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Apr 09, 2010 - 1 comments
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woot! shes gained almost a whole lb this week. im so thrilled. :) woo! lol. her head got bigger or they measured her differently because her head is now 37in. it was 33.5 at birth!

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Exclusively pumping, should i pump more?

Apr 07, 2010 - 1 comments
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Hi everyone! my baby girl is 2 weeks old on friday and we are exclusively breastfeeding/pumping. right out of the hospital i could produce 4 oz per 2-3 hours which i hear is a miracle for new moms. we tried breastfeeding but the last day at the hospital she got lazy and stopped trying to latch which led to her sleeping all day and not feeding so i started to pump there. (manual medela) i waited 4-5 days to buy a double breast pump incase she decided to try breast feeding again and ended up with a Lansinoh affinity double pump. ive been storing breast milk for her pretty well. i just basically pumped whenever i felt full and started keeping track of how much she ate vs how much i pump. when i finally got to counting and pumping on a schedule i noticed that my supply stayed the same and didnt increase. so what is the point of pumping 8 times a day if im getting the same amount pumping 6x? ive added in pumps in the middle of the night but its just stressful having to get up especially if shes actually sleeping 5 hours. and im not pumping more than 3-4 oz at that time anyways. should i continue to try to pump 8times a day including the night pump? or should i just relax and pump the way i did when i first got home, getting the same amount of milk?

she eats anywhere from 19-22 oz a day and i pump 30-34oz

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Baby Britton's first week

Apr 04, 2010 - 1 comments
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im thinking that this is too easy for the 1st couple of weeks lol. Britton is such a good baby and i haven't had any problems with her in what seems like forever lol. she sleeps 4-6 hours at night, feeds and then goes back to sleep for 4-5 hours longer. shes not a big crier, loves to cuddle (who doesn't), she eats well.

exclusively pumping has been going really well too. my supply has definately gone up a lot and i've started keeping track of how much shes eating vs how much i pump. in the last 24 hours shes eaten 20oz, but ive pumped 33oz. woo. im running out of storage containers that i bought (reuseable) so im afraid i will have to go end up buying the freezer bags. but ive heard both good and bad about them. im afraid they will get holes and leak and then it would all be to waste lmao. oh well i guess ya gotta do what you gotta do.

i let hubby sleep at night, since he has to go back to work before me, but Britton usually only wakes up for an hour at the most (so far). but we both end up getting 8-9 hours a night anyways so its not that much of a change. and i have super mommy energy anyways haha. :)

my lochia has been causing me a little bit of concern the past few days. when i first got home it had started to turn brown which i knew would happen. i got really excited that i was healing so well and soo fast.but after the 1st day of that the bright red blood came back :( and hasn't gone away since. i dont feel like im working to hard. i do 1 load of laundry and 1 load of dishes everyday. not much else but take care of her. and thats easy. eat, sleep, poop. woo done! lol. i cant wait until shes older and feeling like when i actually play with her i can get some reactions lol.

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Britton Marie is Here!

Mar 29, 2010 - 7 comments
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sorry its taken me so long to post about Brittons birth i have been trying so hard to get enough sleep lol
this is going to be very long and probably TMI sorry lol
we got to the hospital right on time at 8 oclock. got to our room around 820. it took the nurse FOREVER before the nurse found a vein good enough for an IV lol. she said my veins are soo tiny! lol. but eventually we got things moving and they hooked me up to fluids and the pitocin. she came in and would double up the pitocin until my contractions seemed to progress on their own which didnt take long at all. when my doctor got there he broke my waters. it was the funniest thing that ever happpened to me lol. i had my hubby with me and my close friend jen there to support me. i had to change the towel under me like a million times because with each contraction i was losing a lot of my water lol. i got up so that they could change the pads i was sitting on. (bad idea!!!) lmao. i gushed allll over the floor as if i had just broke my water. we stood there laughing our a**es off for like 10 minutes even through my contractions. we were having a good time waiting for Britton to arrive. it was going really well until i got to about 6 cm. the nurse offered me to get an epidural or to get some iv drugs. i decided it would be a good idea to get the iv meds to take the edge off the contractions. (horrible idea!!!) the drugs only lasted about 35 minutes and by then the contractions were much stronger and made me miserable. i went about 20-30 minutes without anything. DH went out to go pick up some lunch for them and while he was gone i couldn't take it anymore so i told jen to ring the nurse to get the epidural. DH got back and the anesthesiologist arrived. i was sooo scared about how much pain it was going to be. it was haard for me to relax because the contractions were only about 1 and a half min apart at this point. he said he was going to numb me as much as possible because i was so scared. DH was trying so hard to calm me down, and it helped a lot. and when he finally did it i didn't feel a thing. not even a pinch. i was so thankful for him. the epidural only took about 10min to start numbing me up a bit. (mostly on my right side) i had some minor crmping on my left side the rest of my labor but it was sooo much better. i could still move my left leg, but my right one was almost completely numb until like 2 hours after they stopped the drugs. after i got my epi i was checked and she said i was 7-8 cm. i was so relieved that there was only transition left and that my baby girl was going to be here soon. i was also getting very anxious about pushing. one of my big fears was tearing. DH decided to take a nap, and me and jen just sat around and relaxed watching my contractions on the monitor. all of a sudden the contractions just stopped and all i felt was a lot of pressure! and i felt like i had to poo! lol i knew it was almost time to push. the screen no longer showed contractions but little waves of pressure that i was feeling. i held out for like 15 more minutes until i told jen that it was definately time for the nurse to come back. (it only took me like 30min to dilate from 8-10) jen was sooo thrilled but i was becoming veryyy nervous. i told the nurse that i had to have a BM very badly and she just told me that i was ready to push. i was like "well im definately going to poop too! lol she reassured me that it was fine and ran out to find the doctor. right when she came back she got me in position to push and jen and DH held my legs. i didnt really feel much relief while pushing like i thought i would have. it was annoying lol. the doctor showed up after i pushed for like 8 minutes. and i had my baby girl about 10 minutes later. doctor helped me relax in between pushes and let me push as much as i wanted. and guess what!? no tearing! atleast not on the outside lol. i got a few stitches inside but nothing major so im not in much pain. :) she latched on right away after they checked her out. so breastfeeding was easy for her. but that changed after our first night. then it would take me an hour or more to get her latched and then she would only eat for 10minutes because she would be so tired from trying so hard. we were going to get discharged on saturday but after i started having latching problems i told them i wanted to stay a day longer. she ended up going over 5 hrs without feeding and all she did wa sleep. no matter what i tried i couldnt even get her to try latching and she was starting to turn yellow. i was starting to freak out so the nurse brought me a breast pump to try and immediately after feeding her i was soo happy. for the rest of the day. so relieved. so ive been pumping ever since. unfortunately that means i have to go out and buy a pump. the manual Medela they gave me was good for the past 2 days but now its leaking whenever i use it so that really *****. but its not really made for regular, long term pumping anyways.

Britton Marie born at 3:05 pm 19.5 inches 7lbs 12 ounces.

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