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Well, I've been reading and not posting b/c it's one thing to nak and another to nak x 2.
yeah, that!

First off, just want to send big hugs your way, Kara. I have been thinking of you even though I haven't been able to post.

June is now 1 month old and doing well. I FINALLY found a Chiro that does CST and wonderful bodywork and took June in to see her yesterday. It was AMAZING the difference in this baby. I could FEEL how much more relaxed she was just holding her after the appt. I just wish this chiro were closer----ugh, she is 45 minutes away, and the car ride with DD1 yesterday was no fun.

Anyone else struggling with DC1 since DC2 came along??? Yesterday was the first time DD1 HIT DD2! And, she was so NOT herself. Hitting, kicking, throwing and lots of screaming. I have been REALLY making sure she is rested, and she could still be overtired, but I think this is something more. I also have been REALLY trying to make sure she has my attention as much as possible, but I am getting WAYY burned out....I just don't know how to handle it....what in the world do you do when they hit you and the baby????

This mama---I am feeling your pain on the in-arms baby. June would be perfectly happy and content ALL THE TIME if I could hold her all day, but with having 2, it's just not possible. Thank goodness she will accept being put down SOMETIMES. I have found that swaddling with the Miracle Blanket in the carseat helps TREMENDOUSLY, also helps her get in longer naps (that or sleeping on her tummy). The last couple of days, I have been putting dd2 down for naps in the bedroom with the bathroom fan on, so she isn't awakened by dd1's playing, etc, and that has helped her get in longer naps. But, there are still some days that she just won't sleep that long no matter what I do. Just when I think I am the smartest mom ever, I figure out it wasn't me at all, just good ol blind luck!

Other than all that, things are well. June is a happy, healthy baby. Weighing in at 10 lbs 14 oz yesterday. Her bubble palate is not causing her any trouble at all (besides a little gassiness here and there), and the CST should really help with any palate issues, also.
post #62 of 147
Also, real quick, just wanted to suggest the book Happiest Baby on the Block to any mama's with high needs/in arms/"colicky" babies. It has REALLY helped me with DD2 and I wish I would have had it for DD1. IMO, it is the instruction manual for "colicky" babies!!!!!!!!
post #63 of 147
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Originally Posted by K's Mom! View Post

We're doing well; I'm just so in love with this girl . Other than the bleeding nips, (OUCH!) Swollen ankles (anyone else have this happen pp?) and gassy baby.
Yep, swollen feet still. It's rough. Sometimes they get so big they hurt,

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Originally Posted by NatureMama3 View Post
Shanana, are you doing block feeding?

What is block feeding?

Ok, I'm a bit lost on this penis thing. Ds1 is circ'd. I have always read to never retract the foreskin. When I took him to see my midwife on Monday she pulled it back a bit because i had shown her where it looked like there was some residue of something on the tip. I was about to freak out, but he didn't get upset at all. She was very gentle and didn't pull it back much at all, so I don't know if it's normal or not. Her boys aren't circ'd so I figured she would know what she is doing. I really should have done some more research before he was born, but I really thought he was a girl.

Last night was so wonderful! Noah did his marathon nursing for several hours before we went to bed. Then I laid in bed reading for about 30 minutes. Turned the lgiht off at 11:30 and he woke at 12:30. It was a bit after one when we went back to bed. He woke up at 5:30!!!!!! I fed him and dh took him when he got up with the rest of the kids at 7 and I got to sleep until 8:30 again! It was so great!

We had our hearing test this morning. The lady kinda freaked me out for a second. She had to redo the test in one ear 5 times. Apparently he was breathing too noisily (his nose is a bit stuffy) for the machine to record the echo. My mom was born completely deaf in one ear, so there is a family history. Luckily he was quieter for a few minutes and his hearing is fine in both ears.
post #64 of 147
Seren, Please go over to The Case Against Circ forum. They can answer any of your intact care questions! There are some good sticky thread, one is on the defination of retraction and why it's bad. This penis thing is new to me too! I've got two girls previous to this little one.

