February 10th, One month already!!!
I thought for the first month update I would write an update on mom and Hazel since a lot of eventful things happened for both of us during the first month of life.
- C-section recovery-The c-section itself wasn’t so bad but the recovery has been brutal. It seems as if things got worse before they got better. It’s definitely a really slow healing process for me. The hardest thing for me is the activity and weight restrictions. I can’t wait to be active again.
- The weight gain, or retention rather-During pregnancy I gained a total of 34 lbs, which was the higher end of the “ok” weight gain spectrum. They say between 25-35 lbs is normal. Since having Hazel, I’ve lost 20 lbs. I’m not concerned or worrying about the next 15 lbs at this point. I’m giving myself grace for my body to heal and trying to stick to a healthy diet since activity level is pretty restricted at this point.
- My friend Annie set up a meal train, which has been a huge blessing. Having dinner already prepared and minimal clean up is key with a newborn.
- I had some major lower extremity swelling the first week and a half postpartum. I wasn’t expecting that at all!
- Started phasing out pain medication around 2.5 weeks postpartum.
- The pediatrician ordered one dark beer a day to help with breastmilk supply… Ok, Doc!
- Breastfeeding…ugh! I’ve already written a post on our challenges with this subject. I was producing about 30-60 ml a day before the pediatrician prescribed me Metoclopramide, which is a gut motility stimulator, but can help increase breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. I was willing to try anything, so I took the medication up until 3 week, 6 days, just before we hit the 4 week mark. It was working… but I also noticed that I was constantly drowsy, fatigued, no motivation, and pretty unhappy… Dare I say depressed? I was a walking zombie…It was terrible. The moment I stopped taking the medication, my mind started to clear and I instantly became happier, more loving and caring towards my family. It was like a fog had been lifted from my mind. But at the same time, once I stopped taking the medication, my milk supply became nonexistent. I was pumping 10 ml after 20 min. The side effects I was experiencing just weren’t worth it considering my milk supply was still very low. My baby got 4 weeks of breastmilk. Of the amount I started pumping and tracking, she got 76 oz of breastmilk. A huge victory for us.
- I started reading Baby Wise, and what a game changer it has been! I realized I was lacking some serious guidance when it came to feedings, sleeping, scheduling and routine. I thought for sure, 4 weeks was too early to start implementing a routine… I was wrong! For a doubtful first time mom, it’s been great. It’s giving me a plan and confidence in implementing it.
- Breastfeeding: Like I said above, it’s been a huge challenge. Hazel lost quite a bit of weight early on, which required trips back and forth to the pediatrician to track her weight gain. She has primarily been on formula ever since then with supplemental breastmilk. She is now right on track to becoming a chunker, which I couldn’t be happier about. I know “they” always say breast is best, but you know what? It’s not best when your baby isn’t getting sufficient nutrients or ounces. Fed is best and I’m sticking to that concept.
- We took newborn photos at one week old. She did so well!!! During our first set of photos, she started pooping and not just any poop, like exploding with noises and everything. It was craaaaacking us up. Not very lady like, Miss Hazel! It took a little bit for us to regain composure and move forward with the photoshoot because we couldn’t stop laughing.
- Early on, Hazel was about 70% daddy and 30% mommy, but she is looking more and more like mom these days!
- Scott will always pick her up in the morning and say, “alright Hazel, what is the word of the day? Dada! Good girl!” Melts my heart.
- Nicknames: Hazel-nut, Hazel Basil, Hazel Bagel, Bagel/Basil, Lady, Miss Magoo, Lil Haze(her rap name), Nugget, Nibbler, Witch Hazel(when she’s being bad), Hazzy.
- Likes: eating, pooping, the rock N play, boppy lounger, car rides, walks in the stroller, (tolerates) baths, being read to/sang to.
- Dislikes: over the head onesies, diaper changes, cold wipes, being constipated, being hungry.
- Hazel had her first blowout while power-walking at the mall at 4 weeks old.
- She has the cutest little chin dimple and I think I’ve even seen a cheek dimple on her left side during a gas induced smile. It’s precious!
- Weight(home scale): about 9 lbs