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Plans for 2010

My Plans:

1. Keep on breastfeeding

2. Cloth diaper all of the time. Except maybe at night. But much more than I have been.

3. Find a sitter

4. If you ask the husband, get pregnant again.

5. Sort out my real feelings about work and make a decision one way or another. (secretly, I hope it means firing #3)

Spencer’s Plans:

1. Rolling

2. Crawling

3. Finally eating people food instead of just lunging at it.

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January 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Year’s End

2009 was quite a year. It is hard to believe that at this time last year, I had only told my sister and my husband that I was pregnant.  Now I have a currently sick, but generally awesome 5 month old. My life was forever and irrevocably changed in 2009 and I wouldn’t change anything about Spencer for the world.  A few things I would change – I would have gotten off to a better start breastfeeding, I think I now know where somethings went wrong. I would also start cloth diapering sooner.  I don’t know what I was scared of. I think I am doing ok so far and 2010 is going to be even better.

Happy 2010! New Year, New Decade!

January 1, 2010 at 1:34 am Leave a comment

Weight Gain

I think the domperidone must have finally kicked in because Spencer has gained 5 ounces a week for the last three weeks and is now 13 pounds. I was really hoping that he would be 13 pounds by 2010 and we met that goal a week early.  He certainly seems a little chubbier. He has good smoosh to his thighs now, but he isn’t a chubby baby by any means.  My first week back at work didn’t disrupt my milk supply too much, for that I am very grateful. I was really worried about that. I don’t like pumping at work, though. Even with the office door locked, I feel like someone is about to come in at any minute and it gets really hot in there. I completely forgot how much I hated my office while I was on leave. It is hot, noisy and the chair is pretty uncomfortable. Even with the baby, I definitely am more productive at home. But, I have my own office which serves as a place to pump and my boss is accommodating to the amount of time I need, so really I am lucky. I just need to keep remembering that. On an unrelated note, I can’t believe it is almost time to make a 5 month tag!

December 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Frustrated

I haven’t been writing much about breastfeeding because it seemed to be going ok. Spencer was gaining at a very slow, but steady, 3 ounces a week.  We are still supplementing and he wasn’t very fussy, is meeting his milestones and acted like a generally happy little kiddo.  At his weight check Monday, there was no gain from last week. Not even a tenth of an ounce.  He has been spitting up a ton in the last few days and had been nursing nonstop.  I actually thought he was having a growth spurt. Nope. No idea what was wrong. He is just stuck at 12 pounds.  The LC recommended no changes until we do another weight check next week.

I have noticed a change in his nursing patterns in the last few days.  He has been nursing for shorter periods of time and falling asleep more often, but over all the number of times he is nursing per day has increased so I didn’t think it was a big deal.  But I am starting to get stressed out which might affect my supply.  And then today it seemed like my supply was lower, I started having trouble getting him latched on and he fussed a lot more at the breast.  I am hoping it is teething, not a breastfeeding issue.  I think I will start increasing the number of times I am pumping per day tomorrow.

December 2, 2009 at 4:52 am Leave a comment

4 months and still breastfeeding

Spencer will be 4 months old on Friday and we are still breastfeeding.  It hasn’t been easy, but I am so happy we are still going strong.  I am still supplementing with formula, but with an average weight gain of 3 ounces per week. I am reluctant to stop.  I am still pumping about 5 ounces per day which is not quite enough so I have been freezing what I’ve been pumping.  Also, for some reason when I get stressed about output volume, it gets even lower.

I have a tiny stash in the freezer now.  That will help alleviate some of my concerns when I go back to work part-time in a few weeks.  I currently give Spencer three 2 ounce bottles per day.  I think I will start making one of the bottles pumped milk and then freeze whatever else is left from that day.  I am not sure how supplementing will work when am not breastfeeding full-time.  I will have to ask my lactation consultant.

I have delayed my return to work primarily because of my supply issues, but I need to get back.  I am very lucky in that they are letting me return with only 10-15 hours per week on site and the remainder at home.  If I can prove it works, I hope to maintain that schedule for a long time.

November 25, 2009 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

Holy Roller

The little babe has now rolled over both ways.  He has been rolling over tummy to back for a while now, but mostly that was his head tipping him over during tummy time.  In the last few weeks, he finally started to enjoy being on his stomach and will look around and occasionally even smile which is a huge difference from the beginning.  Tummy time on the floor was a time for screaming and tears – on people he tolerated being on his stomach, but the position seemed less than ideal. Then he started laughing when on his stomach and rolling over with a bit more intent.  It wasn’t always speedy, but he got over.  This morning when I went to get him out of his crib he was on his belly looking around.  I didn’t see it, but he must have turned over after he woke up.  I am sure we will spend most of today on the bed trying to get him to do it again.

It seems like he has changed so much just in the last 2 weeks.  I had same baby, same baby, same baby, and then pow! all of a sudden I have a giggling, supper vocal flipping machine.  It is awesome and I am so glad I am still home from work to see it all.

November 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm 1 comment

Just some thoughts

I am a little confused about what I want to say here. I feel like other people have said everything before or better or more informed.  Mostly I complain about breastfeeding, which I love. It has just been such a struggle.  The gain this week was 3.5 ounces, which isn’t fabulous, but isn’t losing weight either.  I am continuing with the 6 ounces of half formula half breast milk in three bottles per day.  I am trying to figure out if I did something different last week vs. the week before when he gained 10 ounces. I think I may have been only offering one side in the morning and not really worrying about it if Spencer went back to sleep.  This week I am trying to make sure he takes both sides in the morning.  This is impacting how much volume I pump per day though. I have been adding two p.m. pumping sessions at about 9:30 and 11:30 to try and make up the difference, but I still only get 3-4 ounces per day in 5 sessions.  I really have no idea how to increase the pumping output.  I hope the domperidone increases my overall supply leading to a bigger output.

October 28, 2009 at 6:06 am Leave a comment

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