It is my understanding that pulling of the foreskin towards the base of the penis should be avoided. This can cause the foreskin to be pulled away from the glans (head) of the penis, where it is adhered much like your fingernails are adhered to the bed of your finger. An amazing number of peds and doctors do not know to leave the penis ALONE! We have threads on a weekly basis of doctors ripping back the foreskin to "see" the penis and telling parents that they need to do this at every diaper change to "clean". There is nothing to clean in there just like there is nothing ot clean inside your baby girl's vagina. We don't flush out girls, we don't need to be washing the internal penis! The best bet is to tell your physician to not touch the penis at all.

Funny you thought this was a girl. I kept wishing I had a sense but the whole pregnancy, I just didn't know. Having two girls, it was easy to think we'd get another girl....and that would have been just fine! But I have to say, this boy is pretty neat! My oldest dd wanted a boy and I'm glad we had one so she could get her wish. She says she wants to "buy him scary toys". I'm just so in love with this baby!
post #65 of 147
Seren, in general I'd say big NO NO. Definitely ask her not to do that again on the next visit. The discharge you can sometimes see is smegma. very normal.

Block feeding is where you nurse only on one side for x-amount of time (2 hours, 3 hours, whatever). Helps get a lot more of the fatty hindmilk into baby and eventually retrains overproductive breasts to produce only enough for baby (rather than way too much).

I've been having to do that since big E ordered up such an oversupply and he was getting severe tummy aches from too much foremilk.
post #66 of 147
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Originally Posted by NatureMama3 View Post
Shanana, are you doing block feeding?
Well, not technically. I usually don't switch sides during a feeding, but will switch at the next feeding. I don't have any engorgement, and have multiple letdowns during a nursing session (2-4 usually). Do you think it's possible it could be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance? I thought the hindmilk came with a letdown, but I might be wrong on that. Would love to hear your thoughts .
post #67 of 147
How are her poops Shana? Green? Frothy? Yellow and seedy? That should tell you if she's getting enough hind milk.

And yes, Izzy has discovered the fastest way to get my attention is to smack one of the babies.
post #68 of 147
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How are her poops Shana? Green? Frothy? Yellow and seedy? That should tell you if she's getting enough hind milk.
How about just yellowy, and only once a day? I have noticed I only am feeling one let down the past few days. Just wondering cause I do know stress can cause some milk issues

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And yes, Izzy has discovered the fastest way to get my attention is to smack one of the babies.
Chantel. I know when that happened w/ds1 & ds2, dad could take ds2 and I could do special time - it helped a lot, just as an idea
post #69 of 147
Just a few minutes to check in.....

We're doing ok. Gage is finally starting to be a more 'happy' baby. We took him to the Chiro on Tuesday and DH and I swear it's made a difference. He's still nursing all the time, but his suck isn't quite as hard as it was before. My nipples are still incredibly sore and scabbed but it's getting a bit better. I'm trying to go see an LC but we've encountered some scheduling difficulties because of the problems with my incision. Other than the sore nipples, nursing is going well. He was 9 pd 10 oz at birth, went down to 8 pd 15 oz, (then my milk came in - two days after birth!!) but by the time we went home from the hospital he was up to 9 pd 5 oz. Two days after that he had gained another two ounces! What can I say - he likes his milk!

Home Health is starting tonight to come pack my incision. Going to the doctor two times a day was a bit crazy as it would take us almost 2 hours for a 5 minute appt, and that was twice a day! Gage would want to nurse when we got there and then nurse before we left. Usually it was when it was my turn, and we'd have to wait so that made things longer. Thankfully it's not infected but it sure is sore/tender. At the last appt she opened it up a bit more so I think that's made it hurt more too. I hope it heals sooner rathter than later. I really don't want to be taking pain meds anymore but I just can't do it without them. Plus my chiro reminded me that pain can hinder milk production so I'm trying to take the least amount that I can get by with.

It's nice that he's a bit happier. His awake time doesn't consist of non-stop crying. He'll actaully have his eyes open and looking around for a bit. It's nice to see his eyes, he's so cute! I can't tell you how much this has lifted my mood. Between the sore nipples, an unhappy baby, a sick 2 year - I haven't been in the best of moods. To top it off I now have severe constipation and hemorhoids.

Question about dirty diapers - Gage was transitioning from the merconium stuff to the yellow seedy stuff but now it's a pea green color and really, really runny. Is that a sign of too much formilk?

