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post #121 of 207
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Originally Posted by badomama
Anna, I'm totally sympathetic. i'm alternating between hot and cold packs, baths, wash clothes, etc--and i'm not even that engorged. But I used to be a aaa cup person who can jog without bra and now I'm spilling out of a large Bravado. LOL!

Steph, try pumping just a little. I found with my pregnancies a hand pump used just once or twice a day worked wonders. Try the Avent Isis if you don't have a pump, it is inexpensive and fairly comfy. I would pump MAXIMUM 4 ounces at a time, just enough to relieve some pressure...



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Originally Posted by badomama
I got about 5 or 6 hours of sleep last night!!! We finally learned to nurse lying down and decided to just sleep rather than worrying about putting Oz back in his cosleeper. We went from a 13 min stretch between feedings to a 1.5 hour stretch. I hope this doesn't mean the cosleeper will turn into a bedside table only

I think our bassinett has turned into a blanket keeper. Jackson loves to sleep on his Boppy pillow next to us, we started that when he was congested and it seems to be how he sleeps best now...go figure!!

Caroline
post #122 of 207
Congrats to Heather and Steph.
Jen In Mpls- It looks like it's you and me. I have been in and out of labor for a week and I lost my plug 8 days ago. But like Lynsey, I am only 38.5 weeks. Don't you think it odd my dr. had me scheduled for induction this morning. Due date Sept 25.
My son choose this day months ago, He is 11 and not very pleased with an addition to the family. I sure would like to have her today NATURALLY!!!!
post #123 of 207
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Originally Posted by chrissy
Mamas with experience, I NEED help! What is up with my little boy? I am trying so hard to enjoy these last few weeks with just the two of us but he is making it so hard. Yesterday he refused to nap and threw tantrum after tantrum. This morning he is already miserable and crabby and it is only 9:15. ARGH!



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How old is he?? My three year old went through this right before the baby was born as well. Are you getting all the baby stuff out and starting to set up? I found that is when they tend to get crazed, when they actually start to see all the changes going on....Can you lay down with him with a movie on to see if you can get him to take a good nap? That is about the only way I can get Bridget to nap now...

Caroline
post #124 of 207
Caroline, yep he's almost 3. Well we actually haven't done any baby stuff in the past 2 days. It must be related to the baby but I can't figure out how to stop it. He is being such a jerk. He just bit me. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck Nancy!
post #125 of 207
I LOVE the photos Savannah, Danielle and Sistermama Sarah. I'm sure I'm missing someone else's. Must go back and scan. Those are some well fed kids. I can't wait until my skinny little old man gets some chub.

Caroline, thanks for the pumping advice. I did get a pump but haven't put it together yet. For some reason I fear it might make things worse if my breasts think (mind of their own?) that he is feeding that much. Won't they just keep producing that much more. Won't I just have to keep pumping if I start it now? Do I have some faulty logic here? I know everyone is doing it at this point, but I don't know why so I haven't tried yet. What do you think?

Off to nurse. Oz loves his grandma's knuckle though. She's here for a week and I admit I am loving having her around!

Steph
post #126 of 207
Chrissy - Jack did the exact same thing for a week before Lucy was born - maybe you'll go sooner than you think? Somehow they just know that things are about to change. Is Noah going to be there for the birth? John remembered to wake Jack up as I was pushing, and I'm so glad that he was there! He was thrilled and kept saying , "baby came out mommy! baby came out!"

On another cute note, I was walking around the house with Lucy inside my shirt for some good skin to skin and showed it to Jack, because I thought he would think it was funny. Well he panicked and started saying, "No baby back in tummy!!!" As soon as I showed him that he could peek inside and see her, he was fine, but I thought it was so endearing that he isn't ready to send her back yet.

Steph - I missed the link to Oscar's pics - point me in the right direction?

Jen - thinking about you
post #127 of 207
Caroline - Lucy is getting starting to look pretty yellow today (which I know is pretty normal as she is 3 days old). However I have to take her back to the dr on Friday and would rather not have to deal with billirubin levels, etc. What do you think I should be doing? Some sunlight exposure and lots of nursing? Anything else?
post #128 of 207

39 weeks today!

SisterSarah,

Those pictures of Lucy are great! I LOVE the 1st one. She is a cutie!


