December chat 27th-January 2nd - Page 2
Congratulations jesusfollower!!!!!!! So, so incredibly happy for all the new mamas...especially first time moms. Those are such precious memories for me, I hope they can be for you too. You know, through the fog of exhaustion and new baby life.
Well, 40 weeks +2 for me and no signs of labor. I am ignoring the phone and my insanely intense mom who calls at least twice a day. I have promised to call her when the baby is born and no, I won't forget, and yes I promise to call and no, I won't forget! You get the idea.....
I've been crazy emotional these last few days. It made Christmas less than fun. I think they are going to sweep my membranes at my midwife appointment today. I'm 40+6. No painful ctx, but I have a very high pain tolerance. I've been to Sea World and Balboa Park and have pretty much been a tourist with my Mom while she's here. I think we both would rather be taking care of a new baby, but at least being a tourist gets me walking a lot. I jogged to my mailbox and back yesterday. It felt pretty silly, but It's getting to the point where I'm getting a little less patient. I would be sad for my mom if she came and went and wasn't able to meet her grandbaby. She got here the day before my EDD and leaves on Sunday.
Stephanie hated diaper changes the first week, but she's gotten used to them now and only gets mad if she's really hungry. She settled down a lot when I started singing to her while changing her. DH was snickering at me because I sang Row your Boat to her with the "If you see a crocodile, don't forget to scream!" lyric and then told her she's a genius because she screamed on cue. We put a teddy bear in the corner of her table and she likes looking at that, too.
Hi mamas! I've been creeping on the chat threads for awhile but haven't posted too much as I've been busy with Christmas and juggling two kids now. Oscar will be a month old tomorrow and he's already grown so much. He's currently wearing 3-6 month footie pajamas and I'm amazed at how well they fit him. They're not a perfect fit and he's kind of a string bean so he doesn't fill the middle out, but they definitely don't look huge on him like I expected they would. I think I'm in denial about how big he really is. He still seems so tiny compared to my 3-year-old and even our cats.
We survived Christmas and are now starting to seriously look for a place to live starting in February. Hopefully we'll find something soon and can then start packing and tying up loose ends here before we move. I'll be working a little bit in January, but not much since I'll need the time to pack and clean.
On the topic of me working(or not), DH and I have to sit down with DD's preschool teacher today and tell her we're pulling DD out of preschool because we can no longer afford it since I'm not really working. I'm really sad about it and I begged DH to come with me because I'm afraid I'll start crying. I was sad about having to leave DD's preschool when we move anyway and now we have to pull her out earlier than we planned. We really love the teacher and DD does too, plus DD has made some friends and has really flourished since she started there. I'm also really not looking forward to trying to pack with DD at home. She's going to want to play and nurse all the time and I just won't be able to and I know I'll feel guilty about it. I guess I just wanted to get that off my chest before we go and break the news today. Other than that, everything has been going great. Oscar is doing great nursing, he's a good sleeper and I've been feeling great. Recovery has been very smooth and I attribute at least part of that to my placenta pills.
I hope all you mamas are enjoying your time with your new little ones and for those who are still pregnant, I hope these last few days/weeks are good to you and that you get to meet your babies soon! Here's a quick pick of Oscar from Christmas
Oh bummer. Must have been the moon last night -- I had strong contractions as well and was really hoping they would stick. No such luck. Got a good night's sleep and am headed out for some walking and grocery shopping today. More strong contractions this morning, but not the real thing yet. Soon, please, very soon.
Yay congrats Lotus!
Hugs to mamas still dealing with prodromal labor and waiting on babies... I felt like I was going into labor every night for so long and it was so frustrating! I do credit all the prodromal for my shorter labor this time though!
I managed to get all 3 kids out of the house to an appointment this morning and was only 5 minutes late and we all got home in one piece! LOL I'm so proud of myself! Now we are going to ALL (hopefully) take a nap though (well 4yo may not, but, he usually plays quietly during "naptime" and is self sufficient enough to get himself a drink/snack if he needs it.
And my baby girl has gained probably close to a pound (didn't get a perfectly acurate weight today, but, it was enough higher than her last weight that she is definitly gaining!) and she took in 2oz when she nursed today! Yay! I'm feeling so much better...
Oh and I was super teary and moody yesterday, but, I'm feeling a bit better today, then I remembered I had cut down my placenta caspule intake greatly the day prior, so that may have played into it..a little adjustment.
Loving being a mom. i feel like a fish in water. im glad i made this decision even though im only 21, ive never been so thrilled. Im so excited to start packing for our move to Florence South Carolina. and can i say i love my ergo, i cleaned a little bit and cooked dinner last night! im getting my teeth finished friday! i cant wait to have another baby....am i nuts?!!
