C is figuring out the days vs nights and slept most of yesterday. After five in the bed last night husband gated himself in the kids room tonight to get the kids to sleep in their own room/beds.
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I'm terrible for that too.
We've been cooped up in the house way too much since the birth so I've been overcompensating for that. The problem though is that I keep forgetting to treat my nipples and I can't exactly walk around the park/library/mall/etc while airing out my girls lol. I hate thrush with a passion!!
Our boys are waking up more/ just being more alert in general and their favorite alert time is bed time. It's been harder and harder to get them asleep and when they wake up in the middle of the night to eat they are having a harder time going back to sleep. DH had one of them in a Moby for over an hr last night (I think 3-4 a.m.). I don't really know what to do about that.
Another day of non-stop (seemingly) pumping. I can't wait for them to get the hang of nursing.
Edelweiss - you have been through so much more than most of us have had to deal with. Not only have you handled it, you have handled it with such grace and positivity. Hang in there.
Woke up last night with a string of strong contractions which then fizzled out when I got up. Finally got to sleep at 2am. One of these bouts has to turn into real labor right?
Sorry that the mamas with babies are dealing with a lack of sleep. I can still remember that with DS, which has me a bit nervous for all of the newborn night nursing.
Oooh, anyone want to share some tips on how to help with siblings and change, etc. DS is raging right now and hitting me, lovely times. Not a good time to post, guess I'll be back later.
Thanks Crunchy and GIS.
MamaPigeon - DD has done really well with the new babies. A few times she has said she misses spending so much time with me and we try to have good talks and snuggle when we can. We didn't get gifts from the babies to her because she had already found a gift bag before they were born and was packing it with presents for the babies (different toys of hers). I don't use them as an excuse about why we can't do stuff or blame them for anything, if I'm tired I'm tired I don't say it's because of the babies, although I know she knows. We let her be involved in their cares as much as she wants to so she helps pat them dry after baths or grab burp cloths for us, things like that. Granted she's 4 and really mature so I think younger kids do generally have more problems. My niece was 3 when she got her little sibling and it was really hard on her.
Yeah I can't say pregnancy is very fun and I'm looking forward to things calming down. But it was 2 yrs ago next month that we conceived our 2nd child, our first baby we miscarried and this is such a better place than I've been in the last 2.5 yrs wanting more living kids. Just the same, yes it's exhausting!!
Mama Pigeon. Bee is days younger than your DS and has reacted really well to baby. Monkey is the same age difference too and he did really well the first time (and this time too).
When they were going through stuff, it was usually focused on us rather than baby.
*Letting them play baby if they wanted. Monkey was particularly interested in trying out all the baby gear last time. This time they have all taken more than a few turns in the little baby swing.
*Giving them things they could do with baby. She likes to listen to them talk. to get gentle kisses, and raspberries blown on her tummy. For them to sing to her.
*Put baby in the bouncy seat so they can interact without the same squishing/picking up/running over issues
*Tell baby to wait her turn sometimes too. "C I know you need a hug, but you need to wait until I finish pouring Bees milk"
*when all else fails, getting everyone into the bath worked well for us.
Remember newborns sleep more than you remember and you will have time alone with the bigs.
Anyone else past their due date and still pregnant? I'm 40.3 and my dh just reminded me that MIL will be here next Wed. My midwife thinks I might just be sending baby a message to back burner it with all the crap I have going on (moving, packing, etc). But that reminder might be enough to execute the "vacate" command!
I offered to DS that he could stay home with me today, but I'm boring, so he went to day care to be with his friends again. I should be grateful for the peace and quiet, but at least if he was around, I wouldn't feel at all bad about doing absolutely nothing...
Thanks Edelweiss and Leigh! It's so nice to read about good experiences with older siblings and new babies. I'm glad your families are doing well with the transition.
I think DS will be okay with his new sister, but he's just so 2 emotionally. I want to make sure he doesn't get too stressed out, definitely think the helping out/interacting with new sibling will help.