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post #21 of 111
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Yeah, I'm adapting as best I can to the new schedule (not that any day has been like the last) and tired of being tired, but okay. 


 

it gets better, they do get set patterns eventually. Seriously, the first month with your first baby is the worst. no one tells you how awful it is. i think we must forget, like we a have a little PTSD from it and block it out because otherwise we'd never have more than 1 kid!

 

Aliy- Penny has been like that too for the last couple days.

 

I still have a hard time coughing or blowing my nose when i'm standing. i feel like my insides are going to drop out of the bottom of me! bigeyes.gif

 

post #22 of 111

I swear my MIL is 12 years old! she can't seem to not be the center of attention for more than a minute, she's constantly baby talking to DD (or even worse, singing in baby talk!) it took a half hour to get DD into her highchair for lunch because every time DD would start to get into her highchair (she climbs in herself) MIL would say something to her and DD would decide to either climb back down or climb onto me. MIL has also had no filter for her mouth this visit and is constantly talking about random stuff I really don't care about, re-telling stories I've heard several times already. she also keeps telling me I should have her do the laundry, I don't let anyone besides DF or I run the laundry, and I'm the only one allowed to fold it, and yet she's had to be told she isn't doing the laundry several times (all very forcefully). I can kind-of put up with the dishes all getting put away wrong, but it's too stressful for me if someone else is let near my laundry. I finally yelled at her to shut up for a few minutes during the highchair battle, and she decided she should go for a walk for a while to get out of my hair (FINALLY!) so I actually have some time without her, thank goodness, otherwise I was really going to snap. 

 

between when Isaac goes to sleep and when DD wakes up I've only been having about 8 hours, plus Isaac's longest sleep has only been about 2.5 hours, so I'm exhausted. I haven't been to the chiro since before he was born, so my back is totally out of alignment. I am one tired mama, and I have a terrible headache. 

 

we had our two-week appointment with the midwife on Thursday. rather than gaining, Isaac had lost an ounce since he was last weighed at 9 days. the midwife isn't super worried about it yet because he was still above his birth-weight, but we have another weight check this Thursday. I'm worried about how Isaac is nursing. he's having a really hard time holding a latch. he'll latch on well, but then I can feel my nipple moving forward in his mouth as he sucks. plus there's clicking and my nipple literally sliding out of his mouth because he can't hold onto it. the midwife checked him for tongue-tie, but I think he might have a posterior TT. I have a posterior TT that wasn't ever diagnosed, but I saw an occupational therapist as a baby and the tongue-use exercises they did with me stretched it out enough I was able to be breastfed and have close to full tongue-use now. I'm pretty sure DD is tongue-tied too, but I can't get her to let me look at the underside of her tongue, breastfeeding her was a nightmare for the first couple of months.

post #23 of 111

Marissa, I'm so sorry it's so stressful!  It's a hard time to have "help" that isn't helpful because of all the crazy, and you're used to keeping it under control, but you're only one person and you're tending to the baby, which only you can do.  Ugh.  I feel you.  I've been trying to clean the bathroom all day, but between drop-offs and pick-ups and forgotten backpack and errands and crying baby that needs to be fed, I haven't been able to.

 

I hope Isaac starts gaining soon.

 

Banana, I hope you feel better!  I actually sneezed yesterday without feeling like I was going die, and it was nice.  Molly is a month old, so it takes a while!

 

Neuro, how are you doing?

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yuck for annoying family members!

 

42 weeks today and had my weekly midwife appt. Heartbeat sounded great and all of my vitals were good, so hanging tight. She offered an U/S appt if i want one - I think I might get one on Friday if nothing has happened by then. But, not sure.

Walked on the treadmill for about an hour today. I am soooo slow it's ridiculous. I've been living off of This American Life podcasts for weeks now. So glad that show has been around since the mid-nineties, there's plenty of material to listen to.

 

Chiro tomorrow... thinking about acupuncture for Wed if I'm still not holding a baby.

post #25 of 111
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between when Isaac goes to sleep and when DD wakes up I've only been having about 8 hours, plus Isaac's longest sleep has only been about 2.5 hours, so I'm exhausted. I haven't been to the chiro since before he was born, so my back is totally out of alignment. I am one tired mama, and I have a terrible headache. 


 

Marissamom, your MIL sounds like a bit of a trial.  ;)  I'm exhausted, too, and would love to get to the chiropractor again.  I think I'll go after my 6-week MW postpartum checkup. 

 

Our little boy is waking about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours at night.  I'm looking forward to that lengthening a little (I hope!).  Nursing was going better, but now I have one often-engorged, fast-flow breast and sometimes it freaks him out and I have a hard time keeping him latched on long enough to recline so that he's drinking "uphill" (which was a recommendation on Kellymom.


