My Family!!

My Family!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


WOW!! I thought time flew by prior to having a baby in the house, but it has just gone twice as fast now that miss Ava is here with us. I realized she will be 4 weeks old tomorrow! Hard to believe! I feel like we just brought her home last week.

We have settled into a pretty good routine, and have been very blessed. Other than the occasional fussy night, Foster and I are blessed with a content little girl. She will sleep about 3-4 hours between feedings at night. She wakes up once or twice a day for about 1-2 hours and makes faces at us and takes in the world around her. It is amazing how I can just sit here and watch her all day long!!! She is just so precious.

I am a little disappointed. My milk production is lagging. I have been on the phone on and off w/ the lactation specialist and doctor, trying different things (power pumping, upping my calorie intake and fluid intake, rest, skin time, etc.) and I just don't seem to be keeping up with the demand. I started FenuGreek yesterday, so hopefully this helps a little. I am still able to feed her 2/3 breast milk, but I have to supplement with a small amount of formula. If not, she is SCREAMING for more food in an hour or less. The hard part, is that she is not a crying baby, so when she DOES cry, there is something wrong. Usually she just whines a bit or makes her little coos and grunts and that is how we know she has a dirty diaper, is hungry, or wants attention...but if she CRIES...there is something wrong (gas, STILL hungry, etc). Breaks my heart!

As you can tell from prior posts, Ava has been busy getting her close up! I have also been back in the studio working with other families. Yeah, I know, I am only 4 weeks post-op, but I was ITCHING to get back behind the lens. I had a BLAST taking my friend's newborn son's photos, and because of my new found confidence, they came out AMAZING!!! If you want to see them, head to my facebook page! Make sure to "like" it, and send your friends and family to get their photos taken too:-)

So...that is what my life has been consisting of. How have you been?!?! I miss having the time to blog every day, but would not give up being a mom for ANYTHING. I will leave you with a few sweet pics of my baby girl.

HAHAHA I LOVE how she sleeps all stretched out...NOT the typical

loved her first bath

ahhhh man! cute!

look at the furrowed brows...can you see a resemblence?!? lol

sweet sleepy baby


Chantal said...

Time flies! I can't believe it's been 4 weeks already!

Anonymous said...

Just keep nursing her! :) Your milk supply WILL step up! Be confident at yourself! :)

Little Blessings said...

I am sure that you know this but it is not unusual for a baby to demand nurse many times an hour for a few days to build up your milk supply. It is the main way that it increases. So even though it seems pointless you may try and get her to latch even if only 30 minutes have gone by since the last nursing session. Somehow it tells your body to make more milk.

Glad to see that time with her is going well. She is such a cutie pie.

Priscilla said...

Crazy that she's already 4 weeks old! That cutie!!! I hope your milk supply builds up with the help of the FenuGreek. We tried everything, but by four weeks, I was completely dried up, so we had to resort to formula feeding 100%. My OB said it was most likely the crazy amounts of stress during my pregnancy -- I wouldn't doubt it. I was so bummed, but I suppose I couldn't do anything about it. Kudos to you for still being able to at least supple 2/3 of her meals! That's still AWESOME! :)

Mattie said...

She is just so precious!

Holly said...

Just a few tips! Eat oatmeal every morning for a little boost in your supply. Steel cut oats work best (and taste better IMO). Fenugreek and blessed thistle is supposed to work better together than just fenugreek alone. I have an extra bottle of blessed thistle if you want it!


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