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post #141 of 181
Sorry Megsmom. I just followed your link and realized we were sending her to the same place, your path was just more direct.
post #142 of 181
OOOH, I'm sorry about the thrush!! I've been taking the live acidophilus to make sure we don't get it as a result of antibiotics. it's been hard to cut down on the sugar because my sweet tooth is raging right now!

we had the growth spurt a couple weeks ago, hang in there doni!

we are having a nursing "issue". on one side, the letdown is so strong, dominic unlatches and screams and then doesn't want to finish nursing on that side...unless i'm lying down. i've tried letting it flow into a cloth and then trying to get him to relatch, but no go.
i can't lie down to nurse everytime during the day, and i'm worried about getting another breast infection-it's how we got the first one. any solutions? I hope I don't have to pump that side until things calm down.

anyway, gotta run--cranky boy. kiss the babies for me!

megan, your little guy is adorable. I finally figured out how to put a link in my siggy, buti need to update thepictures.
post #143 of 181
So I gave my baby boy a pacifier for the first time yesterday & I feel really guilty about it...it felt like playing a trick on him.

Yesterday I was so excited because I got 4 consecutive hours of sleep during the night, but then he nursed almost nonstop & didn't sleep at all from 6:30 am till almost noon, which is really unusual for him - maybe he is getting ready for a growth spurt? I swear I thought my nipples were going to wear out! Which led to finally agreeing with dh who was encouraging me to try the pacifier...am I being silly for feeling bad about it? It certainly calmed his crying when I was sure he wasn't hungry (right after a long nursing session).
post #144 of 181
I believe some babies need to suck, more than mamas nipples can take- I have used my finger to "pacify" my kids at times (always there unlike a pacifier ), and I don't feel one bit guilty about it

My suggestion would be to only use the pacifier in arms, in the car, or when/if you feel like throwing the baby out the window

All things in moderation- except love no moderation for that
post #145 of 181
I had to order the genetian violet. i cannot believe how hard it is to avoid sugar! I'm starving cause I didn't realize how much junk there is around this house! Here I thought we ate pretty sensibly...guess not!

Tracy has been a little better today. I think mainly he is jsut being a toddler.

I got my sling and Bryce loves it. I sent a pic to my mom of me using it (I'll post it onour website sometime soon) Anyway, my mom thought it was so cute she printed it out and took it to church. Everyone oodled over my sling They were all like "that thing is awesome!!" :LOL I love being a trend setter

I'm also getting over my cold...i gave it to dh this weekend but thats what he gets for putting his tongue down my throat

Oooo...my birthday is next monday and my third anniversary is next wednesday! Not sure we'll do anything since dh has rehersal on monday and we have church on wednesday....

As for babies needing to suck...both of my boys were/are suckers. Tracy always wanted to be latched on. Bryce will take a pacifier. I don't feel guilty giving it to him either. I did at first but we felt it was the best decision for the situation (it was when he was in special care) and he'll take it. He chews on it more than sucks. If he was older I'd swear he was getting teeth! It looks like he has 2 coming in on the bottom. You can even feel this sharp ridge under the skin.
post #146 of 181
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Originally posted by Mothernature
Sorry Megsmom. I just followed your link and realized we were sending her to the same place, your path was just more direct.
Well aren't you rude?
post #147 of 181
Well, I have my first breast infection! Isn't that exciting??: It doesn't hurt anymore, but I have a fever and all the rest of it. It stinks b/c I'm supposed to rest up, and that just not possible! I had a massive headache to go along with it all, but finally took some excedrine and thankfully it's gone. That was the worst part. Well, that and Erik being gone all the time and not being able to help. This is the worst time to get sick.

Megan, just wanted to say that pacifier use is associated w/ great risk of thrush. So be sure to boil them often (even when he's healthy) and toss them out when things clear up. Sorry you're going through thrush though. It's weird that cutting out sugar makes you more hungry, but that's the truth! Your body has to figure out how to use proteins and not quick carbs. I went though the hunger issue when I quit all my carbs for a couple weeks, preparing for my second GTT. You'd think after eating steak, broccoli, and salad you'd be full, but I was starving!!!

