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post #21 of 99

Kindermama - have you tried putting some breastmilk on the patches on his face?

post #22 of 99

Baby girl, DD2, is 4 weeks old tomorrow and gaining well.  I have oversupply and forceful letdown, but DD2 is starting to learn to unlatch and wait a bit.  It also helps that I had the same issues with DD1.  She's sleeping well at night.  She can sleep 3 hours straight and go 5 hours without nursing!  She's taking a pacifier, which has really helped the sleeping, spitting up, and my oversupply.

 

Last night, however, DD1 was up every 2 hours, crying for 30 minutes.  When we'd finally get her to sleep, it was time to deal with DD2.  Not fun!

 

Life is so impossibly busy.  We wake up, have breakfast. DH goes to work. I spend the day with the kids. DH comes home.  We eat dinner. We go to bed.  No time for me and DH alone.

 

Also, I haven't figured out how to do the grocery store.  Yesterday was a 3 hour ordeal, including getting ready and unloading food and kids.  I think DD1 is just going to have to learn to wait!

post #23 of 99

My DH has done most of the grocery shopping, although yesterday I managed to get a meal plan put together, so I headed out to Target (alone!) and got all the shopping done, bought a mocha, and was home in 45 minutes. You know you have a newborn when a 45 minute grocery shopping trip feels like a half day at the spa :P

post #24 of 99
Thread Starter 

Shiomi - CONGRATS!  I'm so glad baby boy decided to come on his own terms!! 

 

Thorn - I did the same thing at Target!  I felt funny leaving Eli home with my mom and husband, but very proud to do all the shopping and get back home before he woke up to nurse again.

 

YUMMM....beer.  I've always felt comfortable have a beer while nursing.  I don't pump and dump.  I was always told that the alcohol leaves the milk within 2 hours but even if it's a little sooner, I don't think it's a problem once in a while.  I had one on Superbowl Sunday and nursed about 1.5 hrs later.

 

Eli is 1 week old today and doing great.  He gained 7 1/2 oz as of yesterday and is nursing like a champ.  Unfortunately, my poor nipples are still paying the price.  I am so diligent about making sure he gets a good latch but they are still really raw.  Not getting worse, though.  My left side still bleeds when he nurses.  Yesterday he spit up a tiny amount of blood tinged stuff and I took his sleeper to show his ped at his appointment and she wasn't worried.  Tonight he had another nice "red strawberry milkshake" spit up after nursing on that side.  Has this happened to anyone else?  I know some moms would be totally freaking out, but because he's thriving in every way, it only happens after nursing the left side, and there is no melena (digested blood in stool), I'm not really worried.  He's getting his oral Vitamin K daily.  Should I be more worried?

 

Another random question - I was looking up nipple shields on kellymom last night and it said that if baby's stool wasn't yellow by day 4, then call the ped.  Eli's stool is regular and very seedy but still dark brown.  Normal consistency for breast feeding stool.  Does anyone know why they said to call the ped?  I can't remember when DS1's stool turned yellow.  Eli is very content, no fussiness or belly upset.  Burps easily, sleeps well between feedings which are about every 1.5-2 hours. 

 

Compared to DS1, Eli is a dream!  He has just started laying/sleeping in his co-sleeper on his own so we don't have to hold him 24-7.  He'll even lay there awake for a few minutes and just look around, totally content.  This is SOOO different than DS1, who couldn't be put down for a split second for weeks, then didn't sleep easily for years!  I know this could change any day, but I'll take it for now!

 

Major props to you mamas staying home with the baby and a house full of older kids!  I am still so fortunate to have my mom here helping (until Sunday) and my husband is only going into the lab for a few hours a day.  I'm a bit nervous for the day I'm home alone with DS1 and Eli for 12 hours.  I know everyone does it and survives.  I remember being so worried about being alone with DS1 when he was born.  Now that seems like a vacation to me! 

 

Tomorrow I have to run into work to get more meds for my dog, so I think I'll take Eli for a little outing.  Everyone at work is dying to see him.  They were so sweet and sent over a cookie bouquet.  I'd never seen one but it was sooo cute and yummy!  DS1 was quite impressed!

 

Well, got to rinse the diapers again and try to finish Eli's birth story.  Have a great night!

post #25 of 99

Juneboymom- It has to do with jaundice.  How's his coloring?

