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Summer 2012 Love for the Preggo Bajingos: Having #1 in our 30s - Page 17post #322 of 3568/28/12 at 10:50am
Just popping in to say CONGRATS and welcome to all the precious new Bajingo Babies!!
Boots, I love the name Lyle and he is a doll.
Andaluza, your little one is perfect, too! Glad to read about your birth going well... the further I get into this pregnancy, the more stressed I was getting about having an ideal birth. Then it hit me. All thos frustrating months of BFNs. I remembered wanting and trying for so long to even get pregnant---as long as our baby gets here healthy, I really can't complain.
Erica, can't wait to hear the announcment of baby Ruby's arrival!
We are having a BOY and I'm 22 weeks now!! Feeling great, back at school, exhausted but happy. I love this part of pregnancy. I feel him move all the time, and we're already so in love with him. My heart might break open when I actually get to meet him.
Love to everyone!!post #323 of 3568/28/12 at 11:46amAndaluza - I used to have that same worry, about dozing off while feeding Kayden. And honestly, after the first few times that I woke up and realized that's exactly what happened, I stopped worrying about it That's when K really started cosleeping - when I learned to nurse side laying. I realized that in the middle of the night I could stick my boob in his mouth and go back to sleep and then everyone was happy!
Oh, and another note - if you start pumping you will get more milk production which will make you more uncomfortable, not less, so be careful if that's not your intent!
scowgirl and CalyCanth - We went through some of the crying-for-more-food in that time period too. Try to make sure you're nursing lots, and that you take care of YOU! Make sure you're eating and drinking enough. It's so easy to forget to take care of yourself in the press of trying to take care of a new baby.
Have I said that a bunch of times already? I'm sorry if I repeat myself! I never know what I thought and what I actually had time to type and message!post #324 of 3568/28/12 at 5:07pmThread Starter
Andaluza, what a dapper little gentleman! You will figure out your rhythm! How are you guys liking the cosleeper? Honestly, ours is still in basinette form, but pushed flush against my side of the bed with the mesh facing me (so it can double as a bed rail, too) We're lucky Lyle sleeps fine on his own, mostly because I am just TOO paranoid to cosleep. I really want to but I think maybe we'll try when he's a bit bigger. We haven't put the cosleeper in as a cosleeper because of the cats, too, and I don't want to give up having a place with four high sides where I can lay him when I go pee, etc.
Livingsky, I am ready to fly to visit so you can teach me to sidelie nurse with big boobs. We were sort of doing it when my stitches were too painful to sit up, but that was before my milk was in and now I feel like it's so awkward. I've read a few other people say it's easier with older babies and large boobies.
Caly, I know it's a delicate balance, but I sort of learned some things from this article, of course I know he's been hungry before, too...
Pitch, good to see you, glad you are doing well, keeping things in perspective, and congrats on that boy! :)
Thanks, we love his name too and it was so fun choosing it. We love that it's not in the top 1000 names. Are you guys thinking about names now? I just love baby names and research. :)
scowgirl, I had no idea you struggled so much with your LO losing weight. We were right on the cusp (he had lost 9% of his birthweight) and the pressure was SO intense. I just don't wish that on any new mama who wants to breastfeed. You just don't know what to do. I remember lying in bed after we were readmitted to the hospital listening to DH open the bottle of formula thinking that was the death knell of breastfeeding my son. Thankfully that was not so.
As for us, all is well. We are officially babywearing, Lyle has been in the sling and the sleepy wrap the last two days. The sling is fiddly and I'm not sure I have the right size, but it's definitely cooler. He got SO hot this afternoon in the wrap. He seems to only sleep for an hour in it, whereas when he was in the sling he slept for two, which could be coincidence. If we had extra money I would buy a higher end stretchy wrap like the Bali or something, they are supposed to be cooler. Now he's in it and just wearing a diaper, hopefully that will be better.
I am still trying to figure out when I can pump. I looked at my log of feedings and thought I could do it this afternoon at 2, in the past week that has been between feedings, but guess who wanted to eat at 2 today?
