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post #41 of 84
OMG - I just realized that my username made it seem like I knew I would have a daughter named Carolina. I totally DIDN'T. I used Carolina b/c of my state!! I think I jinxed myself into having a girl! - We KNEW that we were going to have a boy.... weird
post #42 of 84
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Anyone else finding that they're routines are changing? This past week, as dd crossed over into her 3rd month, I find that her sleeping schedules (which had been nice and stable for a month at least) are all topsy turvy.
We're still at 3-4 naps per day. But after a few night of 8 hours without nursing, I think Nate hit a growth spurt and has been eating 5-6 times per night and a lot more during the day as well! : And he's outgrowing most of his 3-6 month clothing.
post #43 of 84
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We're still at 3-4 naps per day. But after a few night of 8 hours without nursing, I think Nate hit a growth spurt and has been eating 5-6 times per night and a lot more during the day as well! : And he's outgrowing most of his 3-6 month clothing.
Ditto! Isa hit the growth spurt a little early and now her schedule (and her temperament) is all out of whack. My peaceful baby that slept through the night at 4 weeks is now awake and hungry every two hours... alll.... night... long... uh. We never knew how good we had it! : And man is she fussy! It's hard to put her down, especially if you want her to take a nap.

We're about 4 days into this spurt and how I hope it ends soon!:
post #44 of 84
When are the "growth spurts?" Gingy had one at 6 weeks, definately 8 weeks... I feel that she's having one at 14 weeks...
post #45 of 84
It depends on the baby, but generally 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months. I also know babies that have ones at 2 weeks and 4 weeks instead of 3 and 6.
post #46 of 84
I'm sorry, I should update!! on us.
Gingi (who is the OLDEST of the August DDC!!) ... she was born 8:02 am on Aug. 1!! ... is now at least 15# and very, very long. She's wearing on average 9 month clothes, and some 1 year clothes! My older daughter and she can literally swap diapers (my older daughter is two and very petite, not more than 24#).

She started out poor in the sleep department (eating every hour for the first two months). It wasn't bad sleep, just she was hungry. But as a result, for sixty days, I didn't sleep more than 3 hours a night, and all of it broken up through the night. No exageration. After sixty days my milk gave out. Entirely. My back went out. Almost entirely. And I became anemic. Soooooo....

We went out and got organic formula (dairy based) and, at two months, gave gingi a bottle at night. Gradually, my DH took over all the night feeds and co-sleeping (I sleep with my other daughter).

Now, Gingi sleeps a good 8 hour stretch easily (often my DH will wake her up at that point to feed her) in the first part of the night (we put her in a swing for this part). And then she sleeps til about 5 am when I start my day and nurse her. She goes back after that for more of rest, and then is up.

I've noticed too that Gingy is very "in-arms" now -- she must be in arms at all times when she is awake. She's such a non demanding baby I don't mind but it is exhausting. I really never get a break during the day and by 330pm when DH get home, I'm am so ready to collapse.

Must run. Love to you all.....

Liz
post #47 of 84
Hey Catskillmama...I keep meaning to ask you (if you don't mind saying), where in upstate NY are you located?
post #48 of 84
I think we might be teething... drool fountains... finger gnawing... general fussiness... fussiness at the boob... weird, painful, random cry... ridgy gums... and when I put my finger in her mouth, she doesn't suck, she grinds down. But she's not even 3 months yet! : Let's see... and she was getting a lot of green poo, so we've been block feeding, which is getting us back into mustard territory but making me feel like i'm going to pop in the night.

And i'm starting to worry about myself... even though we have plenty of clothes as gifts and hand-me-downs, I still just want to buy more baby clothes, especially from Old Navy. It's so easy, when stuff is on sale for $3.... and everything is so cute... help!
post #49 of 84
It's nice to see some of the old familiar "faces" who haven't checked in for a while! I've been wondering about a few mamas from our DDC since I haven't heard from them. I always assume it's just that they're busy with the new baby, but it's always good to know! I miss all the online chatter before our babies were born, but of course I'm infinitely happier that I'm not pregnant now!!!
post #50 of 84
hi all. i've been lurking, but not writing. not sure why. i just hate to complain or talk about myself.

since vegan mama said she was curious, i thought i'd give you all an update.

we LOVE calliope. she is healthy happy and wonderful. see her at www.ruskins.org.

one week after she was born, we found out that dh, who has been battling mercury poisoning for the past two years, has lyme disease and 3 other serious tick diseases. he will get better, but it will take 1-2 years. the treatment makes him so sick that he often can't get out of bed or hold calliope. he had to quit his job. needless to say, it is very sad, but we must try to keep our spirits up for dd.

more on calliope: she is so many weeks now that i'm starting to count in months. she was born on 8/1 so she is nearly 3.5 months old. my current focus is making sure she sleeps enough during the day. i'm finding this very difficult. any ideas?

like vegan, i'd love to read more updates and see more photos.
post #51 of 84
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I took Eloise in to the emergency room last night She is okay, but it was not a fun experience.

I called the nurses helpline last night because she has a pretty good cough and had read online that if they are under 3 months old that you need to talk to your doctor about it. Well, the nurse said I should take her to the nearest emergency room. I was suprised that was her advice, but off Eloise and I went. Well, they find out she has a low fever. Not concerned at all about the cough. Because they couldn't find a cause upon visual inspectiom (ie not a ear infection or throat thing) they like to err on the side of safety and perform some tests to see if it's a worse infection. First they put in a catheter to get a urine sample. She screamed her head off. Then they tried to find a vein (visually, luckily they didn't start poking around!) and after a few tries of tying up her arms and looking at her legs they decide to do a heel prick on her foot. This was SOOOO awful. It was way worse than the PKU heel prick because they needed to "milk" the blood out of her foot. Then she needed chest x-rays. The result? She seems just fine but I have to watch her very closely for fevers.

