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Thread Starter 

How many weeks old is your baby?

 

15 weeks

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

 

Wt 16 lbs 7oz

Ht 26”

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

 

• Talking really loud!

• Sleeping more at night

• Scared of elevators (odd!)

• Blowing raspberries

• Grabbing feet

• Lots of interest in standing and sitting (though our Dr said to always support him with our hands rather than a chair or jumper in either of these positions till 6 months)

 

 

How is breast feeding going?

 

Generally we’ve been great in terms of supply and good latch etc. He’ll take bottles quite happily unless he’s just trying to comfort feed. He’s pretty big on pacifiers so I’m trying to limit how long he stays attached to them.

 

I keep getting clogged ducts probably due to the longer stretches at night. It’s a real pain… literally. Am able to clear them after about 12 hours of painful nursing and pumping.

 

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

 

Better on the post-birth freaky flashbacks. I think all the love I'm pouring into this guy is erasing that past fear little by little.

 

Hubby and I are also passing ships. He's wonderful with his fathering role but we have had at least one grandparent staying with us since the baby was born so no real alone time as a family of three or much couple time. The grandparents were worried about this too so we've had some mini-dates over the past few months like going for a walk or an ice cream with them baby-sitting. I really enjoy myself for about an hour and then I start to worry... and by 2-2.5 hours I'm desperate to get back. My husband is like "what are you worried about, he's got two bottles!" 

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

 

Well this is like winter for us! We're so close to the water here we've got this wind keeping temps quite low and very chilly overnight. Very different from Singapore. My advice is to get a portable fan. The ones for babies that have foam fan blades and clip onto strollers and cribs. Take a wet facecloth in a baggy with you on walks to wipe sweaty areas that tend to get heat rash. We found baby-wearing was almost impossible in the heat and used the stroller a lot. 


Edited by typebug - 7/2/13 at 8:07pm
post #2 of 44

How many weeks old is your baby?

 

19. Where does the time go?

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

 

At her last appointment (3 weeks ago) she was 16lbs, 4oz, 25.5 inches. I'd imagine she's about 18lbs by now and she seems to have grown quite a bit taller in the past three weeks.

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

 

She has now pretty much mastered sitting up by herself and has figured out how to balance to prevent herself from falling, with only a couple tumbles here and there. She's now able to stand up all by herself while holding on to things (as evidenced by the picture in the other thread), can say "dadadada", "mamama", and "nanana", and quite literally lunges for things to touch. She adores touches everything she possibly can - thankfully, we have very tolerant cats who will take love in any form (even if sometimes it includes a little fur/tail pulling).

 

Seriously, this isn't supposed to be happening this fast, right? I was looking up sitting as a milestone and most sites said 6-9 months. While I'm impressed, I'm also concerned that this is all happening WAY too quickly and I have already lost my opportunity to enjoy the tiny, entirely dependent baby stage. I'll be really sad when she starts eating solids, since that'll be yet another step away from needing me :(

 

How is breast feeding going?

 

Breastfeeding is fantastic and I am genuinely baffled that there are people who would voluntarily choose to use formula instead. Since she won't take any fake nipples (pacifiers, bottles), we decided to try sippy cups and just skip the bottle altogether. We have one with a silicone top that's sort of a "first stage" dealy that she has hesitantly accepted with pumped milk as an alternative to the boob in the (rare) even that I'm not around.

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally and physically?

 

Now that we've settled into a routine and the dust has settled, things are getting a lot less insane around here. In fact, DH and I have started rediscovering that each other are still in existence, which is going well for our relationship. We were essentially passing ships in the fog for the past four months, which meant that anything we needed from each other was more of a burden than an exchange. Not even just with sex, but with life things like making food or talking to each other about anything other than the baby or life necessity stuff.

