Sunday, January 30, 2011

Diaper Rash AGAIN!

Well the awful diaper rash is back.  Once it cleared up we were only putting cream on every few diaper changes and he was doing great.  A few days ago his bottom started getting red so we started using the cream every change and now it looks horrible again.  Tonight we're going to soak his bottom in warm (soapless) water and then keep a diaper off of him for an hour or so and if it isn't better in the morning I'm calling the doctor. 

Also, we're dealing with some nasty baby acne.  It's really bad on his chin and now he has spots on his forehead and even some on his ear! Thank goodness it doesn't seem to bother him at all.  Everything I've read and heard from mommy friends says to just wipe it often and it will go away on it's own.

Last night we finally tried Colic Calm.  I knew it was going to be a rough night because we were on the go all day so he was in the carseat a lot so he slept a lot.  About 11pm he had been screaming (not just crying but really screaming) for almost an hour and nothing would comfort him so we went ahead and gave him the Colic Calm.  I don't know if he was just exhausted or if it really worked but within 10 minutes he was asleep and stayed that way for 2.5 hours.  The stuff turns their mouths (temporarily) black but I tasted it and it's not bad at all.  It also warns that it changes baby poo black and our first few poos overnight were black and now they're green.  Hey, if it works, it works!

Friday was BEAUTIFUL so Truitt finally went on his first walk in his stroller.  The girls enjoyed it too!
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Bathtime hasn't been too enjoyable (for him or us!) but Friday night we moved him from the sink to his bathtub and while he didn't like it at first, it quickly grew on him!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

One Month Old!!!

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I JUST missed a smile!
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What I just did...

I would like to respectfully submit my two weeks notice effective today's date, January 28th, 2011 making my last day on February 11th. My husband and I have decided that I will not be returning to work after my maternity leave in order to stay at home with our child. I appreciate all of the opportunities that the Sheriff's Office has provided.

Sincerely,
Samantha

Goodness, that felt great!

First Month Must Haves!!!

Other than in someone's arms, this seems to be the only place where Truitt will sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time!
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I've mentioned this before but this is the only cream we've tried that clears up Mr. Man's tush!
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I really don't like giving my child medicine BUT his tummy gets tight and he gets even fussier and this helps a LOT!  We use the Target brand but it's the same stuff for much less!
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Thank goodness I never had any major nipple probems but I do use this once a day and it feels great!  It's not nearly as think as lanolin so it goes on much easier.  Also, since it's in gluestick form, it's less mess!
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Late night feeding and crying sessions when nothing is on TV...
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When you have a colicky baby and aren't sleeping more than an hour and a half at a time you pretty much have a constant pounding headache!
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pictures!

I have THREE awards and promise to get around to them soon... but for now here are some more pictures!

Can you tell how much he likes his swing?  I'm hoping it grows on him!
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Enjoying his playmat
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Dino Toes!!!
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Bright Eyes :)
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Playing with Daddy...
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This is how much he likes his bottle of pumped milk...
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Superman Pose!
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ADORABLE if I do say so myself!
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My little guy in his first 0-3month sized outfit.  The newborn stuff is too short now :(
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We have tried giving him a bottle and he will not take it.  We are going to try again with me out of the house and try a few different bottles.  I HATED dumping out my pumped milk after he wouldn't take it though. Now I've stored a few bags of just 1oz so that if he doesn't take it, it isn't that big of a deal. His fussing is getting a LITTLE better but it's still almost all of the time when he's awake but there are some sweet moments of cooing and being happy.  Also, his rash is back.  We weren't putting cream on it constantly once it cleared but I guess he's a baby that needs cream every change.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

DELURK!

First of all, thank you so much to all of you for your words of encouragement.  I read them on my phone last night when Mr Man was awake from 11pm-5am.  Great news is he was so exhausted, he slept for a solid 4 hours from 5-9 this morning! E was great and let me nap from 10-12 so I feel much better now!  Truitt was up a lot today so I'm hoping that he's going to not repeat last night although he zonked out about an hour ago.  I'm going to wake him soon to feed him and hope he stays up for a while.

