Wednesday, December 31, 2008

One Year Ago Today

We heard Lily's heartbeat! It was New Year's Eve 2007.

I still remember every detail of that day. It was amazing, there really was a baby inside of me, all 12 pregnancy tests were right! Chris said it sounded like a freight train, and I was just in awe.

We had no idea if we would be having a boy or girl, or what big surprises would be in store for us in 2008. And we were very confident that we were having a July baby and we both thought I would go past my due date, boy, were we wrong!

It is so amazing how much has happened in a year and how things turned out so different than what we thought. We were truely blessed in 2008! Best Blogger Tips

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More Chrstmas with Family

Lily and Uncle Jeff

Corrie and Lily

Aunt Cindy and Lily

Lily and Aunt Vicki

Billie, Me, Lily, Corrie, Tiff and Baby A

Lily and Mason with GG R Bow
(that's short for Great Grandma Rainbow)

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lily's First Christmas

The cutest present ever!

Lily loves her new exersaucer

Lily's new chair from grandma

All Lily's presents

Grandma had a cold and didn't want Lily to get RSV :(

Fat Brain toys from Auntie Lisa

Aunt Roxanne, Lily and Mason

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

7 months old

I don't even know where to begin with updates.....I am going to start my bragging...

She is 12 pounds 6 ounces and 24.75 inches!!!!

She is still sleeping through the night 11-12 hours (amen, we know we got really lucky with her sleeping).

She is cruising through solids and loving them. She now has them 3 times/day and also has started on some graduates snack foods.

She has 2 out of 5 RSV shots done already this cold season, and "knock on wood" she has yet to get a cold. We keep her little nostrils suctioned out and put her humidifier on each night. We are trying to be extra careful.

She is still getting breastmilk, but now only twice a day (I will go into my drop in breastmilk in another post, don't get me started), in addition to a nursing session after work. I am still pumping as much as I can and plan to for as long as my body will produce milk.

On Thanksgiving Lily decided to start rolling from back to tummy!

She is getting up on those arms during tummy time and is trying to "move", mostly she just goes in a circle with her tummy as the pivot point - too funny!

She has found her feet! She grabs them now when we change her and would probably like to put them in her mouth, which is where she likes to put everything these days.

I think she might be starting to teeth, her hands are constantly in her mouth and she is drooling a lot, but not that fussy....could we really be that lucky (I don't want to jinx anything).

She is ready for Christmas and celebrated her first Thanksgiving and St. Nick's.

We are soooo busy, but are having so much fun watching our little girl grow so fast - it's amazing!
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Breastfeeding, Pumping and Storing...oh my!

Breastfeeding, pumping and storing is soooo time consuming, some may ask, why not just stop?....because it makes me feel so good to be able to provide for Lily and I am hoping to make it as long as I can before going to full formula.

I don't think people every talk about how difficult it can sometimes be for a mother to nurse her own child. It is assumed that it is natural and "just happens", when in reality, it can sometimes be very difficult and is a lot of work, not only for a preemie, but fullterm babies as well.

Breastfeeding (or even beginning to bottle feed) a preemie will teach any mother patience....and boy have I learned it over the last 7 months.

As many of you know, because of Lily's prematurity and inability to suck, swallow and breath, she was not able to go to breast until the middle of June. Even when she did go to breast she would take a couple of sucks and then be plumb-tuckered out, and it was very painful because she wasn't latching on very good. I would describe it as stabbing pain, not really the peaceful type of breastfeed that I was envisioning.

I was also not able to do back-to-back breastfeeds because we were working on getting her to gain weight and doing back-to-back breastfeeds would burn more calories then she would actually take in. I had to use a nipple shield because of her immature mouth and jaw and it was such a pain. I felt like giving up sooo many times, I cried almost every day about it and so did Lily when we couldn't get it. It was stressful, overwhelming and many days I felt like a complete failure.

So, breastfeeding isn't always so natural and it can be time-consuming and a lot of work, and I understand completely why a woman wouldn't do it.

But I did stick with it, afterall there were so many things that I wasn't able to do for my own baby in the beginning, I truely felt like this was maybe the one thing that I did have control over and could do. FINALLY we were breastfeeding full blown at the end of August, I almost couldn't believe it and I was so happy and proud, it was one week before I went back to work, that's all the time I had which was so sad.

So, until then I was pumping and storing (and my whole basement freezer was full of frozen milk).

Why I am I telling you all of this? Well, because of all of these things I didn't have a very big supply. Never really thought it was going to be an issue because of all of the frozen stuff we had. Well when Lily did start to eat...boy, did she start to eat, and even though I was continuing to pump and store, we blew through everything and I am down to about 15-20 bags of frozen milk.

So I have been desperately trying to get my milk up...where to begin?
I "put-in lots of orders"
I take about 6-8 Fenugreek pills/day
I eat oatmeal often
I drink lots of water
have stopped taking my B6 vitamin
drink 3 cups of Mother's Nursing Tea/day
wake up at 5:00 a.m. to get 2 pumps in before going to work
pump at work
pump when I get home at least twice in addition to nursing Lily

Oh, and my latest has been drinking a bottle of Guiness each night, probably exciting for some people, but dark beer does not taste good to me at all.....all of this to try and grasp at ounces of milk - I will not give up!

If anyone has any other advice or things they have heard of that help with supply, bring it on!
I am willing to try anything, I want to try and make it as far into this cold season giving her my milk so she will have the best immunities to fight any colds she may get. And besides, what would it take to just add one more thing to the list?

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Lily's First St. Nicks

I'm so scared of all these St. Nick's presents

99% Nice 1% Naughty

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Picture with Santa

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cookie Day

Mason and Lily

Lily in her apron

Lily on a cake pedestal

Mason and Billie

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Black Friday

Out shopping at 7:00 a.m. - Lily really liked her first Black Friday experience

A quick Thanksgiving visit to the NICU, to let them know how thankful we are for all of them...and we get to see Jodie (cherry on top!)

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Lily's First Thanksgiving

Headed out for a big day

Aunt Donna, Lily and Aunt Diane

Lily and Grandpa

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Lily and Auntie Billie

Mommy and Lily

Lily on the Turkey platter

Lily is as big as the turkey

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Bay Shore Town Center Tree Lighting

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