I will definitely still be blogging as often as possible here at Mrs. Southern Mama, but as we're building our new routine having a newborn, blogging falls low on the priority list. You understand, right? Once we get our routine more set, you'll be seeing much more of me. Until then, I wanted to update everyone on what's been going on with my new life as a mommy!
One not-so-fun thing that has happened since Kensie was born is that I've been back to Labor and Delivery twice. The first time was last week. I went in because I had the chills and my mom looked at my incision site and said that it was very very red. Eek. Turns out, I had an infection. The doctors gave me antibiotics, along with other drugs to help with blood pressure and swelling, and sent me on my way. [Happy news: the diuretic that they had me on worked wonders as far as my swelling went. No more major swelling! My feet/legs are normal once again. However, I still can't wear my wedding bands. What a bummer. The negative thing that came about from the medication is that my milk was delayed in production. Now that I'm off that medication, I am hoping my milk picks up. More on that in a minute.]
Then, this past Thursday, my temperature spiked out of nowhere to 101.4, I had chills, and was readmitted into Labor and Delivery for two infections: my incision was still having trouble healing (I suppose the antibiotic wasn't quite strong enough), and my uterus got infected as well. We ended up staying there Thursday night until Sunday morning (Father's Day). I pretty much got zero sleep while there, because the hospital beds are so uncomfortable, but I was so relived to be getting the care that I needed. By Friday morning, my fever was gone and I was on the mend.
As I'm writing this now, I definitely don't feel great. But I don't have a fever and I can move around okay. My incision is my biggest worry at this point. It is bleeding slightly, but several doctors and nurses have confirmed that it is okay. I am continuing to trust that God will heal my body. I would also love your prayers. Throughout our journey to conceive and also through my pregnancy, I have relied on the prayers. I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer and positive words on the tongue.
Quick side note: I just have to say that from our journey trying to conceive and through my rough laboring/healing has been extremely taxing emotionally and physically. Sometimes I just want to cry and have a pity party. Thoughts pop in my head like, "why can't it be easier?" But then I look at my baby girl and am overcome with gratitude. I have to trust that God has a plan for me. I am writing this little statement to hopefully encourage others out there to stay strong, regardless of what you're going through. I can relate... but we (me and you both) have to trust in Jesus and the divine plan that God has laid out.
Another fun thing that has happened since becoming a mommy is that we have gotten to take Kensington's newborn photos. My sister is a very talented photographer and co-owns a photography business in Austin. She sent me this beautiful sneak peek and we should have the rest soon. I can't wait to share even more. She also did some maternity pictures when we found out we were pregnant. Check those out here!
Regarding Kensington's feedings, I am exclusively pumping (no breastfeeding) and supplementing with formula. This was NOT my plan. My plan was to exclusively breastfeed; no if's, and's, or but's about it. But clearly there was a different plan in store for us. This came about for a couple of reasons.
First, Kensie lost 13% of her weight after she was born. The max that doctors like to see is 10%. It was highly recommended that we supplement just until her weight increased consistently. I had an emotional breakdown over the decision to supplement, but quickly realized that whatever we needed to do to make my daughter healthy was the right decision. We have continued on with this, because she seems to be thriving and we want her to gain the appropriate amount of weight.
Second, I am pumping instead of breasfeeding. I would have loved to breastfeed instead of pump (or in addition to pumping) but during our original stay in the hospital, my nipples started to bleed pretty bad. I was in agonizing pain. Kensie hadn't been latching appropriately, which is why the bleeding occurred. I was even using a nipple shield, but it just didn't work out. The decision to pump instead of breastfeed is what my hubby and I thought was best. This way we could track the amount of milk she's getting from me. Now - all of THAT being said, my milk supply was very low (and is still kind of low) because of the diuretic that I was previously taking. Now that I'm off that, I am hoping my production will increase. The "plan" is to always give Kensie as much breastmilk as possible, but then top her off with formula. One thing rings true: my girl likes to eat. She has been taking about 3-4 oz. every 3ish hours.
With yesterday being Father's Day, it was a special time to celebrate my husband's new role as daddy. My hubby is so great with Kensie. Before Kensington, he had never really interacted with babies, nor did he fully comprehend that he was going to be a daddy. That immediately changed the first time he held her! He is the diaper changer (and does a great job!), loves giving her baths, and cuddles with her all the time. Here are two of my favorite pictures from yesterday:
On a completely unrelated note about mommyhood, I wanted to let everyone know that I now have two Instagram accounts. One is a personal account (which is private; sorry!) and the other is my public blog account (HERE). If you previously followed my now-private personal account and you'd like to still follow along, please add my public account! I'd love to have you :-)
Now that I will likely be regretting not sleeping right now (and choosing to blog instead), that's all I've got for you today. As I find more time, I will write more often. Plus, I have a few draft posts that I just need to add a few more things to and then publish. Thanks for sticking around, even though I have been a little MIA! XO