I haven’t had much “spare” time recently. Just time. When I’m not feeding, burping, changing, dressing or holding the baby… I just sit down and try to not do anything. Sometimes I do things around the house, but I try not to push myself too much because I don’t want to get stressed out, and I can tell that I am on the edge of crazy right now.
Last night, at about 3 in the morning, I had spent 5 hours feeding, burping, changing, dressing and holding the baby. I knew she was exhausted, but she was swaddled, fed, clean, and… I had done everything I could think to do! her eyes drifted closed for the 100th time and I tried to set her down in the bassinet. I collapsed into bed, but 30 minutes later she was screaming again.
B-man got up and took her out into the living room, and that is where my memories end… because I was asleep.
At 9 am I woke up and took over. Despite several ounces of formula Ginny still alternated between light sleep and crying. It’s not painful crying, and she stops when we bounce and dance around, but we can only do that for long.
Thank goodness for this tag-teaming, but poor B-man then had to get up for work. At 9 I prescribed a nap and sent him to bed for a few hours.
In college I thought I knew what it meant to survive on no sleep. Ha!
So, in other news, once I get motivated enough to clean off the dining room table, I bought some fabric two weeks ago to take a stab at making baby clothes.
In general, Ginny is a good sleeper – but I think she may be going through a growth spurt… which would explain why she is hungry ALL the time and grumpy/not sleeping.
Oh yah – I had my 6 week post-natal appointment yesterday. It was a really short appointment. They weighed me, took my blood pressure, and then my doctor did a quick vaginal exam. Everything healed up nicely.
We had a conversation about birth control. I had been doing some research on my own. I decided to go with an IUD. The options are kind of limited while breastfeeding. My other option is the mini-pill, but it is very susceptible to human error. If you don’t take the pill at the same time every day, the effectiveness decreases significantly (while this is true for traditional BC pills, the mini-pill is even more exaggerated. If you miss a pill with traditional BC, you are more than likely still covered. If you are off by 6 hours with the mini pill, it won’t work). Since I’ve been known to miss pills before, I don’t think that something so fickle is the best choice for me. Before getting pregnant I used Ocella – a regular two hormone pill.
So are you a pill kind of person? I actually started taking BC to help with cramping, bad skin, and to make sure I could find a pill I was compatible with before getting married. Any one have any experience with Mirena/IUD?