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post #21 of 109
Dh changes at night, I don't (unless there's poo) the baby thats with me doesn't seem any worse off for it. We're doing a cloth sposie mix here. TBH with 3 in cloth I don't see that changing. Though we might be doing sposies for a bit since our washer just crapped out :
post #22 of 109
Kimberly--are you swaddling? Will she sleep in the crook of your arm, so you could at least lay down?

Cosleeping is not the dream I thought it would be...I have a fast letdown and a lot of milk so I can't really nurse laying down because I have to burp her every little bit otherwise she spits everything back up...so it's easier to just sit up. However, I am impressed that I have already mastered side lying nursing...when I'm not as full during the day we can pull it off.

It's funny how little the sleep deprivation bothers me this time. Granted Ellie sleeps pretty well most nights, but even still. I guess I just got used to it. I'm doing most of my bonding with her at night actually because during the day I'm very focused on giving my toddler lots of attention. In the middle of the night I can cuddle and snuggle on my newborn to my heart's content and not feel guilty.
post #23 of 109
TJ is 3 weeks old as of Friday. My little giant is an angel ( he's already over 12 pounds having been over 10 at birth), but I've had to drag out the bigger clothing. We haven't started cloth yet as my stash from DS#1 didn't hold up well being stored in the attic for 4 years, and the new stuff I ordered is too small.

I changed him almost every feeding even at night because he poops-not much- but all the time, little skid marks that irritate him.

I love getting to know him. We are finally connecting more!
post #24 of 109
I'm having so much fun...Dillon is already a week old! We had a few days of absolute hellish nights (up every 30-45 minutes all.night.long) but now he's sleeping 3 hours at a stretch pretty consistently all night, and he goes right back down after being nursed. I never thought I'd be *happy* to be woken every three hours, but it's much better than every 45 minutes! During the day, he stays up an hour or two between naps and he's so cute and alert

Nursing has been okay. Latch issues the first couple of days followed by serious engorgement followed by mastitis and antibiotics. But now that I'm feeling better (thank goodness, mastitis is the worst) he's also figured out his latch, my engorgement is going down, and he's gaining weight like crazy! Also figuring out this nak ing thing...

We're also using a combo of cloth dipes during the day and sposies at night, but I'm about to ditch the sposies--the leakage is really bad. Three clothing changes last night for pee dipes!: I don't change pee dipes at night unless he's fussy or has wet clothes, he just gets so upset to be naked, it isn't worth it.
post #25 of 109
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Originally Posted by SummerTwilight
she ONLY sleeps on me or my dh. So even when she IS sleeping I don't sleep well (unless she is on dh which will only be another week and then he is back to working nights) . I would love it if she would sleep alone, even if it IS in the bed next to me...but she loves to be patted on the back and tends to wake after about 30 min unless someone is right there to start patting her when she starts to wake.
What to do?
I'm on my 2nd baby who prefers to sleep on us and wakes pretty quickly if not. And, you may not like this option, but our box spring/mattress is on the floor and we put ds in his infant carseat (lined with a blanket) and right next to the bed for the first 2 wakings, then bring him into bed with us, at which point he sleeps on my chest or at my side while nursing. This allows me to get some good rest in between wakings because when ds is in bed w/ us, I'm highly aware of him and tend to sleep much more lightly and wake super frequently.
post #26 of 109
Does anyone else have a babe that's a little Zitty McZitterson? I knew it would come, as it did with DD#1, but I just hate how terrible my little girl looks She has zits everywhere on her face and even half way up on her head under her hair!

Any solutions to getting rid of them faster (like some Oxy? ) I wonder if some breastmilk on her face would help . . .

Anyways, just had to get that out! LOL
post #27 of 109
Thread Starter 
Nate had baby acne from about 2-4 weeks old. It'll likely go away on its own soon. We just wash his face every few days with a wet face cloth in the bath.
post #28 of 109
DD had bad baby acne, this one has a milder case but it's still not great. DD's was bad enough that it wasn't going away, and her ped recommended Dial soap--gentle enough for baby skin, but the antibacterial properties help clear up the acne. I wouldn't use it unless the acne is really bad, and I know it's totally non-NFL, but it worked great for us. This time I'm using a tiny bit of Dr Bronners and warm water on a washcloth.
post #29 of 109
I am trying so hard to suck every second I can from this newborn period. He's so wonderful. I love to watch him nurse. He loves to check out his surroundings from that safe vantage point. It is so cute. He's getting too big already. The outfit I have him in today is already almost too small. Boo hoo. We have about four or five days left of disposable diapers, then we're going to switch to cloth. Unfortunately, I can't find one bag of my diapers!!! Argh. I have a whole bunch of Fuzzi Bunz. I am completely at a loss as to where they could be. I thought they were in the basement, but they're not there. They're also not in the garage. I need inspiration to hit! They were in a Target bag, so I am just hoping that dh didn't accidentally throw them out. It's unlikely though - he barely takes the real trash out! LOL. Oh well. I'll resume the search this weekend.

