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I am right there with you!! I have 2 kinds of socks for Marin right now:
1. Falls off in 2 seconds
2. Cuts all circulation off

SO fun. :
Yeah and what is it with those weird round socks -- y'all know what I'm talking about? They look like they'd fit my dog's paws better than my baby's feet. We got some of those as parts of some outfit sets that were gifts. They fall right off. The designers of baby clothes must not actually have babies of their own.

oh well, it will hit 120 degrees here soon enough and socks will be moot

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Ok, so has anyone else been forbidden to do anything (housework, etc) for 2 weeks after the birth? My mw actually extended my "restriction" to 3 weeks and I am going NUTS wanting to clean my house and do laundry!!! :
I had a one week restriction, then did too much the week after that and ended up reopening my tear, increased bleeding.. blah... i should have taken it easy the first 2 weeks instead of just the one, but I am like you and can't stand my house being dirty. Especially because I felt fine the second week. But overall it took me longer to heal so I would say stick with the restrictions! To stay sane I would clean one little tiny thing every so often, so like in the course of an entire day I would end up with a clean bathroom.
post #82 of 131
Im so not happy right now.. I think I am coming down with mastitis.
Oh well after 2 weeks of thrush what can one expect.
Word to the wise.. NEVER be co-erced into ABX before you birth!

Uck...
post #83 of 131
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But overall it took me longer to heal so I would say stick with the restrictions! To stay sane I would clean one little tiny thing every so often, so like in the course of an entire day I would end up with a clean bathroom.
(sigh) Yeah. At least the restriction is off on Wed...my next challenge will be (as you said) not doing too much once I'm "clear". : Good idea on tiny cleaning though!!

Yummymummy - what's ABX? I'm sorry you aren't feeling well!! Hope it gets better!!!
post #84 of 131
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(sigh) Yeah. At least the restriction is off on Wed...my next challenge will be (as you said) not doing too much once I'm "clear". : Good idea on tiny cleaning though!!

Yummymummy - what's ABX? I'm sorry you aren't feeling well!! Hope it gets better!!!
Antibiotics.
post #85 of 131
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Im so not happy right now.. I think I am coming down with mastitis.
Oh no! Mastitis sucks. I had it a couple weeks ago and I was able to get rid of it with heat and as much rest as possible. The best way I've found to apply heat it to take a wet washcloth, sqeeze out the extra water, microwave it in a bowl for 20 seconds or so, and then apply the washcloth to the breast while baby is nursing. Good luck and I hope you get rid of it soon!!
post #86 of 131
A is rolling over!

He rolled over 5 or 6 times yesterday but I wasn't convinced (maybe a downhill slope on the bed, maybe I put him on his tummy with his arm too far under him so he just fell to the side, etc.). But no. He rolled over on the bed again today and then I put him on the baby gym and sure enough! He did the rocking on his belly from side to side and then four more rolls! He's going from tummy to back and I think he has fairly good control over what he's doing - he would rock to one side on his belly and take one hand off the mat and stayed there without rolling over.

I checked the baby book and this is supposed to be a fourth month thing. They say that babies that roll earlier are the active ones. Ds1 rolled over just before he turned 2 mos and he is definitely a handful. A will be 6 weeks tonight.
post #87 of 131
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A is rolling over!
WOW!! That's incredibly Paisley! :

Sorry I've been MIA. All is pretty well here. The midwife weighed Edie this Thursday and she'd gained 2 lbs and over 3 inches since she was born (a little under 4 weeks ago). No wonder she's not fitting into the tiny newborn stuff anymore! We are finding a balance between doing enough and not overdoing it - we went to a conference yesterday for GLBT families and that was too much - it was all day long and Edie and I were exhausted by the day's end - and DW was pretty tired herself. So we're laying a bit low today.

Enjoying the warmer weather here has also been fantastic and Edie is interacting with us a lot more and for longer periods, which is fun. We also take her in the shower in a sling with us and I love that - she is so calm and happy when we do. I can't think of anything else interesting to say, sorry! But I am reading and glad this thread is here.
post #88 of 131
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A is rolling over!
Oh my goodness! What an active little guy! My little one is starting to hold his head steady. He's just so adorable. My 2 y/o loves him--I have to keep reminding him that the baby has very tiny bones!!
post #89 of 131
OMG, paisley, I can't believe your "little" man is already rolling over! Good for him!

Ivy is so alert and she's always happy! My mouth starts to hurt from smiling at her so much- but it's hard not to when she's smiling and cooing at me. : She lifts her head up and away from me to look around. When she's in the sling she'll hold her head up to look around, and when the wind blows in her face she can't catch her breath, but she keeps putting her face into the wind anyway! It's so funny. I think she just loves the fresh air- she definitely loves to be outside. And she loves to be walked! Sometimes I can't sit down because she loves the motion of being walked, especially in the sling.

