I must also point out that while we have our hiccups here and there, I have a very rose-colored view of what life is like right now. I am very happy with how things are going, very optimistic, and can easily describe something as perfect when it isn't necessarily perfect. I am content. You won't find much complaining from me. Like I said before, I find the entire presence of Brinley to be quite the miracle and am reveling in the wonder of it all. Life is in perspective and I have very little that I worry about. So don't be discouraged by my cheery viewpoint of everything :)
You might be interested to know that Brinley has gas pains just like McKenna did. I give her gas drops and they help to have no issues with gas.
There have been a couple of nights she has not slept after her 7:30 PM feeding. We have a video monitor and watched her silently squirm around for half an hour, dozing in and out, before finally squawking. At that point, we got her up and just held her while she slept. She seemed to be having tummy pain. This isn't something I worry about doing--she doesn't need it for every nap, or even every night. Plus we enjoy just holding her :) I figure these nights she has some sort of tummy trouble going on. That is what it seems like.
Brinley is still eating well. She eats from both sides at each feeding.
I have to share a great tip I got from an OB. My OB had the day off after Brinley was born, so a different OB "made the rounds" that morning. As she visited, she said something about mastitis and I told her I always get mastitis and so I just plan on it happening again. She told me to try Newman's Nipple Cream after each feeding to help prevent bacteria from entering the nipple in the early days while I would be cracked and building callouses. So I did.
And so far, no mastitis. I always get it around 2-3 weeks I think, so I am at that time and have no signs of it. I am hopeful it worked. If it did, I will dedicate a post to it! It requires a prescription, but so fabulous. I think every breastfeeding mother should have that stuff on hand. Even just for the discomfort of the early days of breastfeeding--it is fabulous.
The hardest feeding of the day for us is the dreamfeed. Most of the time, she is quite sleepy at the dreamfeed. I am currently trying different times for the dreamfeed to see if there is a perfect time for her. I am not so sure a specific time is as important as just getting her to be fully awake to take a full feeding. I could just put her down after the 7:30 feeding and let her wake on her own, but I think the dreamfeed is well worth the effort it takes to get it going.
I still aim to have her down by 50 minutes. It is often 60 and she does fine with that, but my goal is 50.
Naps have continued to be great. She goes to sleep peacefully (we still do the first three of the 4 S's). She sleeps until I wake her. Every so often she wakes precisely at three hours, but for the most part, I wake her exclusively.
Brinley has continued on with waking once a night. She woke at 6:30 twice this week instead of making it to me waking her at 7:30 AM. She does this when her dreamfeed was not eaten well the night before (then an earlier night waking, which leads to an earlier morning waking). This is why I am trying to figure out the perfect time for the dreamfeed (if there is one yet).
On days she wakes early, I just adjust the schedule throughout the day to get back on track (meaning I let her go a little longer between feedings until we get to the normal time).
I thought I would point out that we swaddle her. I use a SwaddleMe blanket just like I did with McKenna.
I took Brinley to her two week appointment. As I was driving down the highway, I noticed that I was literally glaring at every vehicle on the road. I actually was annoyed that people could have the audacity to drive on the road while I was driving with my baby! When I realized this, I laughed at myself. It isn't like my logical self thinks no one else should be on the road, but apparently my protective side just crept up. I think it is funny how protective we get over little babies.
Everything was great at the doctor! She appears to be in perfect health. Everything looks good. We won't need to go back until she is two months old.
OUTING FOR ME
In the middle of this week, we decided to keep our yearly tradition of going to the county fair. We love the fair and I didn't want the older kids to miss it. My mom decided she would come stay with the baby while we took the kids. This was great because I didn't necessarily want my less than two-week-old baby out in the heat and among all of the stuff. I am sure she would have been fine, but like I said...mama bear.
I fed her and put her down and we left for a fast visit to the fair. While we were gone, Brinley woke and my mom ended up holding her the whole time, which she didn't mind at all :). There have since been a couple of times I have left (for shopping for back to school, a PTO meeting, and for a Mommy/Kaitlyn date) and she has been totally fine. At first I worried she would never sleep with me gone, but she can. It is so great to have the help of my parents to watch keep her home while I have to go places. One of my worries in having her was the many disruptions she would face because of the older kids having activities. My mom is very helpful to help out. Thanks Mom!
We are still starting the day at 7:30 AM, going about every three hours, ending with a dreamfeed around 10-10:30 PM, and her waking once a night.
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