Anyone else feel like a milk machine? Yowsa! This is the first time since my first child that I haven't had a toddler nursing as well. I had almost forgotten that I could probably feed the neighborhood. I got home from taking my daughter to mom/tot preschool and picking up my older son from his preschool and I sat in the car and nursed Louis. Luckily, we were in our driveway waiting for dh because I had to go in and change my shirt, bra and breast pads! I'm thinking about donating to the milk bank again.
post #30 of 109
hi all. i've missed you. these is so much to say and so little time. she is changing so much every day, i don't know what to say.

dd is 5 weeks old now. she is a total love.

sleep: what's sleep? we shouldn't be allowed to drive. 3 hour stretches. needing/wanting/hoping for 4 soon.

sling: she doesn't like maya wrap. neither do i. takes to much time. has a chicpapoose. cute/good but hurts my shoulders. today i'm going to try a baby nest. it works like a maya wrap, but it's already pre-tied.

food: i'm using a supplemental feeder (sns system) with formula (recipe made by dh). i can't express milk because of prior surgery. she LOVES to breastfeed. i totally hate the SNS. it is a dreadful piece of clumsy, bulky plastic.

fun: took her on her first hike in the forest. yay.

hang in there mamas.
post #31 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamamilkers
Does anyone else have a babe that's a little Zitty McZitterson? I knew it would come, as it did with DD#1, but I just hate how terrible my little girl looks She has zits everywhere on her face and even half way up on her head under her hair!

Any solutions to getting rid of them faster (like some Oxy? ) I wonder if some breastmilk on her face would help . . .

Anyways, just had to get that out! LOL
yes! my little Stella has the zitties big time! It's so sad...that beautiful little face all spotted, and it's on her scalp and neck too.
It got suddenly worse a few days ago, and I'm trying to think what I may have eaten if it irritated it.
I'm giving up dairy this week to see if it helps with her skin and her little bit of gassy irritableness.
Does anyone know how long it takes before I should see results from giving up a food group? Is a week long enough?
post #32 of 109
For dairy I was told it could be as long as 2 weeks to be out of the system, but I noticed a difference in a few days.

Kienan is also in the zitty club but not too badly. He has lost the hair on the top of his head so he has the band over the ears all the way around back of the head and the bald upper part

tara
post #33 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ursula Rose
food: i'm using a supplemental feeder (sns system) with formula (recipe made by dh). i can't express milk because of prior surgery. she LOVES to breastfeed. i totally hate the SNS. it is a dreadful piece of clumsy, bulky plastic.
I hate to hear that. I was going to try to get an sns because I hate giving Ian a bottle (actually a Haberman feeder) with his supplement in. I am jealous of the thing every time I use it. He loves to nurse and does the feeder ok but I don't want him to ever stop wanting to nurse.

He has a ton of baby zits too. Showed up this weekend on his face, neck, behind his ears and he's peeling and flaking too. Our poor babies.
post #34 of 109
Hi all-

Simon sweetie is a week + 1 day old today

Baby is sooooo adorable and doing really well...weight up, bf-ing great, first visit to the doc yesterday and passed everything with flying colors.

I have AWFUL constipation (I ended up having a c-section after 24 hours of labor, so it's not a big surprise but it SUCKS), so that is keeping me up during the night more than baby it.

Glad you are all doing well.
post #35 of 109
coop_mom, your post is exactly ditto for me. In between the 24 hours of labor, emergency section and percocet, I am finally convinced that there is something worse for digestion than pregnancy.

Luckily, Cleo does not share the same issue. These bf poos are so completely hilarious. She wiggles a bit, makes a face, and then there's a noise like a rotten tomato hitting an octagenarian elephant in the butt. And then we laugh for 20 minutes as we debate whether or not to wake a happily sleeping baby to clear out a truly egregious poo that she hasn't noticed yet.

I have so many little questions about this newborn period, and I'm not sure where to ask them. Every day is so full of wonder, confusion and fear! But Cleo is happy, healthy and strong at 1 week 5 days. She can actually hold her head up and inch around, and it is freaking us out. We put her down on her back and she can maneuver to her side and put her feet on the wall of the bassinet. Whoa, superbaby!
post #36 of 109
[QUOTE=magpiedee]

Luckily, Cleo does not share the same issue. These bf poos are so completely hilarious. She wiggles a bit, makes a face, and then there's a noise like a rotten tomato hitting an octagenarian elephant in the butt. And then we laugh for 20 minutes as we debate whether or not to wake a happily sleeping baby to clear out a truly egregious poo that she hasn't noticed yet.
QUOTE]

We do the same here. It's amazing the noise that one little poo can make. And he always seems to do it about 5 min after he falls asleep. He can't stand wet diapers but doesn't seem to notice poo at all. I've actually missed a couple and then I feel really bad because he hasn't complained and I slept throught the sound of them.

On another note, Ian gained 5oz this week bringing him up to 7lb 1oz. He's finally past his birth weight!!! I'm so happy. Now we don't go back to the dr for 2 wks. Yay!!!
post #37 of 109
Um, regarding BF poos... Cleo's started out puddingy with seeds. Now they are watery/liquid, although the exact same yellow/brown. She isn't crying, squirming, appearing sick or uncomfortable in any way. She is having plenty of wet diapers. So is it diarrhea, or is watery BF poo normal? I did go off percocet on Tuesday, and I know it is VERY constipating. Anybody know?
post #38 of 109
Thread Starter 
All three of my boys have been orangey liquid, with a little bit of curdiness. Totally normal for us anyhow!
If it gets a little green, that would indicate gassiness. Both otherwise there's a wide variety of normal breastfed poop.
post #39 of 109
hi magpiedee-

hope you're feeling better...i finally started feeling better at the end of last week thank goodness!

our poo issues are the same, the noise is so funny! and who wants to get baby freaking out when he's sleeping so nicely??

our newest issue is baby is super for 22 hours a day, then between 10-12 pm, he turns into satan child! demanding to nurse then fighting with my breast...snorthing and grunting, going back and forth from one breast to the other...and of course, this is the time of day when i'm completely exhausted!

anyone else have a boobie-fighting baby?
post #40 of 109
Hehe, the poo thing! I had NO IDEA how loud a newborn's farts & splatting poos would be!!! The def. helps lighten the mood when things suck

Jen, I'm SO HAPPY for you that Ian's gaining & the ped is cutting you some slack. WaHOO!!!
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