or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Baby › Life With a Baby › February 06 Babies!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

February 06 Babies!

post #1 of 127
Thread Starter 
Josephine was born in November but due in Feb so she is like a newborn now. We are enjoying the newborn period - lots of cuddling but very little sleep!
post #2 of 127
Bumping this thread up! Let's check in! Nora is sleeping on my lap. She has a cold , but seems okay. 6 days seems a little young for a cold, but her big sister really wanted to share it. No fever or anything, but I am watching her like a hawk. Nursing is going well, and she is doing a little better being awake during the day and sleeping at night. It is great having my mom here helping out. Okay, I'll have to type more later. I'd love to hear from everyone!

post #3 of 127
Lauren is 12 days old, and doing well. She knows that I need more recovery time, so she doesn't want to sleep much unless I am holding her - gotta love that! I am sorta cramping again, I think since we've got my in-laws in town on top of a plumbing fiasco!

We started out tandem nursing, but Aubrey seems to really be weaning herself now - from several times a day just a week ago to suddenly she's nursed 4 times since Friday. Lauren is nursing really well, and any jealously that Aubrey exhibited about sharing her nursies has all but vanished.

Hope everyone is doing well!
post #4 of 127
Courtney is 28 days old now... I feel like she is "old"!! She is just as cute as the day she was born though..

She has learned to love her rattle. She can hold it and sort of rattle it around. Then she puts it in her mouth. It is the cutest thing! She also loves her bathtime. At first we were nervous but she enjoys it so much. Also BF is going great. We're almost pros at it now! I have to go back to work in 2.5 weeks... I am dreading it... I absolutely do not want to go back! I am enjoying her and the quality time we have together way too much to do it... If the military didn't make me go back, I would quit my job in a heartbeat!
post #5 of 127
Abby-I am sorry to hear that Nora has a cold so early. I hope she gets feeling better soon.

Kritzy-I understand the dreading go back to work, I am already dreading it myself and I still have about 5 weeks to go. Do you have good care lined up?

Asher is 5 days old now. He is so much happier now that my milk has come in! And has it ever! Both yesterday and and today I am so painfully full, I can't wait for my body to even itself out.

He is really such an easy baby (at least compared to Sonja) he sleeps in 3-4 hour stretches during the night after awake time from about 10-12, and sleeps a fair amount of the day as well. The only down side to that is that Sonja is up at about 6, but thankfully she has been happy getting up with dh.

One of the greatest things since Ashers' birth has been to see a change in dd and dh's relationship. She is so much more willing to be with dh now and they are having such a great time. Before she was such a mama's girl.
post #6 of 127
William is three weeks old today; I can't believe it! He is such a sweet baby. He can get very angry if I don't feed him quickly enough when he is hungry, though! For now, it is pretty cute. He is sleeping well during the night (3-4 hour increments) but during the day we are having challenges. He seems soooo tired, but it is really hard to get him to sleep for very long at a time, until the evening. Then, it's hard to keep him awake long enough to eat! We'll figure it out one of these days...

My husband went back to work yesterday, after taking the past three weeks off. It has been going very well so far for us at home--much better than I had expected. I would not have been ready for him to go back after two weeks, like we had originally planned!

Nursing has been going much better than it did the first week, but it still isn't really second nature. When does it generally get easier? i.e., when do you guys think I would be able to have one hand free to read, pick up a glass of water, etc.? Right now I use one hand to hold his head and one to hold my breast--otherwise, I am afraid he would slip back and tug on/bite my nipple...ouch. Did you guys all enjoy nursing from the start? I think I will get there, and I am definitely determined to breastfeed for 1 year plus, but right now I can't really say I enjoy it that much.

Abby, I hope Nora feels better quickly!
post #7 of 127
Honeybee's Mama- I have care lined up through the base. They are great when they are in the "newborn" room... Once they get to the walking/biting stage they are so horrible. I will definately have to find different care for her when she gets to be at that stage. I think it's probably just the protective mama in us that makes us so critical of who is watching our kids, but I think I would prefer somebody watching her at their home aposed to the day care situation. My friends go there, so it will be great if I ever need somebody else to pick her up for me. Do you have great care arranged yet? The part about going back to work that I am afraid of is that I will not be able to pump enough milk for her to make it through the days. I don't want to FF during the day, but when I pump she gets cranky because there isnt as much milk. I think it was because she was going through her growth spurt and seemed to need food 24/7. Now it shouldnt be as bad. All she does is sleeps.