 

Lactating Girl- I would up your placenta pill to 2 a day and if it still doesn't get better try 3 a day for a while.  This is what my placenta specialist advised and it helped me.  I took 2 a day for a couple of weeks when I was bleeding to much and felt weak and tired and it helped a lot.  

 

Liam is 1 month old today and doing awesome.  He has put on quite a bit of weight and is just all rolly and squishy and lovely :D.  The girls and I are just so in love with him and we pretty much just sit around cooing over him all day.  Everything seems so still and so peaceful right now.  We are staying at home a lot, doing only the bare minimum with school, watching movies, drinking tea, and of course watching Liam.  Taking it easy was really hard at first b/c I am a really get up and go type of mom, but now I have fully surrendered to it and loving it.  

 

Getting little sleep, but pulling through OK.  Dh lets me sleep in when he can, so I am getting enough to survive.  Every night is different and it all feels like a bit of a blur so I can't really say how long he is sleeping.

 

Is anyone else starting to think about all this baby weight?  I am feeling anxious to get it off this time!  For right now I am just tracking calories, taking walks, and sporting spanx and pajama jeans LOL.

post #26 of 99

Every time I sit down to write something it's like the baby knows it.  :)  We're doing well, block feeding because I have an oversupply, and it seems to be working much better; he gets fuller and has more peaceful spurts.  He's gained over 1.5 lbs. since he was born less than three weeks ago, and he's an adorable chunky monkey.  He sleeps pretty well at night (sleeps for about 1.5 hours, wakes up to eat and goes right back down again without a fuss) but loves to wake up for good around 5am, which is really starting to get to me.  During the day it's hard to get him to nap unless he's in the Moby or in my arms, so the whole "sleep while the baby sleeps" thing isn't working out quite like I expected it to.  We're still confined to quarters until the 20th of this month because of my blood loss, but it's actually been fun to have an excuse not to have to be active.  I just hang around the house, b/f, watch shows on the iPad, shop online, and do laundry.  Thank goodness for all the meals I froze!!

 

Hubby was really really weird during the first days after the birth, more worried about the dogs' emotional well-being than mine (because I told him they couldn't sleep in the bedroom with us and he was anxious about how they'd do... geez).  We had a couple of pretty intense arguments (and meltdowns on my part) but I think he finally got the picture and now he's as supportive and sweet as can be.  I think he's surprised at how much love he feels for the baby, and he's realized that I am to thank for him having a son.

 

I finished consuming my placenta in smoothies and feel GREAT!  I had a couple of minor crying spells, due mostly to exhaustion and inexperience, but my emotions are pretty stable and I have to attribute it to the placenta.  I'm definitely going with the smoothies again next time!! 

 

I wish I could comment on everyone else's experiences, but I haven't even had time to read up!!  Lots of catching up to do, I'm looking forward to reading during our next b/f session!

post #27 of 99

Been trying to write a post for a couple days, but in the meantime have loved reading about how everyone else is doing!

 

We're doing well over here; W's 3 1/2 weeks old and has put on around 2 pounds since birth!  We've been cloth-diapering since she was 2 weeks, and it's going quite well; now I feel like anytime I use a disposable that I'm just adding so much garbage... Plus I love how she's not nearly as red from her cloth diapers, and they're just so darn cute!  She loves to be held/snuggled, but the last couple days has been super clingy for some reason; usually I can lay her down on the couch or on the bed while she naps and work in that room for a good half-hour at least before she wakes up, but yesterday and today she'll wake up fussy after 5 minutes or less...a little tiring to say the least; thank god for my Moby wrap!!  Do babies go through clingy phases? or could she be sick or something??  

 

I LOVE holding and cuddling her, and we also bedshare and feed on demand.  I was stupid enough to mention these in conversation, and have been getting a bit of flack from my mother (of all people! you'd think she'd be supportive!), MIL, SMIL, my landlady (who's never raised a child!!), and even my sister a little... they're saying stuff like, "If you don't put her down she'll just make you hold her all the time", "She'll manipulate you", "you have to be careful unless you roll on her" "you don't have to feed her every couple hours, she can cry for a bit" "if she gets used to sleeping in bed with you she'll still be doing it in six months; you don't want that" and other stuff like that....for pete's sake!!

