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Whoa mamas. It just hit me that it's almost July.......!
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Have finally crossed over to the other side, and made it into this thread! Amelia was born on 6-25 and we are both doing quite well considering. I'm feeling fairly energetic, at least as much as I'd expect at this stage. Have only lost 10 lbs or so (she weighed 7 lb 10 oz) out of the 45 I put on... so much for my Bradley method instructor saying that all the Bradley moms she knew left the hospital at their pre-pregnancy weight! We are doing reasonably well with nursing but it is still kind of a production each time. Oh, we were in the emergency room last night because she has congenital hip dysplasia (diagnosed in the hospital, rare but runs in families and I also had it as a baby, easily correctable by wearing a brace if caught early, so we're not too worried) and we managed (actually, I managed, trying to put her in a bulky cloth dipe) to get her hip out of joint... OUCH! They weren't able to do a whole lot other than reposition it a bit and tell us to wait for our appointment with orthopedics. The nurse was super-nice and a mom of 6, and she coached me about how to deal with engorgement, found me a pump and helped me take care of it... I fed Amelia and pumped 7 oz! Ye gods. Guess I do not have a supply problem at all.

 

Going to a breastfeeding support group at the hospital here in a bit. We've had so many questions and for the most part all of our medical providers have been super-helpful (except the ER resident who said her hip will pop in and out and it's no big deal... okay, maybe it will pop in and out, but she was screaming in pain, and I call that a big deal). Hubby has been more paranoid than me, because he didn't do all the research, and so any time anything goes a little bit off the rails he starts to panic, so it was nice to have our doc set him straight that if she's not feeding for very long each time, but she is still peeing and pooping and not losing weight, she's fine, really. Both sets of grandparents have been on deck and have been so helpful--my parents have been keeping us fed and advised us on having a baby with hip dysplasia, his have cleaned and organized practically our entire house (to our specifications, mind).

 

For all my railing about gender-neutral clothes, I do think Amelia looks good in pink. It brings out a nice peachy-pink tone in her skin. I'm feeling a little jealous--I thought I glowed towards the end of pregnancy, but now I'm pale and pasty, wearing whatever random button-down shirt I can find that fits (and I have ONE bra that fits now and it's not a nursing bra, so I pretty much have to strip off to nurse and a button-down is the only way to really maintain any coverage... ugh! Going to order nursing bras online soon), and she's soooo stinking gorgeous! I'm not the prettiest girl in this house anymore. Oh well, I made a human, so who cares what anybody else thinks?

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Oh well, I made a human, so who cares what anybody else thinks?


This is exactly how I feel! I tell myself this over and over when we're out in public to make myself feel better about my still flabby stomach and my generally disorganized appearance. Of course, I keep having people tell me that I look "great" for having a newborn. I think I look normal, so now I'm wondering what people expect new moms to look like. Walking around in pajamas with unbrushed hair and spit up everywhere?

 

Last night I just about committed murder. DS was online "looking" at Game Gears on eBay. He wants to sell his Nintendo DS and all the games and buy a Game Gear instead so I guess he was price-checking. Well, the child BID on a GG instead!!! And he BOUGHT a Playstation 2 game! WE DON'T EVEN OWN A PS2!!!! Thankfully the Game Gear seller canceled his bid. I still haven't heard back from the guy he bought the game from. I'm hoping he can cancel it. If not, I'll have to pay for the game plus the shipping so I can smash the game into little bitty pieces and then DS will be paying me back. I am STILL furious about this. The worst part is that I was sitting 10 feet away from him, feeding the baby, and I asked him what he was doing and he told me he was "just looking" AS HE WAS BUYING STUFF!!! GAH!!

 

My daily prayer for him is that he USE his brain in a constructive manner on a regular basis and that he stop causing so many problems for himself and others.

 

On a happier note, I made an appointment for a consultation with an OB to have the Adiana done. It's like the Essure, but it's medical-grade silicone instead of metal. The receptionist said that after the consultation the doctor would want me to let what we talk about "marinate" to make sure that it's what I really want to do. I told her there was no need to marinate, I was sure. I used to feel sad and upset at the thought of never having any more kids, but now I know for sure that I am DONE and I don't feel sad about this choice. Just happy and glad to be done. I adore Ezrah, but I am not going through another pregnancy and birth, and I am not up for adding any more babies to my family.

