Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Slurp slurp

Isn't this the sweetest little thing you have ever seen?

And here is the crazy big brother (please excuse the exposed diaper).

Some quick funny things said/going on in our house:

This is how Elijah says "Samson": Sam. Son. Two very separate words.

Elijah is in a "Who's this?" phase where he points to everything and everyone and wants to know "who" it is.

Sam doesn't cry for food in the middle of the night. Instead, we can hear him sucking like crazy on his hands. Slurrrp slurrrp....hmmm, I think Samson is hungry!

Samson continues to eat like an endless pit. He is such a mellow and enjoyable baby (when he's not saying "WHERE IS MY FOOD?"). We all love him so much! Elijah is doing really well with having a new person in the house. We still are seeing no signs of jealousy. I have been making a point to take him on Mommy-Elijah outings to the park or to Dairy Queen so we can have that one-on-one time together. I want him to know he is still my special little man.

(Gauging from the rude voicemail message left on my phone today, the warning on my last post wasn't heeded, so saying "read with caution" probably isn't necessary.) I went to see my lactation consultant today and we tried to get Sam to nurse. I am still not healed enough for that to happen. :( She called him a "hoover" because if he doesn't get his food NOW, he gets frustrated and just starts sucking and chomping like a crazy man. She showed me how to "finger feed" him until I am healed enough to try nursing again, but I just don't know if it is worth all of the extra time and effort. I am already pumping a million times a day, so I don't feel like adding extra tasks is a great idea right now. I am considering not nursing Sam at all and just pumping for him for a few months to get him what he needs for a while. Please pray for me to find peace in whatever decision I make. And THANK YOU to all of you supportive people who have provided me with valuable information about breastfeeding, etc. I appreciate all of your words of support and advice more than you know!

If you have room on your prayer list, you could say a little prayer for us this weekend. Dan goes back to work starting on Friday and I'm a little nervous about how I will handle it all without him. If it weren't for the darn pumping, it would be a piece of cake. Pumping on such a strict schedule makes things a lot more challenging. I will get a chance to work on my multitasking!

Thanks for checking in on us!!


mina said...

Adorable! Good to know that Elijah has adjusted so well too!

I wonder if the lactation consultant has suggested trying a nipple shield? I am a very stronger believer in breast feeding, but I also realize that it doesn't work out for everybody. I'd suggest you continue to try pumping whenever you can, but if it doesn't work out, don't be disheartened. There are so many other ways you bond with your baby, besides nursing.

The Portas said...

I forgot to mention that we did try the nipple shield today and it was just as horribly painful as if I didn't have it on. I am in bad bad shape right now. It may take quite some time for appropriate healing to take place. :(

Wendy said...

I ended up pumping for 6 months for my third child. He got what he needed and I got to give it to him. The plus side is that both parents get to bond while the baby eats. Really it is a win-win situation. Hang in there and ignore the stupid rude people. The world is full of them unfortunately!

Mara said...

For our second child, I pumped for an entire year. Why, you ask? Maternal guilt. Mommy guilt can be horrible, do your best and try and be at peace with your choices. If you do pump for an extended period of time, rent a hospital grade pump, a Medela Symphony is the best. I play for a fast healing for you!!

P.S -I found your blog through Ehlan's, I went to college with her :-)

Lee Family said...

First I just love the photo of sam. son. :) He is such a cutie pie. And the one of Elijah is priceless what a goof ball. Logan could never go around in his diaper he would take it right off, this has happened many times :)

I am glad to hear that Elijah is adjusting and there are no signs of jealousy. That is always a plus.

I am so sorry you are having problems breast feeding I will add you in my prayers.

Hang in there this weekend by yourself it will all get better very soon :) Lots of hugs

Tracy said...

I went through a similiar issue with my first son ... and I struggled with feeling that I wanted to nurse but was having a really hard time with it, feeling guilty and disappointed that I couldn't, etc ... A good friend told me that I had to make a decision that was right for me and the baby. Don't let yourself feel bad about it, no matter what you chose. Do what's right for you and your baby and don't let anyone make you feel bad about whatever choice you make.

Cecilia said...

We will support you on whatever decision you've made, don't worry.

You are a good mama so you'll be fine with the two boys when Dan is away working.

Sending our love and support your way! xoxo