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Little fish little fish swimming in the water [20121118|15:53]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Hello, hello, journal friends. I've not been able to sit down and write a journal entry for two and a half weeks. Feeding Humuhumu takes up nearly all of my time, and in between her feedings I rush around like a mad thing trying to feed myself and keep up with the washing/laundry and even occasionally sleeping.

I've...I've also been cheating on my journal with Facebook. (I am so ashamed.) And Twitter. (Less ashamed - I'm [twitter.com profile] nanila if anyone would like to connect there.) The reason for this is purely that there are Android mobile clients for these, and I can update one-handed. Also, I've been writing daily missives with photos to the grandparents on the little one's behalf, which takes about all the creative energy I can muster.

I won't say that learning to breastfeed is the most difficult thing I've ever done, as that will probably always be my doctorate. I will say, though, that it's the most exhausting, physically and emotionally. I've cried more in the last three weeks than I did in the last three years. Probably more than I did when I was writing up my PhD thesis. But we've gotten good at breastfeeding, Humuhumu and I, and she can now latch without hurting me. She's still working on setting my milk supply - generally this means spending 6-7 hours straight feeding her, with only very short breaks in between. I've even fed her in public a couple of times, in car parks, but I think when it comes time to feed her in, say, a restaurant or a cafe, I'll be able to do it without making too much of a scene.

It's so satisfying watching her grow and start to take an interest in the world. She gained an entire pound in her second week. Her little wrinkly fingers have filled out and have dimples at their bases. Her cheeks are fat and pink and her chin is double. She smells divine. And she smiled for the first time this morning, while we were dancing around to The Specials' "A Message To You Rudy".

I hope everyone's doing well and best of luck to those currently beavering away on their NaNo projects.
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[User Picture]From: saltdawg
2012-11-18 16:47 (UTC)
A message to you Rudy always makes me smile too. I'm no paragon, but I think that bodes well.

We've missed you.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-18 20:20 (UTC)
I was hoping her response indicated a higher than average intelligence, but then she spoiled it by attempting to latch onto the bloke's nose in the mistaken assumption that milk would come out of it. So perhaps not. ;)
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2012-11-18 17:29 (UTC)
YAY, it's good to hear from you. Add me on Facebook!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-18 20:19 (UTC)
I'm hoping once we get past the first forty days, we'll have a more established schedule so I can post regularly again. I've added you on FB (I think!).
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2012-11-18 21:00 (UTC)
nope, no friend request on my end - it's melissamaples, same as everywhere.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-20 13:43 (UTC)
Hm, I can't seem to find the "Add Friend" button on your page. I found a "Subscribe" button (which I clicked)! I'm nanila on FB too if you want to add me.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2012-11-20 13:49 (UTC)
Hmm, I can see where you subscribed - no idea why you couldn't add friend. Anyway, I added you now.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-11-18 18:13 (UTC)
Well, seeing as you're so used to Facebook now...

((Epic Like))

:D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-18 20:21 (UTC)
:D Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2012-11-18 19:05 (UTC)
I'm glad you guys have found your groove!

So have you lost most/much of your weight yet?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-18 20:26 (UTC)
We're getting there. Now if only she would settle into a schedule. Every time I think we've cracked it - e.g. she spends 24 hours on a regular 3-4 hour feeding cycle - she has a cluster-feeding session or she goes to every 1-2 hours. I'm hopeful she'll adopt a more regular pattern yet, because we're still in the first forty days.

I'm still about 7 kg above my normal weight. But since I maxed out at over 20 kg above my normal weight and I'm only three weeks postpartum, I think I'm doing okay. At first I was losing about half a kilo a day. It's slowed down now. I'm getting lots of exercise and eating healthily, which is about all I can do!
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[User Picture]From: impix
2012-11-19 11:04 (UTC)
wow, well done! I know plenty of women who don't manage that till the baby is a toddler!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-20 13:44 (UTC)
Well, I think it's going to be a slog to get down to my usual weight. My tummy is very nearly completely deflated, but the weight added elsewhere (hips and thighs) is not coming off quickly.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-20 13:44 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so grateful I've been able to breastfeed with (relatively) little struggle. Lots of other mums I know have had to stop for various reasons.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2012-11-22 12:47 (UTC)
Good to hear, all of it. :)
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