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

 

Not super well, but we're managing. It mostly means a sticky baby and wet bellies when we take off the Ergo. We have used the stroller a couple times with success but I don't like to use it in the rain and it rains here quite often (which does much less to reduce the heat than you might expect), so it's usually Ergo. The Moby is really hot and I find it increasingly difficult to use as she gets heavier and wigglier since it stretches out and it's super awkward to take off and put back on in public. I also tolerate the ring sling because it's really cool in hot weather but I really don't like it all that much. I have no trouble ninja wrapping myself in the Moby but I can't seem to get the sling to work properly without either being uncomfortable with a ring jabbing into my neck or so frustrated that I just give up and carry her.

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Teles, I've come to the conclusion that *everything* concerning our babies will happen too quickly - even when they aren't babies anymore. I'm as utterly freaked as you are.

Also, I totally hear you on the ships-passing relationship. We're slowly coming out of it - DH was ready a while ago; I'm still there. It's still pretty much a burden for me to hear about his workday, to try to get in the mood, etc...

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How many weeks old is your baby?

18.5? I think I counted right.

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

Huge. We haven't weighed in a while, but she was nearly 15 lbs six weeks ago, and my arms quake if I hold her for too long without support, so - yeah, huge. She's also so long that it's difficult to nurse standing up anymore. greensad.gif

What new things is your baby doing now?

Sitting straight up and playing with both hands, maneuvering across the floor at lightspeed, occupying herself for longer periods some days and then, other days, YELLING at me if I step out of sight for an instant. She's been waking up first in the mornings and silently surveying the room before babbling and grinning at me. She gets really insulted if DH tries to sleep in on the weekends - she climbs all over him and bats at him until he acknowledges her. Grabbing, lunging, yes. She's a precision snatcher. It actually got to the point where the Moby was unsafe for us, since she'd whip her arms out and grab anything we passed.

How is breast feeding going?

It's probably the hardest it's been for us, but that's not saying much - we've been extremely lucky to have had a really easy BF relationship. She's just so darn distractable now! It's like, I know she's hungry, but she can't focus on the boob unless we're in a specific position in a specific spot with our specific songs. Once she's latched and milk is flowing, I can usually get more comfortable.

I'm still overwhelmed by the thought of pumping. There are a few mamas I'd like to donate to, but I can't seem to be able to commit to a pumping schedule. Bums me out!

I have a decent collection of frozen milk for emergencies, at least...

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

Let's do physically first... I'm pretty much back to my PP body. Actually, I'm still -5 lbs from PP weight, though I look about the same. My tummy definitely has more elasticity now, but I'm not going to complain - I also haven't exercised at all yet, besides living my normal active life. I'm DESPERATE for a yoga class, just not sure if I'm ready to leave her yet. I'm also desperate for a massage and some chiro work - like I said, heavy baby!

Emotionally, I'm better these days than in the last few weeks. Getting into a rhythm of working with Olive was really challenging, and I was totally burnt out. I had just mastered baby + house (+ self-care), but tossed work into that mix and the house began to fall apart. Sometimes DH is/was understanding and helpful and supportive, but sometimes SO not - and that is/was haaard.

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

We have central air for the first time in my life, so we're dealing just fine! Our new woven wrap is so much cooler (highly recommended, Teles, especially with your ninja skills) so when we are outside (babysitting the boys, etc) it's way manageable.

We leave for our road trip tomorrow, though, in this:

... which has no AC and barely a tiny fan, so I'm expecting to sweat a bit during the twelve days we'll call it home. Anyone bother with clothing your babies these days? Olive often goes around buck naked with a prefold tucked under her. If not naked, she's in a diaper. Rarely a onesie. We sleep naked. (And this is WITH AC!)

Edited by sgsnyder - 7/2/13 at 8:27am
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How many weeks old is your baby?

19.. thank you teles. i already can't keep track of weeks. if anyone asks, she's 4 months old.

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

a few weeks ago she was 13 pounds and a little over 26 inches long. she's long and lean with the perfect amount of chunk.

