Sooo much to say….

Wow I thought blogging desire would slow down when I have Alexis but I have to say it has tripled. There’s so much to share and write about and so much to reflect on.
I’ll try to get a general “thoughts” post once a week- type up some thoughts on my iPhone while feeding Lexi.

So here’s what I’ve thought up in 2 weeks of having Alexis

    • First of all, I gotta say this: despite the sleepless nights, the occasional frustration, lack of time for anything non-Lexi essential, this rocks!
      Not being a mom part (I was never crazy about becoming A MOM per se), but having a daughter, if that makes any sense to you. It’s really an amazing part of life! I don’t get why some women become bitter and competitive and guilt ridden once they have kids. All I feel is love for everyone. Just bliss and joy!
    • I was told my heart will explode from love I’ve never felt before. But both me and my husband agree that for us it’s less of an explosion but more of an all encompassing complete and deep, calm love. There from the very beginning. It’s a “but of course” kind of feeling.
    • Having a baby changes you and at the same time it doesn’t. What it changes is how you look at certain things and desires. I still can’t wait till we have a better handle on this newborn stage so that we could go places, both wear cute clothes, look fabulous, spend time at the beach, till I can work out and get my body into tip top shape, till I can hang with my friends again, till I can work, and we can take weekend trips to Disney and do all the things we used to do but now with Lexi. But at the same time, I look at my model friends’ Facebook photos of them flying to exotic locations, partying, having fun and for the first time since I quit that life, all I think is “wow I so would rather be here with Lexi right now!” which is a big departure from my previous thoughts of “Oh man, this is awesome looking- I could so be there right now if I wasn’t pregnant”
    • You won’t believe this one (because I don’t!):
      Having spent the whole pregnancy not really digging the state and not getting why some women enjoy being pregnant and miss it, some of my first thoughts upon coming home with Alexis and looking at my last preggo photos were “Aaaawww I miss having her in my belly!”
      Now that I know the preciousness that comes out of the whole process, being pregnant doesn’t seem that miserable. 🙂
    • Not knowing whether what you’re experiencing is normal or something is wrong is tough. The first week or two of Alexis feeding every 30 min 24/7 while the books AND online resources AND all people on message boards say 2-3 hours is average. Her not sleeping at all while everyone’s babies I read about sleep 2-3 or longer stretches at night… Second guessing yourself…
      I have to say it was VERY helpful to hear from all you breastfeeding mamas that for an exclusively breastfed baby THAT is normal. I can relax and not worry that my baby is in pain, doesn’t get enough milk or something along those lines- she just likes to eat and cuddle- Whew!
    • Once we figured out what Lexi wants it has been wonderful. I’m trying hard not to feel pressure to be productive and just enjoy our every 30 minute feedings and snuggles and coos. Taking care of a newborn especially with the support system I have here isn’t that hard at all (minus the 2 days it took us to figure out why she wasn’t sleeping and what needed to be done).
    • Lexi now sleeps and behaves exactly how you’d expect a newborn to be. She isn’t a great sleeper, she does get fussy, she gets bouts of crying where we’re not sure what’s wrong ( usually minor gas that relieves itself within minutes or her being overly tired and not able to go to sleep without a lot of shushing and rocking and swaddling), she loves to be held and snuggled, she loves to eat and is actively working on her Sumo Wrestler face. In other words, she’s our perfect angel who gives her parents a lot of joy along with a lot of work. She now sleeps about 2 hours stretches at night (8pm-5am), with occasional nights being worse than others. After 5 am, she switches to day time and starts feeding every 30 minutes to every hour depending on the day. Yesterday she was cluster feeding- I literally didn’t get out of my rocker all day- every 20 minutes, sometimes without breaks… Today she’s been eating every hour, and currently she’s going on her 2nd hour of nap time, which is allowing me to type up this update.
    • Daddy has been in charge of all diaper changes and dressing, as well as making sure mommy is comfortable during nursing sessions and has what she needs. He does get jealous though, because he thinks Alexis responds to me better but I keep reminding him it will take time and that he needs to keep spending time with her.
    • We’ve been getting a few coos from her and a TON of smiles. Some of them I can tell are gas smiles, others – not so sure. She almost laughs… And always in response to us talking to her. She loves her grandmas too. Gives them more smiles than she gives us. (either that or they make her gassy lol)

      {organic footie is by Finn&Emma} 
    • Alexis is blossoming into a more coherent human being, with lots of alert time which is so much fun to watch.
    • My heart goes out to mothers who have colicky and refluxy babies. Having had a tiny glimpse into what it’s like- its no fun. And I doubt many people understand or appreciate it.
    • We’ve been doing tummy time and this girl has impressive head control. She doesn’t hate tummy time but does get tired after a while. It’s so much more interesting to lay down and look at the blue cover than it is holding your head up.

