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post #21 of 184
Inky Leeuhh,
I'm not a pp mama yet, but I have a tip for the weight loss. First of all, 15 lbs is not much to lose at all! It will probably be off in the next month or 2 just by nursing.

You don't need a jogging stroller (although there are many deals on craigslist), if you have a sling or other good carrier, just walking with baby up & down the hills is a great workout. I've had to lose 50 + lbs twice and walking while babywearing is the best! Its sweet to snuggle while you exercise, but also as baby keeps growing the workout gets more intense and that's how it should be with exercise. Good luck!
post #22 of 184
How are you recovering?
Okay so far. I did end up having a c-section on Wednesday 4/1 after two vaginal births because DS was breech and just WOULDN'T turn so recovery is harder and different. I don't have the pain "down there" but the incision stings. I do have the bladder issues I had with the other two though probaby because of the surgery. I also have hemeroids...dont' know why that is I didn't push so you'd think I'd be spared of them!! Down to only a couple of advil a day now from quite a few just this weekend. It's getting better everyday.

How is your new LO?
He's awesome. I keep waiting for the crying/no sleeping to start but so far he is just great. I just love looking at him and cuddling with him. He's our last so I'm going to cherish every moment I can!! :

How is breastfeeding going?
It's going well but I feel engorged a lot of the time even though he eats a lot. My nipples are sore but I know that will get better in a week or so. His lower jaw is set in a little so it makes the latch a bit harder and will probably be harder on my nipples but it will be okay. I do worry a little about possible oversupply or dairy allergy (DD had it). I'll just have to watch those poopy diapers.

How is the rest of your family?
DS (6) is wonderful. DD (3) is good but a little on the destructive side. We have to make sure to have her doing something productive so she doesn't just tear the house apart. She needs extra mommy cuddles which of course I'm very willing to give. DH went back to work today but DD and DS were in school so it was just me and LO. Starting tomorrow we have spring break so it's me and all three kids for the next week and a half. I was hoping DH could take a couple more days but he felt like he needed to get back (small family business). I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by this and the fact that DH told me he was going to have to pick up a truck for work on Saturday which again leaves me alone with the kids for several hours. I feel like I still need help, but won't be getting much. MIL is very helpful so that is good but she can only do so much. Sorry I'm venting- just feeling a bit weepy and anxious today since DH told me about Saturday We'll work it out.

I'm so very happy and thankful that my LO is here and is healthy. Really that's all that matters.
post #23 of 184
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MaryTheres: How old is DS1?
He's 3 1/2. He has been better today actually... excpet that this morning he pooped in his pants! Something he has not done in years! He's been pooping on the potty for almost 2 1/2 years now, even when he regresses with peeing or sometimes has accidents with peeing he has never purposely pooped in his pants. And it wasn't like he couldn't get to the bathroom or anything. But his overall behavior is better - he's calmer and better behaved today. Hope it last and I hope he doesn't poop in his pants again!
post #24 of 184
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I have made an extra effort to give him my undivided attention for even a short while every day. I also ask him to come and help me with the baby, etc... We are all adjusting to the change, I just try to stay in the moment and find good things there and realize that we will all survive this big change and things will settle down to a normal level of chaos.
good to remember. I also am making an extra effort to give DS1 some undivided attention, even for just a short while, every day. I think it is helping
post #25 of 184
How are you recovering? Recovery's going fine (c/s). I have to remember not to do too much too fast or I really feel it later.

How is your new LO? mellow.

How is breastfeeding going? slow start-- she was pretty sleepy--but fine now.

How is the rest of your family doing? similar adjustment issues as others; giving dd lots of one-on-one, which is actually pretty exhausting.
post #26 of 184
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jenholle, I don't think you've posted an announcement thread yet? We'd all love to hear more and congratulate you!
post #27 of 184
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Originally Posted by MaryTheres View Post
He's 3 1/2. He has been better today actually... excpet that this morning he pooped in his pants! Something he has not done in years! He's been pooping on the potty for almost 2 1/2 years now, even when he regresses with peeing or sometimes has accidents with peeing he has never purposely pooped in his pants. And it wasn't like he couldn't get to the bathroom or anything. But his overall behavior is better - he's calmer and better behaved today. Hope it last and I hope he doesn't poop in his pants again!
My about 3 1/2 year old DD pooped her pants twice two days ago. Hmmm...must be some sort of 3 year old conspiracy I actually thought she was getting sick but then it stopped (Thank goodness!). Here's hoping for no more poopy pants for either of us!!
post #28 of 184
Dd had just started pooping on the potty, at least some of the time, and has now gone back to asking for a pull-up. On the plus side, it's easier to change a pull-up than poopy underpants; on the minus....well, she's been slow to potty-learn, and I'd started to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Oh, and it seems I'm tandem nursing now! That I expected.

