We were killing time waiting for my husband to pick us up, so in the meantime we went into the post office and weighed Elisabeth on the self-service scale!! She is now 7 lbs. 7 oz. which I was happy about, to see a net gain already. With Rychen, he was an entire pound lighter even at one week old! (my milk didn't come in for 4 or 5 days!) But I am in no hurry for this girl to grow. She is so adorable and precious being small. How funny that I wanted an 8-lb baby, thinking how delicate and fragile small babies are. But now that I have one, I LOVE it!! Her teeny arms and feet just make me twitter-pated! :-)
EC keeps getting better. I have got her pee cues down and I have been doing well at catching it. She pees upon waking - she will stir, and then start to fuss and arch her back. So I hold her over a bowl and sure enough, just as the fussing dies down, she is urinating. Then she sort of goes "Aaah" and settles back into a comfortable position. Poops I still have no idea, so we just wash out the prefold when it gets dirty. She tends to let out a little bit every time she passes gas, instead of one big bowel movement. I have caught a few poos, only when she was peeing anyway. Oh well, I am sure we'll catch on soon enough. Also, sometimes we put her in a tee shirt and pants (bare bum underneath) and if she poops a bit on them, we just throw them in the wash and put a clean pair on, just as you'd do with a cloth diaper anyway.
Yesterday while we were out, I had a diaper on her and a one-sie. She slept mostly the whole time and kept it dry, but during Storytime she started stirring. I hadn't thought that I would potty her in public, but then my instinct was getting me up and to the bathroom! I held her over the sink so she could pee, easy enough. I could definitely do this in public. Just as you go find a restroom when you have to go, or when your toddler has to go, why not give your baby the same privilege? I don't see it as inconvenient. Or, with the way they go on demand so well, you could just potty them whenever you are in a restroom or close to one anyway. Well, she didn't end up going --- she had already gone in the diaper. But I was pleased just seeing how easy I could have done it.
Then I didn't want to put the dirty diaper back on, so she just wore her pants. Well, sure enough, a half hour later she had dirtied them! No big deal, I just took it all in stride. Without getting up from where I was in the library, I quietly used her pants to wipe her clean, put them in a ziplock bag I had packed for just that reason, and put clean pants on. Easy!! Really, the more I do this, I am realizing, You do this anyway with a diaper. So why not just leave the diaper off? You can change clothes just as easily as you change a diaper, and it all comes off in the wash, so what difference does it make?
Having said that, I will tell you it definitely helps to have them wearing two peices, not one of those one-peice things that are so popular. So we have just bought lots of tees and pants to make EC easy. You can find these pretty cheap when you get a pack at Walmart, or get lots of pants from a second-hand store. Also I have seen infant tee shirts at Dollar Tree. We still have some cute one-peice outfits for when she wears a diaper and we're out of the house, but generally I keep her in either two peices, or a gown that you can lift right up.
Another benefit to this is that you clean up the poop immediatley, not after it's gotten caked on. The poo of a breastfeeding baby is so moist and easy to wipe with a dry cloth. I imagine this is much more comfortable than a cold, wet wipe (and chemical-laden!).
Just now, Elisabeth woke up fussing. I caught her pee but she kept fussing, so I could tell that some poo was coming. But it took several minutes and she appeared to be very uncomfortable. So I held her in a squat, let her suck on my finger for relief (she didn't want to nurse) and also massaged her colon. After a few minutes she was able to pass it. I felt so thankful to be in-tune to her needs. Without EC, the mom wouldn't know why she was fussing and would just try to give general comfort without being able to offer a helpful solution. I am so glad to be in-tune, and to know what's going on! It would be so hard to have a crying baby and have no idea what you could do to relieve them. Hooray for EC!
I am also noticing how much stronger my instincts are this time, compared to with Rychen. I suppose those appropriate labor hormones did us good, and we really bonded. She was fussing at the post office yesterday, and I looked around for a place to nurse. There wasn't a single chair. But she stopped fussing anyhow, and I was able to delay nursing until we got back to the library. But I had the thought, If my baby cries, I don't CARE where I am or who is looking. I instinctively pull up my shirt and offer the breast. How could I not? She is my priority. It's not even a choice or a conscious thought, it's totally instinctual, like a reflexive action. She needs to nurse, you nurse her. What else matters?