Jemma will be 5 weeks tomorrow. She turned a month old (by date) on Thursday and had her one-month appointment on Friday. She now weighs 8lbs 5oz. That gain was not a big one over the past two weeks, but the one prior was huge. In her 2nd week of life, Jemma gained 11oz! So, with that in mind and how well she looks, the increase in her length, and her eating habits, the doctor is not worried.
Jemma eats every 2 to 4 hours and sometimes at night I can get a good 4 hour stretch of sleep. Well, not full 4 hours but Jemma sleeps for that long. I have weaned from the shield as of November 1st and we have been doing well. It was an adjustment at first but she is finally latching on well and seems to do a great job of emptying the breast. I love feeding her and she is a milky-lovin’ girl for sure.
She still wears newborn clothes but we are >< that close to moving to the 0-3 month stuff because of length. I have figured out that her legs have grown but her torso remains small. She is still in the 4th percentile for height so we won’t be moving onwards and upwards at any great speed I am sure. It is funny for me to think that Joley was bigger than her while I was still pregnant and Jemma is almost 5 weeks!
As for me, well it isn’t as good. At my 2 week appointment, my blood pressure was still up. I have been on medication since then and am hopeful that I will be able to go off of it this week. I see my doctor on Tuesday so please think good thoughts in that direction. I really don’t want to be on blood pressure meds everyday… they make me feel awful. My stomach muscles are causing me pain nearly every day so I don’t think they are healing as well as I had hoped. The hernia area is also causing pain so I think that will eventually have to be repaired. boo
I have lost about 30 pounds since I had Jemma. I can’t wait until I am feeling better and my doctor says I can do more so that I can start really trying. At this point, I am still not supposed to be lifting anything or exerting those ab muscles. That has proved much more difficult than expected though with the small help I receive from my family with our house. Thankfully, hubs has been getting Joley out of bed everyday for me but the housework is falling behind and I have to ask and beg to get things done. It just stinks to be so helpless.
That is about it I guess. Like I said, I see my doctor on Tuesday and he will be checking my blood pressure again and also checking on the cysts he found on my ovaries. Please think good thoughts and/or pray for good results on both! I will try to update this week about what is going on.