A few gripes, my parents told me today they might not even come in March but wait until June when we come to see Lyle. My dad said then they'd help us pay for our tickets with the money they would have used to come see us in March. But I just don't quite get it, this is their first grandchild and I'd think they'd be more anxious to see him. People keep asking if they've been to see him and I keep saying no because of my mom's health (can't tolerate heat) but now ?
Also my friend will also be our daycare provider told me aobut her angelcare monitor went off last night because he wasn't breathing even though her son was sleeping right by her and how glad she was to have it and this just caused me so much anxiety. I have enough of that! She ended up hitting him on the back and he went right back to sleep and I wanted to ask if he wouldn't have just woken up and coughed but what do I know and she was scared. Ugh. We are starting to worry about money so the last thing I need is stories that are like "you need this product or your baby will DIE!"post #325 of 3568/28/12 at 6:06pm
Andaluza, I doze of all the time while feeding Piper. I wake up at any noise, basically, so I wouldn't worry about it. I know it's hard though.
Boots, we figured out baby wearing too! DH likes the moby, but it's way too hot for me and we end up adjusting it like 8 times in the course of a walk, so I prefer the sling. I finally got the hang of it, particularly after reading the Dr. Sears book. For our sling at least, you put it on backward for newborns so their head is resting on the shoulder pad. When I first tried it before I read that, Piper was like falling into the chasm of fabric, never to be seen again. Now her little head is out and she can look around but also sleep comfortably. It made a big difference. I also don't understand why anyone would carry around those damn car seats. Taking her to the doctor was so much easier when you can just plop her into the sling rather than lugging a huge heavy car seat across a parking lot and up a flight of stairs. If they're passed out cold it's one thing, but in general I don't get why people do it.
We had a pretty tough day over here. Piper cluster fed for the entire day and refused to be put down. We had a doc appointment and everything looked fine so I just concluded that for whatever reason, she's pissed at me. She's sleeping now after DH swaddled her up and bounced her, but now I'm terrified she's going to be up all night because she didn't do her usual late evening cluster feed. Ahhhh! If she starts reverse cycling, it's all over. I'll slap a bottle of formula in DH's hand and run for the hills.
The weirdest thing about mothering so far is that while I have these super stressful frustrating days with her, when she's asleep I actually miss her and can't wait for her to wake up again. It's like my heart is wrenched with love and frustration all at the same time. It's a good thing that happens, of course, because every day I'm so excited to see her little face while if she were anyone else, I'd never talk to them again. My poor boobs.....post #326 of 3568/28/12 at 11:59pm
Andaluza- I agree with LivingSky- Co-sleeping and nursing side lying while half asleep has really improved moods and well-being around here. Get safe and comfortable and don't worry about falling asleep while nursing. When you are exhausted it is bound to happen.
Boots- yeah for successful baby wearing! It is a really good way to get some stuff done. I have a Moby that I love too, but my LO has thought it was too hot this summer too. Now she wants to face out to see things, so I have to figure out other ways to wrap her in it than the newborn cuddle one. I took my LO on a 4 mile hike in the Baby Bjorn today. I hear that the hard core baby wearing community does not like the Bjorn, but I used it for hiking with DD1 also.
Pitch- Yeah! So glad you have joined us here.
Lily- Very well expressed. We love them so much it is overwhelming, even when we can feel their tiny little selves driving us crazy. Ahhh-babies.
