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~Weekly Chat Thread August 26th-Sep 2nd~post #1 of 628/26/13 at 5:02amThread Starterpost #2 of 628/26/13 at 5:12ampost #3 of 628/26/13 at 6:03ampost #4 of 628/26/13 at 8:44amDH picked a huge fight over baby names yesterday. We can't agree on a single one, let alone, a short list. I am in a terrible place emotionally (crying non stop), and for that reason, I hope baby stays put awhile. Sad, because due to his work shift, we won't see eachother, or talk (other than texts), until I'm likely in labor :(I need to be emotionally and physically prepared to birth this baby, especially since it's my first attempted VBAC. Such terrible timing for a lack of compromise and fighting from him. I'm so sad.post #5 of 628/26/13 at 9:20ampost #6 of 628/26/13 at 9:40ampost #7 of 628/26/13 at 9:51ampost #8 of 628/26/13 at 10:09am
I am proud of myself, a little bit, because I got both boys latched on and nursing tandem without anyone else helping! Granted I got out a nipple shield for one of them but this was my first time. They only got 12 ccs each but I'm still counting it as success. I've been so discouraged and worn out with all the pumping and poor milk removal and DH thinks the only way to soothe a crying baby is to give him more milk even when he's spitting it up (not good for me because I'm barely making enough for them anyway). Hoping they get the hang of nursing soon.post #9 of 628/26/13 at 12:19pmpost #10 of 628/26/13 at 2:50pmpost #11 of 628/26/13 at 3:43pmThread Starterpost #12 of 628/26/13 at 4:43pm
We are settling in well here... :) Julia is a big nurser and a big pooper. She's already spitting up a bit - I'm hoping it's just junk from the fast birth, but my babies have all had reflux, so I'm guessing that's where we're headed... :(
I am flat up exhausted. It's not even 8 and I think I will just pass out... In fact I don't know why I'm on here. :ppost #13 of 628/26/13 at 7:58pmGraysMama. How stressful and emotionally exhausting for you. I hope you can get support from others, if not DH, before labor time. I hope he will come around though and realize how much his support and kindness can mean in this vulnerable and ripe moment.
Calladona, get some sleep, lady! That birth story was off the charts! Equal parts exhausting and terrifying in the best way. High five!
Edelweiss, high five to you, too! I can't keep my DD latched on without two hands involved (usually), so I'm totally impressed you've got tandem going on.
Happy birthday, cardigan! It seems like there are a lot of August baby mamas in this DDC, too!
AFM, our DS starts back to his Tu/Th pre-school tomorrow. I think I've finally talked him into being excited about it! I am looking forward to some quiet time with baby- Caroline will be one month tomorrow! It is a joy being with my kids, but I was being such a bizard this morning with DS, just being really short and cranky about toy explosions all over the floor and btw, PLEASE stop climbing to the top of the sofa, screaming, and jumping and almost landing on me and sleeping/nursing baby sister!!!! So we went on a car trip for what I called Destination snow cones. It is hot as Hades here and there is a place about 45 min from me that makes snow cone syrups from cane sugar, no dyes or HFCS, and in gourmet flavors. I got a habanero cherry one. DS got coconut with sweet cream. Sister thankfully slept most of the drive and I did take a nice nursing break at a beautiful piney woods roadside park where it rained gently and made everything smell great and put DS into a much-needed nap. So, a small hassle getting us all out for that, but totally worth the refreshing mental health ice treat and change of scenery!post #14 of 628/26/13 at 8:57pmCrafty: I have an artisan sno cone place a block away from me (albeit up a steep hill). it has made every single week of this pregnancy significantly more bearable. And it is often my sole exercise, although the cookie I get there probably counter acts it. Im glad to see they help others, too.post #15 of 628/26/13 at 10:26pm
Happy birthday cardigan!
Big hugs to GraysMama, I hope you can find some peace and resolution soon.
Calladona, hope you get some rest, I'm sure you need it! DD was also a big pooper her first day, I think the majority of her weight loss was meconium!
Crafty, my DS also goes to preschool Tu/Th, and it's amazing how much of a break those days are. Enjoy!post #16 of 628/27/13 at 4:02am
So bloody exhausted still. I cannot wait to get home where I can safely cosleep and no one will yell at me if they catch me doing it. :p We're not big cosleepers in our house, but at this age, I gotta think you're crazy not to. :p Just a few hours and we can go - she just needs to get a hearing test and then she can be cleared. I'm hoping we're one of the first up...
