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PP Weekly Thread 4/26 - 5/2

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Well.... I thought it was a good idea!

Parker will be 1 month on tuesday... I can't even believe it! I'm definitely starting to read him a bit easier as of late - which makes me feel like a better mommy. "The Happiest Baby On The Block" helped me a lot....

BF-ing is going great... we've got into a routine of DH giving him 1 bottle a night. I pump in the morning and DH gives it to him around 12-1am. That allows me to go to sleep early (if I need to) and then wake up for his feeding at 4-5am (the night doesn't always go this smoothly... some nights Parker is still up every 2-3 hours... but those nights are getting to be fewer). Last night he slept for 6 hours I actually had to wake him up to feed him around 7am!

Gotta run for now.. the little man is calling!
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I'm also in the "I can't believe my baby is growing up so quickly" club! Nora will be three weeks tomorrow. And Neela will be 3 1/2 years on May 1st!!

We're surviving the solo parenting adventure. Matt left on Friday, and will be home Wednesday afternoon (an extension of the trip- he was originally supposed to come home today). This morning was the first time that I resorted to tv for Neela to get more sleep, so I'm feeling proud of making it through the weekend without The 5:30 wake ups from Neela are rough sometimes. Nora is just waking up now at 7:30.

Nora is starting to have a bit of an evening cluster feeding/fussy time. I feel like I could head it off if I had help, but it's really hard to do dinner, bath, bedtime and the constant nursing she wants then. She stays in the wrap and gets as much nursing as I can do, and I sit down and nurse her while I read bedtime stories to Neela.
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6 hours, Kim!! That must have been shocking!

Mel, glad you're surviving your LOOONG weekend. I wouldn't even let dh sleep on the couch the other night when the room was too hot for him; i can't imagine him being gone that long.

Eden had her 30 minute crying fit over me not allowing her to comfort nurse (so sore) early last night, which was nice. I'd much rather deal with it at bed time than 3:00 in the morning. I'm starting to suspect gas because I've felt her tummy rumbling at these times and farting noises that produce nothing.

My parents are coming today and my mom and I are going to go spend a gift certificate at a local baby boutique:.
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I'm just tired here, we are still in the very early days. Julian is doing great, bfing like a champ. I'm usually walking around nursing him on the go, he mastered side lying nursing on the first night so that is a help. My other 2 children are not sleeping that well so that is where it is really taking a toll. DH has this week off of work, but for some reason he has been on the phone all morning with work related stuff.
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DH has this week off of work, but for some reason he has been on the phone all morning with work related stuff.
annoying
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Time is flying! I can't believe my Aiden is 9 days old! He is a complete doll baby. He sleeps through the night with just a couple wakings for nursing and maybe a poo or two. He's generally happy and good-natured. Its been just well, easy this time around. The trial will be once DH goes back to work and is no longer exclusively watching our 3 year old.

Nursing is going well, my ninnies are a bit sore but no cracks or anything yet and my milk is totally powerful. I'm probably going to get a hand pump and start that soon so DH can feed baby too once in awhile. Our water boy loves the bath too. I'm just so much in love with my family and know that I'll be remembering this time as one of the happiest of my life!
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6 hours, Kim!! That must have been shocking!

Mel, glad you're surviving your LOOONG weekend. I wouldn't even let dh sleep on the couch the other night when the room was too hot for him; i can't imagine him being gone that long.

Eden had her 30 minute crying fit over me not allowing her to comfort nurse (so sore) early last night, which was nice. I'd much rather deal with it at bed time than 3:00 in the morning. I'm starting to suspect gas because I've felt her tummy rumbling at these times and farting noises that produce nothing.

My parents are coming today and my mom and I are going to go spend a gift certificate at a local baby boutique:.
nak (thanks for the tip on that, kate)

have you tried your pinky finger on Eden when she wants to comfort nurse? Parker isn't really interested in pacifiers but the pinky finger works every time!
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nak (thanks for the tip on that, kate)

