Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
I live very close to a mall and find it nice sometimes to go walk around there, as long as it isn't the holiday season. I started doing this much more frequently once L arrived because the weather has just been so gross. Normally on these trips the only people who would talk to me are sales people. But now with L (who I normally wear because she doesn't like being in the stroller if she's indoors) people will strike up conversations with me. While at Starbucks I got sucked into one of those "it goes so quickly" conversations with a fellow mom, who shared that her oldest had graduated college and her youngest was 13. Sometimes questions get the conversation rolling. I had someone ask me this week about wearing L in the Ergo, if it was comfortable, etc. She didn't have any kids with her, and I couldn't help but wonder if I was talking to a fellow infertile. I have only anecdotals to back up my opinion here, but I feel like infertiles are much more into planning and researching than fertiles are. Case in point: my cousin had trouble with breastfeeding, so she quit whereas a high school friend who tried for years (with a loss along the way) spent hours on kellymom when she had breastfeeding troubles and now is an active part of Facebook groups that provide support to breastfeeding moms.
So...yeah...becoming a mom has changed my life without question but it's also in ways I had not imagined. I was always on the go, a master multi-tasker. While I still multi-task, I've learned to let go of some tasks that just aren't as important as they used to be. I watch less TV and spend a lot less time surfing around the internet. While L seems to age at a lightning speed, otherwise life has taken a much slower pace. I enjoy sitting in the car, letting L finish up a nap. I still heed the "sleep when the baby sleeps" advice and take a nap in the afternoon.
Anyway, I need to go investigate where Ladybug's 10 week update went!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It looks like R's travel time is finally over, aside from his once a month weekend trips up to Maryland. This is great not only to have him more involved with L, but he shared that he feels like he's not bonded with her yet. I know I am biased as her mommy, but L really is a sweet babe - she just gets fussy when she's overtired. So I am back to charting her naps on an app, looking for patterns as well as just trying to read her for signs that she's ready for a snooze.
Breastfeeding: L has become super efficient at nursing during the night. I would be surprised if it was more than 10 minutes before she is done and ready to go back to sleep. Unfortunately during the day she often likes to use me as a pacifier, or as the leader at La Leche League called it at Friday's meeting "non-nutritive sucking." Since her daytime napping can be so hit or miss I am letting her do it for a little bit and when I feel like she's in a deeper sleep I gently unlatch her.
Sleep: Speaking of naps, so daytime sucks to be honest. But to be fair, we are out and about every weekday between the gym and her little activities. So she catches little naps in the car sometimes or off on our adventures. Swimming is the only place she won't nap, for obvious reasons. :) This past week I worked really hard to start a bedtime routine. At 7:10 we start with tummy time, then it's bath time, I give her the Vitamin D in the bath, then lotion and pajamas, with the last thing being nursing and story. At this point I feel like I benefit more from the routine than she does, but that's okay.
Play: L is still pretty oblivious to toys. Not that we have a ton of them, but the few things we have she ignores. She has recently discovered her reflection in a mirror and enjoys looking at that. Even better, she seems more aware of other babies and enjoys doing tummy time with her friends on Thursdays. As soon as she is big enough I want to get her into her jumperoo because she loves when I hold her and she can practice standing and light jumps. Mostly though our awake time is spent with me either reading or telling stories, singing, or doing tummy time.
As for me...Weight was the same this week, which was frustrating because I feel like I have been working hard at the gym and being sensible about what I eat (without dieting or whatever). As I have said before, the only reason why I am stressing the weight is because my PCOS is flaring up big time. My face is completely broken out and body hair is growing faster than it was during pregnancy. I have nine pounds to go until I am at my pre-pregnancy weight and about 16 from my pre-IUIs weight.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Sleeping: According to my weekly development emails, now we can start working on a nap schedule. But the first step is to look at her pattern of napping. I have to admit, I haven't been paying any attention at all. Now that I am paying a little more attention to when she's sleeping I am beginning to think that her fussiness we experienced this past week was due to her being overtired. It was great having R home last week (he's gone this week) but he's used to eating late and as a result L would go to sleep later than she probably should have.
Play: L gives me big smiles when I pretend to eat her toes or give big noisy kisses to her tummy. During tummy time she's moving her legs like crazy but isn't going anywhere so she gets so tired afterwards.
Misc: L weighed 11.4 pounds on Thursday, which means her days of 0-3 month clothes are limited and soon she will be big enough to wear size 2 diapers. She seems to be gaining half a pound a week - when will she slow down?!
As for me...Slowly incorporating more gym classes into my schedule. I can do one every other day nut gosh, I need that recovery day in between! I'm down a pound from last week, and I have pretty much given up on my Belly Bandit. It's hard to say whether or not it really helped since I have no idea how things would look had I not used it.
I won't get into all the details but I will share the highlights: I tried so hard to not be nervous and tense up but I did anyway. Once I could relax it wasn't so bad. I've been sore off and on but it's not anything unbearable.
R goes off for another course tomorrow, but just for a week so at least we have a little bit of time before we try again.
On an unrelated note, getting ready to sell my Hypnobabies materials but was wondering if any of you knew anyone who would be interested. I feel like it would be great karma for my stuff to go into the hands of another infertile. It definitely made a positive impact on my pregnancy and labor.