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post #181 of 353
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Originally Posted by herwitsend View Post
what does this mean?
DDC means Due Date Club. Many of us were together through the pregnancy, talking about things as they came up, looking for others going through the same things, etc. It's in "I'm Pregnant."

Closing means that all the posts can still be read - they aren't going anywhere - you just won't be able to reply to them any longer or add new posts.

The two threads I mentioned are "stickies" (permanently up at the top of the community). Birth announcements are self explanatory, guessaboutababe was where we guessed gender (if unknown by u/s), birth date, weight, length, etc.

Does that help?
post #182 of 353
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Here's a question for you all. Where do you live and do you know very many folks who share your parenting ideals? How geographical is AP?
I live in Virginia and I know one girl who "wears" her baby (I just met a couple more at LLL). I don't know anyone who uses cloth diapers. Because I worked for a ped. I know several non-vaxing parents (all are parents of previously vaxed spectrum disorder kids). I, on the other hand, know tons of you're-going-to-spoil-her, CIO types. I only knew 4 mamas personally (before I took my childbirth class) who had natural childbirth.
I also live in VA! Northern, to be exact. This area is not exactly a haven of naturalness, for lack of a better word. My husband works at our local BRU and you would not BELIEVE the crap he encounters. : Although to be fair he taught a seminar on diapering the other night and 3 of the 5 moms who showed up wanted to know about CDing after he mentioned that we CD

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Originally Posted by asaunders View Post
DS was trying to simultaneously nurse AND frantically jam his hands in his mouth just now...:

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So, as we near/arrive at the anniversary of the conception of our Nov. babes, I wonder: how many of us out there conceived our little ones due to a little Valentine's Day lovin'? DS was (even though I didn't ovulate/conceive him until the 17th...)
Sydney does that too

I ovulated on the 19th of last year wow, it's almost been an entire year...!

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Originally Posted by babymakesthree View Post
My dd is drooling a TON! And chewing on her hands like mad. She tries to shove both fists in her mouth at the same time I can see outlines of teeth under her bottom gums so I am pretty sure she is teething. I use some hylands and it seems to help.

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One thing that sticks in my mind when I was researching baby weight gain was if you were asked how much a 30 year old man should weigh how would you even know how to answer that? People are not cookie cutters and we can't know how much a healthy person should weigh solely based on age.
Amber
I think I need to get some Hylands. We can see DD's teeth too.

That is such a good point about the 30 year old man
post #183 of 353
Can I join you ladies? November 10th baby here.
post #184 of 353
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Can I join you ladies? November 10th baby here.
OF COURSE! Our 1st Nov. 10th babe!
Welcome Evangeline Lily Marie!
post #185 of 353
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Poor old DD has a stuffy nose...cried in the middle of the night when she could barely latch on... DH had to suction her nose and I couldn't watch...the cries....

So - I am simply EXHAUSTED. : I spent all day (literally all day - from 8:30am to midnight!) redesigning my website...there's still more to do - but at least it's there...I'd probably spend all day doing it today (uploading more photos, etc.), but I've got a meeting at our organic community garden...they all wanted to see the baby, but we're keeping her home...followed by a baby massage class...depending on how DD is............

Hey - check out my new MDC signature...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... ............better sign off and make breakfast....................................
post #186 of 353
I need help! Ilana was weighed 2wks ago and was 9#5oz, yesterday she was 9#4oz. She's never nursed very well IMO, but she's always gained o.k. I'm thinking of just buying a pump and pumping when she doesn't nurse well. Then what do I do w/ it? She has a weight check again on Friday...

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How did you get a 2nd degree tear and a c/s? I thought one tore when the baby was coming out...vaginally. ??
He was acynclitic (era tilted to shoulder) and the dr tried using forceps to get him out. It didn't work (he's still stubborn like that), but I did get a tear.

I'm in Nebraska and AP isn't a big thing here, not at all. I have been sharing the Moby love though, everyone loves that thing (it's my homemade version). My LLL friends are great though, it's nice to have them.
post #187 of 353
Can I join too? Nov. 17th baby, Isabella
post #188 of 353
twogreencars - just checked out your new and improved website. It looks wonderful. Sorry dd is feeling ill.

thepeach - check out Kellymom.com it has the best nursing/pumping/storing information I've seen.

cmg - Your dd has the same b-day as mine.
post #189 of 353
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Originally Posted by ladybugchild77 View Post
pumping milk so excuse typos. anyone else tandeming? who else from our ddc is pumping?
My 3-year-old DD still nurses once a day, before bed, although she doesn't nurse to sleep anymore. I nursed her twice/day throughout DS's pregnancy (before nap and bed), but she hasn't napped since the day before DS was born. I've only actually nursed them both at the same time once, out of sheer necessity. I had been avoiding it, but I figured it would come up at some point. Unfortunately, I stopped enjoying nursing DD when I got pregnant and I was hoping that would change once DS was born, but it hasn't. I feel so guilty about it. I would never wean her completely - that's going to be up to her. It's only once a day, so I can totally handle it, but I just wish it was more pleasant. It's not that it hurts or anything (like when I was pregnant), it just feels....icky or something; I can't really explain it. I'm guessing it has something subconsciously to do with the new babe...??

