Thursday, April 05, 2007

A couple things

• I forgot to mention, a couple of weeks ago I went on the minipill. (After repeatedly asking TheGoodDoc and Dr. G, "You're sure this won't decrease my milk supply?", oh, about a million times.) Not that we've had sex yet--frankly, I have never been less sexy in my life. I'm tired all the time, I'm flabby and stretched out in all the wrong places, I'm lucky if I manage to brush my teeth once a day, my boobs ooze milk 24/7, my nipples are like torpedos, and I have a mysterious rash on my breasts that please god let it just be irritation from my breast pump and not thrush because I can't take one more breast-related problem. That said, I decided to get very proactive about birth control. I know, HAHAHAHA, right? When I started TTC, I figured I wouldn't go back on birth control again until I was totally done having babies (or done trying, anyway), because, hello, infertile. But after that humdinger of a pregnancy, I do NOT want to get pregnant again for at least another year and a half. I love my sweet little baby so much it hurts, and it's just possible I may want to have another, someday (we'd always wanted two). But I owe it to her not to risk getting pregnant and put on bedrest again so soon. And TheGoodDoc claims it may be a lot easier for me to get pregnant a second time. I would have scoffed, but after all those surprise natural pregnancies after IVF we've seen lately, I'm not taking any chances.

• At what point does it become a bad thing to watch TV with the baby in the room? Obviously in the beginning she was totally unaware of anything more than a foot away from her face. Now she's clearly aware of the TV as a sound and flickering presence--she'll sometimes turn her head to the light. I know babies aren't supposed to watch TV until age 2, but is it inappropriate for me to watch Sex and the C!ty reruns while sitting on the couch feeding my two month old?


Blogger Kbreints said...

no- watch all the reruns that you god watch porn if you want- she has not clue. All she knows is that she is getting fed. When you notice that she is staring at the tv and she undrstands what you say to her... than I would stop...

12:26 PM  
Blogger MsPrufrock said...

Hey, you wanna hear something funny? I read recently that something like 35% of women have sex within 6 weeks of giving birth. Hahahahaha...oh, how I laughed.

As for the telly watching, if it's bad for babies I'm fucked because P. is 8 months old and I watch Sex and the City DVDs all the time. Naughty me.

2:55 PM  
Blogger MoMo said...

sex??? what's that? It is so sad, but as you said you are so tired all the time. Don't worry about the TV...I watch TV all the time, I don't think they realize what is going on around them yet. How is the breast feeding going? Thinking of you!

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Meira (comments AT voirdire DOT org) said...

I think you've got until at least 6-8 months. Also, I would be less concerned about S&TC because the worst thing she could comprehend is sex -- and sex is a natural activity every human should know about (which is not to encourage that couple who thought that having sex in front of their 9-yr-old was a good idea, no, no, no!). She's not going to pick up any mysogony or 'loose morals' just yet. But I would avoid shows that were violent or had people actively suffering from great heartache -- Moxie would say that they pick up a lot more than we think, and those would be the things I would wonder about.

10:55 AM  
Blogger K77 said...

DS used to LOVE the Sex & The City theme music. He'd stop what he was doing and start dancing, he would've been over 12 months I guess. I'd stay away from anything violent though.

6:59 AM  
Blogger H said...

I've just read all of your archives (I have way too much time on my hands) and just wanted to say Congratulations!

On television...they *say* you shouldn't let a child watch tv until they're older, but really? Who actually pays attention to that? My niece is 18 months old, and addicted to CBeebies. Not in a bad way - she plays and she reads books etc, but she likes to watch telly every now again. We watch as a family, and I think she learns from it, so no one's too concerned here (and my sister is Head of Early Years in a primary school, so if she's not worried I'm thinking it's not so much a problem.) Bat Girl isn't going to understand what you're watching anyway, and you need to preserve your sanity at all costs. Watch SITC as much as you like - my BIL used to play Tomb Raider whilst nursing Tiny, and she hasn't displayed any violent tendencies yet (although we have banned him from doing this in the future).

At the end of the day, you're the mummy. She's your baby. I think that's something that new mothers always find hard to get their heads around; my sister certainly still has days when she has to remind herself that actually, her decision is what counts. You're unlikely to make any decisions that will impair her development, so do what you think is best.

6:50 PM  

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