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post #1 of 84
Thread Starter 
It's pretty slow around here, does everyone want to check in?

My baby is 4 1/2 weeks old and getting nice and fat. He keeps me up at night and most days I usually feel sleep deprived. He's starting to fall into a pattern with more awake time during the day and better sleep at night. He really likes tummy time and has good neck strength. He makes lots of squealing, grunting, and humming noises. When he's really hungry, he hums between swallows of breastmilk. By one week old, he could track moving objects, and by two weeks old, he was giggling in his sleep. We got social smiles around three weeks. But he is a higher needs baby then my first. DS1 was freakishly quiet and happy. DS2 is more sensitive and has a fussy period in the evening. I wouldn't call him high-needs, he's probably right about normal.

Here is a pic at about 5 to 7 days old http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...o/S7300059.jpg
post #2 of 84
Doing good here. I weighed her the other day at my inlaws and at 24 days she was between 8.5-9 pounds!!! I'm surprised since DD1 took a month to get to 8 pounds. She smiles all the time and has for a little bit (she's almost 4 weeks). She sleeps most of the night and has since she was born. She only wakes to nurse 2-3 times. It's an odd change of pace from DD1. We've already dealt with a cold in her too. :

Sleeping
My favorite..the day after she was born.
post #3 of 84
Thread Starter 
My baby has had a cold already too.
post #4 of 84
Beautiful babies

My Charlotte is easier than my older daughter was...for the most part. At six weeks (well, tomorrow is six weeks) she has already consolidated some of her night sleep and usually wakes up only twice. She even wakes up at about the same times every night, once around 1:30-2:30 and once around 4:30-5. Days are very unpredictable. She has an adorable one-sided smile that really looks like she's sharing a secret joke. I love it On the not-so-easy side, she spits up A LOT, occasionally is awake and fussing all day long, and hates riding in the car.

And let's not talk about how my toddler is adjusting, mmmkay?

Here is a picture of her snoozing on her daddy at the zoo on Saturday.
Check out the chub!
post #5 of 84
Let's NOT talk about toddler's adjusting. Ugh.

Andre is doing great, and will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. He's SO much easier than my first was. He goes through long sleeping phases, and just wakes up to nurse and go back to sleep again. He hardly cries (as long as someone is holding him when he's awake, he doesn't like to be put down unless it's to sleep). The past few days he's been very into gazing into my face, which is adorable. He nurses a LOT, and already has a double chin.

Here's the birth story and pics in one: http://www.danellmackey.com/content/view/37/26/
post #6 of 84
Here is Noah at about 5 weeks:
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z...1/IMG_3169.jpg

He has started smiling and "talking". He was a very sleepy baby up until this week. Now I'm getting long stretches of awake time. He only sleeps 3 to 4 hours at a stretch at night but usually goes back to sleep after nursing.
post #7 of 84
Orion will be 3 weeks tomorrow, and I can hardly believe it! We're getting into a bit of a routine since DF went back to work. He's doing great, holds his head up a lot, has been smiling pretty much since day 1 (which is great, he's sooooo cute!) and loves to watch stuff. (Not sure how much he sees, but he loves to stare at things like the ceiling fan and his mobile.)

We're moving on Saturday, so it's hard to look after him while trying to pack and everything is everywhere! Even so, I can't wait to get to the new house.. where I will have my own washer and dryer!

It's so much fun being a mommy! It's easier to say that though, as Orion also sleeps for at least four hour stretches at night, and goes pretty much straight back to sleep, so I'm doing all right in the sleep department.


Here are some pics:
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...1/DSC01512.jpg
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...1/DSC01508.jpg
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z...1/DSC01484.jpg
post #8 of 84
My baby already had a cold too. He was really congested for a few days.

Has anyone else's baby gone through a major growth spurt? It seems like mine did overnight. He now has little fat cheeks and legs and all of his newborn stuff and even some of his 3-6 month stuff is too small. It all fit him like a week or so ago.
Anyway, here are a couple of pics from about 2 weeks ago. We have since moved and I have no clue what box my camera is in, so I will have to find it before I can post more pics.
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ctures3041.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ctures3035.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ctures3069.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ctures3052.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ctures3046.jpg
post #9 of 84
Bridget is 6 wks today and 10 lbs, up from 8lbs 2oz at birth, and sounds much the same as others, a little fussy in the evening and wakes up usually twice overnight. She does not like being put down EVER so I wear/hold her all the time. ds was the same though. She also hates the car.

