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Thought I would start a chat for our life with newborns. How are things going, what little joys are you having, what little struggles?

Both of mine finally have taken the breast! He started yesterday at 10 days old, and yippe she started this morning like a champ!!! We are using nipple shields to help me get my nipples far enough in to trigger sucking but otherwise I think we are on a roll.

I'm still shocked at how much they sleep, I guess I have not been around newborned day in and day out to see this, they are nearly always out cold. I'm sure soon with come I day I will really miss this!

I think i saw him notice his sister for the first time! She was being bottle fed right next to him and he looked over with this puzzled look on his face, it was so cute, like " hmm who is this and why does she have my boobie juice?!". Then this morning my dh come in and told me the exact same story about it happening again, he hadvnot heard my experience, so we both got a big laugh.
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Congratulations on getting them both on the breast!  That is awesome!

 

I am so tired.  Liam sleeps SO good during the day, but at night he will only sleep if he is in my arms, at the breast.  The second I put him in his co-sleeper, he starts crying.  This last week hubby has been home, and has gotten him up when he does so I can finally sleep and lets me sleep until noon, but next week he goes back and I am trying to figure out how I am going to do all this on my own.  I REALLY hope I can get sleep so I can function well enough to get 3 kids off to school in the mornings.

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Well, we're still on Cloud 9 here! Caroline  is nursing like a champ as long as I am diligent in making sure she latches on properly. She generally has 3-4 hour stretches of sleep at night, which gives me a chance to charge my battery a bit between feeds. She just wakes up to nurse, and what more can I ask for? She really likes to cuddle, which I love! She tries to snuggle right into my chest and makes happy little groaning noises!

 

I think she's really strong too. I don't have much experience with newborns, but she is already constantly rolling onto her side, and has rolled onto her belly a  few times. She's also really trying to hold up her head.

 

Adorkable: I'm so glad yours are both nursing. I love breastfeeding so far, but I can't imagine having 2!

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That's great that things are going better with the breastfeeding Adorkable!  

 

SummerRain--Micah is the same way.  He sleeps wonderfully during the day, but not as well at night.  He also appearers to be getting reflux so I have him sleeping in his bouncy seat so he is at a steep incline.

 

Micah was really starting to get the breastfeeding down, but he developed a cold a couple of days ago.  ARGH!  This is one of the last things I wanted--a 6week old preemie with a cold.  At least he has had the Synagis shot to help prevent RSV (only given to high risk babies).  Poor babe is congested and has a difficult time eating now.  I'm keeping a close eye on him and hopefully he will get over it quickly.  

 

We had a weight check last Friday and he was gaining 3/4 oz/day.  Not quite as high as we would like, but still in the OK range.  Hopefully once he is over this cold he will gain a bit better since it will be easier for him to eat.

 

So, has anyone found any products they absolutely love?  I am loving the muslin swaddling blankets.  I had 2 and just bought 4 more because we are using them constantly and I want to be sure I have a clean one whenever I need it.  I also found some Badger Baby Salve with calendula and chamomile.  I use it in Micah's face because he is scratching himself with his fingernails.  It calms him right down as soon as I start smoothing it on him.

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Wow the twins went to their 2 weeks check up today and drumroll please....... She was 5lb10oz up from a birth weight of 5, 3 and a low of about 4, 6 and he was a whopping 6 lb2.5oz up from his birth weight of 5, 10 and a low of 4,11 I think.

So they both gained 6 or 7 ounces over their birth weights at 16 days old, how awesome if that!??

Everything was great, cept having to do that horrible PKU test the second time, boy that is simply the worse thing in the world.
They both seem extra sad and fussy tonight, i wonder if it is from the stressful time with that test?
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Things are going pretty well. Most of the time Elise cluster feeds. She sleeps one good long stretch in the afternoon, and is up at night every 2-3 hours, but cluster nurses before the long nap and around 9-12 at night. Breastfeeding is going well though, but I have already found she has a milk intolerance. One huge milkshake and a couple of pieces of pizza and she cried for 3-4 hours straight, since I cut that out of my diet she has been fine. She is kind of a sleepy nurser - my first was all business, but this one nurses for a bit and then falls asleep, so we have change diapers and take off swaddles to get her to stay interested.

 

Now me on the other hand. I just want to poop! It's been over a week since my c-section and I haven't gone yet and I am scared! And for some reason I get a slight fever everyday. I went to L&D to get checked out and blood tests were fine, no UTI, no visible incision issues and they have no clue what it is. Best guess is one of the on call OB said it was hormonal from my milk coming in and getting adjusted. I don't know, I get achy, a fever, bad gas (that is weird) and a fever between 99 and 100.1 every day. Then it goes away. Last 2 times it happened during Elise's long stretch of sleep, so that is why they think it's an engorgement thing.

