Two months in: Mama report

Two months in: Mama report

If you saw my Twitter, you’ll know that I fell of the map for a little there due to baby’s arrival! My son came on March 31, and he’s now 9 weeks old. I’m happy to report he did pass his initial hearing screening in the hospital (see adorable picture), and should have another exam later on due to my history. But from my observations, I believe his hearing is just fine (sometimes too good, especially when it’s time for him to sleep).

Hearing screening in progress!

Something that I anticipated happening due to no good alternative was wearing my hearing aid at night, and that has turned out to be true. Without my hearing aid, I definitely can’t hear baby crying, and with it, I hear everything, to include his little fussing noises and my husband’s loud snoring. It’s not ideal, but I’ve gotten used to it. On the weekends, my husband takes the baby so I can sleep without my aid in (and on my left side, where I wear it).

I am currently in transition to not wearing my hearing aid at night, as baby just moved to his crib in the nursery this week. I’m using the Amplicomms Watch & Care monitor with the extra vibration pad, and I’ve finally tooled with the settings enough that it does go off when baby hollers, but not every time he makes a sound. So really, it’s just up to me and my comfort level. The past couple of nights, I’ve turned the volume down on my aid to get used to not relying on the sound, and it’s going okay! Still, it’ll be weird to take the aid out after wearing it for over two months straight.

Furthermore, I don’t have enough confidence to shower without my husband or another family member watching the baby, since I have to take my aid out for that too. If I was in a real pinch though, I’d put him in his crib and get his mobile going and run in.

One nice upside though… when baby just won’t stop crying, it is a perk to be able to turn off my hearing aid for a few minutes and gather myself, even if I feel a bit guilty doing that sometimes!

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  1. I bow to you for wearing your hearing aid at night. That was something I could never do. 🙂 I just relied on the vibrations of the monitor.

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      To be honest, it was terrible at first! My ear was even sore. I probably only needed to keep it in the first two weeks, until he found his lungs and could have set off the monitor in between my feeding alarms. It’d have helped if my husband (with his amazing ears) wasn’t such a heavy sleeper 😛 Looking forward to sleeping without the aid soon!

  2. I remember with my first born it was so nerve wracking at night. But I can’t stand to wear the aid at night, so I don’t. I found other ways to cope.

    What I did notice over time, and later with the second one, is that my body told me when they cried. Especially after I had a second baby, this became more apparent to me. Is it because I was more ‘ in tune ‘ with how babies are the second time around? Or is it because I learned to listen to my body in ways that I didn’t know how three years earlier when her brother was born?

    Somehow when the second one needed to nurse and started to wail, even if I didn’t hear her, I felt a strange sensation in my body. Did she activate milk flow or something? I don’t remember exactly, but this post brought back some of those memories. (Mine are 12 and 9 now.)

    You will find your way. Good luck!

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      I’ve been aid free at night for a couple weeks now–it’s soooo nice!

      That’s super interesting that you woke up around the right time. Sometimes I wake up and realize (due to discomfort) that it’s been a while since I fed baby, click on the video monitor and he’s just starting to stir… there probably is something to that!

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