The good news is that my breast is doing much better today. I’m still treating it until it’s completely healed, but it is feeling so much better already. I remembered last night that I have a rice heating pad, so I had Jody warm it up in the microwave for me and I used it a few times throughout the night. That helped a lot. The other news is that we are in the middle of a huge blizzard expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow (or more) by tomorrow evening. We already have at least 6 inches I would say and it’sRead More →

It seems I have either a plugged duct (or ducts) and/or mastitis. :( My left breast started hurting last night, and, despite having both Ava and Julian nurse on that side, it wasn’t any better this morning. I talked to my midwife today and she gave me a list of things to do to treat it – including WishGarden Mastitis Remedy – 4 droppersful every 2 hours, drinking Emer-gen-C – 3 times a day, and Echinacea tea (to boost my immune system) – 2 times per day, hot compress (with WishGarden Mastitis Poultice – optional) 4 times a day, as well as lots of rest.Read More →

These days I’m wishing I could clone myself – especially in the middle of the night when Ava wakes up upset and wants only mommy. It’s happened a few times in the last few nights and, thankfully, I’ve been able to lie in bed with her while she falls back asleep, without Julian needing me (i.e. my boobs). However, I’m sure a time will come when I need to be in two places (i.e. with her AND with Julian) at the same time. I’m sure having a clone would come in handy during the day too. The real me could spend time with the kids,Read More →

Three new pics of the boy at 20 days old – taken 12/13/06. We get our family pics on DVD back from the photographer on Sunday. She said she’s very pleased with how they turned out. I can’t wait to see them! I decided to mail Julian’s birth announcements out with our Christmas cards this year (saves stamps!). I finished designing the announcement last night and am quite happy with it. :) I’ll probably share it here once I get them mailed out. I think I already mentioned this, but I’m waiting on our family pics before I design our Christmas cards, so they willRead More →

My parents from MI arrived on Sunday and are staying with us for the next several days. Ava is eating up all the attention and enjoying all the books grandma and grandpa are reading to her, as well as the outings they’ve been going on – to the park, library, and museum (for arts and crafts) so far. I’ve been enjoying the help with house and yard work and appreciate that Ava is having lots of fun. Julian and I have mostly been staying home, hanging out. I did venture out with just Ava yesterday to go to Vitamin Cottage to pick up a fewRead More →

Julian had his first venture outside the house yesterday – which also happened to be my first venture out of the house postpartum. It was a gorgeous day, so we took a walk to the park as a family. :) He slept the whole time and was nice and cozy in the Moby Wrap, which I have to say is damn comfortable. I’m currently borrowing one from the “carrier library” of the AP group I belong to, but I’m going to be buying my own soon. I really like it. :) Julian in the Moby with mommy: Sliding fun!: Julian and I had our 2-weekRead More →