 

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Banana, I hope you feel better!  I actually sneezed yesterday without feeling like I was going die, and it was nice.  Molly is a month old, so it takes a while!

 

Neuro, how are you doing?

 

Congratulations on your freedom to sneeze!  Sebastian will be 3 weeks old on Thursday.  I'd like to be getting out of the house a bit more (I'm getting better with the Moby and Ergo, but still have some anxiety about it), but am otherwise pretty good.  I'm starting to feel worried about the end of my maternity leave, which is up in the air a bit, but I'm trying not to get ahead of myself.  There has been construction going on in the apartment next door for over a week now, and it's driving me a bit batty.  I wish it were over.  Banging and radio and saws and...etc. starting at 8am every morning.  I'm also trying to figure out how to nurse in public without exposing my breasts.  I don't like the idea of wearing one of those "hooter hiders" (ugh) or "udder covers" (double ugh), but despite how many v-necks and tanks I own it still seems a bit unwieldy.
 

 



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42 weeks today and had my weekly midwife appt. Heartbeat sounded great and all of my vitals were good, so hanging tight. She offered an U/S appt if i want one - I think I might get one on Friday if nothing has happened by then. But, not sure.

Walked on the treadmill for about an hour today. I am soooo slow it's ridiculous. I've been living off of This American Life podcasts for weeks now. So glad that show has been around since the mid-nineties, there's plenty of material to listen to.

 

Chiro tomorrow... thinking about acupuncture for Wed if I'm still not holding a baby.


My husband loves This American Life podcasts while he's working on his computer.  I hope chiro is a relief for you today.  And that you're holding a baby soon!!  ;)

 

post #26 of 111

Neuro, everyone told me nursing tops were a waste.  Now, with #3, I don't really need one, but when I broke down and bought a couple of nice, flattering tops (Majamas and Japanese weekend), it made nursing in public so much easier.  I like them still, but I only have 3, so the rest of the time I wear a tank top under my shirt (not a nursing tank, either).

 

Three weeks is not very much.  Go easy on yourself.  It takes a while to get the hang of everything.  I pushed too hard to get back to "normal" and succumbed to pressure with #1 and 2 to get out of the house, and with #3, I take every opportunity to just hang out with the baby at home without the stress of the carseat and her hating my sling.  And there are 5 of us in a 1 bedroom apartment!  It can get nuts, but it's easier than on-the-fly diaper changes.  I know those days are coming, but I'm putting them off as much as possible.

 

Sorry about the construction.  That's so irritating!

 

On the sleep thing, DS only slept 2 hours max at a time until I stopped eating the food that was hurting his tummy (rice).  How are Sebastian's poops?  If they're mucousy, you might think about playing with your diet.  Also, Molly sleeps so much better with the humdifier on high and swaddled (even though she didn't like swaddling at first) in a warm blanket, in her carseat, with a blanket on top.  It takes a while to figure out what they need.  Hope you get some rest!  Molly slept 8 hours last nigh but she's sick and I was so exhausted I didn't even wake uypu to check on her!

 

We found an apartment!  Looks like we'll move in 3 weeks or so.  How can I pack with 2 wild children and a newborn?  Ugh.  And, it's a 2nd floor walkup with no washer/dryer (they have a facility, but it's 3 flights of stairs and a long walk), but I love it otherwise.  Oh, and no dishwasher.  Hmmm.  But, otherwise, it's great!

 

Baby is still really snuffly.  She HATES her carseat and the sling.  She screams bloody murder.  Considering that a great deal of my life is spent in the car taking people from here to there, she's not really a fan of us.

 

How much is it normal for babies to sleep?

post #27 of 111

Cael is 5 weeks old now... jeepers where did the time go?

 

i'm thinking i need to play with my diet a bit. first thing is as much as i hate it.... i think i may need to cut chocolate. I'm going to try for a week and see if it makes a difference.

he is getting so much for milk right now his poops are green and watery. not much solid to them the last few dasy hence my thinking we need to look at diet. Never had this issue with the other two.

 

my boys were so sad today, we tried to go to the parent participation preschool / playgroup here and it was full when we got there. i just didn't have my act together today to get out the door on time, so it's my own fault I know tuesdays are busy. worked out though cause our food order came earlier than i was expecting and we wouldn't have been home so we would of had to leave early and i think that would have been worse than not getting to go in... ugh

 

my two year old has decided that he wants to nurse again, which is fine but i then really notice the size differnce between the two of them.

 

both boys were playing with their babies this morning dressing changing and breastfeeding them. it was very cute

post #28 of 111
Marissamom- your mil sounds like a dream. How long is she around? I hope the time goes by quickly!