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

swim-crawling, holding her torso up when she's on her belly with her arms, eating her toes. i think she is ticklish on her feet so she giggles when she gets them in her mouth. 

 

How is breast feeding going?

my right nipple is feeling better. bf is going well, always has been, except for the pain in that nip.

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

i'm okay. 'm getting out of the house to go shopping and stuff with naomi while hubby works. we go out every day, and even made the 25 minute car ride to visit friends in another town last week that i haven't seen since she was born. as long as she has her sophie in her carseat she tends to be fine. no crying. i just get her in there after a nap and after being fed. 

my husband works too much. i feel like i'm raising her alone.

my mother is here visiting since my grandpa died last week. now naomi has no grandparents on my side. it's really sad. just my mother left. 

physically i'm still frustrated, but i think between the heat and my boobs i just am going to be that way. i'm fine with my extra poundage right now. it's the sweaty hell that makes me feel awful. and the hair loss. holy hell. how do i have hair on my head still?

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

barely. no ac or anything in our condo, and every room gets a ton of light every day. i try not to look at the thermometer in our room, but two days ago it was 89.

we also don't have ac in our car, so that's a crap ton of fun in our 95+ degree weather lately. 

dresses and no bra, just pads against the fabric of my dress for nip drips and decency. two words. boob sweat. 

naomi wears light tank onesies. my hands sweat too much to hold her without fabric on her body. 

post #5 of 44
Holy hair loss is right! I'm so tired of it. I've always had super fine hair, so this seems extra insulting somehow.

Kellybeth, so sorry about the loss of your grandpa. That's sad for you and Naomi! Not like it helps, but my grandparents are all gone and all DH has are his difficult, stuffy paternal grandparents. When they go he'll get his dad's inheritance (his dad passed when he was young) so... not like we're waiting, or anything. They've actually grown on me; I should be nice. Sorry to derail...

Oh hot, hot, hot! I so didn't mean to gloat about our AC. Wish I could share it with you!!

I put O to bed at nine, as per usual, but instead of crashing with her I turned on the (twice-used, now) monitor and crept back downstairs to join DH in packing for vacation. She was alone in bed for nearly three hours (less my neurotic checks) and was no worse for wear. I was beside myself, but it was kinda necessary that I get stuff done, so I dealt with it. Sometimes I think I need the babying more than she does!
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Off we go!
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Off we go!

 

Aww, good luck you guys! 

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How many weeks old is your baby?

 

17.5 weeks (4 months yesterday)

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

 

Just got our official measurements-- 25" long, 13 lbs, 14 oz (she was only 6 lbs 6 oz at birth), 16" head.

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

 

-Happily growling at us and expecting us to respond, etc., etc. ad infinitum.  It's a screeching match over here.

-Just (literally today) rolled over completely under her own power, both ways.  She could get 75% of the way there since 11 or 12 weeks, but seemed to lose interest and started working on crawling for a while, which she's still doing (working on it-- she's not crawling yet).  She can get her knees directly under her hips and can prop herself up onto her hands (or forearms indefinitely), but hasn't quite combined them effectively yet, (of course).

-Gotten seriously interested in the cat, who is luckily very tolerant.

-Loves to turn the pages of books we're reading, and is actually kinda successful.

-Loves standing (holding her under her arms) and "tapdancing" on the bathroom sink with the baby in the mirror.

-EC is going well-- we made it 21 hours straight recently with all poo and pee in the potty, and only maybe 1 mis-guess (taking her to the potty when she didn't have to go).  Most days, she pees and/or poos a total of 12-16 times, and we use an average of 4-6 diapers, the rest going in the potty.  I feel like that's pretty good for now, since it's not like she will pee and poo on command, per se-- she usually loudly protests a mis-guess.  Except for minor sharts, she poos about 4-6 times per day and most days, either all of those go in the potty, or we have one miss.

 

How is breast feeding going?