have you tried your pinky finger on Eden when she wants to comfort nurse? Parker isn't really interested in pacifiers but the pinky finger works every time!
she gets pissed off to holy hell. I think once she gas better control over her hands she'll be easier to console. She loves to suck on her fingers/wrist, but can't always get them to stay put. Luckily, if I hold her and bounce her a bit, she'll calm in a couple of minutes usually. It is a horribly loud couple of minutes, but I'm finding it hard enough to nurse her when she's hungry. I think there's something wrong with her latch. Every time I see a LC they always say her latch is "not bad" but then why am i having so many problems? Now my other nipple is sore (not toe-curling, but this one had been pain-free for awhile). I've been hearing occasional air in between sucks...didn't someone mention that's bad? I think the air is giving her gas, maybe explaining the crying jags at night (or maybe that's just b/c she's 2.5 weeks old)?
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she gets pissed off to holy hell. I think once she gas better control over her hands she'll be easier to console. She loves to suck on her fingers/wrist, but can't always get them to stay put. Luckily, if I hold her and bounce her a bit, she'll calm in a couple of minutes usually. It is a horribly loud couple of minutes, but I'm finding it hard enough to nurse her when she's hungry. I think there's something wrong with her latch. Every time I see a LC they always say her latch is "not bad" but then why am i having so many problems? Now my other nipple is sore (not toe-curling, but this one had been pain-free for awhile). I've been hearing occasional air in between sucks...didn't someone mention that's bad? I think the air is giving her gas, maybe explaining the crying jags at night (or maybe that's just b/c she's 2.5 weeks old)?
have you considered if she's tongue tied? Maybe getting her frenulum clipped will help with her latch....
post #10 of 121
The nurse checked her tongue 2 days pp, but tomorrow we have "baby clinic at the bc w/the lcs, so I'll have them check again. Thanks
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I'm usually walking around nursing him on the go, he mastered side lying nursing on the first night so that is a help.
I've really been trying to get River to do the side-lying nursing thing, but I can't figure out how to make it work. Usually I nurse her in the football hold, and I have to have one hand on her head and one on my boob to get her to latch on right. I can't figure out how to latch her on when I'm lying down, because the arm that's closest to the bed can't grab either her or my boob. How do you do it? Also if anyone else has tips I'd love to hear them.

River was wide awake for hours and hours last night. MIL had her 10-2 so at least I got a few hours of sleep, but I'm totally exhausted and fuzzy-brained today. Going to try to keep her awake for more of the day today so there's a better chance she'll be sleepy at 3am like I want her to be.

ETA: AFWife, sorry to see from the other thread that your baby blues are still going strong. I have a little bit of that happening myself. This morning I was nursing her and crying. DH asked what was wrong and all I could say was, "I'm so tired, and I want my mommy!"
post #12 of 121
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DH has this week off of work, but for some reason he has been on the phone all morning with work related stuff.
As *Amy* (I think) said- are you sure he's not the president of a country? Sheesh!

I'm not great at side-lying nursing- it was months before Neela and I could do it, and she never had a great latch side-lying. I do some side-lying feeds with Nora, but she tends to slip to my nipple if I'm not extra careful. And if I'm extra careful, then I'm awake- so what's the point?
post #13 of 121
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she gets pissed off to holy hell. I think once she gas better control over her hands she'll be easier to console. She loves to suck on her fingers/wrist, but can't always get them to stay put. Luckily, if I hold her and bounce her a bit, she'll calm in a couple of minutes usually. It is a horribly loud couple of minutes, but I'm finding it hard enough to nurse her when she's hungry. I think there's something wrong with her latch. Every time I see a LC they always say her latch is "not bad" but then why am i having so many problems? Now my other nipple is sore (not toe-curling, but this one had been pain-free for awhile). I've been hearing occasional air in between sucks...didn't someone mention that's bad? I think the air is giving her gas, maybe explaining the crying jags at night (or maybe that's just b/c she's 2.5 weeks old)?
My DS is going to be 2 weeks on Wed and he's EXACTLY like that. He'll suck on my knuckle for about 5 seconds before he realizes that it isn't a nipple and gets pissed. He does the hand thing too. My inlaws called me a "mean mommy" because I refuse to give him a pacifier... I can relate to the toe curling pain on one side too...I think I have a small crack in the nipple. Sometimes when DS nurses he'll do the brief air sucking thing. He also breathes really hard while nursing so I think that's also why he sucks down so much air.

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ETA: AFWife, sorry to see from the other thread that your baby blues are still going strong. I have a little bit of that happening myself. This morning I was nursing her and crying. DH asked what was wrong and all I could say was, "I'm so tired, and I want my mommy!"
Thanks. I sat on the phone with DH and cried last night. I HATE this military crap...it's not like this schooling thing is hard (he's doing finance so there's no hands-on stuff) He could EASILY do it over the internet or something...but they want him there. He's got a little over 6 weeks left.

