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Friday, June 9, 2017

I keep reminding myself that I need to be patient with myself. That postpartum recovery will happen with time and it's only been a week. But I just want to get over this phase of stitches and lochia and engorgement. It was my least favorite part last time and I can't wait to get to normal again. But again, it is easier this time - I can walk normally, unlike last time, and I'm not as stressed about baby care. I can change diapers and she's eating and doing normal baby things. I even sleep a tiny bit more than I did with Tanya. First week with Tanya I could barely sleep. I still get frustrated and feel totally useless when I can't get the baby to sleep easily, but Olivia actually sleeps a lot, much more than Tanya did. And she is eating well. I, thankfully, have enough milk - too much even. (She eats differently than Tanya did. Tanya would eat efficiently in one feeding and not ask for more until a few hours later. Olivia eats in 2-3 stages. She eats, gets tired, burps and asks for seconds. I wonder if this will be reflected in how they eat.) So I need to remind myself to be patient and be in the moment.

What complicated this week is that Tanya got a cold, which became apparent on Wednesday morning. It's tapering off, so hopefully we can get to relatively normal tomorrow. But she is not allowed in my room where the baby is or where she can snuggle with me like she likes in the mornings. Which is very frustrating and upsetting for everyone because Tanya just wants to see the baby and pet the baby and hug my hair. And I want to encourage her bonding with her sister. The good thing is Bear is home this week, so at least she gets a lot of Papa attention and it is less miserable that it could be for her. And I was frustrated a bit because I can't exactly comfort her or snuggle with her because I had to be careful not to catch it since I need to care for the baby. At least I actually gave her breakfast and lunch today. Hopefully, snuggles tomorrow.

On Wednesday, Bear and I also took Olivia to the pediatrician for the first visit - and first vaccine. There is still a little jaundice that we have to watch out for but she's eating and peeing well, so it should clear by next week. The three of us also managed a nice time outside in the courtyard, taking Olivia out for a nap in the stroller so she could get some sun on her face. That was very nice.

And this morning, while Olivia napped on me, I watched the first episode of the new season of Orange is the New Black. It was ok - I liked it enough, especially conversation between Judy and Sosa, but it's not grabbing me yet. Too much going on. I wonder if the whole season will be just about the riot. We'll see. I'll keep watching when I have a chance. Mainly I just try to nap.


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Jun. 10th, 2017 03:12 am (UTC)
Awww, hopefully Tanya gets her snuggles in tomorrow and feels better!!!
Jun. 10th, 2017 11:21 am (UTC)

I'm happy things are going as well as they can.  More sleep this time around is definitely a good thing!  I'm hoping my next baby is a better sleeper than my last two!

Jun. 11th, 2017 03:05 am (UTC)
I wonder if this will be reflected in how they eat

With the rodents, it definitely was. L was sluggish at nursing -- she would drift off after a few minutes, and I had to keep waking her up so she would finish nursing properly. And I would have to wake her up for feedings, too, when she was a newborn -- she slept 5 hours between feedings during the day, and started sleeping through the night ridiculously early. And she's just like that when it comes to food -- happy to go a whole day without eating or drinking, and a ridiculously slow eater (unless it's junkfood, but even then she will savor a single piece of chocolate for like half an hour).

O, on the other hand, wanted to nurse every hour, and he would do it very efficiently and quickly -- but then be hungry again. And when he started eating people food, it was the same -- he needs some food every couple of hours, or he gets cranky, and he's a very fast and efficient eater.

I hope Tanya's cold is better and she can snuggle with you and play with the baby! (Of course, you don't want to expose yourself or Olivia to germs unnecessarily, but I'll say, colostrum is amazing -- when I was nursing, everybody around us could be sick, but the baby and I never came down with anything even once. It was glorious!)
Jun. 11th, 2017 08:50 pm (UTC)
Go easy on yourself, it's early days, all will be fine
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