Thanks to everyone for the encouragement on the "welcome baby party" dilemma! I've talked it over with DH some more and we've decided to host a party ourselves. I think we're going to use a pic of the boys feet and make an invite that says something like, "Our home has grown - by two feet! Come see our newest addition." I want the point to be that they can come and see Iain, and I think that will work well enough. Oh, I think we'll do it in 3 weeks - some friends will be gone, but it works for us and he'll be just 6 weeks old.
I keep trying to get housework done... I'd say I was getting some done, except my house is still a wreck! Uh-oh - someone came to the door and now it's been several hours.
They brought dinner (yay!) and didn't stay long, but my peace and solitude got disrupted. :LOL Like there's really any peace and solitude these days!
Anyhow, sometimes I get lots done on the house, or laundry, or something... then, it all gets trashed again - or the laundry sits in the dining room waiting to be put away - or Gabriel drags out ALL of his toys at once - you know how it goes! Trying to get back to "normal" and do things out of the house makes it especially hard. And naps? Pretty much unheard of around here. I'm finding when I do get Gabriel to nap (and then I can, too) he doesn't go to bed nearly as well as when he's falling-down tired.
Nighttime dipes - What has worked well for us is Small FuzziBunz (during the day he wears XS) with two stuffers. This can last all night long and then some (fully 12 hours, depending on stuffing), and doesn't leak for Iain - though I have it on the tightest leg snaps and overlapped on the waist!
We're back to painful nursing once again.
My LC friend had suggested the TTO/olive oil mixture to moisturize while fighting bad stuff. Does anyone know the best ratio? I just made a mix with 2tbs olive oil and 4-5 drops TTO. Sure smells strong, but I dunno if that was what she said or not. I'm hoping this will help. I've been working on latch with him for what seems like forever. Sometimes he's fine, sometimes he just doesn't do it. He's also been a bit more fussy lately, so he's pulling more while nursing - OUCH! I can't feel too badly, though, knowing what a rough time Anna and some others are having!
I don't know that I ever posted congrats to Jen and the others with new babies in the last few days. Many congrats to all! I know I'll miss some if I try to remember everyone.
Jen, I was very sorry to hear of your c/s - I've been there! Long, drawn out labor, eventual c-section with no clear alternatives. I am glad that you are at peace with the decision now. How is your recovery going? Do take it easy! I think that was the hardest thing for me - wanting to push to do too much too fast. Are you familiar with ICAN? I found their mailing list very helpful when I had questions about my c/s and was trying to work through some issues stemming from it. You can find their site at http://www.ican-online.org/
And totally unrelated - so have you bought up the whole Gymboree hedgehog line?
I was in there a few days ago and thought of you - I nearly bought some for Iain, but want to wait for the prices to drop.
Anyhow, a warm welcome to Tristan!
Okay, now I have two boys on my lap, with one screaming... better go...