Okay, I think all of us girls that havent given birth yet think we will be the last one. But, Im telling ya, its going to be me.
post #129 of 207
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Originally Posted by sistermama
Caroline - Lucy is getting starting to look pretty yellow today (which I know is pretty normal as she is 3 days old). However I have to take her back to the dr on Friday and would rather not have to deal with billirubin levels, etc. What do you think I should be doing? Some sunlight exposure and lots of nursing? Anything else?

Keep her in the sun and nurse her EVERY HOUR!!!! Whatever you can get in her. The more fluids the more bilirubin should come through. Whatever you do, DON"T LET THEM MAKE YOU STOP BREASTFEEDING!! It is a myth. There is such thing as breastfeeding jaundice, but it is rare and usually doesn't show until two weeks. I found all this out after I refused to formula feed Jackson. It is common at this point...good luck. Just keep nursing her whenever you can get your nipple in her mouth!!

Caroline
post #130 of 207
Chrissy,

We're going through the same type of stuff with my 4 year old and my 1 year old has been sleeping horribly. I can't remember what happened a week before my second was born, but the MORNING before, my then 2 1/2 year old was crying hysterically. I asked him what was wrong and he said he was worried about me and the baby. *I* had no idea the baby was coming that afternoon, but he did. Little kids definately have some kind of innate sense. I'm actually watching them for signs more so than me

I'm thinking of calling in a sitter to give me a break though -enough pinching, hitting and name calling for me on top of being huge and sciatica and everything else.

Chris
post #131 of 207
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Originally Posted by badomama
ICaroline, thanks for the pumping advice. I did get a pump but haven't put it together yet. For some reason I fear it might make things worse if my breasts think (mind of their own?) that he is feeding that much. Won't they just keep producing that much more. Won't I just have to keep pumping if I start it now? Do I have some faulty logic here? I know everyone is doing it at this point, but I don't know why so I haven't tried yet. What do you think?



Steph

Only pump once or twice a day and ONLY 4 ounces at the most. That will just get the edge off, but really won't prompt more milk production. If you pump at the same times every day, once the engorgement slows down pump only 2 ounces. I just stopped after that, and it never made more engorgement. Just don't be tempted to pump more!! It feels so good to empty a little, it is tempting!! And freeze the milk you pump, Gerber makes good bags to freeze it. YOu can always use it to mix with cereal or something later...

Caroline
post #132 of 207
Just my little freezing tip, lay the bags flat to freeze and the milk will thaw out so much more quickly!
post #133 of 207
Sarah, very cute thing Jack said. Also, I can't believe how wonderfully chunky Lucy is already!!! I guess those little diapers won't last as long as originally planned, eh? =O)

Chrissy, hugs. 2 I'm glad to see others had encouraging similar stories with their older kids to share with you.

Where's Jen? sleeping again? massage? chiropractor? Making yummy recipes? hmmmm...

Almama Chris... "I'm thinking of calling in a sitter to give me a break though -enough pinching, hitting and name calling for me on top of being huge and sciatica and everything else." -- I had to laugh because I was thinking, it could be either one of you doing the pinching, hitting and name calling at this point, haha. Just kidding of course, but it did make me chuckle to picture you throwing those fits.

Poor Anna and Steph! I was SO RELIEVED to pump out that extra milk! And I'm OK with having extra milk on hand. Turned out I had a couple of days where for some reason my production really slowed down (less water? less good food? less rest? a little sick?) and it was good knowing we could just use that expressed milk and not open that can of free Enfamil we got from the hospital...

(Which by the way is already gone. With McKenna so small and me not able to nurse 2 kiddos AND pump regularly (I wish I had Anna's problem!), dh and my mom and sis and in-laws were all worried that she wasn't getting enough milk, especially when her latch was poor. So we've gone through almost two of the free little cans of powder from the hospital, and darn it if dh didn't go ahead and buy a bigger one over the weekend. I was hoping to be able to at least not actually purchase any formula... even if I already missed my chance to exclusively feed with breastmilk...)

blah blah enough for now. Hey, does anyone know when I should start buying size Medium diapers??
post #134 of 207
OK, I feel so clever.... I just figured out how to magically transform our WalMart and other mainstream gifts into free cloth diapers!

We got LOTS (I should count them for the heck of it, you'd be astonished) of disposable diapers given to us... and assorted small things that we didn't ask for... oh, and a $65 pack n play that we didn't need... and also received nearly $150 in WalMart gift cards (!!!) (wow, and I thought I wouldn't be getting showers or gifts a few months ago!)

