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post #21 of 43
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Originally Posted by loulie View Post
does anyone else love the smell of their baby's poop??
I swear Aengus's smells like baked bread (when I haven't had dairy in a couple of days)...but DH disagrees.

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Originally Posted by AustinKate View Post
We're doing pretty well...now that I've figured out how to use the Moby, Alex loves being in it and snoozes a lot when he's tucked up inside of it.
We're having gorgeous spring weather, so I'm trying to get outside with him as much as possible, going for walks, etc.
Here are some links to pictures, I hope they work!

http://twurl.cc/2c2a
http://twurl.cc/2c2c
http://twurl.cc/2c2d
What a cutie--I love his hair! We the moby, too.
post #22 of 43
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Just got back from Will's 2 wk check up and he weighs 9.5lbs!! Well over his birth weight which is great. He's a great nurser/eater all around.

Still doing pretty good here. Will is sleeping in 2 to 3 hour stretches at night, but we're going to work on a system once I get a new pump of me taking the first shift and DH taking the 2nd so that we can each get at least a 4 hour stretch until Will is doing this is on his own.

Weather has been nice where we live, so we went for our first walk yesterday and it felt nice to get some good exercise. Can't wait for it to be consistent so that I can burn some of this fat off of my thighs and tummy.....
post #23 of 43
Keeta, sorry about the mastitis, yuck.

Nicole, congrats on the minivan!

Austinkate, he's adorable! Love the hair.

Harpersmion, we never did EC (I'm too lazy) but there's an EC forum here.

I personally think breastmilk poo smells a little icky, but I know several friends IRL who like the smell. I think at best it smells a little yogurty. But then sometimes I think of it when I'm eating yogurt and it grosses me out.

I had a two-week follow-up with my OB today and am doing fine. Also got to weigh Worth while I was there (the LC there has a scale) and he's up over his birth weight now, which made me feel good since he'd lost so much at first. He loves to nurse. Actually that's a total understatement. He's like the world's smallest hunter who sees the boob as his prey. He makes this crazy noise and then dives in, all head-bobbing and attack-mode. He's also a mama's boy already, much more so than my DD was at that age. I could hand her off to her daddy or grandparents for burping in between sides, for example, but this little guy pretty much screams his head off if anyone takes him but me.
post #24 of 43
I'm tired...

This week was my first week back on the job and I got mandatoried for a double shift last night. Thankfully I come prepared for that eventuallity and had extra storage bottles for my milk. Thank goodness they have a refrigerator for officers to put "food" in My pump gets a lot of giggles and comments from the male officers My favorite joke is to offer a bottle of milk when they say they are thirsty I get worried though that I can't pump enough for Tristyn. I have thus far it seems, but I don't have a stash in the freezer to supplement in the event of a low output night. I'm planning to spend the next two days (glorious days off!) nursing in and pump as well to try and get a small stash for emergencies.

Well I have to go. Dh wants to cuddle and watch a movie. I promise to post more later!
post #25 of 43
Thanks for all the love, ladies. The mastitis seems to be getting better with the atbx - still have sore boob, but I don't feel flu-y and nasty anymore, so that's a vast improvement.

Pooooor DS1 fell out of bed today during his nap and hit the (really crappy and not sturdy) bedside table - I disengaged from nursing August to run upstairs and found him literally tangled up in lamp - crying and totally disoriented and pitiful. So sad. He really needed some one-on-one mama time, and luckily August wasn't averse to being cooed at by grandma, so we got to snuggle and watch cartoons together for a while. He ended up saying to me "Mama, I love you. I love you when you take care of me." It about broke my heart, it was so sweet.

Then about 30 seconds later he was talking about how we have different bodies because he's a boy and I'm a girl. "I have a penis mama, and you have an oval." And I said () "Yes, I have a vulva."
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by AustinKate View Post
We're doing pretty well...now that I've figured out how to use the Moby, Alex loves being in it and snoozes a lot when he's tucked up inside of it.
We're having gorgeous spring weather, so I'm trying to get outside with him as much as possible, going for walks, etc.
Here are some links to pictures, I hope they work!

http://twurl.cc/2c2a
http://twurl.cc/2c2c
http://twurl.cc/2c2d
So cute!!! I think our babes are hair-twins!!


post #27 of 43
Sleepy, nak, mad that my body is not making enough milk even with medication. WTF, body?!

"Oval" -- HA!
post #28 of 43
/waving. 3 kids crawling on me. Trying to get ready for Passover. A big friggin ordeal. I'm thinking of selling my Lana extra large wool breastpads. I only needed them for my first baby and haven't needed them since. They are ENORMOUS and were like a ton of money...anyone one interested? I'd send internationally (I'm in Israel).

gtg.
post #29 of 43
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So cute!!! I think our babes are hair-twins!!


Wow! I love it! She wears it well
post #30 of 43
Kate & Amy: LOVE the hair dos. Gorgeous babes.

Chessa: Glad you're feeling better. Aww, bless DS1. I'm glad he's okay. I did laugh at the "oval" comment. My 5 YO & 7YO were discussing this and I overheard eldest telling his sister very sagely, "Yes. I have a penis but you have a pajina."