My little one has pink eye. She got it from her 4 yr old brother. I got her some drops, but I still feel so bad for her, it looks pretty uncomfortable.

I can't believe that 2 months ago today at this time I was in labor. I was two hours away from pushing her out! And now she's this little person, curious and aware and beautiful. :

Happy belated earth day, Mamas. It was also my 7th wedding anniversary! DH and I went to dinner and a movie and we took Ivy along and she was an angel the whole time, even with the goopy eye.

Gotta go, crying babe...
post #90 of 131
Hey ladies! I wasn't very active in the DDC b/c we didn't have Internet for a few months, but now I'm back (when the DC let me, that is). I'm really struggling to be a mom of 2 little ones (both high needs, especially the toddler). I often feel like I'm drowning. DH was sure that John would be easy b/c his brother is so challenging (smart, active, AND emotionally needy), and for the 1st few weeks he was almost as easy as DD (baby cries, you pick him/her up, they stop crying, etc...), but now he has some sort of colic issue and is rarely content.

On a more positive note, John is adorable, and very happy when he's not miserable. He was an early smiler, and this usually makes life seem wonderful.

I am CD for the 1st time (I have my 1st load of dirty diapers in the wash right now), and it makes me feel a little bit better about myself for not wrecking the environment as much as with my 2 previous DC.

Biggest challenges:
- encouraging big brother not to unintentionally kill John
- not killing myself tripping in the wreck my house has become
post #91 of 131
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Yup!! I'm on reflux watch here. I hate it. My first ds had reflux and a dairy allergy and it was hell on us. I'm really hoping to forgo the reflux this time!! Well, dairy allergy, too of course, but I can live with that!

I'm not sure if it's reflux or not, but Gabe seems very urp-y sometimes and uncomfortable on his back. Other times he's fine. I guess only time will tell. For those of you who are dealing/have dealt with reflux, at about what age did you begin to suspect reflux as the culprit? I'm having a hard time remembering how all this happened the first time around...
Kind of a late reply, but Isabel has reflux. It started up around the end of the first week, just the breathing was funky by the second/third week it was crying all the time unless she was on the nipple. I didn't know what it was, I thought it was just gas. Now that I keep her at an angle she's better.
She still extremely gassy and I don't know why. I'm trying to get a little money so I can get a sleeping wedge because right now I have to hold her to sleep.
post #92 of 131
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When she's in the sling she'll hold her head up to look around, and when the wind blows in her face she can't catch her breath, but she keeps putting her face into the wind anyway! It's so funny. I think she just loves the fresh air- she definitely loves to be outside. And she loves to be walked! Sometimes I can't sit down because she loves the motion of being walked, especially in the sling.
That is so cute!!! I just got a mamasmilk sling and love it...but unfortunately Marin promptly falls fast asleep the MINUTE I put her in - no matter what!! Which makes it great for a naptime but not when I need her to stay awake. :

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Biggest challenges:
- encouraging big brother not to unintentionally kill John
- not killing myself tripping in the wreck my house has become
I hear you there on both accounts!!! Jamie (our 20mo) has to be reminded a million times a day to be "gentle" with the baby because she is very "fragile"...it feels like Sesame Street and those are the words for the day in our house!!

Well we discovered that Marin sleeps SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better on her tummy on the changing pad (contoured kind)!! (Sounds of hallelujah play in the backround!) She was in a cradle but if she was awake during the night after a feeding it was near impossible to get her back down. She'd cry. Someone suggested to my dh that maybe the motion of the cradle everytime she moved at all was keeping her up. (Didn't make a TON of sense since they are moved in the womb) So we tried the changing pad (only safe flat surface in our room - we don't want to put her in the other room yet which is where her crib is) and she slept beautifully!! She can even move her head from one side to the other on her own!!

Ok, speaking of, she is down so I should be too. Lots of love mamas!!!
post #93 of 131
Hey there. Eli is working on the rolling over too - he's gone from side to tummy and back to side a few times, and his legs are getting very strong too. He's only 4 weeks old, so I'm not rushing anything...

On the colic/reflux issue - I finally bought gripe water, and I've been really pleased. he's not yet indicating that he has reflux, but definitely has some gas issues (he likes to toy around a bit while nursing), and it seems to help.

We got thrush too : . I think we've licked it for the moment, using (not all at the same time): gentian violet, "yeast fend" supplement, acidophilus supps., grapefruit seed extract pills and liquid in his mouth/my nips, and clotrimizole. I'm so leaky, I don't think i'll be able to keep it gone forever, but maybe a while. I was definitely having pain, but so much less pain that at this point with DD, I wasn't really thinking I had a problem - til a friend pointed out Eli's yeasty mouth...

