Thursday, February 12, 2009

Life...

Well, so much going on here! Firstly, Elyana is back to being a little angel! I appreciate the comments, and just so you all know, both Jonathan and I really do know our daughter's cries and she really was just throwing a type of fit. I know she's young, but the thing is she almost never cries. Fusses? A little. But only for a reason. In fact, Jonathan's family had been here over 24 hours when they finally heard her actually cry (it was because she had the hiccups, which she dislikes). His mom made a comment that she was glad to hear her cry, just to know she would/could! :) We only put her down once all her needs (food, diaper, cuddling, warmth) were taken care of, and we knew she was crying about being held because as soon as Jonathan or I would get her, she'd stop instantly. We only did this 2-3 times anyway, and after my experience with the swaddling her, we made sure she had something to comfort her while she was fussing (using the 5 S's as a guide, as they fit Elyana to a "t"). Anyway, she's my little angel now. But we learned she loooooves white noise: hair dryer, shower, rain. It's adorable, and almost like a "switch" where as soon as she hears it, she perks up and looks all content! It makse my getting ready in the morning much easier!

The realy sad news? Jonathan left this morning! *tears up* These separationns are so very hard on us!!! Seriously, last night we decided to go out to dinner before he left, so we went Japanese for sushi (my first time in 9 months). And both of us were so upset about leaving each other, that we could not eat a thing and we felt really ill. We just packed it up and brought it home, and just spent the evening in one another's arms. We weren't much better this morning. And it's only 15 days apart!!! But we both agree we hope we always hate being separated so much. At least we'll have webcamming and phone calls! It made it hard on Jonathan too to say goodbye to his little girl as well...

So it's just baby and me for a few days, until my lovely sister Karen and her girls come visit!!! They'll be here Sunday or Monday, and I cannot wait. Her girls are beside themselves with excitement to meet little "Elyana Ruth" as they always call her. The like to listen to her coo or fuss when Karen and I talk on speaker phone. :) We had SUCH a great time last year when they visited, so that's my bright spot to look forward to!

And on a happy note, my Bum Genius diapers arrived! They are washing as we speak, so I can start Elyana on them later. I tried them on at the smallest setting (they have 3 settings, hence the one-size-fits-all) and they fit her pretty well. And the great thing? No huge baby butt! They fit almost as small as a disposable, so Elyana will still look cute in all her little outfits! I had to wait for her to outgrow the newborn size diapers, since she really needs to be about 9lbs to fit BG's. They come in the cutest colors too! I only bought 1 pink one, though, sticking to the more neutral colors (greens, blues, yellows) so if we have a boy I can use them too, and get my full investment out of them.

I had more to say, but I need to go put those diapers in the dryer! And kiss on my little girl!

---Update--- Oh yeah, I've got my first breast infection. I was slow in putting all the pieces together that that's what was going on. Pretty painful. Taking all the usual remedies (nursing as frequently as possible, pumping until empty, warm compress, warm bath, aspirin for pain relief). Any other advice is appreciated! (And I gave it to myself... I waited too long to nurse last night, as I was really distraught about Jonathan leaving and so I let the baby sleep too long. Lesson learned!)

6 comments:

Susannah Forshey said...

The breast infections are usually pretty short-lived, but you can take garlic pills to help it along. They were the thing that finally bumped mine over the edge. The compresses and other tactile methods were way too painful for me, I had to do something that didn't actually *touch* my boobs!

I am SOOO interested in the cloth diapers you found!!! WOW, I'm so going to use those next baby! I think the reason I opted out of even thinking about cloth diapers for this one was memories (horrible ones) of siblings' soggy, mushy cloth diapers, rusty pins, leaks, and the ever-present ammonia smell in the nursery! I just didn't want that unpleasantness. But THESE sound totally awesome! I should've assumed that they'd' improved on the original cloth diaper! Let me know how they work out for you guys!

Lindsay said...

Hmmm, I've never used cloth before and I've mostly heard stories about really stinky laundry rooms:) But let me know how you like them. And send a pic some time.
I got an infection with each of the girls, both mastitis and yeast. It probably wasn't just the one time going a little long. Just keep a check on it cause if it's mastitis I thought you needed antibiotics. It really helped me both times after a few hours of having the meds in my body. I know it's no fun.

Anne said...

Hey Denise! I've been so glad to read about your wonderful first days of motherhood:) Elyana is just precious

I just wanted to second what Lindsay said about antibiotics. I had mastitis 3 times in the first 6 weeks after Kate was born (no electric pump and way more milk then the little tiny could consume was the problem.) I got flu like symptoms each time. If you should start to run a fever then antibiotics are probably necessary. I hope it clears up quickly for you! I know it's no fun:(

Emily said...

BumGenius diapers are amazing! I am actually going to be registering for them. I have several friends that use them and love them. I especially like how the 3.0s fit such a wide range of sizes! Did you know that Target sells them- online only, of course.

I'm glad Elyana is back to her sweet self! I am really looking forward to meeting her. I am sorry I have been so slow in making it over, but between work, taking care of the dogs, and being so sick and tired, every extra thing seems overwhelming right now! Sometimes it's really hard being by myself all the time (since Brett is only here Friday-Monday morning). But I promise that I will make it over ASAP!

Claudia said...

Wow, I am learning sooo much from reading your blog :-) I tell you, nobody can completely prepare you for motherhood!

Bum Genius diapers, who knew!

Anonymous said...

Hey Denise...I know I've never had a baby before but thought I'd weigh in on the mastitis. Go get a head of cabbage and take the green outter leaves and line your bra with them. Then change them out once they're wilted (or they'll start to stink) Keep cabbage on hand and use it at the first signs of inflammation. Its an old homeopathic remedy but doctors swear by it. Hope you feel better soon!!! -Eleanor