AnyaK - You'd be surprised at how fast William learns to hold the breast himself. Start by putting a pillow under him and bringing him to the breast instead of bringing yourself to him... It will free one hand... then eventually you'll see that he can pretty much feed himself and you can use both hands! You can start using your free hand to touch his hair, pick the lint out from behind his ear, clean his ear, or wipe the slobber from his face... Then eventually it will be second nature to move your hand further away. I guess I got frustrated helping Courtney eat because she kept getting lost trying to find my breast, so I started sort of laughing at her as she tried to figure out what she was doing... Of course not when she was REALLY hungry and crying for it... but when she was mid-eating and being goofy. So, now she can find it pretty good for herself.
post #8 of 127
I do have care lined up-sort of. Dd has care two days a week that is awsome! It is in the mama's home, she provides yummy vegan food, and gives care like I would give, she is actually a Mothering mama too. But the catch is that she has a ds who is a year and says she wants to wait until her baby is less of a baby before she watches Asher (understandable). So until then dh and I have a very confusing split schedual. I don't see dh much at all but it works. It will get us through June when school is out (I substitute teach) and by fall, hopefully, ds can be in daycare 2 days a week and I can work full time.

5xmom: How is Joey doing? I can't believe how long ago November feels! How are you and your family doing?
post #9 of 127
I thought I'd jump in. I was pretty inactive in the due date club because of a bunch of miscarriages, but now that little Robson is here, I feel a lot better. He was a Valentine's baby, so he was 2 weeks old yesterday. His dr. was impressed with his weight gain (8-7 to 9-3 on Monday), but it's hard to get enough food in him during the day so that he sleeps. I have been having him sleep in a cradle (I feel guilty about this) because DS (he'll be 4 in May) has been pretty demanding and I want to make sure he gets plenty of momma time. Rob does sleep 3 hours during the day, though, when he gets plenty of milk. I'm trying our KKAFP a little each day so that I can sling him more at home soon and when we're out. We're having some latch-on problems that I didn't remember with DS1, but I'm hoping those will be resolved in the next couple of weeks.

We're having major violence issues with DS1 right now and it's draining all of our energy. But, it started last May so I'm hoping this phase is over soon and we can get into a peaceful, loving routine!

It's good to see that everyone seems to be doing well overall.
post #10 of 127
Sarasprings - When can you start to use a sling? I keep hearing everyone say that they do this.. but I've never used one before Carrying the carseat everywhere is getting heavy and annoying. Even though I got the one that latches in to the base in the car, I think I would almost prefer taking her out in a sling. I'm just afraid her head would flop around?
post #11 of 127
krizty - I'm not a sling expert. We tried one with DS1 and it didn't work (too much fabric, he was small and got lost) and we didn't know enough to try other kinds -- or even that there were other kinds (this was pre-MDC). The only thing we bought for this baby was a Kangaroo Korner Adjustable Fleece Pouch because it seemed easy enough even for us. It says you can start with a newborn. We tried it yesterday and Robson didn't love it, but we'll try again today. The baby can be in it a bunch of different ways. Here's the website so you can take a peek (they even have an outlet section).

post #12 of 127
I've been popping Nora in the sling, It is an unpadded ring sling, and she tolerates it fairly well. Neither of my babies have liked the cradle hold at all, but they do like the heart to heart carry. Nora is so much smaller than Zoe was, that I do feel like she is swimming in there a little bit, but I've been rolling receiving blankets to pack around her, and then cinching it as tight as I can. I also have a new native, and a moby-type wrap. She hates the new native, and I haven't gotten brave enough to try the wrap yet. I think I need someone to actually show me how to do it, because I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the directions I've found on line.

Nora still has her cold, and has a cough that sounds really nasty. I took her to see my midwife on Tuesday so she could listen to her lungs to make sure they were clear, and her lungs sound great, so I think the mucous is mostly in her throat, and just sounds really bad. But even though she is sleeping pretty well at night, I've been staying awake to listen to her breathe, because it just makes me so nervous to have a little baby who is sick. She doesn't act sick though, and no fever at all. I just want her to get better now!

Dd1 is definitely having a hard time. She is really great w/Nora, but is doing lots of tantrums, and really really fighting sleep. And pretty much only wants Mama.

That's all for now, Hope everyone else is well,
post #13 of 127
post #14 of 127
I hope Nora gets better soon!

I have an unpadded ring sling, too, and Lauren seems to like it. I haven't tried any padding or anything with it yet, she gets fairly cozy being upright, heart to heart. I can't seem to get comfy enough to nurse her in the sling, but since I don't really have a problem with nursing in public, I guess it doesn't matter.

Aubrey's tantrums have increased, too. In both frequency and severity. It sure makes recovery more challenging!

Have any of you begun to think about birth control yet? My midwife asked me today, and I haven't put much thought into it yet. I used the mini pill after Aubrey was born, but am not sure if that's our best option this time around. Probably is, just feel like I should check into things a bit more before I say for sure.
post #15 of 127
Here you all are! Kaia is 12 days old and still a fussy girl. Nursing almost nonstop, which is good because I have a fragile supply and I want to get it established. Unfortunately that means she wants to be held nonstop and by me. Dad isn't good enough. Not sleeping more than an hour or so at night and 2-3 hours during the day, so I'm starting to feel a little crispy around the edges. She is super hyper alert though and goes through a whole range of facial expressions awake and asleep--it's so funny, like she's enacting a shakespearean comedy or something.

