With some mamas life with a newborn is pure bliss. Baby comes out. No tearing. Quick recovery. Milk comes in on day two. Baby is a champ eater. Packs on the pounds. Sleeps long stretches at night. And before they know it they have a crawler.
Well life with a newborn has not all been unicorns and rainbows for us. This is our reality. Tore badly causing me to be put on couch rest (like bed rest) for two weeks pretty much. Baby lost over 14% in three days. Not gaining. Staph infection for me. Mastitis. Thrush for baby girl. Still not gaining weight. Strict scheduled feedings consisting of nursing, pumping, and formula every two hours round the clock. And that’s all before we hit two weeks old.
Then on day 16 a glimmer of hope. The lactation consultant put all the symptoms together and did a more thorough investigation after talking with our case with some other lactation consultants and realized baby has a class 4 posterior tongue tie. Procedure scheduled for four days later to get it fixed and then we have another two week wait before nursing should start getting better.
To say it’s been fun would be an understatement. Challenging. Exhausting. Emotional.
But I can finally see that we’re probably on the other side of this hill. Clara has now consistently gained weight at her last two weight checks and we’re hoping that just keeps going up. Her tongue tie procedure is Monday morning and then we have another weight check on Tuesday.
Please send up a prayer that little one continues to gain weight because this momma sure could use some motivation to keep on going with this 2 hour schedule.
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