As far as pumping goes, I've only pumped a few ounces, just to try to get DS to get used to taking a bottle. DD never took a bottle, but I would like DS to be able to, in case I go back to work (I was laid off from my part-time job last month, so I kind of got lazy about the whole bottle thing after that.) I really don't like pumping, probably because I'm not good at it because I don't have any practice. I have the Medela Harmony; I think I may upgrade to the Swing if DS readily takes the bottle, since it just seems to take too long to get more than 1.5 oz.

Does anyone ever feel like they want their DC to know how to take a bottle, just in case anything ever happened to you? I know it sounds nuts, but that was always my biggest fear with DD and it's starting to bother me again now - that I'd be in an accident or have to go to the ER or something and had to be separated from the baby and he would starve because I don't have any frozen milk (or formula....) in the house, but even if I did, he would refuse the bottle. That's seriously probably my sole REAL reason for even doing the bottle...otherwise, I feel like I could totally get around all of the other issues, since I managed with DD. I don't care about getting away for an evening or anything - if we go out (we haven't yet), then we would make sure to be back within 2 hours anyway (we're lucky to live within minutes of several movie theaters and great restaurants.) OK, I think I'll go to try to pump a bit while DH's home and can try to give DS a bottle...I'm getting anxious just thinking about this stuff...*sigh*

Anyone else dealing with anxiety lately??
post #190 of 353
thepeach80 - when Fiona was slow to gain weight, I would get up and pump at like 4 in the morning (yuck, I know) both sides for a few days to build up a milk stash. Then at some other point during the day, I would have DH give her that extra bottle that I had created by pumping. Because it was so much less work for her to get milk from the bottle, she was MORE than willing to drink it down if she was even the teensiest bit hungry. We were back on track by the next weigh in.

asaunders - I have been dealing with this type of anxiety since Fiona was born. I have caught myself saying to DH, "If something happens to me, make sure that..." at which he looks absolutely horrified. I don't know where this comes from. Perhaps it is that having a baby makes you think about your own mortality more or something...plus the responsibility of knowing how much your DC needs you. I have dealt with anxiety issues my whole life (nailbiter, migraines, stress eating, etc), so I knew that the pregnancy hormones were going to send me on quite a rollercoaster. I have found it helpful to share thoughts with other mamas. Feel free to email me if you want to chat about it more.

My specific anxiety, and I have NO IDEA where this comes from, is that someone is going to take my baby from me. I can get extremely nervous/upset if someone besides me/DH holds the baby for too long. Anyone heard of anything like this?
post #191 of 353
I think it's normal for ftm to do that. After AJ was born, it was crazy. I hated driving b/c I was so paranoid I would die and I made plans in my head for if dh died etc, it was almost scary. It almost never happens now though w/ #3. I'm not so worried about bottles, babies will eventually learn if they have to, but w/ the kids' allergies, I'm more worried about formula type if something happened to me.
post #192 of 353
I'm finding it hard to find the time to get on here very often, so I apologize for not reading all the posts. Maybe I can start reading the March thread and keep up with it.

I just got a new carrier, a mei tai, and I love it. We didn't really *need* another carrier, but I couldn't resist.

I finally had my 6 week postpartum check up with the doctor (at 10 weeks.) They now test for HPV along with a pap smear. Interesting. Did they test you all for HPV with a pap? I thought for a little while I was having PPD, but after talking with the doc, I don't think it have it. I'm just still sleep deprived and a little overwhelmed staying home with two little kids. When this season of sicknesses ends we'll be able to see other moms and kids more often and that will make me much happier.
post #193 of 353
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I need help! Ilana was weighed 2wks ago and was 9#5oz, yesterday she was 9#4oz.
I'm in Nebraska and AP isn't a big thing here, not at all.
Your dd is even smaller than mine I know how hard it is to worry about weight gain. My dd is a whopping 10 lbs 8 oz now, up from 8 lbs at birth. I pump once a day in the early a.m., like Jill said. Not the most fun when I am already sleep deprived but I think the supplemental bottles dh gives her help her weight gain. It gives me a break when I need mom time, plus I have about 30 oz's stashed in the freezer in case we should need it.
I was born/grew up in Nebraska. My sister still lives there. Not the most AP friendly state but my mom nursed me to a little over 2 years in the late 70's. What part are you in? I was born in Sidney and raised in Kearney.