AFM- Met with my student baby sitters today. They will do well, but it makes me nervous to think about leaving her with anyone. I am officially back at work. My syllabi for the semester are done and posted online, one of my classes started last Wednesday and the rest start this Thursday. I am still trying to work out my older DD's after school care, as I get out an hour after her and the school day care is impacted. I am bringing LO in to get her 1st vaccine on Friday, the Dtap because we had a whooping cough outbreak in my county 2 years ago and dorms spread these kind of things almost as bad a daycares. I really hate the shots. I do one shot at a time, but I do believe in their importance, which puts me at odds with a lot of the MDC community. I am bracing myself for the return to ordinary life with the addition of a new baby.post #327 of 3568/29/12 at 11:45amboots - I'm trying to remember the trick that got side lying to work for me. I think what worked for me was to angle K's head away from me - so his body was up against mine and his shoulders/head were pointed a bit away - that way his nose was more up and away from the breast. I've also seen it suggested to have the baby lying higher up than you would normally think, so you have to point your breast/nipple up into his mouth. For a long time I also found it much easier if I put a pillow behind my back (I'd have DH put it there so he could really push it under me) and lean back onto it, so I was half on my side, half on my back. That pulled the breast a bit away from K so it didn't smother him as much, and made me feel more comfortable that if I fell asleep I wouldn't accidently lean forward onto him. I did need a light on in order to get him to latch properly for quite a while, but now that little munchkin can find the nipple in pitch black, from across the bed, even if I'm still wearing my pajama top - LOL.
Oh, and the only time of day I was ever able to consistently pump when K was little was right after his first morning feeding. I felt like I had a bit of extra milk at that time even once he had drunk his fill. His feedings were just too random the rest of the day, and even if he did go for a few hours without nursing, I always felt more empty by afternoon/evening, and got less pumping then.
LilyTiger - We used to have some days like that too. I think they're normal, just SO hard to survive while you're in the middle of it! With Kayden, he would do a day or two of serious cluster feeding right before a growth spurt. Feed a ton, then sleep a ton, then BAM none of his clothes fit. And I'm so with you on the love/frustration thing. K's newest thing is to kick and punch while nursing - not random waving his feet and arms, but really trying to hit me. Makes em want to strangle him. But it just takes a few minutes and one of his big smiles to get me back over it. There are days when I get really frustrated though and have to just put him in his crib or playpen and walk away and breathe! Then I can re-center myself and start over again
CA Country Girl - The vaccine thing is such a personal choice. I think as long as you educate yourself about each vaccine and the disease, then you're in a position to make the best choice - and that has to be the choice that makes YOU feel the most comfortable. I'm mostly anti-vaccine but I think every vaccine has to be weighed on its own individual merits and down sides. We're currently trying to get our hands on a Tetanus-only vaccine (which is apparently impossible in Canada!) because we live on an old farmstead that has TONS of rusty barbed wire, nails, etc, and tetanus is a known concern in our province. But so far we can only get it in a combo shot. Pertussis is another scary one. We decided against it but only because we live in an isolated area and could control his exposure. I think in your situation I'd probably make the same choice as you (though I might look for a pertussis-only shot and not the DTaP combo). I wish every country gave a 1 year paid maternity leave! It makes me so sad that most of my online friends have to go back to work so soonpost #328 of 3568/29/12 at 12:19pm
Boots, thanks for the link! And I'd like to join you for the side-lying seminar at Living Sky's place. Did your parents tell you why they were thinking of delaying their trip?
Lily, take care of those boobies. I highly recommend Ameda Comfort Hydrogel pads. The first few weeks are so demanding, especially when the feeding is relentless.
CountryGirl, good luck with the new semester! I'm glad you were able to find someone you trust to watch the baby. I'm going back to work next week and I'm so sad. We were lucky and inherited both a Moby and a Bjorn from a friend who is done having children, but I found the Bjorn put too much strain on my shoulders. I love my Boba 3G, though.
Erica, how are you feeling? Is your hospital bag packed?
Pitch, congrats on your little guy! Hope you have a wonderful second trimester!
Andaluza, what a sweet little guy! Love the jersey!
LivingSky, thank you so much for all the breastfeeding advice!
