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becky thanks so much for typing all that out re vax. i was on the fence about the rota, but my mom and bro were hospitalized with it last Christmas -- my brother lost 12 lbs in a week!! (but he's a big guy) -- so I went for it.

I really hope I like our new ped on Tues.

I have some weird relationship with pumping/bottles I need to sort out. Not doing it and having nightmares about it. I think it's a stand-in for leaving DD. Going to go force myself to pump right now.
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Julia - I'm so glad the LC was reassuring and that the pump is the problem! Try to find one at one of the hospital lactation shops - they seem to be quite a bit cheaper (like $30 less). I totally recommend hospital pumps for as long as you can - so much more comfortable and effective. Mine was my security blanket and I kept it way too long. Save all that extra milk, too! I'm sure Oliver will catch up in no time.
Thx for the advice, I was just saying to DH that maybe we should just buy one since I'll need it anyhow, but the LC was clear about renting the hospital one now instead, so it's interesting to know there's that much of a difference. I'm anxious to get pumping and see what I can collect... we're not gonna try introducing a bottle til we're sure he's eating well and gaining, but I'm anxious to start a stash for later when I go back to work... only 5 weeks left!

We found an au pair! She's from Thailand, and her English is ok but not great, so that's my only real concern. She seems very sweet, she's 25 (older than a lot of them so that's nice), and she'll be coming Feb. 18th. What a relief. Still not happy about having a "roommate" but I think once I adjust it'll be nice to be able to rely on someone who's IN the home instead of always calling a babysitter. I'm just glad that's done. We'll still have to find sitters for the month before she comes but that's not too bad.

Here's Ollie in his pouch:

http://flickr.com/photos/7342008@N05/2115267715/

This thing saved my life today, he was quite fussy earlier!
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Oh - one more... Who said they let LO watch TV sometimes? Guilty! I feel awful about it, but sometimes I am not up for entertaining her and will let her sit on my lap and watch for a few minutes when I really need a break. She just noticed it maybe last week. I'm also guilty of having it on too much during the week when it's just me and her, but I do turn it off or mute it whenever she's interacting with me.
Puh-LEEZE, TV totally rocks! Just kidding. But I think a little isn't too bad. It's the world we live in! I plan on pushing the books and all that, but allowing tv in limited doses. I grew up watching tv for 1/2 hr. a day as long as my homework was done, and I think that's ok.
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I watched WAY too much TV as a kid ("latch key" ring a bell anyone?), but I was also a voracious reader. I was the one who'd sneak reading under my covers with a blanket and would read all night and then be tired in the morning... I do worry that DD is too young for her little brain to handle all of those images so fast, so we keep it a minimal as we can. Seem to have turned out okay, though...
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I watched WAY too much TV as a kid ("latch key" ring a bell anyone?), but I was also a voracious reader. I was the one who'd sneak reading under my covers with a blanket and would read all night and then be tired in the morning... I do worry that DD is too young for her little brain to handle all of those images so fast, so we keep it a minimal as we can. Seem to have turned out okay, though...
I read a lot as a kid, but nowadays I'm a total tv junkie! I think it's just cuz I have the time lately tho Funny how all the things I hated about my parents, I'm going to end up doing too... limiting tv time and video games, curfews, not letting me have junk food, etc. Those things weren't so bad maybe...
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Hey girls! Hope everyone is doing okay.

Elizabeth, I'm sorry you are struggling with bfing ... I'm sure it's really hard. Hang in there. Sorry too about your dh, mine is like that sometimes too. I'm sure in his mind he sees how stressed out and upset you are and wants to fix that for you, but it does get frustrating/infuriating when they don't realize *why* you are attached to something that appears problematic.

Rachel, that SUCKS about your little boy getting poked in the feet. I'm sooo sorry. One time, my stupid ped decided Sofie needed a catheter because she "could have" a bladder infection. They couldn't get it in, but kept trying and trying and trying. I was sobbing. Sometimes I just hate the entire medical industry. (Except for really great nurses, especially ones who are mamas too! )

We're doing better with night weaning lately. I've modified things a little and seems she's settling into a pattern where she wakes up 3-4 times per night, which is fine by me. She wakes up just as I'm coming to bed usually (10ish) and then around 3, and then just before 6. If I nurse her at 6 she's been giving me another hour of sleep, so I'd rather slightly deviate from the plan and get that rest than be all strict about it and have a baby up crying from 6-7:30. (Tried that once)

Take care everyone.

Oh, also, we had her b-day party this weekend and it was super fun.
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We're doing better with night weaning lately. I've modified things a little and seems she's settling into a pattern where she wakes up 3-4 times per night, which is fine by me. She wakes up just as I'm coming to bed usually (10ish) and then around 3, and then just before 6. If I nurse her at 6 she's been giving me another hour of sleep, so I'd rather slightly deviate from the plan and get that rest than be all strict about it and have a baby up crying from 6-7:30. (Tried that once)
Oh, also, we had her b-day party this weekend and it was super fun.
Glad the weaning is going better! Must be hard. I'll be coming to you for advice when it's our turn.

Can we see pics from the party?
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Want a good laugh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Rw_3ky-uo

Good, clean fun
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want another laugh? would you believe I BURNED the sweet potato?! I'm a failure!!

