Is this a thing? Or, am I the only one struggling through week 9 of my baby’s life? Because let me tell you, these last few days have been a real doozy!
My little Norah went from a happy, quiet, content little angel (I even called her my “angel baby”) to a fussy, hard to settle little bundle of tears (we may or may not have started calling her “devil baby” it’s gotten so bad!).
Her schedule has been thrown off completely, and she spends more time crying when she’s awake than anything else. She has been waking up much more frequently at night (up from once a night to three times a night) and her naps have been short and sporadic.
I have a theory about what’s causing this little regression. Hear me out and please, if any other parents out there have any experience with this, please let me know I’m not alone!
What are the biggest complications facing a breastfeeding mama? From what I’ve gathered, they are:
Pain while feeding
Baby not gaining weight
Supply too low
If you’re a new mom, chances are you’ve faced one or more of these things. I suffered through all of them. It seems like every mom I met during the first few weeks of my baby’s life nodded with sympathy and understanding when I explained my breastfeeding woes. Many of them had given up on breastfeeding earlier than they wanted to. Some had soldiered on but talked about how much it hurt and how they were so thankful when their babies finally weaned.
That was not the experience I wanted. And I did everything in my power to make sure that was not the experience I would have.
I know how heartbreaking it can be to struggle with breastfeeding. I know how lonely and frustrating it is. But, I also know how rewarding it is to make it to the other side. If you’re considering giving up on breastfeeding, give me one post, one chance, to convince you to push through just a little bit longer. If anything, I want to give you hope. Tell you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let you know you’re not alone.
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My “breastfeeding station” is really just a spot on the couch (that’s beginning to get a little indented…) with my boppy, a couple pillows, and a little blue basket I bought from the dollar store stuffed full of everything I could ever need or want at an arm’s length.
I’ve seen a lot of posts about breastfeeding stations and what each woman recommends keeping nearby. This is my list of ultimate must-haves. Trust me, you won’t want to sit down to feed your little one without these things!
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!
My baby is a month old today! I can’t believe it! What’s funny is that for all the sleepless nights and stress, it really has flown by. Now that I have the first month of motherhood securely under my belt, I can look back and determine what I should have done differently, what I should have done sooner, and what I should have done period.
For all you first time mommies out there, here are the tips I have to pass on after one month of mothering my little one.
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.