Monday, December 3, 2012

2 Week Postpartum Update

It's been two weeks since the birth of Peanut and things are going great! My life and my family is back in order and i'm feeling fantastic both physically and emotionally. I'm getting around well and healing nicely from the C-section.  The nasty rash that I had is pretty much gone except for some skin discoloration now.

2 week postpartum belly pic

I've been pumping since delivery day and although I had a rough start things are finally coming together nicely. The original "plan" was to pump in the hospital for Peanut, but since my supply didn't start coming in until after my surro-family departed for home, we ended up shipping about a weeks worth of colostrum and breast milk after I returned home from the hospital. It felt good knowing Peanut was getting "the good stuff", even if it was just a weeks worth.

The first of my colostrum. Day 2 postpartum.
All this for my Peanut! 

I plan to continue and pump for as long as I can maintain it. I found a local woman to donate my breast milk to. She is due with her first child (a little girl!) in a few weeks and is a breast cancer survivor who underwent a double mastectomy. Today we met for the first time when she collected our first round of breast milk. I am really excited about this arrangement and hopefully I can help supply her baby with at least a few months worth of breast milk. (That's my goal, anyway)

One week worth of breast milk donated..
Many more weeks to go!

Enough about me...on to Peanut!! He's doing fantastic! A and M have reported that Peanut is a true angel and a really easy long as he's fed on time and not a minute too late! They are loving every minute in their new roles as Daddy and Dada. Even Peanut's furry brothers have adjusted well and enjoy watching over him while he sleeps. So precious! Over these next few weeks A and M are expecting out-of-town family to meet Peanut for the first time. The first moments of Peanut meeting his Nana, Susu, Papa, Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins - PRICELESS!

I've really enjoyed seeing pictures of Peanut over these last few weeks. Every time I see a new picture my heart melts all over again. What a beautiful family indeed.


Krystal said...

GREAT update, Andrea! You are looking awesome too! That's a good idea, donating your breast milk, I know she is very grateful to have found you!
And I LOVE the pics of the baby and the puppy looking over him, like his own personal protector!

Surrogate, Single Parent and Dating... said...

Love this update!!! So proud of you!

Michael said...

So happy to hear things are going well. And your milk will be appreciated by everyone. What a great gift.

Cammie said...

I went to high school with Mike and linked through your blog from his facebook page. I sat and read the entire story from the very beginning. What you did was amazing. I dont even have the words to describe how touched I was by your journey. God bless you and your family and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Chelsea said...

I have loved following your blog! I started reading when I was researching becoming a surrogate and I am so thankful to be able to see what things you have went through to give me an idea of what I might face. I am now 11 weeks carrying my first surro baby and these last few posts have made me BAWL! It could be the pregnancy hormones but wWHEW! Boy have I cried reading this! I love that you have shared and you are such a blessing for all you have given! Thank you!