#1, she's three weeks old!!!  #2, I'm quite sure that babies do not know how to manipulate people.  #3, I don't believe in crying-it-out, especially for a newborn!! (sometimes when she's tired she has the i'm-cranky-and-tired-but-don't-want-to-go-to-sleep cry, but she does that in my arms).  #4, um, I'm pretty sure that feeding on demand means that you nurse whenever the baby is hungry, regardless of how often that is.  (sorry, ended up venting a little, but I'm also not mentioning how I raise my kid to anyone ever again...it's our business, not theirs)

 

That being said, I've started feeling not-so-confident with my parenting...Am I totally out to lunch?  Am I a good mom?  It's really okay to hold your baby a lot and wear her, isn't it??  I'm not super-crunchy or AP, but I definitely lean those ways a LOT more than traditional parenting.  I also feel like, they're only this little once, plus they're still getting used to life outside, and if she needs to be held, then she needs to be held.  

 

It's been a bit tough emotionally for me because of the 'feedback' from my extended family (even hubby says that I shouldn't pick her up every time she cries, but I know the difference between her squirmy squawks and the fussing that mean a good cry is just a couple seconds away; frankly I'd rather her not get into the frantic super-crying if I can help it...).  I also want to tell them that the reason I bedshare is purely selfish; if she sleeps beside me we can nurse at night without fully waking up, and I can also get a better sleep; if she slept in a crib or cradle, I'd be up all night checking on her and not sleeping, so there!

 

Very few of my real-life friends are moms, so here is really the only place where I can talk to and connect with people who have similar views of parenting and raising a baby...so thanks for that!

I also want to say I *just* successfully nursed in a moby for the first time!!!  wohoo!!!  joy.gif

post #28 of 99

I co sleep with my LO, but I haven't mentioned it to my mother, because I know she will jump all over my about it, and its just not worth the stress!!  So many people have their own set ways of parenting and are so critical of anything different or new.  My god, I hope I am not like that when I get older and become a grandmother!!

 

Had a weird experience yesterday.  Picked up DS1 from preschool and was intending to drive to the library to rent some movies, when I started feeling really funky.  My vision was doing weird things and I began having trouble driving.  The best way I can describe it is the way your eyes feel after being dilated...only my pupils were just fine.  It took all the concentration I had to drive the fifteen miles home and I think I went maybe 10mph the whole way.  I have no idea what it was.

 

I got home, told DH, he poured me a glass of orange juice, made me drink it right away, then sent me to bed and came in with a sandwich and a glass of water about ten minutes later.  He made me nap for two hours and took care of the kiddos (which would have been even nicer had I felt better).  I woke up able to see a bit better, but still feeling off.  It slowly faded as the night went on. 

 

Now, its the next day and initially I felt fine when I woke up, but now starting to feel a little funky again.  Its like my eye sight is messing up for some reason, and it throws the rest of me out of whack.  I had thought maybe low blood sugar...dehydration...  but I am eating and snacking now and drinking water....  anyone ever experience anything like this? 

 

DH thinks that I am not keeping enough in me and that its taking its toll with the breastfeeding.  I am now making a more concious effort to keep myself fed and rested...hoping it works and I snap out of this!!

post #29 of 99

@ hannabee - Isn't it amazing how cloth diapers are so much better for their bottoms?  We started out with disposables b/c I was on bedrest and didn't want my mom to have to do more laundry than she was already doing, and Z. developed the mother of all rashes in the fat folds between his legs.  Yuck!!  I switched to cloth and got a great balm from my mw, and two days later he was good as new!  

 

Now, about your parenting skills... I'm a new parent, but I keep reminding myself: "A newborn's WANTS are a newborn's NEEDS."  There is NO difference between the two.  If we were talking about a 3-yr old, then we could argue that certain limits have to be set and that you are not going to cater to her every whim, but when a newborn wants something, it's because he/she needs it.  Period.  They are not manipulating you or getting spoiled.  Follow your instinct, it's very strong in these weeks after birth, I've noticed, and it never leads you in the wrong direction.

 

@ chili - Woman, take care of yourself!  It really does sound like you are overdoing it and need some TLC... Listen to your body and feel better soon!

