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post #61 of 87

 

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Originally Posted by Sol_y_Paz View Post

Does anyone use a Boppy?  I will be BF.  I have a chance to get a new one or get a used one for about ten dollars.  It was only used with one baby but kept in storage for years.  I was checking it out and it was somewhat bunched up in some places, the material inside.  So I was wondering is the Boppy like a normal run of the mill pillow that kind of loses its stuffing and placement after some years?  Or does it hold up?  Or does it become bunchy like that after a few uses anyway?  Trying to decide if I should get it new or used.  

 

Also about baby registries, would anyone be kind enough to link theirs to me either in a PM or here or whatever is most comfortable. I am having trouble with mine and knowing exactly what to put on there.  I have a car seat, stroller, and a few other big items but not really much else.  Already got two wraps/carriers for the baby, one for me and one for DH.  As far as baby monitors is the pad that detects breathing something that we should spend the extra on?  Should I even put little things on there like BF supplies, creams/powder for baby or does that just seem excessive listing every little thing?  I will be making my own baby wash with Dr. Bronners and making my own cloth wipes.  I did get the regular handouts that told me suggested items but it seemed way overboard.  

 

 

 


That to me sounds like a Boppy that got run through the washer.  They don't tend to hold up well if you wash the whole pillow.  If you plan to have additional children, I would spring for a new one.

post #62 of 87

My Boppy went through 3 kids and never got bunched up. I think I may have washed it once on the gentle cycle.  That's it.

 

You should register for the little stuff too. I know I like to ahve a lot of things to pick from a registry so I can make a neat little gift.  And then there are people who have different price ranges, etc.

 

Some things you could add:

 

(if you'll use a special detergent) Dreft

laundry basket

trashcan (for cloth diapers) or diaper genie or whatever

cute baskets for books or toys

rocking chair

step stool for YOUR feet

fingernail clippers, thermometer (if you'll use those types of things)

towels and wash cloths

soap, shampoo, ointment for diaper rash (some babies are just prone to it...but the best I've used is Earth Mama Angel Baby)

any kind of clothes:  socks, hats, onsies, sleepers, those little glove thingys

BOOKS

toys

sheets, blankets,etc

 

Oh there is so much fun stuff.  Just get the scanner at target....I have had so much fun doing my registries there. LOL

post #63 of 87

I'm not doing a registry because I don't want a shower and I have pretty much all what I need, but I only registered for my first with things I specifically wanted.  I glanced at the handout guide they give you and picked out only a few things from the categories they had.  If you want specific products I'd register for them, but if you don't care, don't.  People will buy those things because they're quick buys.  I didn't bother with clothes because it's hard to find the specific item when people are shopping, and really, people just buy what's cute anyway.  Unless you expect apnea or other breathing problems I would think any kind of monitoring would be overkill, but if you really want it go for it.

post #64 of 87
Thread Starter 

ah I wish I could have a shower or registry. . ! sounds like so much fun.

 

 

This weekend here is HOT. . well for me it is, we're in the 80s and I am DYING. I cannot imagine this summer is going to be even the slightest bit enjoyable for me since we don't have AC. I also seem to have hit that 'big and bitchy' stage of my pregnancy- I feel huge, nothing fits me, I am uncomfortable and in a bad mood. I just have no idea how I am going to get by the third trimester thumbsuck.gif
 

post #65 of 87

 

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Originally Posted by ithappened View Post

ah I wish I could have a shower or registry. . ! sounds like so much fun.

 

 

This weekend here is HOT. . well for me it is, we're in the 80s and I am DYING. I cannot imagine this summer is going to be even the slightest bit enjoyable for me since we don't have AC. I also seem to have hit that 'big and bitchy' stage of my pregnancy- I feel huge, nothing fits me, I am uncomfortable and in a bad mood. I just have no idea how I am going to get by the third trimester thumbsuck.gif
 

 

Here its FREEZING cold, and I have raised beds to put up!!!! mecry.gif They've GOT to go up TODAY. And of course the weather is foul, my husband leaves for work in 20 minutes, and... yeah, i'm being left alone with a toddler, a drill and a half ton of dirt being delivered momentarily. 

