Monday, March 30, 2009

Chronicles of “Nananas” or Nipple Confusion: The Saga Continues

Well, Holden turned 8-weeks yesterday.

I was meeting some friends at Marie Calendars for pie on Saturday evening (it’s across the street from St. Mark’s hospital) reflecting on where I was at this time two months ago… It’s amazing how fast it’s flown by.

Super Mario Brother

Everyone says ‘they grow up fast’ and it’s true. Holden is already like 13 pounds! He’s outgrown his newborn clothes and most of his 0-3 month onesies look like he wearing a muscle shirt (like a cheesy Guido going ‘clubbing’ in a medium gap-T when he should be wearing a large.) Just kidding, my kid doesn’t look anything like a Mediterranean clubber… he’s 100% Mangum and that means my dark features apparently did not have the override in the gene pool I was planning on. C’est tout. Besides, everyone knows I’m part-Mexican, not Italian anyway.

OK, so where are we?!?!

Seriously So Blessed?

Apparently I now have a “mommy blog” which kind of weirds me out; considering when “Suite Spots” the column debuted in Delta Connection’s SkyWest Magazine many moons ago, I was talking about the Dead Goat Saloon and pontificating about where to get the best atmosphere with your martini (though I’ve never been a drinker). Hot-chic Salt Lake eateries and haunts, and now I’m weighing the merits of cloth diapers and trying to remember which room I left the Boppy in. Still (Suite Spots) Version 2.0 real life is much more rewarding… I just can’t believe how much I end up discussing breasts online. Speaking of…

Breast Week Ever

So remember how I am crazy about the whole nursing thing?
I mean, I cannot believe how hard it has been for Holden and me. Two months later and we are STILL not in a groove. However, after a couple more phone sessions with LeLeche League, another trip to Lactation Station, two new brands of bottles, a nipple shield (good call Bree), and of course -- more tears, I am happy to report that Holden is finally latching on. (We’re still bottle feeding expressed milk, but he’ll nurse a few times a day now so I take what I can get.)

58 is Enough

I knew it was significant, but I guess I didn’t really realize how insane it was/is that I pump 45 to 50-plus oz a day until my midwife told me she’s lucky to get 8 ounces in a 24 hr period (and some women get even less). So you can imagine her surprise when I told her two days ago I had a new all-time high: 58 ounces! (I have to find things to rejoice about when it comes to the nursing thing because I have felt like such a failure at it the majority of my post-partum days.) That said, do you think I should ask Ben and Jerry if they want to use me for their new PETA friendly flavor? (Or should that be our secret award-winning ingredient for the Mt. Olympus 10th Ward’s annual Ice-Cream Social?)

6 comments:

Kat said...

No worries about breast talk bn friends. I'm sorry you didn't hear about the nipple shield before you had Holden. And don't believe what the woman at the Lactation station says about them. I used them with both of my kids and they ween off them eventually but they are gods gift to women. No cracked or sore nipples and if they have "nipple confusion" then let them think they are drinking out of a bottle. -- I CANNOT believe you make that much milk. Start freezing now! It comes in sooo handy for church days when you need a bottle or a date night to leave a bottle with your mom. I started storing some at my mom's house just in case. Let's plan a get together soon. I have to meet this little guy.

Melanie said...

HOLY CRAP 58OZ!!!??? It was hard to get 6

Sabrena Suite-Mangum said...

Well like a "tween's" training bra, the numbers are padded: I'm lucky to get Holden to nurse 3 or 4 times in a 24 period...

Oh and Kat, I started taking over my mother-in-love's deep freeze because we ran out of room in our freezer... (PS. YES! Let's pull a Hailey Mills in Parent Trap! "Let's get together, yeah yeah yeah.")

Cicely said...

I recommend the deep freeze. It is saving my baby's life right now.

Do you realize that you are producing over three pounds of fluids per day? And you didn't want to participate in the biggest loser... you could've had it in the bag.

Staci said...

First thing..what a sweet boy and gosh he is really growing. My lil miles turned 1 today and still can wear 3-6 month clothes :S.

Yah to mommy blogs!
Yah to nipple shields
Yah to breast pumps
Yah to milk producing breast!
Yah to Holden to latching on!

Your a great mommy!

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