I finally have time to write my intro. Two youngest are at school and my oldest (Corinne) is with her grandma.
My name’s Amber and I joined the online support group about 3 weeks ago and have already gained tremendous knowledge and support from this wonderful group of moms and dads.
Soooooo, I have three girls, Corinne 11.5, Annika 8.5, and Louisa 6. Annika and Louisa are my NT (Neurotypical) kids. They both play soccer, are the center of their social circles, and can be rationalized with. They definitely have their emotional ups and downs but it is usually due to fatigue or hunger.
Corinne is my beautiful challenge. She was born ten days late, emergency C-section due to chord compression. I had my Bradley Plan and Corinne had “Corinne’s Plan”. Corinne was impossible to soothe even in the hospital. She would scream, stiffen and get herself so worked up if anything was stimulating her. I would have to calmly latch her on and if anything changed in her environment she would become so agitated it would take her at least 30 minutes to calm her and latch her back on. I could not connect at all with her as a newborn. I nursed her and co-slept because I felt these things would help connect us. I can remember when Corinne was 4 weeks old looking down at her and saying “I don’t even like you” she was soooo hard to bond with. I know now that I was suffering from postpartum and it made things much harder to have such a challenging baby.