Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Working Through It

Today Baby will turn 18 days old. I can't decide if this is the longest 2.5 weeks of my life, or the shortest!

We have been having quite the hard time with breastfeeding. It's probably no worse than most, but I just wasn't expecting it!
1. He was born 2 weeks early but measured @ 3 weeks early (gestational age). Means he had to get bigger for his sucking to fully work well.
2. We've been using a nipple shield to overcome that problem. Mostly I am ok with this, but I get a little frustrated with having to have it on me & always get it cleaned.
3. He eats about every 2 hrs around the clock, meaning I usually have about an hour between feedings to do what I need, and the question is usually what's more important, food or sleep??
4. Lately he's been gulping/choking/spitting up more so we are trying to figure that out too.

I generally don't like not knowing what I'm doing, so that increases my frustration. Fortunately, I have people around to tell me I'm not crazy, and that it really is possibly the hardest thing I'll ever do. I just want my little baby to be comfy! and to get some sleep myself... :)

Will have to write more later - need some rest now!