Wednesday 4 July 2007

must be all that cake i'm eating

At birth, Mia was 6 1/2 pounds. At two weeks, she should be back at her birth weight. At her weigh in yesterday with the nice health visitor lady, we discovered that she's now 7lbs 3oz. Woooo! That's some milk I'm making! With all the breastfeeding problems I had with Jack, I'm really pleased to know that I'm feeding Mia well.

I forgot to write about the hideous midwife visit we had the other day. Mia had to get her PKU (heel prick) test redone because the hospital gave out-of-date forms to my midwife (don't even get me started), so a community midwife came over to do it again with the proper form. Not only did this godawful woman not like my dog, she had the personality of a cold, wet teabag. She asked for Mia's ethnic background for her form, and when I said Caucasian the midwife asked "Are you sure? Because you look a bit Chinesey to me." Chinesey. No, seriously. I was so aghast, I didn't know what to say other than to confirm that my mother is of Japanese ancestry. Mia was then marked down as "British-Asian" on the form, and we couldn't get this vile woman out of our house quickly enough. And people wonder why I didn't go through the NHS for this birth.

Speaking of the NHS, we had to go to the hospital yesterday to get Mia's hearing test done. This is normally done before you're released from hospital after the birth, in a small room at the end of the postnatal and antenatal ward...which I haven't visited since my lengthy and traumatic stay when I had Jack. It was awful. The smell, the dated floral curtains around the beds, the dazed-looking women gingerly tending to their newborns, a woman fresh from her c-section being wheeled past, that goddamn toaster where you had to toast your own bread each morning, the side room where I stayed while they attempted to coax Jack out. Awful. I didn't realise how badly I was affected by my hospital stay until we returned yesterday. Thankfully we shouldn't have to go back again.

Is it normal to want to eat every 15 minutes 24 hours a day when you're breastfeeding? Good lord, I've never been so hungry in my life.

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