Wow, so much has changed in the past month, everyday you can do something new! We are having so much fun watching you grow and change. At your 4 month check-up you weighed in at 17lbs 3oz, and you were 25.5 inches long. You are now wearing 6-9 month clothing only, which is actually a good thing since you didn’t have any summer 3-6 month clothing.
This month you started reaching for toys and pulling them into your mouth. Every time we go for a walk now I have to remember to bring a toy with us. Thankfully Grammy and Papa got you a bunch of toys! You love laying on you playmat and playing with the rings. You played in your exersaucer for the first time, and you were all smiles. I can finally get things done around the house since you are able to entertain yourself for short periods of time.
You love bath time and you are figuring out how to kick the water and splash! The other thing you love is nursing. You look up at me with those gorgeous eyes and my heart melts. Nursing has gotten so much easier now that you are bigger. I don’t need the boppy pillow anymore, which makes everything so much more enjoyable. Your favorite place to nurse is in the glider, and if you are hungry and I sit on the couch you get really upset.
You have reverted back to waking up every 4 hours at night. Mostly you just want to snuggle. The doctor says we need to get you back to sleeping through the night again though. I really am trying, but sometimes it is easier to pick you up and calm you.
Daddy has started playing a game where you walk up his chest and fall back. If you want him to do it again, you kick his chest with your feet until he picks your up again. One time he said he was all done and you got a little mad. I think you threw you first little tantrum. Cutest tantrum ever!
You are such a blessing little one. I am so excited to see what the next month will bring!
I feel like I am constantly running late all the time now on days I have school. Even if I plan enough time in the morning to get myself ready and Addy ready for daycare, something always happens to make us late again, like last Wednesday when I was getting her in her car seat on time and that was the moment she chose to poop all up her back.
Once I make it to school I am running to my first class. I actually apologized to the prof for being late for both classes last week, then after my first class I am in a rush to get the key for the lactation room, pump, then clean all the parts to be ready for the afternoon. I then proceed to run to my second class by way of the deans office to drop off the key, and am normally late by about 2 minutes. Luckily this class always starts about 3 minutes late. I eat lunch during class, then after I pick up the key again and head to my third class. Finally 5 minutes to breath before the brain slap that is information and knowledge management. Then it is off to the races again practically running to the lactation room since I only have 15 minutes between classes to pump. I am ALWAYS 5-10 minutes late for my last class of the day, and once class is over I am running to my car, and praying that traffic is light, so I can get home before Addy wakes up and wants to eat. Most days I make it, but today I did not, so Tony had to deal with cranky baby for 45 minutes until I got home.
Oh well at least I have Tuesday to recover, then it is off to the races again on Wednesday.
I am trying to find a nursing dess for my sister-in-law’s wedding. There are not very many places that sell nursing dresses! I found a couple places online, but none of them are really my style. If only J. Crew and Banana made nursing gear… I think I am going to get one I found on Amazon that way it is easy to return if I don’t like it, but that means I am buying clothes from Amazon! Never thought I would be doing that!
Still there should be more options for nursing moms. Maybe I will start a company that makes nursing gear in more of a j. Crew/Banana style when I get my MBA. Is there really not enough demand for this kind of clothing? Where do you shop for nursing gear?
I started pumping after our morning nursing sessions to build up my stores. I pump for five minutes each morning and am normally able to get about 3-5 ounces each time. This worked really well when Adelai was going 3-5 hours between nighttime feedings, but recently she has started going 6-7 hours consistently. I wake up with a drenched shirt and extremely engorged breasts. Addy is an active nurser so I get kneed a lot and boy does it hurt! Now I am getting 6-9 ounces in less than five minutes. Once I pump I am fine for the rest of the day, but the morning is just a little rough.
I know the pumping is what is leading to the engorgement, but if I don’t pump I think my breasts might actually explode!
Should I stop pumping in the morning? Is there something else I can do? Will my body naturally produce less or will the pumping inhibit this?