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Little Bear’s nickname was selected for a couple of reasons: 1. It sounds cute and cuddly just like she is now; 2. For her first few weeks, she had a roar that could wake the nations.
Next week Little Bear is four months old. I can’t believe it and have already shed many a tear knowing my baby is growing up so fast and changing even faster. How can it seem like she was just born yet my heart has known her forever?
Over the past couple of weeks, Little Bear has become cuddly. Previously she really didn’t like to be confined—whether by a blanket or by arms. Now, she likes to snuggle, and that does this mommy’s heart good.
Little Bear has also learned that she has feet. Her hands were her primary interest for a while. She would gaze at her hands and move her fingers for what seemed like hours. Now, she is constantly kicking her legs up so she can look at her feet. But that isn’t the best part. She makes this delighted sound nearly every time she sees her toes.
Another new thing she has discovered is her voice. She shrieks and squeals and makes all kinds of noises. Some days I wonder if I should have nicknamed her “Flipper” because she sounds just like a dolphin!
I keep trying to capture all of this fun and excitement on video, but am mostly unsuccessful. This Little Bear will clam up as soon as she sees the camera—just like her smiles fade when she sees Mommy with the DSLR again. And I don’t even use a flash!
So, more and more I find myself succumbing to her little siren songs. She draws me in and I can’t pull myself away. I am inebriated with love and sinking in the ocean of ecstasy when in her presence. And I’m trying to remember every second.
For those who found a way to balance communicating and cuddling with their little one(s) with doing laundry and dishes and vacuuming and meal prep and work and the million other things that must be done, please let me know how you did it.
Even before Little Bear was a reality, my husband and I were committed to breastfeeding. The benefits to little ones are well documented, and we wanted to give our baby the best start to life that we could. So when developing a birth plan, we included a line indicating that as soon as she was born she would be placed on me—skin to skin. Some of the things I read said that newborns, right after they are born, will root around until they latch because the instinct to nurse is so strong. I couldn’t wait to see and experience that magical moment.
Well, that moment never came.
For some reason, our Little Bear refused to latch. Even after an appointment with the hospital’s lactation consultant and the efforts of several kind nurses, our daughter just wouldn’t cooperate. There were no typical reasons for the problem, they just said “she is stubborn.” All the experts said she would latch; it probably would just take a few days to get the hang of it.
After nearly three weeks of struggling to get her to nurse while she fought my efforts, I was ready to give up. In desperation I contacted a local chapter of the La Leche League. At first I was hesitant because I had the impression that La Leche League was a group of militant moms conducting public breastfeeding sit-ins and nursing until their kids were like 10 years old. My hesitancy and false ideas were quickly quelled.
Patti, one of the group’s leaders, proved to be an invaluable helper. She patiently emailed with me, sent over resources for me to read, and answered all my questions. She was even willing to come over to my house to help! With her assistance and encouragement, my little one and I were able to find a hold that worked for us and the latch finally came. It didn’t happen overnight. It actually took another couple of weeks. But by five weeks, we were exclusively breastfeeding—no more bottles!
I am so grateful for Patti and the La Leche League of Richfield-Bloomington for the guidance and support generously provided. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
For those living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, mark your calendars for the fourth annual garage sale fundraiser hosted by La Leche League of Richfield-Bloomington. All funds received will support its volunteer efforts to provide free mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. The sale will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. And if you have anything to donate to the sale, contact Patti at lll <dot> pattir <at> gmail <dot> com.
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