Friday, March 5, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

The questions you had for me...

What is your favorite part of Motherhood?
Breastfeeding! Nursing is the most beautiful bond and I love those moments together.
Following close behind are bath time and watching Skip be a Daddy. This wouldn’t be near as much fun without my best friend right beside me.

What is your least favorite part of Motherhood?
Being late. Seriously… before baby I was rarely late anywhere. I hate being late. But I’m still learning to get us both ready and out the door while nursing on demand, wiping grimy faces, changing outfits after blowouts, and packing all that baby crap…

What surprised you?
How easy it is so far. {I really don’t want to jinx myself!} But honestly, Kherington is a great baby and we are falling seamlessly into a routine that is natural and comfortable.

What do you miss?
Even with Kherington in my arms, I miss being pregnant.
I miss my core muscles dearly.
As soon as I celebrate a little, I'm sure I'll miss being able to sleep in when hungover!
And I miss my husband! {What?! We're married, you know.}

Are you feeling healed and back to your old self?
Mostly, yes. I think the pain is gone. I still get tired very easily… the endurance will take some time.
The thought of nursing all night, getting us both ready in the morning, working a full day, and then coming home to make dinner, clean, love on my daughter and then do it all over again sounds exhausting!
As for being back to my old self… I never will be. I’m a mother now… and that means so many wonderful things. I love who I am and who I will be for the rest of my life.

Have you lost the baby weight?
Private question! But I'll answer...
The scale says yes. But my pre-pregnancy jeans say I still have some love handles and a mommy pooch to work off. (but at least they fit!)

Are you ready to go back to work?
Not even close. It breaks my heart to think about leaving her for more than a couple of hours. Childhood goes so fast. I don’t want to miss anything, and I want to be the one to teach her about this beautiful world.
{crap, now I’m crying}
I can’t abandon her in daycare for 40 hours a week.
I don’t want to quit my family business.
I don’t want to give up my photography.

Have you given Kherington a nickname yet?
We have terms of endearments for sure. But a nickname that will stick for life? Eh… still trying them out.
If you were asking if we shorten Kherington, the answer is no. We love the name, call her by her full name, and don’t regret our decision to give her a unique name.

What have you done to get out of the house?
I joined a Mom’s Bible Study. I’ve gone out to lunch, gone on walks, had a couple of dinners out, stopped by the office, gone grocery shopping, checked in with doctors, and I still have my monthly girl’s dinner called “Women Who W(h)ine & Dine.” K and I also joined Tai-Pan on our first roadtrip to East Texas to see my grandmother.

How are the pets adjusting to the baby?
Pretty well. At first Lucchese the cat would hiss and run away. Now she will venture closer if K is sleeping or nursing. But she would still rather not share her Mommy.
The dogs are curious and mostly gentle. They lick and sniff. Kherington is starting to notice them and sometimes smiles when they lick her. Occasionally they feel jealous, but we are very careful to give them just as much attention as before. And for all you people who claimed we wouldn’t care about them as much after the baby came… POO ON YOU! They are our babies, too.


An update on the blog post about products I love…

We found a used BOB Revolution Jogging stroller and we loooove it! It is perfect for the ranch; it rolls over manure with ease!

Kherington took to Breastflow Bottles like a champ! Most days Skip wakes up for the first morning feeding (breastmilk!) and I sleep in a bit.

I also couldn’t have done without these nursing bands. In the early weeks it allowed me to track what time she ate, how long she nursed, and which breast she nursed from. It was invaluable at 4 AM when I couldn’t even remember my name.

Finally, I just discovered the joy of reusable nursing pads. I don’t like them for purely granola-save-the-earth reasons… they just feel better! They are soft, absorbent, and don’t crinkle when I move around. Plus, they seem to wick away moisture more effectively. And whoever invented these for sore nipples is a genius!



Have some questions for Skip about Fatherhood?!

He doesn’t know it yet, but he will be doing a Q&A post to appease your curiosity. So leave questions for him in your comments or email me!


Rosalie and David said...

chels, so glad to hear that things are going well, the bottle is working out for you and your breastfeeding dilemmas are all solved and going great! it puts a huge smile on my face! she is a real doll. sorry i didn't ever answer your messages on facebook, by the time i checked them it was irrelevant. so funny that those bands work for people. i always thought they were so impractical and a bi waste of money. but good for you for finding what works, for you. keep it up! we're booking our tickets in this summer soon, so i look forward to meeing kerhington and of course seeing you!

Kristin Kneupper said...

I'm so jealous on the bottle situation! I am sure that one day Kylar will take to the Breastflow bottles too! What is Skip's favorite thing to do with Kherington? Bathtime? Rocking? Naps? Do tell!

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