 

I suppose I should go find some breakfast now... TTFN!

 

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Smokering-- Did you ever figure out what was up with Miles? Finn has been doing this, and I have deducted that it is gas/trying to get a #2 out. He is a gassy baby and at night while nursing in bed, I rarely take the time to sit up and burp him so I think it makes the problem worse.

 

Do you ladies nurse on both sides at night (or even during the day)? Do you burp the baby at night? I can sense the "colicky baby" symptoms are coming and I am trying to fend them off before it becomes a 24 hour screaming nightmare like with DDdizzy.gif

 

Finn's BM's are starting to worry me a little too. His normal amount of poop is about a teaspoon and on rare occasions he will have a "blow out" of about a tablespoon. Normally, he has a little poop in every diaper that usually accompanies gas ---> he is a very, very loud gassy baby haha    The Ped. told me this was fine...as long as he is pooping, the amount doesn't matter. I just seem to think that he should have a lot more in there and with the amount that he is eating.... I am scared of him being constipated. Am I being a nutcase for wanting more poop??

P.S. He has a wet diaper at least every 2 hours. I've never changed a dry diaper.

 

Jenni-- I am so sorry that your DS is acting up :( I can't imagine how frustrating it must be.... I will keep you and him in my prayershug2.gif

I also have come to the conclusion that I am DONE. This pregnancy REALLY took a toll on my body and I am struggling to keep it together with DD and DS....I do NOT understand how you do it with more! I never thought that I would only have 2... but for my sanity and for the sake of my poor DH, I think we are going to be a 1950's family of 4 haha. DH is talking about getting a vasectomy... we shall see!

 

I think I might try to go out by myself today... that is, with both babies. Pray for me...
 

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Our older DD is actually being VERY good about the baby thing. I was terrified at first, because she just turned 2 (terrible twos, etc), but all she wants to do is kiss the baby. It's really, really sweet. She has figured out, however, that when I have the carseat in my hands+diaper bag, I can't run after her if she runs off. We had one dash into the street incident, luckily it was on a very quiet street, but I still did my best to scare her straight. However, this past week she's calmed down and actually LISTENS. She'll stay beside me in the store and only make one or two attempts to dash. Ahhhh. I actually found the transition to taking two out not so bad, but the baby lives in her carrier so I have hands for my eldest. It definitely gets more complicated, especially with the unpredictable newborn feeds (every 3.5hrs, every 2hrs, every hour!!!), but I just plop myself down either in the car or on a bench and feed the baby while DD1 runs around or sits and has a snack. I actually don't know how some of you mammas are still housebound. I would have lost it LONG ago. Even on my first days back from the hospital when I was supposed to be housebound, I still made DH take me for a drive every day so I could at least SEE people.  Lol, I can totally see myself turning into one of those nutters who goes to a drive-thru just to talk to the people ;p

 

As far as naps/bedtimes go, I have one word for you, Painefaria: EXCERCISE. DD1 walks and walks and walks all day (well, we take her on those walks ;p) I estimate she walks around 2km a day, or more, when you count running around the park. DH also takes her swimming some mornings which ensures a BEAUTIFUL nap. For naptime we put her in her bed and turn on the radio. She's allowed to read in bed until she falls asleep, but she still tries to come out. We just put her back in her bed. It sometimes makes for a long afternoon/evening, but I just sit and watch tv while I keep an eye on her door. Maybe your DP could take a nap with your eldest? My MW suggested family naps to me, actually, but I just can't stand being poked by DD until she falls asleep.

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Smokering: I have an oversupply issue with Little T as well. She gets on at first and the milk shoots down, she gurgles and chokes, tries to stay on because she is a crazy eater than coughs, comes off and is out of breath like she's just had her head underwater. When I take her off at this point and manually express, the milk literally shoots out three feet.

 

For a while she was eating a lot at night, coming on and off the breast in side position on her own, which was fine for both of us except that I would sleep though her eating sometimes and not burp. A couple of mornings she would wake up kind of grunting like a truck driver or obese man and it would take a lot of work to get a burp out. I also think she got tons of milk up her nose, because she would wake up all congested and snarfy sounding.  I definitely think she had gas built up in there from not burping and swallowing air in the side position. Yesterday am she got beet red out of nowhere and let out a loud shriek like someone was stabbing her, sure it was gas. My crazy milk plus her eating super fast, poor baby!