 

Quite well, considering, but she won't take a bottle and that may be problematic.  (She did take one at 7 weeks, but we didn't end up needing to give her one again until recently, and now she won't really do it.)  DH is working on it, but he's tried at least 4-5 different occasions in the past 3 weeks, using all the basic tricks, and no takers.  He may need to go to a sippy cup or something-- IDK.  But we WILL need to make this work, because I have to be away from the house for business, about 6-12 hours at a time, for maybe 6-8 days in August/September (luckily not consecutive). 

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

 

Really quite shockingly well.  I am decidedly not a baby person and have famously little patience, and yet-- I'm doing pretty well.  I mean, I am prone to existential crises since I still haven't published The Great American Novel and all, but basically doing well.  Physically, some lingering pubic symphysis pain, which I should really be treating with yoga, but it's much diminished anyway.

 

Funny you should mention babysitters of any kind-- it occurs to me that Miss L has never been out of our sight (one or both of us) or in the same house, at least.  I mean, ever.  It's kind of fine with us for now, anyway.  Though DH has an upcoming HS reunion in October or November that I'd like to go to...  And I have no idea who would take her.  My brother lives in our basement, but is 25, and, meh (I mean, he was an EMT and he loves her, but otherwise clueless).  Now, he has sorta volunteered to watch her with his girlfriend, and we do love her, and she has a niece only a couple months older (whom she lives with), so... maybe a possibility.  Maybe.  Because I am thinking that when she's 8 or 9 months and scared of strangers, no one else will be able to cut it.  My paternal grandmother, whom she sees almost weekly, would almost be a great choice, except she's pushing 90 and I can see them both ending up on the floor, unable to move.  DH has a brother nearby (stationed here by himself bc of the Army), and he raised 2 girls, but he's not seen Miss L often enough for her to recognize him yet (like he sees her every 6 weeks at this point).  It's not a big deal FTMP, but...  It would be nice to have an option.

 

Otherwise, we weren't getting much "alone" time of any sort, even though DH only works 18 hrs/wk outside the home, and I'm a WAHM, because Miss L takes only short (20-40 min) naps FTMP, and was going to bed so late, so there was no "when the baby goes to bed."  But her bedtime has naturally (baby-directed) gotten earlier and earlier, so that it's now more like 9:30-10:30, and we do squeeze in some fun then.  DH and I are actually really happy and in-tune FTMP...  But I have to attribute that to 15 years of marriage and a LOT of therapy and whatnot, LOL.

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

 

Where I live, it's notoriously disgusting in summer.  I joke that the daily forecast is the same for three months+: "Hazy, hot and humid, highs in the mid-90s, 60% chance of afternoon thundershowers."  But we are fortunate enough to have a very well-maintained and long wooded trail right outside our door, which partly makes up for the fact that we are no longer downtown in the city (boo!)  I find that as long as it's below 90 and the humidity isn't too extreme, it's actually very bearable (and I HATE the heat).  Maybe a tiny bit sweaty, but the gauzy wrap or mei tai (back carry) are not too bad.

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holy hell. how do i have hair on my head still?

EXACTLY what I said.  I can't believe I don't look like Marge Simpson when she was losing her hair and pictured herself like Homer.  Wait...  BRB...

 

 

Sorry to hear about your Grandpa, KB.  hug2.gif

 

Oh, and Typebug...

 

 

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our Dr said to always support him with our hands rather than a chair or jumper in either of these positions till 6 months

 

Can you tell me more about this?  I have been doing this somewhat intuitively-- not buying her a Bumbo, jumper, exersaucer, etc. (in fact, she's never even used a bouncer or a swing, really)...  But I was wondering if there was anything that really backed me up on that.

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Yes Typebug - i'm also interested in this 6 months thing - all of my babies have been able to sit unsupported before 6 months .. standing in a exersaucer (which my baby loves lol)  i understand more as too much is suppose to be bad for hip development, though i though that was due to it being a 'croch dangler' when used too early .. 

