Hi guys! Happy Friday from our lil’ Maunster (get it?! Our last name = Mauney), who is officially 3 weeks old today! Wow – her birth feels like so long ago in some ways and like just yesterday in others. <3
We have been experimenting with fun babywearing shirts this past week because even though she looks calm in that photo above, she only made it about 2 more minutes before she started crying – our little lady just LOVES to be held! Which is so sweet even though it’s hard to not be hands free basically ever. So, hence the kangaroo pouch shirt – check out this one I got Matt! It’s Lulababy brand and Riese really likes it! I have the tank top women’s version, too (runs small so order a size up). 🙂 It’s not skin-to-skin (the shirt is between you and baby), though, so I’m thinking of trying out some of the skin to skin ones… have any of you guys tried any other variations, like this one (for men) or this one (for women – although it says to keep your hand on baby so not really hands free)?
Anyway! We’ve been having lots of fun visitors this week. My friend Gretchen came by on Wednesday with lunch – yummy bowls from Cava!
Meeting our little lady <3
How cute is her 3 month old Penny?! Omg, those cheeks!!
Thank you so much for the visit and the food, Gretchen! Can’t wait for our girls to be besties. 🙂
Our second visitor this week was my friend Lisa, who came by yesterday with lunch (and dinner for later, too)! I could get used to this – we’ve been spoiled with all these kind food deliveries and visitors! She brought us food from Zoe’s Kitchen and I told her to just surprise us in terms of the selections. My lunch was a salmon pita and delicious!
Dinner was kabobs (chicken and salmon), brown rice, and roasted veggies – so good! Thank you Lisa!! I’ll have to remember this place for friends who have new babies – it was really good reheated and we have enough for another dinner tonight, too!
We also got a yummy soup + cornbread delivery this week from our friends Janice and Tom who live in Atlanta – thanks for thinking of us, guys! Soup really hits the spot right now with this cold weather!
In other news, we had Riese’s second pediatrician appointment earlier this week! I hate that we have to take her there when she’s so little (germs, ahhh – doesn’t it seem like they should have separate hours or home visits for newborns?! I was so stressed out while we were in the waiting area because there was a sick kid nearby). Next time I need to bring a cover for the car seat and keep it over her in the waiting area, I think… any other tips?
She’s back up well past birth weight (6 pounds 14 ounces as of Tuesday when she was 2.5 weeks – birth weight was 6 pounds 5 ounces!) now, which is awesome, especially since it’s hard to tell if she’s getting enough milk or not from my breastfeeding efforts!
They have a lactation consultant on staff at the pediatrician, which I love – we met with her and she said the reason our feeds are pretty long (sometimes up to 45 minutes or longer) right now is because she’s still latching on a bit too shallow so it takes her longer to get enough milk. That’s also why my breasts are still pretty sore. So, we are working on getting a deeper latch – she made it seem so easy while we were there but of course it’s hard to replicate at home! I’m also thinking of starting to pump a little soon so that we have some backup milk on hand for Matt or family to feed her if we are out. Any tips for how to get started with pumping in terms of best times to do it (I don’t really want to do it in the middle of the night – I’d rather just feed her myself since I have to be awake anyway then… but I was thinking maybe I’d pump the remaining milk she doesn’t eat after each feed during the day? I don’t know), storage tips, etc? I have zero clue what I’m doing obviously. (Side note: if you’re an expecting mama, one of the best tips I got (via Kylie!) was to apply to order a breast pump through Aeroflow. You put in your insurance info and they let you know what pumps you’re approved for (both free and “upgrade” options); you can order the pump directly though them, too. It’s insanely easy (took like 5 minutes and then they reach out with options within a day or two and all you do is select the one you want and you are done) – way easier than calling insurance and figuring it out through them. I got the spectra (the basic model since it was free with my insurance) – I’ve heard good things about it being the most comfortable option.)
I will leave you with a very exciting update: yesterday evening I had my first completely solo outing since before Riese was born!! The doctors told me not to drive for at least a couple weeks post-C section (basically until I could comfortably slam on the brakes if necessary), so this was my first time driving again too. I fed Riese and then raced off to get a massage (if you’re local, Ballston Therapeutic Massage is awesome and super affordable) while Matt was on dad duty. What a treat! Thank you, Matt!!
I told them I was a few weeks out from a C section and they had me on my side for the massage, which was good – my stomach is still pretty tender (above the incision actually is more tender than the incision – I guess since that’s where they pull/stitch on the inside), plus my breasts would probably explode if I were on my stomach right now. I finished the massage on my back, though, which was so nice – I love being able to comfortably lie on my back again and the leg and neck/upper back massage from that position feels so nice!
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you guys back here on Monday!