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Day Two

It’s currently day two of my Please-Sleep-In-Your-Crib-For-Your-Naps-Gwen plan. I was quite content holding her when she was brand new, but now that she’s 5 1/2 months old, she’s getting heavy, and this mama’s arms are ready for a break! Continue reading

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Check it out!

A pic that one of my midwives took of the first time I breastfed Gwen is featured today on welcome to my brain’s Magical Milk Pic-O-The-Week! This is one of my favourite blogs to read, and I’m happy to have contributed to some breastfeeding awareness =) (Disclaimer: you can see some breast, so don’t check it out if you’re gonna be weirded out by it!)

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For the love of breastfeeding …

My Google Reader is largely populated by blogs about pregnancy and childbirth – many of the writers being midwives and doulas. Because of this, I have been made aware that the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute (NCBI) has lost it’s government funding and will be closing (along with it’s information-filled website, drjacknewman.com) if it does not receive funding from public partners. Please check out this news article for more information.

I’m planning to donate through the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation (I didn’t even know we had one of those! And I want to be an IBCLC … *shakes head*) and I’m hoping that all of my readers will consider making a donation as well. According to the article above, Dr. Jack’s clinic helps more than 2500 mothers a year learn to breastfeed and overcome breastfeeding difficulties. Let’s work as a team to keep this incredible resource open for all mothers and babies!!

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The other camp.

As I was reading through my Google Reader today (I have 42 blogs on my reader! 42! Wait … isn’t that the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything?) I came across an entry from one of my favourite bloggers, Julie-Anne. This stuck out at me:

But, there is a process a woman goes through in postpartum which can fall into the second camp. This camp believes that postpartum blues can be a part of the normal adjustment to life with a new baby and the process of grief as the family dynamics change. A postpartum mom is also not immune to outside stressors. These can affect your journey as well. (Please check out the post – titled The Postpartum Rainbow – to read the rest of it!)

I needed to hear these words! Sometimes I truly believe I am suffering from postpartum depression. Most of the time, though, I believe I’m making a transition into becoming a mom;  a transition that is difficult for all, but which has been made all the more difficult by my early postpartum days (Gwen’s weight loss and supplementing regime and my thrombophlebitis), our ongoing breastfeeding struggles (oversupply, a very forceful letdown, and a lot of leaking … although I think these things are finally starting to even out!), a colicky baby, significant extended family crises, as well as the fact that we are still not completely moved in and set up … 6 months after moving!

Posts like Julie-Anne’s make me feel like I’m not alone. That I’m normal for feeling disillusioned. Oh how I needed to hear those words!

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What a whirlwind.

The past week has been a bit crazy. First, we had Brad’s brother and his girlfriend visiting.

Then, on Friday, I woke up with mastitis. I tried to brush it off. I tried to talk myself out of it. I tried to talk other people out of it! But, I had it, and there was no denying it after I took my temperature (again) and had a fever. It was a HORRIBLE day (ie. I cried for like, 5 hours straight). And to top it all off, we were supposed to drive to Ottawa that night for my nephew’s first birthday party on Saturday. Continue reading

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New Toy!

So Brad’s brother and his girlfriend visited us for a few days from last Saturday until Wednesday afternoon. It was wonderful to have people in the house during the day!!! They have been in Vancouver for the last 8 months and are off to Rome for four and then to Dublin for another four – so this was the first and last time they’ll see Gwen for a while! Continue reading

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Gwen is 8 weeks old!

Is anyone else as shocked by this as I am?

Gwen and Gran

Gwen and Gran

First tummy nap

First tummy nap

Oh my goodness she's too cute for words.

Oh my goodness she's too cute for words.

My favourite when she naps is when she sucks in her sleep. On nothing. It’s ridiculously cute!

First time sleeping in a crib

First time sleeping in a crib

This was at Gran and Grandad’s when I was there for 5 days a few weeks ago. She used to be such a good napper. Now? Not so much.

Playing with daddy on the floor

Playing with daddy on the floor

A bit blurry, but Gwen smiling!

A bit blurry, but Gwen smiling!

My baby goes for her 2 month appointment on Monday and is supposed to have her first vaccines. I’m currently reading The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert Sears and trying to decide which vaccines Gwen will have and when. Really though, the thought of her having ANY vaccines makes me want to cry! Since she’s exclusively breastfed and not in daycare (and at this point, not in the church nursery!) there are some we plan to delay and some we plan to skip altogether. Oh, and for information’s sake, we decided not to do the eye ointment (erythromycin) at birth.

How about you? How did you decide to vaccinate/not vaccinate your baby(ies)?

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