 

 

How many weeks old is your baby?

I don't know.. dizzy.gif  he is going to be 5 months in 8 days..

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

was 16lbs and 25.5" at 4 mo .. 50% weight .. though everyone says he looks super fat.. and he has fatter legs than any of my other babies have ever had..

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

he is more and more interested in playing with toys every day - and trying to scoot on his tummy - still won't roll over, just screams for me to roll him.. -sigh-

 

How is breast feeding going?

good.  i've been breastfeeding someone for 7 yrs 4 months now.. sooo.. its just not that exciting anymore ;) we're in a very distracted phase.. esp. if we are out all day.. he just doesn't want to eat and i get really full ..  if we are outside or somewhere new, or around new people he will nurse JUST enough to trigger a letdown and then pop off and refuse to nurse anymore.. 3-4 times of doing that and i'm in pain and leaking everywhere..   so we try not to stay out all day more than one day at a time - once we are home, i can pump & nurse and 'catch up' and feel comfortable again.. I'm pumping to donate to a milk bank, just got my bloodwork done last week so i'm all set to go.. dropping off 400+ oz next wk.

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

 

baby #4 has proved to be the one to shake things up around here, not since #1 has there been such a dramatic transition - its got DH all freaked out and feeling outnumbered and overwhelmed .. I, being around more parents and families, realize that this had to happen sooner or later, the transition to #2 and #3 was so so easy for us.. Personally, i'm leaning toward wanting to add another baby someday - DH is just too overwhelmed to think about it right now and i understand that..  I had such a good pregnancy and birth that it makes it easier for me to overlook the difficulty of the transition - and i think for the next couple years it will likely be pretty crazy around here.. the kids are currently 7, 5, 2.75, and 4 mo - that is a lot of socks and shoes and jackets and hats and buckling in the car.. a lot of making sure we don't forget to feed someone or remind everyone to pee (and make sure they actually do it) and brushing hair and teeth and cutting nails..  Honestly, I have only bathed the baby maybe a dozen times.. if that .. I know for a fact that he had 2 baths in June. ..  I feel like i'm on top of things (more or less) and getting better every day.. so i think that is what matters..

 

I did have a major freak out about birth control last week..  we've decided our options are very limited, but they are what they are ..  (can't use hormones, condoms don't work for us, various issues with IUDs, don't have a good track record with withdrawl or NFP - not ready or willing to do anything permanent) .. ugh.

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

this week has been AMAZING - we've had the windows open and the AC off amazing. we had 2 days so far this summer where it has been too hot to go outside with the heat index over 100 .. i know we'll have more days like that but so far, so good.  when we do go out in the heat the big kids play in the water (sprinkler, mini pool, squirt guns etc) and I sit on the deck under an umbrella with a fan and baby in a diaper.. so far it has worked out well for us..

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How many weeks old is your baby?

 

4 days shy of 5 months, I can't keep track of the weeks anymore but checking the calendar she's 20.5

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

 

At her 4 month check up she was 13.5lbs, she's roughly 14 now.  Big enough to make me reserve wearing her for naps only until I figure out the back carries, or get another carrier. 

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

 

Well, still screaming, shouting and loving call and response games with momma, showing she loves music at all times by instantly calming when I sing or play something for her.  New?

 

Rolling over finally :) both back to belly and belly to back 

Scooting and kinda 'crawling' backwards

Splashing like crazy at every bathtime

Grabbing at anything I have in my hands and looking intrigued at my food and drinks

Losing hair like crazy

Giggling much more when I play with her - she's started anticipating the 'punchline' 

Showing her sunny personality by smiling at almost everyone who engages with her

Doing better with not being held constantly SOMETIMES

 

How is breast feeding going?

 

Really well, almost perhaps too well I think sometimes, as she will have nothing to do with bottles so far each attempt (first being at 7 weeks old) has been met with fits of very angry crying and ended in all parties feeling horrible and thoroughly exhausted...

