Friday, August 10, 2007

I am Rachel, hear me roar!

Rachel's really a good baby, but since I've been sick she has been a little more grumpy than usual. Mastitis makes breast milk taste saltier, and apparently she doesn't like it as much because we've started to go through a crying fit before she'll take the infected side. It's Sorry, Rachel-girl, but if you want mommy to get better you have to do it.

So now before she'll eat we have to calm her down. It's a pretty tricky business. I can't wait until I'm better. Being a parent is hard enough. Being a parent and being sick is definitely not fun.

I've filled out more medical forms in the last few weeks than I have in my whole life up to July 20th. On Monday I had to take a postpartum depression quiz. One of the questions was, "Do you feel that having a baby interferes with your typical daily routine or your ability to get things done?"

Hmmm...let me think...

I put that down as a two out of three. The higher you rate it, apparently the more likely you are to be depressed. Now, I'm pretty sure I'm not depressed. I used to cry everyday but I don't anymore. I've been doing pretty good. However, I don't really have a typical daily routine yet. And I certainly don't have the routine I had before Rachel came along. As for getting things done, well...I've changed a lot more diapers and Andrew's done a lot more laundry as of late. I think eventually I'll get a "typical daily routine."

Another question I stumbled over was one that I filled out as I was doing paperwork for my mastitis appointment. "Do you feel abnormally tired?" Alright...I am exhausted. But that's normal, right? I'm more tired than I've ever been but I still marked that question a negative.

Sometimes those surveys are so confusing!


  1. Hmmm.... I'm not sure she'll appreciate that video when she's older...

  2. Nancy,

    Right after Andy was born I had one goal, shower before Scott came home. Then after a couple of months it worked up to shower before noon and brush my teeth before Scott comes home. It is perfectly normal to not have a "normal routine" with a new baby.

    She is sure cute!