 

She had also napping for a super long nap in the evening, which was awesome for dh and I but not good for her as she was waking up at night to eat and getting the gas problem. Yesterday night she was up, fussy and cluster-fed forever, but then she went down and only woke up twice to eat, just to tide her over. Her first feeding in the morning I am trying to feed her with both of us sitting upright, burping before, during and after. She seems less gassy and the congestion goes away after she feeds in this position.

 

I still feel so lucky to be blessed with a huge milk supply! It just needs its own operating instructions.

 

It makes sense that more babies get belly troubles at this point. They are able to suck back way more, thus bringing in way more milk but their little bellies can't catch up for a bit.

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Do you ladies nurse on both sides at night (or even during the day)? Do you burp the baby at night? I can sense the "colicky baby" symptoms are coming and I am trying to fend them off before it becomes a 24 hour screaming nightmare like with DDdizzy.gif

 

Finn's BM's are starting to worry me a little too. His normal amount of poop is about a teaspoon and on rare occasions he will have a "blow out" of about a tablespoon. Normally, he has a little poop in every diaper that usually accompanies gas ---> he is a very, very loud gassy baby haha    The Ped. told me this was fine...as long as he is pooping, the amount doesn't matter. I just seem to think that he should have a lot more in there and with the amount that he is eating.... I am scared of him being constipated. Am I being a nutcase for wanting more poop??

P.S. He has a wet diaper at least every 2 hours. I've never changed a dry diaper.

 

Jenni-- I am so sorry that your DS is acting up :( I can't imagine how frustrating it must be.... I will keep you and him in my prayershug2.gif

I also have come to the conclusion that I am DONE. This pregnancy REALLY took a toll on my body and I am struggling to keep it together with DD and DS....I do NOT understand how you do it with more! I never thought that I would only have 2... but for my sanity and for the sake of my poor DH, I think we are going to be a 1950's family of 4 haha. DH is talking about getting a vasectomy... we shall see!

 

I think I might try to go out by myself today... that is, with both babies. Pray for me...
 


Ezrah is a gassy baby too, and you can always tell when he poops because he has so much gas that comes out with it! I would think that as along as Finn is pooping regularly that you don't have to worry. It's hard to say how much Ezrah is pooping, because so much of it is liquidy and it tends to get absorbed, but I'd say his average poop is probably a tablespoon at the most.

 

MaryE, check into the Adiana. It's permanent, but it doesn't require surgery. They can do it in the office and there is a day of downtime afterwards.

 



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 My MW suggested family naps to me, actually, but I just can't stand being poked by DD until she falls asleep.

 

We did a family nap this afternoon. I got in bed with baby to settle him and DD (who will be 11 on Sunday) got in bed with us. We all ended up falling asleep. DS1 was in the room too, but laying on my little sofa because the bed was full.

 

The hospital where Ezrah was born has quiet time from 2-4 pm every afternoon. This means no visitors, the nurses are quiet in the halls, they turn the lights in the halls off, and more. The goal is to give new moms a time when they know they'll be left alone (no vitals, etc) to sleep, nurse, cuddle, etc. It was divine and I've sort of instituted the same practice in our house. I think we all need a little downtime each day.
 

 

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I have been super busy here so this is my first post on this side even though I crossed over June 11th.  I don't have time to read from the start so I just read back a few.  I have the wonderful hyperlactation issue too.  But I tell myself I am happier that I have too much than not enough.  In fact I soak baby face cloths with my let down and that isn't even when I am nursing.  I will just be sitting here and it all just starts flowing *LOL*  She is hooked up 24/7 so that probably doesn't help much, but hey, it's my job thumb.gif  My DH is getting a vasectomy as well, however this is his second because he had the first reversed 8 years ago, apparently it worked *LOL*  I think at 41 and with four girls, there is no reason to do this again.  And after having to give up our UC and the ambulance ride to the hospital due to unexpected hemorrhaging during transition and then the big blood loss during birth, I don't think I want to risk anything again.  I have been truly blessed and feel comfortable having it end.  Besides, my oldest are 21 and 19 so grandbabies aren't too far away biggrinbounce.gif

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Add me to the oversupply club. My midwife recommended pumping a bit before feedings so baby girl gets the hind-milk, but I've yet to figure out the logistics of that. DD is hardly going to sit there and wait patiently while I pump for 5 minutes before she eats.

