American mothers as a whole do not breast-feed their babies as much as health experts would like, but African-American moms have the lowest rates of all — by some measures, they are half as likely to nurse as whites and Hispanics.
My little angel was born December 1st and for the past month, I have been busy learning and enjoying motherhood. It is really cool! Seriously, I had no idea it would be so fun, so exhausting, and so fulfilling all at the same time. And, guess what!? I am still able to get things done with my start-up, though I hoped to have it launched before my baby came.
These days I am taking it easy, marveling at my baby girl, recovering from giving birth, and working hard on launching Hitch'd. I have also been helping my husband launch his new recruitment company, (go babe!!) where I plan to take on a few exciting searces in the consumer web industry as well! Yep, we have a lot going on in the Bullock household these days, however I have been pleased with how things are working out.
I'd have to say that so far, the biggest challenge is my trying to cook and get things done that require leaving the house or staying away for more than 2 hours, as I am breastfeeding. But, I have a super-duper breast pump that I am certain will come in handy very soon. My doctor has given the okay for exercise and I'm excited about the new Tokyo American Club as it's close to my home and they offer child care services. So, soon i'll be able to head up to TAC, get a little work out on and not worry about a babysitter or getting back to my home within a small time window.
Anyway, my little sweet pea is growing quickly! She is already a six-weeks old. I've been using my iPhone to capture cute and memorable moments and I now have a collection of over 100 photos and videos of her doing some random baby things. As my collection continues to grow, I recently decided to do more with my captured moments (beyond sharing them on facebook with people) and so I began using the service Moment Garden.
In short, Moment Garden is a free web service that let's you chronical and share captured moments of your child with family and friends (or just keep them for yourself). Instead of uploading photos and stuff, I just email the photos from my iPhone to my moment garden e-mail address. I like that it's focused on privacy because I only share a select group of photos on facebook, Moment Garden is much more intimate and the site design is really cute.
Since we're here in Tokyo, I plan to use Moment Garden as a way for our immediate family back in the states to have a constant dose of baby cuteness like we do. Thing is, a few members of my immediate family don't really go online very often. It would be cool if they could print and mail photos so my family occassionally as well! (Hmmmmm, could be a cool service.)
Check them out. I think this service will really take off and will be a big hit with the mommy blogosphere. In fact, I like it so much that I think I'll be a bit of an advocate for them and share this service with the mommy groups here in Tokyo.
Anyway, great idea, great service, and my interaction with the founding team has been super positive. +100 for being a start-up focused on parents and children!
I am slowly figuring out my new role as a mother. I still can't believe I am one! It's quite challenging learning how to communicate with and take care of a newborn. But, I am so thankful to be a wife and a mother.
Alrighty! Finally, I get to share my birth story. I tried to be as candid as possible **caution** it's a long one!. Here goes...
Tuesday November 30th was a super slow and lazy day for around the house. I spent most of the day in my pajamas, talking to friends and family back home, taking care of random admin things for our home and watching movies on iTunes. The day was beautiful, only I didn't feel like going out because I was super tired. G called around 4PM and told me he was going to take a break from work. I suggested we walk to the dry cleaners together to drop off some items. We walked and talked about Baby K's upcoming arrival and about how excited we both were.
G returned to work and I returned home to cook dinner and I did some light cleaning around the home. G arrived home around 7:30PM and we had dinner. While we were both relaxing, me on the couch attempting to stretch out my back, I felt a contraction that felt way more different than before. I thought there very well could be something to it, so I suggested to G that he begin timing them. The look of excitement on his face was priceless, he was so excited!
My baby arrived December 1st and it was such an amazing experience!! I can't wait to share with you all! My baby girl is an absolute doll!! I look at her constantly! I love being a mommy!! I can't believe she was the little human in my belly!!! It's absolutely unbelievable!
I arrived home from the hospital this past Monday after a stay of five days, which is pretty standard here. I had a wonderful stay at the hospital resting, connecting with my baby and being pampered by the fantastic staff of Sanno Hospital, along with my husband and two moms (my mom and G's mom) who arrived last Friday. (It literally felt like I was at a resort with round the clock service... and the food was FANTASTIC!!)