Sarah Lynne: Double shift - that sucks. I hope the expressing is going well.

Tamara:

Jul: I'm sorry getting prepared for Passover is hard. Hope it goes smoothly for you.

AFM: Toby is thriving and getting nice and fat. He gives lovely smiles - especially to Ben and Lucy and he is still sleeping well at night (mostly a 4 hour block between 11 and 3 and then another block until 6/6.30), so I feel mostly human. Unfortunately, he's been a bit colicky most evenings (hence me going AWOL from here!) between 8 & 11. Thank heavens for boobs and slings - the two things that seem to help. He flatly refused a dodie (a pacifier!) after a couple of tries - spat it the length of the bed!

Here's some pictures. I can't believe he is two months old tomorrow:

In the sling:
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/p...ary2010119.jpg

Enjoying being bare:
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/p...Mar2010053.jpg

Early smiles:
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/p...Mar2010021.jpg

Grumpy boy!:
http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/p...Mar2010059.jpg
post #31 of 43
hello all! I've only got one hand free and DP went out with his friends tonight so I've got all 5 kiddos to myself (yay) ...

I'll try to get on later and make an actual post. babies' pics are cute
post #32 of 43
Jill -- Toby is beautiful!

Juju is asleep somewhere that is NOT *on me* right now. OMG, ME LIKEY.

Also, my husband visited the US and brought back my order of cloth diapers and accoutrements -- I am in heaven! Juju is asleep in a Moby swaddle blanket, Baby Legs, organic prefold with a Snappi, a Gerber undershirt (they don't have comparable ones here!) and a wool diaper cover! Having so much fun with my stash!

Also-also, Sophie the Giraffe is not as cute in person!
post #33 of 43
EC - I would love to. DP's open to it as well, we just can't figure out how to make it work for us. We've got a huge family and I can't be completely attentive all the time to the baby. Yes, he's in my arms/the wrap/right next to me in bed for 23.5 hours of the day, but I'm still watching the other 4, playing with them, changing the two toddler boys' bums or helping them potty, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, stopping fights/stealing/destruction by the kids, etc.

I did EC a fair amount of the time with DS3 (who is my bio DS1), and had him going poop on the potty quite often by his first birthday, but then my DH at the time (soon to to be XH) left us and we started doing shared custody (2 hours a few days a week to start, but now he gets an overnight every week plus another 8 hour day) and the pottying skills were lost since X just puts DS3 in sposies and doesn't even check/change them very often (like every 2-4 hours he'll check/change). So all of our efforts are currently being sabotaged in the toilet-learning department for DS3 (and don't even get me started on how X is ruining our attempts at discipline. He encourages, promotes and rewards violent behavior and bullying. teaches DS3 how to shoot toy guns and play dead, etc. we're struggling to find a method of discipline that makes me feel happy, follows AP, is loving, and is also effective.)

Perhaps when we don't have 5 kids under the age of 6 (like when it's time for the next baby, we'll have a 7 year old, a 5 year old, two 4 year olds and a 2 year old and then a newborn) we'll work on EC. I can't do everything, I just do what I can.

Baby poo ... I don't love it but I certainly don't think it's offensive at all. With my first his EBF poo always smelled like buttered popcorn. I haven't figured out the odor for DS4 yet. Not bad, it's just a distinctive smell.

We are almost 6 weeks postpartum and I still feel amazing. DP and I are ravenous for each other and can't wait to be able to DTD. We attempted the other night and it got nowhere, so we shall continue to wait and paw at each other like horny teenagers.

DS4 (new baby for reference) is doing very well, too. He's starting to grow out of some of the 3 month size clothing (he's tall!). Pushing 11 pounds. Our snappis came in the mail this week, which DP and I are both happy about. Pins were an annoyance and we kept sticking our fingers. DS4 is starting to smile and giggle a bit. He's also losing the back half of his hair now ... he lost the front half about a week and a half ago. This patchy hair thing is not a good look. He does have fuzz coming in, though, which is certainly better than nothing.

I am not ready for DP to go back to work on the 31st of this month. He's been a huge help (despite recovering from hernia surgery and dealing with his chronic back pain) and I will miss having him around all of the time. I know the kids will miss him, too.

Oh, and I looked into buying Bum Genius diaper covers (we just use vinyl pants now) but even the used ones are way too expensive to justify buying them. DP vetoed me splurging on them. Other things are more important to us ... eating healthy, organic food, good quality Burt's Bee's bath stuff, etc. Wish we had an extra $100 or thereabouts so I could get the Bum Genius's.
post #34 of 43
The baby poo question, I only *love* the smell compared to the toddler's poo. I definitely don't mind the smell at all though.