Sorry for the one-liners. Hope everyone is doing well!post #329 of 3568/29/12 at 2:12pm
Woah... I missed a ton of messages! I'm glad I can come here and talk to you guys about breastfeeding and all that everyone is going through... so reassuring!! I always wonder what the hell I'm going to do breastfeeding with one boob. I've read a lot and everyone seems to say that it's going to be the same for me and it is for a mom with twins... I hope I can do it. It's the only dang reason I saved the one. So um. My Dr is a big liar. She said I had lost my mucous plug... mmmmm... no. That happened last night and this am. Way noticeable! My due date is manana as is my mom's birthday, so we're going out to celebrate tonight for some dinner... we all keep thinking this baby is coming tomorrow or Friday because Friday is the blue moon... the second full moon of the month which doesn't happen too often. Trying not to get my hopes up, but we shall see!
pitch: Yay on the boy!! Glad to see you on here and doing well.
Caly: Bags areee packed and waiting by the front door. Taunting me.post #330 of 3568/29/12 at 7:31pm
Living Sky- thanks for the support despite differing experiences and preferences! There is lots of bitter debate on the vaccine forum. I agonize over every vaccine choice, but end up getting many of them for my kids. I guess the danger and fear of the illnesses wins out for me. We keep our tetanus up to date because of our lifestyle and DH's work (he is always cutting himself on something weird). We both got Dtap boosters last year for T and because we wanted to protect friends' infants from pertussis when it was around. I am lucky as far as a working mom goes. In addition to really liking what I do, I take baby with me T/Th and M/W I come home for almost 2 hours between classes to nurse her and hang out (M/W nanny is an awesome grandmother type who my friend has used for 5 years- both girls love her and I am forced to speak spanish, which is good for me). I will always be home by 4 pm and I get to work from home on fridays. My older DD did really well with this kind of schedule and actually loved coming to school with me. In some ways it is the best of both worlds- get to be primary caregiver most of the time and still do work I love. However, I totally agree that we need to have a year of paid maternity leave here!
Caly- Good luck going back to work. It is so hard to not be with them, but makes the snuggles when they are back in your arms so sweet. Our little girls are 2 months! Crazy.
Erica- Our bodies adapt. I see no reason while you will not be a breast feeding champion. We already know who much of a tough "chick" you are. Hopefully the blue moon will coach Ruby out.post #331 of 3568/29/12 at 8:12pm
Pitchounette, so wonderful to hear that you are doing well and congratulations on the boy!
Livingsky and CaCountry, I'll have to try the side lying when I'm really exhausted. We use the AR mini co-sleeper and so far it works well. This is just me, but I actually think I'd sleep less if he were in the bed because I would be too aware of it to relax completely. I imagine that once my dexterity returns with moving, twisting, and bending in bed it will be easier to hoist him quickly to my side, rather than sitting &bf in bed.
Boots, once he finally accepted the cosleeper, I've been using it attached to the bed at night and I also wheel it around the house during the day. Our cat is terrified of the baby, actually, so no worrying about her jumping in with M. In fact, she would not even walk around the house for the first day. Now she is just skittish. I think it's mainly the unpredictability of the noises he makes that sets her on edge. So sorry about your parents. You may have read about my frustration when it appeared that my dad was not eager to visit because he didn't want to separate from his puppy and I wouldn't let him bring her. Disappointing, but he seems to have gotten over it (or kept quiet). I can't wait to babywear. I feel as though his body control is just too unpredictable to try it out yet. We have an ergo with the infant insert and a baby k'tan. I need to read to see if there are guidelines about when I can use them.
Lilly, I hope you have a restful night tonight.
CaCountry, wishing you all the best for the semester and child care. I hope it all goes well.
Caly, I hope the return to work is also stress free for you.
Erica, the blue moon sounds like a cool possibility for you. Can't wait to hear that you've met your babe!
Afm, we had 2 great nights in a row with stretches of over 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and then last night was ok but he woke up more often. Today he's not quite as sleepy, which may be a good sign, but he cluster fed from 3:30-8. Even though he gets "drunk" on the milk and would go down for a nap in the cosleeper in that state, he only wants to sleep beside me. I'm chalking it up to the 7-10 day growth spurt I read about. He also hasn't pooped yet from all this feeding, which is unusual (he did poop 3x earlier today, though), I wonder if his digestive system is maturing a bit.
