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post #21 of 158
Murph- DS has broken blood vessels in his eye from birth as well. They do take a while to go away, several weeks if I'm remembering right.



I can't believe that I'm saying this, but I introduced a binky to DS. You have to realize that I've never even bothered to pump with my other children, they have never had a bottle or anything that wasn't a breast until one year of age, but this guy is this third child. First off, we have to do a ton of driving with the girls, an average day is an hour in the hour, some days it is more. He happily rides along ONLY if there is a binky in his mouth, same with any sling/wrap/carrier that I own. He will only go in them if he is sucking away. And then he gets peeved with the breast after a while and wants to suck but with no milk, it's not like that is going to happen with my breasts. It took several days of Julian screaming before I realized that what was going on, and now he is happy as a clam.


Now I'm thinking of breaking out my dusty breast pump, he might actually take a bottle at times. That could really come in handy with all the other children's therapies/activities, sometimes I just can't bring a baby with me.
post #22 of 158
Well, I survived Eden's bad day on Saturday. I traded it for an angel child on Mother's Day . She was so sweet and even let me play a little banjo at band practice!

We're visiting my parents and she slept the entire 2.5 hour drive down here. Of course, she's been sleeping like all day, so who knows how tonight will go!
post #23 of 158
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Now I'm thinking of breaking out my dusty breast pump, he might actually take a bottle at times. That could really come in handy with all the other children's therapies/activities, sometimes I just can't bring a baby with me.
I'm pretty pleased with pump + bottle. Sad I still have to supplement, but this kid eats 4-5 oz at a time, and I only put out 3!!

I tried the pacifier, but I'm thinking Z doesn't need it. He sleeps with any motion and when in a food coma. He also sleeps at night between feedings. He doesn't like that the pacifier is void of food... :-/
post #24 of 158
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Well, I survived Eden's bad day on Saturday. I traded it for an angel child on Mother's Day . She was so sweet and even let me play a little banjo at band practice!

We're visiting my parents and she slept the entire 2.5 hour drive down here. Of course, she's been sleeping like all day, so who knows how tonight will go!
I know the feeling. I dread nights because I know she will be up and I'll be a zombie. I have to figure out how to work that out, like take more naps during the day or make myself tea to wake up a bit during the wee hrs in the morning. At least your travel was a breeze

Cool for you for playing the banjo! That is awesome! You Rock Kate!
post #25 of 158
gripe water is pretty useful for gas. I made my own with anise seed. We've used it 3 times in the last week and it works in about 5 minutes.
post #26 of 158
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WARNING TMI:

I have a lump in between my labia majora and my labia minora. Yesterday it was a pea size today its elongated like a green bean. IT HURTS! I have to be careful when sitting down too. I'm still so sore. This lump makes it even more tender.

Could it be a swollen lymph node? Any ideas?

MW came over today and I told her about it. She offered to check but I said dh checked last night and he could feel it but not see it and she said to call her tomorrow (or I think she is going to come over anyways??? I forget.) to check if its worse.

Any of you mama's experience this?
not sure if the positioning would be right, but could it be an ingrown hair?
post #27 of 158
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bows here. Z was a pretzel inside me. Doc said up to 3 years old for it to be completely grown out. I'm not sure it takes that long.
ok, that makes sense because he was totally smooshed in there - i'm short and he just kept growing outwards - a 9lbs in a short woman doesn't have much room at the end
post #28 of 158
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not sure if the positioning would be right, but could it be an ingrown hair?
Never had hair grow in that area before. So, I don't think so.
post #29 of 158
my ds' best friend was bow legged, and now is fine, at 11, no intervention.

nak---ready to laugh at me, well with me, cause i'm laughing...i just figured out that nak is nursing at computer....i thought it was an expression of frustration,, like arg...

babe very hungry in the evenings...me too though, so.....

this babe makes great faces...wish I could capture them on film....
post #30 of 158
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nak---ready to laugh at me, well with me, cause i'm laughing...i just figured out that nak is nursing at computer....i thought it was an expression of frustration,, like arg...
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your like 'why is everyone having such a bad day???'
post #31 of 158
About NAK: I first saw this when I joined my first ddc, and I was stumped: I think my first guess was something like : I have an idea: because advice tended to follow.


: I regularly experienced insomnia during that pregnancy ... I never even tried to figure out what the letters stood for.
post #32 of 158
DS seems to be bow legged and the ped said it was normal. He was 8lbs 10ozs at birth and I'm pretty petite so I know he must have been squished.

On the hemoroids (sp) issue - I have something going on "down there" as well. I don't think its hems but I'm experiencing pain when I go (no blood though). I tried some colace and it doesn't seem to be helping.

I have a sore nipples ? - mine don't seem to be cracked or bleeding thankfully but are getting very pink and so sore when DS first latches on. Any idea how to make it feel better?
post #33 of 158
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I have a sore nipples ? - mine don't seem to be cracked or bleeding thankfully but are getting very pink and so sore when DS first latches on. Any idea how to make it feel better?
Do they seem itchy at all? That sounds like the mild thrush I had with DS...
post #34 of 158
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I have a sore nipples ? - mine don't seem to be cracked or bleeding thankfully but are getting very pink and so sore when DS first latches on. Any idea how to make it feel better?
mine are pink too - mine are just now not being sore when he latches. Well comparativly...it always is a bit tender when kiddo latches, but no where near like in the beginning.
How old is your babe? Mine will be 3 weeks and it's finally not as sore as it was. Also if mine has one bad latch that I don't catch and remove, then the nipple will be very sore for a few nursings after that.
post #35 of 158
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not sure if the positioning would be right, but could it be an ingrown hair?
That sounds like a good guess. I had a rather large lump right where thigh meets pubic area from that before. Ouch.
post #36 of 158
You wise moms probably know this already but in case nobody told you... your nipples do change shape and color permanently from nursing. Pain other than mild soreness though is probably a sign of something wrong.

