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post #41 of 341
hi everyone! we had the yuckies here too - the preschooler infected us all! oy.

so adrian is having an endoscopy and flex sigmoidoscopy done next tuesday - positive thoughts please! although he will nurse when awake now that he is feeling better on reflux meds, he has slowed down so much in the growing. course, 10 wks of not wanting to eat and nursing in sleep will do that. anyway.....plus his diapers are still heme positive, so that isn't good. I'm just praying that we will still be able to nurse, and that he will start to want to eat more!
post #42 of 341
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Originally Posted by nancy926
Sleep.....ah, sleep. I think Z woke up 3 times last night....I consider that a good night. I really am not expecting to sleep through the night again for another 2 years. My body is already used to frequent wakings again! Zoe is definitely distracted while nursing during the day - she pops off, does a little baby sit-up, looks around, then latches back on. Repeat 20 times.

henhao....for what it's worth, we don't "try" to put Zoe to sleep at all. Usually I go upstairs with Sascha to read stories, etc. and put her to bed, and Matt sits w/Zoe in the living room and she winds up falling asleep in his arms. Once she is REALLY OUT (we have to wait at least half an hour) I can take her up and put her in our bed, but even then sometimes she wakes and I nurse her back down. This is only MHO, but you can't "make" a kid fall asleep. You can make the environment conducive to sleep but if they are not ready, they will not go!
This is us exactly!

Can you believe I only just found this thread? And I had to be told where it was

We've been taking Kiernen to the chiro last week and this and he just charms everyone there. They adore him, and always comment on how cute and happy he is. He gets called the happiest baby ever I am so pleased with how happy and social he is - he will smile at anyone who looks at him and says hello.

I, too, love spending my days with this sweet little bug. He is my sunshine!
post #43 of 341
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Originally Posted by chasmyn
always comment on how cute and happy he is. He gets called the happiest baby ever I am so pleased with how happy and social he is - he will smile at anyone who looks at him and says hello.
That's a Leo baby for you!
post #44 of 341
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Originally Posted by Anguschick1
He's turned on his nipple radar at night - my nipple must be w/in 4 inches of his mouth AT ALL TIMES. It's tiring, but ds1 no longer needs to nurse to sleep (and hasn't in about a year) so I know it ends all too quickly.

The above is my life. I'm sooooooooooo glad to know it'll end.

It's a WAR to get the baby to sleep. Sometimes I'm just touched out. I can't wear her 100% and I get tired of being trapped on the couch. I might not mind it all so much if I wasn't so sleep deprived...but I haven't slept in days. Oh, I dream of sleep...
post #45 of 341
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Originally Posted by henhao
Do babies stop sleeping at 4 months? It took us 1.5 hours to get the baby to sleep.
OK, I can one up you on this one, lol. It took us FIVE hours to get jonah to fall asleep (DH just FINALLY put him down w/o the baby protesting). It really sucked. I do not know what is going on, but the kellymom article that someone posted is right. Jonah is extremely distractable right now and not nursing well during the daytime (and also biting me a lot!). He's waking up more at night to nurse, which is ok with me, b/c generally he falls back asleep easily. However, he's been fighting his naps, and sooo difficult to put to sleep at night. Oh, and he's teething too. The teething is a major issue for me right now, b/c my 23 month old is getting in his molars and OMG he has been a beast and incredibly cranky. It's been a pretty miserable wk for both DH and I dealing with two cranky kids. Edited to add that since jonah has learned to roll from his tummy to back, his sleep has gotten worse. I remember with my toddler, everytime he achieved a milestone it basically meant, more nightwakings. I keep telling myself it will get better soon, my DH keeps wanting to let jonah CIO. :
post #46 of 341
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Originally Posted by mags
I remember with my toddler, everytime he achieved a milestone it basically meant, more nightwakings.

It's interesting you say that, because Kier is sitting up now - not all the time and sometimes assisted, but he is sort of getting his balance. He STILL doesn't like tummy time and won't roll all the way over. But all too soon comes crawling, and that I'm kind of not looking forward to because it means he can wake and go where he wants to in the bed, rather than just rolling closer and closer to me.
post #47 of 341
Will you ladies have me back??? I was feeling anti-MDC for a while... but every time I've run into a question, challenge, joy, etc. with my little August man - I've thought about you all...wondering if you were experiencing the same things...wishing I had you all to share with. So, please take me back!!

