Well, it’s been just a little while 😉 but I am back. I took a break from writing for a bit as life became quite full. Full of wonderful things, but full nonetheless. In the past year I took on a few more hours at work, studied for and passed the IBLCE exam (becoming an IBCLC has been a passion of mine for years and I am so thankful for this), and finally and most importantly we gave birth to our second little boy!!! He was absolutely the highlight of 2015 for us! Last pregnancy I blogged pretty much every step of the way. This time around, I didn’t have nearly the time to do so but I wish I did because I was amazed at how very different each pregnancy can be. I want do a little re-cap blog post.
- Cravings: Little Jude man gave me quite different cravings this time (which is one of the reasons I was sure I was having a girl until our 20wk ultrasound!). All through the pregnancy I craved sour candy (the more sour the better!), berries and ice (sonic style crunchy ice… mmm).
- Exhaustion: My goodness, I thought I was tired last go around, but this time I was TIRED. Running after a 2 year old who doesn’t fully “get” the fact that you’re pregnant and working makes for one tired momma. Afternoons when I was home were filled with naps- both for Micah and for me. 😉
- Emotions: This pregnancy was a bit more emotional for me. To be real here there were a few times that I wondered what the outcome of the pregnancy would be. We had an event free pregnancy with Micah so I was not really prepared (how can you ever be?). But everything turned out fine. Jude is here and he is a gift that I will never take for granted.
- Growth: I will post a few photos below but I was getting congratulated by strangers on my bump by about 10 weeks. Seriously. And then people thought I was full term around 30 weeks. Nope people, I had ten more weeks to go. Those conversations got awkward. 😉 Second go around I guess you really do pop out quicker. And it didn’t help that I am all of 5ft 2. But honestly I was so appreciative of the little life inside of me that I promised myself I would appreciate my size and try to laugh off the “interesting” comments from strangers. Ha.
- Birth: We had quite a birth. Basically we delivered Jude by ourselves in our car on the way to the hospital. I could write an entire post about this, but since my sis-in-law (and our amazing birth photographer) captured it so beautifully and did a post on it, I will just direct you here!
- Breastfeeding: What a night and day situation compared to last go around! We are now several months into breastfeeding and things couldn’t be going better! He too was born with a tight upper frenulum along with a tongue tie (it looked even tighter than Micah’s!), but all of our doctors were very supportive of getting it taken care of. We were definitely struggling at first, but at about 30hrs old we took Jude to a local dentist who used a laser to release both frenulums. Since then it has been smooth sailing. I will likely write another post on this but for now I will just say- getting it done well and getting it done quickly was the key and it made all the difference!! If you live in Colorado and happen to have the same issue, feel free to contact me and I can give you a few referrals!
Here are a phew photos to play “catch-up” if you will… most of which were captured by my favorite photog 😉
Whew. That is a lot of life catch up. And I did all of that in 1 blog post! That’s huge for long-winded me! 😉 Stay tuned for more nutrition and breastfeeding related posts. I have several brewing in my head currently! Until next time!