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Humuhumu's diary [20121102|14:10]
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Dear everyone, thank you very much for all the kind comments on DW and LJ. Your joy adds to mine. I hope you will understand why I don't respond to them all. Breastfeeding Humuhumu is not just a full-time job, it's a 24-hour one. Most of my "free" time is occupied by eating, sleeping and recovering physically from the birth. Love, Nanila

26/10/2012: Born! Did it weighing 6 lbs 12 oz. Daddy cut my umbilical cord. Spent most of the day asleep. Didn't poop until wee hours of morning. Mummy did her first diaper change and used a baby wipe instead of just cotton wool. Naughty but she couldn't get the meconium off without it. Both of us figuring out breastfeeding. Positioning not quite right yet - Mummy's nipples tender & damaged.

27/10/2012: Came home today. Daddy picked us up at 11:30. I rode home in the car under my Jemima Puddleduck blankie made by a distant auntie Rachel. Poo becoming greener and squishing. Feeding getting easier for me but not mummy. Mummy has trouble sitting up because of her stitches. But she is healing.

28/10/2012 Quiet day. Mummy's milk is coming in. Hard to feed on suddenly enormous hard breasts! She is trying to help by hand expressing before I latch but I still can't quite get enough. Still hate nappy changes like poison. Am able to cry more loudly now.

29/10/2012: The midwives came to weigh me today. I lost 10% of my body weight since birth (from 3.08 kg to 2.76 kg). This is the limit of what's allowed so the midwives have put us on a strict 3 hourly feeding schedule. Mummy changes my nappy before feeds to wake me up. It's dreadful but it works. My poo has gone yellow and seedy. This is good. First bath too. Not sure how I feel about those yet. Telstar came and sniffed me after a nappy change. He's quite big.

30/10/2012: Went for my first walk along the canal today. Daddy carried me in the sling. I liked the cool crisp autumn air and nestling on his warm chest. Today was all about the feeding schedule. I fed lots (25-30 mins on the breast each time). Determined not to make Mummy have to hand express or use formula.

31/10/2012: The midwife came again. I gained back 5%! (2.92 kg) Very proud. Celebrated by learning to cry even more loudly during the awful heel prick test. My cord stump fell off during an evening change. I have a belly button. Cool. Mummy has lots more energy and her 'Mummy tummy' is disappearing. Her breasts are supplying what I need now and are much easier to latch onto. The midwife examined her stitches and they're healing well.

01/10/2012: Today my umbilical cord stump fell off. I have a belly button. It’s an “innie”. We were going to go for a drive but when Daddy put me in my car seat I burst into tears, so Mummy and I stayed home instead. In the evening, I did a marathon feeding session that lasted almost five hours and ended with my Mummy in tears. So I was nice to her and only woke up once for a short feed in the night. I thought that was quite magnanimous of me.

02/10/2012: This was originally my due date, and instead I’m a week old. I like to keep ahead of the game. I met our next door neighbour today and fell asleep on her shoulder, which is about the warmest greeting an infant can give. Unfortunately her visit disrupted my feeding schedule so I was a bit ratty until a massive feed.

Hiccups, or Too Much Too quickly, a 00:37 YouTube video
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[User Picture]From: lesyeuxouverts
2012-11-02 14:53 (UTC)
Congratulations - I'm so happy for you all ! Got a bit teary reading your posts actually. Massive massive cuddles xx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 08:56 (UTC)
Thank you very much!
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2012-11-02 15:56 (UTC)
I'm so excited for you and love to hear the stories from the baby. I've watched Louise breast feed three babies, so I know what kind of struggles you are going through, but I'm very happy for you and your baby that you're doing it! Humuhumu sounds like Aiden who could have stayed latched on 24 hours a day ... all babies are different. I can remember literally laughing when Maya would POP off the boob when she was done. We had no idea babies could do that! Enjoy your nursing relationship ... it's a special one!