 

AFM, we just came back from our first walk to the park.  I wanted to see if I could meet some other moms there, but there were only six nannies and a couple of grandmothers.  How sad...  I put Z in his Moby and he was throwing a fit as I was loading the dryer, but the second I turned on the machine, Z. quit screaming and was asleep in less than a minute!!  Gotta love white noise!  Yesterday I locked myself in a darkened bathroom and turned on the exhaust fan to try to get him to sleep.  It didn't work, but he quieted down totally and I was able to get a break.  Hubby tried the same thing later that evening and he was able to get Z. to fall asleep.  We're considering recording the vacuum cleaner and playing it on a loop after a friend told us she ended up buying a CD with tracks like "Hysterical baby - loud blowdryer".  How funny is that???  orngbiggrin.gif

post #30 of 99

Isabel is five and a half weeks already. It's been an adjustment having a tiny little girl that needs constant attention and nursing. We're nursing on demand and every day we have some cluster nursing in the morning and in the evening, where she nurses every fifteen minutes or half hour for a few hours, pretty much constant nursing for a few hours.. She sleeps fairly well, it's not too bad since we're co-sleeping, but I'm pretty tired. She doesn't seem to like nursing lying side by side as much as the cradle hold, but we're working on it. It could be my abundant milk supply, that gets everywhere, and drowns her a little at times. But she's a great nurser, learning to pull off when the milk starts spurting too much. My nipples felt sore the first few weeks due to her incessant nursing, lanolin helped a lot and now I think we've gotten past the initial soreness. I'm sorry to hear that your nipples are in such bad shape juneboymum, here's hoping that it eases soon.

So besides the exhaustion and inability to get much done, since Isabel does not like being put down, plus massive amounts of laundry due to my milk leaking everywhere, and now we're getting more into cloth diapering after using up a few packages of diapers given as gifts, I love being a new mommy, but it's hard..I just stare at her tiny face and am amazed that I have a daughter. I'm still not quite sure I believe she's mine, except that I sure do remember pushing her out. She's really good, she doesn't cry much. I'm lucky that my DH agrees that as soon as Isabel starts fussing, her needs should be addressed. I'm sorry you're getting so much flak hannabee, I've also found it's not worth talking about my parenting choices to people unless I already know they're in line with me. I'm lucky to have several breastfeeding, cloth diapering, co-sleeping Mama friends to support me IRL. Family is something else, they all think I'm a little weird, and my Mom has gotten to me more than once. One of my sisters is very supportive though, and jealous that she wasn't older and more informed when she had her kids. And I've made most of DH's family a little uncomfortable when I've had to pull out the boob in public, but even so they're mostly supportive. And they all love Isabel so very much, so I can deal with their differing opinions.

post #31 of 99

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Originally Posted by maptome View Post

Baby girl, DD2, is 4 weeks old tomorrow and gaining well.  I have oversupply and forceful letdown, but DD2 is starting to learn to unlatch and wait a bit.  It also helps that I had the same issues with DD1.  She's sleeping well at night.  She can sleep 3 hours straight and go 5 hours without nursing!  She's taking a pacifier, which has really helped the sleeping, spitting up, and my oversupply.


Do you do anything to help them with the oversupply and forceful letdown? I'm pretty sure I have both this time around and I had the exact opposite going on last time, so I'm baffled. I've noticed she gags less if I'm laid back nursing, but that's hard to always do when I'm nursing while DD1 is on the potty or I'm playing with her or whatever. DD2 only pulls off when she gags and is trying to clear things out before nursing more (which often causes more gagging).


 

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YUMMM....beer.  I've always felt comfortable have a beer while nursing.  I don't pump and dump.  I was always told that the alcohol leaves the milk within 2 hours but even if it's a little sooner, I don't think it's a problem once in a while.  I had one on Superbowl Sunday and nursed about 1.5 hrs later.


Actually it's a common misconception that pumping and dumping is what you're supposed to do when you drink. Alcohol content in breast milk is similar to alcohol content in your blood, it just decreases with time, so pumping and dumping doesn't do anything. The only time when you'd want to do that is if you're drinking enough that you don't want to nurse, but you need to express some milk to prevent engorgement.

 

Personally, I think that telling a breastfeeding mom that she can't drink is too restrictive and will cause some moms to stop breastfeeding sooner than they would otherwise. The general rule of thumb that I follow is nurse before you drink, then you have the longest period of time between ingesting the drink and nursing the child. Honestly though, it's not that big of a deal. If you think about it, if your drink has a 10% alcohol level, that's what you're putting into your body, but say that gives you a blood alcohol level of .2% (these are all hypothetical numbers, I have no idea what the actual math would be like), that's what your baby is drinking. .2% is hardly anything!

