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Monday, July 28, 2014

The struggle is real: Breastfeeding with an Oversupply

I would apologize for my lack of posts the past three weeks but a brand new baby is a good excuse. I've been soaking up every minute of his sweet little baby smell. Miles is a good baby and his sister loves him something fierce. She hardly gives him a moments rest... kissing his head, his toes, and rubbing his hair is all she wants to do... and she wants to do it the moment he falls asleep. But with those cute little cheeks, I can't blame her... I kiss him all day long too!
We've all had our ups and downs and having two kids is definitely an adjustment (I'll save that for another post!). Breastfeeding has been the biggest stress for me this time around. He has an excellent latch so things seemed to go very smoothly at the hospital. But when my milk came in things started to get a little rocky. I have been battling an oversupply and forceful let down which has led to Miles choking and gagging. It's also led to lots of foremilk which is more acidic and now he has reflux. He gets very uncomfortable after nursing (sometimes, not always) and cries and spits up and he usually throws up at least once a day (in addition to spitting up after every feeding). The hardest thing for me is seeing and hearing him choke. It scares me to death! It had gotten to the point where I dreaded feeding him because I didn't want him choking or throwing up. Things have gotten a little better the past few days though. My engorgement is gone and I've been experimenting with different nursing positions and find that he does better nursing when he's sitting upright. We made it through last night with no major choking and no throwing up! That's an answered prayer. His nose is stuffy this morning which also makes it difficult to breathe when nursing so I'm hoping that goes away soon. I feel like we might be turning a corner and things might be getting better in the nursing department. I'll continue to pray about it. Someone (a family member) has already suggested that I stop nursing and put him on anti-reflux formula. I really feel like breast milk is best for him and so does the doctor. As stressful as it has been, I am determined to work through these issues with the help of the doctor, lactation consultant and the power of prayer. I know that for many people the struggle is not producing enough milk, but producing too much milk is a problem as well. If there is anyone else out there who is struggling with an oversupply/forceful let down, block nursing has helped reduce my supply a little bit and having Miles nurse in the football hold position sitting upright has helped him handle the flow a little better.
Okay, that's all for now... I'm off to kiss these cute little toes!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Life with two!

We are adjusting to life at home with two kids. Emerie has done pretty well with Miles, she only gets jealous occasionally, when hubs and I are both changing his diaper or when I'm nursing. A lot of times she will crawl up beside me or try to help hold him while he nurses. I don't mind even though it makes things a little cramped. I want her to feel included. She loves him a lot.... kisses his head a million times a day. We had newborn photos taken... it was kind of a spur of the moment decision so I have no idea how they will turn out. Emerie refused to smile for a single picture, naturally. :) Miles is sleeping pretty well, he gets up about every three hours to nurse and goes right back to sleep after his belly is full.
He has a great latch and has had no trouble nursing. My milk came in quickly and he gained a pound and a half a pound in 10 days. He has already exceeded his birth weight by more than a pound and the doctor was really impressed. She said it rarely happens that a breastfed baby gains that much weight in such a short amount of time. She also said we don't need to wake him for feedings anymore so we are excited that we can sleep and let him sleep. He throws up at least once a day due to my oversupply (a good problem to have I'm told) so I'm hoping things calm down as time goes on. It sometimes makes him uncomfortable after he nurses so I'm hoping that within another week or so (with some block nursing) that the puking will subside!
He's generally a happy baby... he hates diaper changes and they were a challenge for us initially. He's peed all over everything! We are getting the hang of it though. :) We've been venturing out of the house some... mostly to the park or to the store and to see family. I've been using my Beco Gemini baby carrier at the park and Miles seems to love it.
I'm feeling pretty good most of the time. I've got 10 pounds to lose and I'm anxious to start working out. I'm sure I could start walking some now, since I had a natural birth and no major complications. The house is a mess the majority of the time... the amount of clothes that we wash on a daily basis is insane (mostly because he spits up and pukes on everything!).
Summer is going by way too fast. I go back to work in 4 weeks. I decided not to take an extra week now because my family booked a beach house in the Outer Banks for a week in May. I didn't think I would be able to take a week off from work during the school year but my bosses said that it was fine, so I'm saving my personal days for that trip. It will be much needed by then. Emerie will be 3 and Miles will be 10 months so it will be a fun trip for them (plus grandparents = built in babysitters!). :) 
I am hoping to post his birth story this week and get back to my regular blogging routine! Things definitely aren't easy with two but we are getting better at it each day. I won't sugar coat it and say it's been a breeze... we've had challenges... but I'll save that for another post. The challenges don't compare to the love we feel for our sweet babies!
Happy Monday!