It was so awful. My poor baby screamed her head off and I felt so helpless. I'm just glad they didn't find anything wrong. Hopefully she starts feeling better soon.
post #52 of 84
mamamilkers - I'm soooo sorry you and Eloise had to go through that. It sounds very much like what we went through with Nate when he was 2 weeks old (all because he had decided not to eat for almost 24 hours and sleep and sleep and sleep); I agree that the heel stick was the worst too!!!! Two nurses squeezing the heck out of his foot for 20 minutes while he screamed bloody murder! :
But like you, I was happy that there was actually nothing really wrong. What a way to spend the day though.

- Krista
post #53 of 84
mamamilkers-- I bow to you for your courage during that night at the hospital... My impulse would have been to run out of the room while this was going on... or pass out... I am so glad your baby is OK.

jesamin-- I'm in the woodstock area

hi veganf/krista, been enjoying your posts muchly, thank you ...

ursula rose-- I had serious lyme for two years. Had to do a rocephen drip for six months (had done massive oral antibiotics for 1.5 years to no avail). That finally cured me (as I had had mainly "brain" symptoms). I had to see several drs. until I found a really solid one in NY state. Do you have a good dr? It's so key. I also had babiesiosis (sp?). Nasty. But, to reassure you, I had a really bad case and I did get 100% better, with NO recurrences once I was better. If you have any questions, please PM me. I too had to stop work and school for a time (six months) and then only work parttime for over a year. But I'm fine now. Good luck....... big hugs.
post #54 of 84
Wow, I haven't been around in awhile. Things are going well. I am watching SIL's kids 3 days a week since she went back to work. So now I'm taking care of my 3 mo. old, her 4 mo. old, homeschooling my almost 8 yr old, and doing some preschool-y stuff with her almost 3 yr old.: It's actually a lot less chaotic than it sounds.
Sean is growing like a weed. He's been in 3-6 mo clothes for about 4 wks now. He was sleeping really well at night, actually slept 8 hrs one night. But, now he's up every hour to nurse, probably a growth spurt, hopefully we'll be getting some long stretches in again soon.
I am pumping 12 oz a day for my niece, I feel like the family cow.
Overall, things are really well. Halloween was a blast, we took all 4 kids trick or treating, and I'm really looking forward to the holidays.
post #55 of 84
I am also checking in for the first time in a while. I was so relieved at having a successful VBAC that I forgot that I was going to have to deal with in-laws staying at the house and all kinds of other stressors.

But now, things have calmed down. Dominic is THRIVING--and I am happy to see all the mammas here with their beautiful babies.
post #56 of 84
hi! updating for the first time ever, i think!

we're doing great. baby ian has got to be the easiest kid ever...dd was super high needs, always crying, in arms, only wanted me, etc... We feel really lucky and are just enjoying him so much. he just started smiling and the past two days we've been able to get him to laugh...of all things, he's chortle to my dh drooling back at him and me making monster noises, lol! he's just so mellow compared to my daughter, very content with just about anything. my biggest challenge is that he appears to be a night owl and i've been on the early to bed-early to rise track with my daughter for the past 3 yrs, so even staying until 11 for me is hard! i went back to work 2 wks ago, just two days a week. my dh is home and i can't believe how well its going. fortunately i love my job (birth center midwife), so at least being away from the kids, i'm doing something great. and ian doesn't fuss much and is taking a bottle of expressed milk fine. haven't been gone overnight yet, still pretty anxious about that. dd is already asking for a little sister and is enjoying ds. she loves to help "keep him safe" while he's laying in the boppy, by covering him with her body. fun fun...seems to keep getting easier having 2, the first 8 wks were quite the challenge.
post #57 of 84
Whew! I'm almost done surviving my first week alone with baby Stella! Dh has been out of town for a work conference...and I've been solo-parenting for the past few days. Aside from having a little less me-time and time to relax...it has gone really well. I've been using every free moment I have these past few days to do critical tasks...it will be nice when Dh gets home and I can relax during Stella's down times and not have to worry about dinner, walking the dog, bringing in firewood, etc.
I was petrified when he mentioned this conference a few months ago, and absolutely sure I couldn't handle being alone with a newborn, but now I'm amazed at how much easier things have gotten and how my confidence has improved. yay motherhood...the ultimate self-esteem booster!
post #58 of 84
dp has less than 3 weeks of parental leave left, and I am panicking. I have only been alone with noth kids once for a half hour. :
post #59 of 84
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Whew! I'm almost done surviving my first week alone with baby Stella!
Hi five! It's great when those trips are done.
My husband was just gone for 3 days, home for 3 days, and is now gone again for 5 days. Today has been insane! What's worse is trying to figure out how to get everyone where they need to be; everything always seems to start during Nate's morning naptime. :
post #60 of 84
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It's nice to see some of the old familiar "faces" who haven't checked in for a while! I've been wondering about a few mamas from our DDC since I haven't heard from them. I always assume it's just that they're busy with the new baby, but it's always good to know! I miss all the online chatter before our babies were born
Me too!
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