 

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Juneboymom- It has to do with jaundice.  How's his coloring?

 

Lactating Girl- I would up your placenta pill to 2 a day and if it still doesn't get better try 3 a day for a while.  This is what my placenta specialist advised and it helped me.  I took 2 a day for a couple of weeks when I was bleeding to much and felt weak and tired and it helped a lot. 


I actually did the raw method of encapsulation, so I'm not supposed to take as many pills as if I steamed it first because it has more hormones and enzymes. I may up my dose to 2 though.


 

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That being said, I've started feeling not-so-confident with my parenting...Am I totally out to lunch?  Am I a good mom?  It's really okay to hold your baby a lot and wear her, isn't it??  I'm not super-crunchy or AP, but I definitely lean those ways a LOT more than traditional parenting.  I also feel like, they're only this little once, plus they're still getting used to life outside, and if she needs to be held, then she needs to be held.  

 

It's been a bit tough emotionally for me because of the 'feedback' from my extended family (even hubby says that I shouldn't pick her up every time she cries, but I know the difference between her squirmy squawks and the fussing that mean a good cry is just a couple seconds away; frankly I'd rather her not get into the frantic super-crying if I can help it...).  I also want to tell them that the reason I bedshare is purely selfish; if she sleeps beside me we can nurse at night without fully waking up, and I can also get a better sleep; if she slept in a crib or cradle, I'd be up all night checking on her and not sleeping, so there!

 

Very few of my real-life friends are moms, so here is really the only place where I can talk to and connect with people who have similar views of parenting and raising a baby...so thanks for that!

I also want to say I *just* successfully nursed in a moby for the first time!!!  wohoo!!!  joy.gif


The biggest thing is that YOU are happy about the decisions you're making. They're your decisions and your family should respect that, but since they obviously don't, I'd recommend you politely tell them that you appreciate their advice, but you're doing what works best for your family and you appreciate their ability to respect your decisions. You're the parent, not them.

 

As for your husband, mine took some time to get into the attachment parenting ideas too. I just kept telling him the benefits of what we were doing in casual conversation (like "hey, I read this article about bedsharing and...") and emphasized the things that I know are important to him (like co-sleeping means he basically get to sleep through the night because he's not bringing me the baby and such, breastfeeding saves us money and makes kids smarter, etc) and before I knew it, he was out touting the benefits of these things to his co-workers and friends. He even defended our choice to co-sleep to his parents, who obviously thought that I was the one making the decision about that and were talking to him about me behind my back. It actually worked really well for getting them off our case.

 

Have you been to La Leche League? I love going to meetings just for the fact of meeting other like-minded moms in person. They also have a lot of great advice for dealing with relatives.
 

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Originally Posted by chilichiki View Post

I co sleep with my LO, but I haven't mentioned it to my mother, because I know she will jump all over my about it, and its just not worth the stress!!  So many people have their own set ways of parenting and are so critical of anything different or new.  My god, I hope I am not like that when I get older and become a grandmother!!

 

Had a weird experience yesterday.  Picked up DS1 from preschool and was intending to drive to the library to rent some movies, when I started feeling really funky.  My vision was doing weird things and I began having trouble driving.  The best way I can describe it is the way your eyes feel after being dilated...only my pupils were just fine.  It took all the concentration I had to drive the fifteen miles home and I think I went maybe 10mph the whole way.  I have no idea what it was.

 

I got home, told DH, he poured me a glass of orange juice, made me drink it right away, then sent me to bed and came in with a sandwich and a glass of water about ten minutes later.  He made me nap for two hours and took care of the kiddos (which would have been even nicer had I felt better).  I woke up able to see a bit better, but still feeling off.  It slowly faded as the night went on. 

 

Now, its the next day and initially I felt fine when I woke up, but now starting to feel a little funky again.  Its like my eye sight is messing up for some reason, and it throws the rest of me out of whack.  I had thought maybe low blood sugar...dehydration...  but I am eating and snacking now and drinking water....  anyone ever experience anything like this? 

