As I anxiously await the arrival of a new baby (something I haven’t shared with you yet), I’ve been looking back through some of the baby pictures of my daughter, Nora. It’s amazing how much they change and how much you forget in six years. I’m so grateful to have pictures to document so many of the special firsts we’ve shared together. Pampers asked me to share some of these moments with you. #PampersFirsts
After many long years of infertility and the early loss of two babies prior to her, our first ultrasound with Nora was incredibly emotional. We’d endured countless tests and procedures to get here and were on our last round of IUI when we learned it had finally worked. We were pregnant and prayed this little life would soon be healthy and well in our arms.
My pregnancy was uneventful until the last few months when I started gaining massive amounts of fluid, had tingling in my hands/fingers, saw flashing lights and floaters in my eyes and was plagued by mid back pain and nausea. After being told to go home four times I was finally admitted at 36 weeks upon the discovery of HELLP syndrome which threatened my life. Nora needed to be born immediately. I shared more of this story here. *If you have any of these symptoms with pregnancy seek help immediately!
When Nora was born safe and I somehow survived emergency surgery, we were all relieved but confused and scared about what we had just been through. Because I was so sick and Nora had jaundice, I was only allowed to see her for 15 minutes to nurse every three hours. She was in the nursery under lights and I was confined to my bed for six days with low platelets and magnesium treatments. It was beginning to feel as if I hadn’t even seen my new baby after so many days/hours apart. Being the self advocate that I’ve had to be, I approached my doctor about having her in my room WITH the lights. It wasn’t done at our hospital but after some begging they made an exception and we were able to at least be near each other despite her being in an incubator. I was so thankful to see her snuggly and warm in nothing but her Pampers Swaddlers and shades to protect her eyes. We couldn’t believe how calm and relaxed she was. Nora was the first baby in our hospital to be allowed in mom’s room with this treatment. Six years later it’s standard practice.
Our transition home was rough. I was still trying to heal after an emergency c-section and my body was still trying to normalize. Nora was so sleepy and wasn’t nursing well which led to nursing, pumping and cup feeding every two hours for a week. Exhausting but worth it. I didn’t change a single diaper for two or three weeks with the help of my amazing husband and parents who took shifts around the clock to help care for both of us. Finally the time came when that first dirty diaper and beautiful baby girl were staring back at me. Time to figure it out!
Being a new mom I appreciated the color changing wetness indicator on the front of our Pampers Swaddlers telling me when she was wet. She was in premie and newborn diapers for a long time (she came home at 4 lbs 6 oz) and they fit well around her tiny, skinny legs. I found that other brands leaked through the leg openings because she didn’t have the baby fat most do. The Swaddlers were soft and safe for her delicate skin. We came home from the hospital with Swaddlers and continued to use them. We’ve been a Pampers family ever since. Pampers Swaddlers are the #1 choice of hospitals in North America and are now available through size 6!
Pampers recently shared a video spotlighting the importance of all the special firsts in your life with a new baby. Try to get through this one without crying! Be sure to read more about the Pampers Twitter Party below and enter to win our giveaway with an estimated valued of $100!
PAMPERS TWITTER PARTY:
Pampers is hosting a Twitter Party which will take place on Wednesday February 11th at 9pm EST. Please join the conversation and RSVP here.
We’re excited to share this Pampers giveaway (estimated value $100) with your you, which will include:
- Pampers Wipes
- Pampers Swaddlers Size 6
- “Love You to the Moon and Back” Necklace
- “Guess How Much I Love You” Board Book
- Baby’s First Year Keepsake Calendar
- $50 AmEx Gift Card
Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.