Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Postpartum and Mia: 1 Month Update

Recovery: By this point, I feel like I'm 95% recovered. I'm still spotting-ish- I have a bit of a discharge vs blood spotting. My sciatica pain comes only once in a while. My hemorrhoid is basically gone. One constant issue is my contracting uterus- it's a pain in my tush every dang day!

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is the same as it was in my four week update. Everything seems to be peachy!

Weight: I'm currently 129 lbs and still swollen. I can't believe I still can't wear my wedding ring! BUT, I am happy to finally be in my 120s- I'm halfway there!

Height/Weight: As of her last appointment, my little girl is 10 lbs 5 oz and 21-3/4 in long! WOW! What a JUMP for 8ish lbs and 21 in!!

Routine: We've definitely established a routine by this point. Little lamb was consistently going three hours between feeds. As such, I decided to tweak her feeding times to whatever suits us for whatever day. Sometimes our day starts at 7, 8 or 9!

Sleeping: Regardless of being put into bed at 10 or 11, Lamby consistently wakes up between 2:30-3:30 for her nightly feed then at 6:30-7:30 for her morning feed. So she gives us anywhere between 4-5 hour stretches of sleep late into the night and 3-4 hour stretches of sleep into the early morning before we all get up for our day between 8-9. In other words, nighttime is a dream! On the other hand, her naps... oh, boy! She still fights her naps and I'm still working on putting her to sleep without "crying it out." Also, she's only wicked between 5-9 once in a while.

Feeding: Mia nurses for 15 minutes or less for every single feed! Her pediatrician has reassured daddy and me that it's 100% ok, that Monster is probably a champ nurser. Ehh. My biggest worry is that she is getting full of foremilk and barely gets any hindmilk... I digress!

Sizes: Lamby is still in 0-3 months! She's also between sizes in diapers- going between N and 1 in Honest Co. (runs small), Babyganics (just right) and Earth's Best (runs large)!

Milestones: This little monster is so friggin' amazing. From a little tadpole that bursted out of me who spent her days sleeping and her nights going crazy, who fought her way to show me she's willing to work with me to nurse, who has impeccable motor and reflexes... to a "chubby" lamb who refuses to nap because she's enamored with God's world, who nurses like a champ so we can spend more time playing, talking, dancing and singing... Every day is exciting with something new to discover.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Postpartum and Mia: 4 Week Update

**Sorry for the lack of progress pictures! I've been keeping track of my stats... but it's hard to post online since Mia and I are still getting to know one another. With a schedule in tact, I hope to be able to post regularly.

Recovery: I can honestly say that I feel like I'm nearly back to my old self- a good 90%! I'm still spotting (changing a liner every 3-4 hours); I'm tearing at sentimental moments (like during scenes in Furious 7); I'm also still able to feel my uterus contracting- it friggin' hurts!

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is 90% better than previous weeks. I am so enthralled with our progress that I've ventured into other positions to aid in Mia's spit up problem (more social, than medical). I've enjoyed the Laid Back/Biological Position and prefer it over the Cradle and Football Holds.

Weight: 131.8 lbs! So I've lost 22 lbs overall, but still haven't completely lost all my water weight. Three weeks before (and at ~151 lbs) giving birth, I was still able to wear my size 4.5 wedding rings... I'm four weeks postpartum and still unable to put 'em on!

Height/Weight: Until we see Mia's doctor this coming Monday, her stats are the same! She's 21 in long and 8 lbs 9 oz.

Routine: For the most part, my little lamb feeds every three hours with cluster feeds to satiate her through the night (at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, 12am and 3am). Yes, it's extremely demanding... Now that Mia is a month old (on Saturday!) and the fact that she feeds at such predictable times, I'm slowly trying to implement the schedule per The Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford. I'll let you know how this goes next month.

Sleeping: This is our biggest caveat. Mia is the perfect little soul during the morning, early afternoon and very late evening into the night. Our #1 problem is between 5pm-9pm when she fights her sleep and therefore becomes overstimulated, overtired, extra irritable and unconsolable. We're working on it.

Feeding: Lamby feeds extremely well and has started to nurse more efficiently. Although the durations of the feeds are the same (10-15 minutes, then 5-10 minutes), I can feel the difference in my breasts- they feel emptier.

Sizes: Little one is still in size 0-3 month in clothing and is now in size 1s in Babyganics and Honest Co.

Milestones: She's extremely receptive to voices and those around her. Plus, her neck and head strength is impeccable! She'll head butt you like nobody's business! Her grasp is also better defined this week- she's got a good grip.

I'm excited to see how my little one grows this coming month. :)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Pure Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil can be found at specialty stores like ULTA and Sephora for $25. Per Sephora's website, "This double-duty formula can be used as both a deeply nourishing treatment that helps to repair split ends and environmental damage, and as a color protecting style primer. Made with strengthening organic bamboo and smoothing organic kendi oil, it banishes frizz and imparts intense shine while providing vital nutrients."

The packaging is very sleek and expensive-looking. I like that the bottle is transparent and looks natural. I also enjoy using the dropper as a method of application vs the spray mist variation (I don't recommend the latter if your hair is coarse). The product itself is, obviously, oil, but much thicker than the normal variety and colorless.

In its natural state, my hair is coarse, voluminous in all the wrong places and extremely wavy- very, very indicative of my Cambodian heritage. This product, in and of itself, is what I basically attribute my hair's shine and manageability. My hair is more apt to keep its straight appearance and holds the "look" I go for, for much longer. (I wash my hair, blow dry and style my hair with heat just twice a week! Oftentimes people see me with second or third day hair and NEVER know!)