Now- it's time to delurk! I have a LOT more followers than blogs in my reader which means that some of you are reading my blog and I'm not reading yours!  When I get a new follower I click on your icon and try to get to your blog but a lot of you don't have it listed that way so I can't find it.  So PLEASE leave me a comment with your blog address so I can come and read.  If you know I read your blog there's no need of course but if I don't comment on your blog I probably don't know about it, SO PLEASE SHARE! Thanks ladies!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fussy McFussPants

Truitt is quite the fussy baby.  If he's not eating or sleeping he's whining or crying.  We have a few rare moments where he's awake and happy about it but keyword rare.  I feel like I'm an awful mom and I'm doing something to make him unhappy.  I know he's getting enough to eat because he poops and pees after every feeding.  I constantly check to make sure he's not too warm or cool.  If he's not swaddled he's REALLY unhappy so we keep him swaddled.  We've tried the swing (which he HATES and screams so hard he chokes), the bouncy chair, white noise...nothing soothes him.  I don't think it's colic because he fusses all day everyday not just a few hours at a time at the same time everyday. I've tried the 5 S's (from Happiest Baby on the Block- Swaddling, Shushing-white noise-, Sucking, Side/Stomach Laying, and Swinging) and they have no postitive effect on him.  He does get pretty gassy (and I've tried adding and taking things out of my diet with no change in him) and we have used Mylicon but he has no problem tooting the gas out so I'm not sure if it hurts him or not. 

I know some babies just fuss but it breaks my heart to think that my little guy is unhappy.  E promises me that he isn't unhappy and I'm doing a good job but I just feel so inadequate and like I am doing something wrong.  E's parents said he fussed constantly until he was a year old so maybe it's just genetic.  I just want my baby to be happy!

I would take a fussy Mr Man anyday over no Mr Man at all though and it doesn't make me love him any less... I just want HIM to be happy (didn't I just say that?!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Update by Pictures

T's first snow day! We didn't have a snow suit for him seeing as we normally only get snow a couple of times a year so he stayed inside but Daddy celebrated by putting on his wool hat :)
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Meeting his cousin Zoey.  "Get that stinkin' girl away from me!"
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3week old big boy enjoying his play mat
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This is what happens when you don't brush his hair after a bath.
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Handsome Boy!
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Crazy Eyes!!!!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Diaper rash

Truitt is already 3 weeks old! I cannot believe how fast the time is going!!!  Things have been going really well. I'm still REALLY tired but I guess my body is getting used to it because each day is easier.  The cluster feeding is only here and there instead of all night every night and he is sleeping for 2-3 hours at a time at night and goes to bed pretty quickly after he eats. 

Sunday we tried to go and take newborn pictures but he cried the entire time so we walked out without anything.  Thank goodness they didn't charge us anything but I was still upset.  I think the big problem was that we have been fighting a HORRIBLE diaper rash.  The pedi told us that breastfed babies are more prone to diaper rash because breastmilk is higher in sodium than formula and therefore the poop can be more irritating but I thought we could avoid it with frequent changes.  His bottom (mainly in between his cheeks) started getting red so we tried Boudreux's Butt Paste.  It didn't help but didn't make it worse so I tried Balmex.  Same thing... wasn't helping, wasn't hurting.  I then tried switch diapers AND wipes and not any better.  The rash started spreading and getting more red so then I tried Triple Paste.  Horrible idea... it blistered his skin and turned it bright red.  I was heartbroken that something I did hurt him so badly.  Next we tried Desitin and while it was helping, the rash was so bad we were planning on calling the doctor.  E decided to use cornstarch only baby powder (put it into our hands and then wiped it on the bottom so that there was now powder dust in the air for baby to breathe in) and it really seemed to be clearing things up slowly.  The past two nights we even soaked him in warm water (without any soap) and then wrapped him up in towels and blankets for about an hour so his bottom could be diaper free.  When our pedi had told us about breastfed babies being prone to rashes he told us his favorite cream was Flanders. 

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The ONLY place that he knows of that carries it is CVS about 20 minutes away from our house and even though it's not prescription, they keep it behind the pharmacy counter.  We wanted to get it Sunday but the pharmacy was already closed so we went and got it yesterday.  This stuff is AMAZING!   All of the blisters are gone, the red is now just pink and the rash is probably a third of the size it was last night.  I am SO relieved and pray it continues to work! 

Any of you mommas fighting diaper rash... please try this!

Mr Man is waking up so that's all for now.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Growing baby!!!

Today was Truitt's 2 week well visit.  Last week he had gained a little bit from his hospital discharge weight and was at 9lbs 5oz.  Doctors like to see gain of an ounce a day at this point so I was hoping that my milk had gotten him to about 9lbs 10oz and that would be a little less than an oz a day.  Evidently T-Ray wants to stay a big boy because he weighed in today at 10lbs 2oz!!! I couldn't believe it!  All of that is on momma's milk too! I haven't supplemented since last Sunday night/Monday morning before the last weigh in!  I cannot tell you how good it feels to know that I am providing for my little man in a way that no one else can.  Breastfeeding has definitely been frustrating at times but this shows me that it is totally worth it!  The doctor was very impressed at this- its just 3 oz shy of a pound!  He had to get his little foot pricked for the second half of his blood test they took in the hospital and it broke my heart.  I don't know how I'm going to be able to deal with his shots at the end of next month!

