Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Just Checking In...

Howdy Humble Readers!

I can't believe how the last week has flown by.  I'm working on our birth story, but honestly I'm struggling with the earliest parts because everything seemed to go so slowly for so long, and then it hit hyper-speed. 

Our Family!

My black and blue belly (from all the insulin and the assorted shots I got after Ginevra was born) is slowly turning a grotesque shade of yellow and green.  My staples were removed on Saturday and now the inscision is itchy beyond belief.  And check out that new ticker to the right... I am currently more than 20 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight!  It's like I'm melting away.

My rings are back on.  I'm done with the insulin and my blood sugars have been well within target when I do random checks.  I have to go for another GTT after my six-week check up. 

I did have a little scare the other day.  The public health nurse had come by to do a check on Ginevra and I, and she did a bp check on me.  I had been feeling dizzy and light-headed for a day or so, and had some troubles taking a deep breath the night before.  My bp was sky high and I was retaining a lot of water.  She stopped the check up at that point and sent us to my doc immediately.  Long story short, I'm back on the Lobe.talol, and all is much better now.  We'll see how my bp is when I go back to the doc at the end of the month. 

Ginevra's first bath - in the hospital
Ginevra is doing amazingly well... she's surpassed her birth weight already, and other than a few issues with gassiness she's a very happy little girl.  She sleeps anywhere from 3-6 hours at a stretch and eats well.  Cloth diapering is going great, and I don't know why people choose to use disposables when there are such great products and services out there.  The only area that we're still struggling is with bf-ing.  Because of my blood pressure, the c-section, and the GD, I had next to no milk for the first several days, so we had to go with formula (which was a frustration for me).  I'm now on some meds to help my milk supply (which it has, in spades!), and Ginevra is on mostly breastmilk, albeit from a bottle.  I've been trying to use a nipple shield to help her, which is working somewhat, but mostly she gets mad because she can't get milk as quickly from me as she can from a bottle. 
One of my favourites - in the car seat, on the way home from the hospital
All in all, I think things are going really well.  Even when we have frustrating moments (like when I had to throw the covers to the couch cushions in the wash at 2am because she spit up all over them), I am still so incredibly thankful and happy.  My Beloved is amazing with her, and I am so very proud of him!  He's also been great with looking after me and making sure that I'm not overdoing it. 

I will hopefully be able to start checking back in with all of you soon.  It seems like when I'm not feeding, pumping, or changing diapers, I'm doing laundry or trying to catch up on sleep. 

I hope you are all well... and that you are enjoying a magical holiday season!


  1. I am so happy for you and so happy to see an update! Enjoy your daughter and your first holidays together too.

    She really is beautiful. Well done. xxx

  2. thank you for the update, been wondering how you were doing though I know your life is completely busy now. Love the photos! You and the hubby look so happy and she is a doll. What a blessing. I am so happy for you my friend! *hugs*

  3. Congrats on your little family!!! She is so cute. You will have to explain how cloth diapering is easier than disposables some day.

  4. I love the photos of your little girl. She is so adorable! You will be up and moving soon and things will settle into place. And when you get to the story, you get to the story. HUGS, mama.

  5. I am so glad things are going well. She is so beautiful!

  6. She is SO gorgeous! Glad you're all doing well...makes me super smiley reading your story. :)

  7. "G" is beautiful and you are LOVELY! Keep up the good work - very, VERY happy for you all.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Blissful Lives!

    Smooches. - CG1 and CG2

  8. Great to hear from you! I'm glad that things are going well for you. I'm still hanging' in there myself :)

    Happy Holidays to you all!

  9. Oh Mrs. G... she is BEAUTIFUL!! Truly stunning! My heart is happy for you and your beloved and your lovely daughter. Congrats again. :)

  10. You know lady, you are going to have a fantastic Christmas!

    God Bless you all.

  11. Your baby is adorable, congrats! I'm glad to hear everything went well. Best wishes!


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