I was timing contractions last night too. Every 4-6 minutes from 6pm till about 5am, now they are just random again. So more waiting is in store I suppose. The membrane sweep yesterday was uncomfortable, but not that bad. Just hoping to have a baby before Sunday so she can meet her grandma. I'm fine if I don't... because I feel fine staying pregnant a little longer, I would just feel so bad for my mom making the trip.
So, I think we've got all the oversupply issues all sorted now! Winter gets through just about all of one breast's milk in a feeding, then on to the next, then back again, without too much milk flowing everywhere, and without engorgement. Yay! I'm so glad it's regulated itself. And we have found the solution to the screaming diaper changes -- we just pop in the paci, just for the change, and no wailing.
The new drama, though, is MIL and FIL have descended upon us for the weekend. They talked so much about all they were going to do to help us before they came, we actually weren't feeling too bad about the visit, but now that they're here it's apparent that we will be playing host and their idea of helping is ordering pizza for dinner so we don't have to cook and holding baby so we can do housework, and if I'm tired, they'll keep him so I can go in the bedroom and sleep. Well. There is no way I could sleep with him in the other room, and I'm only a week past a serious surgery, and sitting unsupported for more than 4 or so hours is more than I can manage, and picking up the house getting ready for them this morning already zapped me. Oh, and, she is a pediatric occupational therapist, so the whole time she is testing baby's suck and reflexes and stuff, making him cry to test him, and I'm just losing my mind. Tonight will be a lot of me saying leave my baby the f--- alone. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. *stamps feet like a grumpy four-year-old* I just cannot handle this woman judging me on everything from how I hold him to nurse to how my child was born to how chubby my tummy is still.
Ok. Breathing. Gonna make DH stand up to them.
*HUGS* Azadehhast...that's no fun! My DH thinks I'm crazy because I haven't asked for help this week...I really just want some peace lol...I don't want to entertain...I just want me and my kids - at home.
I think DD has thrush! ARGH. If its not one thing its another! She has had white on her tongue, but, it has gotten much thicker and now she has some spots on her lips and cheeks and the roof of her mouth that I just noticed. Ugh. My nipples feel pretty good...but, I'm taking her to her pediatrician (hopefully tomorrow) so they can double check her and we can both get immediatly treated if it is. I'm so frustrated though... This is my 3rd kid and I have yet to have one without some sort issue...but, I HEAR about people that know nothing about breastfeeding (and I am VERY educated on it) and everything goes perfectly for them...NOT fair. :-/
Congratulations Jesusfollower and Lotus! Lilmomma--we are dealing with thrush too. Tomorrow will be four weeks. I hope things clear up quickly for your baby and you don't get it.
Does anyone know what color dissolvable stitches are? I am pretty sure about an inch of purple stitching came out today. In other news, my 3.5 year old is making me crazy. He is so intense and has been so high needs since day one. He has continued to be ten times as much work as ds2. Ugh! Today he cried and tantrumed for an hour straight about wanting this dirty wet towel I had been cleaning with back. I'm now upstairs nursing while he screams at dh. And he's been getting up almost every night in the middle of the night and there just isn't room for everyone in bed. Plus he wakes up when ds2 cries during diapers etc so cosleeping with both isn't a good option. Having just one seems so easy now but of course it didn't back when I was a new mom. I'm ready to pull my hair out dealing with all the tantrums.
APToddler-- Mine were red when they came out (both the internal and external, and can i just say, I didn't realize the internal ones would migrate outwards-- scary!)... but I'm not sure if that was from the blood, or if they were actually red. I kind of suspect they started out clear/white. When I had my wisdom teeth out, the dissolvable stitches were clear/white, and that's the only thing I have to compare to.
Tenley had a horrible day yesterday, and DH and I are at our wits end, and then she followed it with the most amazing night ever. She still slept in my arms the whole thing (we really, really want to put her down in the bassinet, but she won't have it), but she only woke up once during the night! She slept for two almost 5 hour stretches, with no screaming in between, only normal fussing. It was nothing short of a miracle.
Azadehhast-- My mother is ocming over today to give me a bit of sanity back, and I'm glad to have her company, but it's kind of a mood killer knowing that I'll spend the day justifying why I'm not giving up and going on formula, and why I won't let her cry, and why I won't give her sugar water, or just a bottle of water, and why I stopped giving the gripe water since it -wasn't working-... etc etc. She also doesn't seem to understand that you can't sit down and pump like three feedings worth at one pumping session-- that it takes work, and isn't very comfortable... so no, I don't feel like doing it every day so that someone else can feed her. It's easier just to feed her myself! *sigh* I want the company, I want the company.