Max, how can you not just stare at that gorgeous face ALL DAY LONG?
Where are you and can I come over there and coo at him while you do Important Things?
I need to sing to that baby.
I am so thrilled that he's YOURS!!!
Thanks everyone for playing along with my question about gestating!
Max--Aiden is gorgeous! How wonderful.
Escher-hope the sleep clears up soon!
Knitting--I second Escher on the hopes for sleep!
AFM--the baby wakes up 1-2 times a night (seriously, didn't know such wonders existed!) and is rounding up to 13 pounds or so. He is healthy and happy and our only concern is the possibility of ptosis of one of his eyes (one of his eyes doesn't open all the way--best case scenario is that it is only a cosmetic issue. Worst case scenario is surgery down the road. Middle ground, we get to have a baby pirate whose good eye is patched for a year or two). Big boy is being very much 3--and I am not loving 3. It seems to be an age of extremes--volatile, extreme tantrums one minute, laughter and joking the next. He has taken to screaming "ow, ow, ow, ow" during tantrums (when no one is near him, while he thrashes in "the big comfy chair" where he has his calm down time)...thankfully, our neighbors have all seen some of the bigger melt downs at this point and know we aren't beating him. And, Escher...regarding your question. It would make more sense for me to carry our next kiddo (my profession is less lucrative, I'm the SAHM, DW has PCOS, I got pregnant "easily") but I'm SO sensitive to hormonal shifts that the idea of going through all the hormonal variations of pregnancy and nursing is an awful thought. But, I kind of would like a birth "do-over"...and since I'm more aware of what the mental health facets of my hormonal sensitivity are, I may be able to take some more proactive steps. And, to add to the pro-me side, DW had some third stage issues during birth and we don't know how likely those issues are to reoccur. But, either way would ultimately be fine--I could see us alternating who tries and see who gets pregnant first. Who knows!
esenbee2- Thank you for the bottle recommendations! I got the Lansinoh Momma and the Tommee Tippee bottles, but they are both way faster in flow than I would have liked. I completely cut out bottles for a while, so we can get the bf thing down, which seems to be helping.
maxK- Thank you for the SNS offer! Your little one is adorable!! We are starting to get a better latch now (2 weeks later).
pokey- Bath time pic is so sweet! Love the bucket! We have the flower that goes in the sink, which is pretty sweet, too. Side-lying is working better now but only on the left side??
QOTW: My DP and I both wanted to carry originally, but I was more gung-ho than she was. We actually both attempted to inseminate last year, but I was the successful one. Now that I have had DS, she sees how difficult it was for me, and she is thinking twice about carrying next...
seraf- Your boys are really sweet!!
AFU: BFing is going a little better. Everyday is different. I started using the nipple shells again to protect them in between feedings. I've also seen the LC again, and it really helped. My town does not show up on the LLL website, so I am going to call the LC back tomorrow to find out the location and times for meetings. The biggest problem now is how sore they get after feedings. I was worried about vasospasm or thrush, but the symptoms do not match up. I'm hoping everyday will continue to get better...time time time!!! On a good note, DS is growing so fast, which means he is getting enough to eat.
such cute pics erin!
answer to a QOTD a little bit back about sillyness... this morning DD randomly started talking about Halloween. She said she was going to be "a cracker." When I asked her about it, she said "A cheese cracker cuz I love them so much! And it's going to be made out of cheese crackers so when I get home, I can eat it! Cheese crackers are my favorite!" I just found that to be so cute, lol!
Lately, I've been really surprised by DD and how well she been handling disappointment these past 3 days. Saturday and Sunday, she did so well in the stores when she asked for something she saw and I said no. She just said, "Okay, Mommy, I'll put it back." And this morning she wanted the breakfast rice that my mother-in-law and I fix all the time. When I told her that I didn't have the rice ready and we could have it tomorrow morning, she just said okay. Normally I would have gotten told that I needed to make it NOW and a huge fit and crying and tears and a broken little heart.... I sure hope this new outlook she has on life will last!
Wow, hard to believe I'm writing here with an eight day old DS update! He's doing great, is super chill (so far), surpassed his birth weight at 6 days and is super sweet :) We had to do a couple of post partum visits back to the hospital to have his bilirubin tested but it started going down the last test so we avoided the light therapy....which we had to do with DD and it sucked. He is starting to have some alert time during the day which is super fun. DD would not tolerate being laid down for longer than a few minutes for the first 3 weeks or so of her life but this little guy will sleep between us in bed for a couple of hours or an hour here and there. It's making the transition a bit easier for sure. DD is adjusting fairly well but is going to bed way too late and a bit cranky in the late afternoons as a result. DP's brother and sister in law are in from out of town this weekend though and they brought her her first 2 wheel pedal bike so she's in heaven with the new bike and the extra people to chat with.
I'm doing fairly well, my tear is healing well and I just started taking my placenta capsules today. One thing I'm struggling with a bit is DS's latch on the right breast. I'm guessing I have a strong let down and he slightly pulls back and then clamps down again and holy crap it hurts :( So far I've been just unlatching him every time he does it and relatching him again but my nipple on that side is getting crazy sore. He doesn't do it (as much) on the left side. My doula is coming for a post partum visit on Tuesday so I'll ask for her advice as well but I thought I'd check here to see if anyone had any suggestions.
Back from our very long and enjoyable trip to AZ.. it was 11 days without DP and I am tired... LOL... the boys were awful on drive down . we left at their bed time.. and spent about 5 hours crying off and on.. it was hard... now on way home ( day time) was MUCH better.. they slept and rarely cried... go figure.. I had fun intoducing them to family and friends.. and we got to meet Desert Sunsets and her DP and their gorgeous daughter Everleigh
The babies are 5.5 months.. time is going by way to fast.. they are so happy and love to play and roll and chew everything in sight.. and drool.. the puddles of drool LOL :)
Carmen congrats again hes adorable!
Max.. OMG AIDEN Is sooooooo cute! I will be calling you guys next week so we can have a baby play date! I cant wait!
Erin.. cute pics.. is you want a really slow nipple go with dr browns preemie.. it has a very slow flow!!!
Knitting.. sleep.. oh i wish All of the boys were sleeping.. so far Aug sleeps 7 hours.. Gage sleeps 6 but ONLY if in bed with us.. and Finn is never consistent.. some nights he can do 6 hours.. some its every 3-4.. we are starting to sleep train but with no CIO...
Hi to everyone else!!!