Ok, sorry for rambling. I just watch the finale of "my big fat obnoxious fiance"--better than I expected! We've watched tv ALL day w/ me on the couch to entertain James. I just hate that, but hopefully tomorrow will be better. I left James alone for a couple minutes, and he dumped out a whole big box of cereal on the floor! I didn't vaccum it up, just let him play and the dog eat it. I was too exhausted to do anything about it.

post #148 of 181
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Originally posted by VBMama
So I gave my baby boy a pacifier for the first time yesterday & I feel really guilty about it...it felt like playing a trick on him.
I understand your guilt. I had it too, *very* briefly! My nipples can't handle all the sucking my two want to do and I think a paci can be a very comforting thing to a baby. He didn't mind it, did he?
post #149 of 181
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Originally posted by its_our_family
I'm also getting over my cold...i gave it to dh this weekend but thats what he gets for putting his tongue down my throat
My DH's tongue hasn't been anywhere near my throat in *months*.
post #150 of 181
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Originally posted by EmmaJean
I left James alone for a couple minutes, and he dumped out a whole big box of cereal on the floor! I didn't vaccum it up, just let him play and the dog eat it. I was too exhausted to do anything about it.

I cannot tell you how many food messes Meg has made that I have just left for the dog to eat. Including spreading HIS (dry!)food all over the house. I figured he'd eat it eventually and then I'd give him more.
post #151 of 181
ok, dominic is wide awake, so here i am at 2am. emily, i'm sorry you're so sick. i had that headache, too, it's horrible!! can someone come help you out while your dh is gone? it IS impossible to get that rest, i lol because it was the first thing to come up on many websites about mastitis.
post #152 of 181
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Originally posted by Megs Mom
My DH's tongue hasn't been anywhere near my throat in *months*.
My dog gave me kisses yesterday - dh didn't think it was very funny when I joked that the dog licking my ear & neck was the most action I'd seen in a long time. :LOL


Thanks for the reassurances about the pacifier being okay. When he takes it (sometimes he's just not interested) he seems happy with it, and dh or I do hold him when we give it, so I guess I will just get over myself and let him enjoy it. Now my next guilt trip to get over is thinking about my ped's recommendation to teach him to take a bottle (of BM) from dh occasionally. This is probably just selfish but I don't feel ready for that yet!

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Originally posted by EmmaJean
I left James alone for a couple minutes, and he dumped out a whole big box of cereal on the floor! I didn't vaccum it up, just let him play and the dog eat it. I was too exhausted to do anything about it.
Isn't that what dogs are for? When I visit my parents without our two hounds in tow I tend to forget if I drop food on the floor that I have to pick it up!
post #153 of 181
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Originally posted by EmmaJean
Megan, just wanted to say that pacifier use is associated w/ great risk of thrush.
I have a microwave sanitizer thingy. We don't have a dishwasher and everything I read said to avoid anti-bacterial soap till it clears up. So, I sanitized them last night and since I have 4 I've been rotating them out.

I've also wondered if I have had thrush for awhile. it would explain a couple things. But wouldn't Tracy have it if I had it?? Oh, and it is next to impossible to keep the paci OUT of Tracy's mouth right now!!

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I left James alone for a couple minutes, and he dumped out a whole big box of cereal on the floor! I didn't vaccum it up, just let him play and the dog eat it. I was too exhausted to do anything about it.
it always makes me so mad when Tracy does this cause it is almost always a brand new box! But I don't have a dog so the cleaning is all up to me :
post #154 of 181
Thrush update..... I started rubbing acidophilus into B's mouth last night. I did it twice yesterday and after the first time i couldn't believe the difference! almost 1/3 of the white from his mouth and all of it from his lips were gone!! I haven't done it yet today because I realized I was giving him 2/3 the capsule instead of 1/3 Not sure if it is a big deal or not.

I ordered the violet but havent' gotten it yet. I'm not sure we'll really need it either.

I also started putting the acidophilus on my own nipples too. They were only red and I ahd some pain but not a lot...may have been from just normal bfing pain though. The redness is going away.

I'm still trying hard to treat the diaper rash. Can I put the acidophilus on his bum?? I've been rinsing it with vinegar and water. Same for my nips after he bfs.

