Long ago...long before Audrey was even a thought I said to myself, "No way would I want to breast feed...that is so gross and your boobs get disgusting." I still thought about what I wanted to do as far as feeding my child when me and Elijah started thinking about having kids. Fast forward to the pregnancy and I decided that breastfeeding was a good option. Elijah was really against formula feeding and it really is more cost efficient if your child breast feeds. If for some reason we tried and it didn't work out...I wasn't producing enough or she didn't like it, or whatever, then we would switch to formula. There is absolutely nothing wrong with formula and it was made for a reason! Audrey didn't take very well to breastfeeding and I had no idea what I was doing. I actually had to use this thing called a nipple shield just to get her to feed. Audrey is also known as a "grazer." This means that she will sit and eat for 3 hours, if not longer. Suck, suck, sleep. Pull her off...cry. Put back on. Suck, suck...nap time. This would go on forever. I thought babies just liked to eat a bunch in like 20 minutes and be done. This is not the case, at least with my baby. I started feeling trapped as I watched my husband wander around the house and go on the computer while I was stuck on the couch with my little cow grazing on her pasture of boob. Then I thought, hey I have a pump...I'm going to use it so someone else can feed this kid. I sort of felt guilty that I was giving up feeding her because you hear all about the bonding and time with your baby. I am one of those people who is "go, go, go" and does not enjoy just sitting for hours on end. She is still getting breast milk, just in a different way, and the upside is, I know exactly how much she is taking in. So here starts the journey of pumping. I did still breast feed her, but then she got smart and preferred the bottle because it didn't require work from her end. So, it made us both happy (even though pumping can be painful!). I pump every 3-4 hours, like clock work. I have scheduled pumping into my work day, which does stink at times because you are immobile for a 15 minute period of time and can't really get anything done, but I wouldn't change it for the world. Now here's the dilemma. I am a milk machine. I can push out anywhere from 5-15 ounces in one sitting. Those 15 ounces have just started happening when I pump at 9:30 and then wait until 5:30am to pump again. But overall, I average about 7-10 ounces in 15 minutes. I bag it all and when I am home I set aside a fresh bottle for the little one. Because I pump so much our deep freezer became full....fast!! My dad was kind enough to buy us another deep freezer to house all the "boobie juice" for his dear Granddaughter. Before we got this freezer, the side by side in the house was slowly being consumed by that weeks milk. It couldn't have come fast enough. Here is a picture to show you just how tall these 2 freezers are!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
We were talking about taking some family pictures and got a lot of great advice on where to go. I wanted to do the Christmas greeting cards with a photo on them and decided on Portrait Innovations because they have great prices and you can get your pictures the same day. They did a really good job and let you do an outfit change. Although all of us were feeling under the weather or just getting over being sick, I think the pictures came out pretty darn good! It made me laugh because the family shots make Audrey look so serious. I think she was just taking it all in! We started with our Christmas shots and then changed into black with pink accents! Poor Audrey decided to scratch her nose the day before, but you can hardly tell. I think she looks so cute and I wouldn't be surprised if they used one of her pictures as a sample. (I'm not just saying this because I'm her mommy either!!) It was a great time to take pictures too, because we got the Christmas card out of the way, but we also get to cherish pictures celebrating Audrey being 3 months old. I would like to take pictures of her every 3 months just to see the changes she makes during her first year of life! I am so excited to get our pictures up in frames to decorate our hallway!! Hope you enjoy!
Monday, November 15, 2010
So it has been 11 weeks as of tomorrow that I have given birth and I need to get my body back. Okay, not like losing weight, but the measly muscle I once had. I am a very odd person with the metabolism of some foreign alien. I lost all the baby weight in about 4 days (gained 25 in all). I now weigh less than what I did before I got pregnant. Now most of you are thinking that's amazing, but for me, I'm already a stick, so now I can't even qualify as being a stick. I'm a toothpick. What's weird though is that I can't fit into some of my jeans I used to because my hips are wider. I thought, yay, I can wear all my old clothes. Wrong. About 95% of my work pants look horrid on me. Reason being: my butt no longer defies gravity. It has rapidly drooped to almost knee level. The days of a cute little bubble butt are no more and the days of a flat and flabby butt is upon us. I have been complaining about this since I went back to work in mid October. Today was the day that Elijah started me on my goal to gain the butt back! I am sick and congested so I can't do anything strenuous (oh no!) because I might have to be rushed to the hospital with asthma problems! Everyday we are going to work on lunges and squats and eventually these military jumping jack squat things that I will do once this sickness is gone. I blame Audrey for my butt sagging so I forced her to watch me as I lunged and squatted. For my counts I wanted to make it educational for her (hey, I am a teacher after all!!). As I squatted I would call out a letter in her name. So here I was at 9 tonight with my hubby motivating me to get my butt back up (literally) and me staring at my beautiful daughter yelling, "A", squat, "U", squat, "D", squat and so one until I spelt her first and middle name. She found this quite amusing. Hopefully I'll get my butt back soon and be able to wear my pants without them sagging in the behind!! I am including a picture of what I looked like 1 day after giving birth and the other of Audrey watching me as I worked on my butt that she gave me!