(Gets on small soap box) Don't let anyone tell you when to stop breast feeding. Listen to your body and your baby. All of ours breast fed until at least age 2, and I believe they are the better for that relationship with their momma. (Meekly steps off soap box)

Hugs to all of you!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 08:57 (UTC)
Humuhumu pops off too! Not every time - sometimes she falls asleep so she just sort of falls off, but if she's still awake she rears back and goes POING. Very funny. :)

Thank you for the supportive words, and hugs to you and yours too!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2012-11-02 21:33 (UTC)
Good stuff! It took Thomas weeks to stop hating nappy changes, but now lying half naked on the changing table is his happiest place. He's till not so keen on getting one back on again though.

Also, for sore/cracked/bleeding nipples, Lansinoh is th business, and expressing if necessary to let them heal for a couple of days.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 08:59 (UTC)
I'm glad to hear the nappy changes get less screamy. I use them to wake her up when she's hungry but being a bit lazy, which feels cruel, but it works. Poor little one.

Yes, Lansinoh is pretty much the only thing that's allowed me to persevere with breastfeeding while my nipples healed. Otherwise I think I'd have given up by now. I'm going to start expressing this weekend so I can have some milk saved up. That way the bloke can give her a bottle occasionally so I can have a rest, and he can share in the feeding/bonding time.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2012-11-09 12:01 (UTC)
It's probably worth giving her a bottle of expressed/formula now and again even when you're all healed, so she keeps in the habit of it - Thomas was fine with it in the first two weeks, then he didn't have a bottle again until about 10 weeks and wouldn't take it, which is the continuing situation - bit of a nuisance for me, if I ever want to go out for more than four or five hours.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2012-11-03 00:46 (UTC)
Thanks for the play by play! and glad all is well!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 09:00 (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, we're having a good day so far today, partly because I was allowed to sleep for a solid four hours last night. It's not every night that I get to!
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2012-11-03 08:25 (UTC)
Adorable, wonderful. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 09:02 (UTC)
:) Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2012-11-03 15:55 (UTC)


It all sounds fairly familiar, TBH... (-:
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 09:01 (UTC)
Yes, in the same way that all newborns look pretty Churchillian, so are the challenges new parents must overcome. :D
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2012-11-03 22:18 (UTC)
thank you for posting such a lovely entry [and video]. i hope all is going well and that you're settling into things. thinking of you. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 09:03 (UTC)
We're learning. She's had more to learn than I have, given that she's had to master breathing air and feeding through her mouth, which has got to be a bit of a shock after nine months of swanning about in the womb!
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2012-11-09 20:52 (UTC)
you make a very good point. :) it must be an easy life, being a foetus.

i love that you've replied to all the comments in this thread. you are lovely. :)
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2012-11-04 16:16 (UTC)

I would love to hear Telstar's diary...
Day 0, Where are they? The peace and quiet is lovely but it is cold and I want fresher food.
Day 1, a noisy thing arrived and there is no warm bumpy cushion on female slave anymore.
Day 2, It's still here and it is louder. There is a smell.
Day 3, It's a kitten, a bald kitten and it does not know how to clean itself yet. *sigh* I went over to teach it but the slave had cleaned it. May have to remind her of her priorities. However have noticed the house is warmer since they brought it home.
Day 4, a few hours peace as they went out.
etc
;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 09:04 (UTC)
I think you've nailed it! The only thing missing is "Brought the bald kitten a tasty fresh mouse. Bald kitten is very stupid and doesn't understand how to eviscerate it. I despair."
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[User Picture]From: grammaravenger
2012-11-07 01:25 (UTC)
Congratulations! She is adorable.

Edited at 2012-11-07 01:25 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-11-09 09:04 (UTC)
Thank you! I think so too, but I'm pretty obviously biased. ;)
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2012-11-14 21:39 (UTC)
just want to say you're doing great. Breastfeeding is something that you think should come naturally and easily but it's not so for everyone. You're describing here problems we had (except the weight loss). If you're still struggling best thing is to find a breastfeeding cafe. But seems you are on top of it now. The marathon feeding is very normal too during growth spurts but will go back to normal so do not despair.

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[User Picture]From: thatdamnninja
2012-11-15 11:53 (UTC)

Hey you
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