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Dr., Dr.

Today I had to take Alice to the pediatrician for her one-month check-up.  It’s crazy to think that it’s been a whole month– it seems like 5 days!  Everyone says that it goes by in a flash and they aren’t kidding.  Honestly, everyday is sort of a blur.  I live my life in 2-3 hour blocks of time– that’s approximately how long it is between feedings and pumping sessions.  And, somewhere in those blocks of time we try to fit in tummy time, skin to skin, story time and play, feeding myself, and if we’re really lucky: a nap.

I’ve mentioned this before but because it’s Wintertime and the flu has been very prevalent we don’t go on many adventures.  In fact, this morning we got snow dumped on us and all the local school districts were closed.  Even the college where I teach cancelled classes due to the weather.  But, our Dr. is only a few miles away and our appointment was late morning so it gave the road crews time to plow and treat the roads.  Since we don’t often leave the house, Mom doesn’t always put on an “outfit” and/or do her hair and makeup.

Today’s outfit features this bright pink maternity nursing top.  I’ve posted a photo of me wearing this top before but not in an outfit post.  I’ve worn it a few times and I really like it.  The first time I wore it I had on my light wash jeans, silver hoop earrings, and silver watch.  This time around I went with gold accessories: an oversized gold watch and bronze-gold feather earrings.  I’ve also switched things up and paired it dark wash boot cut jeans.  Because the top is thin I’ve added a leopard print cardigan and my knee-high flat riding boots.

The shirt is great for nursing– there’s an under layer that has vertical slits to allow you access for nursing.  Then, there’s the two panels of fabric that drape across the top and help to keep everything covered while you are nursing.  The top is mostly flattering.  The material doesn’t cling but sometimes because it is thin it doesn’t do much to disguise the post-partum belly.  Also, because it’s thin and it defeats the purpose to layer things underneath it isn’t the best on a blustery Winter day.  Of course, nursing and/or pumping in the Winter in and of itself is often a bit chilly.

My daughter’s check-up went well.  She is at 9.2 lbs. and 21.5 inches.  The Dr. was pleased with her growth and where she falls on the percentile.  She did warn me that our next appointment– the two-month check-up would involve shots.  Our biggest goal right now is to get Alice to nap regularly.  Many times in the morning she fights sleep and then she becomes overtired and very cranky.  This, in turn, can make Mom very cranky.  So, we are working on establishing routine and structure.  (Easier said than done!)

-Carla