Jan 26, 2016

Round here

Being stuck inside the house has been a real crap fest. Neither me nor DC are enjoying the lockdown / quarantine we have been under. We love our adventures and daily outings. Seasonal blues are what Michigan is famous for because it's the second greyest place in the nation, and being stuck inside doesn't help any. DC has had a lot of block playtime. Hashtag- thank you Areaware.

I worked out today!  It was amazing. So damn good for my soul, and after one session, I felt that boost of energy and confidence I had been missing. Can't wait to get back into shape!

Somehow as soon as my kiddos are born my stomach isn't a bottomless pit anymore. I'm not eating like a cow these days, but my Reese's cravings are insane. I always crave chocolate and peanut butter hardcore post-baby. Maybe my body is trying to get protein from the peanut butter, and energy from the caffeine in chocolate? Who knows… I don't really care as long as there's a Reese's somewhere for me later.

Nursing has been a little harder this go around. I've got forceful let down because my ladies are over producing. Sista can't keep up, and we have had to work out the kinks there. We don't have it all together just yet, but we are working towards an easier feed. It was so effortless with my son, so it's been so sad to see Sister struggling. On the up, she hasn't lost any weight at all since she was born + is gaining weight like a boss #givemealltherolls #ilovemychubbybabes.

Adding another to the brood is work, but hot dang it's also so damn fulfilling. I am full. Full. To. The. Brim.


1 comment:

  1. Hey Mrs Measom,
    I think we may have had very similar experiences when it comes to breast feeding. I have a 2 year old boy, whom I had no issues feeding and I ended up really loving that time with him. I assumed that I would have the same experience with my daughter, who is now 4 1/2 months but like you she really struggled with my fast let down : ( about 30 seconds after I would feel my letdown go she would start screaming and pull off. It was particularly bad at night time and started when she was about 2 weeks old.
    I would have to say that going through that experience, everytime I had to feed her, was one of the hardest and most frustrating things I have ever experienced... I would often end up in tears part way through the feed and I was concerned that she wasn't gaining weight because she would only eat for about 5 minutes each time, 10 if I was lucky but luckily she was gaining weight well.
    I tried everything to help her with the feeding including pumping before feeding (but who has time to do that with a toddler running around and what about those middle of the night feeds), feeding with her lying on top of me and me lying back (which she hated), using a nipple sheild to try and slow the flow (this didn't work very well for us), clamping down on my breast to try to slow the flow (this seemed to cause me some engorgement issues), removing her when I felt a let down to empty into a towel (this only caused her to scream because she was removed). The only things that I found helped were feeding lying down, pumping before (when I had the time), feeding while standing up and bouncing/dancing (quite a sight but ends up being a bit of a workout) and time.
    Thankfully between 2 and 2 1/2 months it started getting much better, with fewer screaming fits and now at 4 1/2 months it's a thing of the past: ) instead of anxiously bouncing her while she struggled to eat I can now stare at her while she peacefully nurses and sometimes falls asleep, which fills my soul with love and my eyes with tears of gratefulness instead of frustration.
    I wanted to reach out to you to let you know that there is a light at the end of the feeding struggle as I wished someone had reassured me.
    Good luck and congratulations on your beautiful little family!!



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