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I know I've said this before, but breastfeeding can be exhausting. Sam's in the middle of a growth spurt, or something, and I think I'm going to hit at least 5 hours of nursing today. (There are pluses and minuses to having an iPhone app for recording feeding sessions.) Today I also started pumping once daily, to start building up a stash for daycare (in February) and getting my body used to the pump. I was pretty pleased to get 3 oz. on my first go of it, but oy. I'm drinking "mother's milk" tea (key ingredient: fenugreek) and eating oatmeal and drinking tons of water, which should help, but today I'm more tired than I've been in a while.

Okay, I was going to talk about the moms' group I went to last week, and a few other things, but I'm flipping exhausted. Here, have an adorable picture of Sam!

Sam on his playmat
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There are many things I love about breastfeeding. The fact that the resultant poop is water-soluble is definitely in the top five.

We had a nice Thanksgiving with the eeee!'s family, but it's good to be back home. I have plans for leaving the house (with Sam in tow) for nearly every day this week. And, I've figured out the sling, so I was able to procure lunch while he dozed off in it. Hooray!

Now, I just need to not panic about the fact that we leave in a mere 2 1/2 weeks for my parents' for Christmas. Egad!

One month!

Nov. 17th, 2009 01:10 pm
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Yesterday, Sam turned one month old!

This has been the fastest month of my life.

Progress report, for my reference )
And right now he's sleeping on my chest as I type, so I'm pretty happy and cozy right now.
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We seem to be doing pretty well here! Sam is wonderful and adorable, and eating like a champ! We're only partly sleep-deprived, and we've been eating real food (thanks in part to friends bringing stuff). However, the eeee! goes back to work tomorrow, so we'll see what happens then.

  1. Not that I had any doubt, but the eeee! is such an awesome, affectionate, and patient dad. Plus, he's been changing all the diapers when he's home.

  2. Breastfeeding is going very well. Hooray!

  3. We had our first real family outing yesterday, to the farmer's market. That was lots of fun, because it got us out of the house, and we ran into several friends there, but it wasn't overstimulating for Sam.

  4. Doc seems to be handling things pretty well, considering.

  5. There are still one or two feedings a day that are tough, because Sam is super-fussy, but I have a surprising amount of time to read while I feed him. The caveat is that I can only really read on my iPhone while nursing. I finally installed Stanza, which has a really nice interface, and easily plugs into the entire Project Gutenberg database. I've already read Anne of the Island -- my favorite of the Anne books -- and I've picked up Howard's End again.

  6. That said, any blog recommendations would be welcome.

  7. I will not be reading Parenting magazine. I got a free issue of it in the mail, and made it about ten pages in before chucking it into the recycling bin. I'm not sure if I'm more annoyed that they asked if a vegetarian diet was cruel to kids, or that 65% of the respondents said yes. WTF, people? And in the print edition they had a few responses from people, and they were along the lines of, "Preschoolers need nutrients and protein!" Look, just because no one on Top Chef knows about vegetarian protein sources doesn't mean they don't exist! Aaaargh.

  8. I've been making sure to have a cup of tea every morning, and a glass of wine or a beer every evening (right after a feeding), as a way of keeping my sanity. Maybe sanity isn't the right word, but normalcy. Or just making sure that I take care of myself, in addition to taking care of Sam.

Has it really only been three weeks? We really seem to have settled into a cozy unit -- right now all four of us are on the couch, watching football and enjoying a lazy Sunday morning.
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I was aiming for a natural childbirth, and I came very close to it being all-natural. The whole process was great until the last five minutes, but I wouldn't change anything else.

The executive summary:
17 hours of active labor
3 hours of pushing
1 push with vacuum assistance (this part was not fun)

Sam's stats:
7 lb, 1 oz.
20 inches
Apgar 8 and 9
Posterior, the little bugger!
41w5d gestation. Oy.
Born Friday, October 16, at 10:06 p.m.

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