Monday, February 12, 2007

A picture to tide you over...

...just for now. It will be a while before I can post the birth story or anything lengthy; things are a little emotional around here. Breastfeeding problems continue, I have very low supply (PCOS: the gift that keeps on giving!) and am pumping nonstop, but Bat Girl is getting most of her food from damn stinking formula right now, which as you can imagine makes me feel like complete shit and the worst mother in the world, especially when I'm hunched over the pump for the 8 millionth hour and my husband is sitting next to me feeding her a bottle and getting all the warm snuggles. But luckily she seems to be doing OK.

[picture deleted, sorry!]

P.S. I'll only be leaving this pic up for a day or two (privacy paranoia) so get your fill of the yummy goodness while you can.


Blogger YA said...

She is beautiful.

Things can get very emotional...

As for pumping do you have the eltrice one with the dual pump, I had to pump (every 3hrs for 20min) for my son for 5months and I got the pump-in-style off of the internet and it was a life savor. Oatmeal is good to help breast milk. Ther is also a pill that helps with breast milk.
Her having formula does not make you a bad mommy.

6:00 PM  
Blogger MoMo said...

OMG...She is beautiful!! Congratulations.

I have the same breastfeeding issues. Email me if you want if you just need someone to vent to or someone to listen. I am crossing my fingers that it gets better. Sending you a big hug!!

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same problem- CAH/PCOS- and felt like crap about it. I tried beer, Fenugreek and Mother's Milk tea and nothing really worked. If you want to discuss or need some empathy, you have my email.

She's beautiful.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Alexa said...

Oh, what a lovely, sweet, beautiful baby! I am sorry to hear about the breastfeeding issues. I wish I had something useful to say, but you have my sympathy.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous BrooklynGirl said...

She's gorgeous!

Cut yourself some slack on the breastfeeding. There's nothing wrong with formula.

7:28 PM  
Blogger keigm said...

My daughter (who also has a unicornuate uterus) was having trouble breastfeeding. He always pulled away and cried when she tried to feed him on the left side. It turned out that he had a sore neck from being so crowded in the uterus. This can be very common with unicornuate and multiple births. The doctor showed her some exercises to do with the baby and there were no more problems.

7:33 PM  
Blogger K77 said...

Oooh she's lovely. I'm sorry breastfeeding is a battle, it just doesn't end does it? The struggle didn't end with getting pg, nor with a healthy live birth, and now it still goes on. Oh to have a body that works properly. Your self-esteem must be taking a battering once again. Hopefully some of the usual supply remedies will work for you soon and you will finally be able to fully enjoy this.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Rachel Inbar said...

She's a beauty :-)

I'm sorry the breastfeeding's difficult and hope it gets easier.

Enjoy your cutie!!!

3:16 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

What a beautiful baby girl!

Have you been able to use a supplemental nursing system? She'd be getting formula while latching to the breast, which might help build your supply (the baby's a better "pump" than any electric one). If nothing else, you'd be getting warm snuggles from her! End of assvice. I know that this is not at all what you'd hoped for with regards to breastfeeding, but you're doing a fabulous job with her.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Mollywogger said...

Darling, darling girl. Look at all that hair! And those chubby cheeks!

You make 'em good, lady.

9:34 AM  
Blogger TeamWinks said...

Simply gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Robber Barren said...

She's just gorgeous! CONGRATULATIONS!

Best of luck with the pumping and breastfeeding. You are one terrific momma.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I can't believe you've made it over the finish line with such a healthy, beautiful girl. It's been a long road and you deserve to relax.

I'll be thinking good thoughts for you on the breastfeeding front. I'm due for my induction in 2 1/2 weeks and the PCOS should be fun to deal with.

Patience is a virtue but sometimes hard to muster. Take care and job well done!!!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Watson said...

Oh my! She is just beyond beautiful.

I thought I was refreshing like a mad woman but for some reason am only seeing the good news today.

Much love and congratulations to you -- I can't wait to hear more once things settle down a little more for you.

Take care!!

6:44 PM  
Anonymous ac said...

Absolutely adorable :)


10:18 PM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

Sorry I missed the pic (coming to you on the rec of Plain Jane Mom), but I'm sure she's adorable! I feel your pumping pain. Pumping sucks.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Congratulations! I missed the picture too, but it sounds like she's a cutie.

I too have PCOS, but had the opposite supply problem - way too much. Hang in there!

Best wishes!

2:41 PM  
Blogger MsPrufrock said...

I saw the picture earlier, but didn't have time to comment thanks to a demanding little she beast.

Bat Girl is gorgeous beyond words, and I can't tell you how pleased I am for you.

Regarding the supply issues, been there, done that. Thank you PCOS, you've been great. If you have any questions on pumping, supply, supplementing, cursing PCOS every waking moment of the day, let me know.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Kath said...

Dear Electriclady, a thousand congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! I saw the picture while I was on the trip, but Blogger wouldn't take my gushing comment. Anyway, I am so very happy for you!

9:39 AM  
Blogger kate said...

A huge congratulations to you and your husband! I'm so ecouraged by your story, even though you've had your share of stresses - I hope my crazy uterus will join the party some day soon too! Best of luck to you with your bf struggles!

10:37 AM  
Blogger kate said...

A huge congratulations to you and your husband! I'm so ecouraged by your story, even though you've had your share of stresses - I hope my crazy uterus will join the party some day soon too! Best of luck to you with your bf struggles!

10:37 AM  
Blogger ~M~ said...

Congratulations...she is so beautiful! I'm sure you are proud! I wish you the best of luck in this trying time.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Miss W said...

I missed the picture, but I'm sure she's gorgeous.

We had the horrid breastfeeding issues. Working with the LC we finally got him to latch (and before that used a nipple shield) such that at every feeding I would nurse for as long as he would do it, then I gave him the bottle and then I pumped. It took a long time (nearly an hour when he was eating every 3 hours), but it also allowed me to get some of the snuggly feeding time love instead of just watching Mr. W. I don't know what you're time constraints are with each feeding, but it may be something to try. You still won't feel good about the formula (I never did and he always needed it), but it makes it a bit better.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Jody said...

Congratulations on the birth!

Try not to beat yourself up about the pumping. PCOS-related supply issues are a bitch, but they can be overcome, and even if they aren't entirely, I had a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with all three of my breastmilk- and formula-fed babies.


9:37 AM  

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