When I wash my hair and immediately following my blow drying session, I always make sure to rub a quarter-sized dollop on my hair- concentrating on the ends and working my way up the shaft. To prevent buildup, I never, ever place any product on my scalp- when I place most products on my scalp, after 2-3 days, I'm left with a greasy head with absolutely no lift or volume.

  • You only need a dime-sized (if your hair is shoulder length) to a quarter-sized (if your hair is particularly long, mine is near the small of my back) dollop to coat your hair
  • Gives shine and helps tame hair
  • Depending on use, bottle lasts 6+ months
  • Dropper is user-friendly

  • Expensive
  • When you hit the bottom, it can be hard to get the last bit of oil
  • Can be hard to find if you're looking for it in-store

Would I repurchase this? YES! The bottle shown is my fourth of fifth bottle!

*FTC: I was not sent, sponsored, compensated or paid for this review. The links are NOT affiliate links.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Postpartum and Mia: 3 Week Update


Recovery: Recovery is perpetually better. Bleeding, cramps and aches have significantly lessened. Looking down to see if Mia is nursing correctly is hard work! I still have serious tension in my neck and shoulders. ... And my hemorrhoid is gone! YES! NO MORE HEMORRHOIDS!!!!

Breastfeeding: Overall, breastfeeding has turned its ugly head around and it's not SO bad anymore. My nipples are still sore (I've got a biter!) I've also got a pretty good supply (knock on wood) that's alleviated with nursing and pumping every few days. I've also found something that works better than Lanolin! If you're on the lookout for an organic, non-GMO, natural nipple cream, check out Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter Nursing Cream!

Weight: As of this morning, I check in at 134 lbs and have lost 20 lbs overall. I still have 22 lbs left before I get to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Height/Weight: Mia was excused from this week's weigh-in because she was gaining so well considering our history! As of last Wednesday, she is 8 lbs 9 oz and 19 1/2 in long!

Routine: My little girl still feeds every 3 hours during the day and I still cluster feed her every 2 hours from 5-11 so she wakes up once during the night.

Sleeping: For the most part, Mia sleeps really well for the majority of the day/night... She just has a period where she is awake until her next feed (I've tried to feed her during her fits and she just does NOT want any of it. :( )... I don't know how to entertain her, so she's fussy and irritable. It's horrible.

Feeding: She feeds for 10-15 min on the first breast and 5-10 min on the second. I don't think she's ever getting that fatty hind milk, but I digress. She gains weight well and is healthy overall.

Sizes: Newborn sized clothing and diapers are now getting a little tight... So we've started dressing her in more 0-3 months onesies. Once we're out of the Babyganics and Honest Co. newborn diapers, we're going to start using the Earth's Best, Babyganics and Honest Co. size 1 diapers I've stocked up on.

Milestones: She picks up her head and keeps it up for a good 10 seconds. It's amazing! She also gazes into the eyes of the person, or animal, directly in front of her. She also turns her head completely to someone she hears. She's growing so fast!

For the past few weeks, my little love muffin has been fighting off congestion with a stuffy nose. :( Poor thing is miserable as she can't breathe!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Postpartum and Mia: 2 Week Update

These were taken at 11pm. Sorry for poor lighting!!

Recovery: This week was SO much better than the first. The myriad of bleeding + stitches + hemorrhoids hath been hellish. Also, I was in constant pain the first week... and I refused to take anything but a concoction of Tylenol and Motrin. There's still a lot of discomfort to go around, but it's considerably much less than my first week. To boot, the beginning of this week was the first time I had to care for Mia by myself. The first evening was rough- I had my first bawl (this includes my pregnant and post-pregnant phases!). I was really overwhelmed with consoling Lamby while finishing up things I needed to get done. Looks like I have to make smaller goals.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding was still a challenge. It was so much so, I made an appointment to see the lactation consultant. I was given a lot of tips, but it was honestly not much different than what the LCs told me at the hospital. I guess I just have a biter. Also, my left breast was engorged, had clogged ducts... and it just HURT. So. Much. Pain!

Weight: 137 lbs! I've lost 16.4 lbs since the day I gave birth.

Height/Weight: Lamby is still 19 1/2 in long... and she's actually surpassed her birth weight! Exclusively breastfed infants don't usually regain their birth weight until three weeks' time, so the pediatrician (and I) was happily surprised. Instead of seeing the pediatrician again next week as per routine, our little family will see the pediatrician at Mia's one month appointment at the end of the month. Woo hoo!

Routine: Depending on Mia's cues, we've gotten adjusted to feeding every 2-3 hours. So for the most part, I feed her at 12am, 3am, 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm with a top off at 10:30pm in case she's fussy. Roughly 30-45 minutes after feeding, she usually poops so I (or Cristhian if he's out of work. He's really good with diaper changes!) will change her once she finishes her business. She'll then stay awake for the next 15-30 minutes and then fall back to Infant Slumberland. EXCEPT from 4:30-8:30/9, Mia will be awake... and it drives me nuts because I can't get anything done. Oh, well!

Sleeping: Overall, Lamby sleeps very well and mainly throughout the night (knock on some damn wood). It's awesome!

Feeding: Mia's been feeding for 10-15 minute increments every 2-3 hours... but because she's been gaining weight, I don't worry. I know she's going through a growth spurt soon so I'm just bracing for impact.

Sizes: Mia is still in newborn sized clothing with 0-3 fitting loosely. She's also in newborn sized diapers in Babyganics and Honest Co. The latter are fitting her better now that she's gained a good amount of weight.

Milestones: Lamby has great head and neck strength for a 1-2 week old infant. She's also started to "follow" voices and shadows when she's being talked to. And she's much more alert than she was last week! No more totally sleepy baby!

Happy (Belated) Easter!!

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