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

 

Not liking postpartujm shedding... Well, the exhaustion is the worst part when it hits - extra fussy days when she's uncomfortable (gums or her suspected eczema), other than that post baby is not the problem - relationship still is. I try to snap myself out of thinking about it too much as crying and crying while I hold my daughter was heartbreaking.  I just need to really extricate myself from him emotionally, and focus on myself and LO unless ofcourse he is ready to grow up and really change.  We are agreed on being the best parents we can be to our daughter but basically he works every hour God sends it feels like, so kellybeth, I too feel like I'm raising my daughter alone :-( 

 

 

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

 

Not so well, I need to develop some strategies other than taking an umbrella to shield her from the sun on our almost daily short walk.


Edited by Cat77 - 7/3/13 at 9:57pm
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How many weeks old is your baby?

 

20.5 (will be 5 months on the 9th)

 

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

 

weighed and measured this morning at home, so not a dr measurement

 

around 17 lbs 

27.75 inches

 

wearing just 6-12 month clothes now.  We do cloth diapers so may be into 12-18 months soon since the cloth take up  more space.

 

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

 

babbles and talks lots, but no distinguishable sounds.

Rolling like crazy

bubbles

pushing onto hands and knees and launching forward and also scooting backwards on knees

really playing with toys and grabbing everything off the table when I am holding him at meal time

 

How is breast feeding going?

 

no problems.  I feel very lucky that I have not had much issues with all 3 kids.  Get clogged ducts a few times with each kid, have had them 4 times already, hoping that is all.  DS is nursing most of the time every 2-3 hours and lots at night (between 5-10 times in a 8 hour period).  We can easily nurse side lying and I sleep through most nursing now.

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

 

I am doing pretty good.  Physically I feel back to normal, except for a pooch around my middle.  I wish I felt a little better about my body, but considering I had a baby less than 5 months ago, I am ok.

 

DH is really saying he is going in for the V, and i really want another, so having to try and deal with that.  Trying to enjoy DS as much as I can even with the sadness of not having another.

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

 

Lordy, it has been so so hot here.  I think there have been some record breaking days in the past week.  We have an swamp cooler that we can use most of the day but then AC for the rest.  It was 115 here yesterday but dry.  We have a little above ground pool that we go in every night.

 

Glad to hear from everyone.  Seems like everyone is doing pretty good.  snyder- good luck on the traveling.  

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So funny to see the differences in size-- granted, I think I have the second-to-youngest here. But my girl is in both 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing, with the 3-6 being kinda big, really (0-3 is a better fit, but getting little short). I wonder if it's her size, build, the brands we buy? Because she's around 50th percentile for weight and 75th for height, so she's not a tiny 4-month-old, I'd think... Not really a fat little baby, but not at all skinny, IMO. Really don't think she'll be into 6-12 m or even 6-9 m until late fall or even winter...
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EXACTLY what I said.  I can't believe I don't look like Marge Simpson when she was losing her hair and pictured herself like Homer.  Wait...  BRB...

 

 

Sorry to hear about your Grandpa, KB.  hug2.gif

 

Oh, and Typebug...

 

 

 

Can you tell me more about this?  I have been doing this somewhat intuitively-- not buying her a Bumbo, jumper, exersaucer, etc. (in fact, she's never even used a bouncer or a swing, really)...  But I was wondering if there was anything that really backed me up on that.

 

LOLs for that great picture :)

 

So I have a new Pediatrician who's also a homeopath and is big on preventative health care. He seems to be really up to date on everything we chatted about. He said the hips are still developing at 4 months so it's important not to let baby sit in things that force him to be upright -- sitting or standing -- till 6 months. When we hold babies with our hands it's ok, i guess it's not as static and we don't tend to do those sitting and standing positions for as long like that. Anyway, I thought that was interesting and have decided to put the Baby Einstein jumper away for a couple of months. The bouncers are fine because of the slightly reclined angle. So there you go! That's all I know :)

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Thread Starter 

Just an add-on... my back is KILLING me from breast feeding this heavy baby and doing stuff like putting him into carseats and his bouncer seat and crib. Anyone else writhing in back pain right now? I've got to find myself a new chiropractor here stat.