Friday, July 11, 2014

He's Here!!

Our sweet little guy, Miles, was born on Saturday, July 5th at 12:03 p.m. He was 8 pounds and 18.5 inches long. He has dark hair and blue eyes and looks just like his sister did when she was born. We are so in love with him. Everyone is doing well and big sister is very proud of him. I'll be back soon with more updates on life at home with two and hopefully his birth story! Until then here are some pics of our handsome guy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Mommy Daughter Date!

Well our little guy has decided to take his time and is a little late. I have been trying to stay busy and I know how precious these last days with Emerie being an only child are so I decided that yesterday we would go on a mommy daughter date. We went to a city about a half hour away from ours and I decided that our first stop would be Chick-Fil-A because it was close to lunch time and Emerie would most likely be the best behaved at our first stop. CFA was really crowded and we had to wait in line which worried me a little, I am hugely pregnant and she's a toddler who can occasionally throw a tantrum. Normally hubs is with us so I have reinforcement if she gets antsy but it was just Emerie and I and thankfully she was very well behaved! We sat down and enjoyed our lunch and then I decided that rather than wait in line again we would get in the car and swing through the drive thru for a small vanilla shake to share. After I got our milkshake, we headed towards a really amazing park. I've been wanting to take her to this park for a long time now so I was excited that we finally had the opportunity to go. It was pretty hot so I knew we wouldn't stay long but when we got there I loaded her up with sunscreen, gave her some milkshake, and let her explore. She had an amazing time!
She loved the playground and it had lots of age appropriate equipment for a 2 year old. She went down slides and climbed through tunnels and even had me going down a few slides (now that was a sight!). It was precious because she made us hold hands the whole way down.
She had a melt down when I decided it was too hot and that it was time to go. She fought me pretty hard the whole way to the car and then she spilled the milkshake in her lap in her carseat while I was strapping her in. By that time I was ready to head home but we had one more stop at a store to make. She recovered from her melt down (and so did I after a few minutes in the car with the air conditioner on full blast!) and was exclaiming how "bootiful" Costco was when we went inside. Ha! So adorable. We had a great day together. I'm glad that I got to spend that alone time with her before her brother gets here. She's such a sweet and smart little girl. I love her more than words can express!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

40 Week Bumpdate!

 
How far along: 40 weeks! Today is our son's due date but I'm not sure if it will be his birthday!
Weight Gain: getting closer to 35 pounds! Eeeek. :)
Clothes: Maternity shirts, cotton skirts, athletic shorts
Skin: still the same
Sleep: Not terrible but not great. I'm only getting up once or twice to go to the bathroom now but I frequently wake up, sometimes with a crampy feeling in my stomach because of how I was laying.
Movement: Still poking me with every little limb he can! He is so big now that his hiccups move my whole belly.
Cravings: Smoothies. Chocolate. Chips. Junk food. Fruit.
What I miss: Deli meat, my prepregnancy body, summer clothes that I used to fit into.
Labor signs: I wish I could fill this one up with tons of signs... really nothing at this point. He's a lot lower and I'm still having BH contractions everyday but nothing else really to indicate labor.
Best moments and looking forward to: Best moments this week were going to what I hope was my last prenatal appointment, dinner with my newly engaged sister, spending time with my family, and having a great meeting with our pastor at church. Looking forward to meeting our little man and introducing him to his big sister!
Prayer for the baby: Lord, only you know how this labor and delivery is going to go. I pray that you give me peace and strength as I bring this sweet little one into the world. I pray for our health and safety over the next few days. Thank you for blessing us with another beautiful child and allowing us the privilege to be his parents. I pray that we show him Your love. In Jesus name, Amen.
"From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another." John 1:16