Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Some downtime, finally!

Winn took a 2 1/2 hour nap this afternoon and I feel like I had the day off!  And now I put him down to sleep at 9 pm (usually his bedtime is at 11:30pm).  I could get used to this real fast.  I had time to catch up on blogs, cook a decent supper and relax on the couch.  I may even get to watch some Downton Abbey.  I rented the dvd on netflix and I am addicted.

Still dealing with a sore left nipple.  You would think at 4 months I would have this breastfeeding thing down pat.  I don't know if it's residual yeast issues or what.  I am going to a breastfeeding doctor in Madison, MS next week, so hopefully she will help me.  I went to a dermatologist today to get a mole removed on my back and I talked to him about my nipple problem.  Poor guy, he didn't really have much of a clue.  He prescribed me some steroid cream to apply for 10 days.  I told him about Dr. Jack Newman's All Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO) and he thought that was too strong.   He said that breastfeeding is irritating to nipples because of the digestive enzymes in the saliva and that is why most women stop.  Absolutely no words of encouragement from him.

Anyhoo - Winn is growing like a weed.  75th percentile!

I've got 2 new books going on my kindle.  One is Wild by Cheryl Strayed and the other is Why Have Kids.   Wild is beautifully written and emotionally raw - her mom dies from lung cancer when she is only 22, pretty heavy stuff.   "Why Have Kids" is an interesting read so far and is basically saying that having childen is not going to make me happy and all the research actually shows that adults become less happy after they have kids.  I wonder if they have done this research on infertiles?  I wonder if we are less unhappy because it took us so long to get to have kids.  I will say that being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done day in and day out.  It's totally exhausting having a baby, but I will take it any day over still trying to make a baby.  My heart and prayers go out to all the women who are trying right now.  


  1. Glad you're catching up on some downtime. Maybe this phase will last! :-)

  2. I have seen that "Why Have Kids" book and considered getting it too, thanks for the mini-review!

  3. Hooray for downtime! I still haven't found the energy to read books yet! I hope the nipple thing gets better & the lactation people can help! 75th percentile is awesome! I hope to see some new pics of Winn soon :)

  4. Great news about our new routine and Winn's growth! That book made me mad. I don't know anybody who got less happy after having kids. Maybe some rednecks who didn't know what they were doing when they knocked someone up.....but that is the most ludicrous thing I've heard be published. And I agree with you. Us who have fought with our lives to hae children could not be part of that statistic. That is because you evaluate your life with or without kids on a minute to minute basis because you HAVE to face the possibility of not having them. This can go on for years for some of us. To the point that having them makes us the happiest people alive and not having them breaks our souls and ruins marriages. I'm a little pissed off someone would write that.

  5. Awesome! A 2 1/2 hour nap is something to rejoice about! We haven't had one of those in 3+ months. I'm so glad to hear that Winn is growing and thriving. We need more pics!!

    I hope the breastfeeding gets better. It doesn't help that so many docs know absolutely nothing about it. You would think that they'd do more education for docs in this area.

  6. I LOOOVE Downton Abbey...totally addictive. I've been waiting for Season 2 to come out on Netflix Streaming forever. Interesting about the "Why Have Kids" book - I've read some articles saying that while people with kids are no more happy than those without kids (in fact, some would say they are more unhappy - more stress, pressure, etc), they may have more long-term satisfaction/fulfillment, which is not the same as day-to-day happiness. But who knows? All I know is that I totally agree with you that being a mother is tough and exhausting, but wonderful at the same time. And breastfeeding is one of the toughest parts of being a mother. Sometimes I just want to give up. I have a sore left nipple too! I just can't seem to get them to latch properly on that side...argh.

    Anyhow, the important thing is that Winn is growing and thriving. Congrats on having a happy, healthy kid.