jenholle I hear you on feeling overwhelmed at the thought of solo duty. My mom is here--until next Wednesday--but since I got home dd spends a good part of her energy pushing her away. I'm back on full-on mom duty. After that, I'll have every Monday with the two kids, unless I can convince dh to take a little time from work, which seems unlikely. He's president of a small company; has a lot of flexibility, but at the same time doesn't feel he can take too much time because he does have deadlines and can get behind all too easily.

I'm trying not to dread it. Hopefully by then (almost 3 weeks pp), I'll be able to do a little more without really exhausting myself.
post #29 of 184
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Inky Leeuhh,
I'm not a pp mama yet, but I have a tip for the weight loss. First of all, 15 lbs is not much to lose at all! It will probably be off in the next month or 2 just by nursing.

You don't need a jogging stroller (although there are many deals on craigslist), if you have a sling or other good carrier, just walking with baby up & down the hills is a great workout. I've had to lose 50 + lbs twice and walking while babywearing is the best! Its sweet to snuggle while you exercise, but also as baby keeps growing the workout gets more intense and that's how it should be with exercise. Good luck!
well, i am starving all the time so i have been hoping the nursing was burning off some calories. we shall see! the carrier idea is a good one (um, why dont i think of things like this?). my birthday is coming up so i may have to start carrier shopping .
post #30 of 184
ok, so here's something funny. dh called me from work tonight asking if i wanted to babysit his boss' kids until late fri, sat, and sun night. 9 days after i had a baby . i had to actually explain to him why i didn't want to babysit so soon, and he made me feel GUILTY about it! im on freakin maternity leave! lol. men!!
post #31 of 184
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Originally Posted by inky leeuhhh View Post
ok, so here's something funny. dh called me from work tonight asking if i wanted to babysit his boss' kids until late fri, sat, and sun night. 9 days after i had a baby . i had to actually explain to him why i didn't want to babysit so soon, and he made me feel GUILTY about it! im on freakin maternity leave! lol. men!!
You mean you would actually prefer to bond with your new baby? That's crazy talk!

My inlaws just showed up today from out of town and I'm already counting down the hours/days until they leave. MIL is hardcore mainstream and last had a baby in 1984 so it's really getting to her that I'm so crunchy with her first grandbaby. She's already informed me that I should hurry up and buy a breastpump so DS won't have to be fed at the breast...cause you know, it'll make people like her more comfortable to see him eating out of a bottle An hour after they showed up (after driving 9 hours to get here), she drug DH out to Walmart because we don't have one of those baby-carrier-travel-systems and there's simply no way we can take DS out in public without one Luckily we avoided more junk that we won't use because our Walmart doesn't carry *just* the carrier. Then DS had a wet diaper and while DH was changing him, MIL gave me the dirtiest look I've ever seen...I don't think she's too pleased with DH caving on leaving DS's perfect body intact Oh...and there was the standard nonsense about how we shouldn't change his diaper if it's just wet, should let him CIO ("it's how their lungs grow!") and how we need to start transitioning him to the crib in a different room. Yeah...I can't wait until they LEAVE
post #32 of 184
BUMP... I love hearing how you mamas are doing, so just bumping this up....
post #33 of 184
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Originally Posted by secondimpression View Post
You mean you would actually prefer to bond with your new baby? That's crazy talk!

