Originally Posted by Snowflake777
Hey all! I've been lurking but can't seem to work up the energy to post much.
We're having a bit of a rough day. DH has some kind of stomach flu (which I'm TERRIFIED we're all going to catch!), and I also suspect I'm coming down with mastitis. Tomorrow could be a very long day...
I'm also getting seriously cranky that DD is still nameless, and that DH is still in no hurry to discuss names. I can't even get him to make a short-list. I know he's tired but I mean...he didn't realise that when I was asking him to do this before the baby arrived? Now he's talking to me about some computer program he's writing and all can think is "You have the energy for complex programming but you can't take 20 minutes to narrow down the names list?".
Other than all of that, things are going pretty well. The baby is adorable and seems very healthy and content so far. DD1 loves her, and has been very gentle with her. I think the change has still been kind of hard on her though.
I hope you don't get sick! I started running a fever last night, very low grade, but enough that when combined with my horrific headache it was enough to send me to bed for the evening. And, of course, when I'm feeling like total crap is when the baby wants to nurse constantly and be clingy and fussy.
I would be freaking out if I were in your shoes with the baby name thing! It's one thing to feel unsure and not ready to decide, but it's something else entirely when you're asking for some help and pretty much being ignored. I hope that you'll be able to find a name for your sweet girl soon! I kind of feel like babies aren't "real" people until they have a name.
Originally Posted by Smokering
And yes, it would make me very nervy to have an unnamed baby. We didn't officially decide on Miles until, oh, seven hours after he was born? And we'd already had several nagging texts and phone calls from family members wanting to know if we had a name yet. I think in your situation I'd be tempted to pick my favourite name and give DH an ultimatum: "Come up with an alternative we both like before 6PM, or this is going on the birth certificate!". Think it might work? :p
The good part is, Miles woke up at 4 or 5AM wanting to play. He wasn't hungry or screaming, just alert; so I sat him up against my knees and put the night-light on, and we just chilled together looking at each other for about half an hour. It was nice. :) DH thought I was crazy.
All in all, I'm just thoroughly enjoying this wee baby! He's getting cuter every day, he's mellow, he's just fun. And compared to the PP experience with DD, well, night and day... healing's better, breastfeeding's better, sleeping's better.
Ezrah didn't have a name until the day we went home from the hospital, when the birth certificate lady called me to get the information. I honestly still wasn't 100% sure of his name, and everyone under the sun had been asking what his name was, so I just went with the one that he looked most like. It fits him well so I'm happy. :)
I think your Miles and my Ezrah are two of a kind. He will wake up in the wee hours of the morning to nurse and then instead of falling back to sleep he'll stay awake and stare at me. So we have staring contests and I talk to him. He waves his little arms around, like he's swimming in slow motion through the air, and makes his adorable little faces. My other kids were great babies too, but it's been so long that I'd forgotten entirely what it is to have a newborn. This one is divine. He's starting to fatten up and he's losing that newborn alien look and getting to look more baby all the time.
Originally Posted by MaryElizabeth
Sorry that I haven't been keeping up with everyone :( We STILL have house guests and more are arriving on Thurs. yaaaay....
We are doing great-- nursing is good, baby sleeps well, DD loves him and isn't jealous, I am getting a decent amount of sleep. I will admit that I am still scared to be home alone with both of them--- eek!! As for the cord stump-- Finn's is 90% detached and hanging on by goo-- eww! I keep a little Zinc powder/cornstarch on it for good measure. Hope that's ok.
Praying for all of you!
I cannot imagine having house guests right now! You poor thing! I have a hard enough time with the kids' friends coming over to play, and sleepovers have been outlawed for at least another month. Plus you're recovering from major surgery and trying to enjoy your new baby! I hope that you're able to get some rest!
Originally Posted by heathenmom
I'm LOL'ing a little RE the "nameless" thing. We name our babies in a formal ceremony at 9 days, and no one but me and dh knows the name until then. It drove everybody NUTS with dd#2, but they were a little more calm about it this go-round.
One of my friends had a baby a month before mine was born, and she didn't decide on his name for 8 days. The poor woman was being nagged to death about what his name was!
RE: getting in shape... I hate exercise. HATE IT. However, I'm feeling the urge to actually DO some lately, which is completely out of character for me. I think all of this sitting and lying around is getting to me. The main issue is that I don't have a ton of energy. My iron dipped down REALLY low after Ezrah was born, low enough that my MW had discussed a transfusion with me. I told her that I'd rather take iron supplements and go home that day, which she let me do. It's been going back up, but slowly. And the anemia combined with the newborn sleeping schedule doesn't leave a whole lot of energy for exercise. He's only 2 weeks old, but I feel like I should be doing more at this point than I am. It doesn't help that my kids are always asking if we can go here or there and do this or that. I know it's kind of boring for them lately because we really can't even go to the lake. It's been too hot for baby to be outside all day long in 100+ temps and I can't even swim yet!