Hello everyone!! I keep checking to see if anyone has posted--- so glad to see more peeps on here. I SOOO need this interaction and support.... Sometimes at night- while nursing of course- I brainstorm about new threads I could post. In the end though...this chat thread seems to work the best.
Poop-- Jack is 9 weeks and his poop is yellow/greenish and much more liquidy. It was very thick like pudding and over time is has gotten thinner. I eliminated gluten from my diet (DH is intolerant to gluten) and his poop changed and other things got much better. He was straining and grunting- literally all night long. I was not sleeping at all--- I think that is why I have had mastitis twice. The positive side effect for me is that my allergies are gone!! When we start closing windows and turning the heat on I start sneezing and my throat itches-- constantly. It's miserable. So, even though it sucks to be gluten-free sometime, it's amazing not to have allergies. I may never eat gluten again....
Dairy-- I tried cutting dairy initially b/c I had to with my oldest son- but it didn't seem to make a difference w the issues I talked about above. So far I have not cut it.
Leah-- I agree about relaxing about normal baby fussiness. DH keeps me grounded most of the time-- if it weren't for him I would be a nervous wreck and I would be eating nothing but dry gluten free cereal and water...
Gassy-- there are times in the day where my mouth could just hang wide open in awe of the gas that passes out of my tiny baby. But...I keep reminding myself that it is normal. He isn't upset when he is gassy- most of the time. There are times though- when he is fussy and gassy. I bought "Mommy's Bliss" gripe water and we just tried it today.
Fussiness--- Jack is very fussy in the evening and seems to be on the weekends. I know why---- my older boys (6 and 10) are home on the evenings and weekends the house is much louder and I can't just do what the baby needs-- it has to be a balance between all 3 boys. The evening fussiness is a mystery. Usually he is really hard to put to sleep for the night. The rest of the day it is not a problem at all. Most of the time, he has to fuss to sleep while I hold him b/c he does not want to nurse, has always refused a pacifier, and refuses my finger to suck on. It's so odd-- none of my other babies were like this. But, sometimes we realize he doesn't even want to go to sleep. This evening, for example, he fell asleep in the ergo while I cleaning the kitchen after dinner. I made the mistake of letting him sleep for too long and then laying him down. So he woke up-- and then started fussing. I tried nursing him and he sucks and sucks and throws a fit and spits the milk out b/c he wants to comfort nurse. Then he won't take my finger or a pacifier. So I rock him or walk him while he fusses and then sometimes will go to sleep. This evening we were rocking and I was so frustrated bc DH and I have no time together in the evening if he is fussy. I kept talking about why he was so fussy and maybe something was wrong-- and he said-- there is nothing wrong. If I take him into the bedroom and put him on the changing table he will be totally happy. Well--- he was right. He was laughing and smiling. Then DH put him on the bed and sang to him and he was cooing and smiling and having the time of his life. So-- evenings are a constant trial and error of whether or not he is tired or just wants to "play". I talked to the pediatrician about it-- since I have never had this issue wiht my other boys-- and she said it was totally normal and most likely a result of being over tired. I started paying attention to his sleep and fussiness and realized that she is completely right. But, then I realize that I cannot live my life making sure he is 100% rested and happy all of the time. If I did, my family would not eat, would never have clean clothes, and I could never leave the house... LOL The positive effect-- so far-- to him being fussy and not sleeping a lot in the evening-- is that he seems to be sleeping a lot longer at night when that happens. He has been getting up every 2 hours all night long, but last night he slept 4 1/2 hours and then was up every 2!! I felt amazing today.
Pediatrician-- So far I like our ped office. The LC is amazing- she is also a ped nurse practitioner. My pediatrician actually asked me if I wanted to do shots at his 2 month appt! I thought that was nice that she asked! He was born with a heart murmur, so she ASKED if I wanted to send him to a ped cardiologist. I love that she asks about everything-- instead of tells me. DH had a murmur until he was 19-- no problems ever- so I'm not too concerned. (Just concerned about the bill....). Jack has almost doubled his weight. He was 7-12 at birth and is now 14-10!!!! He is HUGE! He already fits into 3-6 and some 6-9 month clothing. He will be out of the size one Thirsties soon...!!!
BIG NEWS--- I am pregnant!! JUST kidding!! LOL Seriously though-- the big news is that we have decided that I will not be going back to my job in mid-January. I might go back for 2 weeks to so that I leave on good terms, but after that I will be staying at home. I will eventually find something that I can do one weekend a month or something like that-- for extra money-- but no hurry right now. There are tons of options for speech pathologists-- so hopefully I can find something nearby. I am SO scared (of the financial impact) BUT so excited too..... I have wanted to stay at home with my children for 10 years now.... and I finally have the chance!!!!!!!!!!! DH got a raise-- that is why we are doing it. He also got a promotion which means a lot more stress and a lot more hours at work.... But, we're both happy with the decision.
Nursing-- 3-30 minutes... Sometimes at night he wakes up and nurses for like 3 minutes and then goes back to sleep for 3 hours. Then sometimes during the day he nurses for 15, other times he falls asleep and nurses for 30. I let him continue nursing, thinking that he is getting hind milk. On average- I would say 15 min.... But during the day he nurses a lot-- every 1-2 hours.
Bottles-- we give him a bottle with probiotics and about 1/2 ounce of breast milk every day. It's a major pain, but it is nice that he will take a bottle b/c today I went out for several hours to do Christmas shopping.
OK-- must go to bed.
Love hearing from everyone!!!