      Wimmer Ferguson Black and White Development Board can be bought here


    • First bath after her cord fell off on day 7 was a lot of crying, 2nd bath worked out much better mostly cuz mommy and daddy blasted the heater in the house to warm the room up.
      Post Bath Snuggles
    • Alexis is so adorable when she sleeps I can’t handle it.
    • I have tried to put her into my Moby wrap twice now and she isn’t digging it. I keep doing it when she’s about to ask for food or too tired but in the last few days that’s all she’s been- hungry or tired. I’m really itching to go for a walk with her.
    • I’ve been using Baby Connect app on my phone to track her feedings and BM since day 1 and I really love it. The interface is awesome! And I love the statistics bar. Like for the past 5 days she’s had 19-21 feedings a day (most of which occur during the day), 9 BM diapers and 10 wet diapers- you go girl! 🙂
    • It’s looking like for a while the only photos I’ll have are homey-looking ones. No make up, messed up hair and lounge clothes.  I really need to get Lexi to like Moby wrap so that we could start getting out. Though, I keep forgetting-she’s only 2 weeks old, so little and new but it seems like I’ve known her forever. We’ll have plenty  of time to get out.
    • Oh and we started using cloth diapers this morning. I’m still getting used to them. We’ve been using cloth wipes since the beginning and do laundry daily, so diapers don’t really add any work. I just have to figure out fits and snaps, since I have all different brands.Alright, I’m out- Love and Peace to everyone!

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68 Comments

  • Reply
    00502373740315635689
    February 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    My goodness, Elena. She is so alert! I love it! It’s so hard to think that she’s already 2 weeks!! She’s so beautiful

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    Seza
    February 16, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Hey there. I’m a new reader – I have two boys and breastfed them both for a year or more. Both were very happy, very settled babies.
    Can I say, Lexi is utterly adorable! Looks like you guys are doing a GREAT job!!!

    I just wondered if you are feeding Lexi long enough each feed? Every 30 minutes sounds exhausting for you, you poor love. I coerced my boys (wet clothes, tickles etc if they dropped off) into feeding a minimum of 20-30 mins each feed. Just to ensure they filled up and could go long between feeds. I only fed them when they woke from a nap so they were hungry too. It meant they did do the ‘average’ of 2-3 hours between feeds because their bellies were very full. Mostly saying this because I’m hoping YOU get enough rest…not to say that every 30 mins is a problem.
    Anyhooo – just my thoughts.

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    Verna Stephenson
    February 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    With my kids they would fight the Moby for a couple minutes and then calm down, they also did this with swaddling. Keep trying it, she’ll get used to it. My kids both LOVED the Moby! She is beautiful and you look great, even with no make up! ; )

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    Bee
    February 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Thanks for sharing! I’m so looking forward to our very own little one arriving. I’m sensitive anyway, but your thoughts on the past 2 weeks made me cry (with happiness).
    All the best,
    Bee

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    09474570964014337085
    February 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    She’s lovely and you’re doing great!

    I wouldn’t say that the love I felt when Ada was born was heart-exploding either. A friend once told me, “You won’t believe how big your heart gets.” That statement, I think, is much more accurate. What I find so interesting about it is that it isn’t static. How I felt about Ada at 2 weeks was very strong and instinctual. The longer she is a central part of my life, the more that love deepens, matures and feels more secure – slow and steady. I remember clearly the day I looked at her and thought, “Shit. I really love this kid. Like, really love her like someone I’ve known for a very long time.” It was shocking. It took a couple of days for me to wrap my mind around that shift. It still is amazing to me that if you ask right now I would swear I couldn’t love her even a smidge more than I do right this second but tomorrow I’ll swear that I love her more than I did yesterday.

