Touch wood, nursing is going much better. I still experience some pain between feedings, especially when I am cold (vasospasm?). But I am pain free while nursing about 80% of the time, which is a huge improvement. Every day is getting a bit better as Jessica gets older and we work together on our breastfeeding relationship. I’m so glad that I’ve stuck it out and have made it through the first month!
In addition, Jess is such a good sleeper so far. Not only a good sleeper, but a pretty happy baby, all around. She naps well, in her pack n play, bassinet, bouncy seat, car seat, and with mommy and daddy holding her. She has just started taking a pacifier and can even fall asleep on her own with that in her mouth while in her bassinet. When she is awake, she usually only cries when she’s hungry or her diaper is dirty/wet. Otherwise, she is so alert and wants to see what’s going on with her big sisters and in our busy household!
Overall, the transition from two to three kids has gone smoother than the transition from one to two went. Maybe it’s because Marcus was home for longer and then transitioned back to work gradually. Maybe it’s because other than the breastfeeding, I’m feeling pretty confident and together. Maybe it’s because we’re used to less sleep and the selflessness that comes with parenting.
Whatever the reason, things are going well. Touch wood.