My milk already seems to be coming in. Baby girl is a such a good nurser... She's driving me nuts though - she's so big and hungry that she's basically cluster feeding around the clock right now. Good news is she only lost 4 oz in the first 24 hours! Amazing! I've never had a baby lose so little!post #17 of 628/27/13 at 4:45amOh Calladonna it reminds me of our second day in the hospital. Callie had one nursing session: from 6am to 6pm with only the occasional potty break for me. I did everything one handed. It was pretty comical. On day 3 my milk started coming in though so she knew what she was doing. We have the same kiddo: big, strong girls who nurse well. I just hope that you don't get thrush like we did.post #18 of 628/27/13 at 5:28am
Thanks for the concern and support, ladies. My family and friends are being very supportive, which is so refreshing. My EDD is tomorrow, and I'm still working 9 hour days, then tending to our 2 year old in the evenings, while my husband works, but I've been good about getting to bed fairly soon after DS goes to sleep. Even if I'm not in a perfect place emotionally, I'm trying to at least make sure I'm physically rested for what's to come. My husband sent a few text messages yesterday (the extent of our communication), and none of them were about baby names, thankfully! The emotional roller coaster seems to be slowing down, at least for now. I would be perfectly content not discussing names until after our little one is here. It just means a lot less stress for everyone.
Crafty-Now I want a gourmet snow cone at 7:00 AM! It's been so hot and humid here this week, and there's no relief in sight. Also, Caroline is such a beautiful name, and is my top pick for a girl's name, but DH "doesn't care for it". In fact, he doesn't like any of my top 8 names.
Calladona-So happy that Julia is nursing so well. It takes so much of the stress out of postpartum life when you don't have to worry about milk supply and poor nursing. I remember getting scolded for cosleeping in the hospital with our first. I continued to do so, and eventually they just pretended not to notice. I hope you're able to go home soon, so you can all get some much needed rest!post #19 of 628/27/13 at 6:43amThread Starter
With Bee I had the best (male) postpartum nurse. I was cosleeping with her and she was latched on. He came to check on us and was just thrilled that she was still nursing, nothing about her in my bed. She was latched on for the vast majority of her 10 hour hospital stay. Catherine had a great early nurse, then was very kind and decided we needed sleep more.
Her umbilical cord finally fell off this morning. The midwives had me using goldenseal and our family doc was very impressed with how well it dried it up. She has quite a cute little belly button now. We totally spaced on the hearing screening and forgot to ask the doctor last week so I will have to remember that in the crazy next week. C has a doctors apt on Tuesday. Monkey has his first day of school on Wednesday (he has trouble with the transition to new teacher/classroom) and Bee has her first day on Thursday, when husband has to go to work for a few hours.
We did make it to church this weekend, got all five of us out the door, on time. The girls and I even got showers, which was an assembly line process of husband handing them to me. C was totally chill about it. Monkey wanted to look special and came up with the idea of a tie (he has never worn one) all by himself and picked out one of the hand me down ones we happened to have. He was so hansom and proud to show off his baby. It was our pastors first day back from sabatical and she is a baby person, so C spend most of the service in her arms. Our church has a fine tradition of baby snatching and I usually get them back only when they are hungry since there are a few who specialize in walking a fussy baby. It rocks.
I had to put all the newborn tops away and the sleepers are not far behind. She is a chunker. She fits both the tiny newborn and the one size diapers. We have a bunch of adoreable 3 month size ruffle butt onesies from Bee and she gets to wear them now before it cools off.post #20 of 628/27/13 at 8:30amGraysMama, if it makes you feel better, Caroline was my top pick all along, but DH just wasn't crazy about it. About a week before she was born, we were at a friend's house and they all wanted to know if we had picked a name. I sighed and said it was a total stalemate, but revealed some of each of our favorites. Everyone raved over Caroline and I think after that, DH softened to it and when at last we had to fill out the birth certificate before leaving the hospital, I said: I think she's Caroline and DH agreed. Hope it smooths out nicely for you and your DH, too!
Calladona, I pretty much let the nurses know right away that I'd be co-sleeping at the hospital and amazingly, they were pretty cool with it after the "initial warning."
My DS is at preschool now and here's a "grass is always greener" situation for you: I miss him and wonder what we'd be doing if he was home. Probably I'd be a crank, so it is a nice break for us both. Caroline is asleep, so perhaps I will take a leisurely shower! Oooh!
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