My inlaws just showed up today from out of town and I'm already counting down the hours/days until they leave. MIL is hardcore mainstream and last had a baby in 1984 so it's really getting to her that I'm so crunchy with her first grandbaby. She's already informed me that I should hurry up and buy a breastpump so DS won't have to be fed at the breast...cause you know, it'll make people like her more comfortable to see him eating out of a bottle An hour after they showed up (after driving 9 hours to get here), she drug DH out to Walmart because we don't have one of those baby-carrier-travel-systems and there's simply no way we can take DS out in public without one Luckily we avoided more junk that we won't use because our Walmart doesn't carry *just* the carrier. Then DS had a wet diaper and while DH was changing him, MIL gave me the dirtiest look I've ever seen...I don't think she's too pleased with DH caving on leaving DS's perfect body intact Oh...and there was the standard nonsense about how we shouldn't change his diaper if it's just wet, should let him CIO ("it's how their lungs grow!") and how we need to start transitioning him to the crib in a different room. Yeah...I can't wait until they LEAVE
OK I'm not PP but you just described my grama!!!!!!! I was sitting here LAUGHING thinking yep, poor gram is gonna end up in a grave after this baby b/c she won't be able to handle the fact that I didn't put the baby in his OWN room, in his OWN crib, down the hall somewhere and let him CIO!!! LOL. "A healthy baby has a strong cry!" What is wrong with these people?!

My MIL big beef is with homeschooling. Don't even get me started there...

Good luck with the inlaws and know you have the support of all the other good mamas out here who agree with your loving parenting style!!!

For anyone wanting a sling, I really like this one, just passing on some info for anyone who might still be on the fence or looking:
http://www.sleepywrap.com/

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post #34 of 184
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OK I'm not PP but you just described my grama!!!!!!! I was sitting here LAUGHING thinking yep, poor gram is gonna end up in a grave after this baby b/c she won't be able to handle the fact that I didn't put the baby in his OWN room, in his OWN crib, down the hall somewhere and let him CIO!!! LOL. "A healthy baby has a strong cry!" What is wrong with these people?!

My MIL big beef is with homeschooling. Don't even get me started there...

Good luck with the inlaws and know you have the support of all the other good mamas out here who agree with your loving parenting style!!!

For anyone wanting a sling, I really like this one, just passing on some info for anyone who might still be on the fence or looking:
http://www.sleepywrap.com/

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I really don't get it either

As for me, my inlaws are GONE! DH scheduled a week off work in October, so here's to hoping I won't have to see them again before then

I was given boat loads of wonderful advice from MIL, more than enough to last me a lifetime:
-She asked me if I've started giving DS water yet and when I told her "of course not!" she launched into how all doctors recommend it.
-She thinks DS eats too often and I should space his feedings out to every 4 hours on the dot.
-"He needs to be on a schedule!"
-"You change his diapers too often, babies like being dirty" Funny how she's also *literally* amazed that DS has no diaper rash
-Again with the anti-cosleeping. She had nothing to say about it being "dangerous", she's just concerned that it's interfering with marital intimacy....on second thought I really should have offered to show her my stitches and 'roids
-No support for babywearing: "but you won't be able to take him out ANYwhere!", "he's going to get too big for you to carry him around", "strollers are just so much easier"

On the awesomeness factor, I have NIPed a few times now thanks to their insistance that we eat out. I'm really loving how much they squirm and avert their eyes when DS starts rooting around for boob

Thankfully they're gone now and it's back to babymooning!
post #35 of 184
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Originally Posted by secondimpression View Post
I was given boat loads of wonderful advice from MIL, more than enough to last me a lifetime:
-She asked me if I've started giving DS water yet and when I told her "of course not!" she launched into how all doctors recommend it.
-She thinks DS eats too often and I should space his feedings out to every 4 hours on the dot.
-"He needs to be on a schedule!"
-"You change his diapers too often, babies like being dirty" Funny how she's also *literally* amazed that DS has no diaper rash
-Again with the anti-cosleeping. She had nothing to say about it being "dangerous", she's just concerned that it's interfering with marital intimacy....on second thought I really should have offered to show her my stitches and 'roids
-No support for babywearing: "but you won't be able to take him out ANYwhere!", "he's going to get too big for you to carry him around", "strollers are just so much easier"

On the awesomeness factor, I have NIPed a few times now thanks to their insistance that we eat out. I'm really loving how much they squirm and avert their eyes when DS starts rooting around for boob

Thankfully they're gone now and it's back to babymooning!
HAHAHAHAHA!! You have me ROLLING!! Esp about the roids and stiches!!!! HAHAHAHA. What *GREAT* advice, wow!!! You're *soooo* lucky! (ok, well, you are now that they are gone!) enjoy your little baby, thanks for the laugh today. Great list of "old fashioned proven baby mistakes."