 

DH thinks that I am not keeping enough in me and that its taking its toll with the breastfeeding.  I am now making a more concious effort to keep myself fed and rested...hoping it works and I snap out of this!

 

I had a lot of issues with dizziness and my vision going funky for the first couple of weeks. Iron supplements helped (I'm taking Floradix and it's pretty alright mixed with orange juice) and I had to force myself to start eating more. I'm tandem nursing and both of them are nursing A LOT, plus I haven't had a huge appetite, so I think that was a big part of my problem. Also resting as much as possible. I try to choose activities to do with DD1 where I can sit (like coloring, reading books, etc) rather than ones that require I stand or walk. I've also been trying to drink a lot more water and get a lot of protein.

 

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AFM, we just came back from our first walk to the park.  I wanted to see if I could meet some other moms there, but there were only six nannies and a couple of grandmothers.  How sad...  I put Z in his Moby and he was throwing a fit as I was loading the dryer, but the second I turned on the machine, Z. quit screaming and was asleep in less than a minute!!  Gotta love white noise!  Yesterday I locked myself in a darkened bathroom and turned on the exhaust fan to try to get him to sleep.  It didn't work, but he quieted down totally and I was able to get a break.  Hubby tried the same thing later that evening and he was able to get Z. to fall asleep.  We're considering recording the vacuum cleaner and playing it on a loop after a friend told us she ended up buying a CD with tracks like "Hysterical baby - loud blowdryer".  How funny is that???  orngbiggrin.gif


You should also look into La Leche League. I love it as a place to meet other moms. When DD1 was born, I even met a mom that had a girl that was 10 days younger and we're still friends. Lots of LLLs have play groups too.

 

post #32 of 99
Thread Starter 

Hannabee - Do not second guess your parenting choices no matter what people tell you.  I think you'll find pretty much 100% support in your choices here and all of your logic is right on!  I think the older generation may feel threatened by our much different choices and feel like we think they parented badly since we are doing things so differently.  Does that make sense?  I just try to tell them that "new research" shows that....whatever you're doing.....is beneficial because..... 

 

Chili - I feel the same way, especially today.  Weird vision and kind of weak and tired.  I need a nap!  It's almost like the major lack of sleep has really caught up with me.  I also am probably not eating and drinking enough.

 

Eli was a tiny bit jaundiced the day after he was born but it resolved almost immediately b/c my milk came in pretty early.  I don't know why his poo is still dark.  Otherwise he seems totally fine!

 

Still haven't finished his birth story.  Last night I got distracted and ordered the belly band that was recommended b/c I hate the jello belly/insides feeling!

post #33 of 99

Just a quick note about the belly jiggles...

 

You can use a belly band (the cheap-o one that is really common in that between non-maternity and maternity stage) and wear it like a tank top.  It will stop the jiggle.

post #34 of 99

Speaking of jiggling innards, I've been... umm... kinda gassy since the birth.  I feel like my intestines are still floating around in there and trying to find their correct position.  Is this just me, and will I ever get back to normal??  My diet is the same as always, nothing's changed except the fact that I'm no longer carrying a 10 lb. baby inside me... Ugh.

post #35 of 99

Our baby girl is 4 weeks old now, and she's now at 4kg (up from 3kg at birth). She's still a tiny baby, but she loves to eat! She refuses to take a pacifier or even my finger, even if she only wants the breast to cure hiccups or soothe her gassy tummy. Ha!

 

She's such a strong little girl. She rolled over for the first time yesterday. I'm amazed that she was able to learn this so quickly, considering she's almost always at the breast or being held.

 

Speaking of which, she's ok with the Moby wrap (prefers being held) but complains until her head is out. I think she might want to look around. She cannot hold her head well enough for this, so we have to use one hand to do it. Any ideas on what to do? She's also not a fan of the car seat or stroller.

 

Our 2.5-year-old decided shortly after his sister's birth that he wanted to start potty training. Yesterday, I was running between a newborn who wanted to cluster feed all day and constantly bringing a toddler to the potty / cleaning up accidents. For the most part, though, they are relatively easy children, and our son is a great big brother.

post #36 of 99

Sweet.bee - We are going through the potty training thing too. My son has been pretty good, but thinks he can wipe himself if I'm nursing baby. Yesterday the bathroom was a mess, my son was a mess and it was time to go pick up my oldest from school. :(

 

Juneboymom - I also second the jaundice. My oldest had it and her poop was dark brown until the jaundice was cleared up.

