Re: always breastfeeding
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! I can totally relate to what you're going through, because I felt the exact same way with my first baby. It was like everything that I enjoyed about being me disappeared once my daughter was born, and I turned into nothing more than a nursing, baby-holding, diaper-changing machine. I felt like I could have been lobotomized and still done about the same job!
I think the 2-3 week time frame marks the some of the hardest challenges for a breastfeeding mom. The excitement of the birth and bringing the baby home have worn off. You're still probably experiencing a lot of not-so-fun aspects of being a postpartum mom- lochia (postpartum bleeding), jelly belly flopping over the top of your jeans, huge hormonal fluctuations as your body adjusts to a non-pregnant, breastfeeding state. If your house was in good shape before your baby was born, it probably isn't now. And the really () fun thing right now is that your baby is waking up more and more and therefore needs you more and more!
I could go on with the negatives, but I won't! Look, we have all been where you are and it does stink- but it's temporary. It is all going to get so much better ad time goes on! Your hormones will calm down. Your baby will eventually space out her feedings a bit more (though there will certainly be plenty of growth spurts during which you will feel like you do nothing but nurse). And most importantly, your baby will start to give back. At 17 days old, I doubt she does much more than nurse, cry, and produce laundry and dirty diapers. But by about 3 months she's going to start doing fun things like smiling at you, reaching out to touch you, discover her own fingers and toes. And as time goes on, she's going to become a faster feeder. Newborns take forever to nurse. But by the time they are a few months old, most babies can get a full feeding in just 5-10 minutes at the breast.
There's a reason that old-fashioned books refer to the period around birth as the "lying-in" period. In ye olden days, women spent up to a month just lying around, taking care of their babies and recuperating from birth. There was no expectation that a woman would get up and resume her normal life soon after the birth of a baby. With my first baby, I utterly rejected the idea of not being back on my feet and back to normal life very soon after my daughter was born. With my second, I basically told my husband and family "I'm checking out and going to bed. I'll take care of the newborn and you are going to take of everything else".
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"