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post #36 of 184

Please tell me...

...that I'm not the only one who is finding the biggest challenge to having a new one to be dealing with the 2.5 year old older sibling?

Because, I feel terrible that new DD is by far the easiest infant, she's really not at all any stress, it's the toddler that makes me want to tear my hair out and run for a cave somewhere far, far away.

Anyone? *hears crickets*
post #37 of 184
i've had a massive headache all day today. a little yesterday too, but worse today. anybody else have a huge headache? i didnt have an epidural or anything...
post #38 of 184
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...that I'm not the only one who is finding the biggest challenge to having a new one to be dealing with the 2.5 year old older sibling?

Because, I feel terrible that new DD is by far the easiest infant, she's really not at all any stress, it's the toddler that makes me want to tear my hair out and run for a cave somewhere far, far away.

Anyone? *hears crickets*
That's my problem too! Altough, DS1 is alot better than he was last week. Both of my babies were/are easy ... I love the infant stage ... but caring for an infant AND a preschooler... not so easy at all. In fact, going back to work was kind-of looking tempting there for a bit...

Anyway, I totally hear you - if you get any helpful hints/advice as to how to deal with this please pass it on to me...
post #39 of 184
How are you recovering? Pretty well. I have to remember not to over do things. I lost a lot of blood and had a long labor, though relatively without incident. My stitches itch (only 5) and I miss my bladder control :. I guess that's what a 2 hour pushing phase will do to a girl. I'm also having extremely sore nipples (sore through the whole feeding ) because I discovered mine are a little flat and baby is having to suck them out (ouch!). The LC said the tissue will eventually stretch.


How is your new LO?
You mean other than being the perfectest little girl in the whole world? She had a rough time getting pushed out and it made her pretty sleepy. She didn't nurse well the first day and a half and we called the lc and she said to try spoon feeding her some colostrum. We did this and she hasn't stopped nursing since . Although it was sad when the nurse came yesterday and she had lost 10 oz . I bet she's gained half of it back already! Hmm...other than that she HATES diaper changes and dislikes being moved when comfortable. She had her first professional portraits today and I can't wait to see them!

How is breastfeeding going? Oh, wonderful, with the exception of my pain and baby's early troubles (see above)

How is the rest of your family doing? All happy as larks and sooo in love .

What else would you like to share?
When you have a new baby there's really very little reason to watch tv or really look at anything else...nothing can be as entertaining as the new little human
post #40 of 184
Recovery was a bit rocky at first here (we are 3 weeks PP). My mom has been with us since the birth which is a mixed blessing. I had a second degree tear which hurt like heck at first and peeing actually made me cry for a while there, started taking baths two or three times a day which helped immensely, and the peri bottle was a lifesaver. The first week or so we were home are kind of a blur because I was sooo tired and worn out (50 hours of induced labor with about 2 1/2 hours of sleep total during) and I had some major baby blues but things seem to be getting better in that department too. Physically I am feeling like my energy is coming back a little more every day (the crazy pp hormone kind of energy doesn't count in my book even though it kept me going that whole first week with very little sleep, amazing what the body can do huh?).

LO is so sweet and so good natured. We have been dealing with lots of gas and maybe GERD, not sure, but she is a trooper. She really doesn't cry as much as one would think with all that going on. Now we just need to figure out what is causing the gas problems. She is so amazing for being a month early. We got her to latch on about 30min after the birth which was great. I am amazed at both how tiny and fragile she seems and how strong she is considering my due date was April 19th.

Breastfeeding is going well as far as I can tell. This is my first baby so I didn't know what to expect. My milk took about 4 or 5 days to come in but when it did holy cow! I think I could have fed 4 kids. Now things seem to be calming down but I am worried (since I am no longer engorged all the time) about her getting enough milk. We definitely had problems with too much milk for awhile though, it would let down and she would cough and choke because it was like a flood. but she is growing like crazy so far. I am pretty happy she is doing so well in this department, I have pretty large breasts and both of my nipples are kind of flat but so far so good.
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