Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Growth Spurt and Backsliding

I think I have read that around 3 weeks babies go through a growth spurt.  I definitely think Lincoln is.  He is eating more frequently and is having an even harder time staying awake for his feedings.  It's pretty rough mostly during the day.  He does well at night time and sleeps about 2- 2 1/2 hours between feedings.  I let him wake up on his own though.  I never wake him up.  Not yet anyways.

Lincoln will be a whole month old tomorrow. I'm so glad.  I feel like it's that much closer to us getting more sleep at night.  My husband Jordan could back me up on this- I was a cranky pants if I didn't get sleep before Lincoln came along.  Now, I have even less sleep... so you can imagine some days I'm really not a joy to be around.  Especially this morning!

I woke up to feed him and like usual, if he ever breaks the latch for whatever reason is ailing him at the moment (usually gas or poop) I leak ALL over the place.  I'm talking- all over me, him, the rocking chair, EVERYTHING.  I'm not a happy camper at this point...and of course neither is he because he has a hard time latching on again since my leaking causes my boob to be all slippery.  It's neither his nor my fault for the situation.  I have to constantly remind myself that when he is cranky and crying.  However, it still frustrates me.  After the 30-45 minute feeding is over, I have 2 options. I can change his and my clothes or we can just stink like breast milk all day.  I don't like the latter option so I change our clothes...which adds another 10 minutes to the already long feeding session.

On top of him detaching from my boob, he isn't gentle about it-mainly because he does it out of frustration from his problems...therefore, now my..ahem...nipples are hurting like nobody's business and I cringe at the thought of the next feeding.

Oh motherhood...who knew, when people praise women for being mothers, it's for GOOD reason!!!  This stuff is rough.  ROUGH I TELL YOU!


  1. The sore nipples get better pretty quickly. Hang on!!!

  2. It is so hard! I used to sing the national anthem for that 5-10 seconds of absolute pain when they latched on. I don't know why, but that is what always popped into my head. Maybe because I wanted to scream when it came to the "oh say can you SEE!" part. The things no one really warns you about. It does go away and I hear great things about nipple shields but haven't tried one yet. Dream of better days!