We've had a pretty rough week. Well, I should say Gage and I (so therefore Shaun and Maisey too).
Background: I breastfed Maisey exclusively for about 2 weeks. That's it. I know, lame! But then I started supplementing with formula and completely stopped breastfeeding her at 4 months (when my dad died). I was never very good at it and had to see a lactation consultant 3 times!
Well, now I am struggling with Gage. But my goal is to exclusively breastfeed him for at least 6 months. I really want to make it to that goal! I've already been to the lactation consultant 2 times and am trying to make another appointment for next week. A few weeks ago, Gage would only eat from the right side. This week, he decided he didn't want to eat from either side and just SCREAMS through every feeding. Then he screams for 30 min. after attempting to eat and then he falls asleep for 30 minutes and then the cycle starts over again! It is extremely frustrating and really wears out my emotions! I started pumping a little bit yesterday and fed him a bottle for the first time and he does pretty well with it. He is a completely different baby when he has a full tummy and no gas! (He is EXTREMELY gassy from all of the screaming!) But I'm not sure if it's very realistic to exclusively pump for the next 4 months especially since I babysit 4 days a week and have my own crazy toddler to take care of!
Last night was the worst night and I just broke down! I couldn't handle the screaming and lack of sleep anymore! It was a rough night!
But Then. . .
My cousin called me this morning and told me that she had just got to work and was looking through the mail and sure enough, there was the envelope that she had given me 2 1/2 weeks ago with $50 in it! She wrote me a note in the envelope on the back of a piece of paper with her company's name on it. Well, I guess the post office saw that and found the address for her company and sent it back to her! How amazing!!!! I'm so glad there are such honest and nice people in this world!
This news definitely made my day! Now only if my baby would eat. . .