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week of 6/18, weekly "Life w/Babe" check in

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Hi all. Here's our new thread. Sorry I am late starting it - life has been crazy. Hope everyone is well. Will post more when I have a quiet minute.
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We're doing well here. I have a follow-up at the ped this morning to re-evaluate Kirsten's jaundice. Hope they don't need to draw more blood. We also had our mw follow-up on Friday. Kirsten was super-fussy there so the mw gave her some homeopathic lycopodium and like magic, she passed a ton of gas, pooped BIG TIME, and was happy and calm the rest of the afternoon! Since then, I've been giving her lycopodium during her fussy time (8-10pm or so) and it's worked beautifully.

Does anyone have instructions for making a wrap out of 5 yds. of fabric? I'm using my hotsling most of the time right now, and she loves it, but I thought a wrap might be a nice alternative, especially since she loves to be up against me.

The older kids have been great! I have a mother's helper (27 yo. ballerina and dance instructor my neighbors recommended) starting two mornings a week today. Kay (my 2 yo) already knows her and loves her. We'll see what Jacob thinks! I think it will really help me to keep up with things to have her helping out.
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JayGee, thanks for sharing about lycopodium. I think that could be helpful for us too. My babe is especially fussy & gassy in the evenings too. One thing that really helps her, and it may seem bizarre, is when she gets really grunty & uncomfortable we do a diaper change and gently spread open her little bum. This causes the gas to immediately expell and she feels so much better. I discovered it when changing her diaper and when I lifted her up to put another diaper on, she immediately passes major gas. I have also been giving her a little sponge bath before bed & put some lavendar EO on the washcloth. This seems to help calm her too.

How was Father's Day for everyone? Mine was bittersweet. We had a nice celebration for my dh, but it was my first Father's Day since my own father died, and that was really sad. I was trying very hard to keep it together for the kids. Then my 4 year old dd asked, "Does grandpa in heaven know we have a new baby?" That did it, floodgates opened. But, overall, I did OK.
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Sorry about your dad, Max. That must have been tough.

I feel bad about my DH's Father's Day because we didn't really do anything and I was grouchy through most of the day because of all the clutter in our living room right now. We ended the night with a couple big bowls of ice cream so it turned out okay in the end.

Catherine is doing great, she sleeps and nurses and that's about it. She is so quiet...even when she cries for me it's so soft and sweet. Ever since I've stopped eating chocolate she's been doing much better at night, I guess I was right about it upsetting her tummy. That's too bad but since I've only lost 9 or 10 pounds since I gave birth to this 9 pound baby, I guess I could use a chocolate boycott.

The older 2 kids are doing okay, they've been better-behaved lately I've noticed. Maybe it's just because DH has been home for 2 weeks. Today was his first day back at work.
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Hugs Max! That set me off too. What sweet babies you have!

The breastfeeding drama continues with little Annabelle. Her pediatrician is convinced that her loud and slightly off kilter suckling will affect my milk supply, however the child is gaining an ounce a day. They did a pre and post-weigh on her today when I nursed. She took in 3.4oz in 9 minutes. She is just super efficient.
They still want us to see a specialist though. So Thursday we see another IBCLC and an occupational therapist. Here is my question though... let's say they figure out what she is doing "wrong"... How do you teach a three week old to do it differently? Isn't she doing what feels right and works for her? Why am I the only one not worried about her

Have a great week ladies! Keep loving those new little bundles. It amazes me how much I love this little monkey... even more every day.
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My older ds is a big lycopodium kid. It's a fabulous remedy, and seems to be indicated for him A LOT.

Patrick is doing well, getting enormously fat! By 3 wks he'd gained 2 lbs over his birth weight, have no idea where he is now! I have my 6 wk appt Weds, and I'm really excited to see my midwife. I was a little blue there for a while, but I seem to be coming out of that funk now, thank goodness.
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Max ~

Today is my DD's 2nd b-day so we had a big father's day/b-day picnic at a state park yesterday. My poor DH worked from sun-up to sun-down cooking, packing the cars, grilling and then cleaning it all up. He says he didn't mind but I feel bad that I was not able to be more helpful.