So, I had my 4-week check up with the CNM - who didn't deliver my baby, but who I saw for dual prenatal care. but after birth, my HB MW went MIA. She never showed up the next day to check on me, then didn't return calls for a week. So I had to go to the cnm to get Rhogam and scheduled a follow-up in case I never heard back from the HB MW. I did, eventually. SO the results of this appt: My tear isn't healing right. Isn't stitched right, and isn't healing right. and is infected. I'm so upset. This was one of my biggest fears - i had a hard and long healing process after robin's birth, and I so wanted it to go differently this time. I felt like it set me up for PPD last time, and now I feel like I'm heading in the same direction. I'm using bactriban cream locally b/c I'm scared with all the yeast going on that ABX will give me a yeast infection, and my vagina can't take it right now. I hope that will clear up the infection. And I'll probably need to be re-stitched, but they won't touch me until I'm 6 weeks post partum. I haven't let myself think about it all day, but now that I am I'm finally crying about it. I'm supposed to be doing sitz baths 2-3x a day - when am I supposed to have the time for that? I'm home alone most of the time, since DH commutes 4-5 days a week and is only home on the weekends - so I can't leave the kids with anyone while I hop in the tub for 20 minutes.

There's just no way to feel normal when you have a wounded vagina. And I really want to be able to try to start losing weight so I can, again, try to get back to normal, but that's a no go. It just seems like everyone else in the world recovers and moves on, while wearing their pre-pregnancy clothes and having sex and doing all their normal life things - I keep looking around at all the cute, clean, perky, bounced-back moms and the comparison is not healthy for me - I really need to stop doing that. Anyway, I'm just deep-down scared that i'll never heal, and sad that i'm facing this all alone.
post #94 of 131
Becca s

I'm sending healing quickly vibes to you. So very very sorry that things are going badly. Instead of worrying about trying to get 2-3 sitz baths in a day do you think that filling a peri bottle with hot water and sitz herbs or epsom salts would be almost as good? And much easier to manage? I was supposed to do the 2-3 sitz baths a day early on. . .I wasn't able to do 1 a day regularly.

It sounds like you need a little help so that you can heal. . a mother's helper, pp doula. Anything.

Thinking of you, wish I could do something to help.
post #95 of 131
Things are great with Henry. This was the week that we got wide awake smiles for the first time. That and the cooing just kill me. He's got great head-neck control and spends much of his waking timing watching his sister.

I can't believe that on Saturday he'll be 6 weeks old.

I was doing really well, feeling back to normal and healed. But then the weather got good and we had lots of day trips and gardening and working around the house (the mess and dirt are beginning to wear on me). Well, it seems like O totally overdid it because on Sunday I started bleeding again. I've been attempting to take it easy since then.
post #96 of 131
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There's just no way to feel normal when you have a wounded vagina. And I really want to be able to try to start losing weight so I can, again, try to get back to normal, but that's a no go. It just seems like everyone else in the world recovers and moves on, while wearing their pre-pregnancy clothes and having sex and doing all their normal life things - I keep looking around at all the cute, clean, perky, bounced-back moms and the comparison is not healthy for me - I really need to stop doing that. Anyway, I'm just deep-down scared that i'll never heal, and sad that i'm facing this all alone.

I'm so sorry. With DS1 I tore really badly (horizontally and vertically) and thought I would never heal. I remember walking and feeling like my vagina was just going to split open. Sending you quick healing vibes...
post #97 of 131
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On the colic/reflux issue - I finally bought gripe water, and I've been really pleased. he's not yet indicating that he has reflux, but definitely has some gas issues (he likes to toy around a bit while nursing), and it seems to help.
What kind of gripe water did you buy?
post #98 of 131
Usually the main ingrediant in gripe water is fennel, which you can drink also, good for milk supply and for your tummy. I would make some for me and just drop a few drops into dds mouth. It really does help with gassiness.

Becca. I so wish I could help you.. I don't know how I would be able to help you, but I wish I could. I am sending you some super duper healing vibes. Amd some feeling good vibes. Having just done the dh being gone, I don't know how you do it. He was only gone for 9 days, but I about went crazy. I hope you can find someone o give you a hand
post #99 of 131
YoBecca, sounds like you're having a rough time. I'm sending some healing vibes over to you on a Shanghai breeze...

IslandMama- you can put a pillow under your baby's crib mattress to elevate it. I did that for my foster DD who had horrible reflux and projectile vomitting... Sheesh, I DO NOT miss those days!

In my experience if a breastfed baby is fussy or gassy a lot it might help to write down what you're eating to possibly pinpoint an allergy or sensitivity. More often than not you can cut down a lot of fussiness by avoiding the foods that commonly cause gas or upset tummies.

Pink eye is gone now! My baby is getting so big. At two months she's 10 pounds even now. It's hard to believe that some of you mamas gave birth to babies this size!

Have a nice day, Mamas!
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Usually the main ingrediant in gripe water is fennel, which you can drink also, good for milk supply and for your tummy. I would make some for me and just drop a few drops into dds mouth. It really does help with gassiness.
So did you make a fennel tea or did you mix your own gripe water? Cas tends to get painfully gassy in the evenings...
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