Hi guys! I hope you had a nice Valentine’s or Gal/Pal-entine’s Day! Ours looked a little different this year vs. previous years… 🙂 (Please ignore our hot mess of a couch in the background, lol… new parent life/the tidying struggle is real.)
In the past, when we didn’t go out for Valentine’s Day, Matt has usually made us some sort of epic feast at home, and he was talking about doing that this year, but it would have involved an evening grocery store trip, a decent amount of prep and clean up, etc. So I told him that what I’d rather do was take that time that he would have used at the store and prepping, and instead go on a nice family walk before it got dark out and then order delivery. 🙂 It actually ended up being perfect… easier logistically and more quality time together, too.
When we got back from our stroll it was getting dark out, and my mom stopped by with some Valentine’s gifts for us and for Riese! So sweet of her. We invited her to stay and enjoy some bubbly with us – pink, of course, for Valentine’s Day! This pink champagne was a gift from my college BFF Kris just before Riese was born and this was the perfect time to bust it out. In the research I’ve done, one glass of alcohol is fine with breastfeeding, so I’ve been sticking to just one, and I usually have it during or right after a feed so it has time to work itself through. This one was enjoyed during a feed – the last feed of the day, actually, so by the time she ate again in the early morning it was well out of my system.
When our dinner arrived (sushi via UberEats), my mom headed out and Matt and I settled in to enjoy it. Riese actually let us finish eating before melting down – quite nice of her!
We all ended up going to bed early – around 9 – with Riese, which was nice because it was a busy day yesterday! I met up with my friends Kathleen and Chelsea first thing for a workout, but we forgot to get a photo. I missed last week’s group workout (I was too tired to commit to a morning workout), but this week I was ready for it. Felt good to move, as always; the morning logistics were complicated and kind of annoying, but I made it work. Riese woke up around 4 to eat, so I fed her, and then I dozed a bit until 5:45 when I got up and pumped so I could leave a bottle just in case. This way I also wasn’t trying to work out with uncomfortably full boobs. I did some snacking while pumping – still enjoying the last of my Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies! They made a nice pre-workout snack – I think I had 3 of them.
In exciting news, Riese has started to sleep a lot longer now – she usually makes it from about 9 until 3 consistently now, and we’ve had a few nights where she has gone until 4 or 5 even. The only problem with this is that I wake up usually around 3 or 4 either way because my boobs are so uncomfortably full of milk. I’ve ended up getting up and pumping most nights – on the bright side, this is an easy way to build up my freezer stash quickly – but obviously on the downside, I’d like to actually get more unbroken sleep too. So… for my mama readers who breastfed, how did you handle the transition to your baby sleeping for longer stretches? Did you just let your body adjust? Or did you use it as time to build your freezer stash?
Anyway! When I got home from my workout shortly after 8 Riese was just about ready to eat and quickly getting hangry so I had time for a) food, or b) a shower. Clearly I went with food and never ended up making a shower happen yesterday… oh well. Thankfully it was a more strength-focused workout vs. cardio so I wasn’t really sweaty. Glam mom life over here. 😉
I went to my mom’s group late morning yesterday but didn’t have time for lunch with the ladies and babies afterward because we had a doctor’s appointment for Riese! Matt actually worked from home so he could take a couple hours off and come with us to the doctor in the afternoon, which was great to have him there. This appointment was to assess whether Riese has a tongue or lip tie that might be interfering with breastfeeding efficiently. (The lactation consultant I’ve been seeing referred us to them.) The doctor said her tongue has a tiny bit of a tie but likely not enough to do anything about (she referred us to another specialist to do some exercises to help with tongue/jaw strength since her suck isn’t quite as strong as it should be), but that she does have a lip tie that she would encourage us to have taken care of. Bummer… I was really hoping they would say everything was fine and send us on our way! We are leaning towards doing it (but not for a couple weeks because they wanted us to meet with the other specialist first to make sure she agreed on the tongue looking fine… so that way if we need to do both we could do them all at once), but I’d love to hear from those of you who did this procedure with your child – pros/cons/thoughts? Did it really make a difference with feeding? Was the recovery hard for the baby? It breaks my heart to think about her in pain, but obviously we want her to be able to eat well and gain the weight she needs to, both now and down the line, so… thoughts? (Also: hi to the blog reader we met at the doctor’s office! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to chat!)
I will leave you guys with my new favorite photo – I am officially obsessed with hooded sweaters with ears. So freaking cute!
Have a nice day guys!