 

Baby girl has started smiling! I got a big one yesterday, and again today with the midwife as my witness. DH thinks I'm delusional, but they were very clearly the real thing and not just twitchy/gassy smiles. Ah well. He'll get one soon too.

 

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Add me to the oversupply club. My midwife recommended pumping a bit before feedings so baby girl gets the hind-milk, but I've yet to figure out the logistics of that. DD is hardly going to sit there and wait patiently while I pump for 5 minutes before she eats.

 

Baby girl has started smiling! I got a big one yesterday, and again today with the midwife as my witness. DH thinks I'm delusional, but they were very clearly the real thing and not just twitchy/gassy smiles. Ah well. He'll get one soon too.

 


If you're supposed to pump before nursing, you might have to schedule her feedings a bit more. Like pump every two hours and then just put her to the breast to nurse. Do you think that might work?

 

Yay for baby smiles! Ezrah has been smiling since birth. I refuse to believe that they're from gas because when he has gas he cries, grunts, and makes little frowny faces. He doesn't smile in relation to anything else as far as I can tell, he just smiles. It's so sweet. :)

 

 

 

Yesterday evening/last night he was fussy and nursing constantly and when I finally got him to sleep, he slept for 5 hours!!! It was around 11:45 when he finally fell asleep, and his baby dinosaur noises woke me up at 4:45. It freaked me out that he had slept for sooooo long, but I guess if he was hungry sooner he would have woken up, right? I have to say, that it was wonderful to have that long of a stretch of sleep all at once. None of my other kids ever slept that long in the first month, it took ages to get to the 4 or 5 hours of sleep mark. I wonder if my prayers for a good baby that will sleep at night so I can do well in school have been answered? Dare I hope? Or should I call my pediatrician and make sure there's nothing wrong with him?

 

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I wouldn't worry.  Lotus has been sleeping from 8 or 9 until 12, then a diaper change and I lay on my side and hook her up to the breast and then we all go back to sleep for another 4-5 hour stretch since the beginning.  We had to spend 24 hours in the hospital due to the emergency transfer and the nurses were freaked out because they wanted us to wake her up every 2 hours.  She cluster feeds all day then sleeps great at night with plenty of wet diapers and poops.

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If you're supposed to pump before nursing, you might have to schedule her feedings a bit more. Like pump every two hours and then just put her to the breast to nurse. Do you think that might work?
 

Maybe, but she's kinda all over the place with her feedings. Sometimes it'll be every 15 minutes, others it's 5 hours. It's a bit tricky to schedule it. Although I have pumped a bit when she's been sleeping forever, then woken her up (or at least attempted to) to drink the rest.

 

I wouldn't worry about the 5 hour sleep either. Both this one and my older daughter have slept long stretches from the get-go. As with Buddhamom, I attribute it to all the cluster feeding during the day (though I may also just be very lucky to have sleeping newborns!).

 

 

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Maybe, but she's kinda all over the place with her feedings. Sometimes it'll be every 15 minutes, others it's 5 hours. It's a bit tricky to schedule it. Although I have pumped a bit when she's been sleeping forever, then woken her up (or at least attempted to) to drink the rest.

 

I wouldn't worry about the 5 hour sleep either. Both this one and my older daughter have slept long stretches from the get-go. As with Buddhamom, I attribute it to all the cluster feeding during the day (though I may also just be very lucky to have sleeping newborns!).

 

Maybe pump on one side while she's nursing for a few minutes, then switch sides? She'll still get foremilk, but not as much if you're pumping it off one side. Then you could switch her back to the other side that she started nursing on to finish it off, by which time she'd have nurse the foremilk off that side already.
 

 

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MaryElizabeth: No, I never definitively figured out why Miles was grunting. I think it must have been gas... He was better last night, fortunately. (DD wasn't, though; woke up screaming twice and nearly drove DH to homicide.) He did have some stubborn burps again this morning - I've tried all the techniques of folding him and squeezing him and rubbing him, but I just don't seem to have the knack for it.

