Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Speed Bump in Breastfeeding...

Isn't she just so sweet when she's sleeping? This is her most of the day, but when she is awake lately, it's been a little rough. Emma is such a good baby, but she's been struggling with gas, constant hiccups, irritability during feeding, etc. It's so hard to see her struggle and get upset!

Our pediatrician suggested I try cutting out dairy from my diet to see if that helps her. The lactation consultant agreed that we should try that, so I've been doing that for a week now. Let me tell you, being gluten and dairy free is so difficult, especially when I barely have time to cook as it is!

Fortunately the lactation consultant also noticed that Emma is tongue tied. I can't understand why pediatricians don't check for this, but over time it can cause problems with breastfeeding...something that is so important for us to keep doing for hopefully 12 months plus.

Yesterday we had a consultation with a specialist to confirm the tongue tie. They explained that it can cause all the symptoms that Emma is having. She is getting plenty if milk since I'm so engorged, but they explained how over time improper sucking on her part could lead to depletion of milk supply! We decided it was best to get this fixed asap and I'm so glad we did. Every day she has been getting more and more frustrated during feedings, it's the most challenging thing for me to watch because I feel like I can't help her. :(

We are hoping this procedure takes care of the symptoms Emma has been experiencing and that she is not intolerant to dairy, but I'm giving it until after the procedure to keep the dairy out. 

As much as I love cheese and ice cream and yummy creamy sauces, I will do anything to keep the breastfeeding going.  During our first week of nursing I felt so lucky that I didn't have soreness or too much pain like I've heard most people get and that I have plenty of milk...never thought she would have difficulties though even with gaining lots of weight.

I'm nervous and anxious for the procedure tomorrow, but know that it's best for her now and will benefit her later in life too. Say a little prayer for us...I know Emma is in good hands and will be just fine, but I'm sure I'll still be a wreck!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

One Week Postpartum

Today Emma is one week old! It's been such an amazing week full of lots of learning, tears, emotions and overwhelming happiness. This post will be short, but just wanted to conclude the belly pictures with one last one with Emma. (It looks like I'm stuffing her face into me, but I promise she's just sleeping and super comfy!)

We just love this little girl so much!

Monday, September 9, 2013

First Weekend at Home

Our first weekend with Emma at home was great! Mike is still off work and we had lots of visitors. I just love seeing our niece Leila hold Emma and the excitement on Leila's face. I've always had a close bond with her since we met her at four years old, so this is really special to see her grown up and holding our baby.

So how does it work with bragging about your child? I already feel the need to brag about her, she's doing some great things! This morning her cord fell off (after 6 days, seems early doesn't it?) so now we can move her into all the cloth diapers instead of just a few. That's great because she gets spurts of pooping constantly within 30 minutes so we're going through a lot of Honest Company diapers (expensive!).

We also just had the best night of sleep! She slept in 3.5-4 hour spurts throughout the night. So we had her bedtime feeding/change at 9, woke up at 1 and had some awake time, another at 5:45 and then again at 9am. I've never been so happy to get that much interrupted sleep! We're hoping this continues but won't be holding our breathe. :)

Emma is feeding so well and I'm so proud of her! There was some initial uncomfortableness and getting used to it for me but its pretty good now and rarely hurts (we had a shallow latch for the first day in the hospital, so that caused some soreness that is lingering). According to all her dirty diapers and weight gain after just three days she's obviously getting plenty of milk. This makes me so happy as breastfeeding was one of the most important things to us! It's so tiring and draining on my body, but we're adjusting and I know that this is my main goal right now..just to grow my baby. Learning to rest, nap, eat lots of snacks and constantly drink water is the most challenging part. The actual nursing sessions are my favorite thing ever. It's amazing that my body gives her all the nourishment she needs and calms and soothes her.

Everyday we are in such awe of Emma and can't believe how beautiful and good she is. We feel so blessed.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Emma Joyce

Our baby girl decided to make her arrival this past week!

Emma Joyce
September 3, 5:15am
6 lbs 15 oz, 20.5 in

All three of us are doing great, Emma and I are very healthy! Will post more about the birth, first week and nursery pictures soon.

We're so happy to finally announce the name to everyone too! We loved the name Emma for a long time but tossed around other options just to be sure. I struggled with thinking it was too popular, but neither of us actually know a baby/kid Emma and we decided since we love it, it doesn't really matter. It's so classic and timeless that it feels like it won't be dated or trendy in 30 years. We love that!

Her middle name Joyce is after my maternal grandmother. The older I get the more I realize how many qualities I get (or would like to get) from my mom..who is similar to her mother (which I also have realized more so after all her humble generosity this week). I love that we can connect Emma to that in some way and hope she gains those qualities throughout her life as well.

As I write this from my phone, I look down at our beautiful daughter who is knocked out from a feeding session (breastfeeding is going great so far, by the way). Mike and I are constantly in awe of her and can't believe she is ours. We are so in love and feel extremely blessed!