Hello all ... Just dropping in briefly while I procrastinate from an online course I'm doing to maintain my paramedic license. Bah.
Mami ... Your DP has a long breastfeeding career ahead of her and so my advice is to not start anything that you're not willing to do for the duration of breastfeeding. I can only speak for myself on this one; I got over any nerves or embarrassment and just did what I had to do, strange looks or comments be damned. HOWEVER, I live in a very crunchy neighbourhood in a pretty crunchy city in a fairly crunchy province and a kinda crunchy country, so it's easy to brush off the odd offender. I do encourage mamas to claim their space and right to nurse in public though. I've never used a cover, but those ones that Isa is talking about look pretty cool for those mamas wanting to cover up. I'm with AmandaH ... I wear a cami tank top under a shirt. Pull up, yank down, nothing shows. Good luck! And thank you for sharing your birth story!
Sara ... Love the pictures. Makes me consider letting bottles into our lives. I was so protective of the boob exclusivity with my firstborn, but I do feel more relaxed this time. Not sure if I'm relaxed enough to bring on the bottles though. It would be nice for dp to feed him though. No snow yet! We're in Lotusland though ... Vancouver sometimes doesn't get any snow, even when the rest of the country is blanketed.
Yellow ... Thanks for asking! I'm supplementing a little bit still because he'd only gained 2.5oz when I checked after a week of no supp'ing. I think my supply wanes late afternoon, because that's when he gets a little fussy and if I give him a 2oz top up with the Lact-Aid, he settles. I'm basically following his lead. If I give him any more than about 4-6oz a day, he gets super gassy and has a hard tummy and is miserable. I'll find out next Monday what he weighs.
Isa ... Cold herbal tea! That's all I could stomach during my pregnancy. Raspberry mint, lemon, etc. Yum yum. And whenever you're ready, bring on the Red Raspberry Leaf tea. I brewed that up and let it steep for a LONG time (overnight) and mixed it with sweet lemonade and drank it cold.
Rainbow ... So glad to hear that all is well with your baby and you! I love ultrasounds. So reassuring. Even if babies might not like them. I swear, if I could've, I would've had a peek in there every other day! I SO wanted a zipper down my belly so I could check in quickly whenever I wanted. I think that would be the ultimate invention.
AmandaH ... Those longies are so gosh darned cute! I put H in wool longies every day. We have about five that I rotate. I don't lanolize them though, because he wears them over PUL covers on his dipes, so no need to. He is so cozy and warm in them! Can't wait to see a pic of L in those bad boys!
Library ... Hello my fellow booklover and writer! After I'm done this dang paramedic course, I'll be working on edits whilst standing and swaying and wearing baby H. Not all that productive. I still have your mss! Someday! Are you finding any time to write?
AFM: All's good! I'm an eternal optimist, which is why I've never thought either of my babies have been fussy or colicky or otherwise afflicted, nevermind the actuality. I think my undying optimism is also why we skipped the Terrible Two's entirely, and why I was totally caught off guard by my (nearly) three-year-old's first real tantrum the other day. It's all sunshine and puppy dogs at our house! Seriously, we could be taken down a notch or two.
Here's a sibling pic ... so hard to capture! And other pic of the boy child, wearing some of the previously mentioned longies. The ones in the pic are machine knit, which I don't like as much as the hand knit ones we have. He's wearing them Madonna-style because they go up to his armpits, so I thought I'd put the wool against his skin and keep him cozy. Also, I find if I put a onesie on over his dipes, they sometimes wick moisture in a nasty way. I usually just put him in t's and pants, but I love the little tie dyed onesie and haven't gotten around to getting my sister to hack off the bottom and surge it. That's what we do with the onesies we love. Turn 'em into t's.
Hello to everyone else who I didn't get to! Must go back to my paramedic course and then onto editing. Bah. Must be productive while boy child sleeps and girl child is out at library storytime with dp.