Boy, this month has flown! And also limped along like a brokedown mule. But our gal Gwen is a whole month old and it kind of makes me sentimental. Especially since now that she's a bit older, she is learning to use her "free and open voice", aka, "crying her ass off". Only for a couple of hours a day, and nothing we can't handle, but still, I look back on the bonny bygone days of newborn sleepiness with nostalgia and longing. We are rewarded, though, with more alertness, and a good 20 minutes of smiling and cooing after each feeding session.
And speaking of which, I stupidly went along w/ my docs advice and used the ole' breastpump so I can start a stockpile of frozen milk. Well, apparantly the message my body got was "Please make milk for a whole cadre of babies. Like enough for a baby army that could take over California and set the budget right!". Poor Gwen is having a bit of a hard time controlling all this excess leche, so I have consulted the Cult of Boobies (aka La Leche League's website) and we are working towards stemming the tide. It could be worse, I suppose- I could be lacking in the milk dept.
BTW- there is no area where more unsolicted and unfounded advice is offered than in the arena of breastfeeding. And the real rub is- it's not an exact science, so nothing works for everyone, or in the same way. I would say the best advice on breastfeeding is simply: If your kid is alive and gaining weight just keep plugging away at it, because nature is messy and complicated and also simple at the same time, so anything you do to try to make sense of this will only mind-screw you right when you are incredibly tired. And that's never good.
We are staying in Fresno this week- it's so hot in LA and we only have the one air conditioner so rather than huddle around it like cave-people around a camp fire, we are crashing at the inlaws and enjoying the privelages of central air, washing machine, and extra arms when Gwendy-wrangling gets tough. Here's some new pics of our little bumble bee:
Emmy: Vibrating armrest, with Ambient Noise Feature