haha! I didn't catch that the first time around. That is funny! She might be a bit of an imp...
haha! I didn't catch that the first time around. That is funny! She might be a bit of an imp...
Great photo, Rosemary....dressing for cold weather really messes with the aesthetic of kids' costumes, doesn't it?
Photos of Iona...try to avoid using flash, go for natural light. Experiment with close-ups and extreme close-ups. Sometimes just changing a color photo to b & w makes it seem more "artsy." Try a variety of backgrounds...simple and/or nature is always good.
Chelsea - Hope all is well!
Babe in carseat - Everytime we put DD in her infant bucketseat she just looks way too small for it...especially with us having to tighten the straps until the chest clip is practically on top of the buckle. And I hate having the straps looking like they're digging into her neck, but she's too little for us to put on the little fuzzy strap covers that we have.
AFM - Tomorrow morning is DD's (first?) visit with the cardiologist at the children's hospital. Trying to stay calm. I've been counting her respirations from time to time and at least twice she was in the 57-60/minute range...and other times in the 60-72/minute range (WebMD suggested that anything over 70 in considered an issue...unlike everyone else who says over 60). Her nursing issues are driving me bonkers, though...especially in the middle of the night when she just won't latch and won't latch. The LC said she seems to have a mild posterior tongue tie and that could be causing our issues. On the plus side, she's still gaining weight. If my home baby/cat scale is accurate, she's gained at least 7 oz. in the last week. I've been wondering if I should worry that she's usually only eating about 2 times overnight (between 11am-8am), but I guess if she's gaining and "out-putting" then it's ok and I should enjoy it while I can.
Also...anyone else having after-the-fact postpartum constipation issues? I was fine for the last two weeks...until yesterday. DS was trying to procrastinate going to bed last night by repeatedly declaring he needed to eat prunes to help him poop. Maybe he and I should consume a bagful.
rosemary - I got some good shots by choosing a fairly bright day & opening the curtains in the bedroom so I didn't need to use flash. I draped a white sheet over the bed & then put down the sheepskin & laid her on it naked. I took a LOT of pics & got a handful that were quite good (ds complicated the process a bit). Make sure the room is really warm.
not-telling - good luck with the appt - I hope it goes well.
afm - so everyone in my life jinxed me & I'm not happy about it. Ds was the easiest baby & toddler (up until very recently) & EVERYONE all along has felt the need to warn me that I was in trouble with my next baby (even before I was pregnant) & now it looks like dd is a colicky baby. I know that's a terrible, catch all term but I have no other word. She cries & cries for hours & there really does not seem to be a reason. Last night it was from 11-5 this morning & now she is starting up again. It's waking ds at night so now he's also overtired & therefore acting his best. We think we have a strategy to get us all a little more sleep. Sigh.
Back from the hospital. Everything looks great. During the NST I had about 4 contractions in 25 minutes, and one of them was SO strong. Caught me off guard. They were a little reluctant to let me go when I was contracting like that, but I assured them I was going to see my midwife tonight. Of course since I've left the contractions stopped. Hoping they pick up again.
Good luck Chelsea. I hope you get to see your little guy soon!
I'm still pregnant and I know I shouldn't complain because I am only 2 days past my EDD. But I have had major breakdowns about it for the past 2 days. Everyone I know that was due shortly after me (all firsts) has had their babies or are in labor right now. I feel like I am going to be pregnant forever. I feel so much pressure now too because my DP stopped working and my parents are both coming next week and probably won't change their plans. This is exactly what I didn't want to happen. The pressure to have my baby at a certain time for other peoples benefit. I knew that this would be the hardest thing for me to deal with because of my personality. I really should have stuck up for myself when they made the travel plans and repeated that they weren't allowed to come till 2 weeks after my EDD at least but I have had a feeling he was going to come early this whole time. Obviously this isn't the case.
Congrats, Chelsea! Fingers crossed for you!
Karli, that is how probability works. The smaller the group, the more likely it is to have the number of actual events feel out of proportion. There are plenty of other things that we didn't see as many of, e.g., preemies, breech singletons, and so on. The DDC for my DS1 had a ridiculous number of twins, way more than you might expect for such a small group. And some of the things you list are likely confounded.
Good luck with your inlaws Karli.
I'm going to start a dairy elimination to see if that solves dd's crying. I really doubt that is the problem but I figure it's a good starting point. Unfortunately non-whey protein powder is not available in this town so we'll have to go into the city to find some. I read probiotics for baby can help so that will be my next step if the dairy doesn't work. I only want to start one thing at a time so if something works I know what it is.
Karli ... That struck me too about this ddc. Hmm.