Ds I think, is adjusting fine. We have a bit of a routine down, the mainstay of which is our walk after lunch with ds in the stroller so he can nap and dd in the carrier. Then I wheel the stroller right into my bedroom then I lie down or just hang out with dd. She has a beautiful smile it just melts my heart!

Here she is at 4.5wks:
http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q...7-9-700015.jpg

And me with her and ds:
http://s137.photobucket.com/albums/q...7-9-700008.jpg
post #10 of 84
My baby is 5 weeks old and ... I'm stressed out. I love him, but he's a colicky fussy baby. My daughter was so easy!! But yesterday he smiled back at me for the first time and did it so much that I was able to catch it on camera. I really cannot wait till he gets a little older. Maybe he won't be as high maintenance.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1226/...147a2d140d.jpg
post #11 of 84
Tessa's doing great! Just turned 6 weeks monday. At 1 month she weighed 12lbs! Up from 8lbs 6oz! She's been smiling for a while and really laughed yesterday (i wish i had a video camera!).
She sleeps mostly thru the night but often has belly issues in the morning. She's also got this real comfort suck habit for about 3 to 4 hours before bed every night!
She loves looking at light bouncing off things like the wall or ceiling - totally transfixed by it.

I posted lots of pics on my blog you can see below.
post #12 of 84
Benjamin is 2.5 weeks old. Mostly he sleeps, which is good because his awake times are usually very fussy. He has trouble with transitions - diaper changing, bath time, going in to/coming out of car seat, being picked up, being put down, etc. all result in screaming. We can usually calm him down, but the screaming is so aversive! He also hates being swaddled and resists the hotsling. I am EXTREMELY grateful that he is one of those babys who we CAN put down in a seat or swing. I think I would go insane if I had to hold him all the time. As a first time mommy, I having having some adustment difficulties. I miss my sleep, I miss having free time, I miss being able to do things, I miss reading. I have many moments when I think "what have I done!" and wonder whether I should have just adopted another dog. I hate that I feel that way, because I DO love my baby. I am just not digging this newborn period at all. Please tell me I am not alone here (and let me know when it might start to get better. I need something to look forward too!)

Benjamin with Daddy

With Momma

Sleeping in the Bouncy Seat
post #13 of 84
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Originally Posted by Alohamelly View Post
My baby is 5 weeks old and ... I'm stressed out. I love him, but he's a colicky fussy baby. My daughter was so easy!! But yesterday he smiled back at me for the first time and did it so much that I was able to catch it on camera. I really cannot wait till he gets a little older. Maybe he won't be as high maintenance.
wow, sounds like the same kid here!
i also feel like i have not bonded with ds like i did with dd at this stage of 4 weeks. the days fly by, lack of sleep, and spreading myself thin i am sure all have a part in the lack of bonding.

ds and dh this past sunday...
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1.../091607005.jpg
post #14 of 84
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Originally Posted by dctexan View Post
I am just not digging this newborn period at all. Please tell me I am not alone here (and let me know when it might start to get better. I need something to look forward too!)
I see the newborn phase as something to live through, moment by moment. While some of those moments swell your heart with love and joy, others feel like drudgery. With my older daughter, things became much easier when she began true social smiling and laughing. I think that was around three months? Sounds like a lifetime, huh? But the weird thing is, the minutes may pass very slowly but the weeks (and months and years) fly by.

One thing that helped me survive the newborn phase with my older daughter was to get a music stand and prop my book on it so I could read while she nursed. Unfortunately, I can't do that this time because my 'thing to do while nursing' is try to keep my 2-year-old from going nuts or getting into things she shouldn't/
post #15 of 84
I know I haven't been here in forever...for some reason my ISP seems to dislike this board from time to time. :

Anyway, Travis is about 5 1/2 weeks old (august 13th), he is doing great, he is getting better at breast feeding everyday...for some reason he has been very difficult to nurse, but he doesn't realize there is any other option (we don't even own a bottle) so he's getting used to it...this has been so different from my other 2, even my preemie dd nursed better. He was 9lbs at his 1 month check up...he sleeps for about 4-5 hours in one stretch at night (though it's always before we are ever in bed) then for 3 hours, then 2 hours, then 1 hour, then he's up for about 3 hours before cat napping for the rest of the day.

