Friday, October 9, 2009
Happy Birthday Little Munchkin!
The little munchkin is 1 month old today! Everyone talks about how fast time flies by when you have a baby. They were not lying. It's crazy how fast the time flies. I was also told that as hard as breastfeeding is, things would usually work themselves out and we would get the hang of it after about a month or so. I wasn't sure how that could ever happen, but much to my relief, it seems that we are doing just that. We still have some things to work out, but looking back at those first couple of weeks, things are significantly better.
The nights are getting a little easier. She is going atleast 3 hours between eating. This makes for longer stretches of sleep for me, but it also makes for more uncomfortable boobies. Sometimes she will go over four hours and I get so engorged, I am almost tempted to wake her up to nurse. But I try to endure it, hoping that things will adjust.
I am still nervous about nursing outside of the house. I went to a La Leche League meeting on Tuesday night. I took baby with me and Anna also met us there for some moral support. It was nice to get out of the house and to take her with me, but she slept the entire time and we weren't able to get any practice nursing. That's okay though, because the meetings are in a community room at a hospital and it would have been pretty uncomfortable nursing there anyway. It's just a bunch of tables and chairs. I brought our boppy just incase, but I'm glad we didn't need to use it. I think I would rather start out somewhere more comfortable, like at a friend or family member's house. I am thinking next week, we might drive out to Anna's house and hang out with her for a while. It will be a better place to start. I am still making a bit of a mess with all my over abundance of milk, but each day still seems to get a little better.
I did get to leave the house for 2 whole hours last night to do some shopping with my mom. I nursed right before I left and she stayed home with daddy, while my mother and I went to Kohl's and Target. We picked out some outfits for the munchkin, including something for her one month photo shoot and her halloween costume. It's so cute... I can't wait to post pictures.
Tonight, my friend Scott, who is a fantastic photographer is going to come over and take some pictures of her for her one month birthday. I am also going to have him snap a few shots of her in her costume.
It's been raining nonstop the past couple of days here. Its gray and gloomy and I miss being able to walk outside and hang out for a while with baby. She loves it outside and if she's fussy it's almost guaranteed she will relax instantly if I take her out there.
Last week my granparents, baby's great grandparents, came out to see her. Don't they look smitten?
Here's a pic of her and my mom...
Joe is now growing his facial hair back, which I am happy about. I think he's just a facial hair type of guy... I don't know what it is, but I missed it! I had to take a picture of him though while he was clean shaven, you can really see how much his daughter looks like him.
And here's one with us sporting one of our new native carriers...