E took today off so that he could go to the appointment together so afterwards we went by my work to get all of the insurance paperwork taken care of.  It was SO nice to show him off and hear everyone tell us how perfect he is!  Then we drove down to eat lunch and I was pretty sure Mr Man was going to wake up as soon as we got our food but he slept right through it.  After that we went to Babies R Us (it's about 30 minutes away) to use our Rewards coupons that expire this weekend.  I nursed him in the car TWICE! I was impressed! The first time was right after the doctor's appointment, before we went to work while E was getting his hair cut and the second time was after we left Babies R Us.  I know BRU has a mommy's room but he was sleeping soundly until we got in the car.  My breasts were pretty full because it had been 3 1/2 hours since he last ate and at one point he came off of my nipple and milk squirted all over the car.  E and I were laughing hysterically and poor little man just looked at me so confused as to why he had milk ALL over his face!

Dr L told me that I should only pump in the mornings and MAYBE once in the afternoon if I feel full because otherwise I will start producing too much and get engorged often.  I also asked him when it's ok to give him a bottle of pumped milk at night or from the grandparents and he said 4-6weeks is the best time.  He said IF nipple confusion is going to happen it normally is during week 2 or 3 but he said if you wait until baby is 8-12weeks old he may refuse the bottle.  SO, two more weeks of just boobie and then daddy is going to take over night time feeds on the weekend so momma can sleep some!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Everything is going great!

I have a sore throat.  I am PRAYING that it's due to the weather changing (today it was 60, tomorrow it's supposed to snow) and just allergies.  I googled if you're supposed to continue nursing while sick and everything says yes and that more often than not baby won't get sick ::Crossing fingers:: but I know it will break my heart if he gets sick. 

Things lately have been going pretty well.  I have started a blog entry two or three times but he wakes to eat and I never finish.  E went back to work last Monday and I did better than expected.  My mom was with us Monday and Tuesday and then his mom stayed with me Wednesday and Thursday.  They would watch him while I slept and then I'd nurse him, hand him off and then go back to sleep.  I've come to realize that the hard thing is- on top of dealing with no sleep from a newborn, your body is also trying to recover from a major surgery.  Each day I had his mom come later and later in the morning and I think I'm going to try this week by myself.  I needed the help last week because my stomach was still so sore I couldn't walk while carrying him but I'm feeling MUCH better.  E was off on Friday because my dad came up from Houston and it's been nice to have the extra time with my husband.  It does seem like we have non-stop visitors.  I appreciate all of the excitement everyone is showing but we are sooooo tired!  Nice thing about breastfeeding is I just say it's time for the baby to eat and then people leave.

Breastfeeding is going really well.  We haven't had to supplement since last Sunday night/Monday morning.  During the day he eats every 3-4 hours but at night time he begins cluster feeding and eats at least hourly until about midnight.  Two nights ago he slept for FOUR hours and last night for three in a row and then begins cluster feeding again until about 7am.  It felt SO good to sleep for that long though when you're used to only two hours at a time!  I need to get on a regular pumping schedule.  Right now I'm only doing it once or twice a day, getting about 2oz (1 from each side) after nursing him.  I'm going to ask the doctor on Tuesday when we should try to start feeding him some breastmilk from a bottle.  I've read not to do it too early because then they may not want to go back to the breast (although we didn't have this problem when we were supplementing) but not to wait too long because then they will not take the bottle.

I also need to ask about sleeping.  Last week I told the pedi that we were letting him sleep on our chest in the recliner because it was the only way any of us could sleep and he said that was fine, just to be careful and not lay down with any blankets around.  He said the first few weeks we need to do whatever we can to sleep.  I just don't want him to get to where he'll ONLY sleep on us.  During the day he sleeps in his vibrating bouncy chair and we're going to try the swing in the next day or so but he doesn't like to be laying flat on his back.

I go for my two week post-op appointment on Tuesday and I think I'll be cleared to drive BUT the "don't lift anything heavier than the baby" restriction doesn't get taken away until 6wks so how do I go anywhere if I can't carry his carseat?  I guess I could leave it in the car and just carry him?  We've only been out of the house twice so far- once to the doctor and once to E's parents.  With cold and flu season we're planning on keeping him out of public places as long as possible.  I cringe when I see teeny tiny babies at walmart!

