We finally got all of our hospital bills... It ended up being just shy of $4000 out of pocket for us. Ouch.
I go back to work tonight! =)
How's everyone else? My girl is almost seven weeks old now.
Wow, I'm so glad we have the NHS!
We're doing fine here. Robin is growing fast and is already 12lb, and he actually slept for 6 and a half hours last night which was great! I still really regret being unsuccessful with breastfeeding and wonder how everyone else in the world manages when I can't. But at the same time I'm glad I can go out without him once in a while, as well as sleeping better. The main thing is that we are all happy and he's a cute, mostly cheery baby. My daughter who wouldn't even touch him now won't leave him alone which I suppose is a good thing! Even though he's still very little, it's obvious that he already loves his sister, which is really lovely.
As he's getting heavier my shoulders have become troublesome again. I went to the physio, but she was useless so I'm going to see an osteopath who I know can help me. But on the positive side, there is less than a one finger gap between my abdominal muscles.
And on a random note, I'm getting into coffee. I've never been a coffee drinker, but pregnancy gave me cravings for it and they've never gone away.
How's everyone else doing?
Serafina; apparently it's best to wait a couple of years so your body can build up its reserves again and recover; that way it'll feed the foetus better. But I don't know how much difference it really makes, and when you have a time limit it's not really something you can always go along with.
My belly is still rather flabby but I'm not too bothered about that. But I do wish my hips would shrink back down so I can wear my new trousers. They do shrink again, don't they?
CDsMom: I haven't tallied up the bills, I don't really want to, and it all has to get paid no matter what the total is so I think I'd rather not know... How's working? I decided to extend my maternity leave till Dec only because I still haven't figured out a schedule so that's my priority this month, that and building a milk stash in the freezer, I need to start pumping regularly.
Same here, Facebook seems easier for me.
BTW, great response from your DB, glad he's making you feel good about your post partum body. No man should be allowed to be critical of that since they don't know what pregnancy is like!
vc, good luck with the shield weaning. A got the hang of it pretty quickly and now he'll sometimes even latch on while I'm still trying to get situated, he just goes for it.
I've heard the same thing about hips not going back... I wore jeans for the first time yesterday. I wore a pair that used to be a little big on me pre-pregnancy and yesterday they fit just right, so I know my hips are wider. I haven't started exercising again though so we'll see if it changes once I get back into it.
mrsandmrs, do you have any more help at the house or will it be just you? I wish A would become more predictable but he's only 6 weeks so maybe he needs a little more time. I'm hoping 4 more weeks will be enough for both of us to figure out how I'm going to go back to work. When are you planning to go back?
BTW, I don't think the nifedipine had any effect on the nipple blanching/vasospasm pain. At this point I've come to accept that the first 30 seconds will be painful.
A's having lots of acne and I keep wondering when it'll resolve. I read that it can be food allergy related too.
Chispita: we were just dealing with the same thing: FIL wore some aftershave or cologne and A would smell like him all the time, ugh! What is it with old people wearing smelly perfumes? My mother did the same thing and I told her on day 1 to not use whatever she was using, she still smelled like some product!
I envy of all you ladies with fast gaining babies. A is a slow gainer. I'm going to keep weighing him every week. He gets plenty of wet and poopy diapers which I understand is a gauge of whether he's getting enough to eat. I still worry about it but not as much as before. We have our first official well baby visit scheduled in two weeks and I plan to ask the doc whether she thinks he has some reflux that's interfering with his eating and gaining. Who knows, I guess I just can't accept that he would gain so slowly without there being something wrong with either me or him...
oceansolitude, i have recently started using their stroller, so i am planning on taking walks as much as the weather permits. of course, winter in the PNW means that i will probably be stuck mall walking. they are in a weird place where they are too fat to tandem wear in a stretchy wrap and too floppy and small to put in a SSC, so wearing them at the same time is really tough. i have a couple baby friends i can hang out with, from birth class and the OB's office. i go out for coffee a lot, but that will probably be curtailed since my coffee date and baby holder of a wife is going to be working/sleeping during daylight hours.
daki, i am going to go back mid-december, reluctantly though. i am sorry to hear that the N didn't help much. if it is any consolation, i think otto's latch is finally improving (he is 11.5 weeks old). it is still often painful, but the blanching has been more bearable since he is at least not clamping down on me constantly. i could probably get occasional help from my MIL, but I will mostly be entirely alone. it is a question of how much i am willing to "play hostess" versus how much i actually need help.... and i think i would rather fly solo. i think 4 more weeks will be enough time to find a sembelance of rhythm to your days. and fwiw, otto was slow to gain until about 8 weeks, then he suddenly ballooned. i think different people grow at different rates, and there is a wide range of normal. at least, that's what i tell myself.
re: baby acne. we still have a little bit around here, but it is slowly resolving itself. the cradle cap comes and goes (right now it is particularly bad! ugh) but coconut oil seems to help it a lot. i know, i know, coconut oil cures everything. but what if coconut oil really DOES cure everything?
it really annoys me when people leave their perfume smells on my babies. then you have to change all their clothing, bathe them, etc. so annoying.