I'm also suffering from a uti (highly annoying) from the catheter from the birth, I think. My ob prescribed macrobid today and although it is listed as approved and LC2 on Kellymom, the informational insert says that it shouldn't be used while bf infants under 1 month. I'm going to call the pediatrician tomorrow. I really don't want antibiotics, but my urine has been cloudy since the birth and I only figured it out on Monday that there had to be more to it than an effect of the birth. It's not the typical uti that I used to get a lot in the past, which is why I'm convinced it is from the d*mn catheter. I'm going to load up on probiotics now that I know antib are in my future :(post #332 of 3568/29/12 at 8:43pmThread Starter
andaluza, have you ever used dmanoose for a UTI? I have found it works in the early stages, not sure about safety but it's basically a sugar that attaches to the bacteria , as I understand it?
Caly, when did you start wearing Cara in the Boba 3G? And do you find it hot at all? That's what we want to get but we were thinking of waiting, I've read a lot of people say they have trouble with newborns in them. It sucks so much that your maternity leave is over next week. I hope you guys can work out a routine that makes it bearable.
Erica, I love the idea of Ruby being born during the Blue Moon!
We're struggling with the heat in the sleepy wrap. It's only 72 in my house and still where his head is on my chest is sopping, even if he's just in a diaper. Can't afford to invest much in anything right now. Considering a cheaper gauze wrap from etsy but not sure. Might just have to make do. The hardcore babywearing people are so nutty, the amount they pay for these wraps. Of course, as a knitter, I would pay that much for nice yarn, so I kind of understand nice fabric. But it's just a big rectangle! :)post #333 of 3568/30/12 at 11:11amQuote:Originally Posted by bootsvalentine
We're struggling with the heat in the sleepy wrap. It's only 72 in my house and still where his head is on my chest is sopping, even if he's just in a diaper. Can't afford to invest much in anything right now. Considering a cheaper gauze wrap from etsy but not sure. Might just have to make do. The hardcore babywearing people are so nutty, the amount they pay for these wraps. Of course, as a knitter, I would pay that much for nice yarn, so I kind of understand nice fabric. But it's just a big rectangle! :)
Guilty as charged! I spent money we don't have on wraps. But I need and have to be done buying. I am justifying to myself by saying I'm buying at prices I can sell at again...so I'm just out shipping costs basically. But yeah, the heat is significant. When I switched from jersey cloth moby to sling linen the difference was huge. You can't get too much cooler than single-layer linen, but in the 100 degree days this summer it was still pretty hot. :(post #334 of 3568/30/12 at 1:40pm
Oh Andaluza, baby is a beautiful wonderful little pea pod of cuteness!!!!!!!
Erica, Wow think you are like due soon ???? any word? Oh my goodness I am so excited for baby Ruby!!!!!!!!!
I need to catch up on reading I have had guests from out of town, started school and am trying to get the damned nursery done-
I will get the reading done then start out Fall Bajingo thread-
UPDATE- GBS POSITIVE- FERK!!!!!!!! Baby measuring 2 1/2 weeks ahead still little big boy. Looks like we just have to hang on to see what the what is- not gaining centimeters or weight though. Will have to have the two rounds of penicillin before I start to push- of possible. I am a bit disappointed these interventive things are coming up, well- healthy baby is all that maters right? Aside from the list of things I need to do- I am ready for my baby to join us in this outer world.
More personals later- love to everyone!!!post #335 of 3568/30/12 at 2:46pm
2sweetsparrows: Aw, mang! Try not to stress at all about it though, it seem to be pretty dang common to be GBS +... not that it's any less dissapointing for you. You'll be okay though!