I am so relieved to read that Andrew is not the only night eater.... I can't firgure out how he can go so long during the day w/out eating...and I try to nurse him during the day to get more in him so maybe he'll eat less at night.... but no - he won't have it. He'll be sucking and then swing his head 100mph taking my nipple with him....stretching it 2 inches in .16 second flat. Ouch. I'm sure my nipples will never be the same after weaning....I'll need nipple lifts...(is there such a thing?).. He seems to only eat while laying down in bed quitely. The good news: I so value the cuddle time with all my heart. The bad news: I'm dead tired.


Carrie - I'm so sorry for all the struggles the reflux has presented to you and baby... I think reading your update reminded me not to take my healthy (nighttime) eater for granted. I hope and pray for you both that he's able to nurse and nurse lots very soon.

Jodi - Talk about an eventful holiday. Your mother is dealing with issues like a highschooler and it sucks that you're hurting because of it. I hope she soon approaches you as an adult with compromise and disscussion.


I am so in love with my little guy, Mamas.... I can barely stand it. Sleep or no sleep...I wish he'd stay this small and beautiful much, much longer.
post #48 of 341

update on milk donations

pak

just to update.....

thanks to holly (crunchyclark) i found a REAL mama for my milk donations! i'm so excited to be giving this gift to a babe who really needs it! back to pumping....
post #49 of 341
Yay, Kate! I'm donating vicariously.

sadness: since I don't have a deep freeze, I'm going to have to start throwing away my frozen pumped milk that's nearing its 3 month limit. waaaaaaaa!

becca, welcome back! glad to see you in this neck of the woods again.

aiigh, baby just woke up. so much for my typing time. I'll be back to reply and give the update. happy new year!
post #50 of 341
Sorry, I'm been MIA lately. I try to keep up but this thread moves so quickly!

I've decided to try Motivated Moms and today I got my entire list done before noon. Of course dh worked from home so that helped a lot.

ds is loving his jumper and it will entertain him for about an hour!!!! That helps me get things done.

his pooping has also increased. I think because of teething. He was once a day or less now its 3 or 4 times a day.
He's also got that chin rash thing going on.
He keeps scratching himself by his nose and eyes because he's sucking on his hands. I try to keep his nails short but it seems like that's not enough.
I got him the HABA trix for Christmas and he's really enjoying chewing on that. I think the shape is just right for his mouth.


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Originally Posted by nabigus
sadness: since I don't have a deep freeze, I'm going to have to start throwing away my frozen pumped milk that's nearing its 3 month limit. waaaaaaaa!
Contact LLL in your area and see if there are any needy moms.
post #51 of 341

OK I'll try again..

I know it sounded petty and in hindsight it was. I just hate being told to cut it down when it's my life. Yeah I'll get creative..

I am suffering from post-partum depression, it hits me like a ton of bricks around the 4-5 month block so it's like pms woman on steroids sometimes. I know you can relate.

Anyway..

to answer some threads..

Nathanael pretty much sleeps through the night. All my kids did at 2.5 to 3 months but then they were on the big side. He's now a little over 11 lbs and he sleeps about 9-10 straight. He reliably wants to feed @ 5 pm and depending on the action at the time he'll either just want to snuggle and stay away and nurse off n on or he'll zonk out. Either way, by 7 he's out like a light. He still has to sleep in his carseat. I found an article explaining it. His cartiledge (sp?) is very pliable, not solid and so his neck has to be extended for him to breathe/swallow. So if he's in bed he has trouble getting it right but in the carseat he arches his head back and he sleeps peacefully. This should correct itself by 6-8 months. It can be fatal so I'll do what it takes for his sake, though I'd rather he wasn't in his carseat. I've tried slinging and arching for him but it got to where there's no sleep and I worried incessently over every little thing all night. We all need to be healthy so I decided to do what we have found to work.

For entertainment, well we're still in small infant mode, he still can't go up on his forearms, can now lift head 45 degrees and is beginning to hold toys.

So cool, though, tonight he was in my arms in between his little nips of nursing and he looked at me so very very peaceful and reached up his hand and just stroked my face and nose and held my hair. This is amazing to me as he has little to no muscle control. He was just so relaxed and concentrated very hard, I guess. I had to lean in to facilitate but it was one of those magic moments. I call it making mama/baby love. It's intense eyecontact, touching smelling kissy facey stuff and I LOVE it.

KB
post #52 of 341
aww kitty, what a sweet story! sorry to hear about the ppd

I would love info on donating milk. to a person, not a bank. if for some reason i have to wean adrian to an elemental formula i would love to pump for someone. i'll probably be pumping anyway in the hopes that he would heal and i could get back to nursing. hopefully it won't come to that.
post #53 of 341
Carrie
It's amazing everything you're doing for Adrian. I truly admire your determination. You can PM Holly (CrunchyClark) for info on her friend and her baby Flora if you want to donate to her now or in the future.