Anyway, we've gotten nearly everything we need, so today I realized I can return all that stuff to Wal Mart, exchange it for more gift cards... Then give the gift cards to Matt for when he does the grocery shopping. In turn, he will give me cash/PayPal for the amount he spends in groceries... VOILA! Free cloth diapers or whatever else I want to spend my money on that can't be found at Wal Mart or ToysRUs. (We also got ToysRUs $$).

Maybe some of you could do it too!
post #135 of 207
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Originally Posted by Caroline248
Just don't be tempted to pump more!! It feels so good to empty a little, it is tempting!! And freeze the milk you pump, Gerber makes good bags to freeze it. YOu can always use it to mix with cereal or something later...
I'm trying to go at least 18 hours between pumpings... you know, supply and demand.
And speaking of breast milk bags... you know those cool "My mommy's milk" bottles we saw online, they make storage bags too and I've found them at Target! The brand is Lansinoh and they are really cute! i haven't tried unthawing any yet... there sure hasn't been a need!

I actually left Mielle alone with my mom for over an hour today and my mom tried to feed her with a bottle (with my permission) and I'm pleased to report she wouldn't take it! te he heee! I know it's silly, but I'm really glad she was having none of it!

My midwife has agroup meeting tonight and has invited us to come and share our birth story with the group. I would really like to, but.... It means getting dressed and going across town, dealing with Mielle in different surroundings... the works. I'd have to pick up Jerome at school and get us there on time. I just don't know what to do... I'm really torn. I've already left the house twice today and am really tired. We need anap, my girl and I! But I would really like to meet some like minded people in the area and share the story of how Mielle joined our family. It was such a joyful experience!

Must be decisive!

Later.. love to all!
post #136 of 207
I just got word that one of my couples from my childbirth class gave birth last night completely naturally. Yay! I'm so excited. I just finished teaching my first series of classes this past weekend, and they're my first couple to have their baby. I only have my final to take before I'm fully certified, and that should arrive in the mail in the next week or so.

I had more contrax this morning with a lot of achey back stuff going on. I went about my morning just the same and made it to my midwife's appt, which was uneventful. The car ride home was so very uncomfortable though with the contrax. Of course, the contrax have almost stopped and who knows when thay're going to come again. To make matters worse, I had to deal with yet another phone call from my mom again today. Ugh!

As for when to start buying medium-sized diapers, I've already started. Just one here and there. I don't know what works or will fit the best, so I've been limiting myself to only one at a time. Maybe I'll go do some shopping therapy and pick out another one today while waiting for labor to start.

Pam
post #137 of 207
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Originally Posted by msrog
Hey, does anyone know when I should start buying size Medium diapers??
Most diaper sites include some info regarding the weight range for each size of diaper.... how big are your little monkeys???? Do you know their current weights?? How prepared do you want to be for the change in size???

Trust your gut mama, if it seems like a good idea to start ordering medium size now, well go for it!
post #138 of 207
I had to laugh because I was thinking, it could be either one of you doing the pinching, hitting and name calling at this point, haha.

Too funny!! YES I feel this way -but I'm saving all that up for my husband when I go into labor!!
post #139 of 207

39 weeks 2 days

All quiet here.

Dh is doing better with his diet, and very appreciative of the snacks I'm making him.

We tried to do perinneal massage last night, and, um OW! It felt like he was slicing me with a knife, but he claims his nails are as filed and trimmed as they can get. I showed him my super short nails (I'm a nail biter from way back), but he claims he can't get his as short as mine, so I'll do the massage myself when I take a bath. I can't reach my cervix the way I used to, but I can reach far enough inside to do the stretching and all that.

Otherwise, the cooler weather continues. I'm thinking of going out again today.

Yesterday, one of my cats flipped out and attacked the other two cats every time they tried to come near me. He thinks he's the baby of the family, he even demands to be held... anyway, I had to wake up a few times last night and separate him from them - it looked like he was really biting and scratching hard. Yikes.

Talk to you all soon.
post #140 of 207
Ouch, I hear perineal massage before real deal has begun isn't effective. Makes sense to me; stretching something before its time. Apparently the contrax, hormones and extra blood flow make the perineum stretch, not a moment before. But I did tear both times a bit, so I'm no expert! Oh, this last time the doc put olive (?) oil on my perineum and even up into cervix/birth canal, and those babies really did come out fast and easily!

My munchkins are probably about 7 1/2 and 6 1/2 pounds. Maybe 8 and 7. I wonder how old they usually are when they are 13 or 16 pounds??? I don't remember with Nicolas, but he was a big fatty by 2 months old...

Too funny, Almama!
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