 

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lilly, are you taking a stool softener? they put me on one right away after the birth and explained that hte hormone changes postpartum could casue pretty bad slowing of the system again.

 

i never had this issue when preggo but now its horrible for me to, the stool softener is just barely holding it in check, barely.

 

a slightly connected funny, my daughter and i passed some silly right of mommy passage in the wee hours of this morning, i learned to go to the bathroom while holding her, so her and i sat there and pooped together, it was kinda cute. I'm just glad that the changing room is the spare bathroom in my house right now, so i had somewhere to set her down when i needed to wipe!

 

i know totally TMI but afte rthe 9 months we all have had together i felt i could laugh with you gals

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I was told the drugs did it ; ) Plus I was on percocet, so I know that makes it worse. But anyway I POOPED today! Seriously took longer to get everything out than my labor - and I think it might have weighed more than my baby. I still have some trapped gas I think, but at least I can walk around. And I think the fever might have been from not pooping, I haven't had it today.

 

Now peeing is rough too - *sigh* they had to repair damage to my bladder from the first c-section and my nerves are a little weird. I just keep thinking - I will so much better after another week. At least I have a very content baby this time : )
 

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lilly, are you taking a stool softener? they put me on one right away after the birth and explained that hte hormone changes postpartum could casue pretty bad slowing of the system again.

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Liam had his 2 week checkup yesterday, he was also supposed to get circumcised like his 3 brother are, but DH finally relented on my request to keep him intact because he didn't think it was worth the money since we would have to meet our deductible this year for insurance to cover it.  WOOHOO.  He was also NINE pounds, which is almost 2 lbs up from his birth weight, and over 2lbs from his lowest weight.  He is getting his tongue snipped on Tuesday and I am REALLY hoping it helps with his shallow latch & gas issues he's having.  Liam is doing a little better about sleeping in his co-sleeper, he will start out and sleep about 2-4 hours a night in it.

 

My two year old on the other hand has been a handful, I think the green-eyed-monster has officially struck.  She is defiant, has not been listening, and throwing a ton of tantrums.  My five year old also seems to be having a harder time listening, but not as drastic as DD's issues.  DH went back to work this week and it has been rough.  We also found out this week he's probably going to be leaving for a year in Afghanistan sometime in March.

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Are you using the Aden + Anais <sp> blankets?  I was thinking of trying them, but the price is holding me back, and I am not sure how long we would use them.  They are also at the local cloth diaper store, and I am not sure I could hold myself back there.  LOL

 


 

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So, has anyone found any products they absolutely love?  I am loving the muslin swaddling blankets.  I had 2 and just bought 4 more because we are using them constantly and I want to be sure I have a clean one whenever I need it.
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My two year old on the other hand has been a handful, I think the green-eyed-monster has officially struck.  She is defiant, has not been listening, and throwing a ton of tantrums.  My five year old also seems to be having a harder time listening, but not as drastic as DD's issues.  DH went back to work this week and it has been rough.  We also found out this week he's probably going to be leaving for a year in Afghanistan sometime in March.

This happened with my daughter, but I also found it was because visiting people were ignoring her. So we are having the IL take her places alone. Even my own mother kind of brushed my 3 year old aside and spent the day correcting her for pulling at her clothes, poking at her, etc, all because she wanted her attention.  She has been a lot different since the IL have played with her. Do you have a friend or relative can take your children for a while?

 

Sorry to hear about your husband, I hope it turns out he doesn't have to go.
 

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I have 2 from a company called KoalaCuddles and 4 that are Pinzon Baby by Aden & Anais.  I bought the KoalaCuddles ones off of one of the mama bargains-type website.  They are a bit smaller and not as soft as the Pinzon Baby ones.  I bought the Pinzon Baby blankets from Amazon because I had a gift certificate and these things are huge!  They are almost too bit for my itty-bitty guy (not even 6lb yet), but he will grow into them.  My other 2 kids wanted to be swaddled for over 6 months so I'm just assuming this guy will want it also and the Pinzon Baby ones will easily swaddle a 6mo.  