We see the Neurosurgeon on the 16th. They'll do another u/s and compare to the one they did after he was born. We're really hoping it is a bleed that is resolving as that would mean we can just let it be. If it's this mysterious 'tissue' they keep mentioning, we don't know what will come of that. Please keep your fingers crossed that we get more good news!

Sorry I can't particiapate more right now. I think once I get this incision under control, I'll have more time.

Take care mamas!
post #70 of 147
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Poops ... once a day, sometimes twice, almost always yellow, and usually seedy. I personally feel she should be pooping more often, and she usually struggles, fusses and has to push for a while to get them out. DD1 also had huge issues with gas and infrequent pooping, but when I finally broke down and took her to the holistic ped at 9 months and got her started on homeopathics, it resolved practically instantaneously. So I was really expecting the same with Sophie (i.e., resolving it with homeopathy). But no such luck. I don't know if it's because she's younger and part of the problem is an immature gut or what . It's frustrating because things would really be smooth sailing if not for that. But I'm doing homeopathy, CST, chiro and the NAET. I massage castor oil into her tummy once a day, and also put a wet mint tea bag on her tummy for an hour or so at my homeopath's suggestion. I push her knees to her chest and also do some gentle spinal twists that should stimulate the nerves to her digestive system. I can't think of anything else to do! If the wiggling doesn't stop, she will have to sleep in a different room from me, and I really don't want that .

Meaghan, that's awesome about the chiro/CST .

We are having some issues with dd1, too. She is good with Sophie (although I never leave them together unattended - I guess I'm paranoid ), but is super whiney all.the.time. I don't think she's getting enough sleep, but she only naps once every 1-2 weeks (this KILLS me), and is sleeping 12 hrs or less at night, sigh. We do quiet time every day but she just won't sleep. (I used to turn my nose up at quiet time -- I mean, if your kid doesn't want to sleep, why try to force the issue, right? But now I so understand that it is for mama's sanity :.) So I'm not sure if she's whiney because she's tired or if it's 100% due to Sophie. But it makes me absolutely batty.

One thing I've discovered is that she goes over the moon when I talk to Sophie about her. So I'll tell Sophie what dd1 is doing, exclaiming, "Did you see that?!?!" and things like that. She seems to really like this, and it seems to help her bond with Sophie. So I've been doing that a lot.

Someone asked about my back. It is improving, but not nearly as fast as I would like . I'm still sleeping in that $*%&#@! recliner. I've slept for as long as 3 hours in the bed, but it comes with a pretty steep price tag. The low back pain has subsided a lot, but my hips are still really bothering me. I was doing acupuncture regularly, but it's so expensive and the guy was across town. With gas prices the way they are, and having to drag Sophie with me (and mil to watch her), I decided not to make another appt last weekend. I'm going to see how it goes. If it's not improving, I will try to find someone on this side of town I guess. It's so hard to take care of myself when I'm needed all the time to take care of someone else. I am thinking of expressing some milk in the next week or two and introducing a bottle. It would be nice to know I could leave Sophie with dh for a bit if I wanted to.

And I miss real food . The next NAET appt is Monday, and she will check to see if she "cleared" all the foods I ate the other day. If not, she will have to re-treat. Thankfully I expressed enough milk so I don't have to "re-eat" everything and go through that hell. It better work. I hate eating like this.

Okay, looks like quiet time is falling apart at the seams and Sophie just woke up ...
post #71 of 147
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Originally Posted by thismama View Post
omg this kid cant be put down. im a solo mama. dude this is hardcore. anyone else have babes tht need to be in arms most of the time?

yes!
post #72 of 147
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yes!
- yep, that's our LO too.
post #73 of 147
Shanana, she IS a bit young for that few poops. How often is she nursing and for how long?

Kara, I would want to see poop more than once a day at that age. How often is baby nursing and for how long?

