I thought I'd start a thread to chat about our first days/weeks with our babes :)
The early days
How is everyone doing that is in the post partum stage?
I had a 2nd degree tear but it's healing nicely. I've been doing a sitz bath with a blend of herbs called "perineum health" and they feel heavenly. Unfortunately I seem to have pulled something in my back and it's really hard for me to stand for longer than 10 minutes without pain :( The birth was so quick and intense that I guess I shouldn't be suprised. The good news is that the RMT that works out of the midwifery clinic has agreed to come and do a house call! Hopefully today if schedules work out.
Thanks for the thread Carmen! Doing reasonably well, apart from friends today dropping in and overstaying their welcome. I have a couple of tears that needed stitching but they are much easier to deal with than the major episiotomy I had with DS. I'm able to get around ok, it just hurts if I sit somewhere for too long. My milk came in yesterday, the engorgement is not as bad as last time either, not sure if that is because this is the 2nd time or because I now know not to overdo it on the mother's milk tea.
Knowing how to babywear from the start this time is making such a difference for me, being able to get food/drink for myself, and being able to give DS some much needed mommy attention. I still need to work on nursing in a sling/wrap but hopefully by the time DH has to go back to work that will be better. I too have a sore back from the birth and the hospital bed. Trying to really watch how I stand and sit too as sometimes bad habits when holding the baby make it worse.
Was thinking about having placenta encapsulation done, but didn't make a decision in time so it didn't happen. I'm glad it is helping you!
Baby is doing well but we're having trouble latching on at night. She's impatient and rooting furiously and latches on and off do starting a feed is a ten minute battle. During the day she latches on the first try and is super easy to nurse - what gives at night?!
I decided I'm done resting and healing and need to get back into a bit of a routine. To that end, after breakfast and a shower, DH and I will pack up the kids and head to the park for a picnic. Hopefully DD1 will run around and get worn out and DD2 will just nurse and sleep in the stroller or sling. We'll see
Anyway, babe does cluster feed in the early evening which also leads to cluster diapering... Like 6-8 changes from 9-12 at night! Crazy!
Baby three is throwing me for a loop! He nurses well though and I can see he's getting chunkier day by day!
I'm working on being restfull during the day while I can. Easier said than done!
Dozing as I type this. Guess its time for more rest.
I hope you get the tongue tie sorted out, sky. I've heard it's an easy challenge to overcome...?
I'm still waiting for DS to "wake up" lol He has alert time, it's more that I'm in shock that he actually sleeps for a couple of hours at a time. It's nice but slightly worries me too.
I had to go for a urine test today as I think I may have a bladder infection...I've never had one but I'm finding it hard to urinate yet I feel like I always have to go. Not fun.
The ergo is causing my back to really complain already so we bought a double stroller on craigslist today so I can be more mobile when DP goes back to work. DD loves it :)
DS will be 2 weeks old tomorrow!! He's laughing and smiling in his sleep (I LOVE when they do that) and is still pretty mellow. He sure seems to poop a lot lol He's nursing well but is still doing a weird pull back and painful relatch during let down.
Carmen- mine is super sleepy too. Freaks me out a bit. She is really on,y alert a few times a day. She was a little preterm, 38.5, so I think that has something to do with it too.
So on top of a possible mild posterior tongue tie, we have THRUSH! That can explain many of the issues we're having, like the latching on and off, fussing and the excruciating nipple pain. Dr won't touch the tie until thrush is cleared (understandably - I'd hate to clip her unnecessarily) so we're doing nystatin orally, yeast cream on the nipples (and her diaper area which is also slightly involved) and the MW suggested I give her probiotics orally (I'm also taking them and have been for months). Here's hoping it clears up quickly. Thrush can really suck! We have a follow up appt in a week and if needed, the tie can be released then. I feel really silly that thrush wasn't on my radar. D'Oh!
Sky - I hope the thrush clears up soon. I know that can be quite painful. DD had posterior TT and had it clipped but it didn't help her.