Lifeguard ... My midwife told me today that there is new convincing research that shows that the chemistry of women's breast milk doesn't change based on what the woman eats, thus debunking the idea that dairy, soy, etc, affects the babe. I haven't tracked down the research, but sure is interesting!
eclipse ... Can't wait to hear your news!
tank ... Soon! Soon!
Karli- I am not an expert nor a researcher but have been on many mds ddc and this one actually isn't too far off. Their is usally about 15-20 first tri losses, 1 second tri loss (we had 1 mama but it was twins so 2 babies) and 1 3rd tri still birth (we had 2) BUT we didn't have any micro preemies and not too many twins. There is usually 1 baby with DS or other syndrome diagnosed in utero or at birth (who knows the number of special needs diagnosed later). So although it seems like a lot of losses unfortunately I don't think we are that far off from other ddc's here on mothering.
Hope everyone is doing well.
I have a sick kiddo (ds2) to deal with and didn't sleep well (ds3 has been having nightmares)
Also have a baby funeral to attend today (my friend was 21 wks when she lost her daughter), dh is going to stay in the car with the baby (I obviously can't leave her now but taking her just doesn't seem appropriate) and I guess ds2 (and his puke bowl) Fun times.
my little fella was born 24th and his breath is still fast and rattley - I don't think it was with my last 2....but only at night
Statistics: Interesting observations! I've only been active in one DDC previously, and I don't recall any DS babies, and very few losses, none very late term. We had one micro preemie.
Hannah, regarding your scare - oh my goodness! So glad everything is okay. I know a woman (real life!) whose baby choked on her own spitup at about 1 month old, while she was in the room!, and *stopped breathing*. Paramedics arrived after they called 911 and got her going again, but HOW TERRIFYING. I'd be afraid to ever leave the baby in the room alone, after something like that. My friend's baby never had any other issues, but she was shaken and scared for a long time, obviously. Hope you're feeling okay today, and survived the night emotionally!
CB, excited for your progress, hope things keep going well!!!
Tank: Sorry for how you're feeling. :( But still, you won't be pregnant forever - but you know that. ;)
Lifeguard, sorry your baby is giving you such a hard time. I hope it gets better soon for you! I was flipping through a book last night and it said that babies peak their crying hours at about 6 weeks (averaging 3 cumulative hours of crying for a "typical" baby, more for an "active" baby), and by 8 weeks those "typical" baby crying hours are down to 2, and heading downward still after that. Babies who cry more certainly don't make life easier for mama. Especially when it starts impacting the older sibling. Malcolm rarely goes full-out crying, but I get very frustrated when he just gets fussy and uncomfortable for hours on end. I feel like I'm doing nothing but holding him and shifting him and constantly trying to soothe him, despite 3 other kids needing attention and school schedules to be adhered to, and meals to be made, and ack!! Not cool. So I feel for you in your even more trying situation.
Not_telling: Hope your cardiologist appointment goes well today! As for postpartum constipation... Yeah, kind of. I was taking magnesium supplements through the end of my pregnancy and then for a good 2+ weeks postpartum to help prevent hemorrhoids (didn't work, sigh), and when I ran out, I didn't replace it. So now, yeah, I'm not drinking as much water as I probably should, and while I'm not backed up, things are definitely harder and more uncomfortable. For the life of me I can't remember to drink my water throughout the day, now that I'm not in bed all day every day. Guess I'd better get up and grab some water right now.
AFM, I'm supposed to be getting ready for my parents to visit (they arrive tomorrow), but every time I manage to put Malcolm down, I don't want to clean. I want to sit and do nothing. Luckily for me, my mom is not the neatest person in the world, and will probably not think twice about visiting me in a messy house, especially in the postpartum period. Also, I'm eating too much Halloween candy. I am sabatoging my weight loss!!!! Oh, but speaking of Halloween, when we went trick-or-treating as a family, I had Malcolm in my sling. I got lots of "aww, how cute!" reactions, but one lady actually asked me "It isn't real, is it??" Uh, YEAH, *HE* is a real baby!!! (Though he was sleeping, so I guess if you had it in your head that a baby was fake, the lack of movement would help cement that idea.) And you know what? FIVE WEEKS OLD today. Holy crap!!
Lifeguard, if you haven't tried it already, try Happiest Baby on the Block stuff. Maybe try this: when baby is crying really loudly and seems out of control, tightly swaddle her with her arms rigid at her sides, turn her onto her side against your stomach but facing away from you, swing her and shush her LOUDLY in her ear, so it sounds louder than her crying, OR this worked like a charm for me, turn on static on the radio LOUD--way louder than her cry, and see if she calms down quickly. Just try it to say you tried. Also, try taking i. reuteri which is a probiotic proven in an Italian study to reduce symptoms of colic. I can't remember what her birth was like: did you have strep b? It wasn't a c-section? Anyway, I hope you can find some solutions--I know from experience how awful this is. :(
Katico, your baby...