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Friday, November 07, 2008

Finally a post

Sorry it took me so long to get back to posting. To say that it's been a little hectic around here is an understatement. O turned 6 weeks old last Tuesday and so far we are all doing well. A little tired and sleep deprived, but well otherwise. Life with a toddler and a newborn is hard, but hard in a different way compared to just having a newborn. With B, I was so paranoid and not having any idea what to do with a baby made it such a challenge. Now with O, you know what to expect so a newborn is not as overwhelming. But the challenge is trying to juggle a toddler and a newborn. You forget how often a newborn eats and asking your toddler to wait 45 minutes or so is almost impossible. 45 minutes for them is like an eternity. Having both children cry is something that you have to just accept and get used to. To date I still get frazzled but I keep telling myself that I can't be at the same place at the same time--and I have to admit that it is very hard for me to pick one child over the other--trying to figure out who needs me more. I feel like my days are comprised of feeding. I realized after first few days that I have to schedule O's feeding around B's schedule. Since I really can't feed both kids at the same time(more on the feeding later). Overall, B's been really good with O. He loves him to pieces..he loves to kiss him and constantly calls him his baby. It is super cute.

Now on feeding...I have low supply. Not that this is a surprise, it was the same story with B-even with this knowledge, I still had a hard time accepting it. I refused to pump the first couple of weeks--I think it is because I spent so much time with the darn pump with B. But when it was evident that my supply was really low-not enough to feed O the entire day-I realized that I need to pump or abandoned the entire idea of breast feeding. At the end of the day, the pump won. As much as I couldn't even look at that pump and was so angry for a long time, I took it out and started using it again. I pump 8 times a day..I know I like to torture myself. I still have to supplement with formula. O gets 21 oz of breast milk a day and 8 oz of formula. This is so much better from when we started. With B I was able to give him all bm after 10 weeks I think so I know I will get to that point with O where we don't have to supplement with formula--but I am not sure if I will still be doing this in 10 weeks. Our nanny is still here so this helps a lot. I can pump while she feeds O and the feeding regiment is not such a long ordeal for B. I don't think I can do this without her--it will just be impossible to pump and feed while trying to take care of B at the same time. I am taking it a week at a time and every succesful week of pumping is a victory. I know deep in my heart that I tried my best for my children, not just O, but for both of them, and this is something I can happily lived with.

B is doing well. He is getting his molars right now and it is just a b***h!! He is so congested and today he had a slight fever. He is not sleeping thru the night. Which is very painful--I've been functioning on about 2 hours of sleep the last couple of nights. I finally gave him motrin last night and that worked wonders! He slept until 6 am this morning!!! He continues to amazes us everyday!! His vocabulary is exploding..he just turned 22 months! He is learning so many new words every day. I look at him and I can't believe how grown up he is. It is hard to imagine that at one point he was as small as O. Everyday it seems like he is taller and bigger. I know that in a few months I will be having conversations with him and this just blows my mind away.

This is all for now. I promise not to let another 6 weeks go by without posting--besides I have way too much stuff to write about!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Kath said...

Dear MoMo, how on earth could I have missed this?? A very belated but very heartfelt congratulations!

I can imagine how tough the toddler/newborn combination is, and admire your fortitude. I hope things get easier for you soon, particularly on the sleep front. And as for the breastfeeding and pumping, I'm so sorry to hear you're having problems again. It's distressing and time-consuming and sometimes all-encompassing, so I just wanted to send over my support and reassurance, and hopes that things will get better there too.

November 08, 2008 6:29 AM  
Blogger beagle said...

I look forward to hearing more . . . sounds like you are mastering the juggling act!

November 08, 2008 11:59 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

I admire your conviction for the breastfeeding. I believe it is best but having not had the option of continuing with Caden I am very afraid it will be easy to give up next time when it gets hard.

November 09, 2008 2:59 PM  
Blogger MamaSoon said...

It is good to be as loving and accepting of yourself as you are with your children. Do the best you can and when it is time to try something new, I hope you can be kind and go with it. :-) I am glad to know you are juggling the kids and doing reasonably well. By the way, you used B's full name in this post in case you wanted to remove it. :-)

November 09, 2008 11:38 PM  
Blogger Silver said...

I missed your big announcement! Congrats!!

Good luck and enjoy. You definitely get a lot less sleep with a toddler too! Hope you get more sleep soon!

Take care

November 18, 2008 11:09 PM  
Blogger ak1908 said...

Congrats again. I'm glad to hear that things are going pretty well!!!
April

November 20, 2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger Eva said...

Congrats.

Remember--pumping is still breastfeeding. It is roundabout (I did it for nine months, exclusively pumping) but it's breastfeeding, just not nursing.

Best wishes.

November 23, 2008 10:48 PM  
Blogger MamaSoon said...

Miss you Momo. Hope all is well you with you 4. Thanks for stopping by. I know you are busy being a mommy. Good luck to you and happy holidays!

December 12, 2008 5:17 PM  
Blogger MamaSoon said...

Happy New Year, MoMo. Kiss babies for me.

January 01, 2009 11:33 AM  

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