Any other ideas...I can't give up sugar!!! I NEED sugar....that is the lack of sugar talking! I was evben more horrified to read I needed to give up dairy...I LOVE dairy..... I'm not going to survive this
post #155 of 181
Hello all! We’ve had a rough few days – I think Courtney is going through her 1st growth spurt. She is constantly wanting to nurse and I am exhausted . Today I was lying down with Holly trying to get her to sleep and just as she was dozing off, Courtney started to wail. I had just nursed her and darned if she wasn’t hungry again. Holly won’t go down w/o me in the bed so she ended up wide awake and didn’t go to sleep until almost an hour after her usual naptime. Oh well…

I am starting to realize that I am not going to loose much more weight (I’ve lost 35 lbs. so far) w/o trying. I want to get back to the gym but that is impossible for another month or so. My tear is one reason, plus the Y will not keep Courtney – nor would I want them to – until she’s either 6 or 8 weeks. I know I need to cut out the nightly desserts, but it is sooooo hard. I need to learn to like fruit for dessert, I suppose .

Mothernature and IOF – how are your toddlers acting toward the babies today? Better, I hope. I know it must be hard on our older children when a new one enters the picture. Holly is an angel with Courtney but not with DH or me . She has started talking back and has quite the sassy mouth. I have no idea what to do as she is a great child most of the time and I have never even really had to discipline her. I guess I should start lurking on the PP group at Yahoo!

DarkHorseMama – how’s the growth spurt? As I said above I think we're going through that now - not fun. BTW I had to when I read about “Franken-gina”! What a hoot!!! I haven’t checked mine out, either…and don’t plan to!

Imonion2 – I have overactive letdown as well as oversupply issues and found with DD#1 that I had to nurse on one side for 2 hours, then switch to the other, which is what I have started doing with Courtney. Check out http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/....html#forceful to see if this will help.

EmmaJean – I am so sorry to hear about your breast infection. Are you on antibiotics? I had mastitis twice and it was no fun. Get rest when you can and hopefully it’ll clear up soon.
post #156 of 181
Tracy did better. He definetely has his moments. I feel your pain about nap/bedtime. I have been the only one to do any type of night duty and T has no idea how to really react to dh.

lately just as T starts to doze B wakes up starving and nothing satisfies him but bfing. So, then I have to get up. So, dh goes in and T starts wailing! All dh has to do is say...Lay down it is time for bed. After about 2 minutes of whining the kid is out like a light : He is perfectly capable of going to sleep without help he jsut wants company. I'm fine with this method of getting him to go down for the night. I dont consider it cio or anything cause dh is with him and he isn't really crying just whining. At first it made me feel bad (like 3 or 4 months ago) but now I'm cool with it. I'm hoping to avoid some of these sleep issues with Bryce.

Funny thing is that dh is fine with Bryce co-sleeping but didn't like it with Tracy. His philosophy has somewhat changed to...If it means you get sleep then we'll do it. If Bryce is in our bed he wakes maybe 2x at night other than that he is asleep
post #157 of 181
Hi all,
Just a quick note to let you know we haven't dropped off the face of the earth!

Sadie was sick last week with a respiratory virus and ended up being hospitalized for 3 days It was exhausting and I felt torn in two but between dh, my mom and I we managed to make sure that Sadie was never alone and that I got some time with Maryn and Ella, too. I was the pumping queen, I was worried sick that one of them would run out of milk while I was with the other but that worked out fine - I actually think I overpumped!

Now, we're all back home but Maryn is sick, fever and lots of throwing up Dh has been good about staying home as much as possible but when he has to work, it's bad when all 3 girls need me....yikes. Sadie and Ella cry if they're put down even while sleeping and, while I think that's totally normal and fine, it does make it hard when Maryn needs to be held after throwing up :

I am SO looking forward to the warmer weather...less sickness then, right?!

Btw, does anyone have a good carrier for carrying small babies on your back? I'm in pain here with both of them in front in slings. I was looking at the Kozy Karrier or the Baby Back Tie? Any thoughts?

Will catch up on everyone's post later...hope all is well.
post #158 of 181
gotta make dinner, but wanted to give Britt a hug , sounds like things have been really rough- I hope everyone is better really soon
post #159 of 181
Britt.....sounds like a rough time!

Just a quick note...I really updated my website this time....I got rid of most belly shots and its lots of family pics!!
post #160 of 181
Britt- sorry to hear about the illnesses. I'm sure that was tough on you. This seems to be the winter for usually healthy people to catch what's going around. (Did that make sense?) I hope you and your family start feeling better.

For a little comic relief: Ds was squirming and fussing because he had gas. Dd asked if she could hold him. I told her that it wasn't a good time because he has a gassy tummy and can't toot. She said, " Well, maybe I should pull his finger.":LOL Dh had just shown her that trick a few weeks ago.:
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