My two year old is totally freaked out by this!! LOL. Love it and you look beautiful!
Azadeh- we use a warm wet wash cloth for goopy eyes. I have heard they can be indication of a blcoked tear duct (no personal experience with that) and DS2 used to get goopy eyes whenever he had an ear infection as a baby (he had a lot of ear infections as an infant..he would always get a fever as well though).
You all are probably sick of hearing my BF woes but, I gotta wine to someone! ....I'm so mad I didn't call the LC today :-/ (I have visited them every other Saturday so far lol) because my nips are even worse now...my entire body tenses up everytime she latches on and it takes me at least a minute to work up the nerve to latch her at all...there is literaly a ring of raw skin around my right nipple (along with some other cracks and some cracks on my left as well). My hubby reminded me that the LC can write prescriptions so I'm hoping she might be able to call one into the compounding pharmacy for me on Monday for Jack Newman's Cream or some other similar thing...DH says I can't spend the $$ to make it myself so I need the insurance to cover it. He also won't let me buy more Lansinoh breast pads and I'm almost out and I know my other ones are going to be so much more painful...once those run out I don't know what I will do because I know cloth isn't going to work out at all...OUCH!!! He also won't let me keep the house as warm now either...I suppose I cannot entirely blame him since he isn't the one in pain...but really dude, just LOOK at my nipples...or my FACE when I am latching our baby on! :-/ MY entire body is tensing up just writing this and thinking about the pain. *sigh* but he isn't going to understand...at least I still have some prescription ibuprofin from the hospital so I think I will start that back up because if not I know I am going to end up delaying on feeding and pumping which is the last thing that needs to happen.
I think I am just going to go make this: http://www.squidoo.com/fiveminutebrownie because I know eating it will make me feel soooooooooo much better (until I gain 20 pounds from it lol) - but none of you ladies should try it...it tastes horrible....and it's not like you will become addicted or anything ;-)
Oh and super silly but I am so excited to dress baby girl up for church tomorrow!!! I've been waiting since Christmas for an excuse to put her in a dress!!! I might even put a headband on her (still have not been able to find velcro clips - and even though I know regular clips will probably stay in with all the hair she has I can't bring myself to put somethign hard on her)!!! So much fun!!!
I love it!
He would never believe me though...he knows how dedicated I am to breastfeeding (I had pain for 6mos with DS1 and then nursed him through a pregnancy and I pumped for 2mos for DS2 during a nursing strike and then even after I gave up I ended up trying to relactate)...so he will never believe me lol.
goopy eyes can be clogged tear duct most likely especially if it has been since birth. its really common and ember had the same problem. i used Homeopathic Euphrasia 30 c like 2 pellets dissolved in 2 oz of filtered water, then i dipped a q tip in it and ran it over his eye. make sure you dont re dip it as it will contaminate the rest of the remedy. repeat till clean. you can also use a cotton ball. ********************** IMPORTANT***************when cleaning eyes always wipe from the inside corner to the outside with whatever you use**********************
Azadehhast: My #3DD had a clogged tear duct. My MW suggested we keep wash cloths in a warm crock pot and wipe it regularly, massaging the tear duct.
And here's my chance to share one of my favorite "liquid gold" powers: BREASTMILK drops in the affected eye can help clear up this goop and keep the eye from becoming infected. Another power of breastmilk: drops in the ear canal can clear up an ear infection FAST. Here is where you begin to feel like the powerful super-healing Mother you've become!
More on the powers of breastmilk:
So I nursed N in church today - only about 3 pews back! Proud of myself! I didn't have the nerve to use the SNS though. Then I tried to use it later and she spit it out...maybe she is giving me a hint...guess we can see how her appointment goes tomorrow.. I also finally figured out that she is pushing my nipple in and out (I think with her tongue - but could be her lips) while nursing - no wonder my nips are so sore!!! I also missed a pumping session today (I feel so guilty about that!) but I noticed she nursed better afterwards when I was sort of engorged...wierd...all I can think of is that somehow because the shape of my nipples/areola was different maybe it helped me line her up better or her latch on better...then as she drank (and emptied them a bit - yay!) is when the spitting out/sucking in of the nipple happened. I definitly plan to see the LC tomorrow (if I can find time between working at home, pediatrician, and DH getting to work) and let her know all these things I have been observing. I guess I just wasn't paying as much attention to her latch before because I wasn't in much pain.