Here is our flickr slide show...but there are pics of the other kids as well Janelle is 5 (turned 5 on september 9th) and Kincaid is 3 1/2. http://flickr.com/photos/20131476@N00/show/
post #16 of 84
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Originally Posted by dctexan View Post
Benjamin is 2.5 weeks old. Mostly he sleeps, which is good because his awake times are usually very fussy. He has trouble with transitions - diaper changing, bath time, going in to/coming out of car seat, being picked up, being put down, etc. all result in screaming. We can usually calm him down, but the screaming is so aversive! He also hates being swaddled and resists the hotsling. I am EXTREMELY grateful that he is one of those babys who we CAN put down in a seat or swing. I think I would go insane if I had to hold him all the time. As a first time mommy, I having having some adustment difficulties. I miss my sleep, I miss having free time, I miss being able to do things, I miss reading. I have many moments when I think "what have I done!" and wonder whether I should have just adopted another dog. I hate that I feel that way, because I DO love my baby. I am just not digging this newborn period at all. Please tell me I am not alone here (and let me know when it might start to get better. I need something to look forward too!)
My siste hates the newborn phase. I think it's a hard one for first time moms. I was exhausted with DD1...I never ate or slept or got to bath. I remember one time when she was maybe a week old I had finally gotten her to sleep (I hadn't figured out nursing lying down) so I used that time to sneak into the shower. It was well after midnight and the second I get in she woke up. Wide awake...like for the day. And she was not happy. I couldn't hear her though so continued with my shower. Dh frustrated got up and tried rocking her but she wanted nothing to do with him. He wasn't able to comfort her (due to her preferences..not an actual inability to do so). I got out feeling so much better and was handed off a hysterical newborn by an ornery and frustrated husband. I spent the night sitting up, nursing, and crying. It DOES get better! By the time she was a couple months old and we had figured out our routine and gotten used to each other. This time around it's been a piece of cake! The first ones are hard.

As for doing stuff...keep a book by the couch and anywhere else you nurse and read when you nurse. It was the only way I got read withh DD for a long time! Or you can go here and listen. Not as much fun as the real thing but it might satisfy your literary wants.
post #17 of 84
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I've had some trouble bonding with this baby too. I was madly in love with DS1 before he was even born, and that continued on from birth. It was not the same with this baby. Several days after DS2's birth, I realized that I had no spontaneous urges to pick him up to cuddle. I cared for his needs promptly, but with a 3yo to entertain and care for too, all the baby got was the basics.

My love for the baby has been growing slowly. Yesterday he 'talked' to me. He was all smiles and eye contact as I held him. I started talking to him, and he 'talked' back with a string of different vowel sounds and voice intonations. And we took turns talking, just like a real conversation. That exchange illicited a lot more love and bonding. He'll be 5 weeks tomorrow.

But the crying is hard to listen to. Stressful. But they just cry because their brains are immature and they don't have any other way to discharge emotion.
post #18 of 84
Ruby will be 6 weeks on Saturday, and she is just devine. She doesn't cry during diaper changes anymore, I think I am getting her routine down as far as the car goes(like I have to change her, nurse her, change her and nurse her again, then we can go and she won't scream the entire way LOL), she sleeps for 5-6 hjour stretches most nights, and lots of good naps during the day. She loves the sling, and so do I. LOL

I will try to post pics tomorrow. She is growing so fast, and a part of me is sad that this is the last time I will have a nb to watch grow.
post #19 of 84
DS is 3.5 wks. We are finally figuring eachother out. The first 2.5 wks were tough! I think he gets overstimulated easily, which is easy to do w/ an energetic 3yr old sister running around. He's about 10.5 lbs, up from 7lb10oz. Growing like crazy!

Emily, it does get easier. Usually 6 wks is the start of a slightly easier stage. Also, DS just got easier in the last few days, so maybe the next week will be better for you too. Are you swaddling him tightly? DS can't stand it if its loose. He has a hard time falling asleep, and needs to be in the sling or swaddled TIGHTLY. And then he cries/fusses until he falls asleep (always in arms). he is fed, dry diaper, good temp, etc, he just doesn't want to close those sweet eyes. Have you read Happiest Baby on the Block? http://www.babyslumber.com/happiestbaby.html

Here's the jist of it. They are really helpful. DS particularly likes the Shushing and the swaddling and sucking.


can you all check out my thread in breastfeeding? I need help...

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=754770
post #20 of 84
I love reading these updates.

Atticus will be one month old tomorrow. He is a joy. You've never met a louder baby though, good grief. If he's not grunting, he's squeaking or moaning or growling. He's a really good nurser and he's growing like crazy.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...studmuffin.jpg

His big brother Liam loves him a LOT and takes every opportunity he has to shower him with kisses, which Atticus mostly does not appreciate at this moment in time. It's so sweet to see them together though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5..._mt/myboys.jpg

And me with my boys- photo by MDC mama Delight

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...andHerBoys.jpg

Thanks for this post- looking forward to seeing more sweet faces.
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