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12/19/09
1 month and 1 day






12/17/09
christmas decor


Our tree...

We were given a tree from friends at church. How cool is that? So early one morning when the little bean decided it was awake time... momma decorated it. :)
And Elijah's christmas stocking. I found the pattern here -.Striped Pieced Christmas Stocking. I like how he's as big as the stocking. :) This was my last project I finished before he arrived.




12/15/09
time is flying


Only 3 more days until he's one month! Craziness. I think time is flying so much cause nights fade into days and days back into nights. I know that a new week comes cause of Sunday mornings. I haven't been too faithful in updating cause I just don't have time or energy to do so. If he's sleeping, I'm trying to sleep as much as I can. If he's awake, he really likes being held. I've tried typing with one hand, but it's too slow. :) Most days I'm not functional until 3:30p. Definitely having the thoughts- "will it always be like this? how do others do it- clean their house, wash clothes, make meals and find time to raise kids?" So on top of my new found respect of mom's who breasfeed... there is a new found respect for parents and those who have done it and are doing it. Some new pictures for you:

He really likes his fingers... and one morning I heard him fussing a bit... but then he quieted down... and I found this.
Another nap time pic... he's so peaceful and content after feedings. It's good baby gazing time.


Yes, he sleeps alot... kind of eager for the more interactive stage... but each stage at a time right? They grow up faster than we want in the end.




12/7/09
family




First thank you to you all who have left messages of encouragement. I think we are making some good progress with the BF. A great website full of good resources which my mom found for me: http://drjacknewman.com/. This has helped with figuring out what I was doing wrong and much better descriptions of what I should be doing. So now we have to wait and see if the pain from previous damage will go away while doing the right things.
I got to have both my mom and sister here over the past week and weekend. It was really nice for D and I to have them. We were both starting to get really worn out and D needed to start going back to work which meant he needed sleep. :) So with their extra hands we were able to get some zzzz's plus meals and a clean house as well. Thank you soooo much both of you!




12/2/09
Nursing



So in my last post I eluded to struggles with breastfeeding... it has been a roller coaster ride. I've could go into details, but I want to keep this rather PG. In essence it was getting to the point where I was dreading each feeding knowing the toe curling pain I was going to be in during the whole time. And to the point where I just didn't want to hold him in case he got the idea it was time to feed.
Today we got some answers to the pain. At my 2 week check-up the doctor and nurse practioner confirmed that E is tongue-tied. This means that he can't get a good latch- which makes things super sore. They were great and moved his 2 week check up to tomorrow where they will fix his tongue. And after that appt we went to the hospital OB floor and had a lactation consultation where I discovered I need to shove him on that much further. So really he's just been on the tip the whole time. Not cool. Knowing this and implementing the forceful latch has already helped.
I'm grateful for the people out there that can help us get through this, cause I really do want to enjoy this whole nursing process. In closing, here are some pictures of my favorite moments of nursing.

...right after we are done, i love him sleeping on my chest... cuddle time...

... this picture is a tell all to my poor positioning of him, but i love it cause of how his hands are resting together....



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