Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Four Weeks - Life Updated
I'm also trying to walk with Hayden a couple of mornings a week because after a visit to the doctor's to get a TB test, I was weighed and I have over 20 pounds to still lose. I know it's not a lot, but it's the most I've had to lose yet and more than anything it makes me frustrated that I can't button a single pair of shorts or jeans from pre-pregnancy yet. I really don't want to have to buy all new bottoms for Fall when the weather turns cold. A small price to pay for Hayden, but I guess I'm trying to be practical ;) I will say though that I look in the mirror and I feel like I look fine, which makes me want to slap myself for ever having any issues with my body before. I try on a pair of jeans and I think "how was I so thin, because I don't feel particularly much bigger than before?" Body image is a trip. In the mean time I've been posting weekly Postpartum Style updates on my other blog, and talking about how I'm dressing for the body I have now, using what I have in my closet. Hint, dressing relies heavily on elastic waistbands ;)
Breast feeding is going well and I'm still trying to work through some pain on my right breast. My let down on my right side is much slower so he tugs and pulls a lot to get more milk out, leaving me quite sore and feeling mistreated ;) I take an extra strength Motrin once a day and it seems to help get through the worst of it. Gosh I love breast feeding, but it is such a tedious thing isn't it, on top of pumping? I forgot just how much time it does in fact take up.
I'm pumping once a day to get a bottle so Art can give him his midnight feeding. I then take his 3/4 am feeding so we both get about 5-6 hours of straight sleep in a row, so it's not terrible. My pediatrician suggested we start the bottle this time around, after Hayden was just week 1 old, and it's the best advice I've been given yet. It's been a true life saver to have the help of my husband so early on.
Other than that, life is busy but good. The older kids have adjusted quite well (minus a couple of rough weeks for Syd in the beginning). Taylor continues with swim, horse riding lessons and jazz. Syd is in swim and baseball, and Art is the coach, which has been really good for both of them to spend so much time together. Syd will always need a bit more encouragement and hand holding than Taylor I think, a little more self-esteem pumping, so it's been really good for him to see Art dedicating so much time to him and the team.
And guys, I'm happy. I continue to feel good and so far haven't seen anymore PPD symptoms, which I am beyond thankful for. I don't consider myself out of the woods just yet, but to have made it 4 weeks feeling good is a blessing I'm truly grateful for. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words, thoughts and prayers. I hope to not be such a strange in the next few weeks but will do the best I can.
Take care everyone, and God Bless :)