Spring/Summer 2012 Baby Bumps!

Hi ladies!

I just wanted to drop in real quick and say hi and let you know i am in survival mode but still alive! :)
I've gotten a few pm's asking if I was going to come back on and I definitely plan on continuing to participate on this board. I <3 you girls too much not to. While I am doing middle of the night feedings I try to catch up and read all of the posts I just haven't quite mastered one-handed typing on an iPhone. ;) I really wish there was a "like" option so you would know I am reading and keeping up with all of you. Maybe i'll just type Like...hmmm.
Everleigh is doing great and is healthy as a horse. She is a pretty chill and serene baby except for when she is hungry or gassy. The girl farts like a grown man sometimes! Excuse me, not farts, she has "windy pops" as DH calls them. He says HIS baby girl does NOT fart! ;) lol
I have to say that breastfeeding is hard. There is an aspect to it that is indeed very natural like everyone says it is but it definitely feels like a skill set I needed to learn and it can just wipe you out. I would say the bulk of my day is spent nursing and burping her and there have been a couple of days that pushed me to the edge. Sleep deprivation combined with feeling like maybe you aren't producing enough milk to satisfy your infant plus nipples that feel like they are on fire as they adjust can really take its toll on you.
I know she is eating enough because she has wet/poopy diapers and with the exception of the first Ped visit she is gaining weight BUT since you can't see how much they are eating and E cluster feeds quite a bit I was starting to doubt my ability to continue breastfeeding.
At some point every day I wonder how much longer I can do it and every morning I just start over and hope it gets easier. Her cluster feeding I think is what makes it hard for me since my breasts barely have a chance to recover. However, when she gets her milk drunk face and smiles in her sleep right after a nursing session it kind of makes me do a happy little sigh and it keeps me going.
Here is one more pro pic of her that wasn't on the blog link I posted a couple of weeks ago:
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I swear I want to consume her sometimes. DH and I stare at her at night and say how much we want to just take a bite out of her. Weird thing to say i know but you just want to smother them with kisses and get as close to them as you can.
My best advice at this point is to do Kangaroo Care with your LO at the hospital and at home. It is so comforting for them and is a great way for you and/or DH to bond with baby. We try to do it once a day if we can and I usually let DH do it more often since it is a great way for him to bond with her and he LOOOOVES it. :)
Can't wait for the next round of babies to be born and to hear the updates and see pics.
XOXOXO- Jady

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 6:47 am
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clightner
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Hi jady , so good to read your update on here. Sounds like things are going well. I commend you for keeping up with the breast feeding. I was disappointed because I wasnt able to. I know it can be tough though. I feel like I am feeding Cash a bottle all the time do I can imagine what it might be like to be breast feeding all the time. It is a total commitment and not always the most convenient. The fact that u have made it through the first month is great. I heard it gets easier. But don't be hard on yourself if you change things in the future. I love seeing your weekly picture updates on Facebook. Everleigh is such a cute baby! Xoxo candice
Posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:11 am
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awww so cute!! Glad things are going well and thanks for keeping us posted! Too funny about the windy pops!

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:18 am
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HIII! *waves hello* thanks for checking in with us, I love reading updates and appreciate your honesty about how difficult breast feeding is and helps me prepare for what I'm up against (although feel free to throw me an occasional fantasy land bone and tell me how it's an absolute breeze k ;)


I also LOVE little E's weekly pics!!

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:43 am
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Hi Jady. It's so nice to see you pop in : ) I also enjoy seeing your weekly E pics. I love the numbers, such a great idea!


Sounds like you're doing a great job with breastfeeding. I understand how difficult it is to keep up with it. I don't think any class can prepare you for the amount of time and dedication it takes to breastfeed. As beautiful of an experience it can be, it totally takes a toll on you...but it totally seems like you are doing great!


Unfortunately I wasn't as successful with breastfeeding. Baby G was losing too much weight and wasn't filling up even after almost 2-3 hours of feeding : ( She also wasn't producing the recommended wet/poopy diapers. I decided to start by supplementing with formula, but in the end gave up breastfeeding all together. Baby seems to be happier now that she has a full tummy and I'm happy to see her happy.

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:04 am
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Oh...LOVE the picture of E. Looks like Baby E is quite the fashionista with her cute beanie : )

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:05 am
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I wish someone would have told me (wait I take that back.. the lactation consultant during our nursing class did tell me it was difficult.. maybe I didn't believe her?) how demanding/difficult breastfeeding was going to be in the beginning. Cluster feedings are tiring but luckily, completely normal. They grow so much in the first few months that you feel like all you do is breastfeed, burp, change dirty diaper and start all over (maybe catch an hour of sleep in there? ha).  I am here to tell you that it DOES GET EASIER! We're going past 3 months of EBF and are now getting to the point where I love it. I share an unexplainable bond with my son that no one else can share with him. Once you get comfortable nursing in public and find what position(s) work best for you and your LO, it gets much easier. Oh and they get much more efficient at eating as they get older. I remember in the beginning DS would nurse for like an hour! Now in the mdidle of the night I can feed him, change his diaper and put him down all under 15 minutes (usually). 


PS: Use nipple cream for the sore nips. It really helps! Oh and another thing that helped is before DH would leave from work, I would have him fill up my water jug and get me some snacks to leave on my night stand. We have a TV in our room so I could lay down, nurse DS, drink, eat and watch TV at the same time! 

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 10:11 am
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Thanks for popping in Jady!  It really is nice to read about what happens after the birth from other moms because from what I've heard, it's after the baby arrives that is truly the 'hard' part of this journey.  It sounds like you are doing great with breastfeeding! We learned in our Bradley classes that it takes a couple of months to get your supply & demand going and from there breastfeeding only gets easier!  So you are doing wonderfully since you've made it through the first month already :)


What a sweet picture of Everleigh, I love her litttle hat!


You really are doing great mamma!

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 7:57 am
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So glad you stopped by to update us!! :) And Everleigh is so freaking adorable!!!
The ladies offered you some great advice and have none to add but you are doing such a great job as a mama and little Everleigh is so lucky to have you!

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 8:32 am
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Ha!  I say I want to take a bite out of my lil guy on a daily basis!  He has these huge chubby cheeks :) E is so beautiful!


HUGE hugs to you and Pink for keeping up on the breastfeeding!  It is by far THE most difficult thing to deal with so far (I'm only 4 months in!).  I was unsuccessful as well partly due to lack of milk, jaundice (supplement with formula) and hating every moment of breast feeding.  Good job mommas!!

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 8:59 am

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