    Having a child is the most soul-expanding thing that can ever happen to a person. Of that I’m convinced. Welcome to this fabulous life!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    February 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    She is so precious! Love your posts and anxiously await each one!

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    LeAnn
    February 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    The Moby is great, but she might not be comfortable in it until she’s a little bigger. Don’t give up trying! And I think you look fantastic without makeup, more natural, and natural is a beautiful pairing with a newborn 🙂

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      Anne
      February 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Agree ! I prefer you (and almost all women) without make-up !

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    McCall
    February 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Gorgeous baby!! Just keep in mind that there is no ‘normal’ when it comes to babies. Each is so different in their needs and wants and personalities. It was so hard for me to feel like I was doing everything ‘right’ with my daughter and after a while I realized that as long as she was happy, fed, warm, and loved, it was right. (also, she slept better/longer at night in a swing or seat that propped her up so her tummy wouldn’t hurt) It looks like you are doing amazing! Whenever you get tired of feeding her or waking up with her, just remember that someday she will be too big to cradle and someday she may not want to snuggle you or need you for things. Now is a magical time 🙂

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    Kim Tarry
    February 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    wow smiles already at 2 weeks!? Chloe didn’t smile until at least 2 months (apart from gas faces)

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    05501609809498320067
    February 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Gah!! Love your posts. . .I look forward to each and every one! Thank you for continuing to keep your fabulous blog! I have newborn envy right now 🙂

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    Claudia
    February 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    She is so gorgeous! Congratulations on your beautiful little daughter.

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    Terra Cotta Momma
    February 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    You have known her forever! I got out at 2 weeks was getting stir-crazy! Beautiful daughter! Glad your loving being a mom, it is such a joy!

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    04224199457326768034
    February 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    She is very sweet! I like her in purple. It goes well with her beautiful hair! So, quick idea: I also had a super hard time getting the bathroom warm enough for baths, and I hated chilling my little guy when he was so tiny. So I took him in the shower with me. I would finish scrubbing up, and then Hubbby would pass me a naked baby. He loved the warmth against my chest, and the water was just right. He then got handed off to dad for a warmed towel, and it worked so much better! Babies aren’t as slippery as people think, too. I still do it a few times a week with my son, and he is 6 months old. He adores it.
    Keep resting, by the way. I started walking a little too early, and ended up a mile away from my house bleeding like crazy! Take your time!

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    Sasha
    February 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Lena, privet!
    I’m so happy you are enjoying this time and I’m glad you’ve discovered cosleeping- it has saved our life as well, I love it so much and cant see it any other way.
    I have started going out with Daniel when he was a day old but I’ve never used Moby, I have been using buckle carriers or a sling. He loved a sling at first and now his favorite is beco butterfly II carrier, can’t recommend it enough! It works for newborns up to 45 pounds and comes in lots of beautiful colors of fabric.
    Good luck girl!

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    Rebecca
    February 16, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    She is so adorable!! I am glad she is sleeping better. I have a little boy who is now almost 2, but the newborn stage is still so fresh in our minds that my husband and I do not want any more kids. We’re “one and done.” Even though our little boy was such an easy baby (good eater and sleeper, laid back), I was extremely exhausted and still am!!! I’m glad you’ve been posting updates though. They’re fun to read. I’m looking forward to your post baby body updates; I’m wondering if you’ll be one of those women who loses weight quickly from breastfeeding or holds onto extra weight from breastfeeding. It’s crazy how it can swing in either direction like that with different people. Anyway, keep up the good work and she is absolutely ADORABLE!

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    Sylvie
    February 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    I use the baby connect and love it. It was very helpful during the pediatrician appointments too.

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    Christina
    February 16, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    She looks great!! So alert at tummy time. I had a great big chunky monkey that hated it and would cry and scream the whole time.

    Good Luck with cding! I know it’s hard to figure it out at first…

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    Baby Room
    February 16, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    She is absolutey precious! Congratulations on baby Alexis!!!!

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    Tiffany
    February 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Cloth wipes are the best thing in the world. I tell moms all the time, if ever stopped cloth diapering (not that I will), that I will continuing using cloth wipes forever. They work so much better.

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    Rockie
    February 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Yippee! Updates, I’m sorry I know I sound selfish but it’s so good reading some of your thoughts and updates. Alexis is super cute and adorable. It’s so good to read honest opinions on babies. Loved the pics. 🙂

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    Hansen
    February 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Have you ever considered doing any video posts? Maybe once a week or something.

