Wednesday, 16 May 2018

#2 Postpartum Update: 6 months.

I am 6 months postpartum,

Mentally: I am in a very good place. I 100% believe being on the verge of postpartum depression was because of the weather. It effects me a lot & being cooped inside didn't help. Once I started getting out & meeting with other moms for coffee etc my mental health went from me thinking "how am I going to get out of this.." to no depression, no anxiety. However, 5 months postpartum I had a terrible bout of health anxiety for about 2.5 weeks. It was debilitating. I only have "flare ups" once a year now of health anxiety where I drive myself coocoo and thinking I'm going to die. I hate that the brain is so powerful sometimes! It all kind of started when I lost weight past 160lbs. I was so use to being at that weight that being less scared me. I guess you could say it was a type of body dysmorphia? I am now 145lbs & currently embracing it. I eat a lot during the day because going under 145lbs would rock me a little mentally. I like being 145 & I rather gain muscle back than lose any more weight. I fit into jeans I bought 5 years ago because I said to myself I would one day wear them.. I remember specifically!

I have lots of energy & look forward to going out in the sun every day! Sometimes if it's mid day and I haven't been outside, I will just get going after Lucas's 2nd nap and we will go for a stroll so I get that fresh air & kind of like a breather. We are currently living in a basement suite and with the warmth, being crowded because we have grown out of our space it gets me stressed out pretty quickly! I am a organized person, I love everything somewhat having a place. My husband really needs his own office for all his computer stuff.. It drives me bonkers!

All in all I am doing a lot better since my last update.  You can read that here. If you read my last update you will know that I was in the middle of dealing with doctors over my tear from birth. I can thankfully say after waiting a couple of more months my body has healed its self. It just need a little more time! So I no longer need surgery to have a revision of my tear! Thank goodness! I am also still exclusively pumping & the dreaded period has returned. Although who know's if it's consistently back! My supply took a small dip but it's fine. I went from pumping every 5-6 hours now pumping every 4 hours again to just have my supply still "up there" so I can still donate some to baby Henry.

Now on to Lucas! 

Lucas: My little (Big) Lucas has been on a roll! He is now rolling from front to back, back to front. It actually happened on the day he turned 6 months! He's also started puree's. He absolutely hates textured foods and will gag until he throws up.. I've come to the conclusion that he needs to be fed in the bath tub if we try new foods and he doesn't like it.. That way it is a much easier clean up! (Totally will not happen, don't worry). At 5 months Luke got his first cold and was a champ! He ended up getting into the habit of waking up around 3-4am but thankfully it was a phase and now he is sleeping from 8pm - 8am again! HALLELUJAH. I had a small bout of remember what it was like when he was a newborn... I was barley functioning myself!
Lucas smiles, laughs, screeches, makes all sorts of silly noises and self soothes with his thumb. He's at the point of putting everything in his mouth & babbling. When you tell him "no" he smiles and thinks it's funny. Yay (sarcasm)
He weighs 23lbs & loves to stand assisted. He gets upset if he doesn't sometimes so that's an indication that he is strong enough to do so. 


Monday, 7 May 2018

Nursing Journey Ended Too Soon

My nursing journey started off strong but ended around 2 months, I have another blog post here, if you want to check it out! Please note that I am creating this blog post as a paid ambassador with Philips Avent & PTPA. All opinions are my own & I only work with companies I genuinely love or have used prior to being contacted. During our short breast feeding journey I was feeling extremely annoyed because I felt like I was doing everything in my power to keep breast feeding but we kept running into issues. Over supply, suspected tongue/lip tie, poor latch, insanely sore nipples, you name it. I made an appointment with a lactation consultant and it was helpful but I felt as if I was having more issues because my breasts are pretty big.. I was regulating my supply & ended up with mastitis, then blocks ducts, milk blisters.. I didn't really catch a break! I was becoming super emotional. I just wanted to breastfeed my child. IT IS HARD. Don't beat yourself up.

Once I decided to stop breastfeeding I was pumping exclusively. We naturally gravitated towards Philips AVENT brand and picked up some of their Natural Glass Bottles and also have their Anti-ColicBottles with AirFree Vent. Luke took the glass bottles no issues but he was spitting up often. We thought it was normal because you always here about babies spitting up! Once we started using the anti-colic bottles we saw a tremendous difference in the volume of spit up. Significantly less frequent! The AirFree vent was designed for less air ingestion and was clinically proven to reduce colic, fussiness because the nipple of the bottle stays full of milk while the bubbles flow up through the vent! 

Lucas loves the Anti-Colic Bottles because he likes to hold them himself. He always grabs onto the bottle unlike the glass ones we sometimes use. I was happy to know that these bottles are BPA free so I feel comfortable using them to feed Luke. They're also leak-free because of the design, being wide neck with rounded corners which also makes it extremely easy to clean.

Using bottles to feed my child has been a breath of fresh air seeing as my husband can do bedtime routine or get up for a night feed if Lucas wakes. It's given me a little freedom. Fed is best. The fact that these bottles are Parent Tested Parent Approved has given Philips AVENT Anti-Colic Bottles the Seal of Approval to build trust & advocacy among new parents & the parental community makes me feel goof about my choices! It's also nice when the grandparents can bond with Lucas while feeding him. Lucas loves eye contact while drinking his milk. He's the light of our lives & bottle feeding him never diminished the bond we had while feeding time. That was my biggest fear, greatest sadness while making the choice to stop breastfeeding. I know I am still giving him the most nutrition just not straight from the breast!

Well, now Lucas has woken from his nap! He stares up at the baby camera then sucks on his thumb until I go and pick him up! Perfect timing as I finish up this update/review!
I hope you enjoyed it and if you are looking for the perfect bottle. I believe you've found it within this post. 

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Media Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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