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post #41 of 85
Afterbirth pains about sums my only current issue. They have me wishing for something stronger than Tylenol and hot packs so that I can get some rest.
post #42 of 85
Jen they will get less and less and stop, I think by day 3 mine were all gone.
post #43 of 85
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I just blow dried my hair for the first time in 16 days and I feel human today. I am feeling a lot better. Soreness is pretty much gone and I haven't cried in a few days. Still having issues with the breast feeding but I am not pumping as often so I don't feel as overwhelmed. My midwife gave me a smaller, different nipple shield that I am using and now nursing isn't excruciating. I am not sure how much she is getting from me when she nurses but I am pumping a bit more so I know that she is probably getting about half her intake from breast milk which is better than nothing. Also baby is above 6 lbs now and pooping regularly so I am much relieved about those 2 issues! She just keeps getting cuter by the day!

I definitely want more kids...giving birth didn't change that in the least. I definitely don't want to get prego right away though. I can't imagine going through this with another infant to care for. I think 2 yrs apart would be good.

Does anyone know how long we have to wait to have sex if we didn't tear? I'm assuming 6 weeks isn't for everyone? I'm def. not ready but so looking forward to non pregnant sex again!

Cindy
post #44 of 85
Fiona and I are doing well. She is gaining weight quickly. She gained 11 ounces in 6 days! What a good little nurser! She does prefer to nurse on the right breast so I'm working on trying to get her to nurse a bit longer on the left just to even things out.

I"m really bummed though because she doesn't like to be in the sling. I have had all these visions of carrying my little one around in the sling and she just gets cranky when I put her in it. Any suggestions? we have the Maya wrap.

I hear her squeaking... gotta run.
post #45 of 85
I opted to have my husband pick up some motrin from the store and that is making a big difference in my pain level.

As for more babies, I very distinctly told my husband no more while I was pushing her out. I hate pushing so I feel that way every time. We will probably have more but not in the immediate future.
post #46 of 85
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Originally Posted by Vegan Princess View Post
I just blow dried my hair for the first time in 16 days and I feel human today. I am feeling a lot better. Soreness is pretty much gone and I haven't cried in a few days. Still having issues with the breast feeding but I am not pumping as often so I don't feel as overwhelmed. My midwife gave me a smaller, different nipple shield that I am using and now nursing isn't excruciating. I am not sure how much she is getting from me when she nurses but I am pumping a bit more so I know that she is probably getting about half her intake from breast milk which is better than nothing. Also baby is above 6 lbs now and pooping regularly so I am much relieved about those 2 issues! She just keeps getting cuter by the day!

I definitely want more kids...giving birth didn't change that in the least. I definitely don't want to get prego right away though. I can't imagine going through this with another infant to care for. I think 2 yrs apart would be good.

Does anyone know how long we have to wait to have sex if we didn't tear? I'm assuming 6 weeks isn't for everyone? I'm def. not ready but so looking forward to non pregnant sex again!

Cindy

OMG wait the 6 weeks if you can. IMO. I've heard of some mom's who wait barely 2 weeks. I can't imagine.
post #47 of 85
Well, my major problem is the afterpains. I can't take motrin or advil and tylenol is a waste because it doesn't really work for me. I've been taking "Afterease" by WishGarden which helps some...but they are so intense! I know they will get better soon though, so I grin and bear it.

My nipples are bit sore. He's latching on great, but I always have this toughening up period and it can be excrutiating when he first latches on.

My main deal is that I'm on "bedrest" for 2 weeks. I lost a lot of blood at birth and I'm anemic now and she really wants me to take care of myself and recover. Thank goodness my mom has the other 3 kids. They come back tomorrow, but my dh is off sunday and monday so he can help. I've really been blessed this time around with people willing to help. I have never had that before and I can't imagine going through my difficult recovery without it.
I'll be happy when I can do something besides lie/sit down. I'm ready to start doing some things.

Oliver nurses a lot! He falls asleep after a few minutes and then when I put him down he wakes up to nurse all over again. I've forgotten how to deal with that situation and I don't have any books to look at because I sold them all after my last baby (because I wasn't having any more and if I did I already knew what to do. ha ha). Does anyone have any advice on that issue?
post #48 of 85
I don't think there's any reason to wait six weeks. We haven't always waited even two weeks, with tears, and the regular old 6 week appointments. My OB this time sees everyone at 2 weeks- I'd guess she gives the go ahead then unless there are issues.