The post-natal care I am receiving here has been remarkable. I am breastfeeding and so far so good! The hospital staff was surprised that my baby began gaining weight so quickly on day 4 :). She's a great nurser.
I'm working on sharing my birth story soon (draft is written). Haven't decided yet if I'll be sharing photos on my blog, I'll have to pray on it. Privacy is very important, especially with little kiddies.
Anyway, all is well. I feel great and with my two moms here taking care of me, my home, and helping with the baby, the past week has been wonderful.
[The above video is especially for AHS Band members and cheerleaders! Who doesn't love this song? I mean really?]
Whoever said babies slow down and don't move as much during the final weeks of pregnancy have yet to meet my little baby! It's like she's saying, "Slow down? Who little ole' me? No ma'am, I'm just getting started! Watch this mommy!" [cartwheels and flips in the womb]
We had our doctor's appointment yesterday and all is well. She is positioned pretty low and the doctor continues to encourage a lot of activity and walking to encourage labor. The nurses monitored her for about 30 minutes to see if I was experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions yet. No contractions, however they said she was very genki! :) That's my girl!
Let's see what else... She loves when G talks to my belly and rubs it, it's so cute! It's like she knows it's her daddy paying her close attention. They already have a sweet daddy and daughter bond. Yep, he's already a wonderful father, it makes me tear up. How blessed we are.
How am I these days? Ummmm, well I can't sleep so I'm just an insomniac pretty much. But that's okay, I'm fine with that. I watched the "Sound of Music" today and spent time working on my start-up. I'm just taking it easy, resting, and talking to my belly all day. Good times... Good times...
My sweet precious tiny baby will be here soon and then I'll get the chance to hug her and hold her close to me all day (sigh). I'm so happy I get to be a mommy!
It's a beautiful sun-shiney Saturday morning here in Tokyo! I love sun-shiney mornings! Tokyo has fantastic weather 80% of the time. A lot to get done today, so I need to get a move on.
Guess who's visiting again! My good ole' friend morning sickness and his sidekicks super-duper smelling ability and nausea. Yep, their back, only not as cruel as before. But their back. I had no idea they would return! What a surprise :)
I've intentionally not blogged about my morning sickness in the first trimester in great detail because reliving the experience was simply too much for me. (Yes, I know it sounds so dramatic but ummmm...... that was such a serious moment in my life people!) Ever since I first met "all day sickness" (for me, it wasn't morning sickness, it was all freakin' day!) back in April I've been a changed woman. I hate the following smells:
just plain wood (any wood)
coffee (yes, it's on the list twice for emphasis) Sweet smelling coffee is okay-- but the strong coffee used in expresso OMG noooooo!!!
We're full-term! She can officially come at ANY time now, sheesh louise!!!!! (Though, I am holding my breath that she is born in December and not November.) Why? Because I was born in December and I would love for our birthdays to both be in December :). I heart December babies.
Went to the doctor's office yesterday and cutie-patutsie is about 5.8 pounds. My mom says I was super tiny close to 5 pounds but not quite, and G's mom says he was around 6 or 7 pounds... can't remember exactly. Awwwww, my little baby is going to be so tiny!!! But, she has really grown! When she moves these days, she feels HUGE in my belly. She's still extremely active though. I told the doctor yeterday that she is still a very active baby and the doctor replied, "Oh, she's like you!" Ha! She's more like how I used to be. These days I am so tired...
Anyway, she's as snug as a little bug in there. They did a test to see if I was having contractions... cutie patutsie was sleep the entire time. It was kind of funny. I was thinking to myself, "Yep, mommy's little marathon sleeper! Get your rest baby, don't mind them." It was recommended that over the next few weeks to encourage her to come out I walk, squat, and actively clean around the house :). For some reason, this really made me laugh.
When I say I am so excited about having this little girl, it's such an understatement! I mean, I just can't WAIT to hold my tiny, precious, little angel close to me!!!! I'm already so protective of her. I'm becoming my mom. (Talk about a protective mother bear! You do not want to cross my mom when it comes to me and my brother... I seriously pity the person. seriously.)