I haven't checked in here yet. I am a wreck. Plain and simple. ALl of this is so overwhelming. I am a super practical and pragmatic person so the unknown reactions and weepy days owing to the hormonal dump are overwhelming. I cry at the drop of a hat.
My husband and I are doing the best we can but we are struggling. My sister lives locally and she has come by - what a saint! She has cooked for us, vaccuumed, held Holly so we could shower, etc ... All the little things make a world of difference. I have no clue how you guys do it that have LOs already. Amazing. We have learned to not be bashful in asking for help and now we have a steady stream of friends/family stopping in to bring us prepared meals and lend a hand, even if its just for an hour.
Nursing has been rough. While she is latching and nursing, her suck is not as effective as it could be b/c of tongue issues. Instead of her tongue beneath the nipple her bottom gum is beneath the nipple. OUCH! I think a lot of it is owed to my flat-ish nipples and her tiny mouth. Nevertheless, its been effective enough b/c her 1 wk appointment shows her back up to, and beyond, birth weight. Born: 5 lbs 7 ozs. Discharged: 5 lbs 3 ozs. 1 week appt: 5 lbs 8 ozs. My other sister (not local) has arranged for an in-home lactation consult to get us on the right track. That is Sunday afternoon - can't wait!!! My nips HURT.
I apologize, I have not read through this thread to engage in others' joys or woes. My vision is very tunneled at the moment ...