Saturday, May 31, 2008
THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS.
Here's some quick updates about our daughter:
- She's super strong; she's been able to hold her head up for awhile with the time duration getting longer and longer. She can also support herself on her legs when we hold her up or she leans against us.
- She's able to nurse off both breasts now. This is good news, especially since I seem to be prone to plugged ducts and the pump alone wasn't cutting it.
- Her fussiness has gotten better but that's mostly because we've become more competent parents. Every night, sometime after 6 she begins to cry and fuss. It ends by 10, 8:30 if we're lucky.
- She seems to not like it when I eat dairy products so good-bye butter, farewell all types of cheese, so long ice cream and yogurt. I will miss you so, so, so much.
- Her baby acne is pretty bad.
- She's pretty darn cute.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
-that Heather seriously gave me designer burp cloths, which makes me feel like a celebrity.
-the handmade scrapbook created by Katie, Lydia's godmother.
-the cake, made by Kim, and absolutely beautiful and delicious.
-finding out Kim is moving to Madison to begin her post college life there.
-that my friends gave me wipes, but not diapers, knowing we're doing cloth.
-that people drove for hours to get there.
When asked to talk about the birth and life as a new mom I was incredibly honest. There was no holding back as I described how horrible of an experience the labor was and how difficult being a new mom is, especially when there are all sorts of breastfeeding problems and a fussy baby.
Despite my depressing news, it was still a lot of fun. I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did. :)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
What a woman!
Thanks to Alicia for pointing it out to me.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
That's why I am so grateful for the friends and family who have provided dinners for Travis and I and to my mom, who has spent the night and many days with me and Lydia. The more I sleep the better I feel and Mom's presence allows me to nap more.
For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a stay at home mom. I was always a great babysitter - I cooked, cleaned and the kids loved me. So I thought that the whole SAHM thing would be easy for me. I pictured myself with a tidy home, dinner ready for Travis and happy children. (I also pictured myself thinner.)
Because I had the natural knack for mothering, and I feel it's my vocation, I thought this would be so much easier. I was duped. About a week ago, as I lay in bed, I thought to myself, "I don't remember praying for humility." But that is what I've gotten. My pride and dignity have gone out the window time and time again: milk soaking my shirts, poop all over, crying I cannot console, a boob poking out while I'm burping a fussy Lydia, and on top of it all I can't shower or brush my teeth until 11 usually. And when I'm low on sleep the crying is much more likely to not only begin, but continue for hours. (I'm talking about myself crying, not my daughter.)
It is amazing how such a tiny person can make me feel so unsure, incapable and frustrated.
But man, does it feel wonderful when she snuggles up to me.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The rest of the night and day she's great. But, oh, how I hate the evenings.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
People keep telling me this will get easier but I am beginning to believe that all people lie. My experience is that it gets harder. Every day.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
There have been some struggles with breastfeeding. Lots of pain and soreness, followed by Lydia not taking the right breast, followed by engorgement. Thank God for Kim, who attended the birth and is with La Leche League. She's paid us 2 home visits and we've finally figured things out. I'm pumping the right breast until it heals up a bit and Lydia grows a little bigger.
However, even with her feeding on just one breast she is definitely getting enough milk! She has plenty of dirty diapers and, even more impressive, she's growing! Doctors want babies to have regained to their birth weight by two weeks. Lydia had gained almost a full pound by day 10.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
In the end, Lydia was born red (except for her hands and feet) and crying. There was very little molding on her practically perfectly shaped head. Travis did not end up catching her, which was the original plan, since he was putting pressure on my lower back. (But in the end he was okay with not catching her, though he feels more confident about doing it next time.) Travis did cut the cord, though. One neat thing was that the sex of our baby was not announced to us, but we were able to discover it for ourselves.
After things had settled down we all had some birthday cake: pineapple upside down cake that LB made for us. It was delicious!
LB is also a blogger, and if you'd like to read her account of the birth, please go here.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
More details will come in the following days.
Friday, May 2, 2008
And the sad answer is - No baby yet!
But do keep coming back, please. I will post here when labor begins and definately will post pictures at the end.
And many thanks for stopping by. Keep praying for us!