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post #21 of 29

We use a Snug Tuck pillow on the other side of him at night (used it for all 4 of mine), but he doesn't nap in my bed by himself.  When he lets me put him down during naps (he used to do this frequently, not so much right now) he naps in a Pack-n-Play.  He's the first one of mine that have done this so it's something new to me!  He used to like to nap in the swing but DD2 broke it.  rolleyes.gif  She would only nap or sleep in the swing (or with me) until she was 14 months and she was NOT ready to give it up!  She still climbs into it at 2.5 and finally the motor just broke, so no more swing for Ian.

 

I'm watching him stand and cruise around the couch right now and I can't believe how quick this is going.  No, he's my last baby! 

post #22 of 29


 

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We use a Snug Tuck pillow on the other side of him at night (used it for all 4 of mine), but he doesn't nap in my bed by himself.  When he lets me put him down during naps (he used to do this frequently, not so much right now) he naps in a Pack-n-Play.  He's the first one of mine that have done this so it's something new to me!  He used to like to nap in the swing but DD2 broke it.  rolleyes.gif  She would only nap or sleep in the swing (or with me) until she was 14 months and she was NOT ready to give it up!  She still climbs into it at 2.5 and finally the motor just broke, so no more swing for Ian.

 

I'm watching him stand and cruise around the couch right now and I can't believe how quick this is going.  No, he's my last baby! 



Snug tuck pillow (just googled it) looks like a great thing!

 

I can't even imagine my little one "cruising" or "walking"...it just seems so far away! lol  :)

 

I was nursing her in the middle of the night last night and I kept thinking..."I'm okay with nursing you whenever you want.  This is only a short season in our lives and I am going to miss this someday".  :)

post #23 of 29

Yay June Mamas! Isabel is doing great! She is absolutely the happiest, most content baby I have ever met. My DD#1 is high needs and always on the go (and almost 4- eeek!) while Isabel is just the opposite. Totally chill and loves to just sit and take everything in. She is a champion sitter and doesn't show any signs of crawling yet. She loves to get everything and anything in her mouth (also no teeth to be seen). I have to watch her like a hawk! She is eating solids and seems to prefer feeding herself to purees. We've tried all kinds of foods-- apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, yogurt, chickpeas, clementines, hummus, carrots, squash, asparagus, banana. Sleep is actually pretty decent (especially compared to DD#1 at this age). She goes to bed around 7pm and wakes up once or twice before DH and I got to bed. From 10-7am she wakes twice to nurse around 2:30 and 5:00am. She takes 2 to 3 naps a day depending on how much uninterrupted sleep she can get. Mamas with more than 1, how are you doing it? I feel like we are running around all the time for preschool, extra curricular classes, etc. and Isabel doesn't get proper naps. I feel guilty sometimes, but mostly I just try to do the best we can and hope it's go enough. The worst is when I have to wake her up from a nap to get DD#1 at preschool. That kills me!

 

The best part is DD#1 absolutely adores her sister! They do everything together-- play, bathe, get ready for bed. I can't wait to see their relationship evolve as Isabel gets older. 

 

I'm feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, I have not been able to lose my baby weight (from both DD#1 and DD#2). It has really started to effect the way I feel about myself and my body. I also want to be a healthy role model for my girls. In the spirit of getting healthy, I joined Weight Watchers and have lost 7.6 pounds! I'm starting to feel like everything is moving in the right direction and I will have much more confidence and energy when spring arrives and we can finally get out of the house!

 

I can't believe how fast the time is going and that my baby will be 8 months tomorrow!

 

Here is a photo of the girls playing around with hair accessories:

 

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post #24 of 29

Andrew was born 6/4.  He has the sweetest disposition - we are so lucky.  Crawling, pulled up for the first time this weekend.  And is totally in love with solids.  We've been following his lead, but I just can't believe how much he eats!andrew overalls.JPG

post #25 of 29

Beautiful babies!!

 

Question for you mamas:

My little one is starting to cry when we take something away from her. She will throw a huge fit.  IT's totally cute because her face scrunches up, but I am not quite sure how to deal with this at this stage.  I usually redirect her, which sometimes works.  Or I just let her sit there and cry until she stops (she usually stops within a minute or so).

What do you do?? Is this just a stage they go through? Do you say "no-no" (will they even get the concept of "no" yet?)...??

 

Any input would be appreciated :)

 

post #26 of 29

This isn't a super recent pic, because they're all still on the camera, but it'll have to do.

 

I realized I haven't given a Fiona update in a really long time.

