What a difference the 2nd time around. Little Guy is already 1 week old and so far things have been good, he is a peach and Mia has been great as well. For some reason I feel like things are a bit easier things time, at least with the baby.
True I have the newborn experience from Mia under my belt, so me being less nervous probably makes it seem easier. And the baby is so mellow, he snoozes and eats and rarely cries.
Breast feeding has been a world of difference from my experience with Mia. My biggest fear about having a 2nd baby was the breast feeding, not the surgery/birth but the pain and frustration of breast feeding. I'm not sure if I ever blogged about Mia and breast feeding but if I didn't I will give you a quick recap. She was not great at the "latch" and we struggled to get her to stay on, feed efficiently and I had a lot of trouble with nipples cracking (TMI I know), clogged milk ducts and breast infections throughout. And it was EXTREMELY painful the first 2 weeks. It was a long haul and it took a while to really find a groove, although she was never a great breast feeder. She would nurse just enough to not feel hungry and then quit, therefore I was feeding her constantly. I still pat myself on the back for making it through 6 months! I cried more than she did those first few weeks from pain and frustration. Hence you can see why I had so much anxiety about doing it again.
Well much to my suprise and delight, Little Guy has been a pro and this last week has been great and I feel like we are on the right path to a successful nursing stint. My goal is 6 months as I did with Mia. Little Guy latched right away and nurses very well, stays on, drinks until he is full and burps (for the most part). Therefore, he is sleeping longer stretches at night and I am resting and not feeling like a milk machine! I did have the initial engorgement when my milk came in and there is still some pain when he latches but nothing like what I had experienced with Mia. I have not shed one tear. The nurses in the hospital also said that your body remembers so this time it should be easier. THANK GOODNESS!
So 1 week in and I am so happy and proud to have these 2 sweet, well behaved children. And I must say although I did have such a tough time with Mia, I am glad I did it and stuck it out and it was a wonderful bonding experiencing for us. When I weaned her, I was crying that she didn't need me anymore. After all the ups and downs we had I was so sad that I was stopping.
Well that's where I am as of today, time to go snuggle my sweet boy. I will try and find some time this week to talk about changing a boy vs. changing a girl! (Oh BOY!)
|G4 - 1 week old!|
xoxo - Mellycup