Nanners ~ Glad you are feeling better.

Laurie ~ I think the concern is that it can cause problems down the line (mainly becoming very painful for you) if she's not latching properly.

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Does anyone have instructions for making a wrap out of 5 yds. of fabric? I'm using my hotsling most of the time right now, and she loves it, but I thought a wrap might be a nice alternative, especially since she loves to be up against me.
Mine is just 5 yards of batik fabric that I cut in half lengthwise (so I actually have two identical wraps). I didn't even hem it. I used instructions on the moby wrap site and thebabywearer to learn how to tie it.
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Things are well here... We narrowed down the cause of ari's gassiness- unfortunatly its dairy ... after 2 weeks of not eating any, i had a bunch of cheese at dinner and oh- what a sad tough night we had- my poor baby was in so much pain and I was just saying "sorry baby, sorry baby"... not a lot of sleep was had in this house... now i'm mourning some of my favorite foods : and all the great meals I still have in the freezer... but of course i just want to be sure my little boy's belly is okay...

I'm curious about lycopodium... I've tried chamilla to no avail- I'll look into this one...

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Originally Posted by JayGee
Does anyone have instructions for making a wrap out of 5 yds. of fabric? I'm using my hotsling most of the time right now, and she loves it, but I thought a wrap might be a nice alternative, especially since she loves to be up against me.
I have an ellaroo carrier (bought mostly cause the woman who owns the only fabric store in my town smokes in it and i couldn't stand to set foot in there while pregnant!) but there are instructions for making and tying a wrap at mamatoto's site http://www.mamatoto.org/ that is quite good. I've been really loving my wrap, though the pouch is still the little chestnut's favorite. I find the wrap is great for longer walks, and its cooler than the pouch on hot days... i think having both is great...

I hope everyone has a great week!
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Hugs Max that has to be hard.

Today is my first day back with my daycare kids, and it's going very well!! I was very emotional yesterday, as I was sad that my maternity leave was over, and just that she's growing so fast. But it's actually been nice to be back in a routine again. But it's definately trying with 6 kids here, and a newborn!:

Alayna is doing great, sooooo smiley! She is a spittin image of her older sister (Rachel) at that age!! I have starting using the cloth diapers now, as my disposable supply is gone. I'm loving them!!! Much easier than what I thought. Question tho, how often do you change your cloth babies? I hate the fact that she is wet, and worry about it being bad for her skin, so I change her every hour. Is that about how it is??

We had a great Father's Day, I got up with the kids, and made him a huge breakfast, then he watched golf, and I cleaned and did laundry, he went golfing around 2:00, and then we had people over for supper. Beautiful day!
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Well, Kirsten's jaundice level is down from 13.2 last Monday to 12.8 today. Not a huge drop, but it is slowly declining. The ped was NOT friendly to me at all. I think the homebirth thing kind of threw him. Unfortunately, we're military so I get whatever ped we get assigned to. Grrrr..... He still wants me to do 24 hours of formula ~ yeah, right. The nurse suggested topping each nursing off with cup-fed formula to help her poop out the bilirubin. I may try that, as she is the staff LC at our clinic and hopefully knows what she's talking about. Anyone else dealing with breastmilk jaundice???

Thanks for the wrap instructions, taimarie . I can't wait to give it a try.
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Things are going good here..

Judah just went swimming for the first time today and he loved it. The water seemed to calm him down. He is usually very fussy when he is awake but today he just chilled out when I had him in the pool with me...

Father's day was ok. Kinda relaxing. We had a nice lunch with my dad and then the inlaws took us out for dinner. The only bad part was that older ds didn't get a nap and oh boy..watch out when that happens...

Ok..I don't have much more to say...
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Hi all, things here are good, I just haven't had much energy for posting between baby care and family visiting. Plus, my stinking incision from the CS has been taking a looonnnggg time to heal and is still pretty painful. As time goes on I'm getting bits and pieces of information about the surgery and apparently my uterine scar tissue had adhered to my bladder, which is causing alot of the pain. It probably doesn't help that I'm packing around a 11+ lb. 4 week old!

