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I'm still alive, although I'm entering zombie mode.
Josie and I are still doing well. Emily is still struggling a bit with the transition, but probably more so because of the other changes in the house. Jeff and I were gone for the weekend of Josie's birth and my parents stayed here with her. Then, Jeff was home for a week. My mom came up that weekend and was here for 2 weeks while Jeff was gone. Jeff just got back from 2 weeks of training in Alabama and my mom (who stayed with me while he was gone) has returned back to Florida. All the while, I was unable to comfort or pick her up. So there's been a lot of changes here and I think she's feeling a bit uncertain about who's here and whether or not they're staying.
I've gotten my staples out and I feel like things are back to normal. I can't believe it's only been 3 weeks and for the last 3-4 days I've been moving like normal. It's pretty amazing what the body can do.
I'm struggling a bit with the feeding and napping schedules. Josie takes a long time to nurse and then still gets a supplement of formula. It's really important to me that I breastfeed since pumping would be horribly impractical with Emily running amok. I really struggled with Emily and went to pumping about 4 or 5 days after she was born. After a month of pumping every 2-3 hours (even through the night to maintain supply), I gave up. I'm at te 3 week mark nursing Josie and she's doing great. The only thing is even after 45 minutes to an hour on each breast she's still hungry and often takes 4 oz of formula, so I know she needs some supplementing. She's so patient though.
It seems like just when I get Emily down for a nap, Josie wakes up to eat. By the time I nurse and bottle feed, Emily is back up and Josie is sleeping. When my mom was here, she'd bottle feed her after I finished nursing or take care of Emily while I napped. Not sure what I'm going to do when I'm home by myself this week.
Anyway, I just wanted to check in. I miss you girls and hope this schedule works itself out soon! Here are a few pics to hold you over.
Wife to sweet husband Jeff and mother to 2 beautiful girls: Emily (2) and Jocelyn (1).
omg gen she is just a little doll! Emily is just a sugarpie. I hope she adjusts a bit soon, its a hard thing to deal with. I feel terrible about jake having a hard time. Someone explained it to me in a good way which helped me understand how he was feeling.
Its like your husband bringing home a new woman and saying "i loved you so much i decided i would get a new wife. Now i want you to be nice to her and love her, and share all my time with her."
that wouldnt fly with me, but it helps me put jakes feelings in perspective. Hope it helps you a bit too hun!
You will do great with the two of them by yourself! Its so scary tho!