Monday, September 24, 2018

Baby, I'm Back


So today I’m super excited to announce that I’m officially back in the blogging world. And boy did things change in our lives. We are a family of three now and it’s been an amazing, life changing, sometimes challenging, but overall wonderful seven weeks. And today I’m going to tell you all about it. 

On August third, three and half weeks early our beautiful baby girl Rosanne Emily was born. Giving birth to her was the scariest and most beautiful thing that I ever did. And I was so happy and proud of my husband who didn’t leave my side until our girl was there. Labor took almost ten hours and it was definitely intense. But thankfully our baby girl came healthy into this world.

Since Rosanne was born to early we had to be hospitalized just to make sure our girl was growing and eating well. Thankfully our baby girl did great from her very first day. And boy did we instantly fall in love wit her. I stayed with her in the hospital and for two days I didn’t sleep more than an hour at a time. I just couldn’t stop watching her. I was completely overwhelmed with how much love I immediately felt for this tiny little girl who looked like me and my husband. It was such an intense and amazing feeling. There’s nothing like it. 

On August sixth we finally were able to go home. I loved bringing our girl home but it was pretty scary too. Would I be able to do everything I needed too? Would I hear her in the night? Was she going to be okay? I felt a lot of different things at the same time. But thankfully it went well. At least it seemed to go well. Unfortunately the next day our midwife came by and thought Rosanne looked too ‘yellow’. Pretty frustrating since I asked the doctors in the hospital about that the day before and was told this was nothing to worry about. Our midwife made an appointment for us at the hospital and they took some blood. We soon found out that Rosanne had a very high bilirubin level in her blood. This is common with premature babies but her levels were so high that she had to be hospitalized again and needed light therapy. Thankfully I was allowed to stay with her but I was just so sad. I hated seeing her lying in that bed, not being allowed to hold her the way I wanted too. But it was for a good cause and thankfully the light therapy worked well and we were able to go home again a week after she was born on August tenth. 

And since that last hospital visit everything has been going great. Obviously it took a little while to get used to our new life as parents. Taking care of this tiny baby girl is definitely unlike anything I’ve ever done but I love it. I love everything about it. Breastfeeding was challenging in the beginning but thankfully it worked out and now it’s all going great. Rosanne is growing at a good pace and I can’t believe that she is already almost two months old. Time is definitely going really fast.


One sad thing that happened was that we had to say goodbye to our cat since he didn’t go well with Rosanne. He just couldn’t cope with the change in the house and he kept being aggressive to her. Super sad.. but our baby girl is our priority now. And I’m hopeful he will find a good new home again. 

Here in The Netherlands we are pretty lucky to have great rules about maternity leave, so I won’t have to work until the end of November. And I plan to enjoy our little girl as much as I can till then. When I have to go back to work, it will definitely be strange and different again. It will probably take some getting used too again. Especially with day care etc. But I will only be working three days a week. Definitely different than the fulltime work I did before having Rosanne. But for now we are enjoying our little girl as much as we possible can. And it’s so much fun to see her grow and learn new things. Life is definitely never been better. 


So from today forward I’m back on Maureen’s Books. I’m not really sure how many posts a week I will be able to do with being a new mom and finding a new rhythm etc. But.. Maureen’s Books is up and running again and I can’t wait to share my reviews again and talking with you all. 

For now.. Thank you so much for being patient with me and lets read!!

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story about Rosanne's first days in the world. I was a preemie in the 70s and had to go under the special lights like that.

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    1. Thank you Kella. I'm glad I could finally share our story here. I also was a preemie.. I never thought or talked about it until Rosanne was born and I found myself being so scared for her. I definitely talked with my mom about it!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Congrats! (Both on the baby and coming back to blogging)

    I'm sorry you had to rehome your cat. I know things like that aren't easy, but you've got to do what's best for everyone.

    I didn't blog while my kids were babies so I have no advice other than the generic new parent stuff. Take it easy and squeeze in what you can as you feel able. :)

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    1. Thank you Shannon. I'm super excited to be back. It will be a challenge managing blogging, working, housework and having a baby girl. But I'll manage somehow. :D
      I'm definitely not going to pressure myself though. We'll see how it goes.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. So sorry about your cat, but understand Roseanne takes priority. My MIL is named Roseanne. A fine name. Congrats to you all!

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    1. That was definitely a little dark spot in the beautiful last 7 weeks. But it is for the best. We definitely agree about the name ;)
      Thanks Kimberly!

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