Wednesday, November 25, 2009

5 weeks

Is she really 5 weeks old already? Apparently.

Also apparently, I am a terrible mother because I haven't documented any of her previous weeks. Oops!

Here she is though, all 5 weeks of her ;-)

We sent this pic as a "Happy Birthday"- gram to my older brother today. She wasn't so happy that I made her sit and have her picture taken. Such is her rough life.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mommy and Brynna

I just love this shot my mom took of me and Miss B this morning- I HAD to share :)

Oh and as of this weekend Brynna is up to 9 and a half pounds! I can't believe she is getting so big, so quickly!

Mr Ferber, I take my hat off to you

My mom is in town "helping" out (by helping, I mean she mostly is giving me advice- which honestly is turning out really good- and holding Brynna. I don't mind this "help" since she never gets to see B since they are 500 miles away, although I could use a little help with the mountains of laundry I have put off doing the last couple of days) until Wednesday.

Wonder of wonders, she was able to get B to sleep in her CRIB last night. Not on our chests, not in our room... in her OWN room and in her OWN crib!!
Apparently, she had a LOT of luck with the Ferber method with me and my siblings (even though I was a holy terror- it's a wonder she had TWO more kids after me!) and both peds she works for advocate it as well. She gave us some very logical explanations as to why it works and how it works. It's all about training your child to soothe themselves if they wake up in the middle of the night (or in our case, just to go to sleep). That's not to say we didn't comfort her. We went in every 10-15 min to comfort her and calm her down.

While I did have a (VERY) hard time just letting B cry for a while (I cried a little too), we made it through unscathed. She finally drifted off around 11:30, then she woke up at 12:30, 3:30 and 7 to eat. She fell right back to sleep IN HER CRIB as soon as she was done eating and changed. OH MY! I had forgotten was fantastic sleep was like (since I haven't had much for MONTHS) even if it was interrupted a couple times! I think Brynna had a pretty good night's sleep too and I doubt this will scar her forever.

Tonight will be round two. I'll let you know how it goes, but I will tell you this: As much as I hate to hear Little Miss cry, I am SO much more stubborn than she is ;-)

Mr Ferber (or is it Dr?), you are my hero!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Revolt waylaid

Well the boobies have stalled their revolt for the time being. Looks like I don't have the yeasts after all and the mastitis is clearing up. Little Miss went to PT on Thursday and we got some exercises to do with her before each feeding. Turns out she doesn't "trough her tongue" and she also doesn't bring her tongue forward over her gums when she nurses (aka she has basically been biting my nipples for the past 4 weeks) YOUCH! The exercises seem to be helping already although I still hurt.

I bought some of this stuff the other day and I think I may try and buy stock in it. SO much better than lansinoh! It seems to be healing the nips already and I've only used it one day!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Mastitis

And the yeasts. The boobies are plagued with both. Youch! And then there's the cracked, bleeding nipple-age, which seems to be the norm lately.

Little Miss has a "tight" mouth according the the lactation nurse, so PT has been ordered. We go see the (hopefully) nice lady today to see if we can't get her to relax a little when she's nursing.

Needless to say, this week has been a little more than agonizing in the boob department. I think they are both about to revolt! We are working on it, but WOW it's painful!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Advice Needed!

So we have been co-sleeping with Brynna since we brought her home (not in our original plan, but since she refuses to sleep if she isn't being held we really had no choice). Well, now it's time she at LEAST moves into her bassinet at the end of the bed, as my body just can't take her sleeping on me too much longer. But I'm at a loss on how to get her to sleep in it for more than 15 min stretches. She does fine taking her naps in her crib or bassinet, but when it comes to nighttime, she just flat out refuses!
Any ideas?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I heart hulu

Have any of you discovered this wonderful site? Oh my it's been my saving grace the last few days! I think I've watched about 2 full seasons of House Hunters (which I wouldn't normally get to see since we don't have cable) and it's been FANTASTIC!! I knew hulu existed a long time ago and have used it to catch up on episodes of The Office and Flashfoward, but I had no idea the plethora of shows to be found.

Seriously, I think I am in heaven!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

So busy...

I've been a bad blogger again :( There just are not enough hours in the day, I swear!! I'm trying to keep up with reading, but commenting has fallen by the wayside these days along with my updates :( I promise to try and update more often... Brynna just keeps me so busy (how is this even possible when she SLEEPS most of the day?). Speaking of... duty calls...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

More Brynna pics

Here are a couple my SIL took last weekend