We’re still chugging along. It’s amazing how quickly you get into a routine. We’re not saying it’s an easy routine, but diaper change, feed, nap, diaper change, feed, sleep, hold, diaper change, ten minutes of down time and then it starts all over again. We finally feel like we’re starting to get the hang of things. We’re so thankful to have each other to lean on. As often as we have always said “I love you” before, we are saying it way more often now a days and it is so encouraging and comforting to hear while you’re struggling along trying to keep your cool and get the sweet baby’s needs met.
Highlight of the week:
Karen- Surviving Mastitis and a great check up at the Pediatrician for M.
Kenny- She slept for five and a half hours straight (and I’m not talking about Karen).
Product we’re loving:
Karen- Kenny bought us a really great wipe warmer this week. I initially thought it was probably just a luxury item that we could do without, but I think M really appreciates the warm wipes on her little hiney. It makes the diaper changes easier and certainly keeps her more comfortable in the process.
Kenny- M and I are enjoying my Ipod, my baby LOVES music. Whether it’s classical or 80′s or Country or a little Rock N’ Roll, she loves it all.
Karen- I have been struggling with breast feeding from the very beginning. It was a difficult process getting M to latch on, it’s been a longer than normal process waiting for my milk to come in, I worried I might be getting a clogged duct and this week I finally succumbed to an awful case of mastitis, which is basically and infection caused by a clogged duct. I started feeling like I had the flu, really tired with chills and achey all over. At first I thought it was just because I was a new Mom and doing so many new things on just a little sleep, but by the time my fever started shooting up to 101 I called the doctor and got an antibiotic called in. By Saturday around midnight my fever was up to 105! Kenny and I got up to change M’s diaper and I am SO thankful he was holding her. I went stumbling down the hall, bouncing off the walls and could barely stand up. Kenny had to literally hold me up in the nursery so I didn’t fall down. It was really scary. We called the doctor right then to see if we needed to head to the Emergency Room. They said wow, that is a really high fever, keep an eye on it and if it doesn’t go down come on in. Thankfully it started to inch its way down and it just now (three days later) is getting back to normal. Needless to say Kenny had a pretty anticlimactic first Fathers Day, caring for a sickly wife and taking care of his precious daughter. I honestly don’t know what I would do without him.
Kenny- My struggle was the two and a half days while Karen was out of commission and I was Mom AND Dad. I sure don’t mind taking care of our baby girl but it is a heck of a lot easier with two people.
Something we’ve learned:
Karen- I’ve learned that when all else fails…nursing to the rescue! Nursing fixes everything for this little girl. Sometimes I feel like feeding her is a full time job, but it is definitely worth it.
Kenny- M loves music, anytime she starts to get fussy I just have to turn on a little music and rock her and nine times out of ten she settles right down.
Quote of the week:
Kenny: (noticing it was time for M to nurse) “are you fixing to milk her again?”
on the days that Karen was so sick every time I would lay down to get a little rest she would always realize one thing that she needed “Kenny, can you get my phone?”… “Kenny, can you bring me my water?”….”Kenny, is it time for my antibiotic?”….but she wouldn’t ask for those things while I was still standing up and near them, it was only once my head had hit my pillow that the need struck her. Of course I happily sprung to my feet to fetch whatever she needed.
It has been a great second week and we are looking forward to many, many more!
M vs Giraffe Week 2