>> Wednesday, February 2, 2011
At 4AM last Thursday morning the alarm on my iphone went off. I am so not a morning person, but this wake-up call was to get on a plane to go meet my sweet niece, Amelia. After numerous calls through-out the nights from my sister, I was more than ready to get up to St. Louis and help her. Nursing was not going well and Amelia was just not eating. These make for a bad combination with a new mommy! One night Mr. was even giving advice through the phone in the wee hours of the morning:)
So, I brushed my teeth and finished packing my bag in just enough time to wake-up Jackson and rock him for a few minutes before we had to leave for the airport. I've only left my boys for one night at a time, so I had some anxiety about being so far away for 3 nights.
Mr. and Jackson waved me good-bye and I waited for my flight to board. I had a quick layover in Houston, TX, and was in St. Louis by 9AM. My dad picked me up and drove me out to my sister's house. It was the longest 30 minutes ever! When I got to my sisters Amelia had just finished nursing and was all snuggled up in their bed. I crawled in with them, and snuggled my little heart out! I seriously don't think we moved for an hour. We sat just checking each other out and getting to know one another. Don't worry, it was love at first sight:)
Later that morning Amelia was more than ready for a little manicure and spa treatment. So like the good aunt that I am, I cut her nails and washed her hair. It was the first time her hair had been washed, and we couldn't believe the poof she got. I have a feeling she's going to have her momma's hair!
The rest of the day was spent trying to get Amelia to nurse. That little girl is just so tiny, I don't think she ever knew she was hungry. After a quick assessment of watching them nurse I realized that Megan and Amelia would both benefit from a nipple shield. I hadn't heard of these when I first started nursing, but man did they make a night and day difference for them! Amelia instantly latched, sucked and hasn't stopped since last week. She up to 6lbs.1.5oz. and everyone is much happier!!!
Needless to say, once the nursing problem was solved, we were all able to relax. I spent my days picking up the house, switching out loads of itty bitty laundry, running errands, and snuggling Amelia. I missed my boys like crazy, but I was so happy that I made this trip.
Amelia peed on me more in those three days then Jackson ever has. No sooner than I had her bathed and dressed for the day, she'd poop on me and we'd both have to start over. I tell ya, I think boys are a little easier then girls in this regard. At least boys give you a little warning that they're about to pee on you!
My sister is already an amazing mom, and her hubby, well he's pretty great too! Amelia is such a lucky little girl to have so many of us that just love her to pieces.