here are a couple of pics of Silas!
1 day old
5 days old
still working on his birth story... it may take a while
Edited by justrose13 - 4/11/11 at 8:46am
Welcome baby Alice :) And huge congratulations to you, Library, and your DP. Your birth sounds really challenging and also inspiring.
Wehrli, Silas is adorable! I love his sleepy face!
It's been a while since I replied to this thread, so this is on the late side, but EZ, I'm really glad everything turned out to be okay.
Starling, I believe I've met Meredydd in passing/we had a superdyke correspondence some years ago. Small world, eh?
AFM, I'm starting to get antsy. I wish I could just have a healthy baby now. Not wish I could have a healthy baby now, as in, I'm going to the emergency room to demand an induction, just starting to get uncomfortable and missing my lung capacity of yore. I have a feeling the next 7 weeks are going to be humbling. Also, we had fantastic Ethiopian food with friends this afternoon, and earlier this week I spent some time in the sun on a patio drinking iced tea while friends drank beer. Warm weather has finally arrived here, and patios with friends are one of my favourite things, and a great distraction from third trimester discomfort.
Werhli ... What a scrumptious babe you have! He's adorable! Can't wait for more pics! And I love his mohawk. My daughter was born with a full head of black, black hair and by the time she was about six months old it had gone totally blond. Now she has wavy blond hair halfway down her back. I wonder what Silas's hair will do?
Imogen ... Oh, how superdyke can make an even teeny tiny queer world even smaller! At the same party, my sister's new gf had dated one of the other women there (superdyke) and three of the couples (at least) had met on superdyke, and there were four others who had 'hooked' up in varying combinations via superdyke too. You and I probably pass each other on the Drive all the time and don't even know it! Hey, did you see my question about whether the fb you have are smalls? I drove all the way out to Maple Ridge and scored big time on a bunch of newborn and small fitteds and covers and a bunch of organic flats and wool longies. But I'd still love some small fuzzi bunz because DP likes those the best and is a little chicken when it comes to flats origami and fitteds/covers, etc.
library ... how are you settling in, hon? Thinking of you and wee Alice and your dp. A triumvirate of loveliness!
Those are some good looking babies, LibraryLady and Wehrli. Keep the photos coming!
My MIL and FIL left this morning after being here for a week, we have a jam packed day, and then my mother comes in tonight for three days. The extra help has been nice, but I'm really peopled out and would just love some time for ourselves. Will be back for personals and an update on the breastfeeding saga. And, Seraf, everything you wrote earlier was right on the money.
Library! Yay for baby! Excited to hear the story. Pics are lovely. How is the nursing going?
Wehrli, wonderful pictures and congratulations! Interested to hear the story as well. Nursing still going well? Osha was born with a head full of black hair that grew out blond (with black tips, it was pretty cool) and now he has hair more than half way down his back.
Gumshoe, that is quite a story. What is 4-1-1? and contractionmaster? Breastfeeding is going better, then? I'm glad what I wrote was helpful, I don't like to step on toes, but I know how much easier it is to nurse than to do anything else. Even if it's harder in the beginning.
Starling, LOL on being attentive. I'm certainly not. Self preserving, sure. I think the easiest way to get into EC is the very obvious "poop face." Baby is clearly pooping, so take baby potty. Then when baby is "nursing like a jerk" (I know you know what I'm talking about, latch, pop off, latch, pop off) offer the potty. LOL, only times that make life easier. I don't really think EC is about keeping baby dry 24/7. I mean, in my case it was, but generally, I think any catch is nice because it means less laundry or waste and reinforces where pee and poop go. I have known too many kids who ask for a diaper to poop.
Escher, how you doing? Belly getting better? Showing yet? Feeling movement?
2ez, there is no shame in being ignorant of things you have no experience with. I only learned about homebirth and cloth diapers because a friend did it. Baby led weaning didn't even have a name when my kids were little, but we still skipped purees. Only learned about EC while researching potty training because I was a nanny starting with a kid who was starting potty training. *shrug* There are lots of things I have no clue about, and plenty more that simply don't interest me. Mothering is a pretty cool place to learn about lots of natural parenting ideas.
MizYellow, am I reminding you of getting together the 29th this monday? I had a hard time with my kids getting older. I still call them both baby. They still hold my hand in public and jump all over me for hugs. I don't know if homeschooling has something to do with it, but they are utterly unconcerned with coolness and still head over heels for their parents. A while ago Osha asked me if I wished they had stayed babies. I honestly told him that I loved watching them learn new skills and suddenly express new thoughts and ideas. The evolution of a baby into a toddler into a full on thinking child is amazing. If my kids stayed little I would miss teaching them to ride bikes, fun new games, reading, writing, their cool little inventions. Osha was prohibited from turning 8 recently. I gave in on his birthday when he said I could withhold some other birthday. So now he's not allowed to become a teen.
