This is as real as motherhood gets, and Danielle Fishel is already nailing it
Danielle Fishel just had her first child, a boy named Adler, with husband Jensen Karp and is tired AF. She posted a totally relatable post, heartwarming post along with a sweet picture letting the world know she is exhausted — and life’s never been better.
Fishel, best known as Topanga from Boy Meets World, gave birth to Adler three weeks ago and since bringing him home she’s every single one of us trying to figure out the first weeks of life with a newborn: “The house is a mess, I have a stye on my left eye, I haven’t showered in two days, I can’t remember when I did anything (when did we change his diaper last? What time did I pump?),” she wrote next to an adorable picture of baby Adler’s feet and their equally exhausted dog.
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The house is a mess, I have a stye on my left eye, I haven't showered in two days, I can't remember when I did anything (when did we change his diaper last? What time did I pump?), @jensenkarp and I now take baby night shifts where we pass each other like zombies on a mission, and they are some of the best days of my life. ❤️
She went on to say she and Karp now “take baby night shifts where we pass each other like zombies on a mission,” which basically happens for the first one to 18 months depending on how lucky you were in the baby sleeping lottery.
Fishel, shared an emotional post announcing the birth of their son after her water broke when she was just 35 weeks pregnant. She was hospitalized but after finding fluid in Adler’s lungs, they decided to deliver early.
“Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows,” she shared with her followers. “We feel helpess and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our ‘birth plan,’ unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life.”
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One week ago today, on 6/24 at 4:52am, Adler Lawrence Karp made his entrance into the world, 4 weeks early. My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing at Raven's Home ended and my maternity leave began. I was hospitalized that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old. Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there during our last appointment only 10 days earlier – and thus we entered a nightmare we'll never forget. We still don't have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out. This has been the most trying week and a half of mine and @jensenkarp's lives but we have gotten through it with the support of our incredible family and friends who have shown up for us in unexpected ways. Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows. We feel helpess and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our "birth plan," unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life. We have also struggled with making this announcement – we are THRILLED Adler is here and we want to shout it from the rooftops but we know posting about his birth and it's complications opens us up to prying eyes – aka paparazzi staked outside our house, following our every move they way they did several times during my pregnancy. We are much too fragile for that right now and I pray wholeheartedly that we can have some space as we navigate these next few weeks. I can't wait to share more details about him with you (he hates having a poopy diaper for even 1 minute, he loves bath time, he has the cutest sneezes I've ever heard) and sing the praises of his NICU care team but I prefer to do that when Adler is in this crib in his nursery at home on a still unknown future date. P.S. the fox will be removed from his crib before he's ever in it. 👶❤️
Once Adler was finally home, she posted another photo of the tri leaving the hospital for the first time, thanking hospital and NICU staff for their wonderful care. “We never wanted to know this hospital and its staff so well but now that we do, we can say with certainty there is no better place for children with medical needs,” she wrote. “Now we hope to never be back.”
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Adler is 3 weeks old today and officially a NICU graduate! Thank you to everyone at @childrensla and especially our primary nurses @cassiejosharrod and @quyenlyyy. We never wanted to know this hospital and its staff so well but now that we do, we can say with certainty there is no better place for children with medical needs. Now we hope to never be back. 🙂 Finally, our love and hugs to every single parent who has ever spent time in the NICU and especially those we left behind today. ❤️❤️❤️
It seems for the foreseeable future, Fishel and Karp will be manning the late-night (and early morning) shift, happily invested in the minutiae of the early days of parenting. For the pair who wed in 2018, it’s just fine for them. These days, Fishel said, “are some of the best days of my life.”