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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A brand new day.

I wake up this morning inspired to blog for the first time in a long time. I am just giddy with excitement about last nights election. I am so inspired by both candidates but I am truly humbled to have been a part of this historic election. President-elect Obama had me in tears last night and I watched all the states roll in last night both on TV and the Internet! I am just thrilled that in the same year that I will bring home my daughter we have a president that we can actually be proud of! The air is just buzzing this morning!

In other news... today is cd 3. I haven't heard anything from our agency but I have a call in to chat about breast feeding and cord blood banking. I have a cord collecting kit on the way from Viac*rd and hopefully there will be a chance that the cord blood can be saved for us. My BFF Nicole brought over her breast pump and I have started *trying* to use it! Damn... it hurts like a mother! I am just trying 5 minutes twice a day right now to sort of get my boobs used to this... uhm... well... pain. Nicole insured me that it gets easier... so when it does and after I have talked with my agency I plan to start pumping more so that we can see what kind of milk supply I can bring on. I am not taking any medication (since it is illegal in the US) and I am not using birth control therapy... so we will see what I can do just with the pump!

I attended the most wonderful adoption conference two weeks ago! It was a HUGE conference that a local church does each year for FREE! And this conference was nice! It included breakfast and lunch and then you could choose between 4-5 sessions to attend each hour! Leading child development experts, adoption social workers, and adoptive parents lead the sessions and it was so informative! And cool to literally meet hundreds of people who are going through the same thing!!! Did I mention that this was all FREE??? It was just amazing and I was honored to attend!!!!

School is still kicking my butt! I have been very busy at work and am already directing my second show of the year! It is harder this year because I have so much anticipation about Finley that it is hard to care that much about anything else... but I am trying!

I will end with a couple of fall picture including our yearly Halloween pumpkins! This year I carved one for Finn! Mr. D. was very busy and didn't carve one of his famous princesses... but I tried to make up for it by working on an Ariel! If you want to see our past pumpkins just check out the October archives... I must say... we do know how to carve us some pumpkins!

Take care!!!! Keep the prayers coming!!!!


Blogger Leslee said...

Mrs. D,

I'm so excited for you (and with you!!!). I love your photos. I wish I lived somewhere were there were more than two seasons.

I'm interested to hear more about your induced lactation on two fronts: I'm planning on doing the same when we adopt our child and also am looking into becoming a lactation consultant.

I've read that there are herbs you can take to help along the process. Have you looked into taking those? Check out for info on induced lactation.


6:19 AM  
Blogger DeanaJ said...

I hope you can get the cord blood stuff all worked out, I did it for my friend and it was easy, I just had to be responsible to get the box there, to get it to the doctor and then to call for transport when they brought it back, they were very detailed, so all you need is one person willing to follow instuctions.
Fenugreek is the over the counter herb that people use for bringing on milk. You can get it at most health food stores, I think they had me take three at a time three times a day. I had a baby after fertility but due to my PCOS I never made enough milk no matter what I did. They have great supplemtal items, lactation specialists are a great support. Also oatmeal is supposed to help, but I have heard it can't be instant.
Congrats, the time will be here before you know it.

12:49 PM  
Blogger hudson6803 said...

If you're talking about Domperidone, I know several people who have ordered it online with no problems...
Going back to lurkdom...

12:55 PM  
Blogger hudson6803 said...

Trying again for the link (added spaces you'll need to delete)

12:57 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Hi, I love your but am usually just lurking. I want to congratulate you on your adoption and share with you that I nursed 2 little boys, had low supply with the first one but with the second I drank nursing tea religiously, about 3-4 times a day and my supply went up tremendously, really a huge difference so I thought I would share as it might help you. I liked both the Traditional Medicines "Mother's Milk" tea and the Yogi Tea "Nursing Mom". They can be a bit expensive if you drink so much and buy box by box but Amazon has cases of both types for about $2 a box cheaper. Hope that helps, good luck!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

love your blog, the word blog didn't come out...sorry!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Linda S said...

I am so anxiously awaiting the day to pull up your blog and see baby pictures!

As far as breastfeeding, fenugreek and blessed thistle will help stimulate/increase milk production. I'm not sure if you want to start it now, and some people complain about them, but they do work wonders.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I;m sorry about the pain! Forgive me for giving what's probably obvious advice, but I've called La Leche League about different brestfeeding issues and gotten some great advice, you can call and get their thoughts on different things to try. There's a piece of equipment that I've heard of that has tubes that attach to your breast and are connected to a sack of formula that you wear around your neck, it's my understanding that it can help promote your milk supply.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Hira said...

Hi - Sorry I m kinda confused in here. You are trying to get milk out...but you are also adopting? Im lost. How can you have breadst milk if you are adopting?

6:54 PM  
Blogger Sassy said...

Hira, while one usually brings on the other, you don't need to give birth to breastfeed.

Mrs D, I love those photos. The first one of you is gorgeous. And the one of you and hubby is so sweet.

I'm also really interested in your induced lactation. I'd like to try it if we're able to adopt but I haven't found all that much to read about it. Good luck!

10:16 PM  
Blogger Malloryn said...

I'm also planning to breastfeed as much as I'm able to when we adopt but we're still too early in the process to try inducing lactation. I'm very interested to hear how it works for you!

I found some useful-looking links here:

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you!!!
Finley will be very blessed~

11:45 AM  
Blogger Angi said...

long time lurker here - for years yet. i found you under your "plum" entry - something we both shared.

you are so beautiful and happy looking in this post! i am excited for you and your little girl.

good luck with the induced lactation - can you try fenugreek too? it works for helping with milk production. and the pump pain, build up gradually. i also pumped to make milk but i found out that lower speeds worked just as well, and now the production is fine.


10:50 PM  
Blogger Trish Chibas said...

Just came across your blog. I know people who have adopted or had milk supply issues and used domperidone with great success. They swear by it. While you can't get it in the U.S, you can order it online. How it works is one of the main side affects is lactation. Good luck! Look forward to reading more.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How exciting. I hope it all goes well for you and you are ready for your lil one when she gets here.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Hira said...

Hi Jamie,
I really din know breast milk can be induced!( Thanks Sassy) Its really wonderful! Anyway i wish you all the best and i really am waiting to see pictures of your daughter!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Kendra said...

Hey Mrs. D!

I found you! I found you! YEAH! I can't wait to read all of the back story (even thought I know a lot of it already...)here on your blog. I am so excited for you guys and I can't wait to meet Miss Finley.


7:04 PM  
Blogger A said...

I used to read way back in the beginning of your blog - and I just wanted to send my well wishes.

Congratulations on your daughter. As far as the induced lactation goes I know a lot of people have had some degree of success with fenugreek and domperidone in addition to pumping.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Char said...

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about your pending adoption! Of all the people I *know* online, you are the one I'm most excited for! Woohoo! By the way, I know some meds are not allowed in the USA, but ask about Eglonyl if you can. My friend who is a paediatric surgeon even took it to aid lactation. It worked for me also, when we got Jesse-Lee. Only side effect I had was total happiness. Haha! It's worth asking. Thinking of you! Hugs x

10:34 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

So excited for you. I always check your blog in anticipation.

9:41 AM  
Blogger R said...

We miss you...where have you gone?

6:50 PM  

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