A friend of mine was showing me some fun astrology and once I saw mine, I thought “wow this seems pretty accurate for me!”.
Anyone else have fun looking at these?
Bear got a new car! He’s loving his 2018 Highlander Hybrid that we’ve nicknamed “The Spaceship” — all the screens and safety features are incredible! We needed something safer and super reliable to transport our precious cargo!
On Sunday, Feb 11, we welcomed our Mini: Arden Elise Campbell. She arrived with a conehead after 27 hours of labor at 10:09pm. She was oriented OP, and I got my epidural at 4cm around 9:30am from one of my colleagues, Shiyin. The epidural was perfect — it was so nice to have to take the edge off the pain. However, because she was OP, I was still having quite a bit of back/bottom pressure from her head coming down and placing a lot of pressure on my tailbone. We tried multiple maneuvers to get her turned, but to no avail. My OB, Kim Washkowiak, came in on her day off to deliver Arden (that’s a huge deal and wonderful Around 9pm, she was 10 cm and complete…and it was time to push! After an hour of pushing an OP baby… we met our sweet Arden bug. She was 7lb 3 oz, 21 inches long, and absolutely perfect. She had a great latch, and we started breastfeeding immediately. Of course, it would take almost a week for my milk to come in. We supplemented with formula and breastfed as well as pumped to increase my milk supply. She’s been a wonderful journey so far. We’re learning new things about and us everyday.
This month was a blur! Waking every 2-3 hours in the night to feed Arden made this month fly by! There were highs and lows along my breastfeeding journey. It’s finally settled down and breastfeeding and pumping are going well. We’re still supplementing with formula so she’s getting both.
She’s 2 months old this month and already at 10lb! Bear sold his trusty 4Runner.
I’ve always been a bit lazy it comes to planning ahead for groceries and meals. Thank goodness for home delivery services like Blue Apron, SunBasket, Gobble, etc! They’ve been an all-in-one encompassing savior to meals. We used to do date nights while cooking in the kitchen, enjoying a glass or 2 of wine, and catching up on the hectic weekday. However, the thought/idea of meal planning or cooking right now is even further removed from my mind since our little one arrived. Enter Tovala — an incredible meal delivery service using healthy ingredients and creative menus. Tovala has been our go-to for hectic days… basically daily. I’ve enjoyed all of these menu delivery services!
But, I want to be able to create my own buddha bowls as I want to incorporate more vegetable and nutritional ingredients into my diet.
Great blogs with how-tos and recipes:
When I go back to work, I’m looking forward to having a healthy diet/lifestyle despite having an infant and full-time job.
I’m learning so much along this parenting journey! Right now, I’m just trying to read as much as I can in preparation for the next step. Arden is 5 weeks old and we’re managing to keep the sanity around here. Improving our sleep would be a huge bonus for us — so maybe sleep schedules are the place to start.
On Sunday, Feb 11, we welcomed our Mini: Arden! She arrived with a conehead after 27 hours of labor at 10:09pm. She was oriented OP, and I got my epidural at 4cm around 9:30am from one of my colleagues, Shiyin. The epidural was perfect — it was so nice to have to take the edge off the pain. However, because she was OP, I was still having quite a bit of back/bottom pressure from her head coming down and placing a lot of pressure on my tailbone. We tried multiple maneuvers to get her turned, but to no avail. My OB, Dr. Washkowiak, came in on her day off to deliver Arden (that’s a huge deal and wonderful favor from my OB). Around 9pm, she was 10 cm and complete…and it was time to push! After an hour of pushing an OP baby… we met our sweet Arden bug. She was 7lb 3 oz, 21 inches long, and absolutely perfect. She had a great latch, and we started breastfeeding immediately. Of course, it would take almost a week for my milk to come in. We supplemented with formula and breastfed as well as pumped to increase my milk supply. She’s been a wonderful journey so far. We’re learning new things about her and us everyday.
Just look at the title. Artificial anything just isn’t good for you. Period. But you want data? See below:
I’ve heard that breastfeeding is tough. The 1st month can be outright brutal. Why does such a natural process give so many new mothers problems? So, I’m researching and looking into this.
I’ve been thinking lately (I’m 37 weeks, 6 days)… can I get a head start on breastfeeding to induce labor?