 

My baby is 3 wks today. He had gained a lb at 2 wks. :) He doesn't sleep at night unless he's snuggled right next to me nursing. He will fall asleep, one of the other kids will cry out so I'll get out of bed to take care of them and he's instantly awake. During the day he does fine with sleeping on his own so I do get stuff done around the house. I only grocery shop on Sunday afternoons when my DH is home with the kids. Baby is my 5th child and I have 4 home during the days.

 

Well, I hear a child calling for me.

post #37 of 99

Okay- question about lochia:

 

this time around I have hardly bled at all (which I am guessing is because of the excessive breastfeeding LO is doing). Yesterday I woke up feeling gassy, but it faded away throughout the day. Then last night I woke up with the most horrible pain ever in my abdomen.  I attributed it to gas and took some stuff to try and get rid of it, but remained miserable most of the night. It was so bad I couldn't move without pain taking my breath away.  Eventually I got semi comfortable on the couch and fell asleep. 

Woke up around 8 am to feed LO and realized he was having awful gas too, so I gave him some gripe water (which worked surprisingly fast).  I decided my stomach felt a little better and went back to bed to try and lay on my stomach (it had hurt much too badly to do this before).  After a couple of minutes on my stomach, stuff started moving and I finally passed some gas.  Immediately after I felt a gush of blood and so I went to the bathroom to check things out.  I passed four or five fairly large clots as soon as I sat down.  And then bled heavily for the next hour or so.

 

The bleeding has slowed down now, but I still have some residual pain in my stomach.  Nothing compared to where it was, but still pretty uncomfortable.

 

I freaked out a bit  because the bleeding for me hasn't been all that noticeable or plenty until this morning.  Since I was hurting to bad before hand, I am now wondering if the pain earlier was more than just gas.

 

Anyone have any experiences like that?  I don't have a temperature, do not feel weak or lightheaded, just a bit surprised by the sudden increase of bleeding down there!!

 

BTW- I am twelve days postpartum now.

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Originally Posted by lactatinggirl View Post

Do you do anything to help them with the oversupply and forceful letdown? I'm pretty sure I have both this time around and I had the exact opposite going on last time, so I'm baffled. I've noticed she gags less if I'm laid back nursing, but that's hard to always do when I'm nursing while DD1 is on the potty or I'm playing with her or whatever. DD2 only pulls off when she gags and is trying to clear things out before nursing more (which often causes more gagging).

 


 

Block feeding, which someone else has mentioned, helps with oversupply and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, the latter leading to fussiness and excess spitting up.  Also, after letdown, DD2 will unlatch, then I wait until the the milk stops shooting out before I relatch, even though she wants to continue nursing.  And yes, laying back, and having baby's head above the boob, so gravity works against the flow, so she doesn't choke.  Also, I know some are probably against it, but I give DD a pacifier for comfort sucking. Right now, it's a messy annoyance, but it doesn't last forever.

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Baby Maggie Faye was three weeks yesterday. Been enjoying reading everyone's updates until I could snag a few moments to type. Despite being separated for over twenty-fours hours, babe and I are in a happy nursing relationship. Big brother is adjusting to this new person well, and we had Papa at home until yesterday. Overall feeling good...healing fast and not having violent mood swings. Curious about how much weight I've lost. Guess I'll find out when I see the MW six weeks PP. Lochia has not been heavy, clotty, or all that bloody(it was with DS). I think it's because I had to have my womb irrigated during surgery and mots of deep massage for the two days following to make sure all the infection-y stuff got cleared out.  Bfing a million times a day couldn't be hurting, either!

 

 

Pilar- Mad gassy here, too! It's not painful  or smelly...just really loud and frequentblush.gif. Stuff takes a while to settle back in place after birth. 

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I want to go back and reply to everyone's posts, but I am typing with one hand now to simply vent.  My mom is visiting and is driving me crazy, she comes over and literally sits on the couch all day, holding my girl. She doesn't offer to help in the least, not even to put her dishes in the dishwasher! And since she's holding the baby all day long, the baby sleeps way too long and ends up all night.  I just want to say "Mom get off your @#% and do something!!". Sigh, one more day... Thinking of you ladies, back soon to see how everyone's doing.

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