AFM: Well. I actually called my Dr. for the first time today. Now I have a lovely shade of pink coming out of me, so I figured that was my cervix just dilating... and the Dr. confirmed that for me. No sort of pattern of contractions as of yet... just a total backache for the past two days (um, PLEASE no back labor!) and Braxton Hicks mixed in with a few other contractions, I believe. There are some that are a little more "pressure" feeling to me, and then some that are just annoying and what I assume are the Braxton Hicks. It currently feels like little Miss is tap dancing on my rectum. Thanks, chicky. Feels great. All I know is today is the first day I wasn't comfortable to leave the house at all. Not physically, more like an anxiety thing. My Mom's bday is today, and everyone keeps messaging and calling her saying "Baby?" anddd "Happy Birthday!" and she's feeling the same way as me. A little anxious to really go anywhere or do anything. I wonder if our suspicions will be correct. I cleaned the house allllllllllllllll day just to keep myself occupied and to be moving, but my back was not happy about it. My Mom came over and hung out with me for a while and rubbed my feet and pressure points with almond oil while DH went out for a trail run. Just gonna relax now, and see what little miss decides to do!post #336 of 3568/30/12 at 3:12pm
Boots, I got my Boba a month ago, It's a terrific carrier, but yes, it's hot. Cara and I both get pretty sweaty when we go for walks, but she tolerates it well. She usually falls asleep within minutes of me putting her in.
Erica, hang in there! You are so, so, so close! I can't wait to see picture of little Ruby in her girly outfits.
Sparrows, sorry about the GBS results. It will be okay though! Do you have a name picked out for your big baby boy?post #337 of 3569/1/12 at 2:32pm
Hi ladies, hope everyone is having a nice long weekend.
Erica, I hope good things are happening for you! Can't wait to see pictures and hear about her arrival. Wishing you all the best.
Sparrows, I hope you are enjoying the start of your grad program. Sorry about the GBS, but I'm sure it will work out. It's so wonderful that you feel ready for the baby!
Today marks our first week home from the hospital and my parents come on Tuesday for 2 weeks, so it's the end of walking around shirtless in the house. Ha.
My ob changed my prescription for the uti to something L1 (cephalexin/keflex) instead of the one that indicates it shouldn't be used when nursing a baby under 1 month old, but I have to take the new one 4x/day. The pediatrician said that the first rx should be ok and I did take 2 pills the first day, but I'd rather be safer.
So, I had my first "Am I a bad mom?" moment last night. M was down for about 2.5 hours and then woke up to eat. He seemed totally well and normal. I changed his diaper and he was sitting up on me after bf. Now, I can't remember if he suddenly turned to one side or I shifted, but he threw up a pretty large amount (very quietly, just opened his mouth and out it came). Since this was his first vomit, besides very small amounts of spit up, I of course overreacted and promptly looked up vomiting in our Baby 411 book. It said not to feed for 4 hours. So, I decided not to and it was the most stressful 4 hours of my life. He was really not happy about it and it was nearly impossible to calm him (he sucked on all of my fingers, I had to make a low shhh sound interminably). He eventually calmed before I finally got to feed him and he was fine and went to bed. But I never want to do that again. I was scared that somehow the antibiotics were making him sick, which is why I didn't want to feed him in case he kept vomiting, but with a little perspective it seems as though it may have just been a good amount of spit up and not a real vomit, since it was so quiet and gentle (gah) and he was so anxious to keep eating. Is this a good way to differentiate? Since I am vomit phobic in general, it was actually kind of interesting because I caught most of it in my hand and did not have the usual reaction I have to vomit. I hated feeling so helpless to calm him completely without the breast. Anyway, he's been sleepy and calm today, not eating a huge amount but keeping everything down just fine.post #338 of 3569/1/12 at 7:35pm
Andaluza, we took Cara to the ER when she was 10 days old because she vomited three times in the same day and we were totally freaked out by it. It's really scary to see so much vomit come out of a tiny baby, even though she was calm and didn't seem terribly bothered by it. The ER doctor told us that she was overeating and we should limit the size of her meals to 1 oz. because that was all her tiny stomach could handle. I have no idea how he expected a first-time BREASTFEEDING mother to gauge how much she was getting, but I digress. We saw an IBCLC a few days later who told us that he was an idiot. Her advice, in a nutshell, was to feed the baby anytime she seemed hungry and that vomiting is not a reason to hold off.
Oh,and you are NOT a bad mom, but I totally understand that feeling!post #339 of 3569/1/12 at 9:44pm
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