    I will admit that I am in the camp of people that read your writing as slightly condescending. However, I just happened to click on your gender reveal video and you two seem like decent people. Maybe it’s your writing style that isn’t doing you any favors in the likability department…although, that seems to be what keeps people coming back.

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    Rachel M.
    February 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Love this post and the pictures. You look so calm and peaceful with her in your arms!

    I remember when my son was 3 months old and I was itching to work out and do something besides nurse and housework! One of my fellow mommy friends gently told me “he is still very young, just soak up this time!” now that he is almost 2 years old, I miss that young stage so much! I don’t miss the advice or the “have you tried___?” but I miss my young tree frog who only wanted to be held and nursed. It is truly a flash in time that you never get back. Even if you have more kids, you won’t be able to give them this undivided attention with the whole world revolving around your first baby.

    Keep soaking up the newness of motherhood. I know the nature of blogs is that you get advice and a$$h0le comments, but they truly are worthless comments. You are loving her and giving her what she needs: unlimited amounts of mommy. You are doing fantastic!!

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    Jackie
    February 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I love her sleepers! The blue cupcake one from the previous post is so adorable.

    You make a very good mama! I am so happy for you and your little family.

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    Emma
    February 17, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Your little one is gorgeous, and you look great!
    (a little unsolicited advice/ideas.) Do you consume dairy products? Even some things that contain hidden dairy, (casein, whey, etc.)? My son is breastfed, and from the beginning was fussier than I expected. He would wake himself up grunting and groaning, and went from zero to screaming in no time. At first he wanted to nurse all.the.time. He got more and more uncomfortable, we tried everything, gripewater, zantac, prevacid. At about 6 weeks he started to refuse to nurse for more than 2 minutes at a time. It was terrifying and horrible, we thought it was bad reflux, but his u/s came back normal, and the meds did nothing. Finally once he had maxed out on the dosage for zantac (at about 3 months) and saw no improvements his doctor suggested MSPI (milk soy protein intolerance.) I eliminated all dairy and soy from my diet, it was like a miracle had taken place. He turned into a happy boy, and I became a much happier momma!
    Good luck to you and your family!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      February 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      Way ahead on this one. I removed all dairy products from my diet 2 weeks before delivery. Knowing how bad milk proteins are for an infant’s intestine I decided to just be proactive.
      Thank you for trying to help though and I’m glad you guys figured it out. Though I’m surprised your pedi didn’t try eliminating dairy first. It’s often the culprit of digestive and allergy problems in babies.

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        Emma
        February 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

        Have you thought about trying the elimination diet that Dr. Sears suggests? Its an idea if she seems to be staying fussy.Breastfeeding can become so difficult with a fussy eater! Good luck.

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    Adge
    February 17, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    When you get the chance can you comment on whether or not you’re speaking Russian to Lexi? I’m really intrigued by the concept of raising a baby to speak 2 languages so I’m just wondering how that’s going so far or if you’ve even started it yet since she’s so young.

    I’m glad to hear that she’s sleeping a little longer for you guys and I really admire your commitment to breast feeding.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      February 17, 2012 at 3:18 AM

      Yes I’m speaking Russian to her. I wish I could say exclusively Russian but I can’t help but do English a lot too. Hoping to improve on that and do Russian exclusively.

      Re: night sleeping, oh I wish it was the case tonight… It’s 3:17 am and I still haven’t closed my eyes… 🙁 someone is super alert all night today

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    Julia
    February 17, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    I’ve been reading your blog since Anna Saccone recommended it a few weeks ago and this is my first comment!
    I’m almost 18, so quite young, but I love babies and everything that has to do with it. I love your blog, your photos and the things you write. Alexis is so adorable! When my boyfriend first saw pictures of her he said “Wow, she’s a very cute baby” although he doesn’t say “cute” very often 🙂
    I don’t want to get pregnant in the next few years but I’m preparing myself to know as much as possible before I get pregnant. Your blog is so helpful! I’m checking it every single day!
    Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us!

