Tuesday, February 17, 2015
When Ollie was less than a day old I started consulting with Dr. Google about various topics. Ollie's first night was pretty rough and it didn't help that I didn't sleep the night before or that day. When he was nursing it sounded like he could barely breath. Like his nose was stuffed up. That was my first consult with Dr. Google. Totally normal for newborns to sound like they have a nosefull of boogers. After Friday night with only 4 hours of sleep we googled food allergies which has lead me to eliminate dairy and peanuts from my diet. Ollie's strong but poorly placed latch had me googling sore nipples. From that search I learned about doing a saline rinse on my nipples after nursing and about using Soothies (soothing gel pads for nipples). When Ollie was 6 days old I finally had a lactation consultant come over and she was amazing. The nipple care I learned from Dr. Google kept my boobies in a better state than if I hadn't known about the rinse and Soothies. Two Sundays ago Ollie had a goopy eye that continued to the next morning. At first Dr. Google thought it might be pink eye, but further research concluded it was a plugged tear duct. Dr. Google advised me to massage the tear duct with my finger, wipe with a warm wet cloth, and put breastmilk in his eye. By Tuesday the goop was gone. Ollie also has this habit of acting as if he is giving birth when it's time to go to sleep at night. That hasn't really stopped with the food elimination so I consulted Dr. Google about what else we can do. We were advised to try Mylicon gas drops for babies. Within 5 minutes he goes from tomato-red-screaming lunatic to zen-calm baby. Dr. Google helps give me piece of mind that Ollie is totally normal. And it's free. And our pediatrician doesn't think I'm crazy. Thanks Dr. Google!
Friday, February 13, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
On day 2 I started telling myself that everything is temporary. Contractions are temporary, pushing is temporary, my vagina will eventually heal, the bleeding will stop, being woke up every 2-3 hours to nurse is temporary, excruciating painful nipples are temporary, the engorgement will subside, his crying will stop. It's all temporary. Someday he'll be this kick ass 4 year old like Copper. Someday we'll go on great vacations again. Someday I'll sleep in my own bed and the kids will be sleeping in their own beds. Buying diapers is temporary. In the moment things can seem like they'll never end. The pain will never stop. I'll never get enough sleep. Fortunately that's not the reality. In that first week after Ollie was born, I did have to keep telling myself that it's all temporary. Children are this long experience of phases. It can feel like a certain phase will never end and before you know it, they've moved onto a new phase that seems endless. Don't get me wrong, Ollie has been amazing, but there are those overwhelming moments that seem like they'll never end. They always do. It's all temporary.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
41 week profile shot.
The bed where Copper was born and ultimately where Ollie was born. Our midwife, Aubre.
Laboring in the water bath.
Immediately after Ollie was born.
Cutting the cord. Aubre and the nurse were impressed with how fast Aubrey cut it.
Getting his foot prints. She did an amazing job!
Always have to do a self portrait. I brought the same t-shirt to wear home that I wore when Copper was born.
Meeting big sister.