Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Brighter Days

4 weeks old

She's already been here for almost a month?!  I can't believe it!!!  In so many ways I can't believe it's been that long but at the same time I can't remember our life before her.

We're getting better at putting her down, so she is in our arms for maybe 21 hours a day and that's HUGE progress.  Thanks to inspiration from my dear bloggy friends Amber and Priscilla, I got a Moby Wrap...still trying to get the hang of it, but I think it will be a lifesaver! (feel free to give me tips on using it girls!) The wrap is basically a long piece of fabric that you wrap all around yourself and stick the baby in and they're secure.  It seems like it wouldn't work, but it really does.  I just haven't figured out how to get her in and out easily.

I'm feeling waaaaay better.  I"m hopeful that my hormones are leveling off and the crazies are gone for good.  I have an appt with my primary care Dr Friday to discuss the pain I've been getting on my hands and wrist (arthritis??) which is so severe at times, I'm afraid I could drop the baby...while I'm there I'm going to to discuss my anxiety and see what she thinks.  I don't want to give in to medication so soon, but at the same time I don't have a lot of time to waste wondering if it's all going to go away.  Let's face it, I've always been an anxious person (reading any blog entry of mine will tell you that) and these days I don't have the luxury of wallowing in my "what ifs"...I might need more help and I'm open to that.  Having great days like today gives me hope, but then the knots in my stomach return quickly and I wonder what the right thing to do is.

Today I took Sofia out by myself for the first time.  I use the term "by myself" very loosely because technically Russ was there for almost the whole time, but I didn't know he would be and so when I left for our walk and he joined us I was just thrilled and still pleased that I had made the effort to do it alone, knowing I could.  What am I afraid of???

Sofia has been good...earlier in the week she had some vomiting issues but there was no fever and it passed.  Still, there are times after eating that she seems soooo terribly uncomfortable - like she's in awful pain.  She grunts and turns red and usually doesn't cry, but just seems to be in a lot of pain.  We've tried gas drops and gripe water but it still happens sometimes.  I can't distract her by sticking my finger in her mouth which she loves, but I can still see the distress in her face.  I wish that would go away. 

My brother is coming to see us this weekend!!  He's never visited without his wife and kids, so this is special.  I'm excited for him to meet his only niece.  My brother and I have never really spent any time alone together, so it might even be a little weird but it's about time we got together like this, so it'll be great.

OK, I'm off to practice wrapping this baby up in her carrier!


  1. The Moby wrap is the BEST. I just started doing the lotus and hug holds and I love them. For someone who likes to have her baby with her a lot, you're going to love it. As for the anxiety medication, I just want you to know that I had such bad anxiety while pregnant that I took Only 1% of it gets to the baby if your breast feeding so it's very safe while nursing. I found it to be very helpful, even on very small doses. I think it helped me weather the baby blues and I actually went off it a month after my daughter was born. If you want to "talk" with me about it, feel free to email me:

    Good luck!

    Esperanza @

  2. Moby and I are still trying to figure each other out too. Mine never looks as good as Priscilla's, but Paisley adores it! She always falls asleep immediately.

    I love that you said you've started putting her down more. I'm in the exact same place you are. I hold her almost all the time, but have started putting her down occasionally. It's hard when she's so sweet and cuddly!!!

  3. Hey Trace! I still can't figure out how to log in so I can post under my name!! I'm SO happy you are feeling better! I miss you! And I can't wait to see you all again soon:). Love, Tammi

  4. I don't think I would be able to put her down much either...I love the idea of the moby though! I think once you get the hang of it you will love it! Good for you for daring to venture out on your own - I get what you mean, even though Russ came, you were still on a mission to alone, which is great! I couldn't agree more about not waiting too long to get medicated....i think us IF'ers learned the hard way not to wait too long for anything!

  5. Moby will be your BFF soon!! I wear mine constantly...literally when I take her out sometime I just leave the wrap on so that its ready to go next time she needs to be picked up. I also wrap mine on before going out in the car so when I get to where I'm going it's super easy to transfer her from her car seat to the wrap.

    She's a Moby-Monster....LOVES IT!! Sophia will too!!