Liam’s 2-7 Weeks Update

These past 7 weeks have been an amazing experience! Being a mommy is a ray of emotions and challenges, but I feel so blessed and happy to be Liam’s mommy.

So, what have we been to?



 Breastfeeding Update

Disclaimer: 
If you do not like to read about breasts and breastfeeding then do not read on.

We have been successfully breastfeeding for almost 2 months and I feel so proud of myself! If I did not look into it and have this amazing Facebook group I am in, I do not think I would be as successful! I would have been more lost. Honestly, most women these days are not educated so they either assume they aren’t making enough milk, or it is too hard to do so they quit. I can tell that it is getting better and more women are breastfeeding and going longer. I am so happy I am determined because it is what is best for him! 
He has gotten his latch down real well. I no longer hurt very badly and sometimes it is a little painful when he first latches on my right, but that is slowly going away. It is 10x better than the first few weeks. If you are currently struggling, I promise it gets better!
I have had clogged milk ducts on my left, and that was not fun at all. It feels super painful to feed on and I was clinching my teeth for a good couple days. I am proud I never gave up! 
What does it feel like?
Your boob gets really hard like it is full, but because it was not properly drained, it now it clogged so you will feel hard parts in your boob. I had one near my armpit and near the bottom. I had some redness which made me feel worried I got mastitis. Mastitis sounds horrible and I am so glad I did not get it. If I did not ask the ladies in my group what to do I probably would have gotten it. 
How did I get rid of the clogged ducts?
I had to massage it while feeding. I needed to start with that side first when nursing. I needed to make sure I try different positions to help unclog it. I did that for two days and it went away. But good lord it hurt!

Cluster feeding and what is it?
One thing learned about breastfeeding vs. formula bottle feeding is that you fed on demand rather than a schedule feeding. I thought that would be a lot of feeds, but from my experience it is no different than formula feeding until a growth spurt happens and you have to cluster feed.
Cluster feeding is when you are basically feeding all day. You will feed until they are done. Sometimes it is just comfort feeding, other times they are very hungry. But it doesn’t mean you aren’t producing enough, it is just a phase that will pass!
This evening we were back to cluster feeding. It has been over a week since the last time.
Make sure you have food and water next to you so you can be comfortable. It can be hard feeding on demand.

Overall, breastfeeding, for me, has been easier than I thought. It has its moments, but it gets better each week!
I am also proud of myself for breastfeeding in public. I never thought I would and although it is a little harder to do because he is covered, I can do it!
Products I am using to help with breastfeeding:

Bamboobies! I love these. I was going to go the disposable route, but I heard great things about these. 
Pros: 
  • You save money. You do not have to buy more and more.
  • They are super soft and do not irritate my nipples.
  • I cannot tell I am wearing them through my clothes.
  • Fit real well around the boobs.
  • I do not leak through them.
Cons:
  • When you do leak, although you do not leak through, it doesn’t absorb so you feel wet if you keep them on all day depending on how much you leak.
  • When it does dry, your nipples can stick to it a bit.
  • Remembering to wash them so you have clean ones.
Motherlode Nipple Cream is great. I also heard great things about this. I do not use it much however because my nipples do not hurt too much. I did use it during the first two weeks or so. My nipples just got use to being used. 
Pros:
  • Feels great 
  • It does help heal and moisturize cracked nipples
Cons:
I do not have any.
I do not have any pictures of nursing tanks or bras, but I got a tank on Zuliliy, which is an amazing online discount store! I got one at a consignment sale in VA. I do need to buy a few more nursing attire because only having two shirts is difficult.
The bras I got for about $20 at Target and Buy Buy Baby. They are alright. I want to get an overnight one because I cannot sleep with these ones. I usually just use the pads or a burp cloth in my shirts. 
Sleep
How has sleep time been going? 
I feel like it is what I expected. Some nights are awesome and some nights are just a struggle and zombie like. He has gone through a couple of growth spurts so there are times when he will not nap for almost 5 hours and nurse and nurse. Currently while I am typing this he has been fussy and does not want to take a nap. He has been up for almost 7 hours with only like an hour of sleep time. He did hangout with my dad for a bit, but tonight he wants to nurse to sleep and won’t stay asleep when I put him down.
Other than that, he usually sleeps on average 2 and a half hours spans at night, usually about 3 and a half to 4 hours the first time he goes down between 10-12. There are nights he will go only an hour to and hour and a half, which gets rough. Lately it has been good. 
Another struggle I use to have was that he would not want to go down after a feeding in the middle of the night without being rocked. I would repeat that for about three times until he would sleep. Which kept me up for over an hour. The last two weeks he has been laying down right after a feed, so that has been great. Around 7am he takes a little longer to go down.
Where does he sleep?

