Thursday, June 21, 2012


Not much to write about, but wanted to let you know that I'm alive and kicking. Some of the things that are going on in my life:

1. I got checked out by my OB and all has healed well and I've got the green light to try for some sexy time. This has Doc very happy, me not so much. Sex drive is on super low and I feel bad for Doc because it's been a very long time. There wasn't much going on the last trimester because of the bloating and general malaise and prior to that, I was restricted because of my placenta previa, so poor Doc has been on a dry spell for awhile.

2. Jason is growing like a weed. He's already at 11 lbs and has been putting on weight like there's no tomorrow. He's been smiling and cooing and gurgling. It's just amazing at how much he develops everyday!

3. Breastfeeding is about the same, but I think I've figured out what's causing all the fussiness. Jason seems to want to suck and not eat and he gets pissed when he starts sucking and discovers a mouthful of milk. I've started to give him a pacifier after his feeding and he seems really content to suck on that for about 5-10 mins. I guess it's sort of like an after dinner mint? Poor took me forever to figure this out.

4. Carpal tunnel sucks. My wrists are killing me and it's getting worse as Jason gets heavier. I'm wearing wrists splints at night but it's too difficult to hold J and wear them during the day.

5. Is this bad? I'm already thinking about baby #2 since we have 2 frozen blasts back in Colorado. I know it's way early to be thinking this way, but I really want a sibling for Jason and can't help, but hope that one of those blasts will give us another little baby.

6. Pumping...I have to start thinking about pumping and freezing since I'll be going back to work in October and everyone has told me that their milk starts to dwindle when they go back to work. I actually thought about renting the hospital grade Medela Symphony, but after talking to the lactation consultant, I settled on the Medela Pump In Style.

If you got through my boring rambling, I'll leave you with a couple of Jason pics!

Face of contentment right after a big meal!


Monday, June 11, 2012

6 weeks...well, almost.

J is almost 6 weeks old! It's really hard to believe that he's been in our lives for over a month. On one hand it feels like eternity, but on the other, 6 weeks has gone by super fast. It's been a whirlwind of poop, pee, crying, and feeding.

He's actually been a pretty good little guy with the exception of these past few days. I'm not sure if it's the six week growth spurt (supposedly the most difficult) or if it's just that he's finally becoming a little being and developing his personality, but he's been much fussier than normal.

For example, he's been a perfect little feeder from the start, but these past few days he's been incredibly fussy at my breast, particularly the right one...He'll start fine and then a few minutes into his meal, he'll start fussing, pulling, and grunting, but he won't let go of the nipple. Oh, and his little arms start flailing all over the place. Sometimes, I can calm him down enough so that he finishes his meal, but most of the time, he'll get so agitated that I have to switch over to the other breast. I know it's doesn't have anything to do with a fast let-down. It's actually been so frustrating that I've made an appt with the hospital's lactation nurse to see what the fuss is all about. Hopefully, we'll get some answers.

The other "change" in personality is a bit more concerning. He doesn't like car rides anymore. Before, he'd fall asleep immediately in the car and it was so nice because I'd actually be able to go out and meet people. Pop him in the car, he'd fall asleep, and then he'd stay asleep when I took him out and plopped him in his stroller. Now, he's so agitated in the car that he doesn't fall asleep and then he's crying when I take him out which results in him crying in the stroller and let me tell you, it's no fun strolling the mall with a crying baby.

I've "discovered" a few work arounds, though. One, white noise. I turn that sucker on LOUD in the car and it calms him down a bit and every once in awhile, it'll actually get him to go to sleep.

Two, the exercise ball...It's been a life saver. I bounce gently on that thing with him in my arms and within ten mins he's asleep. That combined with the white noise on the stereo and his swaddle and we're good to go for the night.

Any recommendations from other moms on how to soothe a baby or maybe some insight into why he's so fussy at my breast?