I have to do a mobile picture update today because I apparently didn't use my actual camera at all last week.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
This weekend was the last of my maternity leave. We didn't end up doing much of anything but that's what made it perfect. We spent Saturday afternoon cuddled up napping together as a family. Mia turned six weeks old today. She is constantly growing and changing before our eyes. It's so funny to me when we go out and strangers say,"she's so tiny/small/new!" I can't help but think, "what are you talking about? She's huge!" This is of course because I held her when she wasn't even 6 lbs and I have known her more than just six weeks. It just amazes me how she changes on a daily basis. Yesterday, she cooed. Today, she full out smiled at us. I can't wait to find out what tomorrow will bring!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
I also read the book The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by the La Lache League. Overall the book was very helpful and informative. If you are not planning an all natural, at home birth you will probably want to skip the section on birthing. It really demonized hospitals and traditional medicine which I found offensive since that was the route I had chosen. Other than that I found the book worth the money as far as being informative and giving a realistic view of what to expect while nursing. The book is available on Amazon but I bought mine from Wal-Mart and had it shipped free "site to store."
Mia has been an excellent nurser. From the first she understood what to do. Since she was so small we did have a hard time with latching thanks to my big boobs and her tiny mouth. We just had to find a holding technique that worked for us (the football) until she grew.
I have had a hard time the last two weeks keeping up with her nursing. She has grown a lot already and I am sure she is just getting ready to grow more. To be honest it has been really hard on my boobs. They have become incredibly sore. I find that hot showers help a lot but also there are gel nursing pads you can buy and refrigerate that also provide amazing relief.
I have tried both the Medela Tender Care Hydrogel Pads and the Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads. The Lansinohs are more expensive but worth the price to me. The packaging says they are reusable from up to 72 hrs but that I believe is if you wear them like a normal nursing pad. I used a pair for a full week because I would only wear them until my body heat warmed them, about 5 minutes at a time. This made the price tag a little more reasonable. Both retail for about $10 but with the Medela version you get 2 pairs instead of only one.