Passing on Paci

I’ve waited four weeks for this. The day we finally decided to introduce our baby girl to a pacifier. On those days she seemed inconsolable, I would just think to myself, “not much longer… she’ll get a paci soon.” Well, the day is finally here.

And she doesn’t like it.

Why did we wait so long to give her a paci? That’s just want I want to talk about today. Here are my reasons for waiting a month to give my baby a pacifier. And my reasons for wanting her to take one now (aside from the obvious).

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Confessions of a First Time Mom

I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.

But, then again, I’m sure every first time parent (mom or dad) feels that way. Still, it’s good to admit it, I think. Because if you admit it, then you can start asking for help. And, it’s really true what they say: “it takes a village.”

That’s one confession I think all first time parents understand. Aside from that obvious confession, though, I have a few others and I’m going to share them here.

Please don’t judge me. This is a safe space, right? Sharing is caring? We’re all in this together?

Either way, Here it goes. My first-time-mom confessions.

Note: I’m only a month into this whole thing, so this list may very well grow!

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Our Experience with Pediatric Dentistry: Getting Ties Released

Thursday morning my heart broke a little bit. I’m just going to start with that. Seeing my little baby girl in that dentist chair, crying, made me feel like I wanted to grab her and run out of there as fast as possible (it also made me feel like a pretty crappy mom, I’m not going to lie).

It was a hard decision to do the procedure. We’ve been fighting with breastfeeding for over two weeks now. It wasn’t something I just up and decided to do.

If you’re considering getting your baby’s mouth looked at for ties and want to hear another mama’s experience, I’m here to share.

All Wrapped up And Ready for the Dentist
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Nipple Shields: It’s a Love/ Hate Kinda Thing

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From the very start, I knew I was going to have to use a nipple shield while I nursed. You see, I have an inverted nipple. Which means I have a problem.

Enter the nipple shield! Boom! Problem solved, right?

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Sundays are for Snuggles

Don’t mind me… I’m just here loving on my baby girl. Sundays are going to be my snuggle days. No blogging, no freaking out about cleaning the apartment, or doing the laundry, or anything. Just spending time with my baby girl.

If you need me, I’ll be back tomorrow.

I’m just so in love with her!

Healthy Weight Gain? Check!

For the last week or so, we’ve been struggling with feedings in my home. The main concern was that my baby girl wasn’t gaining enough weight. She actually lost a significant amount of weight at one point.

You see, she’s been having trouble eating “effectively” which then caused my supply to drop to almost nothing.

Today, I’m happy to report that we actually have some good news on the feeding front!! Norah gained weight!! Not just a little weight. We’re talking a whole whopping 6oz in 3 days!

Yay for weight gain!!

I talked before about what I’m doing to boost supply and get her weight up. You can find that post by clicking HERE. We have altered the routine just a little bit for my mental sanity. So, as an update, here is what we’re doing to make sure baby girl stays healthy and my milk supply doesn’t drop again:

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My Happy Place

My house isn’t as clean as I would like it to be. I need to go to the grocery store. It seems like there’s a constant pile of laundry in my closet. Oh, and I’ve been wearing my pajamas for so long I can’t even remember a time when I wore “real” clothes.

It’s hard for me not to stress in these situations. I’m obsessive and kind of a perfectionist. I love order and organization and I HATE when my home is messy.

But, right now, none of that matters. In this very moment, I’m not worrying about the breastfeeding issues we’ve been having; I’m not thinking about the dishes or making the bed. When I’m sitting here, snuggling my baby girl, I feel completely at peace.

She’ll only be this little once. I want to soak up all the time I can with her.

Snuggles make everything better

For more on my breastfeeding journey, check out my other blog posts by clicking here:

They Warned Me It Would Be Hard

A Day in My Norah Loving Life