I think I just might be crazy.... 

 

post #66 of 87

Good to know about the coconut water, our local grocery store is very small town-ish, but has some weird stuff like that. I picked up a couple cans last month on a whim and it tastes reeeaaallllyyy good to me right now :)  Normally I hate coconut... 

post #67 of 87

Our hospital is VERY outdated and has only a couple of vending machines on one floor, so I will definitely be adding coconut water to my hospital bag list!!!

post #68 of 87

 

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Originally Posted by Waffler View Post

 

Keuriweo: your getaway sounds great. I’ve been meaning to ask you if the pacific northwest would be a good destination weather-wise for this time of the year…I’ve been thinking that I’d like to plan something before it’s too late. Also good luck with your echo! You probably said this already on the high risk thread, but was there a specific reason you’ve gotten subsequent echos? Or is that just what your doc/midwife/perinatologist recommends? Also sorry to hear about your FIL. What a mix of emotions you guys must be going through…

 

Waffler, I guess it depends on how you feel about rain.  May can be rainy.  However, it's usually more "spring showers" than "winter downpours."  Lately we've been alternating between partly cloudy/mostly sunny days and cloudy/shower-y days.  This month, we've had both 80+degree sunny days and upper 50 degree rainy days.  May is going to start out a little cooler than average but I would guess temps will be in the 60s for the most part and it'll get warmer and less rainy as the month goes on.  I think the weather will be similar north of PDX (say, in Seattle or Vancouver, BC) but probably a little cooler/rainier, in general.  I can't speak to eastern Oregon other than it's warmer and much less rainy.  FWIW, I think May is usually pretty nice, weather-wise.

 

The echo was normal again!  Since I have certain auto-antibodies (associated with the autoimmune disease I have,) there is a slight risk (2-4%) that the baby will develop a heart condition (heart block.)  I've had three fetal echocardiograms so far we'll probably do three more (about every 2 weeks through 30w.)  I think blocks are usually detected by 24w and pretty much do not develop after 30w. 

 

Congrats on the gender confirmation, ithappened!


Happy belated birthday, andaluza!

post #69 of 87
I fell in love with chocolate coconut water as soon as I discovered it. I bought some silicone Popsicle molds and I'm going to try making chocolate coconut pops for during labor (the birth center has a kitchen so we can freeze more as I eat them, depending on how long labor lasts). I could probably even mix in some greek yogurt for protein, etc.
post #70 of 87
Thread Starter 

ok.. innocent.gif

 

 

ok.. painful hemorrhoids (sitting is hell) and horrible varicose veins on my upper back thighs (I can't sleep at night without a tylenol) have now popped up. .. Anything I can do? We have no bath tub and no freezer so sitz baths or cold packs are out. Im dying over here. I have a doctors appointment on Thursday morning but hoping to find some relief before that. Witch hazel pads aren't touching these babies.. and prep H only helps for a short time. greensad.gif

 

 

post #71 of 87
Ithappened, I didn't have severe hemorrhoids, but mine shrunk and went away using the following natural remedy: 2 tsp blackstrap molasses in the morning. I stopped drinking coffee before pregnancy, but I would mix the molasses with boiling water and it was similar to a coffee substitute, but a little sweet. I have heard of people just mixing it in with their am coffee, too.
post #72 of 87

ithappened - oh your poor bum, so sorry!!  I don't have any tips, but I hope you find relief soon!!

 

Has anyone been having vivid dreams of birth lately?  I had a lot of vivid dreams during my 1st trimester (but they weren't baby/birth related).... 2nd trimester not much worth noting, but at least 4 nights in the past week I've had dreams of Baby being born, in one strange way or another.  Obviously baby/birth is on my mind a lot these days, and I've been reading birth books before bed which probably has a lot to do with it....

post #73 of 87

Happy belated birthday, Andaluza.

