Dinner as Usual
Dinner as usual. Well, with one tiny exception:
Our newest dinner guest, of course.
Today marks a week since we brought little miss home from the hospital…and dare I say I think we’re starting to feel a little more at ease? I don’t want to jinx us, but I think we lucked out with a pretty good baby. She sleeps a ton during the day. At night, she’s been fussy from about 10pm to midnight, but then she settles right down and conks out until 6:30 or 7 (we wake her up for a mid-morning feeding—Ryan feeds while I pump). Those two hours are rough—lots of wailing and screaming for no apparent reason that we can find (gas? Maybe she just needs to cry?), but all in all, things are going really well here.
My family was here all last week:
…which was a major help. It was just nice to have people around to help out, clean the house, cook food…and above all else, provide a little moral support—the first week is pretty emotional!
Plus, Lila got to met her sweet cousin Sophie:
Big cousin and little cousin.
My mom is going to be here for a few more days, but the rest of the crew went home yesterday. The house seems so quiet now…until little miss opens her mouth, that is.
An update on the feeding: still not going well. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all of your sweet comments about it—it was SO nice to hear that many of you had struggled with or knew someone who struggled with the same issues.
We visited the lactation consultant again on Friday, and when she put Lila to the breast, she latched like an old pro—all of the pain was gone, and Lila was feeding perfectly. So…basically, it’s just me. My milk still hasn’t come in, almost ten days after having given birth. I’m still pumping away, drinking the tea (yep, Mother’s Milk), taking two types of supplements, eating oatmeal, drinking tons of water, having skin-to-skin time, drinking a dark beer at night (twist my arm)…and when I pump, I usually get about half an ounce.
The lactation consultant was actually really reassuring. She basically told me that I’m doing all that I can do, and that if the milk doesn’t come in, it’s just not going to—and that’s okay. She said to give it another week with the pumping and supplements, and that if it still isn’t increasing…basically to move on.
Anyway…I’ll let you know how it goes throughout the week! She seems like she’s doing pretty well, regardless of where her food is coming from:
Today, we’re baking cookies to take to my doctor and the hospital nurses—they were all SO great throughout this whole process, from our first appointment to the labor and post-labor care.
Hope you have a great Monday!