The only hormonal bc that's ok while nursing is progestin only. It's the estrogen that screws up BF'ing and can pass into mama milk. You may want to ask about the anti depressants too; I've a friend that is on them specifcally for the hormonal fluctuation issues she has and she says they've really helped (they've also helped her lose weight, as she's not stress and emotional eating anymore - but IDK if that's a trigger for you). she's also on hormonal bc, but she was having the moodiness and anger issues even with that. Obviously, that is not scientific evidence, but it's the best anecdotal stuff I have.
BTW - I am pretty sure any hormonal bc can be written so that you only get periods 4x a year, it's not just seasonale (it's just the only one marketed that way). You just keep taking the active pills and only do placebos one week out of twelve.
I'm not really for caged pets. Unless they can be safely out of a cage too some way, it's just a lot of temptation, and smell . . . I like my pets loose and free. Except for fish. We want to get the kids a fish tank at some point.
As for the lying . . . I would tend to err on the side of believing her, and treating what she says is truth. And acting on whatever she says. It's hard to say at this age if it is something malicious or if she's making up stories just to play pretend and what not, which is harmless usually and nothing bad is meant by it. I think by treating what she's telling you as truth all the time, you are showing you are respecting her, but eventually she will tell you something that has a negative consequence and she'll realize she'd be better off sticking with the truth.
JJ: Tenley's bangs with grow! I feel like I should trim Norah's scraggly bits, but I don't have the heart to.
AFU: nursing, babys weight, how everyone is feeling, how norah is handling big sisterhood! eeeek! love to all!!
Nursing is going well. Theo is the best of both his siblings. He eats like Norah and sleeps like Gabe. He was a quick study, loves to eat, but sleeps for 3-4 hour stretches between, with some wake up alert time during his hour long cluster feeding sessions.
I'll weigh him again today after his first spongebath. Our routine with new ones is once a week baths. I'll get pics.
We are all well. Easiest recovery by far, except for stupid hemroids. I'm getting plenty of sleep, a little sore still down there, but my bleeding has eased up alot already. I don't think I'll have 4 weeks of lochia like I did with the first 2. I'm offically down to pre-pregnancy weight! which is fantastic, and means I'll probably end up a good 5-10 lbs below this when my weight settles. Then I'll focus on actually losing weight once Theo is at least 3 months old. I am grateful for any initial weightloss but I don't try for it.
Norah doesn't interact much with Theo. Gabe does. He is loving having a litle brother. Likes to hold him and try to help me nurse. looks at him when he's awake. Today he picked him up out of the rock n play sleeper when he woke up crying and carried him to me. Scared me a little, but Gabe was so proud of himself for helping, that I couldn't be mad. We are in cloth diapers today bc my disposable stash is running out quickly. I don't mind at all, it's just an adjustment, as I've never really done a newborn in cloth before. Norah I had a ton of disposable diapers, and only did cloth for cuteness :)
Oh - and I'm getting at least 2 out of 3 to nap at one time, and that is awesome. Long may that last.