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So I have a new Pediatrician who's also a homeopath and is big on preventative health care. He seems to be really up to date on everything we chatted about. He said the hips are still developing at 4 months so it's important not to let baby sit in things that force him to be upright -- sitting or standing -- till 6 months. When we hold babies with our hands it's ok, i guess it's not as static and we don't tend to do those sitting and standing positions for as long like that. Anyway, I thought that was interesting and have decided to put the Baby Einstein jumper away for a couple of months. The bouncers are fine because of the slightly reclined angle. So there you go! That's all I know :)

 

I had given some thought to buying a jumper and the like because I figured she would enjoy them but as soon as I would actually be in the store (online or in person), I'd hesitate and ultimately not buy them - I could pretend it's mama's intuition but it might have something to do with not wanting to spend the money :) . She has a bouncer and uses it pretty regularly while I'm making food or something, though her tolerance for being stationary is quite limited.

 

Do those walker things still exist? My mother tells many stories of my daredevil adventures when I was a baby zooming around in the walker, so I can easily imagine why they'd be taken off the market, but I'm curious.

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Teles -   Walkers are still around but they have so many safety features they hardly move at all .. not like the ones that were around even 15 yrs ago.. I have a newer style walker (still 7 yrs old) and i've never had a baby small enough to be in it who could make it move anywhere because of all the safety features.. it wasn't even easy enough for me to roll it around from room to room, i have to just pick it up, its dumb..

 

typebug - Do you see a chiropractor?  I had back pain like that with my first 2 babies and with #3 and #4 my chiropractor has REALLY helped .. i carry this baby all the time and haven't had any issues with my back, a little bit of a shoulder issue if i use the ring sling 8 hours a day for days on end, and then i just have to take a break and use a 2 shoulder carrier for a day or two. 

 

that being said, the chiro couldn't help me wiht #2, who gained weight at a much faster rate for the first 6 months, i could not keep up with him.. he was 20lbs by 6 mo..  once he slowed down his growth my body was able to catch up and i wasn't so sore anymore..

 

 

 

ok -- i put my little guy in his bouncer instead of the exersaucer and now i'm afraid he is going to sit up and fall out..   hmm  i'm just not sure about this 6 month thing.. though i do try to limit time in the exersaucer, it sure does let me get things done  that i can't do while babywearing..

post #18 of 44

How many weeks old is your baby?

19 weeks and change. Holy cow!

 

Just for fun, how big is your baby now?

Not sure. I'm guessing somewhere around 15 lbs, maybe 25'' long. She's pretty average as far as size goes.

 

What new things is your baby doing now?

 

  • demanding to be fed when she watches us eat dinner
  • making this weird gurgling noise with her spit, as well as something that sounds like "ah boof!"
  • holding her hands clasped together as she falls asleep
  • preferring sleeping on her side

 

 

How is breast feeding going?

 

Awesome. I've never had any real issues, besides a short bout of mastitis back when Margot was five weeks old. She's definitely a lot more distracted these days. Oh, and I had to go back on a dairy free, soy free, egg free protocol because she kept having mucousy stool. All better now. But I miss my pastured butter. Waaa.

 

 

How are you coping with life after baby mentally physically?

 

Ehhh. I think I had some weird hormone shift three weeks ago- started the CRAZY hair shedding thing and my skin broke out like crazy. Not cute. Around the same time, I was strung out and anxious because Margot just wasn't sleeping. I think I hit a sort of wall, and really was feeling awful. Depressed. I realized that some of it might be dietary, since I had to stop taking many of my normal vitamins because they irritated Margot. So, now I'm focusing on renewal and making sure I take my folate, cal/mag, and cod liver oil. Eating less sugar, because that was becoming a crutch for me and it was out of hand. I think I gained like five pounds just from the stress of it all, which is fine, but I want to get back to my happy healthy self. 