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    Grace
    February 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter! It sounds like you are making a great transition to motherhood. I think you’re right that just relaxing and taking one thing at a time is the way to go. I stressed myself out a lot worrying about the “right” thing to do (like not co-sleeping or whatever), and it was just a lot of wasted energy. Relax, trust your instincts, and get all the sleep you can: it will all be fine!

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    TK
    February 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I am sure that as a photographer, you are looking forward to serious photo sessions again. But these photos are the most beautiful on your website so far. You look great- the extra weight looks really good on you, especially in your face. I have a friend with a similar build to yours who also looked the best in her life just after giving birth. She had a lot of trouble keeping the weight on and her milk supply up eating just the recommended extra calories. If she ate just what they tell you to, she looked emaciated. Not just skinny- seriously emaciated, walking skeleton. Don’t be afraid to eat more than they say you ought to.

    Keep trying with the Moby! Do you start walking right away once she’s in it? My son (now 3 months) hated it unless I put him in it and immediately started walking. He would fuss at first, then calm down once we started moving. He is still on and off about it, but I keep putting him in it when he is happy about it because he is huge (about 17lbs at 3 months- HUGE) and it is really the best carrier I’ve found for distributing his weight evenly.

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    Anna
    February 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    She is soooo gorgeous!! I can’t believe she’s only 2 weeks old, she looks so “mature” 🙂
    I love your posts, cannot wait for my baby!
    All the best!

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    liz
    February 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Sounds like you are doing great with loving and caring for her.

    advise I can give is let her cry alittle, it is good for her lung development. does not sound like she is straving with all those feedings, maybe space them out for your sake and hers, you need your sleep so you do not get sick. Then what good would that be?

    as for her sleeping with you, get her to sleep in her nursery, some of her crying maybe now she knows oh when I cry I get something and that kind of leads to spoiling her a tad. She need to learn to comfort herself and know she is ok. You have a bay monitor?

    Get her intrested in other things during the day… do get her into the stroller and take her for walks!!! In the Florida sunshine, which I was just in Delray beach, so pretty!!!!! Well keep up the good work you love her I know . But again let her cry alittle, very good for her lungs.

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      Adge
      February 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      I know I don’t have to respond to this because Elena knows better but this advice is just too horrendous to ignore. I had to respond in case there are impressionable new moms out there reading it.

      You CANNOT spoil a newborn. It is essential to feed her on demand when breast feeding because that’s how she builds up mom’s supply. Newborns do not cry just for the sake of crying. They cry because they need something whether it’s food, a diaper change, or just some lovin’. Caring for your newborn’s needs when they need them shows your baby that they can depend on you and helps establish a good mommy/baby bond. Newborns don’t know how to manipulate and you want them to know that if they cry they’ll get what they need because then they’ll learn to trust you.

      Newborns go from being held and nurtured 24/7 for nine months to being held and fed for maybe half that time. No amount of feeding, holding, or loving your newborn can ever top the time they spent in utero so you cannot spoil them.

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        liz
        February 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        No disrespect, you can delete this comment if you wish…. I did not intend for it to come across as it did.

        Each day is a learning experience, for both parents and child. Blessings to you!!!

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          Kirsten H
          February 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

          I totally agree with Adge, you can’t spoil a newborn! 🙂 Wouldn’t letting them “cry it out” be denying them the one thing they need most– you?

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      Allison
      February 18, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      I just cannot let Liz’s comment go, even though I am sure you know better, Elena- the idea that crying is “good for lung development” is absolute bullshit. It’s an old antiquated wives’ tale, right up there with “Spare the rod and spoil the child.”

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    Julie
    February 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Congrats Elena. She’s beautiful. Welcome to the most amazing ‘club’ in the world. 🙂

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    Elena C.
    February 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Awwww, I cannot believe she is able to hold her head already! Even if for a bit 🙂
    She’s sooo cute after bath and sleeping in your arms 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    February 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I don’t mean to pick, but Alexis’ latch in that BF picture looks very, very shallow. Are you getting help from a lactation consultant? If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you go see one. They can check her latch and positioning (that also looks off to me – her tummy should be pressed right against yours and her head should be tilted back), as well as weigh her before and after you offer each side to see how much milk she’s actually getting. If you are still having trouble with cracked nipples, this should be a top priority for you. Plus, most places that staff lactation consultants offer breastfeeding support groups every week. It’s so, so helpful to get together with other new moms and chat about all of it with other people who are going through it (or have gone through it in past few weeks/months). Please think about it – you’ll be so glad you did.