Well, we got our first spontaneous laughter out of Annabelle last night! It's so funny - she is smiling all the time and very friendly, but reluctant to laugh. Last night Lily was doing her best karate chop with a "HI YA!" and the baby thought that was tooo funny.
post #54 of 341
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Originally Posted by ktmama
Well, we got our first spontaneous laughter out of Annabelle last night! It's so funny - she is smiling all the time and very friendly, but reluctant to laugh. Last night Lily was doing her best karate chop with a "HI YA!" and the baby thought that was tooo funny.
Henry has been doing that, too. Yesterday I was talking on the phone to DH and Henry was on the floor fussing a bit. I tossed the cover to my travel coffee mug on the floor in front of him, hoping to distract him and thinking he could chew on it, and he bust out laughing! I flipped it over and he just kept cracking up. It was so adorable. He has his own little sense of humor at five months!
post #55 of 341
Kitty, so glad you're back! Anyone seen Jamie?

Here's some new pics....check out that leopard swaddle!

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/katewi...lbum?.dir=a3dc
post #56 of 341
Oh, Jodi - what an AWful holiday season.

We're just teething lately - help me out with some good ideas, all - I'm doing the cold washcloths, and the chamomile tea washcloths, and I ordered some Hyland's online -- anybody have any other good ideas? I gave my little guy some motrin the other night when I was just at our wits end -- he was warm, and cried for nearly 2 hours intermittently, but I just wanted to stay away from the OTC drugs for the most part --- I know I wouldn't take prolonged doses of tylenol/motrin for months on end, and I don't want my little guy doing it either -- such a little liver to have to process all of that!!

Kitty, I'm glad you're back, too - I am truly sorry about the ppd. That must be awful.

I miss Jamie, too - Jamie, are you out there?
post #57 of 341
Kitty - what a sweet story!

Teething....sorry to hear about the teething crankies. We used hyland's and occasional infant tylenol with dd1, and nothing so far for dd2...so i don't have any advice...just sympathy.

I love the leopard swaddle!

Here are some fairly recent pix of Z.....
post #58 of 341
Zoe is so cute!!! It's a shame she's so sad all the time

Kate - I love the swaddle and the babylegs! Kiernen won't allow swaddling anymore, he fights it and wants to be free. Same with his diaper.

Man, this kiddo just wants to SEE everything! He HAS to be able to look around at ALL times. If there is ANY noise in the house, he HAS to see what it is. And we have 4 cats. So even when it's quiet...it's not. He is such a sweetheart, though - he really communicates! Different noises and wiggles and all mean different things. And he gets better at sitting up every day!

I think he's teething, too, so he has this sort of humming he does - I call it his singing - that lets me know he is a wee bit uncomfortable. No crying though, yet. I haven't even busted out the Hyland's or anything. I'm hoping it stays at this low level but we shall see. I know I certainly cannot make plans for him.

The other night he slept for 5 hours straight! It was amazing, he has never, EVER done that before. BUT he was awake until 2am to make that happen. So I'm not sure it was a great trade...Last night he was right back to his normal 1-1.5 hour waking schedule. Well, not waking so much as fidgeting and then quietly rolling toward me with his arms outstretched, waiting to be nursed. How can I resist? My sweet little boy.
post #59 of 341
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Originally Posted by chasmyn
not waking so much as fidgeting and then quietly rolling toward me with his arms outstretched, waiting to be nursed. How can I resist? My sweet little boy.
Oh, I love that so much. There is nothing, nothing in the world so good as that right now.
post #60 of 341
Hi everyone!

I've mostly been lurking around the August mamas thread, but I'm coming out now!

I was just wondering....I've seen that so many of us are having major sleep traumas during this four month period. Does anyone know the reason for this or how long it is supposed to last!!!!?? My ds has been doing the 45 minute nap thing now for a couple weeks and it's really frustrating for all of us. Also fighting sleep and not sleeping as soundly at night.

Another question....I have been reading that babies have 3-4 hour sleep cycles and if they can't soothe themselves into the next cycle they will wake up. I have been assuming that my baby is hungry every time he wakes up. And he does wake up every 3-4 hours at night. Could it be that he just needs help getting back to sleep? How do we know?!?!

Side note..I am not able to breastfeed...so I can't do the nighttime nursing bit.

Any insight would be soooo greatly appreciated!
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