Oh Kimmiepie! I'm glad you have help this time- try to take it as easy as possible and try to get some help after your husband goes back to work, too.
post #49 of 85
Royce and I are doing well. I can't believe that he's a month old tomorrow! He was weighed on Thursday and was up to 8lb 4oz. Also, he is nursing well - we haven't used the nipple shield since yesterday! I'm so glad that weaning off that thing is going well, I hate that thing. Here's an updated photo of him

Vegan Princess - I'm not sure about your sex question. I had an episiotomy and I checked myself today to see how things were healing and I could still see stitches. According to my midwife 6 weeks is the 'earliest', but that may have been because of my stitches. I'm so ready to have sex again

Kimmiepie - We had a hard time keeping Royce awake for feedings at the beginning too. Some things that helped were changing his diaper before a feeding (or mid feeding if he starts out okay), undressing him, talking to him, and playing with his feet. Now that I know he's nursing well and gaining weight I'm much more comfortable letting him decide when he's hungry and how long to nurse for.
post #50 of 85
Just checking in... Things with me are going better, I'm less dizzy. Last two showers I have been fine. And my bottom is healed which I am so grateful for : Now if only I could get the last of the lochia to be over I'd be golden.

I wish I could say that the baby was doing as well... It appears he is reacting to something in my milk. He has an allergy ring bum rash that is angry red and bleeding We EC with cloth diapers as backup and no amount of changing him immediately or leaving him open to air is helping, nor are any of the three creams I've tried. I'm eliminating dairy and gluten from my diet (two high candidates based on family history) and hoping to see an improvement soon. He is also showing signs of reflux, which might also be the allergy thing as well I'm not sure.

To top it all off he's sick He caught his Daddy's cold despite breastfeeding and yesterday/last night was having a brutal time trying to breathe. I was up most of the night making sure that he started breathing again when he would stop (because it was hard to get the air moving) and it was very frightening. He seems better today and I'm hoping tonight goes much better.

I'm sad that he's hurting/having a hard time.

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Originally Posted by mama-aya View Post
Oh yeah- does anyone else feel like having another baby?
We are in the leaving our fertility up to a high power camp... so who knows whether we'll have more or not. If we do it won't likely be for a while as I didn't get my fertility back until Tobias was over a year old. I also have a history of recurrent miscarriages so I don't take it for granted that it'll happen that I have another full term baby.

That being said I am totally content and in love with the two I do have. I think I'm at a place where I could be done if that's what is meant to be but I'm always open to another baby as well
post #51 of 85
Amelia's doing well too--she is a month old today, and went from 7 lbs 2 oz at birth to 8 lbs 13 oz today! Goodness--she's quite the little squishy baby! (My first child was FTT for his first year and always underweight, so a chubby baby is new for me!)

She is having a lot of problems nursing though...some issues from her pre-termness, and some just because I've always had a crap supply. She's getting better though, and we're putting less and less formula in the SNS, and she's still gaining, so it can't be going too badly!

Healing from the c-section hasn't been too hard though--I've been back to normal for a couple weeks already.
post #52 of 85
Oh, I do have to add...Mia's still jaundiced. It seems like it's taking her a really long time to pink up.

As for another baby. Oh boy. That pregnancy was stressful enough. : We're going to probably adopt the next one (years down the road). But my OB says he's retiring in 10 years, so if I want him again, I have only 10 years to have another pregnancy. :
post #53 of 85
Hi! Im not in your DDC but I wanted to post a few suggestions
For afterpains, I have heard that Motherwort tincture helps... maybe something to look into?
Also, Liquid clorophyll can help to rebuild your blood after PP blood loss.

To help your BM;s after the birth, try eating dried apricots and fiber-y foods like whole grain breads and cereal like cracklin oat bran and raisin bran
Hope this Helps!!
post #54 of 85
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Originally Posted by AKislandgirl View Post
Fiona and I are doing well. She is gaining weight quickly. She gained 11 ounces in 6 days! What a good little nurser! She does prefer to nurse on the right breast so I'm working on trying to get her to nurse a bit longer on the left just to even things out.

I"m really bummed though because she doesn't like to be in the sling. I have had all these visions of carrying my little one around in the sling and she just gets cranky when I put her in it. Any suggestions? we have the Maya wrap.

I hear her squeaking... gotta run.
Slings...my first hated it! What worked for us was for me to hold her in the position I wanted her and loosly put the sling on also and just ease into it. It took over a month to get her happy in the sling, but she did learn to love it. I would just walk around the house with her and the sling on her loosly until she started fussing and worked up from there. Hope that helps, I can't imagine having a baby without a sling--they are wonderful
post #55 of 85
I'm up because I got up to use the bathroom and change the baby. She decided to be wide awake for a little while but finally looks like she might be falling back asleep.

I'm so pleased with how post partum recovery is going. She was in the birth canal for such a short time that I hardly feel sore at all. The pains have slowed down some so I am actually getting some sleep. She nurses very well and frequently and is over all a content baby. So far nipple soreness is minimal. I'm spending most of my days either in bed or on my couch so that makes dealing with less sleep easier. The frozen main dishes are making life easier. My husband made up one of the meatloaves last night along with some mashed potatoes and his mom brought us biscuits. I think I'll pull out a Lasagna when I get up for breakfast.