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    momof3girls
    February 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I don’t mean to sound like I am criticizing you, but 19-21 feedings is an awful lot. She might be using you as a pacifier. If she were doing that during the day and sleeping 5-6 hours at night, maybe, but otherwise it seems excessive and may explain all the gas, um, I mean smiles….that would explain all the smiles.

    If you mean 19-21 latches on both breasts (so, 10-11 total feedings) that would make more sense.

    My EBF girls are nursed around the clock for about 3 straight weeks and always averaged 8-12 feedings/day in that time. It began to space out a bit after that. Talk to your pediatrician. Feeding on-demand and comfort nursing are not the same.

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    momof3girls
    February 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Also, the BF’ing pic might just be a “staged” shot just for fun, but if it isn’t, maybe get some help w/ her latch. She doesn’t look like she is properly latched. Her mouth should be much more open and her face almost smushed against your breast, if that makes sense.

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      Erin
      February 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Like duck lips–that’s how I knew my LO’s latch was right! She looked like a duck!

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    Amy
    February 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I think you look beautiful as a new momma. I think it took me a good month after my girls were born to actually put on make up and clothes other than yoga pants. 🙂

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    Carolyn Kipper
    February 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Aw it looks like she might have curly hair? My second daughter has curls and it’s the sweetest thing ever.

    If I were you I’d stop responding to people’s comments. It’s your life, your baby, so who gives a crap about anyone else?

    PS: Did you hire a newborn photog? She is still young enough that you could get some newborn shots. My advice (sorry if I’m being repetitive), is to set up a blanket facing a large window that is close to the ground or at least on the same level as baby. Warm the room up to like 85 degrees and then shoot away w/ a wide aperture. Example pull back shot: http://erinelizabeth.com.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Pullback-11.jpg

    I think you could also take photos like this of your hubby + Alexis: http://www.kipperphotography.com/2011/09/seattle-newborn-photographer.html or this:

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    Kirsten H
    February 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I have never seen baby hold their head up so soon! That is amazing! 🙂 Her eyes are simply gorgeous!

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    Sommer
    February 18, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Congratulations!!!

    I know you have many things you’re wanting to post about and it’s still early, but in the next couple months if you can get to it, can you do a post on the most indespensible things as a new momma? And the things that were not useful at all? I’m due in august and working on my registry and it’s overwhelming with how many lists are out there recommending a hundred things for newborns.

    By the way I love your blog. You’ve been a great resource and starting point for my education on pregnancy and labor (I was clueless about all this before!). Sure there are sites on the physical-ness of pregnancy, but i wouldnt have even thought about a birth plan, hypnobaby, etc without this blog. Thank you and I hope you continue writing!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      February 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Oh I remember how overwhelming it was. I’ll definitely be posting about most useful products in the first month or two.
      Good luck with pregnancy!

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    14287690971101360728
    February 18, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Congratulations Elena! Lexi is beautiful. As always I love how honest and to the point your are. Love your blog!

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    Kat
    February 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    I did not love a lot of the pregnancy during it but I can’t believe how much I miss it now!!! Is that crazy?? I hope not

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    Victoriaaa
    February 19, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Oh my she’s perfect! .. eeek baby envy, may my last 8 weeks fly by.
    Literally just posted my first blog and stumbled across yours and a few others.. going to have a good old read with a cuppa & my feet up i think. Amazing photos too 🙂 cant wait to see more as she grows up. x

    http://walkingtalkingpollypocket.blogspot.com

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    thebabywife
    February 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    She’s beautiful. Be kind to yourself – remember in some cultures mums stay in bed with their babies for 6 weeks, so don’t be in a rush to do stuff, you are doing just perfectly the way you are x

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    Meghan
    February 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Still no birth story? Must have been super awful for you.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      February 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      Seriously? Do you expect me to drop my newborn who barely sleeps and feeds around the clock so that I could write a birth story for you?
      Comments like that make me not want to even take the time to do a good job writing it.
      It’ll come when I have a second to sit down to write it.

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        Meghan
        February 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Whoa. You’ve written three posts since giving birth. Since you’ve talked a ton about preparing for birth and helping others out about the preparation and experience, one would assume that the birth story would be a high priority and would be one of those posts. Seems so odd that it hasn’t been, so naturally one can assume something went wrong. Chill out.