 

She's doing great.  We've hit a snag, but it's not an insurmountable one, and all in all, especially considering how things could have gone, we are so so so lucky.  Her omphalocele got almost completely covered with skin at about 2.5 months (I think?), and so we were able to stop coating it with the silvadene cream, and just wrap it, to encourage it to go in.  We were able to wrap it flat really soon.  The closure surgery/ies aren't any time real soon, though.  Her omphalocele was/is fairly large, and the gap in the fascia is quite large and up high, like up to the sternum.  The surgeon said that when they're up high like that, he prefers to wait longer, so that she can grow and have more to stretch closed over the gap.  That's totally fine with us, as the omphalocele itself really barely impacts her daily life right now.

 

What does impact her life is, unfortunately, being 100% tube fed. greensad.gif  Due to her reflux (caused mostly by her screwy anatomy in the abdomen) and the need for an ng tube at first, she ended up with an oral feeding aversion.  We were able to nurse a bit at first, but less and less as time went on, and eventually, trying to feed her orally resulted in her screaming like we were trying to kill her.  So we gave it a break for a couple of months, and then started some very beginning, really basic feeding therapy stuff, just to try to not lose ground.  We knew that, until the ng tube was gone, we weren't going to make any progress, as the ng tube just made her reflux that much worse, and made swallowing pretty uncomfortable.

 

Usually, an ng tube (naso-gastric feeding tube) isn't used for more than a month or two, and if someone needs tube feeding for longer, then they do a g-tube (which is a tube that is put in from the outside of the belly straight into the stomach).  But Fiona's case presented a pretty unique problem, because a standard g-tube wouldn't work with her anatomy.  Her liver is in front of her stomach, and where they would usually place a g-tube is right where her omphalocele is!  So the surgeon got together with a GI doc, and the other surgeons, and devised a way to do it.  They had films, so they knew essentially where everything is in there already.  And we found ONE other doc who had done a g-tube on an omphalocele baby before closure.  He was all the way across the country, but we emailed him so he could give our docs some insight.  They ended up putting it in way off to the side, instead of above the belly button, and they had to kind of move her stomach a bit to do so.  I wonder if they are going to write this up, because they were basically inventing the procedure as they went along.  They had to get permission from the hospital board to do this procedure that is otherwise a pretty routine thing!

 

So she finally got it a couple of weeks ago, and we're so so so pleased!  She recovered fantastically, was out of the hospital after a day and a half.  And it's been great since then.  No more causing her pain, changing the ng tube weekly.  And no more nasty tape all over her face.  But most importantly, we're already making progress orally.  I got about half a ml of breastmilk into her yesterday that she actually swallowed.  This is huge because we were getting concerned that she'd forgotten how to swallow.  We have an Occupational Therapist who comes out a few times a month who helps with all this, and we're hopeful that she'll continue to make great progress, and hopefully be rid of the g-tube in a year or two.  Our biggest goal is to get her back to nursing, and we have some great concrete steps to doing that all laid out, but we know that may not happen, and we'll be happy with getting her back to taking her nutrition orally, however it happens.

 

Speaking of which, I'm still pumping.  Seven times a day, about 35-45 minutes (with a break in the middle, so really pumping about 25min) each time.  It's a drag, and I'd really love to stop.  But if she never gets back to nursing, I've committed to pumping for the full two years.  I'm very fortunate to be able to maintain a supply with just the pump, and I have a ton of support from my husband and my older daughter.

 

Ok, well, if you've read this entire very teal deer, you deserve cuteness:

 

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post #27 of 29

Fiona is such a doll! And I'm so glad to hear about the progress she's making. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that she can get back to nursing.

post #28 of 29

Hey, Camille was born on June 4th.

 

She's really really long, in 12-18month clothes already, but a petite thing otherwise.  Nursing went great this time around, having lost my supply to thyroid issues with DD1, i was even able to donate to a friend for a few months, to a baby who is now my godson joy.gif

 

 

We are doing BLW, but reading around we might be doping it wrong!  We just give her what we're having.  She loves naan dipped in curry, paella, all kinds of soup and sushi.  Here she is enjoying some maki - that's seaweed all over her face!

 

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She's soooo mellow compared to her HN sister, and we love having her.  Today though i am full of fear because though i have an IUD fitted, my period is 10 days late and i am NOT ready for #3.  I'm getting sticks to pee on today (it's pouring with rain and howling a gale right now, so i'm waiting for it to stop).  Scared!

post #29 of 29

Fiona is a cutey pie! Praying for you guys!

And mama...you are amazing to be pumping for your little one!! Bless you! :)

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