I have sat down many times to write this post, only to be interrupted by a burping session, a diaper change, a pacifier fix . . . Taking care of a baby is all consuming - don't know how the Yahoo CEO is going to do it without maternity leave - I guess she can afford a full-time nanny, but still.
Winn is starting to coo and smile and it just melts my heart. Breastfeeding is going alot better. It's like learning a new language for both of us. A book I read described breastfeeding as you and your baby's first conversation.
Randomly through the day and when I am nursing, I have this weird let-down thing where I feel like my body is gross and fat and then a few seconds later, I will have my let-down and the feeling goes away. My mom told me when she breastfed, she felt really depressed for a minute and then it would go away. As it turns out, I have a mild case of Dysmorphic Milk Ejection Reflex or D-MER. It's not bad enough to make me want to quit breastfeeding, but it's just very strange.
We started Zantac last week for the reflux and he has stopped crying so much at night. Also some high powered gas drops called Levsin that I only break out if he is really fussing. I am doing colief drops (a lactaid for babies) and probiotic powder that I mix into a little expressed breast milk and give him via bottle. I love my Milkie's Milksaver that Newbie recommended- this little handy contraption allows me to save the milk that leaks from the breast I'm not nursing on. I use this milk to administer all my little anti-colic cocktails. Zantac tastes awful, but he doesn't mind it mixed with the milk.
We have started strolling in the Bob and it is so much fun! It is great to get out of the house, but I wish it wasn't so hot. Can't wait until the Fall.
Winn has already outgrown his newborn clothes - he is getting heavy! I get quite a workout toting him around all day long. He sleeps in his swing and also in this cradle by Fisher Price. The arms reach co-sleeper was a total waste of money. And sometimes he sleeps in my arms. I love the miracle blanket for swaddling him. He will come out of anything else. He actually sleeps really well at night - I have to wake him up for a feeding, so I don't get super engorged.
Winn's diaper rash went away with a lavendar salve my sister-in-law makes. Cloth diapering is going much better. Sometimes, it's exhausting because laundry is not my favorite chore, but we are going through so so many diapers, so the prefolds with covers have been great. I really like the prefolds with the Flip cover (snaps) and the Bumgenius 4.0 pocket diapers with snaps.
So I feel like we are getting more into a rhythm I'm slowly catching up on sleep. Postpartum blues have faded away. My body is feeling more normal. Winn is waking up to the world and I love it!