Avery and Me

Avery and Me

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2 months...how time flies!

Hello Lovely Readers!
I can't believe sweet Avery is 2 months old!  We celebrated by getting pictures with Santa.
How sweet is this!!!!

Today Avery had her two month check up!  She is 10 lbs 3.2 ounces!  She is now 22 1/2 inches long!

This breastfeeding mama is proud!

Speaking of, I'm getting concerned about going back to work.  I'm going to have to pump 5 times a day to make enough milk to leave her for 12 hours.  I have to work back to back 9-9 NYE and 7-7 NYD, and I'm not sure how I can do it.  Since Avery is so fussy and not sleeping well, my pediatrician suggested formula supplementation to help me get some sleep and be less stressed.  I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I am stressed all the time about feeding her.  If I go anywhere, it is so hard to time when to feed her and worry the whole time that she will wake up hungry and I'll be banished to a bedroom/my car/dressing room/bathroom to nurse her.  She nurses for at least 40 minutes, and if I stop sooner she screams her little head off.  :)  I feel like I should breast feed since I'm a nurse and know how good it is for her, and its free, and convenient when I am home with her.  Any advice?  I know people have strong opinions about this, and I welcome input, but know in the end I will pray and make the best decision for our family.

Please be praying, I sent in my paperwork for my APN temporary license and paid for my certification exam this week.  I am hoping to find a great job soon and transition to the job I've been training for over the past 3.5 years.  We don't have a graduation ceremony in the fall, so I won't walk until May, so not many people know I have graduated.  I have to admit it doesn't feel real since there is no ceremony.  I am praying that I find the right job, I have a few feelers out but I want the RIGHT job, not just the first job I am offered.  I want what is best for our sweet family!

I'm getting excited about Christmas, Steve has been sick so I decorated the house yesterday and mom came over and helped with getting the boxes of decorations in the house and holding Avery so I could put things out.  I always wait for Steve to help decorate the tree, so it is still bare since he has been feeling badly and not up to decorating with me.  I've never had a naked tree, so it kind of weirds me out.  I want to make sure to wait for him though, its tradition!  Pictures soon!

I really want to order monogrammed stockings for our family....pottery barn is my favorite but they are so expensive!  Any ideas about other places to get them?

Ho ho ho!  Remember the reason for the season!



  1. I breastfed Kaleigh for 8 months, formula fed the twins after pumping 2 weeks and pumped/supplemented for Emory for 6 months. My only real advice is to try & be at peace with whatever you decide to do. She's going to be getting a bottle regardless, so you don't have to worry about nipple confusion. I would say give some formula as she needs it and don't stress - that only hurts milk production!

  2. Oh Avery is a doll! I dont have any breast feeding advice for you, just a little envy I guess... My little pumpkin was born at 10lbs 4oz and dropped to 8.4 and wouldn't climb back up until I gave him formula. ;-( I had a breast reduction back in the day so my boobies couldnt produce... I literally sat on the couch ALL day feeding that boy...poor baby. I remember going places and seeing moms breast feed and I would cry cause I felt jipped..... booo... ha ha. Im better now though. I'm sure as time progresses you will become the advice giving pro to all the new mommies out there. Im so proud of you for breast feeding. What a joy!

  3. It's hard at first, but you will feel better in time. I remember crying when I fed Trevor his first supplement...a lot!! And stress really does hurt production!
    Also, I googled Monogrammed stockings & found some cute ones on Etsy!

  4. I was told by a friend that a herbal supplement called "Fenu Greek" would help you lactate more so you could pump enough....dunno if that would help you out or not. I don't know how you feel about that kinda stuff. Funny thing is, she did say it makes your sweat smell like maple syrup...LOL....anyway, good luck with everything! Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. I always carry a bottle (with breast milk) with us when we go somewhere just in case Claire wakes up and is hungry. I, too stressed about how to schedule things to where I wouldn't have to worry about feeding her wherever we were (Claire nurses for about 40 minutes as well...which isn't too comfy in a dressing room, bathroom, etc!). Once she was 5 weeks it was much easier because I started giving her a bottle (with breast milk). She goes back and forth very well. I also pump before I go to bed and once during the night to get as much pumped as possible. I will be praying for you as you go back to work!