pomelo / 5789 posts
I got some sleep last night and SO took care of B.
Super stressed right now because in addition to the new baby, we need to find a new apartment (and move) by the end of the month! ugh!
Breast feeding is super hard - Im still only getting milk from one boob - so he's about 50/50 formula and breast for now.
grapefruit / 4903 posts
@gracecat: I never did post my birth story! I don't know how people are so active on here right away. My hat's off to them, since I hardly had the time/hands to shower even!
I think that we're finally starting to settle into a routine now at 1 month. I've started to emerge from the newborn haze, and I feel a little more confident. Even breastfeeding's getting better! No more blisters and toe-curling pain, and she's up over 3" and 1lb12oz.
B had his 1 month checkup yesterday. He's grown so much! He was 6lb 11oz at birh, 6lb 2oz when we left the hospital. Yesterday he weighed 8lb 14oz!
He moved from the 7th percentile for weight to the 26th percentile. YAY!
Otherwise he's doing well and has hit all his 1-month milestones.
He has an umbilical hernia, but I guess the pediatricians do a watch and wait approach.
Recently has been pooping through his diapers so moving up from newborn to size 1. I've been pooped on twice!
How are all the other december mama's and babies doing?
persimmon / 1479 posts
We are doing great. Little Natalie is a great breastfeeder. I HATED BF for at least 6 weeks with my second daughter. This time around has been so muuch easier. I think we have abig problem with gas though- after she is done eating she is content and then 5 mintues later screaming and in pain. I burp her in between sides and usually get a good burp-we will defiantely have to ask the doc about this on Thursday.
DH went back to work yesterday and my oldest is back into the swing of school after winter break. It feels like life is starting to get into some what of a routine.
GOLD / cantaloupe / 6703 posts
LO had her 2 week check up today and has gained 11 oz, snd 1 1/2 inches. She's sleeping better too. DH is off Tues and Sun so this week he did the Sat and Mon night feedings so I could rest. All of LO's measurements are right at the 49% percentile, nice and average.
persimmon / 1453 posts
Great news! DD latched without the nipple shield! I'm soooooo happy!!
It was like magic. I'd tried and tried and tried for weeks, and one evening, when I was hardly making any effort, she just popped on and nursed from both breasts...a great latch, not the least bit painful! She's still fussy about the initial latch at most feedings, but I think we'll get her off completely in the next few weeks!
In much less happy news...I found a lump in my breast and am getting a biopsy. The imaging doc thinks the mass is benign, but it's still scary to be in this situation at all. Stress levels are already sky-high, and now this.
Ugh. I've hardly managed to enjoy DD or parenting at all. Everything has been so hard, starting with the labor. I love my baby, but she effectively demolished my old life. And the new life has been slow in coming together. Is anyone else having a rough time adjusting?
clementine / 878 posts
@Minnie_Girl: Wow... Of all the things to have to deal with on top of a newborn. I am so sorry you have this additional worry. I hope it turns out to be nothing. Glad to hear about the latching! Its strange...when I was pregnant I always new I wanted to breastfeed and I knew it could be painful but I never realized how just complicated it would be. Frequency, emotionally, just....a much more complex task than I was ever aware of. I am struggling with accepting that if I want to nurse her I have to be with her around the clock and cant really ever catch up on sleep or go out more than a few hours unless giving her a bottle of some kind Having to rush everything I do like showers or errands or my own eating because I know baby E will soon want to nurse again It seems trivial but I am having a hard time accepting it 100% although much of the time I am ok with it. I think at some point I need to give myself up? Like when I have a spare moment I would rather do something thats me focused rather than benefit baby E like play or stimulate her brain...and maybe thats gotta change at some point?
@gracecat: AMEN! To everything you wrote! I totally underestimated what a commitment breastfeeding would be. No regrets about it, but seriously...learning how to do it was another big job on top of all the other work of adjusting.
As far as "needing to give myself up," I've felt that pressure too, and it's a struggle. Sometimes I can't tell if it's in my head or a necessity or if I'm just beating myself up.
I'm convinced that taking care of a newborn alone--where one adult has to tend a child by themselves for hours and hours and hours on end, without any help--is completely WRONG and UNNATURAL. Haha. This is so much work, where is my village!
And I'm convinced that moms are not supposed to be martyrs who throw away their identities and peace of mind for their babies. One way train to depression town. Woo woo.
So it's like...I realize that the situation sucks and is completely unfair to me, but I *have* to modify my attitude and expectations to make the days better. Gah.
kiwi / 506 posts
@Minnie_Girl: I know this is an old post, but I had to comment. My lo was born 12/15 and Ive had a way harder time adjusting that I want to admit! I had an emergency c-section which pretty much started a downward spiral of me beating myself up about every little thing that didn't go perfectly. It feels like there's always something new to stress about. I finally started feeling normal at 7 weeks. I think getting out of the house, both with ds and by myself for quick errands and trips to the gym, is helping a TON. I hope you're feeling more confident too!!
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