Breastfeeding is hard. The first week after Arden was born was a really rough one — lack of sleep, whole new routine/schedule, physical pain, soreness, learning new parenting skills, etc. It took a while for my milk to come in… almost a week for me. Once it did, it wasn’t much. So my pediatrician recommended that we start supplementing with formula as Arden had lost 10% of her birth weight. This made me so sad as I was committed and ready to exclusively breast feed. But, my body was not ready. So, I continued breastfeeding her every 3 hours (we set alarms to make sure I was on time) while also supplementing her with 2 oz. of Enfamil Premium Newborn. I started going to a breastfeeding support group which is so wonderful because it connects mothers with other mothers and helps us all troubleshoot our breastfeeding challenges. It’s interesting to hear other moms speak of their troubles because everyone seems to have different questions at various points in their baby’s life. After doing a week of formula supplementation, I went back to the pediatrician and Arden not only met her birth weight but also gained some as well. This made me feel better as a mom because she was getting the nutrition she needed despite my best efforts at breastfeeding. But, I wasn’t giving up on the boob. The more I searched the internet and asked at our breastfeeding support group, the more I learned and started brainstorming to see if I could get my body to produce more breastmilk.
Breastfeeding 10 minutes on each breast every 3 hours (starting from the initial feed, not at the end of the feed). Nipples were extremely sore. Arden had a great latch and would suckle vigorously. I even considered a nipple shield for pain. I used breastmilk and lanolin around the nipple after each feed. This was the most painful week.
I started experimenting with pumping as there was one day where my nipples were too sore to allow Arden to breastfeed. I still went every 3 hours on the breast pump (Medela In-Style Advanced). After 1 day of pumping, I revisited trying to breastfeed her and my nipples felt better. I read somewhere that I should try and pump at the halfway point of my breastfeeding times. So, I would pump 1.5 hours after I started breastfeeding. This helped increase my milk supply. I went from doing 0.5 oz per breast to 1oz per breast. I think this more closely mimics a cluster feed and helps the body adapt to feed a hungry baby. Halfway through week 2, Arden started doing 15 minutes at each breast. I would often see milk in and around her mouth, so I know she was getting some breast milk. The biggest trouble was getting her to stay awake at the breast. Burping her and changing her diaper helped wake her up for the 2nd breast. Towards the end of the week, Arden started only taking one breast at each feed. She would pass out at the breast and even when we tried burping her and changing her diaper, she was satisfied enough that she did not want the second breast. This was a new behavior and I’m not sure what to do. So, I would pump the second breast…and then start her on that pumped breast at the next feed.
The start of this week, Arden is feeding every 1.5 hours. Is this a growth spurt? She’s still getting 2oz (sometimes 3 oz) of supplemental formula. This article from KellyMom was a wealth of info for me.
One of the days, Arden fed 12 times in a day. My nipples were incredibly sore from the constant feeding. I called three different local board certified lactation consultants to help — currently scheduling when that will be.
Also, I found out the Medela phone app has a video call to board certified LCs — I’m excited to try this out. It’s for a fee (not hefty), but they’re available 24/7.
For the first time, my letdown has ejected milk from the other boob while Arden is feeding on the opposite boob. I got the NatureBond Manual breast pump to place on the “free” boob while Arden is nursing and it collected 0.8 oz of liquid gold! This is a new thing for me and I’m so stoked to be able to collect every single drop!
Looking back at what I have taken consistently to get to an increase in milk supply:
And we’re already thinking of traveling with Arden soon!!
I’m decreasing the pumping after breastfeeding to just 2-3x/day. On days where I pump only and don’t breastfeed, I’m getting roughly 3oz total. How do women create freezer stashes? I don’t get it. I’m poppin’ pills like a druggie, putting Arden to my breast at least 8x/day, pumping after feeds at least 2-3x/day (now I’ve spaced them out instead of pumping directly after a feed…I now pump about an hour after a feed — to resemble a cluster feed). I could do a better job of hydrating. I’m watching my nutrition. I’ve started to workout. Then when I look at the real facts… I had a prolactinoma… that was resected… and it may have affected my milk production from a hormone standpoint. Even if all the working parts are there in my breasts, I have come to the realization that it’s ok if I’m not fully able to give my baby 100% of what she needs from nursing. I’m happy if I’m still able to transfer at least some of my milk and antibodies and goodness to her…. as well as help her develop and gain weight with the addition of formula supplement.
Here’s what we started with:
Earth’s Best Organic Infant Powder Formula with Iron, Omega-3 DHA & Omega-6 ARA 23.2 Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
After what seemed like some gas and more pasty stools… we moved to this one and she’s really loved it and I think it’s helped with her gas.