DS is having a very hard time, extra whiny and clingy and demanding. Also he sprained his ankle really badly last night horsing around and is now at the peds with DH to make sure it isn't broken. He has been running poor DH into the ground too. I have him home from work for another week and then my mom is going to come up. I'm not sure what I'm going to do all alone with both of them--they're both so demanding! DS has decided to wean though, at long last (he dry nursed for over 2 years). When my milk came in he took one look at it and said "what is THAT stuff???" and said he didn't want to have any nummies. He hasn't asked since. I'm a little perturbed that we stuck it out this long and he doesn't even want to try it, but he doesn't remember there ever being milk (he was about 9-10 months when my milk dried up, long story)

I've been slinging her since about day 3 just to give my arms a break. She prefers my hug a bub (wrap) to the zolo ring sling, but I can't nurse in the hug a bub so hopefully we'll figure the cradle position in the zolo soon. My arms and back and shoulders are killing me!

I'm so sorry Nora has a cold! DS's allergies kicked in this week and I was so worried he had a cold and was going to give it to her. We were washing our hands like maniacs.

As for birth control, well you have to have sex to need it, and somehow I doubt we'll get any child free time for a while considering how these two sleep (or don't sleep...)
post #16 of 127
sylvia won't sleep anywhere but in my arms, which is why there are no caps in this reply---i'm typing one-handed. i'm going to get sling tomorrow. my sil was going to send me a homemade one, but there whole house has whooping cough, so i asked her not to send it in case the fabric could be infected. i'm getting a maya wrap ring sling. i really hope i like it, otherwise i;ll never get anything done around here.
post #17 of 127
re birth control....i've been doing tons of research ande have pretty much decided that there are no good methods out there. I keep thinking about an iud, but the idea of something foreign in my body really freaks me out. I don't do well with hormones, and i'm allergic to spermacide. and the problem with condoms is that they actually need to be used in order to be effective. In the past we've relied on a mixture of condoms and withdrawal, but we were okay with the possibility of another baby even if the timing wasdn't great. After spending the last nine months puking due to an hg pregnancy, I feel like I absolutely cannot get pregnant for at least the next 4-5 years, and then maybe we'll reassess. so....I don't have a clue. For now I think we are using a similar method to Steph, two kids with sleeping issues in our bed

Nora also does the many faces comedy routine. It is so funny, Zoe was such a sleepy baby ( I had to torture her to get her to stay awake long enough to nurse) that having an alert baby is a whole new thing for us.

Heather, I really hope that the sling works for you and Sylvia. It has been such a lifesaver with both of my babies. Although they both have hated the cradle position, so we never have gotten nursing in it down.

Okay, my other arm is completely asleep. But my ability to type one handed is sure improving .

post #18 of 127
Hi ladies~

Abby, so sorry to hear that Nora is still sick. I hope she gets better soon, and I hope you can sleep soon. Ava has had a few nights with a really stuffed up nose, and I have a hard time sleeping when she's like that.

I have used my New Native(that MissBliss/Abby gave me). It works pretty good if she is already content when I put her in. We went for a 20min. walk the other day, and she slept the whole time. Today we have to go to Lowe's, and I'm going to try to use it there. I am not sure if I should be taking her out when she is so young, and during flu season, but dh needs my input on some items for remodeling that he is working on while he is home. I may change my mind about going in when we get there, and stay in the truck and nurse! We'll see!!

When people say "nothing prepares you for having a baby", they are right. No matter how much you think you are ready, you aren't. I feel so tied down with nursing, that I can barely even move around my house! I am so happy to be a mother though, that it doesn't really matter. Things will get smoothed out, and this precious newborn time will be over before we know it.
post #19 of 127
Happy to find you all here!

Ben is doing pretty well, although all last night and today he has been super gassy and NOT happy. He hasn't slept for more than half an hour at a time, so neither have I. I was so frustrated last night. He seems to be improving some now though...I wish I could know what it is that suddenly made him gassy.
Today we had a bath together for the first time, and he loved it! So now I know one sure way to make him forget his troubles ...for a little while, anyways.

I have a maya wrap, and have been having some trouble getting him comfortable in there. I really hope to figure it out soon though, my house is such a mess! Right now I have him in a semi-reclined position, but have to keep my hand on his back because otherwise he just turns into a little ball and I don't think he can breathe very well. Still haven't figured out the heart-to-heart position. I'm considering getting a hotsling to use while he is small, but they are so pricey!

post #20 of 127
I have a hotsling (got a bargain on the TP) that Asher has been in a few times for about 20-30 minutes. He is happy initially but then gets more grumpy after awhile, I think it will just take some getting used to. I also have a wrap that I have yet to use, I must admit I am a little intimidated about it.

re birth control....i've been doing tons of research ande have pretty much decided that there are no good methods out there.
I agree! Between kiddos we ended up using a diaphram not because I liked it, but because I really didn't want any of the other methods out there! We will probably end up doing the same thing again. I wish there was a method that I actually liked and felt good about!

Winnie-Did you eat anything different than usual? Dd was extremely sensitive to dairy, but she did not show signs though until she was about 2 weeks old.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Life With a Baby
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Baby › Life With a Baby › February 06 Babies!