I'm jealous of those using their wraps and slings so much, my abs just can't take more than a few minutes of wearing her in the Moby..guess I just need to be patient.

Judging from the PPs on life with these new May-babes I guess I should just be thankful that we avoided any jaundice, thrush or ultra-gassiness. Rosie-posie is usually pretty calm, although she seemed pretty unhappy after I ate a slice of "death by chocolate" cheesecake at a wedding reception this weekend

One question: Anybody know the ratio of water to salt to make saline drops. She is pretty congested and the bulb syringe is not effective or particularly comfortable for her. TIA

Enjoy these babies!
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Making nose drops
1. Saline (salt water) nose drops can be made as follows. You will need to buy a dropper at the pharmacy:
•Add 1/2 teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of warm tap water.
•Salt will dissolve in the warm water.
•Allow to cool before using.
How to use nose drops
1. Place 3–4 drops in one side of your baby’s nose while the head is tilted slightly back.Suction with the bulb syringe. Repeat on the other side. Baby may cough, sneeze and/orswallow part of the solution. This is normal.
2. Saline nose drops can be used whenever needed. If your baby has a cold or nasalcongestion that makes feeding difficult, use the nose drops before feedings.
3. Homemade saline nose drops should be made daily.
4. Store the saline in a clean bottle and use a clean dropper
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Originally Posted by luckylady
Making nose drops..........
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

That could have saved us a lot of trouble last week when NO store had saline drops, and I couldn't de-snot my poor baby! I'm so glad to know they can be made at home.
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((hugs)) to you, Max~

things are good here. I have been feeling a little left out though. dh and the boys have been getting out on the weekends. I have been staying home with wyatt. He is just to little for the heat and for the boat. I don't mingd staying home but the house sure gets quiet. We joined the local ymca and that is great-we get out and if I go early wyatt is the only child in the nursery-so he gets a lot of love from the girls and I can exercise or play with 6 yo at the pool. I have been timing it during his nap-so he sleeps the whole time and the girls love to hold him while he sleeps-He loves it too

I have been using my maya wrap sling all the time-it is great for nursing in public-the tail sheilds him and I just walk around like I normally would no one even knows he's nursing-except a few wise mamas!
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thanks!

Thanks for the saline drops info!
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Originally Posted by gnutter
((hugs)) to you, Max~
I have been using my maya wrap sling all the time-it is great for nursing in public-the tail sheilds him and I just walk around like I normally would no one even knows he's nursing-except a few wise mamas!
to the Maya Wrap!!!
I have walked around nursing C in the wrap only once so far, but it's been great when she's asleep and I need to get some things done in town. She will sleep forever all snuggled up with me; she doesn't do quite so well if I try to lay her down.
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We're doing well here. Phoebe has been very smiley and alert. She's growing quickly and is keeping her nice sleeping pattern going (sleeps from 10ish to 6ish with one feeding in the night). Her left clogged tear duct cleared, but the right is still a little gooey in the morning. My biggest complaint is her baby acne! I can't wait for her pretty, soft skin to show again!

Father's Day was nice; we had the first picnic of the year with some friends and family on a gorgeous (but buggy!) day on the ocean. Which made me wonder...how do you protect a newborm from mosquitoes?

We are also working on trying to get her to take a bottle since we have to leave her for a few hours Friday night. She'll probably sleep the whole time we are gone, but we are practicing with the bottle--which is not going very well yet! She keeps pushing it out with her tongue and crying. Any suggestions?

This Saturday we are taking her to a folk festival. It's a local thing, very low-key, and my students are singing with some of the performers! Phoebe LOVES the Baby Bjorn and has been awesome every time we've taken her out, so I think we'll have a good time.
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I forgot to check the thread yesterday! Max, just reading what your wrote made me choke up. I can't imagine losing my daddy.

Oops, Audrey is awake so I'll have to come back later.
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