1. keeping using my resources = midwives, doctors, internet, family
I can't believe February ends this week and Parker is 6 weeks old. The weeks just fly by! Parker came to my final postpartum appointment with my fantastic midwife, Mary. I am not sure if I have said enough wonderful things about these ladies on this blog, but they really are amazing. The midwives are part of a practice based in Novi called Metro Partners in Women's Health. They are so informative and caring. We are so blessed to have found them. Check out the little hat Mary gave Parker. It was so great to talk to Mary and her student about our thrush and questions I have about vaccines for Parker. Mary suggested this diaper rash cream by Motherlove. It isn't cheap, but I swear the rash was cleared up within hours and it is all natural :) . The weather has been pretty good (for winter in Michigan) and Park and I have taken a few walks around the block. Our BOB stroller is sweet! I still have not run, but plan to next week and am positive we will log many miles in the years to come.
After 6 weeks of being a mommy, thoght I would list 6 things that have taken me by surprise so far.....I am sure I can list more than 6, but let's start small :)
1. babies make weird noises. at least my boy does! grunting, squeeking, snorting, you name it he does it! especially at night or when he is trying to poop.
2. didn't even occur to me that we may get thrush...it was in all of the books from the hospital, but i didn't read everything. i swear you get like 100 pages of stuff about babies when they are born. now i realize we were more likely to get thrush because of all the antibiotics for my kidney infection. if i would have known i would have done more to prevent the flare-up.
3. breastfeeding is not always easy. OK, i was told this one, but i didn't believe it. i just figured it is what is supposed to happen so it just does, right? not always. we are getting better and the thrush isn't as bad. i have been crazy using the grapefruit seed extract and it seems to help.
4. flathead. i knew this was possible, but didn't realize i needed to be so proactive from the beginning about this one. park is kind of getting part of a flathead on one side because he loves to look to the right when he is sleeping. shayne and i try to turn his head to the left now to balance it out as much as possible. wish i would have been more on top of this from day 1. most resources i check say it will get better up once he starts sitting up
5. how much do i feed my baby? so i was told every 2-3 hours. ok fine, but how much? the first pediatrition told me 24oz....this advice is one of the many reasons why i had to switch pediatritions already. after much research online i found a few great resources and just like anything else with the human body, there is no exact amount to feed a baby. it depends on their weight and age and even then there is a range. this site it great and i trust the source.
6. you won't need wipes. we haven't used any wipes on the lil guy yet. instead we use a wet wash cloth. this is much cheaper and easier on the baby's bum. only downside is you will need to do lots of laundry, which i don't mind. i use baby detergent and a 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the washer and they come out clean and soft. i have also learned to keep a squirt bottle of water on the changing table instead of going to the sink every time. and i also found another great product by California Babies as well.