Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Dr. Strauss asked about different milestones and she is doing all of them. We knew she was just perfect!
I was half hoping that maybe he would have some great advice on the spitting up and the sleeping, but he didn't have any mind blowing information either. I did ask about how much she should be eating at a feeding and he said that many babies her age are eating about 6 ounces at a feeding, but they are having fewer feedings. Sarah Graves eats about 4 ounces at a feeding during the day from the bottle, but she eats about 8 times a day. Dr. Strauss mentioned that because she spits up regularly her stomach may not be very large and she may be limiting herself as a way to control the amount she spits up. It's amazing to me how babies sometimes do things to help themselves without us even being aware of it! So, we'll continue on with our habit of eating every 3 hours and only eating about 4 ounces at a time (she won't take more than that anyway, so glad not to have the struggle).
She also received another round of the DTAP vaccine and the Rotavirus. She handled the shot much better than she did the first time! She cried, but not nearly as long as the first time.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Dear Sarah Graves,
My goodness, four months sure has passed in a hurry. Some days it feels like I can't even remember what my life was like before you came along. I know it was not nearly as full of joy as it is with you in it.
All that time lying on your back has also led to you being able to roll over. Sometimes you forget to tuck your arm down so that you can get over, but your are perfecting it. You can even do it while swaddled. You don't seem able to go from your tummy to your back when you are swaddled, but we usually help you out with that!
You have started to notice Lucy a lot more. I am very glad because she has been so excited about you from the start and I hope you will lover her just as much. I have actually seen you reach out your hand and pet her nose. I'm sure the bigger you grow, the more interested in Lucy you will become!
You have become much more generous with your smile. Whereas used to you only gave your smile to the people closest to you, now you will smile at other people and your favorite toys. Your new trick is to laugh out loud. It takes something really good to make you laugh, but when you do it it simply lights up my world. When I hit on something that makes you laught, like me trying to gobble up your tummy, I will do it for as long as you will keep laughing. What a joy!
Having a schedule is still something that we struggle with. You eat on a pretty regular schedule, but sleep is a whole other story. Some days you take naps regularly throughout the day and others you just will not take a nap. Your nighttime sleep is very confusing to me. Some nights you only need to eat once during the night and other nights you wake up almost hourly and need your pacifier to go back to sleep. You slept for nine and a half hours straight the other night, so I know it can be done and one day you will do it regularly. For now, I will just enjoy rocking you during the night and feeling the weight of your sleepy body in my arms. Every moment with you is pretty special.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
On Monday I started noticing that I was having a hard time pumping on the left side. When I got home I wasn't feeling too hot, my left side sure was. Sarah Graves was irritable all evening and I thought I just wasn't enjoying the time with her because she wasn't enjoying it. By the time I sat down to nurse her before bed, I was having chills like I had the flu and it was painful for her to nurse. I asked Aaron to check my book on breastfeeding to see about symptoms for breast infections. As he read the symptoms for a clogged milk duct, I knew that was the problem. I had the flu like symptoms; my boob was tender, it was hot, I could feel little marble like places in one area, and it was hard for Sarah Graves to nurse on it. One of the suggestions for how to remedy this situation is to apply moist heat to the area. As soon as I put her in the crib I made my way to the heating pad and got setup. I kept putting the heating pad and warm wash cloth on it on and off for about 2 hours and finally I felt like I should try to pump to see if that would help some more. I was able to pump and that made it feel tremendously better. I took some Motrin and my fever and chills subsided so that I could get some good sleep.
My new boss started on Monday and sits right across from me. I haven't been sure whether I should mention that I am continuing to breastfeed and therefore go to pump during the day or not, so I haven't brought it up. Some men are kind of weird about the whole breastfeeding thing and I haven't gotten a feel for how he might handle that conversation. So, it felt especially awkward when every 2 hours I got up to go and pump because that is the recommended way to make sure the duct stays empty and has a chance to heal. Great, now he probably thinks I'm a smoker, but that wouldn't explain why I take a large black tote bag looking thing with me. I'm not thin enough to be viewed as a candidate for compulsive exerciser. He might think I go to get something to eat all the time, but the cafeteria closes between breakfast and lunch and I sit at my desk and eat fruit and almonds all day. Maybe I should mention it at some point, just so he doesn't spend his day pondering where I go all the time…
Anyway, the problem does not seem to be totally fixed as the left side is feeling a bit warm and a little swollen today, so I have put in a call to the midwife to see what else I can try. If anybody has been through this and has something else that worked for them, please comment.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I have made some adjustments to my routine and I seem to be able to get out the door on time. The biggest help has been that I have been taking a shower at night so that I can get up at the same time I did before Sarah Graves was born and still have time to nurse her and get her ready to go. We have tried some different things to give us as much time with her in the evenings as possible, but it's never enough. I have cooked several meals while she naps on Sunday so that we just warm things up for dinner rather than taking time to cook and clean up the kitchen each night. That seems to help some.
As far as my actual job goes, it has not been as hard coming back as I feared. I pretty quickly had some projects put on my plate, so I have gotten busy. I was concerned that it may take some time before I had a larger project of my own to manage again, but that has not been the case. One of my big projects sat idle while I was out, so it was waiting for me when I returned and I was given another larger scope project. That's good because in my opinion it's better to be busy working than to be sitting there and missing her all day.
I think the part that I find the hardest is that by the time she gets home to me, the happiest parts of her day are over. She is getting tired and starting to get cranky before bed. I miss having that morning time every day when she is all smiles and fresh for the day.