The birth story is too daunting at this point.


This parenting gig is exhausting. My baby is a tad confused – sleepy angel by day, grunty scared-of-the-dark vampire by night. I totally blame the NICU.

S.O.S. – I’m so tired.

He never cries, but he loves to stay awake all night and cluster feed. Hence, my boobs are falling off, but for good reason. We had a home-health nurse make a visit to check on the baby’s weight and such. She wanted to make sure he was back to his birth weight at the two-week point.

Ahem. At 12 days old, he weighed in at 7 lbs, 14 ounces. So I guess you could say he gained enough to get back to his 6 pound, 11 ounce birth weight and THEN SOME.


Oh, he’s awake. Gotta run.

As Britney would sing,

I’m a SLAAAAAAAVE to the boob…I cannot hold it; I cannot control it.

I’m a SLAAAAAAAVE to the boob…I won’t deny it; I’m not trying to hide it…

  • Cocodrie

    August 17, 2006 at 10:15 am

    Haaaaaaa. My best to your boobs…and the angel!

  • Jessie

    August 17, 2006 at 10:18 am

    Even through the tiredness and soreness, it sounds like you’re enjoying being a mom. I hope he gets his internal clock fixed soon.

  • jege

    August 17, 2006 at 10:50 am

    I’ve gotta see some more pix of the little guy!!!! Such a beautiful boy!!!

  • lisa_h

    August 17, 2006 at 10:52 am

    poor boobs…but hey, go Anders! glad you’re settling in nicely.

  • Sarcomical

    August 17, 2006 at 11:00 am

    i hate myself for knowing exactly how that song should sound.

    but glad to hear everybody’s well! ;)

  • Lyndsay

    August 17, 2006 at 11:07 am

    I need to hear these things! 4 weeks to go.

  • s

    August 17, 2006 at 11:40 am

    It is great to hear that your little Anders is gaining so well. You’re doing so much hard work, filling him up during those multiple night wakings… we visitors to your site can wait as long as need be to hear the birth story.

    Sending lots of encouragement and admiration your way, S (lurker, mom of a 4-month-old, who remembers those early days oh so well!)

  • Emily

    August 17, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Such good news! Maybe this sounds sick and demented, but I really want to hear the boob details when you get the time. Breastfeeding is just so… perplexing. And confusing. And… well, SCARY.

    Anders is a beautiful little guy! And so robust! Go you!

  • LVGurl

    August 17, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Baby #1 was born two years ago, and I still haven’t finished her birth story!!

    Baby #2 is one month old, and even the second time around, breastfeeding and newborns are still a day-by-day guessing game.

    Keep cluster feeding, he’ll give it up soon!! You’re doing great and I’m so happy to hear (from Elisabeth) that Anders is doing well and he’s healthy. Keep up the good work. He’s a darling one!

  • Angella

    August 17, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    It will all sort itself out before you know it…does lanolin help the boobies?

    I remember those early days…and am looking forward/dreading the next round in October :)

  • BeachMama

    August 17, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Ahh, I remember those days well. I do think that my guy made the switch from vampire to sleeping angel within a week or two. I do remember him feeding for an entire night. I finally gave in a used a soother for an hour so my aching boobs got a break. Anders is definately gaining like a big boy, don’t be surprised if he keeps on going. Hopefully he will make the switch for you very soon.

  • Heidi

    August 17, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    Go Whoorl and Anders for being such a team. That wait gain was fantastic.

    I remember very well the good ‘ol milk production days. Boodies = footballs. OUch!

  • bakerina

    August 17, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    I remember sore boobs too! I had twins and my boobs had to work overtime. Actually saying “sore” boobs is not enough. Its more than that. Like they are falling off already. But they WILL get better.
    You have a lovely son! And boys suck harder than girls, thats a fact.

  • Lin

    August 17, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    He’s a beautiful little boy and you’ve obviously taken to mothering pretty smoothly. He’s gained over a pound already??? Well, that’s just plain fantastico!

  • Filtering Life

    August 17, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    Wow…he is adorable! I am praying for a head of hair for Chloe…I just love it. You look fantastic, BTW. I saw your after belly shot. Let’s hope we are all that lucky. Yikes, so the first few weeks are a doozy hey? I hear there is no way to truly prepare your boobs for the bootcamp they will go through the first 6 weeks. Keep it up, he is growing so big and strong and what a cool feeling to know you are supplying him with all those good things. Hope you get some sleep soon!

  • sbmeepers

    August 17, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    Absolutely no advice whatever re: sore boobage, cluster feeding or anything that will be helpful to you. Just wanted to stop by and say a) A huge congratulations to you b) Anders is sooooo beautiful (this from an unbiased source) c) You’re on my New Link List, if thats’ alright. You’re doing a wonderful job, as his weight gain testifies. Keep it up!

  • ali

    August 18, 2006 at 5:27 am

    lansinsoh!!!!! it helps a ton….
    love to you all!

  • ms. sizzle

    August 18, 2006 at 7:47 am

    is mild sleep deprivation hysteria setting in when you start to adapt britney spears lyrics to breast feeding? hee hee. :)

  • SAJ

    August 18, 2006 at 8:00 am

    Has anyone told you about the soothies? Little round rubber petri dish sticky sticker things you stick on your boobs. You can even put them in the fridge and chill them. BEST THING EVER. They sell ’em at Albertsons.

  • rebecca

    August 18, 2006 at 9:49 am

    SAJ beat me to it – I was going to recommend the Soothies or the Ameda ComfortGel pads. Miraculous. Stick those bad boys in the fridge while you nurse, then slap ’em on and your boobs will be so happy.

    But go Anders gaining weight like that!! That is awesome.

  • Natalie

    August 18, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    Sent this to just about everyone I can think of with babies (or expecting babies) right now. So awesome! Thought Anders might enjoy some of it.


  • undercover celebrity

    August 18, 2006 at 9:49 am

    it’s good to see that in your state of extreme exhaustion you still maintain you composure and intellectual wit… oh wait… nope. :)

  • christy

    August 19, 2006 at 8:24 am

    Most babies are backwards with night and day in the beginning. It will get easier. Good girl!

  • flamencomom

    August 22, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    Oh, man, I’m having deja vu reading your birth story. Glad to see that little Anders is doing well–he is just so beautiful!!! What an angel! Congrats again to you and D.