Newborn visit 

Today Ellen went to the doctor for her newborn visit. She checked out perfect, except for the tongue/lip tie. Just as I expected! She is also nearly back up to birth weight, so she’s a real champ!

We got the referral from the pediatrician to a big shot ENT for the tie revision, and they called to schedule this afternoon. The first available appointment wasn’t until the 18th of September!!!! When I heard that, I almost started to cry. If I had to wait that long, I’m sure I would just stop breastfeeding. 

BUT! They put us on a waitlist for cancellations, and sure enough, they called back again and we are going in tomorrow. Not to the big shot ENT, but to one of his colleagues. And I don’t care who we see as long as they can help us and save the situation. So tomorrow morning, we trek off to Gresham for the revision, and I am excited for relief!

Other than the pain from Ellen’s latch, I’ve still been dealing with engorgement and ocersupply. But I seem to be making progress on that front too and hope that within the next couple days I’ll feel great on all accounts.

Ellen is a little sweetie, with a really calm demeanor. She hardly cries. If she is hungry, she’ll chew on her fingers or root around for quite a while before beginning to cry. I don’t know if this is a true indication of her personality, or if she just hasn’t found her voice yet, but it’s really nice not to get screamed at all day!

The spit up/vomit issues she had in her first few days seem to have resolved through holding her upright, sleeping at an incline (bye bye bassinet, hello rocker), and just the passage of time. It makes nights easier, and lowers anxiety for both me and Kyle. 

Other than the appointment to fix her tie issues tomorrow, it is the first day since she arrived where we don’t have a bunch of stuff on the calendar. We are looking forward to keeping it low key and getting to know Ellen even better.

We’re doing this!

It is midnight and I have already gotten 1.5 hours of sleep. And those 1.5 hours were all in one stretch! Outlook on life, improved significantly.

However, we are having major latch issues today due to engorgement making my breasts too hard for Ellen to suck on. But we are working through the 10-20 minute process each time and eventually she gets on and gets fed. It’s rough, for sure.

We did visit the lactation consultant today and find that by their diagnostic matrix, Ellen does have tongue and lip tie just like her brother did, and the recommended solution is getting that snipped. I am happy to have my suspicions confirmed, but the ties are making the latches we do succeed in achieving quite painful.

Between the engorgement and the tongue/lip ties, it has not been an easy day for me, breastfeeding wise. It was also a super busy day generally, managed on very little sleep, but the busy-ness meant we got a partial diagnosis from the lactation consultant (doc needs to confirm and refer to no specialist for procedure still), got Lewis’s haircut, had newborn photos taken, and got visits from a bunch of family members too. It was worth it, and I’m proud to say that I only cried once very briefly despite my exhaustion and the hormones trying to drag me down.

Go me!