Thursday, April 30, 2009

Along the way

Originally posted on ANRSpace

It has been a few days since my first little squirt and I am happy to say it wasn’t a fluke. I am now getting a little squirt from both girls when I hand express around noon. There isn’t a lot, but it is so nice to have progress. Maybe it will be enough to keep me satisfied for awhile…maybe. I still can’t believe how full the girls feel before he suckles and how flat they are after, while he says he doesn’t really get a lot. I know, it shows things are changing, but it still doesn’t make sense to me.

I love the closeness we are sharing these days. I have always been a bit of an attention whore (pay attention to me, now!). I hate it when he is gone or just too busy. Since we have begun this journey, it has been nice to know I really am on his mind and in his thoughts all day. We are together three times a day and we are making each other the priority, above all, and that is new to us (even sneaking home for lunch once a week, I am afraid the neighbors are going to notice). It is hard with the juggle day-to-day life, with work and kids. So far, we are making it work and I hope as days become busier, we will still find the time. Mornings and nights work just fine, it is the stolen moments during the day. I am grateful for the nice weather, it has worked well just to kick the kids out side! Hard to believe all of these changes have occurred just over the last few weeks.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Feeling a bit stuck

Originally posted on ANRSpace

I was so excited that we had drops within the first week of suckling. I was surprised at our quick progress, but now that we are still there a week later, I am a little let down...ha ha.
I just get milky drops that are content to stay on my nipples, not wanting to run or grow. I know it is asking too much, but I was hoping for a bit more progress, a week later. Oh, well, I will learn to be patient.
On a lighter note, we are starting to settle into a lovely routine, one that we both enjoy. We are waking up early to not have to rush our suckling and we both even fell asleep during for the first time. It was heavenly to be woken up by him begining again. Lucky girl! Hopefully, I'll be able to report a bit more progress soon.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

First Ever Blog

Posted on ANRSpace

So, as a newbie at trying to re-lactate, milkmaid recommended journaling to keep track of how things go. We have been trying to re-lactate my dry girls for about 10 days, suckling (or hand expressing) 4x a day. It seems to be progressing, we have had drops since Friday, at least once a day. That sure makes me want to keep going! Today, I didn't have to work, so I spent way too much time on-line and reading. It is amazing to me how generous and welcoming so many people have been on this site and some others. I have learned A LOT in just a few days. My husband was really the instigator, but since I don't wade quietly into anything I do, I have spent some quality time learning.
Goal! I want to blog every few days to keep track of our progression. Today I read up on hand expressing since I do have to go to work some of the time! I practiced and had good results in just a few minutes (drops on both sides!!). I made my husband watch the video and me to see if it looked like I was getting it right...what an overachiever!
Anyway, we are very excited about what suckling has done for us already, it is so new and fun that it is on the brain all the time. I am sure after some of the new-ness falls away, I'll be able to think of something else (I just hope that doesn't happen too soon).