Saturday, September 24, 2011

breastfeeding update

so that 7 feedings in 24 hour thing only lasted three days. by thursday, she was back to 8 feedings, and on friday she ate 10 times. i called the nurse at the pediatrician on friday to calm my nerves and she reassured me that her poo and pee output was excellent and that she was fine. i knew she wasn't hungry because she was satisfied after every feeding and not fussy or crying, but the extra reassurance did the trick to put my fears to rest for now.

this baby is such a good baby. she eats, she sleeps, she poos and pees, and almost never cries (*knock on wood*). i forgot to mention HER HAIR in my last post. she has a full head of dark brown hair! we saw it in a 36 wk ultrasound. it was so cute floating in the amniotic fluid. from that ultrasound until i delivered her i could not wait to meet her and see all that hair.

i know i blogged about my weight briefly before, but i have been pretty overweight ever since law school... probably about 40 pounds from where i like to be. while pregnant, i tried my best to eat healthy and not to gain too much weight and managed to gain only 15 pounds. i have lost 20 pounds since delivery. hopefully this keeps up for a few weeks! my goals this week are to use the wii fit a little this week and to attend a breastfeeding group wednesday afternoon.

P goes back to work monday night and i am not looking forward to it. i think am.elia and i are ready, but we will miss him being with us all day and all night so much. he is so good with her and knows exactly how to soothe her and how to read her.

please excuse any mistakes... sleep deprivation big time.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

she's here!

Am.elia was born on September 6th at 4:14 PM. She weighed 7.6 lbs and was 21 inches long (but only 19 inches after her cone head went down, ha).

P and I are tired, but so, so happy and thankful. I am in the process of writing up the birth story and will get that up, probably in parts, soon.

We are doing well breastfeeding. She eats well and I produce a ton of milk, but I am still really awkward with the different holds. I have big b.oobs and haven't quite figured out the best position for us. Right now we either do the football hold on a stack of three pillows, or the cross cradle with the boppy. When using the boppy, I usually find myself hunched over her with an aching back. We will work it out, I am sure. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Also, she is not a textbook two to three hour feeder. She usually eats every three to four hours, with one or two feedings an hour apart in the evenings. If I try to feed her more often, she simply refuses to wake up, no matter what I do to wake her. It makes me really nervous when she only eats 7 times in a 24 hour period (according to all the breastfeeding literature, she should be eating 8-12 times). I try not to stress too much though, because she was at birth weight three days after she was born and poos and pees like crazy.

Other than these concerns, she is such an easy baby. She almost never cries (*knock on wood*), eats well, and sleeps between feedings. Oh, and she is super, super cute. (Pictures coming, I swear).