Thursday, April 25, 2013

Breastfeeding - Month 8

I haven't written an update on breastfeeding since mid-January when Grayson was 5 1/2 months old. He will be 9 months old in a few days. What the what?!?! Time really needs to slow down!

Our routine goes like this....
I breast feed him when he is not at "school" and I pump once a day at work, so I send him to daycare with one breast milk bottle and three formula bottles, plus two jars of food, a ziplock bag of fruit or veggie puffs and another snack like applesauce or yogurt. This kid can eat! And he's a great eater too - trying everything I give him and liking almost everything so far. He is very active and burns off those calories so fast. His formula bottles are 6 oz and the breast milk is between 4 and 6 oz, so he consumes around 24 oz at daycare. I breastfeed him once in the morning and one to two times in the evenings, depending on his schedule during the day. I do give him some formula on the weekends now that my supply is dwindling during the work week.

I am so happy that I stuck with it and that I have made it this far. It's amazing and fulfilling and everything I hoped it would be when he was still growing in my belly. I have had my cycle back since G was 3 months old, so I am relieved to know that until {or if} I go back for treatment to have baby #2, I don't have to wean. I don't know for sure what will happen in the next few months, but for now my goal is to make it to a year and then wean him onto cow's milk. I'll keep you all posted :)


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Number Two

My little man with his bunny from Nana

Now that we are settled in our new home {house tour post in the works!} and we love this kiddo more than anything, we have started talking about a second baby. We both always knew we wanted at least two kids. We want them close in age and I am afraid to wait much longer with the issues we had getting pregnant the first time. The question now is when and how. When do we start trying? How long do we try on our own before going back to the RE? Do we go straight back to the RE even though our diagnosis is Unexplained? Does my body know what to do now that I have been pregnant?

One positive thing this time is that we now have Infertility insurance coverage, up to $10,000. For my last treatments, we were 100% out of pocket and we spent almost $7,000. Of course Grayson is priceless so it didn't matter, but it sure is nice to know that if we need help again, we have coverage.

I miss being pregnant. I miss all the milestones of pregnancy. I miss the excitement. I miss my belly and his kicks. I even miss the doctor appointments. I know, I am weird :) I really loved that entire experience. Even though his delivery wasn't smooth, I even miss that. Everything was new and exciting, and I loved all of it.

One of Nick's friends and his wife have inspired me... I really want to wait to find out the gender of this baby. I know what pregnancy and birth are like now, so I think it would be fun to keep something a mystery. I imagine the doctor pulling the baby out {my OB and hospital do not do VBAC's, so I will have another c-section} and announcing "It's a ....." in the OR. How exciting would that be?!?! And then Nick and I can tell our families in recovery. I just think that would be so cool :) Hopefully we can stick to that plan.

I'll post more once we get closer to this next part of our journey.