Deb- I'm so sorry about your cat. Our dog has been acting funny lately. I think she hurt herself or has arthritis. I feel so sad. She does not get as much attn as she did pre-children, and I know she feels really bad about it. I do try to give her more attn in the evening when the kids are asleep, but she's not always crazy about it. I feel like she is probably depressed too on top of not feeling great (and having a toddler pick on her). We're probably going to take her to the vet to see what is up. She is getting old and I am dreading the day when she will leave us, esp since the toddler now calls her by name (or at least tries to, her name is, "macy" and he calls her, "cici.")
Emily- Congrats!!!! I know what you mean about feeling bittersweet. That was how I felt when my oldest was 9 mo old and I found out I was pg with baby #2. Don't worry too much about your supply. If you see a dip, it will most likely be in your 2nd tri, but if you make it to your 3rd tri, chances are, you are in the clear unless your baby doesn't like the taste of the changed milk. I do not know what your BF goals are, but mine was to be able to BF my older baby for at LEAST 12 mo, if not longer while I was pg. I was able to make it to 15 mo before my milk dried up and it became obvious he was ready to wean (a lot of biting and not really being interested and wanting to take the time to nurse). It was difficult, he weaned in about 3 days and seemed happy about it. I felt sad about it. I did not know how I would feel about tandem nursing once the baby came. I was going to just leave it up to my toddler to decide, and I guess he decided not to continue. When the baby arrived I wondered if he would want to try to nurse again (I heard this is common). He came up to me a few times with his mouth open, saying, "ahhhh." However, he did not really remember what to do. I was willing to let him try (although him coming at me with a mouthful of teeth was not thrilling, since he was a nasty biter), but he didn't. I think the key is to let them know they are allowed to try again, if they want to, kwim? Anyway, with the biting, I totally remember that feeling you describe of the teeth scraping. My oldest was like that. His latch was never the greatest to begin with, plus I also think that maybe since you are pg, your breast and nipples may be feeling more sensitive than usual. Something that might help is making sure he opens his mouth nice and wide before latching on. What you do is open your mouth nice and wide and say, "aaahhhh," and he will most likely imitate you (at least that is what my baby did). I would not let him latch on until he has his mouth opened up big enough, b/c otherwise he would latch on shallowly (is that even a word?), and it would end up hurting, esp with the teeth issue. I hope the discomfort gets better for you. I will admit that nursing while pregnant, at least for me, was rather uncomfortable. However, I did it, b/c I wanted to make sure that my son had at least 12 mo of BM. The first thing I did when I found out I was pg with baby #2, was freak out about what would happen with BFing baby #1. So, your response is similar to mine. Congrats again! Having two so young can be tough, but I am just now starting to see some of the rewards. Joshua and Jonah are 18 mo apart, and I can already tell that they will be great playmates, esp since jonah adores his older brother, and joshua happens to be a kid who is big on sharing and trying to entertain his little brother.
Nothing new here, except jonah now has five teeth and he is wagging his butt in the air trying to crawl! It's just so cute!
I cannot believe it, he's growing up so quickly! What's weird is, he is not sitting up well on his own yet. I always thought babies sat up first before they started to crawl. Maybe it's b/c he's a belly-sleeper, he's always gotten tons of belly time and liked it (he doesn't like being on his back). At least that is what my toddler did as a baby, sit up independentally before crawling, but he was a back sleeper. However, he didn't crawl until he was 9 mo old... jonah's 6 mo and looks like he may start crawling in the next 2 wks or so!
Ohhh, I don't know what I am going to do, b/c we are trying to potty train my toddler too, and now I've got to worry about jonah possibly crawling all over the place while the toddler and I are stuck in the bathroom. Guess I'll have to strap him on my back in my MT.
I just started wearing jonah in the back carry position, b/c he's finally gotten past that spitty phase (although now we're in the drooly, change-the-bib-every-15-minutes stage), so I no longer have to worry (too much) about getting baby barf on my back (which is what happened when I tried to wear him on my back when he was 4 mo old).