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post #41 of 54

Kittn - If you could make a video, that would be great!  I'd love to swaddle like that, but I don't think I've got it quite right...I'm running out of blanket!!

post #42 of 54

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuK53jFbovg

 

this should work. the stretchier the blanket the better (unless your using adain and anias blankets which are huge) waffle knit blankets are perfect and so are the stretchy thin summer blankets. hospital blankets are tough

post #43 of 54

Has anyone felt this before? I was wearing my belly binder, the squeem, which fastens like a bra all the way up. A few times yesterday, if I bent at the waist to lean over, I felt a pinching of fat, as if the binder pinched some flabby skin (like when your tricep or thigh is pinched). I figured it was the binder, so I took it off last night before feeding DD. I sat down, bending at the waist, and felt it again! But I didn't have the binder on. I leaned over and felt it again, on the left side of my middle abdomen, near the one muscle that runs up and down. Later, I was able to rub it while laying down and it felt tender, but I didn't feel a protrusion or anything. What the heck is it? I was going to call my midwife, this isn't some sort of hernia is it? It didnt' feel any deeper than the muscle, and seemed mostly in the fat and muscle.

 

ETA: talked to my mw, she's never heard of it and said to keep an eye on it.  I began to wonder if it really was pinching, and got bruised somehow, so bending over and folding the fat made it pinch again, even though I didn't have it on. redface.gif


Edited by CookAMH - 4/20/11 at 2:32pm
post #44 of 54

oh, did it burn for you COOKAHM? most of my stiches were internal, so I guess the balm helped mostly for the irritation caused by wearing pads and depends, but I did like the peppermint, cooling effect.

post #45 of 54

Thanks for the video, Kittn!

post #46 of 54

 

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oh, did it burn for you COOKAHM? most of my stiches were internal, so I guess the balm helped mostly for the irritation caused by wearing pads and depends, but I did like the peppermint, cooling effect.

Yeah it does burn some. Though two of the ingredients are known to be excellent for healing - calendula and hypericum. I had ordered a Weleda cream from europe that has those two, on Sunday, and it won't come till next week. greensad.gif
 

 

post #47 of 54

So, my MIL kept mentioning how nice heat feels on sutures...I was very doubtful but saw a thread on here about heat being better than cold...so I gave it a try, and what do you know, it feels GREAT.  This link helped me give it a try. http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/pppericr.html#Heat

 

I had a rice filled sock of DS's, and microwaved it and stuck it between my legs while I laid on the couch and just put it on again. It is pretty soothing, so if anyone else has pain and is past the first day or two of icing, give heat a try. I was afraid of increasing blood flow as I thought that would make me feel more pain, but the increased blood flow promotes healing.

post #48 of 54
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuK53jFbovg

 

this should work. the stretchier the blanket the better (unless your using adain and anias blankets which are huge) waffle knit blankets are perfect and so are the stretchy thin summer blankets. hospital blankets are tough



Thanks so much for the video, Kittn.  I totally get it now.  I have more than enough blanket, I just didn't have the right technique orngbiggrin.gif.

post #49 of 54
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So, my MIL kept mentioning how nice heat feels on sutures...I was very doubtful but saw a thread on here about heat being better than cold...so I gave it a try, and what do you know, it feels GREAT.  This link helped me give it a try. http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/pppericr.html#Heat

 

My MW advises heat instead of cold.  In fact, the warm cloths she used just after the birth were so nice that I haven't touched the frozen pads I made.  If you have a crock pot you could fill some cloths with water and have them ready.  I hope you've found the trick and are on a speedy recovery!!  
 

 

post #50 of 54


it took me a while but once you get it,it isnt too bad

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Thanks so much for the video, Kittn.  I totally get it now.  I have more than enough blanket, I just didn't have the right technique orngbiggrin.gif.



 

post #51 of 54

Becca, I just had a boy after 2 girls, too.  My eldest is 6.  She was 5 when the second one was born.  That age has been such a help and so wonderful so in a way I've experienced a new baby with a five year old and a six year old like you, just not at the same time ;-)  But dd2 is 16 months now and for the past two days I've been staying with my mom during the day.  I pretty much nurse (both babies) and she does EVERYTHING else.  It's kind of like a vacation, because a newborn is easier than a one year old!

