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My Mental Health:
What a roller coaster this month has been, I started off really well I was getting out of my postpartum depression phase, and then events occurred, which nearly sent me over the edge. Fortunately, I managed to make it through, and I am doing a lot better. My husband and I have been arguing a lot since the baby was born. We had not really noticed how distant we had become until the events of this past month blew over. As a result we are seeing one another in a whole new light. We have a greater appreciation for what the other does, and I feel we are now stronger for it. I still have low days, but hopefully with time those will past and become fewer and farther between.
How baby is doing?
6 months…wow time certainly does fly. My handsome baby boy almost needs a haircut. In addition, he is already 21 lbs no longer fits in his swing…and we are almost out of clothes that fit. He is currently wearing 12 month clothes at 6 months. He is a very healthy baby. He rolls around from front to back and back to front, he isn’t crawling yet, but he loves to stand assisted and to jump. We gave him his first taste of solids this month. Apple was his first solid food and he loved it. We have since tried banana, oatmeal, and pear. Well actually he stole my pear and started gnawing on it, but he still loved it all the same. The only thing he didn’t like was the banana, we have only tried it twice, but so far it is a no go. He still isn’t sleeping through the night, but he is handling nap time pretty well. We plan to move the baby into his own room in the next month, hopefully this will help him sleep since mom and dad won’t be able to wake him because we entered the room to go to bed ourselves.
He is still teething, and has learned how to squeal making it very difficult to tell whether he is hurting or happy. The crying is incredibly stressful. I just have to keep remembering “this too shall past.” His cold is also back and much worse this time around. I do hope the cold goes away soon, I hate listening to him cough.
Life as a breastfeeding mama:
Up until now I have had no issues with supply. With the craziness that occurred at my house most recently however my supply seriously dropped. For two days I wasn’t making enough milk to feed the baby luckily I had just enough in the freezer to make up for what I was short on. Now I am making only enough to feed the baby and not enough to pump, which is necessary in order to have milk for the sitter during my friends wedding in February. In order to fix my…what is for me a low supply I plan to make oatmeal and flax seed cookies and start pumping at least once or twice a day. The wedding is on the 21st of February and it will be the first time my husband and I leave the baby for any sort of an extended period. My husband is very nervous, because he hasn’t officially met the babysitter. She is my cousin and she is wonderful with the baby.
Biggest Lifesavers I have learned this month:
Tip#1 You never know what you can find at a pawn shop. I scored a Bob stroller the top of the line of strollers for just $20, typically used they go for around $300 and new around $800.
Tip#2 Facebook garage sale and trade sites are an excellent way to find stellar deals such as children stuffs including clothes, toys, cribs, and other assorted baby equipment.
Tip#3 Keep your confidence. No matter what it takes. I had the opportunity to walk in my husbands footsteps this month and boy does he do a lot for this family. It really helped me to realize that there is a lot I can do that I have not been doing.
Tip#4 Plastic baby spoons make the best teething rings.
Pumping for a night out
Sleep training (baby will be in his own room)
Solids feeding schedule