 

Dealing with some family problems (parents divorcing, close aunt had an stroke out of the blue and is on life support at age 42... taking her off of it this weekend) too, so I REALLY need to prioritize my mental health right now. Baby steps.

 

How are you dealing with the Summer heat?

 

Not well. I'm not used to the humidity here. It's so disgusting, we're all dripping in sweat the moment we leave the AC-sanctuary that is our house. So far we just strip down to our skivvies a lot, wear minimal clothing when we have to, take lukewarm baths/showers, drink a lot of iced drinks (or milk, as the case may be) to stay hydrated. Making lots of salads, grilling everything. Making good use of the bread machine and crock pot so we don't add heat to an already sweltering kitchen. 

 

It's not too bad if we do all that, I guess. But I sure miss the lovely coastal breeze and cool nights of my hometown!

post #19 of 44

so..... seems like I have SPD again... so weird, since I had the baby almost 5 months ago.... My pelvis is hurting so bad and I am waddling around again.  swear it feels like I am 8 months pregnant again.  Anyone have this?  all pelvic pain went away at around 2 months and then it has been coming back over the past 1-2 months.  I didn't have anything like this at all with the girls and I am really just thinking it has to do with my age (34)?  I am back down to my PP weight, so it isn't about extra weight.  DS is 17 lbs, but DD1 was about 20 lbs by this time, so it doesn't seem to be the extra weight.... I do wear him more than any of the others, but I am now using the beco butterfly mostly and the ergo.  I tried to wrap him, but the wovens are not working for him at this age.  The sling is OK, but it hurts my shoulder if I wear him alot, which I do..... 

 

Anyways, I went to the chiro and she said kegels and take it easy with the exercise.... but I have heard bad things about kegels and I have to exercise for my sanity....

 

Arghhhh, any tips?

post #20 of 44

Hey mamas! I'm in the camp of having NO idea of how many weeks my baby is. He's 4.5 months and some change :). He's loud as ever with his sounds and loves to grab his cute chubby feet. He loves to stand (supported of course) and today made motions to walk. We've had a lot of family around (my family's reunion and now my inlaws are here) and today we all talked about how soon our babies/ourselves walked. My husband's sister walked at 8.5 months! Which seems totally crazy (my kids walked at 13 months) but Lou might be on that track! We have an exersaucer for Lou and I know the warnings about using those at this young of an age... but he's in it for 15 mins tops (usually it's 5 minutes every other day) and honestly I'm okay with that. I did that with my older son and his bones are totally fine ;).

 

Chloe'sMama I have no advice, only sympathy! Hope your body adjusts itself back to normal soon. I've had really bad back pain the past week or so from carrying Lou around. I need to build up those muscles, stat.

 

waywornwanderer, I'm sorry about the troubles in your family and your sad feelings. I was pretty depressed with my first and second babes, for much longer than I realized until after the fact when I looked back. It's hard to get through and pull yourself out of a depression. Baby steps are the best way, though! What really helped me was exercising for me time, and connecting with other moms.

 

The heat is really affecting me. I run warmer when I'm nursing so I'm not surprised. Luckily my PP nighttime sweats have gone away but I still wake up most nights feeling like I'm baking! We have our AC running 24/7, which is new, and I'm a little scared to look at our electric bill.

 

My hair is falling out more than it did with my other two. When I got my hair cut at 2 or 3 weeks PP my stylist told me that if I need to get a haircut to hide hair loss she could totally do that (cut more bangs, etc) and I remember thinking OH NO WAY I'LL BE FINE but now I think I might need it if the pace keeps up.

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