 

But for the five days before that I was at home.  Friends came and took the two girls out, but whenever I was alone with all of them it was JUST IMPOSSIBLE!  I can't stay at my mom's house forever.  Got any tips for surviving a newborn and a one year old at the same time?  My newborn boy is nursing pretty much always, and my one year old is nursing more now than she was before the baby.  She loves the baby, but she's also having a traumatic adjustment.  I can't pick her up when she wants up, or nurse her when she wants to nurse, and getting her to the potty is an adventure...oh, and I'm not letting her out the front door because our yard isn't fenced and she goes in the street and I'm just not in a position to chase after and grab her since I'm walking around nursing a newborn!  She was starting to turn into an unhappy child just from the first week, but these past few days with my mom have restored her to sweet, cheerful child, I guess because there's enough attention to go around now.

 

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out how to be a mommy to all these kiddos at once and I'm kind of worried about it...I love them all so darn much!
 

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My midwife said she wanted at least 1 week of me doing nothing.  So I've taken that to heart.  ;-)  Last time I had a baby I also had dd1 who was 17months old and I had practically no help.  Plus it was Christmas time.  I really have very few memories of dd2 as an infant.  This time I am pretty much just holding and cuddling him and letting DH take care of the girls and the house.  Guess I'm probably ready to start integrating back into the real world now.  I think we are going to go to the farmers market this weekend.  I'll just put the baby in the sling and hopefully no one will touch him.  I feel ready to get out but not sure if he is!!

 



 

post #52 of 54

4 days pp here.  I feel sooooo much better physically than I did with my others, I'm assumin git's b/c I didn't tear this time.  I need to get on wearing my belly binder thing, but it was an olympic event to try and get it on the first time!  It was better the next day, so I bet today it would almost be comfy.  I could use the support from it, I just started feeling the weakness in my abs and back since I got home.

 

Ds has jaundice, this is a first for me.  He has to lay in a bili bed as much as possible through the weekend to try to get his level down.  Not fun b/c I love to just hold him all day, it's hard to lay him down in there as soon as he's asleep :(. 

 

You would think that I oculd have a super easy time with nursing since this is the fourth go round, but I am *super* sore and ds is just starting to make headway vs the massive engorgement.  Poor little guy, he's doing great despite basically being deluged with milk every time he latches on.  Any tried and true cures for sore and scabbed nips?  I did the soothies for a few days, but I'm not sure keeping everything moist all the time is good for healing -- I'm trying to let them air out as much as I can now.  I've used Lanolin in the past but found it goopy and not really a big help with the pain.  I'm taking ibuprofen around the clock, but I'll have to stop taht eventually, and really, I am still in tons of pain when he latches. 

post #53 of 54

At one point with a very sore nipple with DS a couple years ago, I gave that side a break from nursing and pumped for a few sessions and aired it out almost constantly. That helped a good deal.

 

Anyone else feel like they're sagging a lot down there after standing for a while?

post #54 of 54
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Adasmommy- I wasn't tandem nursing.  I'm sure that presents a whole new set of problems.  But having 2 close together is really hard.  My only advice is take lots of pictures because your memories of this time will probably be spotty!  Its a whirlwind of diapers and feedings.  Really things settled down for us when the girls were like 3 and 4.  We always said we wanted 3 but DH wouldn't even consider adding baby 3 until girls last year just because of how crazy things were in that early time.  Its also a lot of fun- looking back.  But so much work.  You just kinda get through it!

 

Nadia- there are so many similarities between us!  I never had a problem breastfeeding before but this time it was agonizing at first!!  My mw actually had me see the lc at her office to correct things before it got worse.  My nipples were bleeding and bruised and it hurt so much.   I guess I was being kinda lazy and he was over-eager.  He wanted to clamp down the second he got near the boob and I wasn't supporting the breast and the baby enough.  Until just recently I had to really support boob, support baby- nurse in the chair with the boppy.  She also had me be sure not to latch him straight onto the breast I had to come from the top and around (does that make sense?!?) I guess this is all stuff they tell you as a first time breastfeeder but I was blessed with 2 little girls who could find the breast in any position from any angle and latch perfectly with practically no pain from day one.  I expected that this time, too and man- he took a bit of training.  We are just now (at 3 weeks) starting to be able to do sidelying a little bit and I am not always having to support him quite as much.  The only thing that helped was once he started latching better and then it took a few days for the pain to go away. 

 

Also, he was jaundiced and neither of the girls were.  We delivered at a birth center and were home in 3 hrs but if we had been at a hospital he would have ended up under lights I'm sure.  At 3 days he was getting pretty yellow and from day 4-7 he was really, really yellow.  I was getting a little worried but my pediatrician was really reassuring.  Although he slept a lot, he always woke up on his own to eat and was peeing and pooping great.  He also was gaining well. My ped just said it was normal and it might take a month or more to go away completely since he is breastfed.  Its still nervewracking when you've never had to deal with it before.  At 3 wks old he is a tiny bit yellow and his eyes are still a little yellow but over all is much, much better. 

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