 

My MW got a bit fussy about Miles' long sleeps in the first few days postpartum; apparently it's more important for them to nurse regularly during the colosttrum phase, both for immunity and milk-production reasons. So she made me wake him up every 3 hours (although, honestly, I didn't a few times, on account of being unconscious!). Since then she hasn't worried about him sleeping for long stretches, because he's gaining weight, cluster-feeding and making plenty of wet/diirty nappies. So I just take it as a blessing! DD never slept longer than an hour or two at night, so getting more or less enough sleep is fantastic.

 

 

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Re: burping: I never burped either of my girls, they just bring it up when they need to. At night, I'm usually too unconscious to do more than nurse on one side, but I know if I did make the effort she would probably sleep longer afterwards. The grunting dinosaur noises drive me nuts. DH actually kicked us out of our room last week :(

 

Elanora fusses every night from 8-12 and then FINALLY goes down. Drives me nuts, cause I'm falling asleep by 9, and DD1 is usually up at 6 or earlier. GAH!!!

 

Elanora also only poops every 3 or 4 days, and then will do 3 or 4 earth-shattering poops. Sometimes she will do a little one-tablespoon poop in between, but my MW said as long as the poops are liquid then she's not constipated, and as long as she is producing plenty of wet diapers and gaining weight then she's fine. Apparently at the beginning they are more worried about poops, but after the first couple weeks, they worry more about wet diapers.

 

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Hmm. It's a beautiful sunny day, for the first time in a while. I feel like I should take DD to the playground, but DH has too much work to do, and I'm too tired (and nervous, frankly) to take them both there by myself. I could ask Mum if she wanted to come along, but she's probably busy... and I'd still have to drive the kiddies there, because of the carseats. Hmm. Can I be bothered? Probably not. Oh well, we just went to the supermarket; that can be our exciting outing for the day. :p Miles slept in the trolley like a wee cherub.

 

On the financial front, I found a newish website that's paying $10 per article for snarky commentary-type articles. It's not great money, but I figure if I can get a few published every week, it won't hurt (and it might give me some useful clips for publishing humour in print magazines one day). Currently writing my first piece; I hope they accept it!

 

In the mean time, I'm trying to coax DH into lowering our standard of living. :p He's accustomed to going to his best friend's house every Saturday night to watch movies and eat takeout, which we're cutting down on anyway because I refuse to be left home alone with two children every Saturday night; so this weekend we're having two friends over and watching Star Trek here instead. I managed to convince DH to have a roast chicken for dinner instead of getting takeout (it's cheaper, and one of his favourite meals); so that's a start. Healthier, anyway. :p And now I'm trying to convince him not to buy his fancy cola, because one of our friends will be bringing drinks and he doesn't have to have the same brand of fancy cola every Saturday night, even if he's been doing it for months. Sometimes I suspect he uses his Asperger's traits as an excuse to cultivate expensive habits...

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I find it difficult to do multiple store errand running these days. Mostly because it's such a monstrous hassle to get the baby in and out of the car. I've been lazy and he's been staying in his baby bucket (infant car seat) for store trips because the Moby is way too much work for me to do in a parking lot. Plus, he'll only tolerate it for about 20 minutes before he starts howling. I think his feet get too squished or something and they go numb. :(   However, today I got a Target gift card in the mail from my grandpa and I went shopping and I found an Infantino carrier that is basically an Ergo knockoff. It was $33 or so so I bought it, figuring if Baby hates it I can just return it. Well, after we got him all situated in it, he conked out and slept for over an hour in it! It was brilliant! So now I can carry him and this carrier is tons easier to put on and take off and get baby in and out of than the Moby is. It's lovely. :) I foresee my store trips becoming much easier very quickly.

 

Smokering, what is the website? I'm always trying to find ways to make a little extra money here and there. With my school schedule, working pretty much impossible and we're always on a tight budget. Especially during the summers. ESPECIALLY because I have a newborn and couldn't get a summer job this year.

 

re: burping... I have to burp Ezrah or he won't burp and his tummy will get all full of gas and he'll start wailing. That's really the only time he truly cries is when he needs to burp or fart. Poor guy. I did get some gripe water at the store today so I have that on hand in case I need it.

