can she do it?

well, today is finally here - i'm home alone with deck and so far, so good... i was a mess last night though and cried for a good 15-minutes - the thought of being here alone, after eric has been here for over a month, terrifies me... it's not that i don't think i can handle it - i'm just worried about the times that he cries and doesn't stop, or when i need to pump and he's crying, or when i'm exhausted and can't rest because he's still awake, or a million other things... eric has been such a HUGE help and i am SO thankful that he was able to take-off this long, but all good things must come to an end... as of right now - he'll be home in about 5 hours... :)

update on deck's weight: we went back last thursday for his 1-month check-up and although he's gaining at a normal weight, he lost an ounce since the previous tuesday... so the doctor suggested beefing up the formula again to 2-ounces every other feeding and to continue to pump for 10-minutes... i was a bit upset and still am, but am trying to stay positive and know this is what has to be done in order for him to keep gaining and get stronger... eric has been very concerned about my productive and found this herb called fenugreek that's supposed to help women increase their milk supply (it doesn't work for everyone though)... i've only taken a few capsules so we'll see if it works or not - worth a shot i suppose... :)

our weekend was good - my mom came over on saturday and we went to a church holiday craft thing and then ran to michaels so i could pick-up a few things... saturday night, some good friends of mine stopped by to finally meet deck and then we had quiche for dinner...

yesterday was our 1-year anniversary, hard to believe i know... my how time flies! i can't believe that it's only been a year, but then again - we've had an incredibly busy year between the baby, the house renovations, and going to france for our honeymoon... we had talked about maybe getting my mom to watch deck so we could go see a movie or have dinner, but we ended up staying home, watching football, and just enjoying the day together... it's not like we can't celebrate it another day, right? ;)

well, it's almost time to feed again and then i'd like to take him for a walk since it's pretty nice out... the only other thing i want to accomplish today is put up a small christmas tree in the nursery - we got out the decorations yesterday and now the garage is full of big, blue bins (8 to be exact)... not sure when or if we'll get a tree - i'd really like too, but am not sure where we would put it since the LR has been rearranged and all the walls have furniture... quite the challenge! :)

happy monday...

Mandy  – (10:16 AM)  

I had a baby boy a few days before you did. A nurse gave me a tip before we left the hospital, she said to increase your milk supply, take brewer's yeast tablets. She said take 2 in the morning and 2 a night until you have enough milk to "feed the neighborhood", then cut it back to 1 in the morning and 1 at night. It really helped my supply to increase, so it might be worth a shot.

Teresa  – (11:54 AM)  

Hopefully things are running smoothly for you. Glad to hear your little guy is gaining. Good luck with the breast feeding keep strong.

Alyson N  – (11:07 PM)  

Hi Jodi- This is Aly, Eric's friend in NH. If the doctor really needs you to up your supply, you can take a medicine called reglan. It is a GI medicine to help you digest food. And one of the "Side affects" is to increase your milk supply. I accidentally found this out with my first baby. My pedi and GI doctor both warned me about it when I had to wean him. I had to go off the medicine to dry up.

Good luck with everything. I know how hard it can be, but also how important it can be. I had my daughter the day after you had Deck. I had to stop nursing because she has a milk and soy allergy, she is on a special formula now- which is kinda depressing but the best thing for her.

Deck is so handsome and will bring so much joy to your life!!
Best Wishes- Aly

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