Lillypop - we mostly use the Gerber "vinyl" pants too - they aren't vinyl anymore though, they are made with PEVA now. I liked the vinyl better. If you are looking for new covers though, I also like the prowraps and they aren't as expensive as other covers. About $5-$6 a piece, even less expensive if you can find them used somewhere. A friend of mine used prowraps with a gerber prefold just laying inside of them.
post #35 of 43
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Lillypop - we mostly use the Gerber "vinyl" pants too - they aren't vinyl anymore though, they are made with PEVA now. I liked the vinyl better.
I used those for overnight with my DD, with good Chinese prefolds inside, and I thought they worked great. All our "nice" covers leaked overnight. Actually I'm totally kicking myself for having gotten rid of them, because now this little guy is leaking at night and I was thinking I should try that again. What do you not like as well about the new ones? Guess I should find out before I run out and buy some.
post #36 of 43
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I used those for overnight with my DD, with good Chinese prefolds inside, and I thought they worked great. All our "nice" covers leaked overnight. Actually I'm totally kicking myself for having gotten rid of them, because now this little guy is leaking at night and I was thinking I should try that again. What do you not like as well about the new ones? Guess I should find out before I run out and buy some.
What covers have you tried that are leaking? We've never had a problem with proraps or bummis, though I prefer bummis (seems like they scratch his belly less...)
post #37 of 43
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What covers have you tried that are leaking? We've never had a problem with proraps or bummis, though I prefer bummis (seems like they scratch his belly less...)
I have a hodge-podge, including mostly homemade ones. I have some proraps in this size but no bummis, although I did use those with my DD. It's not so much that they leak during normal (daytime) usage, it's just that there isn't enough room in them to stuff them with enough absorbant material to get through night-time wetting. Cheap plastic pants have these huge bubble butts but snug waist and leg holes, so you can layer two or three prefolds in there. Wool works too, to a certain extent, but I don't have enough wool for constant overnight use, plus they are so cute I like to save them for daytime.
post #38 of 43
Happileigh, does wool work well for you? I have several wool covers that I knit and lanolized but I have a hard time believing that they really will prevent leaking.

I love seeing everyone's baby pics!

Here's Ze today. http://kristenediger.shutterfly.com/160

He was 9 lbs. 4 oz. at his ped appointment on Wednesday, up 3 lbs. from his birth weight, 5 weeks ago!! Still has a cold that makes sleeping hard. I think if he didn't have the cold he would only wake up once at night. He does a 4-hour chunk initially, then 2 2-hour chunks. He did sleep the whole night in his bed last night. I would love to co-sleep but he makes so much noise at night and keeps both of us up.He loves being worn by mom and dad during the day, though. Right now he's sleeping in his Beco on DH. And he's thinking about smiling at things. He is such a fun, sweet baby!
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by HappiLeigh View Post
I used those for overnight with my DD, with good Chinese prefolds inside, and I thought they worked great. All our "nice" covers leaked overnight. Actually I'm totally kicking myself for having gotten rid of them, because now this little guy is leaking at night and I was thinking I should try that again. What do you not like as well about the new ones? Guess I should find out before I run out and buy some.
The first pack I bought made with PEVA, just tore apart at the seams, quite easily. We have used them since and they do hold up quite well with DS, I just liked the vinyl better...although PEVA is supposed to be better for the environment. They actually get less tears in them and come out of the washer a bit softer. I think I am just partial to the vinyl because they were the first covers I bought that worked really, really well with DS and didn't cost that much at all. I haven't used them on Elsa yet because her legs are too tiny for the 0-3 month size.

A few friends are letting me try out their Thirsties covers, they work really well! I don't know what they retail for though, I'm not sure how they'd hold up over night.

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It's crazy to me that some of you already have smiling, socially interacting babies already. My little one just sleeps, sleeps, eats, poops, and sleeps some more. (She's only 15 days old though)
post #40 of 43
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Happileigh, does wool work well for you? I have several wool covers that I knit and lanolized but I have a hard time believing that they really will prevent leaking.

I love seeing everyone's baby pics!

Here's Ze today. http://kristenediger.shutterfly.com/160

He was 9 lbs. 4 oz. at his ped appointment on Wednesday, up 3 lbs. from his birth weight, 5 weeks ago!! Still has a cold that makes sleeping hard. I think if he didn't have the cold he would only wake up once at night. He does a 4-hour chunk initially, then 2 2-hour chunks. He did sleep the whole night in his bed last night. I would love to co-sleep but he makes so much noise at night and keeps both of us up.He loves being worn by mom and dad during the day, though. Right now he's sleeping in his Beco on DH. And he's thinking about smiling at things. He is such a fun, sweet baby!

Wool works incredibly when it's properly lanolized! I was skeptical too at first, but I fell in love with wool covers the first time I used one overnight and my son woke up with a dry bed for the first time in months.

And Ze is adorable

All the babies are adorable Tristyn is doing well. She has upped her intake of milk while I'm gone so I'm worried that the 2 pumpings I can manage on shift (I pump when I get home if she isn't hungry) isn't going to be enough. Here's hoping!

Our dog went missing last night She hasn't shown up at the shelter so I'm thinking someone picked her up and took her. She had just had a bath so she didn't have her collar on and she's so pretty I know someone could just snatch her up. I hope she does show up because I can't imagine explaining to the boys that she is gone for good.
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