Amy, that IS a sign of too much foremilk, yes. If it were mucusy or runny/frothy as well I'd worry about food intolerance, but if it's just like that then it's likely just foremilk imbalance.
post #74 of 147
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Christine, at night she usually goes 4 hrs, but during the day I would say it's every 2 hours on average. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. She has been nursing every 1-2 hrs today. I really do think she's getting enough to eat, and her weight gain has been good. DD1 had really infrequent poops too (like, once a week or every 10 days!) but she was older when that started. At this age she was still pooping multiple times a day. I'm not really sure what to think about it. I mean, there is a whole bunch of digestive stuff going on - reflux (although that's pretty much gone, thankfully), the gas and the infrequent poops.

FWIW, her poop has always been yellow (once the mec cleared), although before I changed my diet it usually wasn't seedy. So even if it's yellow, they can still be sensitive to your diet (because she is definitely sensitive to my diet!).
post #75 of 147
yes, very true wrt food sensitivities (the painful gas being one sign of that).

if her weight gain is going well (5-8oz/week) then she likely is getting enough. Typically it's not till after 6-8 weeks that their poops slow down, but of course they're all unique babies.
post #76 of 147
(nak) he's 3 wks. day, nurses about every hr to 2 for about 20 min, then 5-9pm he nurses non-stop & around midnight sleeps about 5 hrs then. yesterday went once, day before twice, today once so far. he was 8lbs 6oz @ birth, now 10lbs 4oz
post #77 of 147
ooh it's so good to read all the 'my baby wont be put down either' posts - thanks mamas! i think at least half the stress of it is fretting that its weird or abnormal.

we had a good day today... i went out to a discussion group of bf mamas and bought two new diaper covers... ahhh fluff and good conversation. i need to look up how to fold flats before i go spend more money on prefolds that i don't really need.

mine doesn't poop much at all, definitely not every day, maybe every second day or so? and she is gaining like crazy so i know she is getting enough milk. she is 4.5 weeks but this has been the sitch since about 3 weeks old.
post #78 of 147
We had a nice day today-despite the constant rain! There is a reason why Seattle has a reputation for being the coffee capital!! It is so gloomy and miserable here that everyone drinks coffee all the time in an attempt to lift their spirits and keep their hands warm! I realized all this today after drinking a latte-I feel so totally optimistic and inspired in that coffee buzz afterglow!
I had forgotten how hard it can be trudging about with baby/purse/an armload of gifts for midwife & doula all in the rain, fumbling around with my car keys.
Liberty is sleeping pretty goos but insists on waking up at 5am no matter what time she goes to sleep. And she fights her bedtime like crazy! She happily dozes off for naps but when it comes to the evening time, she pitches such a fuss and fights it like crazy. weird!
Now I get to do laundry, so much laundry! and the plumber dragged in muddy footprints so i get to mop as well! fun!
post #79 of 147
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Also, real quick, just wanted to suggest the book Happiest Baby on the Block to any mama's with high needs/in arms/"colicky" babies. It has REALLY helped me with DD2 and I wish I would have had it for DD1. IMO, it is the instruction manual for "colicky" babies!!!!!!!!

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nak

it seems a bit gimmicky when you read it, but it really does help them relax.
post #80 of 147
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But I'm doing homeopathy, CST, chiro and the NAET.

Meaghan, that's awesome about the chiro/CST .

One thing I've discovered is that she goes over the moon when I talk to Sophie about her. So I'll tell Sophie what dd1 is doing, exclaiming, "Did you see that?!?!" and things like that. She seems to really like this, and it seems to help her bond with Sophie. So I've been doing that a lot.

It's so hard to take care of myself when I'm needed all the time to take care of someone else. I am thinking of expressing some milk in the next week or two and introducing a bottle. It would be nice to know I could leave Sophie with dh for a bit if I wanted to.
Shauna---what is NAET? Sorry if you've already answered this question....I have been so behind on reading up on posts lately!

Thanks for the suggestion of talking to dd2 about dd1---I will definately try that! What an awesome idea.

And, I just had to quote you on the last paragraph there about taking care of yourself when you are so needed by someone else. I am REALLY struggling with trying to adjust to 2---DH and I are exhausted and the tandem nursing is so much more demanding than I had imagined. How in the world do we do this...lol!!!!

I just got my breastpump back from a friend of mine today and plan to start pumping some milk here and there so I can leave both dd's with dh sometime soon. Also, to get some alone time with dd1--which I think is also much needed. I'll let you know how it goes....
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