How gorgeous is our beautiful girl? Well what a whirlwind month it has been! We have been through reflux, but thankfully have gotten on top of it with a visit to the GP who recommended Gaviscon – what a different baby it made her. She was throwing up 6 or 7 times with each feed and now it’s just a little one here and there – she’s much happier. Boy is she growing – she’s put on almost a kilo in 4 weeks.
She is giving us some gorgeous smiles now which is so awesome to see. I’m still breastfeeding, which I love, but because of my work committments I cannot commit to breastfeeding full time and we are also topping up with formula, but this works for all of us. She sleeps for up to 6.5 hours at night which is great so we are not doing too badly on the sleep front. We do have some issues every 1-2 days with a big unsettled period where she just grizzles for hours and won’t sleep. Yesterday it took us 7 hours to get her to sleep properly! At times like that things get a bit difficult but we are learning to cope! I’m one who gets a bit distressed when she cries – I hate letting her cry but sometimes we have to do that. We have found she LOVES bouncing on the fit ball and if she is upset we do this and instantly she goes to sleep. When I hold her in front of me she just stares into my face like she’s in a trance!
We visited the maternal and child health nurse today and she was weighed and measured. She’s doing well. She does have a bit of a pointy head due to her preference to laying on one side of her head so we have to start trying to rectify that. Don’t want a pointy headed baby
She also had to have a blood test today and she was so good. We haven’t taken her in the pram much, still a bit young for that and plus it’s either raining or hot as, so it hasn’t been ideal.
I went to the gym – once I just had the urge, but I am not seriously getting back into it until we arrange child care and I get some form of routine back. I’m working on a major project at the moment and so my priority, after bub, is getting that completed. I don’t want to take on too much and cause myself too much stress so training can wait a bit. After all, it’s only been 4 weeks. I have lost all but just under 4kg of my pregnancy weight – so about 12kg. I’m just starting to fit back into some of my regular clothes but I still like the maternity jeans – so comfy!
I had to go back to hospital and have surgery for ‘retained products’ – some left over placenta. So that was a bit unexpected and put a spanner in the works for awhile. I was in for 2 nights and had to go through the emergency department which was such a pain in the butt. I couldn’t believe how many forms I had to fill in and questions I had to answer! Even laying on the operating table while the anaethetist (sp?) was jabbing my hand, I was given a piece of paper to read and sign! I’m like, “umm I’m not really taking anything in here!”. I was asked about 10 times ‘and tell us in your own words what you are having done today’. I can only but imagine how all that came about – people having the wrong surgery performed on them!
I can’t tell you how much love you feel for your own child, it’s amazing and I get tears in my eyes thinking about it. You just want to protect them and give them everything you have. The birth was a little difficult and poor little Kyah was distressed inside and so they had to use the vaccum to deliver her. Her heart rate had dropped significantly and when she came out she was quite limp and stunned. They had to give her oxygen and perform chest compressions on her Her apgar score was only 3 at one minute, 6 at 5 minutes and 9 at ten minutes so thankfully she responded well. Poor little bubba. But all turned out well. They even hit the emergency alarm when she came out and people came running in everywhere. That was more scary for Damien than me because I was a bit out of it after 19 hours of labour and being severely dehydrated (vomiting throughout!) and also had a fever. I was kept on a drip for 2 hours after the birth. As for the pain – well what can I say. I have never felt that sort of pain before, seriously you cannot describe the pain of contractions! The actual crowning of the baby and coming out was nothing compared to that. But, funnily enough, I’ve forgotten how bad it was already
So that is my whirlwind update Thank you so much to everyone – I can’t believe the generosity and support that people have shown. Kyah has some lovely little outfits to wear for quite a while into the future now!
I’m still unable to answer a lot of my personal email, I simply don’t have the time but I read everything and appreciate it, as well as the advice I’ve received, and I know you will understand! You’re all just awesome. xxx