It’s been a while…
Ash has been home for a little over 2 weeks now. I’m starting to get the hang of the whole “mom” thing, and I’ve had the chance now to bond with my little one and really start to feel that connection we’ve been missing out on. He’s doing really well at home, putting on weight, allowing us to get some sleep at night… Although not much. I feel very fortunate that Tay and I are able to sleep in as late as we need to in order to get some extra sleep in.
He’s had diarrhea for the past week or so… the doctor thinks it could be a stomach virus, but I’m thinking it could possibly be a dairy allergy so I’m cutting dairy out completely to see if that makes a difference. I’m really not loving this whole “breastfeeding” thing, but I’ll keep it up as long as I can. I’m shooting for at least 6 months. I went last week to see the lactation consultant. Ash is tongue tied, but I’m not so sure he needs a frenotomy. Anyone have any experience with this?
I’ve found a couple of positives to the one month stay in the NICU:
– Ash is still on the NICU schedule. He eats every 3 hours, almost on the dot. He wakes up, we feed him, change him, and then he usually goes right back to sleep. But last night must have been our lucky night, as we miraculously got a 4 hour stretch in there.
– In the NICU, the babies spend a lot of time between feedings in their beds or isolettes. Possibly as a result of this, Ash isn’t one of those babies that needs to be held all the time. He loves to cuddle, but he’s fine when you set him down.
I rolled out the yoga mat on Friday for my first postpartum ashtanga practice. I was intending to just do a half-primary practice, but once I got to Navasana, I kept going through Setu Bandhasana. It felt so strange to touch my chin to my shins and press my chest against my thighs. It felt strange to practice sun salutations without my feet spread hip distance apart. In fact, the whole practice felt a little strange without the bulk of a pregnant belly. I moved pretty gingerly through twists, as I felt a little pull at the incision area, and I skipped backbends in favor of a modified setu bandhasana. I also skipped shoulderstand and the following poses, just put my legs up the wall for a bit, followed by sirsasana and the rest of finishing. Oh man, I was sore the next day. I could hardly keep up with all the chaturangas. Hopefully by May I’ll be back in shape for Sharath’s visit! 🙂 I’m hoping to come up to the city for a few days to practice with him… We’ll see.