Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ongoing battle w/ mastitis

Yep, ongoing. Won't go away w/ only 7 days of meds so we are doing 10 this time around & hopefully it will kick it in the ars. This time it was b/c of clogged ducts & that is b/c I am weaning. I also got a fever for 24 hrs. The good thing? I got to nap yesterday AND it has killed my supply on the right side so dropping down to 2 pumps a day was EASY. My goal is to be done w/ the pump on April 7th so we don't have to rent it for another month. I have a little hand pump that is excellent, the Avent Isis if anyone is interested in knowing.

I know I have blogged about this several times & there are some readers that are thinking, "Get over it already." Well, I am happy to say that I am actually ready for this. I feel like I have fulfilled my commitment to my children by supplying them w/ breast milk for this long. I have suffered in many ways but each time was well worth the reward. I have enough milk stored in the freezer to provide them 75% of my milk until they turn one & then it is on to whole milk! I will, however, continue to BF Ian as long as he wants.

Other than that, things have been going well around here. The kids are becoming quite good at feeding themselves. Of the 3, Sofi & Ian will eat ANYTHING. Gabi, not so much. She refuses veggies, even new ones she has never tried like asparagus. The other 2 gobbled it up. I will continue to put the veggies on her tray & hope that 1 day she takes interest in them again.

Ian has progressed even more. He is now getting good at his pincher grasp once again. Mind you, he was the 1st to really be able to use this grasp at about 7 mths old which was way ahead of the curve. It is still hard, as a parent, to know that he is behind when he was actually the baby that was ahead of them all in the beginning. He is also babbling quite a bit more. He is repeating syllables & having "conversations" much like his sisters do w/ differences in tone & pitch.

We are also getting ready for the big 1st birthday party. We have decided to invite family & friends that have supported us throughout this 1st year. The theme: rubber duckies. I am in the process of making the kids their b-day shirts. I'll have to take a picture when I finish them. They are turning out really cute!

That is it for now!


Jaime said...

Congratulations (again) on being able to supply your cutie pies with BM for this long...I am beyond impressed and with all of the trials you have had along the way! Your children are just darling and I'm sure they will have a blast at their rubber duckie birthday bash!

Jenna said...

Just out of curiosity, why are you only BFing your son? Why not your daughters, too?

Following Him said...

Can I say ouch...geez, hope it goes away soon! Glad they are doing well :)

Surviving Triplets said...

My girls weaned a long time ago, at about 7 mths old. They had to have full boobs to BF & Ian is laid back & goes w/ the flow, literally.

Jennifer said...

Hi. I'm a lurker. (I'm not even sure how I found your blog.) My sister did the rubber ducky theme for her daughter's first birthday. She bought a 3D mold of a duck, then put it on a sheetcake that she decorated as a pond. The funny thing was that when my sister put the ducky part of the cake on my niece's tray, and my niece pet it gently. And refused to make a mess. (It disappointed me, actually! lol)

Anyways, keep up the great posting!

Surviving Triplets said...

Thanks Jennifer! I appreciate your story, what a cute niece you have!


Anonymous said...

Sorry about the mastitis, ouch! But I'm glad you are going to be able to wean from the pump in way that you are comfortable with. You've done as awesome job giving those kiddos yours breastmilk!

I can't believe it's almost their first b-day.

Meluch+3 said...

You should feel wonderful about making it through a year of bf/pumping. I just wrote a post today about weaning. It's so bittersweet. I'm glad you've blogged about all of this. Makes me feel like I'm not alone!