baby aaron is 6 days old, just wanted to stop by and update you!
the baby is doing great. the only glitch so far is that he isn't quite a rockstar at breastfeeding yet, so we called in a lactation consultant who said that it's 100% normal for a 38-weeker to have trouble latching on, since they're a little uncoordinated and drowsy relative to 40-weekers. so we breastfeed several times a day so he can practice, and then i pump and bottle-feed him the rest to make sure he gets enough food while he gets this latching thing down.
DH and i are remarkably well-rested and non-stressed thanks to our awesome parents--my mom as well as MIL and FIL are here helping out, so we have a 5 to 1 adult to baby ratio--pretty sweet! the grandmothers take care of the baby during the night and only wake me up to nurse him every three hours. we're a little bit nervous about how we'll manage things when the grandparent help is gone in a couple of weeks, but for now we're enjoying every minute of it!
medically i'm okay. it's incredible how resilient the body is--after losing 1.8 liters of blood my body is still producing enough breastmilk for our baby boy. i was pretty weak when we left the hospital, and after i had an uncontrollable shivering fit on monday DH has been insisting that i stay in bed all day and that he bring the baby to me for nursing (not a small task--i spend a good 12 hours a day nursing, pumping, and bottle-feeding)! i'm starting to feel much better, so hopefully i'll be 100% and be able to do more mommy work in a couple of weeks.
hope all of you ladies are doing well! i'm off to catch up on posts . . .