Baby Harry: 21 Weeks

He's so darn close!

He’s so darn close!

Dairy Cow: The last two weeks, I’ve felt like a dairy cow. And not just because of all the flatulence. I spend so much of my waking hours hooked to a baby or a breast pump, I’m probably mooing in my sleep…if I ever slept. But, it’s paid off. Milk production has kicked up and our freezer now has a nice cushion supply of milk.

The Breaking Point: Left Boob, my powerhouse boob, suffered a major setback this week. A plugged milk duct. Agh!! The agony! It looked and felt like I had a hard Cheeto underneath my skin, and the pain was incredible. The only thing similar is a bee sting. On my boob. Way down deep. Thankfully, it’s starting to recede a bit, thanks to aggressive and consistent pumping. The nurse said it could take two weeks to go away completely.

Speaking of Nurses: Here is a transcript of my phone call with the lactation nurse.

Me: Hi, I think I have a plugged milk duct and I need to know what to do about it.

Nurse: Well, if your baby is latching, you can position your baby so his chin is pressed against the plugged duct. Then, when he nurses, his chin will massage out the plug.

Me: Well, it’s on the top, so I don’t think I can do that.

Nurse: You could nurse him upside down, you know, like lay him down on a table and hang your breast over him. That might work.

Me: (laughing) I don’t think I’m going to do that. Is there anything else?

Nurse: Well, these things tend to work themselves out with time.

Excellent advice there. Yeesh.

Moment of the Week: After reading online that soaking your breasts in hot water helps relieve a plugged duct, I stripped down to the waist, filled my biggest soup pot with hot water and Epsom salts, and proceeded to dunk my pendulous boobs into the water at my kitchen table. I never imagined this is what my life would become.

Milk Aside: Harry is very close to rolling over from his back to his tummy. He’s so darn close, but his bottom arm keeps getting stuck. Ben and I are going nuts cheering him on.

Thumbs Up: Harry started sucking his thumb for the first time yesterday. It’s pretty adorable. I keep shoving other things in his face to distract him from the deliciousness of his newly discovered thumb.

Weight: I no longer trust our ability to weigh him at home. I wonder if the deli would let me use their digital meat scale. If it works for black forest ham, it would work for my Harry!

Sleep: Harry is still very much against it. He’s been waking up once or twice a night to eat. I’m completely exhausted, but he’s deliciously chunky. He has the meatiest little legs!


  • Chewing everything
  • His feet
  • Raspberries on his belly and legs
  • The words “Butt Cream”
  • Being held
  • Standing up
  • Grunting (it’s his new favorite noise)
  • Naps on my or Ben’s chest
  • Conversation of any kind
  • Dancing (especially when being held)
  • Constant motion


  • Naps and sleeping
  • Waiting for food

2 thoughts on “Baby Harry: 21 Weeks

  1. He’s totally the cutest. My sister Georgia is here and I was showing him off like any proud aunty would do!

  2. Squeee some people have the naughty step, you have the naughty crock pot hee. Glad you are OK and ask the vet if you can use their scale and wander in whenever and weigh the gorgeous Harry. Hug.

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