Everyday is a Battle

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Leaving Isaac: Yes, it's still hard. Just like every mother told me that it would be. It's definitely at a lesser degree, but still very prevalent. I just called to talk with my Mom and it was like a dagger to my heart to listen to her laugh at his antics.

Being Faithful: No not to my husband, but to the promise that God will take care of us.

Trying to be Healthy: My running has definitely been curtailed the last few weeks. At the peak I was running around 23 miles/week (10 mile, a couple 5's and a 3), but I noticed a severe affect to my supply. I need to be at peace with my body, because if I work it too hard right now or cut back on calories it doesn't just effect me, it's detrimental to Isaac.

My Boobs: To that end, I feel like I'm working 2 full time jobs right now. Everyday I pump for 3 - 30 minute sessions in order to feed Isaac the following day. This means that I work 30% less than my co-workers and yet am saddled with a hefty body of work. So far I have been able to maintain a satisfactory production level, but I'm worried for the day that I slip. Additionally, it's taken quite a bit of work to up keep my supply. While the first two weeks were atrocious {literally biting my lip in pain to get through the initial latch on}, I'd heard that a lot of women start drying up between 3-4 months when working . . . and it started to happen to me too. So I've been supplementing with fenugreek and have also enlisted on AJ's recommendation lactation cookies! This is my first week with the lactation cookies and the yeast definitely seems to be helping, even if the other ingredients are only additional calories to up my intake!

Keeping House: Now that Isaac is so much more animated, I just want to play with him all night . . . which means the house has seen better days!

13 comments:

kathleen said...

You can have a clean house later. Play with your baby now! ;-)

Julia said...

the whole breastfeeding while back to work thing stresses me out already. i figure i'm just going to have to play it by ear....but i didn't even think of running causing my supply to dry up. have i ever mentioned that i'm so glad you are documenting everything so well for us newbie pregnant ladies?

and i say let the housework go and play with isaac as much as possible:)

C said...

We all have battles sweetheat! You're not alone! Don't stress out about winning all of them. Especially cleaning.. time w/ the little man is more important!

Lisa said...

You are so vocalizing some of my concerns once this beautiful baby gets here. I will also be pumping and working and I cannot imagine the time and energy it will take. Also, as an avid exerciser like you, not being able to jump back into my "push it to the limit" regime will be difficult as well. Especially, when I'm sure I'll be so desperate to get back into pre-pregnancy shape. Sigh...

I've heard how easily things such as working out and calorie intake can affect your milk supply (my mom is a lactation consultant and a huge resource for me) and I'm sure it will be a battle for me as well. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Meredith said...

Your posts are all so helpful and honest. It's absolutely invaluable to me to be able to read some of this info in advance.

Still, I'm sorry that every day is a battle for you right now, and I continue to pray for you guys!

Mommyofone said...

hey there...go to www.kellymom.com. very useful resource for pumping mamas. my baby's 9 mos. and I've successfully pumped and worked up until this point in time :)

Q, La, and Gooner said...

YES, I am loving this stage! Gooner talks and talks and talks! It is so much fun.

AJ said...

Bah! You need to eat 300+ extra calories a day anyway. What's a cookie or two? It's for Isaac :)

Katie said...

I tried the Fenugreek and it didn't seem to do much. I was told that it really only works when women first start bf-ing and then you have to take about 18 a day. I was prescribed Reglan and it actually REALLY worked. You can just ask your OB for a prescription.

Good luck. You are doing great!!

Megan said...

Girl... I hear ya. It's hard. Pumping at work is the WORST... I am ready to give it up too, but at this point I have formed an attachment to Jaxon knowing that it's me when I'm nursing... that is the one thing that only I can do for him, and until I'm emotionally stable (kidding, sorta!) I am not ready to let it go. I am praying for you... you are doing GREAT.

Sarah said...

Sending happy thoughts and warm hugs!

ezza said...

clean houses are overrated!! have fun with isaac!

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