I salvaged a bit and mixed it with milk...she hated it anyway. oh well.
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Sorry CJ but that is kind of funny! But I, alas, am the actual worst cook in all the land. I can burn water.
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Can you guys tell I'm bored today? DH is watching football. Again. And I'm stuck here nursing, a captive audience. :
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Funny how all the things I hated about my parents, I'm going to end up doing too... limiting tv time and video games, curfews, not letting me have junk food, etc. Those things weren't so bad maybe...
I'm in such the same boat here
I complained all the time about the fact that we could never watch TV, we were the only family I knew that didn't have Nintendo or Atari (or even a VCR until the very end of high school), I could never get the sugar cereals other kids had or other junk food, we never went to Disney World.... Now I see myself being that same kind of parent.
Guess in retrospect I appreciate those decisions!

I just got back from seeing a movie (Atonement) with a friend while DH stayed here with Willa. She had already gone to bed by the time I left, but still, it was nice having a girls' night out and doing something fun and social. Seems like such a long time ago when that was a common occurrence in my life!
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anyone sensing theor friendships changing? almost all of my local friends are childless and i spent yesterday with one who just fid\n't get how great dd is. in fact she sprayed 409 all over after i changed a diaper! you could twell she was cmpletely grossed out. i don't hink i'll be seeing much of her. sigh i've really gotta up my new mama friend making. of course some of my childless friends are awesome with dd -- no generaizations intended.
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Pie that sucks... I'm actually finally catching up with all my friends who already have kids so my friendships are getting better cuz I understand them now. Maybe you can find a local mom's group or meet some people through the daycare? It's hard feeling so isolated and then also thinking your friends don't understand.

Dudes, I'm 37 today! Not sure what, if anything, we're going to do to celebrate my b-day with this little one here and so small, but maybe we'll go WILD and rent me a hospital grade breast pump just for fun.
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First of all, : Julia! Boy I bet you didn't think you'd be wishing for a hospital grade breast pump on your last birthday.

Rachel sorry the blood draw was such a nightmare. I hope it goes better next time. Poor little guy!

Becky thanks for all the vax info - that must have been a lot of work! Hope you & Maya are doing well.

CJ your adventures with sweet potatoes are cracking me up. I hate them personally, so I guess I wouldn't expect DD to like them either.

Julia & Elizabeth, I hated that my parents were too strict too but now I appreciate it and will raise my kid(s?) the same way. DH's parents were lenient (mainstream) but he wants to be stricter than I do now. I was a bookworm too!

Jocelyn I'd love to hear more about your DD's b-day party.

Amanda hooray for movies w/ friends and semblances of normalcy!

PiePie sorry your friendships are changing. I guess it's to be expected but it still sucks. Funny that your friend sprayed 409 everywhere after a diaper change. Diapers seemed grosser before I had to change them all day.

Bottles: I've tried several & my best suggestion is to buy ONE of several kinds and see what your baby likes. I've spent way too much $ buying 3 of each b/c each time I thought it would be the "right" one.

Avent Tempo - Short and wide, uses drop-ins, supposed to be good for BFing babies. Used first, DD liked them OK. Refused them after we switched to BreastFlow b/c milk came out too fast even w/ slow flow nipple.

Dr. Brown's - Tall and skinny, narrow nipple, supposed to be good for colic. DD hate them passionately.

Breastflow - Short and wide, special 2-part nipple simulates let down but makes it a pain to clean. Her current fave & most breast-like latch. Drawabacks are potential for milk wastage in nipple & BPA.

Playtex NaturaLatch w/ premium nurser - Regular width, uses drop-ins. Bought one yesterday based on PiePie's suggestion. DD seems to like it OK and I love the convenience of a drop-in and a single piece nipple. Nipple is smaller than BreastFlow & her latch isn't as good though. If we stay w/ formula I may switch to these since I won't need to preserve her latch.
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I feel like a new woman! DH let me get 9 hours of sleep last night!!! Of course they were interrupted by pumping but he fed DD 2 or 3 times and stayed up w/ her all night and cleaned. I think he felt guilty for some things he said during an argument yesterday evening, but all is forgiven!

So... I'm second guessing the switch to formula. The past couple days DD has cried about as much as she's slept. She hasn't been eating enough or pooping enough and her last poop was downright toxic. Sigh. I've been dairy-free for 2 weeks now and I've continued to pump, so theoretically I could switch back to BFing. We're going back to the ped this afternoon to try to get some answers. I used Levsin anti-gas drops last night and they worked wonders but knocked her out. She needed sleep though, b/c she'd been awake crying all day. I guess it's pretty powerful stuff b/c the ped said only to use it in case of emergency. I wonder if those drops + BFing are as bad as formula.

OK off to see what kind of housework I can accomplish w/ baby in the Moby...
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julia happy birthday to you
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Sorry CJ but that is kind of funny! But I, alas, am the actual worst cook in all the land. I can burn water.
I think I deserve that title - since I also can't cook pacifiers. I have melted a pot of them at least three times trying to sterilize them. Doh - I now use the timer. Pots get expensive!!!

I don't cook - I heat.
post #319 of 528
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Originally Posted by PiePie View Post
anyone sensing theor friendships changing? almost all of my local friends are childless and i spent yesterday with one who just fid\n't get how great dd is. in fact she sprayed 409 all over after i changed a diaper! you could twell she was cmpletely grossed out. i don't hink i'll be seeing much of her. sigh i've really gotta up my new mama friend making. of course some of my childless friends are awesome with dd -- no generaizations intended.
Yep, big change with some friends. Sucks since I don't have many with kids... I need to kick up friend making, too, but it's hard!
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Happy birthday, Julia!!
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I actually would get excited about renting a new hospital-grade pump for my birthday. So if that's what you end up doing, I'll be sper-excited for you!
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