Hi all! I hope you don't mind me re-inserting myself and starting the monthly chat up! (I used the format from November...)
I've loved keeping up with everyone online and realized it's time I make some time to share!
Baby's Age This Month: 7 months, last Friday
How are you feeling/adjusting? I'm feeling pretty good. I've lost all of my pregnancy weight (60 pounds!), plus 15 additional pounds. I still have 15 to go to feel comfortable. The crazy thing is, my shape has totally shifted. Whereas I used to be a solid pear, I am now a nice crisp apple. My old jeans hang at my thighs but pinch my belly button! I'm not used to this at all. So I'm thinking even if I loose the additional 15, I'm going to be a different size, which is fine. I just want to feel good. Also my feet are still .5 size larger. So before I went back to work in September, I bought 3 new pairs of shoes! I had to buy new clothes also, so to make up for the nice new shoes I bought, I went crazy at St. Vinnie's (a second hand store) and bought an entire new work wardrobe for under $100. It was pretty great!
Anything different/new than what you were expecting?(about baby, parenthood, anything) Well, the first few weeks were unreal. I had no idea how hard it was going to be. But then, slowing things started getting easier, and now, it's like, this is how our life has always been! Oscar is a super good baby. He's very flexible and rarely cries. When he does, he's either tired, hungry or his teeth hurt. Oh yeah, he has FOUR teeth!
Any new tricks baby is trying out? We started Oscar on solids a week after his six month birthday. We use the baby bullet. So far he's had sweet potato, squash, peas, avocado, turkey, carrots, banana and apple. He really loves peas and sweet potato. Not so sure about the avocado and turkey.
General Stuff? I met a huge goal of six months exclusive breast feeding! I'm so lucky that I had all of the support I did. It was a great milestone for me. My next goal is to make it to a year. It hasn't been easy: low milk supply, homeopathic regimen, non-dairy diet (for a Wisconsin girl!), terrible bout of mastitis, antibiotics, pumping two times a day at work and once in the middle of the night, a five day/four night work trip to D.C. without Oscar, which required a ridiculous amount of pumping... but I'm doing it! And I'm so grateful for it. I have a husband who tells me frequently, "You're doing such a great job!" or "Good work, Oscar's so lucky to have you!" It's nice that he recognizes how much work breastfeeding can be. Especially since I know he's jealous sometime of the quality time it affords me with our babe.