Saturday, 2 June 2012
AP and me - part 3
Disclaimer: This is what happened with my little family but each family is different and what worked for us might not work for everybody...you get the concept.
I'm one on those lucky people who never had any problems breastfeeding. Alice was a natural and, according to the nurse, I have awesome nipples! However, my incredibly fast metabolism (my doctor made me drink horrible protein shakes to help me keep some precious pregnancy fat) made breastfeeding a bit intense as Alice was heading to her first birthday. As a result of loosing too much weight, breastfeeding Alice on demand left me physically drained, dizzy by moments and stuck with annoying little headaches. Consequently, I'm now only feeding Alice 2-3 times a day and for "special occasions".
To be honest, cosleeping turned out to be a bitch a few months ago. Getting kicked in the face numerous time during the night was slowly getting on my nerves (and on Dan's nerves). It was time to move the little lady in her own bed, in her own nursery and to cut most of the night booby snacks...hopefully without any drama. Luckily, for us, Jamie from Hank and Lucy sent me a great link Sleeping Through the Night Without Tears. I could not believed my eyes that, after 13 months in the family bed, Alice was now taking her naps and sleeping peacefully at night in her bed. As much as I didn't have faith in the process (a 3 phases plan over 10 days created by Dr. Jay Gorda), it worked wonderfully and without drama *doing a happy little dance*...only a bit of frustration the first two nights.
*doing another happy little dance* Babywearing is still our main way of transportation. Thanks to our long and lean genetic disposition, Alice (at a constant 25th percentile), is still very comfortable to carry. I know many moms who recently had to welcome the stroller as a full time device because they were having unpleasant back pain. I'm aware that I won't be able to carry Alice in my Ergo forever so I try to enjoy every mom & daughter moments that we have together using the baby carrier (even on very hot and humid days).
To me, AP is not about being a slave to your child and forgetting yourself. To the opposite, I think that it is more about working as a team with your kid (and your partner) and respecting your limits. A happy mom will always be a better mom...no matter what kind of parental style she decides to do!