Baby’s Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Toddler Formula
Various things that she has preferred without issue of nipple confusion:
Comotomo – Baby Bottles – Baby Feeding – Green – 4 Pack – Two 5 Ounce Bottles and Two 8 Ounce Bottles
Things are going well. I’ve come to terms that I just don’t have enough milk. My letdown is fine. There’s fullness in the breasts if I go more than 5 hours for a feed. SO, I scheduled an appointment with an endocrinologist to follow up on my prolactinoma to see if that’s it. Either way, I’m enjoying breastfeeding with what I can supply and then having my husband or family pitch in to bottle feed. She just went through a growth spurt and was eating and fussing a ton.
Through all of my breastfeeding challenges, here are my thoughts/reviews on what has and hasn’t worked for me:
If I were to do it all over again I’d get:
A brief year in review…
January 2017 was a stressful month for us as we were getting ready for our February wedding. I remember the calls, appointments, dress try-ons, tastings, dance lessons, etc… there was always something to do or plan.
Our wedding on February 4, 2017 went off without a hitch. It was such a wonderful day and it seemed to be a fun time had by all! We had a mini-moon to Santa Barbara right after our wedding for a couple of days.
We celebrated Ross’ bday in Mammoth with a group of friends. It had been years since both of us had snowboarded, but it was a great time for all and no one broke anything! Such a fun time and group of people!!
Ross and I dabbled in skateboarding and ukulele. We got some awesome Carver skateboards that’s supposed to simulate surfing on land — Ross is a natural and has enjoyed skateboarding with me while I take a walk around the neighborhood. The ukulele has been a musical love of mine for a while and I finally pulled the trigger to get more into it. My piano and violin background have helped in picking it up… the uke is such a happy and portable instrument!
We took our main honeymoon at the end of April to South Africa and the Maldives. Check out our itinerary here!
After we got back from our honeymoon, both Ross and I were extremely drained. We weren’t sure if it was from the jet lag or work (this had not happened to us before and we had made multiple international flights before!). Little did we know that time of conception may have been somewhere around mid-May 2017!
And the biggest news of 2017 — our pregnancy!
We had a fun trip to Seattle in July (The Mini was 8 weeks!) to wine taste (this trip was booked before we found out about the pregnancy), watch a concert (Train and some others), stay in a yurt, and SUP the waterways of Washington!
Our last big trip of the year –> the Azores! We traveled when I was 16 and 17 weeks pregnant, which was a good time! It was the last time I would surf for this pregnancy as my belly was starting to get in the way of laying on my stomach for a paddle.
We started looking at a small house remodel by adding an accessory dwelling unit to our first floor with a separate entrance. We made plans with the architect and interior decorator, however, once we got our permits submitted to the city…. we discovered they wanted a lofty fee for an accessory dwelling unit that wasn’t mandated by state law. We’re hoping this fee gets amended or better yet dropped as we have our permits for a year. So time will tell!
NYE was a busy day! I worked from 7a-5:30p and then went out to a nice 7p dinner with my bear at our first date spot Cucina Enoteca. We got home around 9ish and tried to stay up but we passed out on the couch from then until midnight! Thank goodness for DVR bc we could rewind the NY ball drop and watch it and celebrate! We opted for a new year tradition: planting one tree/plant (indoor or outdoor) each year! This year we planted three indoor palms (chamaedorea costaricana, howea forsteriana, chambeyronia macro) and one outdoor palm (from our wedding: the blue green palm — butia capitata blue).
Happy New Year!!
Here’s a post that I wrote on my medical blog that’s important for patients, physicians, and families. Please take the time to take care of your health — you are empowered and have the capability of making drastic changes to enhance and prolong your life.
Make it a great one!
Ever since Apple came out with the new iOS for iPhone, it’s made my phone extremely slow and drains the battery life. Thanks Apple. This led me to consider doing a phone upgrade, but my phone isn’t that old and it works fine (I have an iPhone 6). Currently, I’m on AT&T bc it gives me the best cell signal at work. But, the more I’ve been researching…. the more I’m leaning towards T-mobile or Google Project Fi.
We would definitely have more opportunities and data options on T-Mobile. Question is whether it gets good signal in the places where we want to be. If T-Mobile does get a good signal, it’s a no-brainer for us to switch to T-Mobile. Google Fi is a strong contender, but I don’t know much about it and there aren’t many reviews on it… and I don’t know where the coverage will be the best for us. There’s a lot of great perks, but I think at this point we need to go with longevity and data and good customer service that’s known. Google Fi is only available for android phones so we’d have to switch from iPhone to Android. Whereas with T-mobile, we could take our existing iPhones to make the switch.