It's been 7 weeks since I gave birth to my little boy, Freddie. I really can not believe how fast these 7 weeks have gone. It's been a hectic few weeks with ups and downs but I wouldn't change a thing as I have had some amazing times in between with the girls and Freddie. One thing I am so glad I have done and stuck to is breastfeeding. I did kind of know I would of stuck to it as I was so determined not to give up and not once during the 7 weeks did I think about giving up.
How I Feel
There is no point lying or painting a 'perfect' picture because these 7 weeks have been hard. The girls have been off school for their summer holidays and having to adjust life to be a mum of 3 has been difficult. My partner went back to work when Freddie was 2 weeks old and it was a shock to the system when he returned to work. He took the kids out a lot during the first two weeks, so I had the time to bond with Freddie and time to get used to breastfeeding but when he returned to work it was hard going. I went for my postpartum check up on a Friday and she has told me to keep an eye out for warning signs of post natal depression and to take care of myself. Now that the girls are back in school I am hoping it will be a little easier.
I am so glad I decided to breastfeed Freddie. It is one of the best things I have ever done and I am quite proud of myself that I have been doing it 7 weeks already. Although he has tongue-tie, he latched on straight away and has done ever since. I did have to speak to my Health Visitor about how often he fed because I felt it was little too much. It was getting pretty silly as he was wanting a feed every 1-2 hours, sometimes half hour. He would then latch and feed for about 30-40 minutes. She has told me to make sure he is awake and if he falls asleep then to wake him up. I have done what she has advised and it has helped and I feel a little bit free - if I can say that - ha ha.
Otherwise, the breastfeeding journey is coming along pretty well. In the first week or so my eldest daughter was a little confused on why I was feeding Freddie without a bottle and she even told me that it was digusting the way I was feeding him. I spoke to her and explained to her that some babies get fed the same way as Freddie does and some get fed with bottle and explained other things too and since then she has been so supportive, both girls have.
Weight Loss Journey
I haven't done all that well but I haven't done badly either. I've gained 1lbs which I am ok about but of course I do need to loose it back again! In total I have lost around 20lbs but I do plan to get properly back into losing weight and I will be starting my workouts from home very soon!