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post #41 of 449
I think ds will be a talker also. I can believe how much sound he makes to communicate, and in response to us talking to him.

Yep, we're down to 1-2 poops a day also.

DS hates swaddling. He sleeps all sprawled out (like his father : ), spread eagle. Bundling him up is the quickest way to make him mad.
post #42 of 449
I just posted a separate thread on this, but I wanted to know how your babies are sleeping, since they're all born in the same month. Do they have a set nap time/place? Or do they still sleep whenever? And will they sleep in their crib if you set them in it, or do they mostly need to sleep with/on you if they're going to sleep for long stretches?

My husband just returned to work today (I got him for a whole eight weeks!) and now I can't just pass Henry off when I need/want to get something done, lol. I do have a Moby wrap and a Mei Tai baby carrier on their way to me, but I'm sure I won't want to be carrying Henry around during naptime when he's 10 months old! Just wondering what other moms are doing.
post #43 of 449
Carrie--Thanks for letting me know. I got up at 0430 today to pum -- right after dd nursed and got some but then she wanted to nurse again at 0500 and again at 0600 so I didn't collect much. I'm not sure how to pump and nurse at the same time.

I have a ques for you...does a baby sleeping a long time at night mean that AF will come back sooner? I'd like to keep my period away a good loooong time.

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Originally Posted by carrietorgc
deborah, wanted to add that once dd started sleeping longer at night and would only take one side when she woke up, i would pump the other and ended up collecting about 6 oz just from that one pumping. s
post #44 of 449
All-- My baby is a Poop Bomb. Kristin says they are down to 1-2 per day. Well, we are "up" to one every 3 days. We have a rententive baby! But the doc says it's okay as long as the stools aren't hard.

heldt--I finally saw yr pics. Yr family is gorgeous!!

Kristin--I applaud you for going to school and rearing a newborn. That's no easy task.

Grace--Welcome!!

NewMama -- My baby has started to like ONLY sleeping on one of our chests or on the bf pillow. Putting her down by herself is impossible. I'm being laid back about it and figuring she'll get tired of that by the time she's 15 years old. :LOL

O. also likes the Mei Tai -- we pm'd about that a little. I want to try out the Moby a lot more, because I have high hopes for using it when I return to work...since I can bf with the baby in the wrap.
post #45 of 449
deborah - you'll find your rhythm with the pumping. when i would pup/nurse at the same time, i would have the baby cradled in one arm and use my free hand to hold the pump horn over my other boob.

re AF - mine didnt return until dd was 17 mo old - basically when she started going 5 hrs in btwn nursing in the day. she had been going 6-8 hrs at night since about 6 mo old. but everyone is different - my best friend is nursing round the clock and got hers back at 6 wks.

My dd fit into the miracle blanket until about 5 mo old - and it works great. my mom made a pattern and made dd a bigger one and she loved it

new mama - adrian is pretty laidback and will sleep for a bit on his own. falling asleep he needs help - either nurses, or likes the sling/swing/swaddle, sometimes a paci if he is full and won't nurse. generally he naps for about 45 min or so on his own, in the crib sometimes or the bouncy seat. he'll nap for 2 hrs in the swing but i don't want to really get into the habit. i'm sure by about 2-3 mo he'll start consolidating his naps.

for those of you that don't have it, i highly recthe no cry sleep solution by elizabeth pantley. she has great info about sleep in general and about gentle ways to sooth baby to sleep without being a human bed
post #46 of 449
At the risk of sounding "anti AP" I highly recommend trying to get your dcs to sleep without laying on you or in a sling ASAP. I did this with dd1 and she didn't sleep through the night until age 5 and always needed me to lay down with her.

With Annabelle, I will nurse her to sleep, but she sleeps in her co-sleeper, right next to me and is fine laying down while A L M O S T asleep most days. However, she has her days of sleeping in the sling every so often - like today. She just wouldn't stay asleep in her bed. She also poopled SEVEN times today.

I'm absolutely not a believer in CIO. I will lay AB down and when she starts fussing (not crying) pick her up until she's calm and then lay her down again. I do this until she falls asleep. At night she'll lay in her co-sleeper awake next to me and just drift off - adorable. It's was hard not to hold her all the time when she was NB, but for Lily, my need to hold her all the time led to some funky sleep habits, IMO.
post #47 of 449
I totally second what Kate said. AJ is only 6 wks, so I don't do it all the time, but for at least 2 naps a day i have him nap in his crib, and can generally put him down not quite asleep and he drifts off. I have never let my older dd CIO, but esp. with two little kids now, i need to introduce the idea of falling asleep without me. Julia still doesn't fall asleep on her own, although we are using the no cry sleep solution for toddlers and it is getting better.
post #48 of 449
nak

I want to clarify that I only have class one weekend every six wks or so, but I have reading and online work in between, and I'm wayyyy behind, plus i missed the last class bc ds was just born. Got behind at the end of pg b/c it gets way hot in this room w/ the comp.