I saw my LC today and she advised me to nurse less and pump more since the boys wouldn't normally be needing to nurse yet and we don't want to stress them out or waste too much energy. They get most of my milk from pumping anyway. I thought Noah was nursing fairly well there, he was swallowing but only took 6 ccs and that's just depressing. So I didn't rent a scale but I'm now pumping every hour if possible, during the day for the next couple of days to bump up my supply. I'm breaking even as far as what they're taking and what I"m making but I need to start making more so we don't worry about running out of milk and so it's there as their needs keep changing and increasing.
I'm exhausted. I wore both boys in the Moby today but my upper back got really sore. I need DH to wear one of them.
Skycheat, sorry to hear about the thrush, I hope it clears up soon, it sounds like you are on top of the treatment options.
Edelweiss, I'm glad you got a chance to see the LC. Good luck with the pumping, that sounds exhausting by itself, never mind taking care of twins too! Are you taking fenugreek or something similar to help with supply?
Askew, good luck getting the TT sorted out.
Carmen, sorry to hear about the UTI. I always have good luck with cranberry juice, but it has to be 100% unsweetened cranberry, not cranberry juice cocktail (which is mostly apple or grape juice with a bit of cranberry flavor).
DD is sleeping quite a lot too (I think we had a stretch of 4 hours last night!) but her alert time is increasing too. She won't let me put her down at all if she is gassy, so I think I've had an hour stretch with her in the bassinet, during the day she is on me in a wrap most of the time and at night she mostly sleeps on my chest. DH has been getting his cuddle time in with her every evening so I can have a shower and a bit of time to stretch etc. I think he is as smitten with her as I am.
Nursing is going well (except for her swallowing a lot of air because of my fast let down). Annoyingly though, letting down seems to increase my leftover shingles nerve pain, I'm guessing because of increased blood flow in the area. The pain is manageable but stings every time I nurse DD.
I started doing EC with her a few days ago, I wasn't expecting to start this early (I think we started with DS around 6 weeks) but she seemed so consistent about her pooping that I thought I'd try, and since then we have caught most of her poops and some pees too. I just nurse her on a little "top hat potty" right after she wakes up. She seems more comfortable pooping there than in her diaper.
Paula - so sorry about the persistent shingles pain. I really thought you'd get a break from it. Good for you with starting EC already! We started DD at 7 mos and she was out of diapers by 18 mos. Now with twins I'm just happy to be using cloth.
I'm not using fenugreek...I'm just pumping a lot to boost my supply. Both boys wake me up to tell me they're hungry which is good for preemies. One of them is crying with DH right now. We both gave them a bottle and now I'm pumping. I'm trying to balance out getting rest and trying to get some household chores done, too. I've done almost nothing the last 2 mos between almost 6 weeks of bed rest and 2 weeks of NICU.
Recovery is coming along. Gus is 4 days old now and I'm still weak and not able to walk or stand for long. It's been hard for me to not be able to do the "normal" things like put DD to bed (upstairs) at night. I'm hoping some Floradix will help with the fatigue and dizziness.
Gus is mostly well. The doctor's appointment we had at 2 days revealed that he was developing some jaundice. He pooped a lot in the hospital, but not a lot since we got home. It's so frustrating. Yesterday we had blood drawn that showed higher bilirubin levels, although not severe. We spent a lot of time near sunny windows and then continued to nurse often. Hopefully today's blood draws show decreasing bilirubin levels!
After 3 hours of sleep, Gus is cluster feeding this morning. He's been nursing on/off for at least 90 minutes now. Hoping he can doze off soon so I can too!
Skycheat, do you have a Whole Foods or other natural foods store near you? You should be able to find the coconut oil in the food oil section, but make sure you look for virgin, unrefined (expeller-pressed) oil, preferably organic. The same store should have tea tree oil too but it would be with the natural remedies, not the food. If you don't have a store like that near you then you should be able to order online.