lactate on him. I am sure he would just say “creamy cream” if she asked him (Lindsey’s least favorite word of all time is cream, so Trevor incorporates into nearly every conversation they have).

I, on the other hand, have inadvertently tasted it. I was pumping one day, spilled some milk on my hand, and instinctually… sorry guys… licked it off. I realized what I had done after I did it, but seriously, it wasn’t that big of a deal. It just tasted really sweet. I’m sure most bfing mom have tasted it (in it’s original state or as vomit when your baby lets out a geyser into your face) whether they wanted to or not.

Well, that’s it, all of your wonderings have been put to rest. :) Thanks for all of the great questions! Happy Friday, guys!

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6 comments

  1. whitbjordan says:

    I'm surprised to hear that breast milk is sweet! I was thinking it'd be really bitter for some reason. We are expecting in September and I plan to BF although I don't know much about it, just that I always wanted to if I was able.

  2. Mama Lungo says:

    Totally right on the bulb syringe ~ the only one that works is the one from the hospital. With Peanut we somehow ended up with 2 which was nice. With Little Man we made sure we came home like 4-5!

    BTW – I have done the same thing with breast milk :)

  3. Dana says:

    Hey jessica :D I am not sure if you have answered this question yet or not..so sorry if you have already answered it. But I just became a new mom and was wondering how often Knox was eating at 2 weeks old???? And how you were able to function on such little sleep. My little one eats every two hours and so I do not get much sleep. Love your blog!!!

  4. Jessica@The Southern Belle Baby says:

    Dana, at two weeks, Knox was eating every three hours. If he was fussy and wanted to eat sooner, I fed him on demand. Generally at night, it was every three, sometimes during the day, more often. It's hard in the beginning because you are so sleepy and they make you feel like a dairy cow! I hope that helps. :)

  5. Jessica@The Southern Belle Baby says:

    Oh, and as far as sleep goes, I just slept when he did. I am not a big napper, I just can't do it. But I'd "sleep in" until 11 a.m. or so on maternity leave. Granted, that was basically two hours of sleep, feed, two hours, etc. Just keep going back to sleep until you're well rested.

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