We are working very hard to find a way for me to be home with the kiddies...maybe not for another year or so, but, we are working at it...I honestly think my DH understands the importance now - and I think I have been proving to him I can do a good job (like hmm...our house has been semi-clean and I cook every night....SOOOOO different than when I am working FT and the place is a wreck and we eat take out 3 nights a week!) We are even talking about the possibility of homeschooling! I think it will be hard, but, I think he is also realizing how much money we really do save when I am home...its not just daycare, there are so many other things I spend on when I work (to make life easier)! I really hope this is able to happen...though it makes me really confused about what to do as far as school...I didn't apply for this 8 weeks...I guess I could hurry and apply for the next 8 weeks and try and take 2-3 classes and finish in a year instead of 2....I know there is no way I can afford to go otherwise...however if I am going to stay home I don't really need the graduate degree...but then what if something happens and I DO need to work? I don't know. Anyway my DH has been apply to lots of jobs at local governments etc. and he is talking to a recruiter tomorrow as well...craziness...my life is so much different than I ever imagined...and I really wouldn't trade it no matter how hard it can be at times!
Oh, and I love how breastmilk can do so much!!! In fact I kinda forgot about that...I used to always put that on diaper rashes... Which reminds me...DS2 (2yo) asked me to nurse today lol (he has not latched since around 5mos and has not had any breastmilk since around 7mos)...I just stook my boob towards him and he opened his mouth and then he made a face and said, "ew that's Naomi's milk!" then he danced and threw his fists in the air and sang, "I love cow milk, I love cow milk" lol...I guess he was jsut curious/wanted to make sure he could have it if he wanted it...it was so cute though!
This. Did it with expressed milk and medicine dropper for Eli about 3x/day for 3 days. Cleared it right up. ;)
My son is 10 years old today! It doesn't seem like I've been a mom that long. Ever since DD2 was born my big kids seem so BIG... and so much is reminding me of when he was a newborn right now, too. Bizarro! He was so excited he couldn't sleep, so at 9:45 I brought Stephanie in and told him she was too excited to sleep because she's never given a birthday present before, and let him open a gift early... so he read his new book until he fell asleep. We got him an MP3 player and Blokus, so we'll probably be playing that tonight. DH has introduced DS to Weird Al Yankovik and Arrogant Worms, so I imagine they'll be loading his MP3 with that tonight, too. We're having tacos for supper and cake for dessert. I didn't bake, I just picked up a Safeway cake. He's taking 2 friends to the movies on Saturday, so to day it's just us.
Stephanie is still figuring out night from day, it seems. She went on a feeding frenzy around 9 last night and didn't go to sleep until 3AM! I thought she was winding down at about 1 but she got a second wind... that is hard. Once you get the idea that you're going to be asleep soon, you just don't have the same mind-set anymore. Oh well, I really do like that one on one time with her after everyone else is asleep, I just don't need FIVE HOURS of it!
Mom brought over some origami diapers so we're trying them out today. They are really soft and they look cute on her :D She hasn't pooped yet though... that'll be the real test!
Lilmomma, all your nursing trials sound SO hard! l can't imagine the massive amount determination you must have just to get through a single feeding! hugs to you!
Mummoth, that is so cute, having Stephanie give DS gifts. I love to read how happy your older children are with baby sis!
I have a major (ordinary) Super Mama feat to report: Winter and I just walked, by ourselves, to the bread shop and back, him in the wrap. When we arrived, i got a coffee and sat to rest, and when he woke after a bit, we nursed. Then walking home. he wanted to again, so I dropped the wrap lower, latched him on, and kept walking. First time out by ourselves, first ever NIP, and first time nursing hands-free. Yay us!
Only now I think it might have been a bit too far, because in feeling a little crampy, but it was worth it.
Anyone done bleeding? I'd sure like to be...
We have some awesome Super Mama things to celebrate this week!! =D
@LilMomma - HOORAY for successfully nursing, let alone NIP! Hope your appointment today went well. =)
@Azade - HOORAY!! That's an amazing trifecta of Firsts and definitely worth celebrating. Take it easy tonight, you've earned it! =D
As for me... got my own First to celebrate, too. After several failed attempts last night, I finally got DS successfully into a back carry! I got to do a load of dishes while he slept! =D
As for bleeding... either I'm hemorrhaging very late, or I've started a period already. Sigh.
Lilmomma - How was your appointment today? Hoping for good news!