We live in a studio in the back of my parents house. So we share a large living area with a kitchen and bathroom with Liam. He generally sleeps in his crib which is a blessing because I hear it can be difficult to get them to do that in the beginning. Some nights or mornings he will lay next to me if I am too tired or if he is fussier. Most days he is in the crib. 
Fun facts about Liam
  • He is currently 7 weeks today Monday October 12, 2015
  • Last weigh in Sept. 28th, he was 9 lbs 6 oz. 
    • Birth weight was 6 lbs 3 oz. 
    • Lowest weight was about 5 lbs 13 oz. 
    • He weighed 6 lbs 1 oz at his first checkup at 4 days old.
    • Length at birth was 19 and 3/4 inches 
  • Last measured Sept. 28th, he was 21.8 inches.
  • Last week, at 6 weeks we started noticing him smiling more. Not the “I am pooping” smiles or “going to sleep” smiles, but social smiles. 
    • This week he has even laughed a bit! Melts my heart.
  • He has rolled from his back to front a couple times.
  • He can follow things with his eyes.
  • He kicks a lot and if I stand him, he jumps up a little.
  • He grew out of newborn diapers about a week ago.
  • He now can fit 0-3 month clothes without it looking 10x bigger.
  • He can grasp things for a short time.
  • He makes more vocal noises that show his personality a bit.
  • He started drooling last week, but not much.
  • He does great with car rides as long as he was fed first.
    • He will sleep most of the time.
  • He will keep eye contact with you for a short time.
  • He is more aware of his surroundings and loves light.
  • He loves bath time.
  •   He is up longer between naps and socializes more.
What’s in our diaper bag?

We bought a really neat Jeep backpack at Buy Buy Baby with so  many compartments! 

We pack the essentials and I came to realize you do not need a whole lot! 
What is inside?
  • Honest Company Body lotion
  • Honest Company soothing bottom wash
  • Vitamin D Drops
  • DHA Drops
  • Burp rags
  • Baby brush
  • Thermometer 
  • Motherlove Nipple cream
  • Bottom Cream
  • Honest Company Wipes and Diapers
    • -a separate review coming soon
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Bibs
  • And a safety kit
Fun times with the 
Stone family 
When Liam turned 2 weeks on his due date Sept. 7th, Ben’s family visited from VA!

Happy Times with Liam


First Week: Liam, Mommy, and Daddy

LIAM IS ONE WEEK OLD!

This last week has been incrediably mind-boggling. I cannot put into words the feelings I have. I am so blessed and grateful for the help and love that my husband has given to Liam and I. Because I had an unplanned C-Section, I could not get around without help. At the hospital he dressed me, got me food, helped me walk to the bathroom, changed majority of Liam’s diapers and also took care of him when I wasn’t not feeding him, and supported me throughout the entire labor process. My recovery has gone so well because of the man. And I thank and love him for that.

Liam has done so well! He passed all of the tests at the hospital. He has not shown any high case of jaundice( knock on wood), and overall does extremely well.

Fun facts about Liam
  • For the first few days we called him Popeye because he would just open one eye. It was the most adorable thing ever. He still will open one eye at a time when waking up.
  • He loves to be swaddled since he was a breech baby.
  • His cry sounds more like a cute baby animal.
  • He is currently 6 pounds 1 oz, so almost back to his birth weight.
  • He does a great job breastfeeding and now nurses between 20-30 mins. Sometimes multiple feedings in the same hour.
  • The face he makes when I give him kisses is precious. He loves them.
  • He loves his daddy morning snuggles and sometimes they fall asleep together.
  • He can sleep through anything, which is great so we can get things done, like vacuuming.
  • Newborn clothes are slightly big on him. 
  • He likes to play with his hands and has sucked on his thumb a few times.
  • He looks right at you and can follow my hand a little. 
  • He’s adorable. Duh.
How’s Mom and Dad?
We are doing great. The transition was not as difficult or challenging as I thought. Do not get me wrong, the lack of sleep is a little hard, but not that bad. He is not a needy baby and sleeps well. Ben sleeps well, but if he is awake at certain times, he will change and bring Liam to me to nurse at night. It has been really great to have the support and love from him. It makes things so much easier. 
I am recovery very well and still have some pain if my meds wear off. However, I can get around much easier now. I still take it easy though.
Breastfeeding

If you do not like the topic breastfeeding and do not want to read about boobs then do not read. This is for anyone who wants to learn and read about my journey so far.

I was actually a little nervous to breastfeed. It have seen so many quit or not breastfeed very long. I have heard many negative stories. So I was slightly discouraged. However, I do have a few friends who have stuck with it and groups I have joined that gave me resources and encouragement. I wanted to take a class, but that did not work out. But I came to realize it was not as difficult as I thought.
It seemed so natural. He knew what to do however, he did take a little while to catch on how to latch. And it took me awhile to learn how to help him. He would only nurse for about 5-10 mins on one side and be done. I am not sure how many feedings I was doing in the first few days. However, he seemed to catch on more each day.
The only concern or problem we faced was that he stopped latching onto the left side. I also noticed that my milk came in finally, but that made that side even more fuller.  So for about two days I did not have any milk come out of that boob because he would not nurse on it. I tried to have him latch but nothing worked. I tried different positions and offering that side first. So I was so worried and the boob was hard and hurting.
So, our pediatrician specializes in breastfeeding, that is why we chose her, and at our first appointment she helped him latch on the left side. I was so engorged that the nipple wasn’t easy to latch on. But she got him to latch and ever since we have been good. It takes him slightly longer to latch on that side, but we got it down. 
Now he nurses for about 20-30 on one side and sometimes will want to nurse more so I will have him nurse on the other side until he is done which can be between 5-20 mins. 
I am very happy that it has been a good start so far.
Liam and Family

Grandma McPhail 
Daddy and Liam
Great Aunt Wendy
Great Grandma White
Great Grandpa White
I love this little guy so much it hurts. 😉

-Kristina