Evi, we had that problem for a few days and it cleared up on its own- it was like he suddenly realized that he wanted milk and my breast was the source. Before that he would have the nipple literally in his mouth and still be crying, shaking his head around like crazy and waving his hands around in protest!
Hyde, I wish I had some good advice re your Mil. My in laws are coming on the 30th for a month, so I can sympathize completely
We have come up with a few 'useful activities' for them - cooking favorite meals (dh has even made a wish list) including some for the freezer, grocery shopping (we'll provide cash of course, but they like going into town), walking the dog, some sewing projects for the baby that my Mil will be thrilled to do, a couple of minor home repair projects for Fil etc we've also purchased public transport passes and timetables and a book of local walks - ha! I wrote up a sheet with instructions for our washing machine, dishwasher etc so that they can do light clean up without needing me. Then I'll hand off the baby a couple times a day after big feeds so that I can shower, sleep, or do work for my business. He usually lasts an hour after a big feed with no problems. He might just sleep that whole time, but he sleeps best on someone's chest anyway. I completely understand about being introverted as well. When my mom came to visit I solved this by hanging out with her all day but going 'to bed' right after dinner, where I'd chill in my room and read or cuddle and catch up w DH. She'd read or watch tv, it was fine. I hope it works out ok for you, and if you come up with good strategies let me in on them!!
AFM, LO is 17 days old now and he's starting to get chunky! The cracks on my nipples have finally healed as of today. Still getting that tender compression crease down the length of the nipple and the lipstick shape, only on right side. We're working to keep that latch deep bc it improves those problems, during the day it's ok but I swear his ability to latch deeply disappears at night. No signs of PPD, sending a lot of love to those mamas who are struggling with that. I do worry about future ski trips that our boy will take, and get so anxious when I see someone speeding or drive on a curvy road - but to be honest I had these worries long before even getting prego. I'd say my biggest problem is keeping my blood sugar steady. Baby's always kind of crazed in the mornings so I struggle to eat a good breakfast then I get all frazzled and frustrated. Once I eat everything seems so much easier. Also my skin is a wreck, no break outs, but my jaw, neck, and eyes are so itchy and bumpy- I'm wondering if it's allergies, my gut health or some related reaction, lack of sleep? I am also covered in bug bites on hands, arms, legs. So i'm not sure what's going on.
Now that my needs are less, DH is a champ at helping out! I wonder if he was just totally overwhelmed before? He's comfortable holding the baby now (at long last) and I bought groceries today and he made the nicest dinner, has been doing all the dishes, offering to help with everything, and affectionate! Where was this 10 days ago?? Oh well, he's doing it now so I should just appreciate it!