Well... we did it. Our first family vacation to a cottage. Yup. a 2.5 hr drive with a 1.5 yr. old and 1 month old. In debating if we were going to go I thought many times, "I'm crazy" but in the same thought if i didn't go i'd regret it. So .. i packed up the car while DH was at work, charged the iPad and loaded it with movies and in the morning off we went. We need a bigger car. Poor dog was cramped and we had majority of the stuff on the roof of my small SUV. My biggest fear was screwing up DD's sleep. Guess we were going to find out.
We arrived with great weather. I set up both kids rooms. Got a lil ghetto and rigged up a blackout blind for DD's room. for DS's I have a GroBlind. Purchasing another... too expensive. AMAZING PRODUCT THOUGH! Take a look at my creativity.
We arrived around lunch and had everyone down for a nap including us and hit the beach when they woke. Hey this wasn't that bad. No hard transition. Awesome. Bath time/bedtime. Both kids in bed and we weren't far behind. Well DD woke up at 5 am. a 6hr stretch. I was ecstatic.... AND THEN... it started. I went to nurse her. She wouldn't latch. I moved to the couch, I tried different holds. NOTHING!!! she wouldn't eat. DH woke to see if he could help, or at least be supportive which i appreciated. After an hour of trying. I gave her her soother and she went to sleep. Alright then, at 730am... I was woken by my DS. DD was still sleeping. WHAT!!!! My boobs were about to pop. The pain was intense, it had been 8.5hrs since she ate. I woke her up thinking she had to be hungry now... NOPE! Again, she wouldn't latch. Didn't want anything to do with me. After another hour, I placed her down and she slept. I had to wake her again at her next scheduled feed. Keep in mind. I'm up north with a baby who always nursed, SO WHY would i think to bring a bottle or pump. I was in agony. My JUMBOOBS were leaking everywhere. So.. again getting creative I grabbed a new bottle of water, dumped out the water and started hand expressing (cant let perfectly good milk go down the drain - ALL 8 oz of it!). For her 3rd scheduled feed of the day, again she wouldn't eat. She was so content though that it was freaking me out. Happy, cooing, just not eating. I was texting Debbie all day.
I called my midwife, she said some babies go days and to call her back if she wouldn't eat for 24 hrs. Just as debbie had said, I was to watch for wet diapers. I called the lactation consultant at Joe brant to see if my supply was in jeopardy. They told me i had to feed my baby and to either go get formula or to come home as the change in atmosphere had to be affecting her... WHAT!! seriously, absolutely not. My lil lamb was going to have to adapt. Worst case
we would be going home the next morning. I could cup feed if needed. FINALLY. After 17 hrs, like nothing phased her. She latched and nursed. SHEESH!!. My whole day, all I did was worry and be consumed with what was going on. What did i eat? Was she constipated? Is it really the new surroundings? She must be fine. A hungry baby wouldn't be as content or sleep would they? Her weight wasn't my concern. She had gained 3 lb in her 1 mo of life. Born at 7.2 she currently weighs 10.2. After she ate she went down for a nap again no problem and had her normal bedtime feed. Crisis averted. She woke at her normal 4am and 7am that night. But alas... our getaway was only one full day. We had to pack up and come home. All in all, it was a great trip. We had lots of fun on the beach playing in the sand, attempting and failing at flying a kite and indoors building table forts and playing cars with DS when it rained. Back home now. Im worried that my supply may be effected. So i'll be pumping after a few feeds for the next week or so. Drinking my mothers milk tea and taking my fenugreek. She striked on me once before.. it was 3 weeks ago. Same thing. No apparent reason. GREAT!! my 1 month old daughter has started PMS'ing early. She's gonna keep me on my toes. Not that my DS allows me to sit anyway. Well back to reality. Home again and DH at work for the night. All in all a great trip and STRIKE aside I'm very glad we went.
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