Billy is now 19 days old (wow) and our journey has been an absolute whirlwind. From breastfeeding to cloth diapering to sleep deprivation, we've had our share of ups and downs. I'll give you the last few weeks in a nutshell, then pounce into the goods.
Billy is a "lazy sucker" and chews... so (TMI) he kind of chewed my nipples off the first few weeks...and that left them as open, oozing, bloody little windows for infection. I also have very high fat milk (the lactation consultant jokes I make cream cheese, not milk) which means I am prone to plugged ducts. Plugged ducts + open, ouchie nips = Mastitis. Twice. Talk about a party.
We switched to cloth diapers on day 9, which happened to be the day I realized my nips were beyond repair and this breastfeeding thing wasn't going how I hoped it would (it's all good now, don't worry) so the stress of the swap left me in an emotional turmoil where I questioned if this is something we really should do after all.
After ten days of cloth diapers, I'm so glad we stuck with it. It's been an adjustment learning what folds work best for newborn poop, how to keep him from wetting through his diaper at night and which diapers work best when I will be out of the house for a few hours, but I don't regret our choice to use cloth diapers for a second now! The laundry is SO easy and with the sunny days we've had I have been able to hang everything outside on laundry days so our diapers have no stains! (That will continue to blow my mind...put them outside in the morning covered in poop stains, bring them inside after lunch and they're spotless)
Billy's days and nights swap back and forth, so some nights I get as much as 5 hours (not consecutive) of sleep, some nights I don't. It's amazing how well you learn to function as a mother with little to no sleep. As long as I can get a 45 min nap in every day I am in good shape...a longer nap is a real treat.
NOW... Onto the goods.
1. Breast Pump: I purchased a Medela pump from Target but quickly learned with Mastitis it's best to just have the hospital-grade pump. It's very affordable to rent for a month ($35/mo) and completely worth it! If you have a moment of concern in breastfeeding, see a lactation consultant immediately and rent a good pump!!
|Little pea in his crib.|
|Boys are awesome. So is Rock N' Play.|
4. Swaddle blankets of all weights: The weather in Chicagoland is....unpredictable. While it's May and it should be a beautiful 75º out, this month we have had our AC and heat on within 48 hours of one another. That said, we have learned to REALLY appreciate a broad range of swaddle blanket weights. Some nights he is stripped naked and swaddled in an aden + anais muslin and other times he is snuggled up in the softest minky we can find. They all come in handy!!