AFM, I think my Sara is pregnant. She cried over chinese food yesterday. We make quite a pair. I have no patience still. I don't have much going on with me. May need to buy some new bras soon, I'm busting out. Still having weird dreams (last night I was doing home health care for a talking severed head. All his monster buddies came over and wackiness ensued.), still very sleepy. Haven't gained anymore weight, Thank goodness. I got down to 137 right before I got pregnant (which was within a pound of my pre-pregnancy weight with both kids) and I made it up to 144 before mellowing down to 142 (pre-diet weight), which seems to be sticking. Every time I eat out I gain 2 or 3 pounds, which is not acceptable. I have yet to make my first doctor appointment. I know I ought to. Never saw a doc while pregnant with the first 2. Midwives all the way, but I am still having a hard time finding the local midwives. There is some kind of pregnancy and birth fair in May, so I will find someone then if not before. I have kicked around the idea of a UC, but I have to see a doc at least once because they changed the law in Ohio that you have to have "proof of pregnancy" to get a birth certificate. I will probably see a midwife after one doc visit, tho. (CNMs can't do homebirths in Ohio). I'm out about my pregnancy at 1 job, but not the other. Really nothing going on. I think I'm starting to feel my fundus. I felt it earlier with both kids, I think the extra padding is in the way.
I'm in travel mode today (happy to be heading home after a great week connecting with many of the most important people in my lives) but wanted to stop in to say...
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Library and WELCOME to Alice! Love the name (the whole thing!) and can't wait to hear more about the story when the time is right. I'm just thrilled that you and DP finally have your babe in your arms, and I hope you are having an easy transition to being a family of three. Her cheeks in the pic you posted are fantastic!
And...Wehrli, Silas is adorable and handsome and beautiful. In his pic with the hoodie, he already looks like a baby, hardly a newborn at all. The awesome hair is probably part of it. Anyway, I hope you are getting settled at home and continuing to heal well from the C.
Hi ladies. I was up all night - cramping and bleeding. Probably TMI - I've been so gassy and constipated since I started injectibles. It's been hard to tell if I've been cramping or having gas. Last night around midnight, I finally went to the bathroom after about 3 days. I then got back into bed and swore I was having gas pains. I went back to the bathroom, only to find bright red blood - about 5 drops. Over the next two hours, I only had about 5 more drops of blood and it gradually stopped and became brown. (nothing since about 3:30 this morning, so I feel good about that.) Cramps/gas followed. And I swear, once the gas started actually coming out, the bleeding and cramping stopped. (I had a similar feeling on Wednesday when my first bleed happened. I simply felt gassy, not crampy.) Of course I was freaked out, but immediately put my feet up and tried to relax. And even though it had stopped, I still couldn't sleep for fear. On top of all this, DP had to leave at 6 this morning for a week of work in Phoenix. Since the bleeding had stopped, I told her to go ahead, and she promised to jump on the first retun plane, if I didn't get any better.
I called my doctor's office at 7 this morning and left a message for the doctor on call, who immediately dialed me back. I explained the situation, only to hear him say, "Hmmm...I am not sure what that could be. You should call the office in the morning and come in for an u.s." Um, really genius? Thanks for nothing, and for being 'on call.' Huge help. Needless to say, I can't wait to talk to my female doctor tomorrow. I am *hoping* the bleeding is done, and I can move forward with the little bean. Bleeding twice within one week is for the birds, not to mention my nerves. I also did a google search on Cronine, the progesterone suppositories I am taking. I found a few other women who have bled while taking these too. I am praying the bleeding is just my cervis or vaginal walls being irritated from the gel. I guess I'll find out for sure tomorrow. I'll have a beta and u/s at 10 tomorrow. The good news after last weeks bleeding was that my beta at 27dpo was 9427, so it was nice and high.
If anyone has any positive vibes or extra prayers, we could certainly use them in Memphis.
What a huge struggle, Christy! I'm feeling for you over here and sending healthy baby thoughts. I have no experience with Cronine, but it sounds like your research has led you to some sense that it could be irritation from that. No reason not to hold to thoughts of the most positive outcome and try to fight the worry.
Sending you and your family metta... good, deep meditative vibes for true well-being.
Both Wehrli and Library... I love seeing pics of your beautiful ones! More, and more congratulations!
Seref... good luck with your midwife search.
AmandaHope... so glad to hear your trip (to my favorite places :o) went well, and that you're feeling healthy and happy.
Today my loving, beautiful wife is sharing the news with her family. She had a call with her brother this morning... a traditional, small-town Nebraska guy... who is very reserved and doesn't quite know how to celebrate us but tries all the time. He said great things... that we'd be good parents, excitement that we're having a girl. But, it was a hard call for DW. Too much rejection from everyone else in her family to not get nervous with news like this to her brother. Next call tonight is to her fundamentalist Christian parents who have left her in deep pain for years, and straight up told her how bad they would feel for any child we brought into the world. Prop 8 donors, Exodus conference attendees. Painful. But, because DW is who she is, they get her love and brave effort year after year and with each life event. Any good vibes this way this evening would also be welcome.
Good Sunday eve to all.
Christy, Fingers crossed that your ultrasound and beta go well and it's just irritation from the medicine that's supposed to be helping. *hugs* for all you are having to go through. Hope you get good gas milage, too. You have to make the 3 hour drive again?
Julietea, Good luck telling the family. *hugs* When my ex told her family we were expecting out first, she also had to come out at the same time. It didn't go over well and many hurtful things were said. It honestly took until the birth of our second for them to really accept the children, but her birth announcement was the first olive branch we extended after they rejected the idea of him. Hopefully your family comes around before then, but a child is much easier to embrace than an idea.