Monday, February 25, 2013

​An Update on That Whole Pumping Thing

I'm starting to feel like when I'm done breastfeeding, I'll look back and be glad that I nursed Em as long as I did (however long that ends up being), but I'll also be happy that I'm done. In other words, however long I decide to nurse will be the right amount of time for us.

After my post last month, I received some very good advice (from Jedi Mama as well as @), which was to start pumping in the morning before I go to work so that I only have to pump twice during my work day. This, when I can managed it, works pretty well, and for the most part, in February, I have pumped just about what I've needed to feed her.

But, I am losing steam. I have skipped a pumping session here and there, and I no longer feel like I have it in me to really fight for my supply should it start to dwindle. I am tired. I am very literally tired and waking up early and staying up late to pump sometimes doesn't feel worth it, so I don't always do it.

For now, we still have a decent stock of milk in the freezer, but I have used some and I don't have the energy to freak out about it. For now, my supply has been close enough to demand. We're close to the seven months mark, and I feel pretty confident that we will make it to nine months without too much of a struggle. And then we'll see where we're at.

But for now, my alarm is set for 5:20 a.m.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Be Mine

My two valentines. One is eating her Valentine's card.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

You Say It's Your (Half) Birthday

Why do I keep having the verse, "Looks like we made it..." going through my head? It's not like we have successfully raised our baby through the childhood, adolescent, and teen years, and now we're sending her off to fend for her herself.

But the six month mark does feel sort-of big and like we've come a long way... baby.

So what's new since the last update? Honestly, not a whole lot. She's still being adorable and fun. Spending Saturday and Sunday together as a family are definitely the highlight of my week, and I'm starting to feel sad on Sunday night in anticipation of Monday morning.

She's also still working on sitting. She's babbling up a storm, screeching, and has now starting making a raspberry sound by sticking her tongue out. We officially began giving her one meal of solid food a day, and we're experimenting with fruits and veggies (sweet potatoes today).

As for sleep, we decided a couple weeks ago that the time had come to force the issue. I know "cry it out" is pretty controversial, but MM and I felt our family was in desperate need of a full night's sleep (family = me). Selfish? Maybe. The right choice for us? Definitely. In the last week, we've only had one wake up before 5:30am. We're working on not getting her until after 6am, but I am happy to count this as a full night's sleep. I'm pretty sure I've been nicer to my husband this past week. Fingers crossed that we don't go backwards. In other exciting sleep news, a week or so before we decided to CIO, we went cold turkey on the swaddle, and it totally wasn't the big deal we were expecting. And the bedtime routine is easier.

So that's about it! Her six month check up is next week, and I can't wait to find out how much she's grown.