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. :)



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