The last week my throat has hurt. I figured had had eaten something that I was allergic to or I had slept with my mouth open.
All day long it continued to hurt. I decide, sort of on the spur of the moment, to go to the Target minute to see if I had strep or thrush. I didn't really expect them to tell me that I had either since I have never had strep. (I was only worried about thrush because I am nursing.) When the test came back as positive, both me and the nurse were a little surprised. However, it made the whole thing much easier.
Anyways, my throat hurts. Hopefully that stops soon.
Sometimes my dad watches Henrietta for an hour or two after my mom goes to work until I get home. Henrietta doesn't usually sleep on him because she is cranky in the afternoon and she just wants me.
Today when I went to pick her up she was passed out on him and he was really happy with that.
I love this picture.
Today I went to my post-partum visit. They did a pregnancy test, which made me laugh but I see why. I also got an IUD installed.
This time I decided to go with the Mirena. The Paragard was okay, though the bleeding was insane. I decide to use that one before because it didn't have hormones and I didn't need any more migraines than I was already getting. Since this one will only be in for a year or so, I decided to take the risk. The up side of the Mirena is that I might not get a period at all, which would be nice. Maybe it will help with the migraines.
Actually, it is likely I won't get a cycle for awhile anyways because I am nursing. So between nursing and the IUD, I might be good until next year.
The downside? It takes a couple months when you take it out to get your cycle and be fertile again.
Hey, my OB told me that I am not *that* old, which was nice to hear since I turn 37 on Monday. Baby #2 doesn't have a chance of coming until I am at least 38.
2. Baby snuggles at 5 am. Totally with getting up in the middle of the night.
3. My sister bringing me coffee home.
4. My family watching the baby so I can go to the store, clean and have dinner with Zach without distractions.
5. The generosity of my friends. So many people made us food, gave us stuff and helped us get ready to become parents.
6. Being able to afford to take 12 weeks off from work.
7. Zach. We make a good team.
Henrietta is one month old!
Everything is good. She has what looks like an umbilical hernia so we are going to have a surgeon look at it in case it is big enough that they will want to fix it instead of letting it close on its own.
We spend our days hanging out, going for walks and watching a lot of TV. The moby wrap has really help with a lot of this. I like taking walks with her in it and I can sew with her in it.
My sewing machine needs a good cleaning and oiling, so I am going to bring it in to the shop this week. Since the shop is next door to my office, I am going to show off Henrietta.
Henrietta took to breastfeeding like a champ. After my c-section as soon as we got into the recovery room she was out in my chest with skin-to-skin contact and she started sucking without any issues. She didn't even have issues latching at an hour old.
She didn't like it when my milk hadn't come in yet and spent the night screaming. Basically that was the worst night with her yet. Ever since she "cluster feeds" and then sleeps for hours. It is nice that she sleeps three to four hours at a time.
Her one issue is that I have an oversupply of milk and so she eats too much at each sitting. Then she spits up a lot of milk afterwards. However, she has gained a pound in the last week and a half so there isn't too much concern.
Breastfeeding is pretty weird. First, you show more boob that usual. While we were in the hospital I just went topless most of the time. She had to eat so much. Now I just whip them out when she needs them. Most of my friends and family have seen my boobs at this point and I don't really care. Second, it is weird to have milk come out of them. We are going to start pumping next week so she feels comfortable with different food delivery systems (boobs and bottles) so going back to work is easier. Plus it means Zach would be able to feed her at times, which I know he wants to do.
BTW, she doesn't like to take a pacifier from me. She will take it from Zach. She is a smart baby.
Henrietta is sleeping on my lap right now. It is so amazing that we made a baby. It took a year and a half for us to get pregnant and pregnancy sucked for me but it was all worth it.
gwangi is an amazing dad. Henrietta already has him wrapped around her finger.
I can't believe she is already a week old. This last week has been a roller coaster. Not enough sleep, healing from a c section, learning how to be parents and worrying about Henrietta all the time.
She is actually a pretty easy baby. She nurses like a champ, she has been sleeping for one four hour chunk over night and she only is fussy when there is something she needs us to do.
I am so in love.
This last week has made me love Zach even more. We have gone through so much together in the last week. He literally held me up during labor. We cried together, and not always happy tears. He makes sure I follow the rules so I heal well. I have to say that I am pretty happy right now.