Baby Kamea is here! I’m so in love with her. As many of you know from following my Kristen’s Raw blog, Kamea was born on June 26. Apparently, she was born at a powerful time with the eclipse occurring. Personally, I think she was past our estimated due date so she could make a grand entrance at such a special time.
She had her first doctor visit and the good news is that she is gaining weight. Yay! That’s a relief because as a first time mom, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Is she getting enough?” Sometimes she nurses strongly, but other times she just seems to play around. I’m tracking her diapers to help gauge, but again, as a first timer… I can’t help but wonder.
It’s been an awesome, joyful, and anxious adventure so far. I am one heck of a worrier it turns out. But, we’re taking it half day by half day. I had/have all of these plans for things I want to do, but we’re taking it one step at a time. First, I’m getting the hang of breast feeding. It’s been pretty easy so far, but not without its soreness. As a result, I’m pumping to not only relieve them, but to also encourage my breast milk supply. This gives Kamea’s dad and grandmas a chance to feed her, too, while giving my ta-tas a break. Furthermore, I’m able to freeze some in the event of an emergency if we should ever need it. To tell you the truth, I had always planned on solely breastfeeding, but when new information presents itself, being flexible is important. I was a little worried about nipple confusion, but I was more worried that she wasn’t getting enough breast milk. Fortunately, she is taking to both like a champ. All in all, she is mostly at the breast, but gets a little in a bottle at times.
We’re using eco-friendly disposable diapers right now for two reasons: 1) easier until her cord falls off and 2) easier on mom and dad until we get the time to concentrate on trying the different systems I have. So, that means that we’ll focus on cloth diapers next. After that, we’ll start playing with EC.
And, I am eager to babywear, but I tell ya, I feel so lost with using these things. I have a ring sling, ergo with infant (probably too hot right now), kanga-wrap shirt thing, moby, gypsy mama. But, I’m scared to use them! My doula came over the other night and we tried the gypsy mama which was great, but now I have to practice it on my own. Eek! I want to watch some videos on youtube, but I’m so busy with breastfeeding, getting rest, and overall just getting to know Kamea, that I’ll tackle this later. By taking things one project at a time, it helps me manage it all mentally so I’m more calm.