Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Elliana: 2 Weeks Old

How old is Elliana:
2 Weeks

How does Mom feel:
I have no many emotions and feelings swimming through my head most of the time.  I love staring at my precious little girl.  She's the most beautiful person I've ever seen.  Going through infertility treatment was exhausting in itself, but nothing could have prepared me for this.  It seems like I just shut my eyes and she's waking up to nurse again.  I get so upset at the littlest things and find myself in tears most of the time.  I've added Vitamin D to my morning vitamins and have been sitting outside at least 30 minutes each day.  I'm fairly certain that I'm dealing with Postpartum Depression (PPD) and will be meeting with Dr. McKenzie to talk about that on Wednesday.

I've still not gained back control of my bladder.  Kegel exercises are difficult to do when you can't feel anything in that general area.  I still do them daily in hopes of gaining control of those muscles again by 6wpp.

My episiotomy is healing nicely and the lochia has finally tapered off.  The superficial tear I posted about before is still very evident, but does not give me much pain unless I'm up and moving around for too long.  It's hard to remember that I just had a baby two weeks ago and I can't use all of my free time running around like Superwoman trying to get everything done by myself.  Thankfully my Mom reminded me of this last night.  It helped to hear it from her that everything I'm feeling is normal and no one will think anything less of me for sharing these feelings.

How does Dad feel-written by Sneakers himself:
Brandon is feeling pretty good. I knew that there would be a lot more demands/responsibilities placed on me, so I knew what to expect. That does not make the reality of it any less challenging. But I would not trade any of this for the world. I love my wife and daughter so much that the thought of taking care of them makes me proud.

Sleep for Mom:
What sleep?!?  I do NOT like nights anymore.  Between feedings and hot flashes I'd rather stay awake.  Just kidding!  I had to take our comforter off of the bed and replace it with a light quilt.  I sleep on top of a towel or I'd have to change our sheets every morning.  I've also done much better at staying awake during the nighttime feedings, but it's easy to fall asleep there at the end.

Sleep for Dad:
Thankfully Brandon's sleepwalking is getting better.  I don't think we've had any more episodes in the past few days.  He stayed up with her the other night so I could catch an hour of sleep in between feedings.  It's all just a big adjustment for the three of us.

Sleep for Elliana:
She has been a little more difficult this week for baby girl.  She gets gas and it makes her hurt.  We use the drops, but this stubborn little princess just won't burp sometimes.

Upcoming Appointments:
June 5- Postpartum appointment for Mommy 
June 24- 1 month appointment and vaccinations.

Funny Moments:
We lost the swaddle blanket!  We searched the entire house one evening.  Daddy looked in the closets, car, you name it.  It ended up being in the crib up under a new outfit we had received.  We have definitely got to buy another swaddle blanket for Miss Ellie since we only have one!

Pre-pregnancy weight:  123 lbs
Full term pregnancy weight:  162 lbs
Today's Weight:  136 lbs

My Postpartum Belly


  1. Just keep doing what you are, taking it day by day. You look really great and especially when holding Ellie.

  2. I love this :) She is beautiful!


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