Our little man is one month old today and what a month it has been! I may be a bit biased, but we have one of the most adorable babies ever. The only issue we had had is with the feeding and even that seems to have resolved itself somewhat over the past couple of days. Our baby appears to be incredibly happy and content which is SUCH a blessing!
I wanted to do something special to commemorate each month of his life, so I did a bit of a search on the internet and stumbled across a blog (which of course I forgot to bookmark), where the blogger took a photo of her baby with a sign showing the date (she had the template on her blog).
She did it for the first twelve months and the results were really quite cute, so I decided we would do it also. Here is the first photo in the 12 part series:
This week I have learned:
You can never have enough clothes - I mean for YOU, not the baby! On Friday morning I was going to have morning tea with a very good friend of mine and I ended up changing my top 3 times in a half-hour period before I could leave the house! One more mishap and I wouldn't have had a jumper to wear! I also recommend keeping a change of clothes for yourself in the boot of the car... which leads me to my next point...
Breast pads are not leak-free - You guessed it. I went out and I leaked... right through my bra and through my jumper. Luckily I was at my mum's and it was hot so it dried pretty quick, but still - it wasn't cool! lol
Perseverance pays off - A lot of people give up on breastfeeding and I can't say I blame them. It is stressful and exhausting if it doesn't work naturally. I have been eating oats, taking alfalfa capsules and expressing every two hours for a month now. I am pleased to report that my milk supply looks to have increased to a stage where I can feed the baby and still express some out. Thank goodness (I thought I was going to throw in the towel too for a while there).
Using cloth isn't as time consuming as they say it is - Every time I mentioned that we planned on using cloth nappies rather than disposables, I was met with frowns and the words "oooh it's a lot of work". Well, actually, I'm finding that it really isn't.
Cloth has come a long way and so now you can use a process called 'dry pailing'. It means, you simply dispose of any poo (which isn't solid at the moment anyway as I'm breastfeeding), put the nappy in your bucket (without any water) and put the lid on. Each morning you then pop your nappies (and cloth wipes if you're using them too) into the washing machine, put in your nappy soak and set the washing machine to the soak cycle on a hot wash. Done. It's as easy as that.
It is important to remember who you are - It would be so easy to become someone who doesn't have anything to talk about other than the baby and lets face it... that's really a bit boring lol! So I make sure I keep up with the news (did you hear about the guy who married his pillow?!?), continue with my craft endeavours and catch up with my friends regularly.
On Friday night Matty and I went out to dinner with our friends while mum looked after the baby. It was great! It reminded me that I am still my own person and that having a baby doesn't necessarily have to mean that you lose your identity.
Anyway, our little man is looking to be fed again so I best away!