Will try to read NCSS.
post #49 of 449
nak also

kristin, medela makes a hands-free pumping attachment that works with their bras and the PIS. wait until you get a load of the cheesey picture on the package--it's one of those soft focus "romantic mommy" pics, except the woman is talking on the phone and hooked to a milking machine :LOL
post #50 of 449
I am up late here, just checking in before going to bed after doing my homework. I have 3 classes left to finish my degree - taking Special Education Law right now and the homework is due tomorrow evening.

Jessie does not have a set nap time or place. Sometimes she sleeps in the swing, bouncy seat, or bassinette, sometimes she sleeps on me, in the sling, or taking a nap together (although it seems like when I go to nap with her when I'm *really* tired is when she is ready be up for a while *sigh*). She is more predictable with her nighttime sleeping - only feeds every 3-4 hours and goes right back to sleep - sleeps between DH and I in bed.
post #51 of 449
I think I'm the only one up for the online party tonight. {{sigh}} Adam and I have been such a good team these last few days, trying to get his nighttime sleeping down without the middle of the night parties, and I think I went overboard today with the activity that he slept soooo good during the evening and first part of the night...and now, again -- wiiiiide awake.

And so darn cute with the big, open mouth grins right now!

On top of that, we're going on an 8-day road trip to visit dh's family/friends back east, and I just know that any measures ds and I have made on the sleeping front these last two weeks - he's F I N A L L Y napping well during the day and we're down to 1-2 nighttime parties a week now!! -- are going to be so lost and he's going to be back to the major meltdowns every single night and any semblance of napping will be so lost......

Grace, where in upper michigan are you, if you don't mind me asking?
post #52 of 449
My Hosanna tends to only sleep near me. But that's only been in the last few weeks. When I try to lay her in her bassinet, it takes only maybe 5 minuets until she's awake and wanting mom. I've wondered if maybe because of her start in life at the NICU she just doesn't want to be away anymore. As of late I've just let her sleep in the sling, or in my arm...but maybe I should work more at the bassinet? eh, I'm new to this mommy thing, and I'm constantly second guessing myself...oi.

oh and Hopefulfaith, I'm from the Western part of the UP...By Iron Mountain. I'll be excited if you actually know where that is! no one usually knows what the UP is!
post #53 of 449
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Originally Posted by nabigus
nak also

kristin, medela makes a hands-free pumping attachment that works with their bras and the PIS. wait until you get a load of the cheesey picture on the package--it's one of those soft focus "romantic mommy" pics, except the woman is talking on the phone and hooked to a milking machine :LOL
I looked on the Medela site and couldn't find what you are talking about. I'm feeling lazy, so I didn't look anywhere else yet.
Is there a website or a store where I can find this?
post #54 of 449
OK laziness over
I found it
post #55 of 449
I wondered if you were from the UP . I want to visit there one day.

Anyway, I am having the same trouble with my baby. She recently stopped sleeping alone and wants to be held all the time. She nurses and then has discomfort due to gas and burping and wakes herself way back up.

She has fallen asleep at the breast several times today but she wakes as soon as I put her down.

When she doesn't nap well during the day, she has big meltdowns at night.

I am reading the no cry sleep solution and started to keep the sleep logs today. Tomorrow, DH and I will start working on what the book says to do. We are so baffled and I'm grateful this book exists to help us.

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Originally Posted by gracious
My Hosanna tends to only sleep near me. But that's only been in the last few weeks. When I try to lay her in her bassinet, it takes only maybe 5 minuets until she's awake and wanting mom. I've wondered if maybe because of her start in life at the NICU she just doesn't want to be away anymore. As of late I've just let her sleep in the sling, or in my arm...but maybe I should work more at the bassinet? eh, I'm new to this mommy thing, and I'm constantly second guessing myself...oi.
post #56 of 449
I posted in Breastfeeding about the Pumping Free and also if you have to have the Medela bras or if you can sew eyes onto your current bras. So if you have any input, go over there and post for me, will you?

Sorry all you mamas are having the same prob as me with babe only sleeping on/with you, but I'm glad that I'm not the only one. We're just sooo comfortable!!! Deborah, can you give me a brief description of keeping the sleep logs so I can start doing that before I actually get the book? If its too complicated that's OK.

Yep, I know where the UP is, even Iron Mountain! Of course I'm a midwesterner, from Iowa originally. One time I met a guy from Chicago who didn't know where Iowa was. I think he must have been high because nobody should be that ignorant naturally.
post #57 of 449
Sleep.

ds will nap in his swing or on the couch sometimes. If I can I like to try to lay down with him once a day, it just depends on what I need to get done.

dd never slept anywhere but with me. She went to her own bed at a normal age. And even before that she would crawl over into her side car crib and sleep alone. I think it has more to do with the child than what you do with their sleep as infants. Just because you hold your infant now to sleep does not mean that they will have sleep problems in the future.
post #58 of 449
Hmm ok odd question but it cannot hurt to ask :LOL does anyone here have a miracle blanket they are not using? or their baby does not like? I would really like to get one.. but would prefer used to keep cost down.
post #59 of 449
mmama, let me ask my friend if she is done with hers and if she would sell it.....
post #60 of 449
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mmama, let me ask my friend if she is done with hers and if she would sell it.....
Thanks!!
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