I haven't tried wearing her in a sling yet nor has she been anywhere in her car seat. If my husband is home on Wednesday then we might take the kids to story hour. It's only a few blocks from home and I have people there excited to meet her. Hopefully sometime in the next few days she will have a name and I will find the time to type her birth story up.
post #56 of 85
We had a midwife appt today and Royce is up to 8lb 14oz!! The scale he was weighed on last Thursday must be quite a bit off from the midwives because I can't imagine he would gain 10oz in 5 days. I love that he's gaining weight so well - we got off to a rough start with the breastfeeding and it's very reassuring. It seems that we have successfully weaned off the nipple shield too I've had some nipple soreness since weaning off of it but I think it's because his upper lip keeps curling in when he latches. We're working on it.

As for me, I'm having some pain where my stitches are and yesterday had some bleeding. The midwife took a look and said it's probably a knot in the stitches that is aggravating the area. Unfortunately she couldn't see the knot to cut it off so I guess I just have to deal with it until it dissolves. It really hurts though, I feel like I'm back to the first week postpartum :
post #57 of 85
Ansel is 8 days old, and his jaundice hasn't been bad, but has been getting slowly, steadily worse. And he's not been gaining weight fast enough for the doctors. Tomorrow I have to take him in for another weight and jaundice check- I'm hoping he's gained like a pound in two days and wakes up all pink and rosy again. They're talking about wanting me to pump, but I don't really see what good that would do. We'll see. Hopefully everything will be fine.
And I'm suddenly bleeding a bunch more than I was. Not like pouring blood or anything, just soaking padds more quickly, and feeling crampy. But I feel pretty calm and like everything is really okay. I think it's just being busy and having three kids and needing to GET STUFF DONE already.
post #58 of 85
Day 18 already, wow. My older son turns 2 tomorrow. I know I'm going to cry because OMG he's two years old already

I'm having a hard time with him running from me because I can't easily grab him. Today at the library we left with no books because he would not stay by me and kept running up to the front. What can I do to help him understand? Before we left home, he was talking about the library and said "don't run away from Mommy." He KNOWS not to run away from me (just like he KNOWS that coloring on the wall with Sharpie is no-no but does it anyway).

Coen is doing well. I feel kind of like a rebel bc I don't keep track of his feedings, which side, how long, etc. or keep count of how many poops/pees and they ask stuff like that at his checkup, but I KNOW he's doing well. He eats when he asks for it on whichever side feels like it needs to be emptied, poops "often" and is doing great. I don't feel like I need to document every diaper change. I'm just enjoying having him around!

I SO want to be pregnant again. I don't think I want another baby in 9 months, but I miss having another human growing in me. I so badly miss the kicks and squirms, the practice contractions, the big belly, the waddle, just about everything except the pain, which wasn't too bad. I also don't miss the pp blues, but they don't last long.

I feel 100% back to normal physically, except the belly pouch. With my first, it seemed like several weeks before I felt better "down there," maybe because I was automatically cut instead of letting me tear, if I even would have :. My nethers resembled an angry purple bloodhound for AGES, I swear. When I saw myself after Coen, I was like "THAT just let out a BABY???" I was fully expecting another gross mutation but it looked perfectly normal.

How long does lochia usually last, anyway? I'm tired of this! I haven't had a real period since May of 2006 before I got pregnant with my first, because I got pregnant again as soon as I was fertile! I had one short day of light bleeding in April and then, boom! pg again!

One other thing - how can I bulk up healthily and cheaply? I am already down to 120 lbs and I have some belly to lose still! I'm 5'7" and started this pregnancy at 115, NOT HEALTHY. I feel tired and bleh when I'm that thin and I don't look good, and now BFing both of them, I'm afraid they're going to suck me dry! With summer coming and being more active, I may just crumble to dust. I'd love to be 125-130 but I always have trouble gaining weight.
post #59 of 85
Cael is 12 days old, and gained a whole pound in a week! His doctor was very proud! He is now up to 8lbs, 9oz. His umblical cord fell off today. I'm a little sad that he's not so little and new anymore
Other than that, things are going well! I still have another 12 lbs to loose before I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight, but if Cael keeps eating like he does, that shouldn't be too hard!
post #60 of 85
One thing it took a few days to notice was how sore my round ligament muscles are. They hurt plenty during pregnancy and now I can tell they are pretty beat up because they hurt when I cough. Thankfully the rest of the time they don't really bug me.

I'm trying to get a little work done around the house today without over doing it. I have diapers soaking and I plan to do some picking up because things are on the messy side. I was out of the house for 2.5 hours yesterday (not on my feet that whole time) but I was feeling pretty worn out by the time I got home. It will be so nice when I can be on my feet more than a few hours without needing a nap or at least needing to lay down.
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