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Friday, August 31

our first weeks with baby




Breastfeeding is a lot easier this week. 
The first week I was in complete agony. My breasts were engorged and nipples sore and cracked. Frank refused to feed from one of my breast,  it was SO painfully engorged, making it difficult for him to latch on no matter what we tried. I pumped...only able to express the smallest amount yet feeling like it was about to explode inside. No advice seemed to help. 
I walked around the house with breasts exposed... alternating between Motrin, gel pads and nipple cream. 
Oh, it was awful. Yet, I survived. 
And this week is so much easier and it seems Frank and I are finally learning to breastfeed. 

We have spent most of our first days together resting and feeding. I stare at him a lot, hold him close, look at his eyes, his toes, the facial expressions he makes...

A family of 5 has lots more going on than a family of 4... specially with a newborn. I'm so thankful for Kip, he has been mom and dad most days, preparing meals, shopping trips, running errands and taking care of me (bringing me my vitamins, water, making sure I have enough pillows when I breastfeed).  Audrey has been super helpful and loves to love on Frank whenever she gets a chance. Jeremiah is much more cool about having a newborn at home...yet is pretty quick to make sure everything is ok whenever he hears baby cry. 

The first two weeks have been a lot easier with visits from grandma stopping by to fill our crockpot with meats and veggies for us to have warm dinners in the evenings and friends who have dropped off salads, muffins, and dinners.  I seriously think a nights dinner is the best gift to give a family with a new baby at home. 

Today we are going out for lunch. Kip asked if I wanted to try....I think we'll be just fine...

Here's to a weekend filled with love and family....

12 comments:

MJ said...

Felicidades marcela!!

Ana said...

Reading your post about your breast was painful. Breast feeding was very difficult for me. Those first few weeks are not easy. You're children are so beautiful!

Michelle said...

Congratulations! I know all about breastfeeding woes, I actually just wrote a post about it. Hope the family settles in easily!

Michelle said...

Congratulations! I know all about breastfeeding woes, I actually just wrote a post about it. Hope the family settles in easily!

Stephanie said...

Oh, Marcela. I empathize w/ you about that initial breastfeeding pain. OUCH. It's like nothing else.

Kudos to you for pressing onward and over that obstacle - so proud of you.

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

Xenia G. said...

I'm glad you are feeling better! Frank is so adorable! Time flies by, Omar is already 4 months old and I'm wishing he was younger again lol

alldonemonkey.com said...

What sweet pictures! And although I had a fairly easy start with nursing my son, I remember that when my milk came in was sooooo uncomfortable, and I've heard it's even worse with successive children. Hang in there! You already got through the worst of it!

Dariela said...

Que emoción that you're having those experiences again but yet I remember the engorgement feeling and that's not exciting!! Glad that you are feeling better and its easier. At the end it goes by so quick and we all survive verdad!! Congrats again Marce for that beautiful baby!

Cristina-Colombiana en CA said...

Me alegra mucho ver estas fotos tan lindas y saber que ya vas recuperandote poco a poco.
El bebe esta divino!!

PeachPrenni said...

I know those early days with a newborn are tough! They are wonderful and precious but still exhausting. I admire you so much for breast feeding and sticking with it when it's tough. That was something I couldn't do. You are so strong and such an amazing mother! I wish I was there to bring you a meal. I love you.

Katie Bug said...

Whew Girl! There's nothing worse than the first week of breastfeeding. It was worse than having a c section!! So glad you and baby are doing well. Welcome home, little Frank!

Connie said...

He is just adorable!!! I am so happy for you what a true Blessing!!!! :)

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