So, I think this discussion happened already many weeks ago but I am way behind a lot of you with an April 28 baby. So... diaper bags? any recs for something not too expensive, dad-friendly, and good for a BFing, CDing, babywearing mom? (I am sure I will do some strollering too, but haven't yet). And can hold a book for mom and/or 4yo brother? Oh, and washable (we are out and about mucking around outside a lot around here... stuff gets grungy fast). I've just been using canvas shoulder bags and everything is kind of rolling around in there getting messy. Am thinking of just using freezer zip-lock bags to keep things separated for now, but its only 2 weeks and I am already frustrated, I think I need to get a dedicated baby bag. I never liked my old diaper bag which was a gift anyway, and I'd like to try something new.

Ooh, baby fell asleep and DS is at school... I am going to run and use the bathroom and then take a nap (before the little cup of coffee I just drank kicks in, shucks)
post #37 of 158
fruitful womb~ could the lump be a varicose vein? I hope not

I hope I didn't freak anyone out about allergies and newborn acne from last weeks thread. Newborn acne is totally normal (and hormonal). Sears mentions that sometimes it can be really bad or last longer in cases with allergies. The reason I'm doing allergy elimination stuff is that Nora has acne plus eczema and general skin redness/puffiness that might be allergy related. And we have had some mucousy poops plus a huge family history of allergies. The skin seems to be getting better now- I'm on day three of the diet (and I've been off dairy, wheat and chocolate for several weeks).

I did a long walk at two weeks and it brought my bleeding back. I feel like it set me back a whole week in my recovery. I'm back to pretty normal activity now, and doing moderately long walks without any bleeding. I'm waiting until six weeks to start running again, and I'll do a run/walk program to get back into it. I'm going to start the couch to 5K training program next week

For postpartum exercises, I really like Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year- it has great exercises for re-gaining strenght in the abs, pelvic floor, etc. My abs are still so weak and kind of tender some days just from daily movement!

Peony, I have a binky baby too. I didn't use one with Neela, but Nora wants to suck but not comfort nurse. I wish I had an extra person around to help, because she prefers the pinky to the pacifier. But it's been a lifesaver when I'm cooking or showering or in the car! Neela just screamed in the car seat for the first 6 months.

I'm doing an online course that I really want to finish today. The downside is that I keep messing around on the internet and not getting it done. I need to get to work while Nora is happily sleeping...
post #38 of 158
We had an eventful week last week; dd2 is still recovering, I think. There was a wildfire in my town; we were evacuated in the middle of the night on Thursday and spent two days as nomads (well, stayed with friends about 45 miles away). We were back in time for Mothers' Day; the house is undamaged and remarkably ash-free (the winds must have been in our favor). The baby has had major mucousy poop at times, but I'm thinking it's the effects of the fire--smoke, stress, major change in routine; not to mention the 100 degree heat we had--and not anything more permanent. Oh, and with my 6 week appointment coming up on Wednesday, I've had an uptick in the bleeding. Joy

Going back to work part-time today.

In more upbeat news, Eliza's really filling out. She's not a chunky babe by any means, but she's totally lost that newborn wrinkled thing and is getting all rounded. Awake quite a lot, too--looking out at the world as if to say, "Whoa! what am I in for now?"
post #39 of 158
Baby looked at me with joy and recognition today! : I was showering and he cried, so I threw a towel on and picked him up. That's when it happened.

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PP healing question too- I *think* I may have hemorroids? I'm not sure what exactly they are and its hard to tell from the brief description in most books or online sources. Basically I've been constipated this week (tried colace and this other kind of stol softener to no avail) and have had pain and bright red bleeding. I thought maybe I ripped my stitches or something on the pereneum and so looked with a mirror and it looks just like two little pieces of skin near there, almost like a skin tag? Sorry if TMI, any advice on getting things moving better or if this is indeed the H word would be appreciated because it HURTS. I have been using the witch hazel pads but they burn and don't seem to be healing anything.
I've got the same thing going on. Not much advice here though... I use Preparation H but have serious doubts that it is doing much, if anything. Hurts like hell for 12 hours after going. Soaking in a very hot bath helps sometimes.

On another TMI note... is dark red vaginal bleeding still okay at 4 weeks PP? I only bled 2 weeks w/ my first, but I was way too active early on. Maybe taking it easy this time is making it take a longer time to get all the junk out? At any rate, I'm sick of pads and no DTD. :
post #40 of 158
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For postpartum exercises, I really like Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year- it has great exercises for re-gaining strenght in the abs, pelvic floor, etc. My abs are still so weak and kind of tender some days just from daily movement!
ooh thanks I'll have to look for this. I have gotten sore abs from taking a walk w/ baby in the sling! I am doing a little walking each day, but nothing too much yet. Its still very tiring for me, but its also nice to get out.

DS loved the paci. I never planned to introduce it but there you go. So far this LO seems less "sucky" but she is also so young that she nurses a LOT. (and I too am not a mom they can comfort suck on....)

I have tons of errands, appointments, and a class for DS this afternoon. I am sort of dreading it, its the first day baby will be dragged around all afternoon. Welcome to the rest of your babyhood, little sister... she seems so little for this, but my mom is gone so there is noone else to do it.
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