 

Target also has some by Aden & Anais in their baby section.  I think it is a 4-pack for $30.  Even if you don't swaddle, they will be very useful in the summer to shade baby or to use on the floor for playtime and they pack up pretty small because they are so lightweight.  Sorry, I'm probably just enabling you.  2whistle.gif

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I have seen the Target A+A ones, the reviews say they are cheaper, a little smaller, and not as soft, but I might just pick them up because it is so much more convenient than a trip downtown to a boutique.  If I love them, we can get the boutique quality ones next.  Thanks for the recommendation.  :)

 

 

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I have 2 from a company called KoalaCuddles and 4 that are Pinzon Baby by Aden & Anais.  I bought the KoalaCuddles ones off of one of the mama bargains-type website.  They are a bit smaller and not as soft as the Pinzon Baby ones.  I bought the Pinzon Baby blankets from Amazon because I had a gift certificate and these things are huge!  They are almost too bit for my itty-bitty guy (not even 6lb yet), but he will grow into them.  My other 2 kids wanted to be swaddled for over 6 months so I'm just assuming this guy will want it also and the Pinzon Baby ones will easily swaddle a 6mo.  

 

Target also has some by Aden & Anais in their baby section.  I think it is a 4-pack for $30.  Even if you don't swaddle, they will be very useful in the summer to shade baby or to use on the floor for playtime and they pack up pretty small because they are so lightweight.  Sorry, I'm probably just enabling you.  2whistle.gif

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We had an appointment with our midwife today. Caroline is 19 days old and already one pound and two ounces over her birth weight! Yay! She has already outgrown all of the clothes I had ready for her, I had to wash a load of the next size up. Breastfeeding has been going well since the beginning, but this is good affirmation that my girl is really getting what she needs.

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for those of you that swaddle, are you swaddling just at night or al the time or what? ive been wondering this, mine have been swaddled most of hte time, but now we are leaving their hands out more and letting them get used to them

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We're doing pretty well over here. I'm exhausted all the time, but dh is helping during the night, so that takes some of the load off. Eli wants to be held all.the.time. which I wouldn't mind so much, except that I have 2 other kiddos that have to be taken care of, and I work online from home, which has been pretty impossible lately. He's not crazy about the wrap either, which I was hoping would help *bummer*. We're swaddling at night with the muslin blankets (LOVE). He'll sleep about 3-4 hours the first stretch, then 1 1/2 - 2 the rest of the night. He's also been having green poop, so I've been trying block feeding in case we're dealing with a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. I haven't seen any change yet, and I'm not sure what else to try. 

 

We started CD'ing this week mostly full time. We still do paper at night because his little butt is just so tiny that none of our diapers really fit him well yet, and I'm worried about blowouts at night. 

 

I think my pp bleeding is just about done (3 weeks and a couple of days out). This is actually the longest it's ever lasted for me lol. I had a pretty substantial episiotomy (against my wishes, didn't realize what was happening till it was done) and I'm finally feeling like I'm really healing from that. I'm back to my pre-preggo weight, which is nice. I can't wait to start actually exercising so I can work on the belly a bit. :)

 

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for those of you that swaddle, are you swaddling just at night or al the time or what? ive been wondering this, mine have been swaddled most of hte time, but now we are leaving their hands out more and letting them get used to them



I have barely swaddled her at all, she likes to move her arms and legs and wakes up frustrated when she is wrapped up. That being said, I have a family gathering coming up on Sunday, and I am planning to swaddle the baby when she is being passed around.

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for those of you that swaddle, are you swaddling just at night or al the time or what? ive been wondering this, mine have been swaddled most of hte time, but now we are leaving their hands out more and letting them get used to them



I follow his cues.  We still swaddle quite a bit because he prefers it.  I leave him unswaddled quite a bit while he is awake, but when he starts getting stressed, I wrap him back up.  I expect his need to be swaddled all the time to decrease quite a bit when we get to his due date (in about 2 weeks).  I expect him to need to be swaddled for sleeping for quite a while yet based on past experience with my kids, but he is also the first one I am able to lay down to sleep (as opposed to needing to sleep in a bouncy seat due to reflux) so maybe he won't need to be swaddled as long.

 

If they are happy with their arms out then I would leave them out.  If they start fussing quite a bit, try swaddling again and see if that calms them down.

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So I just got over being sick. After a trip to L&D for a high fever and lots of stiffness and aches, they determined I had a virus. I got it like 3 days after I got home : (

 

I guess because of being sick, when I went to the pediatrician, baby lost 5 ounces. She pooped a lot yesterday, but has not pooped today, so I am a little worried and hoping things go back to normal in the next day or two. My mom keeps bugging to come and visit again (she has been once already), and I think she was the one who got me sick! And now she wants to bring friends. And she is not one to not touch the baby, I am shocked the baby isn't sick honestly, she was holding her after I asked her not to. So I had to tell her the pediatrician said no visitors for 4 weeks because it's flu/cold season.  And it has been bad around here.

 

Since the fever has broke though, I am beginning to feel somewhat normal, just worried about the baby's weight a bit.

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