overactive letdown: I have it this time, but, oddly, did not have it with my first. It does make nursing in public challenging. Poor kid, trying to drink from a fire hose. I find that pressing on some of the ducts (to sort of clamp them gently) helps.
Chelsea, what Nicole said.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US!
Rosemary, I am so with you. We've had what I thought were tentative social smiles, but they have been so few and far between that I'm not entirely sure that's what they were. I am really starting to look forward to a little more interaction.
Emma, I have managed to make some edits on a colleague's paper. Aaaaand ... that's about it. I definitely would not have even managed that if my DH were working 12 hour shifts.
AFM, I was told by a doctor at my clinic today that I do have that abdominal separation thing [ETA: diastasis recti], which is probably why my upper abs hurt so much at the end of pregnancy, thanks to my enormous and unbelievably tall kid. I am really upset. Had I known, there were things I could have been doing/avoiding for months now. I'm sure I will bounce back -- physically and emotionally -- eventually, and this really isn't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but right now I am having a hard time with it.
It's just atrocious timing. It's getting dark and cold, so it's harder to go for walks, the hormonal shifts right now are hard for me, and so many of the workouts I like to do in the evenings have core sections that are now not recommended for me. I've been referred to physical therapy, but it's going to be at least a couple of weeks until my appointment, and I just don't feel like I can wait that long. I know I can look some of this up myself, and there are helpful books/websites out there, but I am just so tired. I just want to follow a damn DVD and not have to think about adapting it. Exercise is such a key part of my mental health plan for this postpartum period, so having that plan threatened is scary.
Speaking of interrupted sleep, we tried to do a tag team exercise over the weekend and it completely did not work. DH was on night duty on Saturday night, but he just could not get DS2 to take the bottle of pumped milk without screaming. I was in the guest room, but I could still hear the crying, so the plan for me to have a peaceful night's rest went out the window pretty quickly. I ended up nursing him twice during the night, and still woke up with rock hard engorged boobs. I think if we try it again, we might just have DH bring me the baby. Either that or work harder on having him take a bottle at night.
Edited by ~pi - 11/21/11 at 2:06pm