 

I'm glad to hear that my baby isn't the only one that sleeps for long stretches. Each baby is so different and not ever having a newborn that sleeps for more than 1 or 2 hours is a new thing for me! It's lovely though, and I hope he doesn't stop.

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Smokering, what is the website? I'm always trying to find ways to make a little extra money here and there. With my school schedule, working pretty much impossible and we're always on a tight budget. Especially during the summers. ESPECIALLY because I have a newborn and couldn't get a summer job this year.

It's called Commentarista. If you email them they'll send you a list of their writer's guidelines. It's pretty straightforward - 400-800-word pieces on topics in several categories (they're pretty broad, though; you could probably write about whatever you wanted), and you have to send in completed articles, not pitches or drafts.

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Referencing my post on page one of the thread....looks like I'm doing typical post new baby things for me. 

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I'm in the do whatever you think feels right in the moment club :D  Course in previous pregnancies.....I've played a softball game 5 days post-partum....gone to an amusement park and rode roller coasters 8 days post-partum.....hmmm what else.  LOL  So...dinner and cake seems pretty tame to me ;) But, doing both might be over-doing it just two days out!

 

 

 

Sunday night, baby about 36 hrs old, I just had to get out of the house and went on a 1ish mile walk around town. Felt good! The weather was just perfect and I wore him in the Ergo (love it!).

 

Monday night with 2 day old baby, I drove to, and attended my city council meeting (I'm a council person).  I also NIP sitting up at the head table and no one's heads exploded :D  And, the one other woman on the council sits next to me and she didn't even realize I'd nursed the baby during the 2 hours of the meeting. The mayor said the baby was so quiet, he kept forgetting he was even there.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday, I made the round trips of 70 miles each to the small clinic to check his bili levels/weight (bili coming down and he did gain an ounce after losing a pound off his birth weight so we're on the way up now), and he does GREAT in his carseat.

 

Tomorrow, I'm taking off with just the babe and I to drive 170 mi to see my mom. She's home from the hopsital (she broke her hip and femur while camping one week ago and was devastated she had to miss the birth as she's made all the others). He'll be 5 days old.  Plan on staying a few days and visiting some friends as well.

 

Soo feeling pretty darn good here. I think it makes a HUGE difference that I don't have littles at home. Baby isn't sleeping great at night, but I don't need more than 6 hrs and I'm used to getting that in pieces being a major insomniac pregnant or not. So, a 3 hr stretch at night, a 2 hr, and a nap feels like plenty of sleep to me and that's about what I'm getting at this point though I could sleep more probably since big boys are pretty occupied with summer activities.

 

And, even with all the up and down, I'm down to just basically a panty liner as of Monday. My flow is SOO much lighter this time than with the twins. It seemed like I bled forever with them. Almost no after pains either which is new for me, I've usually had afterpains worse than the contractions in labor.  Though this is the first time I've not pumped my milk supply in, so that may have made it worse before?? not sure. And, I've also used exclusively mama cloth and cloth TP this time. I can't believe the difference it makes comfort wise! No chafing of the girly bits.

 

Okay...long post...Oooops....but first time I've sat down and had some time to write. Not because of baby...he's so mellow and sweet and easy going. Great nurser. He's already looking different just 5 days old. Sniff sniff!



 

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I can't believe you've been so active Holly!! My little one is 12 days old and I've only just started feeling up to going out a bit.

 

It's early here and Little Miss is wide awake (me, not so much).

 

I have a friend coming around this evening with her daughter. I feel horrible saying this but I don't really feel like hosting her. She was very insistent about coming to visit - she wanted to come last week, before even all grandparents had met the baby. I think she was a bit put out that I made her wait a whole 12 days. I don't even know her that well!! Argh. I also have a feeling that it's not going to be a short visit either, seeing as she's bringing her 5 year old daughter to play with my 3 year old (they've never met). Also, she's coming around 7pm, which is dinnertime for us. Why did I agree to this? I'm such a pushover. I should have just said no.

 

Re. burping - I've never really burped my babies much either, mostly because I can't seem to get a burp out of them. I've never gotten the back-patting thing to work. If they're fussy then I find the best I can do is hold them upright and walk them around. The movement usually helps them burp.

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