Thanks for starting this thread! I can't believe my new babe is 11 days already! Where did the time go? We had an amazing home waterbirth, only 10 minutes of pushing. Yay!
So (Astromom as you know...) we've also had fast breathing issues. After a visit to the ER Wednesday and another to the Pediatrician yesterday, they have concluded that there is no explanation...the ER doc said "some babies just breath fast sometimes", and the Ped thought that maybe he had some slight fluid in his lungs still from such a fast birth (though his lungs are clear). He was breathing normally (well, only "slightly" above normal) at Friday's MW home visit, the ER visit Wed and the Ped visit yesterday - yay!
I made a few changes - perhaps it's coincidental - but babes breathing has regulated significantly. He now only breaths fast during early REM sleep (you know when they first fall asleep and their eyes are going wild and they are smiling, etc.?) and sometimes when he's nursing he's "gasping" between swallows. I cut out coffee (even though it was decaf!) and chocolate. We also moved from our spare room (new mattress, new pillows, new bed, new dresser, all of which had that "new" smell) to our bedroom. So not sure if any of those had an impact. I might slowly try reintroducing coffee, chocolate and maybe sleeping in the spare room (to let DH and DS get some sleep!) to see if it made a difference...or I might not. Not sure. We're just so relieved his breathing has regulated for the most part.
Anyone else with "fast breathing" babes have a waterbirth by chance? The MW says my guy did not open his mouth in the water but just another thing I was thinking of. But his lungs are clear, so it's probably unrelated. I also have a fast let-down/oversupply...hmmm...and his fast breathing started the day my milk came in.
So yeah, I'm there with ya mammas, it's hard in these early days. But I remember how fast time went with DS#1. At least I'm getting some sleep with this one! He's soooo calm.
How the heck am I going to manage with a potty-training 3 year old when DH goes back to work though? It's mayhem with poop everywhere, sinks/toilets overflowing...I almost wish he'd stay in diapers until babe is old enough to be put down for a bit when needed, (he doesn't like that much now!). Any tips on managing two???
Re: sleeping, we are co-sleeping with the new baby. He sleeps in his side at night, (pillow behind his bum, he is facing me). This worked with DS#1 so he can latch on whenever he wants.
He does sometimes fuss and wants to fall asleep upright on my chest though.
We are also nursing 24/7 it seems like here...hard to get anything done. He nurses on and off allllll day. Sounds like that's normal though.