Whoa! I can't believe I was able to finish this.  Truitt is haning out on his Nana's chest so he's pretty content.  I'm going to take the opportunity to eat something.  Speaking of eating, I'm down 35lbs with only 6 to go to pre-pregnancy weight!!!

Here's what we've been up to since I've last posted.

How we rang in the new year
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Daddy looking a bit tired
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Look! Daddy can multitask
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Mr Man has super greasy hair- rocking the mohawk!
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My first pumping results! I was proud :)
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Checkups!

First we went to my appointment.  E had to work so my mom took us.  Dr P and his nurse both said I was moving great so that made me feel really good. I layed down on the exam table (ouch!) and his nurse took out my 18 staples.  She said everything looks great and steri-stripped the incision.  I still have to be really careful but she said everything is healing well.  I go back in a week to get cleared to drive.  I actually asked to weigh and I am down 25.8lbs from exactly one week ago, the day before giving birth! I weighed the morning before delivery at the hospital and their scale was 1.6lbs lighter so I'm going with Dr P's scale.  I know my baby was almost 10lbs and then I still had the water and placenta but I am very impressed that 1/2 of the weight is gone.

Next we went upstairs to Truitt's appointment.  I went to check in and they said that my appointment was actually at 11:40 not 1:40 but thank goodness the Dr said he'd see us.  Truitt is at 9lbs 5oz so he probably lost a little more in the past few days from the hospital come home weight (9lbs 4.8oz) and started gaining again.  All of my questions were answered and we have a very healthy and happy baby boy!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy Due Date!

Today was my official due date but instead I have a 5 day old baby boy!  Truitt is doing great and is such a blessing!  He HATES diaper changes and today was his first sponge bath and you would have thought we were trying to kill him he was so upset.  As soon as he is clothed and swaddled again he's just as happy as can be though.  He toots like a grown man and makes the cutest faces ever.  I am more in love with him than I could ever imagine.  E is an amazing father and it warms my heart to see him with his son.

Nursing:
Before I put him on the breast I express some milk to get him to turn to me.  I noticed on Friday night that it was no longer colostrum but it was milk!  Since then I've been producing much more but still not what I think is enough.  During the day I am able to keep him full but last night I had nursed for 30 minutes per side and then he still took an entire 2oz bottle of formula.  This happened TWICE in a row.  I am going to ask the doctor tomorrow about how to increase my supply.  I have tried pumping after nursing him but he is eating all I have because I only got about 1/2 an ounce after each time.  Hopefully it's still early and my milk will pick up soon.  I don't have anything against formula feeding but I REALLY want to be able to nurse enough to keep my baby satisified.  I also have noticied he is far less fussy after eating breast milk than when he takes formula from the bottle.

Sleeping:
We are still sleeping in the living room.  Due to the staples I cannot lay flat in bed without a lot of pain.  I'm in the recliner and E insists on sleeping in here with me so he's on the couch.  Truitt doesn't do well at all in the bassinet so we start him in the vibrating bouncy chair but after the first feeding he won't fall back asleep unless he's on our chest.  I know this is a HORRIBLE habit but right now it's easier to do and actually sleep than try to figure something else out.  Last night I was able to sleep 2 hours, then 3 hours, then 3 hours. I felt like a new person!  I also got two, one hour naps during the day.  E is going back to work in the morning so tonight I am going to try to do as much as possible.  Right now with my soreness I am unable to get up with Truitt in my arms and walk down the hall to change him so I'm hoping I can do it all tonight other than the diaper changes.

Recovery:
Luckily I have not had any major bleeding.  I am having the normal postpartum bleeding but no more clots!  The past few days I have had a lot of muscle soreness and getting from sitting to standing, and standing to walking has been really painful but once walking I do well.  Today a lot of the soreness is gone but I have more incision pain.  I counted and there are 18 staples!  I call in the morning to find out when they come out.  Truitt has his appointment at 1:40 so I'm really hoping they'll have me come in right before or after to get them taken out.  Sometimes they take them out in the hospital so I know it's not too early and the skin around the staples is getting a little red so I think it's time.  I know there are internal disolvable sutures and I think they might have glued the outside too so we'll see. 

Tomorrow is our first outing and I'm already a little anxious about it.  E will be at work so my mom is taking us.  I am worried about germy people trying to touch him so I am keeping a blanket over his carseat!  I'm also worried about the doctor telling me we're doing something wrong although I'm really looking forward to getting my questions answered!

Update to come after tomorrow's appointment!