 

Ithappened, congrats on the boy/girl confirmation. I'm sorry about your hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

 

Sol, I would include some of the smaller items on the registry just because some people may only be able to afford some of the smaller stuff.  I will PM you my registry.  I feel like I have a bunch of stuff on it, but it is mostly all small stuff. 

post #74 of 87
Thread Starter 

oh crud.. cannot buy molasses here
 

post #75 of 87

Ithappened, I've used a mix of zinc diaper cream and cortisone cream with some success. But cold packs were the real cure I think.

 

So I'm looking at my registry. We're going to BF, but I will be going back to work in 8 weeks and will start pumping, so I want to register for some bottles. I had the Avent infant starter kit on my registry, but looking at the reviews, I'm starting to reconsider, there's a lot of talk about leaking. Any body have any recs for a starter pack of bottles to register for? Or can anyone reassure me about the Avent? We are registered on Amazon if that helps...

 

post #76 of 87

I had some bottles tht looked jsut like nipples, with my son. In fact, I remember all the jokes i would get about it. cant remember the name.  But like with anything baby related...it just depends on the baby.  We went through about 3 bottles before I found one he liked.  Then when it went Kaput he was fine with Dr Bronners (glass) bottles. and we stuck with that for a while.  We ended with just your ordinary glass bottle.

post #77 of 87

Baby Bottles: 

 

My son (pickiest baby on the planet) would only ever drink from Adiri bottles (those are the one's that look like breasts ;) and my daughter would drink from whatever - but we used Nuk brand bottles (they're available here in China and we introduced them early enough that she didn't have the chance to get as picky as her older brother).  Neither of my babies liked Avent - but really, I know a bunch of babies who did.  It's subjective. :)

 

Each baby is dif't - I think one of the keys though is not waiting too long to introduce bottles (so I'd say about 5 weeks in your case to get the nursing relationship est. first and then give yourself 3 weeks to transition your babe to liking bottles) - and then once you do start - don't stop - feed at least a bottle a day and don't skip - babies can turn on you and get super picky and then really, it's double not fun to leave them.  

 

As for bottles - I wouldn't worry about it too much and I'd just get a few dif't kinds to test on your babe.  You'll hit on something he/she likes.  

 

 

post #78 of 87
Thread Starter 

 

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I think one of the keys though is not waiting too long to introduce bottles (so I'd say about 5 weeks in your case to get the nursing relationship est. first and then give yourself 3 weeks to transition your babe to liking bottles) - and then once you do start - don't stop - feed at least a bottle a day and don't skip - babies can turn on you and get super picky and then really, it's double not fun to leave them.

 

I was wondering how to handle this.

 

With DS1 he was BF'ed until about 22 months then transitioned to bottle but with the twins I plan to go back to work earlier (part time at 3-4 months, full time at 6-8 months) and was wondering how to best transition from boob to bottle to boob.

 

My goal is ideally they will bottle feed during the day (id pump) and at night I can BF. Has anyone tried this or have suggestions how to do this?
 

post #79 of 87

Ithappened: witch hazel works wonders for me for the inflammation, but it might not be strong enough for you at this point.

 

In regards to bottle feeding, our Bradley instructor (from about 3 years ago) told us that mom should never give a bottle. Mom should always be associated with breastfeeding and the bottle should be associated with someone else feeding the baby. I know someone who didn't follow this advice and her baby refused the breast, so she had to pump ALL of the baby's bottles. It was pretty frustrating...she was a stay at home mom. I'm sure this doesn't happen to everyone, but it seems like really good advice.

 

My cousin, who is a pediatrician, said that if you want to introduce the bottle you have to do it between 4 and 6 weeks...no sooner. 

 

I hope this is helpful!

post #80 of 87
Thread Starter 

sally oh yes, I remember this with DS, if DH or someone else gave him the bottle he'd take it, if I was even in the same house he would refuse it.

 


 

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