The big thing I'm having trouble with (y'all don't mind if I vent do you?) is splitting time between families (mine and his) They really don't get along...my parents are just now starting to accept DH as a person and my husband; and we've been married a little over 2 years and together for 3.5. But, my doctor is here so I'm still staying with them. The weird thing is, they're usually SO CRITICAL of everything I do/am...but I spoke my mind and defended my views a couple of times and they've backed off. Now it's my ILs that come off as critical. Like, the pacifier comment...FIL saying nursing for 8 months is long enough (we're planning AT LEAST a year)...MIL commenting that it's bad that DS is turning me into his pacifier (I don't care...but I think he's just a hungry 2 week old, personally)...MIL saying I need a different carseat (one with a carrier that fits into a stroller) when I really love the carseat I have (he'll grow into it...it's one of those 5-100lbs convertible ones) and I prefer to carry/wear him. *sighs* And then of course my mother is, well, not always emotionally stable. She got empty nest BAD when my brother and I cleared out. (Me first...I ran off with DH and stopped coming home to visit when they told me I wasn't welcome. My brother is a US Marine) So the thought of me leaving again and taking the baby isn't sitting well with her. I want to split the time I have left here (before DH gets back and we move) evenly between both families. It upsets my mom. I'm not in a place emotionally where I can handle upsetting people... ugh

Sorry...anyway happier updates:

We've got side-lying nursing down in fact, he does BEST in this position. Less air sucked in and nurses better and longer. AND Mommy gets to fall asleep while he's nursing, and then when he falls off naturally we usually end up sitting there and cuddling for a bit.
However...he pees like a fire hydrant! I had to change his clothes TWICE last night because he peed out of the diaper. I'm also having to wash my sheets (again) today because he was laying next to me during one of these pee incidents...so I had to cover a big wet spot to go back to sleep.
post #14 of 121
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I've really been trying to get River to do the side-lying nursing thing, but I can't figure out how to make it work. Usually I nurse her in the football hold, and I have to have one hand on her head and one on my boob to get her to latch on right. I can't figure out how to latch her on when I'm lying down, because the arm that's closest to the bed can't grab either her or my boob. How do you do it? Also if anyone else has tips I'd love to hear them.
This might help. http://www.mother-2-mother.com/tut-layingdown.htm It does take a while to figure it out. I remember it being several weeks with #1, a shorter amount of time with #2, and no problem with this guy but he is quite the excellent nurser.
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hi mamas, the thread that I started about doing something for mischievium & MI_Dawn got locked down because we can't do any fundraising on MDC (they don't want to be responsible for money being exchanged among members). Anyway, I've just requested to join the Facebook group & I figure we can organize something there if people want to participate.

In case you missed my post & have no idea what I'm talking about... after my loss, some women from my MDC ddc had one of these made & sent to me. It is beautiful & I was *so touched* that they cared so much to organize something like that. A charm w/ a blue crystal & engraved their first & middle names, would be $34 + $5 shipping (each).

Anyway, I'll see ya on Facebook
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I'm starting to suspect gas because I've felt her tummy rumbling at these times and farting noises that produce nothing.
Well mine has a good latch and gas, no soreness like you, but have you tried the colic-sit for burping after she's already had some good let-downs? Like you sit them on your lap or leg or Boppy or whatever, hold their tummy/chest with one hand, and then pat them lightly with your other hand? Mine likes that and will do it instead of nursing. She's not colicky, just gassy.
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I didn't know that sit burp position was for colic. They showed it to us when the twins were in the nicu. We used it all the time for them and so far for Eden as well

It's supposed to be in the 90s today normal for this time of year is 60s
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I finally get to join you mamas! Nessa is 1 day old today (5:45am). We are still at the hospital and I'm loving my baby moon! I'm more sore today than I was yesterday so will soak in the wonderful whirlpool tub that I never ended up getting to labor in. Oh well, she's here and doing great. She had a high white blood count yesterdy but the next blood test said everything was fine...of course they were worried about GBS since I didn't come in to get the "necessary" doses...I stayed home on purpose when my water broke so as not to pump our bodies full of needless antibiotics!

She nursed great this morning and we got a 5 hour stretch of sleep last night so hope that continues! Maybe have a few visitors today. Yesterday I was too tired so only grandma brought DD up for a while and she is soooo in love with her new sister. She just held her and stared and asked to kiss her new sister. So cute!!!! I can't believe I'm a mom of two girls! Today is DDs b-day and I'm a bit sad I'm not with her but I know she's having a great time with Grandma! I'm still not sure what to do about DD's tenetive party Sat. There would only be 5 family members and possibly a few family friends...but still not sure I want all those people at one time wanting to hold my baby...Well I'm off to soak in the tub.
post #19 of 121
Hey a tip on nursing whie laying down- put a rolled up blanket for a prop behind lo so they stay on their side too, I usually have my arm (the 1 on the side lo is nursing on) under my head for comfort and the free arm available to help hold breast if needed during feeding. Takes practice but love this position during the night as I can sleep more and he can nurse at will/want w/o having to wake fully. But Caleb is such an easy/natural bfer I feel blessed. He's sleeping from 10pm to 6am w/waking only once in the night!

Hey Shine glad to see you here!:
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subbing for now, I'll be back soon.
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