Mummoth - too cute! I love that stage when kids are so excited about everything.
Azadeh - woah, big day! Congrats on getting out on your own! I think I'm just about there myself. Still feeling a little tentative...
aeterna - your boy looks good in there. I have just barely mastered the plain old hug carry, it will be a while before I can nurse or do the back carry I think.
We had our 2 week check up today. We are up nearly 1 lb from birth weight at 7 lbs, 11 oz. He's still smaller than a lot of newborns around these parts, but getting so chubby. The bad news is that he has a sacral dimple that is pretty deep and has a bit of hair in it. His motor function down below seems just fine, but we're going to get an ultrasound later this week or next to make sure his spinal column is ok. :(
I also had my first NIP experience today - in the waiting room at the peds. It was a little awkward. It was me, DH, and a rancher with his 2 sons. I don't think I flashed anybody though! :) And I wasn't as embarrassed about it as I thought I would be.
Still bleeding, though it has slowed down a lot. I probably only need panty liners now except for the occasional clot.
Wow!! Look at all us NIP!!! GO US!!!! And it IS a big accomplishment - I feel the same way with each baby - its so much harder to nurse a newborn in public than a toddler so even havign other kids its all new again with a baby!
I never made it to the LC today because Naomi's 1 month check up took FOREVER. Mostly because I had a major meltdown (oops) N DID gain some weight though (up 3oz from 10 days ago; now 7oz shy of her birth weight) and has grown an inch. But now pediatrician suggested bottles and preemie formula instead of SNS with expressed milk after all feeding for two weeks. He is glad she gained some, but, said the gain is still slower than it should be. I think I am going to kind of feel out what I do probably mostly breastmilk in a bottle, maybe do a couple feedings with formula (of cousre AFTER offering the breast). I think the SNS wasn't working well because she still isn't nursing well. I'm hoping we can get there and eventually to no supplimentation at all...definitly going to try and visit the LC tomorrow though (depending who is in) to get some serious latch bootcamp! I think the issue might be a litte "bigger" than I thought because she doesn't do well with the bottle either (at least not so far - I've only offered it a couple times) but she isn't sucking well with it or getting much milk out of it either and quickly falls asleep. I think maybe she just gets too tired to quickly...either because she is not suckign efficiently or because she just isn't strong enough yet. IS it bad that as much as I want her to get a good volume of milk and gain weight I am also happy that she isn't taking the bottle well? Some sort of sick self satisfaction I supose that its just as hard as feeding off me. Anyway, we will go back in 2 weeks for a weight check and if she gains better than this time he thinks she will be fine with breastmilk (I suggested that I pump a couple ounces in one bottle then pump a couple more and put in another bottle and feed her the second bottle with the hindmilk...of course it might take me a little while to get that together). A LLL leader near me has suggested scraping the fat off my bottles of pumped milk and feeding it to N with a spoon too...but then I worry that it is taking the fat out of the rest of the milk and I might end up in the same situation again when I go back to work. I'm also a little nervous because I figured this would actually resolve itself (the weight gain) when I went back because I figured she would take a bottle well...it doesn't seem the case, so I'm nervous about putting it on my daycare provider's plate!
On another note, I went to my local birth circle meeting tonight for the first time and (other than being far to embaressed to pull a bottle out and probably starving my child...I did nurse her almost constantly though hoping that would be good enough) it was awesome! Her midwife that was present for the birth was there, and so was the one I saw the day I went into labor (with her baby who was born on Christmas day!) along with a bunch of other awesome mamas! I can't believe I have known about this since it was founded almost a year ago and this was my first time to attend and I cannot wait to go back! We just all shared birth stories and such and it was just so neat! Plus I left my boys home and it was really kind of fun having a night "out" ;-)
Also my DH talked to an army recruiter today, and he has to lose a bit more weight (not too much) and they can probably take him in at a higher rank than he thought because of him being an iron worker, and the recruiter also asked that the whole family come back next time.....not sure where we are going with this just yet, but, DH really wants this and has for a while, so hopefully it will work out.
Oh and about the bleeding...I occasionally pass a clot and bleed (4.5 weeks PP) but its mostly just spotting/mucus now. Just enough to feel gross. I can't wait for it to be over! I will probably get my period soon though, I have always gotten it within about a week of returning to work/school..so I imagine by Feb at the lastest it will have returned...UGHHH!!!!