Neuro- i sort of figured this out by accident, but it worked really well for is yesterday when we had company for dinner yesterday. I lay a small blanket down on my lap and lay Harper down on it, pick them both up and let the blanket hang down. It covers up my belly/ breast, but I don't cover her with it. She is free to see and reach around as she pleases. It's not perfect; from the right angle I'm sure you could get a nice boob view, but it works well enough. HTH!


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post #29 of 111

Had a much better day today. Isaac had a 7 hour stretch of sleep last night, so that really helped. DD had an upset tummy this morning, so for a big chunk of the day we just cuddled on the couch and watched movies (MIL went out, and DF was at school, so it was just the kids and I). MIL and I made up. we normally get along really well, it's just been kind of overwhelming to have her here. I'm still very much feeling the need for quiet relaxation, and MIL has just been in the mode of go, go, go, do, do,do. she's leaving in the morning, so back to our regularly scheduled programming. 

post #30 of 111
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42w2 days today and really, really want to have a 4/13 baby. please send as many woo vibes as you can muster. i had my chiro appt yesterday and am going to spend the day sucking colostrum out of my boobs (with a pump) to try to get things moving. come on baby!!!!

post #31 of 111

Hoping for the best, Sara!....my daughter was a 3/13 baby (and it was a Friday).  Also, I tried nipple stim to get labor going and asked about breast pump vs manual stimulation, and she said manual tended to work better.  I actually tried both because the pump is easier and manual stimulation definitely resulted in better contractions.

 

Aliy: I'm going to try cutting out chocolate too as I think that's been bothering Simon.....so unfair!!

 

I'm soooo envious of everyone's long stretches of sleep.  On the few occasions that Simon has had long periods, Fiona has been awake (she's two and still doesn't sleep through the night, and only wants mama).  It can be so tough...on a particularly crappy night my husband asked if he could do anything and I told him to go out to the garage and get a shovel and beat me with it!

post #32 of 111
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good to know! i'll do both, it's nice to be collection colostrum though.

post #33 of 111
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42w2 days today and really, really want to have a 4/13 baby. please send as many woo vibes as you can muster. i had my chiro appt yesterday and am going to spend the day sucking colostrum out of my boobs (with a pump) to try to get things moving. come on baby!!!!



Come on, baby!!!

post #34 of 111
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I'm soooo envious of everyone's long stretches of sleep.  On the few occasions that Simon has had long periods, Fiona has been awake (she's two and still doesn't sleep through the night, and only wants mama).  It can be so tough...on a particularly crappy night my husband asked if he could do anything and I told him to go out to the garage and get a shovel and beat me with it!



No sleep happening here, so we can keep each other company. :(  Lily does pretty well, but Lucy isn't much of a sleeper.  Lily fell asleep last night around 7 and woke about 11:30 (I think?).  Lucy spent a fussy evening, nursing until 10:45 and then woke shortly after Lily to fuss and complain until I could roll over and nurse her again.  Then it's back and forth between the two of them until dawn.  Ugh.  

 

But, they got weighed today and Lucy is 10,7 and Lily is 9,2.5 so they are doing really well, gaining 3lbs each at almost 6 weeks old.  I think it is amazing that they have continually had that 1 pound 4 ounce difference they had since birth.  

post #35 of 111

I apparently have super mam milk!!!! Cael is 10lbs 4 oz and 22 inches...... thats 3 lbs and a little over two inches in 5 weeks..... whoa baby

post #36 of 111

Aliy I would guess foremilk/hindmilk over food issues. Those babies are just like you describe green watery stools and fast gainers. I got me one!

 

Not sure what my little one weighs til tomorrow. He eats often due to eating so much of the foremilk and it digest so much quicker. Sleep is ok here he likes to sleep with boob in mouth and it kills my hips and back.

 

I started running/working out this week! woot!

post #37 of 111

yea i know the foremilk thing i'm nursing him lots on oneside trying to get more hind milk for him. i have a boob sleeper to...he likes to lay on me and eat too!

post #38 of 111

Isaac gained a whole 12 oz since last week! I can stop worrying so much about his nursing (though he still has some tongue-use stuff that is starting to make me a little sore). 

post #39 of 111

Had 1 month check-up this AM. All is well and we are gaining about 1lb a week. No surprise cuz he LOVES to eat. My nipples can tell the story. lol

 

Had them check his wheezing junky sounds - lungs are clear and no concerns.

 

He will have his first air flight tomorrow!

post #40 of 111
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He eats often due to eating so much of the foremilk and it digest so much quicker. Sleep is ok here he likes to sleep with boob in mouth and it kills my hips and back.



Mine, too!  The past couple of days I've gotten him off the boob long enough to briefly lie on my back or stomach and it's such a relief on my hips!  ;)

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