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Anyone else dealing with anxiety lately??
I worry about how my dh would take care of dd if something happened to me. I know the 30 oz of ebm in the freezer wouldn't cut it for more than 2 days max so she would have to be on formula. She almost refuses to sleep anywhere but on/right next to me and she is nursed to sleep almost every time she goes to sleep, so I worry that both dd and dh would have an even harder go of it. And not being able to watch her grow up That would suck horribly.
Amber
post #194 of 353
angrypixiemama- yes! my SIL was sort of fixated on all of those tabloid horror stories of people's babies being taken from them. She used to joke about it with me, but I could tell she thought about it a lot- with #1 and #2.
Personally, I am having the "if something happened to me" anxiety and dh is definitely horrified.
post #195 of 353
I find my anxiety is entirely car related these days. I'm such a paranoid passenger. I find myself begging DH to drive more slowly or to look out for the other cars.. and it's not that he's a bad driver, I'm just ridiculously nervous that we will get into a car accident with dd in the car. That started back when I was PG though.
post #196 of 353
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I find my anxiety is entirely car related these days. I'm such a paranoid passenger. I find myself begging DH to drive more slowly or to look out for the other cars.. and it's not that he's a bad driver, I'm just ridiculously nervous that we will get into a car accident with dd in the car. That started back when I was PG though.
Me, too! Actually, it started years ago - I can remember when DD#1 was little - 9 years ago! I've still got it! I'm not such a good passenger!
post #197 of 353
Just wanted to write a quick post. Yes, I am alive and well, just busy with momma-baby things, so spending less time on-line. I did read a lot of this, and skimmed the rest. Lea is fine, about 13-13.5 lbs. She is so strong, esp. when I remember DS at the same age. She smiles with everyone if they interact directly with her, cooing to no end.

Regarding the pp's about wanting a bottle "just in case." Lea only takes my nipple. We have tried a pacifier multiple times, esp. when I have over supply and she is just nibbling, but spitting up the excess milk. She won't take it. We have never tried a bottle.

What difference does it make? Think about it. If something really serious happened, and I was in intensive care or dying, well, then whether she gets my nipple or not would be quite insignificant when you put it in perspective. Honestly, she might have a serious fit for hours and hours, but eventually hunger would make her take a bottle from someone else. Of course not what I would want to happen, but really, me being so ill I could not care for her and DS for the rest of my life would be a whole lot more significant than her having to switch to bottles of formula. kwim?
post #198 of 353
I didn't have a choice about DS going on a bottle b/c I'm in school all morning, but I think I agree with Allison -- I would have tried to get him used to it just in case, but I wouldn't have worked as hard (and he would probably not be taking a bottle) if he didn't have to -- after all, in an emergency, it would work itself out and no reason to put him through grief now just in case.

My son has started gagging himself, and I'm pretty sure it's on purpose. Yesterday I noticed he gagged a few times while chewing on his hands, but I thought it was a mistake. This morning I was lying in bed watching him, and he alternated between gagging himself and laughing at the light. He would stick his thumb in his mouth as if to suck it, then push it all the way to the side, and along his cheek as far back toward his throat as it would go -- and then choke and gag. And then repeat. If he only got a so-so gag, he was more likely to be distracted. I think it's just some kind of a game -- he figured out that he can make himself feel funny and thinks it's fun to keep doing it. Has anyone noticed similar behaviors?
post #199 of 353
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Hello

Can we join? DS is 2.5 months old. Are there any mamas from SoCal here?
I'm originally from San Diego, third generation native (my mom's grandmother moved there from Nebraska in the 1920s). But my husband and I decided to move to Virginia where he could work at a well paying job, I could be a sahm, and we could afford a house, in 2000. I miss the people and the weather of southern California.
post #200 of 353
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Originally Posted by asaunders View Post
So, as we near/arrive at the anniversary of the conception of our Nov. babes, I wonder: how many of us out there conceived our little ones due to a little Valentine's Day lovin'? DS was (even though I didn't ovulate/conceive him until the 17th...)
My first November baby was conceived on Valentines Day, but Ian was conceived 2 weeks earlier, after my husband returned from a long business trip. We hadn't been planning to have anymore children and he was actually scheduled for a vasectomy the first week of February. So Ian got in just under the wire! LOL (p.s. I was ambivalent about being "done" so I was excited about having one more, and I got to experience a homebirth this time!)
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