Friday, 31 January 2014

Fabulous Friday

Happy Fabulous Friday all! What's fabulous about today is finding a great lactation consultant. This woman may have just restored some of my lost sanity!
Some people might think it's weird to pay a strange woman $120 to come to your house and     play with your breasts and baby but not me - I would have happily paid her more! I had a bit of a break through on my own trying breast feeding lying down last night after discovering I had several blocked ducts in my left breast. It was quite painful so I hadn't been feeding from that breast all day. But, when I read my breastfeeding bible, I found out feeding is the best way to clear it and lying down is a good option to make the most of gravity.

Lying down helped me to get better attachment and took the pressure off my back which was great. But I knew it wouldn't be practical for all feeds. I still needed help - enter Stacie.

We spent the first 30 minutes going through my medical history, the details of Sticky's birth and the specific problems I was having. She reassured me that the approach I'd taken was spot on and I was doing a good job. Even though she's a total stranger, I felt calmer being reassured I was on track.

It was then time to get Sticky up so she could see us feeding together. She noticed my breasts needed to be lifted more so I had to increase my boob lift from a rolled up face washer to a hand towel. She also noted my nipple shield was too big and suggested I get a smaller size. The biggest improvement was in Sticky's placement. I had to put pressure on her back and tilt her head down so she could get more milk. It made an instant difference.

She also suggested switching sides regularly to help keep her awake and doing regular breast compressions to help the flow of milk. I think I may have been compressing a little too hard as my boobs were rather sore by the end of it but it will just take some practice to get the hang of it.

I feel like I need to be an octopus to be able to do everything I need to do. I just don't feel like I have enough hands to hold and position everything I need to. But, Stacie assured me we just needed a bit of practice and things would become easier. It now means I can't multi-task because I don't have a spare hand to check my mobile or work the Ipad. This afternoon's feed went for 1.5 hours and I'm sure it's because I wasn't giving it my full attention. Well, now I will. 

My one concern with all of this is the pain I'm now starting to feel in my wrists. Lots of women get carpel tunnel in their wrists from breast feeding and just carrying the baby around. You don't realise what weird angles you need to contort your wrist into to breast feed, between holding the baby, supporting their head, and putting your pinky in their mouth to stop their suction, there are many ways your wrist can easily be strained. Next stop is the pharmacy for wrist guards!

But, I'm feeling much better for having her come and show me some improvements to make. It's amazing to realise that little things can make such a huge difference so I'm happy to give it a crack. It can only make things better, so long as I do everything properly. But, the beauty of it all is I can always get her back if need be. So thank god for all the Stacies in the world. They are truly fabulous! 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Fiona in Wonderland

Today I am so exhausted and fuzzy in the head I feel like I am in Wonderland - totally off with the fairies, so this quote seemed quite apt!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Finding our groove

After 6 straight nights of being awake from 2am to 5am, not being able to settle Sticky, breast feeding challenges and post op pain, I was beside myself. We were off schedule, exhausted and I felt like I was loosing my way. But, rather than drowning, I decided to let go of all the expectations and pressure I had put on myself and connect with my daughter through love and acceptance.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Breast feeding for beginners

When I think of breast feeding,I think it's the most natural thing on earth. Women have been using their breasts to nourish their babies for thousands of years. What I didn't realise, was how bloody hard it is to do!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sticky's arrival

Trying to find the energy and time to sit down and post has continued to illude me, but in my defense, I only got home from hospital yesterday so I have been a little busy! But, thanks to the joy of modern technology, I can make the most of feeding time and catch up. So, here's how it all unfolded!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sticky has arrived

I am pleased to announce that Sticky has arrived!

I apologize for the fact it's taken me a while to share this with you but she took us by surprise and arrived a day early.

So here's my daughter - Gabrielle, Audrey, Beverley. She weighed 2.7 kilos and was 50cm long.

Currently, she is 57 hours old and this is the first chance I've had to post. Life has been hectic and exhausting to say the least but I am totally smitten with my little angel. I will share the details with you of our first few days together but I'll need a quieter and calmer state of mind to do that so I'll be back in a few days once we are settled in at home.

Thank you for all the well wishes and support. We are feeling monumentally blessed! 

Friday, 17 January 2014

Fabulous Friday

Happy Fabulous Friday all! What's fabulous about today is this is my last FF post before Sticky arrives! How did we get here so quickly?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

The finishing touches

With 4 days to go, it's time for the finishing touches. Not just in preparing for Sticky's arrival, but in saying goodbye to my former self.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A few doses of reality

Today has been one of those days that I've been reminded several times I'm about to have a baby. It's not like I had forgotten, but reality has kicked in.

Monday, 13 January 2014

38 weeks and 7 sleeps to go!

I've made it to 38 weeks and after a labour scare over the weekend, am very glad Dr T. Is now back on board!

Friday, 10 January 2014

Fabulous Friday

Happy Fabulous Friday. Can you believe this is my 2nd last Friday post before Sticky arrives! The sand seems to be pouring through the hour glass!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

10 days to go

So here we are T - 10 days to go. We are officially on the countdown. I'm still in shock as to how we suddenly got here!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Dealing with a freaked out baby

Yesterday we had a severe storm roll over with loud thunder and lightening. I must admit I jumped a few times as the thunder hit and Sticky did too. Having a baby rolling around inside you is one thing - having one scared by thunder is another!

Monday, 6 January 2014

37 weeks

So 37 weeks means I'm officially full term. I'm grateful to have reached this milestone but the gratitude is subdued by the sheer boredom I'm now experiencing,

Friday, 3 January 2014

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2014 - The year of the Sticky

Happy New Year all! I hope yours is off to a great start. My brother told me that 2014 would be the year of the Sticky and so it will be. When I think about everything that will happen to us this year, it all links back to one event - Sticky's arrival! 


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