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          February 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

          It IS high priority,but that also makes it time consuming and important to write when you’re not rushed. I’m more focused on expressing my feelings about things that are going on, including postpartum updates rather something that already happened. I’ve been able to open my computer 0 times in the last 5 days, so yeah something as big as a birth story is going to have to wait.
          And i think I already wrote in the other posts that the birth experience was great and nothing and everything i thought it would be.
          People demanding a birth story and assuming that smth went wrong ( I would write about that regardless of how it worked out, since i don’t think any birth experience is “awful”) isn’t exactly something I want to be dealing with right now.

          • Meghan
            February 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM

            1. I never demanded your birth story.

            2. Awful birth stories are relative to everyone. Poop on the table? Epidural when it wasn’t wanted? Emergency csection to save your child? Blue child with low apgars that spends a week in nicu? Trust me, even if the ending is great, people can not have the birth they thought they’d have and think the experience was awful. Hell, it’s just like pregnancy. I know a ton of people who think the experience is a 9 month life sucking, awful experience and yet do it again and again (3x myself).

            You seem a little defensive about the birth story. I can take a guess as to how it turned out for you but will happily wait to read how your months of preparation worked out in the end.

          • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
            February 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

            Not defensive, just don’t need the added pressure right now of everyone asking when, and snarily assuming things.
            The only awful thing in any birth experience would be health complications for mother or baby, and since we got discharged the 2nd day- that was not that case.

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      Alana
      February 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Comments like these are just so rude. Elena, you do not need to justify when you write your birth story. It is yours alone and your choice when to share it. I just cannot believe how rude people are to you here, but I think that some women find your self-confidence and attention to detail to be threatening.

      Your baby is gorgeous and in the next few weeks, sleep and eating patterns will change significantly. I didn’t sleep until my baby was 3 weeks old–she also ate frequently, it’s completely normal for a newborn. Very soon, you will feel refreshed and like yourself again.

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      Allison
      March 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Wow meghan, sounds like you’re the one that needs to chill out. She may have been defensive, but that was only because your original comment was quite snarky, presumptuous and rude. I don’t understand why everyone cannot just be kind on their comments here. It seems like everyone sure has an opinion when they have a computer to hide behind. Remember this is Elena’s blog, Elena’s life, Elena’s birth story—let her do what what she wants on her own timing, and if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.

      Elena, I have been reading for a few months now but this is my first comment. I don’t always agree with everything you say, but i really enjoy your blog. I always enjoy reading different perspectives on parenthood. There is no “right” way to raise your child. You seem to be a wonderful mother who loves Alexis very much. Congratulations to you–she is beautiful! I wish you lots of happiness and a blog free of negativitity!!

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    Kolleen
    February 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    You are doing fantastic! She is absolutely gorgeous! One quick question though. What is that wedge thing you have her on during belly time? I have no clue! Any help would be much appreciated!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      February 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Just an incline that helps them train their neck better. I got it from infantino.

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        Kolleen
        February 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        Thanks so much for replying!

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    bekkah
    February 20, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Congratulations!! She’s absolutely precious! I’m so happy for you and excited that she’s finally here 🙂 Our little one will be 9 weeks tomorrow…crazy how quickly life is moving!?

    I have a moby wrap, but to be honest, I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet…it looks kinda complicated to me. Neither one of my girls liked the bjorn…particularly at the start when they had to face inwards. It would be GREAT to have something that she was comfortable in now. I’m going to take a look at it tonight.

    Best wishes to you guys…I know at times it’s tough (we’re on our SECOND ‘colicky’ baby), but keep’on enjoying her 🙂

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    14972501039464497512
    February 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    The photos of Alexis and you are so natural and beautiful, love them. Keep going with your mommy instincts, you’re doing a great job.

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    Krista
    February 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    One trick that helped us with baths is to put a warm wash cloth on her belly while you’re washing something else. Just keep wetting it with warm water, otherwise it will cool down. This will help with you power bill..LOL!

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    Steve Hall
    April 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Recently bought a baby bjorn carrier and it’s amazing for small toddlers! One problem you might come across is moving the baby in and out of this carrier, this is often difficult should you be in a rush.

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