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post #21 of 65
Shauna--so sorry to hear about your Aunt and your poor Dad---so SAD!

Also, PRAYING the soybean oil has been the cause of your problems with Sophie and cutting it out will leave her a sleepy, happy newborn!

Oh, and I can totally relate to the not being able to sleep thing...when dd1 was about 10 months old, she started taking a 1 hour nap (yep, just one hour!), and I always tried to sleep with her, but never could. The sleep deprivation got so bad that I could no longer fall asleep easily or stay asleep. What helped was adding Iodine to my diet....my adrenals were shot and causing all kinds of havoc.
post #22 of 65
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Thanks everyone, for your kind thoughts . The feelings of my family are not a very big factor in whether I travel to NC or not. Not that I'm callous, but I know I am in an extenuating circumstance right now, what with having a newborn and all, and have to do what is best for me, plain and simple. I truly do want to go, however. But I am leaning towards not doing it. I am having a hard enough time coping as it is right now, and traveling would only add more stress. I am still sitting on the idea, though, and will see how I feel in the next day or two. On a side note, airfare is outrageously expensive, which may decide for me ...
post #23 of 65
Sorry about your aunt's passing, Shanana.

Things seem to be settling back to somewhat normal here and I'm feeling not so overwhelmed. Yay! Took C in to the MW's today for a check-up, including a weight check. Get this, since Wednesday, C has gained another 13 oz! He was 11/4 on Wed and 12/1 today! He's an absolute tank!
post #24 of 65
No gas here, but we are all mucousy. DS came home from daycare with a cold, and I got it and so did the babe. We went to the pediatrician over the weekend just to make sure her cold was just a cold and not something more serious, since I have never heard a newborn cough like she was coughing. Thankfully she is just fine - it's just a cold and she seems a lot better. We're back to the ped tomorrow for her one month well-baby visit and for the doc to look at DS and make sure his cold isn't something more serious and <knock wood> not an ear infection.

Aside from the cold, I am feeling good. Babe sleeps very well and now that she's a month old has had more alert periods during the day. Nursing is going great - she was 9 1/2 pounds at the ped's office on Saturday - so she's up almost 2 pounds from her birth weight!

Shanana, I am sorry about your aunt, and agree that you shoudl do what is best for you. Life is not easy with a newborn.

Also, for you mamas whose babes are gassy, have you tried the belly massage/bicycle legs combo? I tried this with my DD and it worked great. Lay your baby on her back. Take your fingers and gently rub her tummy/gut in a circle. Then, take her legs and push toes to nose and then do bicycle type motions with them. Repeat. You would not believe the farts that came out of my babe when I did this a few weeks ago!!! It was instant relief. Whenever she seems gassy, I do this and it always works.
post #25 of 65
had kadens well baby checkup today for two weeks. he is now 9 lbs 12 ounces. so he has already gained 1 lb and 2 ounces. but we cant find the pku card. grrr I stuck it in the diaper bag and its not in there anymore and I have looked everywhere. makes me feel like a moron. only have one more place to look but have to wait for my sister to get home. with my luck it fell out at walmart or something.... ugh.

Ronnie is gone all week. and I dont know how I am going to manage. he is finally sleeping good now. but thats cause I slept with him for two hours and he is still asleep. i could barely even take a shower this morning. I probably took five min max and he was just screaming when I got out. I didnt really eat anything untill like 4:00. before then all I had had was a yogurt and a glass of juice.

nursing makes me nautious so it makes it hard to eat when he wants to eat non stop. I just keep praying for guidance and strength to make it through and to enjoy it. cause he is getting big so fast.
post #26 of 65
Shanana ~ I'm sorry for you & your family. Hang in there!

Gottecat ~ Are you nauseous b/c your hungry? I get REALLY sick if I don't eat when I need to while nursing. Wear him or try to appease him in some other way and get yourself something to eat, even if it's just a snack. It might help to always leave something to munch on in your most common nursing spots. You gotta take care of yourself too, Mama! : )
post #27 of 65
nak <---- I've waited forever to be good enough at this to use that acronym

Shanana. I hope times get easier for you.

Toby is gassy all right, but he solves it by looking you dead in the eye and letting out one of those frat-boy farts and then giving this shifty-eyed cocked smile. He's hilarious. The first time he did it, I totally blamed it on DH, not knowing.

Toby nurses FOREVER. Like for 45 minutes at a time. I guess that's why he's so far over his birth weight at 13 days, despite our nursing troubles. He's having bad times in the evenings, but it's getting easier to deal with.

Funny story: the FP stuck his finger in Toby's mouth yesterday to check his suck reflex. Toby bit down. HARD. Like he does when he nurses. The FP yelped and tried to get his finger back, but Toby held on good. We had to break his latch to get him unattached from the poor guy's finger. Dr. looked at me, horrified, and I just said "I put my nipples in there about 12 times a day," in the sweetest voice ever. It was hilarious.

Anyone doing delayed vax schedules? I have to do research on it and bring a schedule to his 1mo appt.
post #28 of 65
Last night seemed so long! Noah was so gassy! He just screamed and screamed. Woke up Mady and she cried for a long time, too. One more night and then dh is home for 4 nights!

Sara we are delaying them until 2 years. I had gestational diabetes with Madalyn and since it's an autoimmune disease it made her at risk for a reaction. We didn't formally test for GD this time and my sugars were good for most of my pregnancy, but I didn't test much at the end. My midwife thinks with how big he was that I probably did have it, so we will be delaying again due to increased risk for reaction. I have a different pediatrician this time, so I don't know how it's going to go.
post #29 of 65
Oh, and who talked about a yeast elimination diet? Where can I get info on this? I'm very overweight and get this horrible rash under my stomach. I've been thinking for awhile that it might be yeast. Then my vagina was a bit itchy, but I didn't know if it was just irritated from wearing pads or not. Now my nipples are starting to hurt again and they itch a bit. So I thought I might give it a try.
post #30 of 65
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Anyone doing delayed vax schedules? I have to do research on it and bring a schedule to his 1mo appt.
I think I am. Already declined/delayed the hepB at the hospital. There were no shots offered at the 2 week checkup and the next well baby visit isn't until 2 months. I think I will follow the delayed vax schedule in Dr Sears' The Vaccine Book. It is overwhelming to me, but I do have a bit more time to continue to research it. Hilarious about the doctor and Toby's suck!
post #31 of 65
Seren, I'm not doing yeast elimination per se (just cutting the sugars) but wanted to toss in another recommendation for trying Caprylic Acid. it really works well!
post #32 of 65
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Anyone doing delayed vax schedules? I have to do research on it and bring a schedule to his 1mo appt.
We don't vax, but I've heard good things about the new Sears book. The story about Toby biting the doctor had me in stitches .

We are having a tough day. Don't know why, but Sophie won't let me put her down . MIL took dd1 for the day, so I was looking forward to trying to get some sleep, but that's a no-go. I've tried lying down in the bed with her, but she's too darn wiggly. Don't know if it's gas or what.

She seemed reflux-y last night, but she had an NAET appt during the day, and I guess as they clear sensitivities it can cause a transient reaction. That may be the explanation for the horrible reflux episode she had last Friday too (also had an NAET appt that day). Not sure if it's also the cause of her fussiness today ...

Saw my mw for my 6 (almost 7) week visit. I will miss our visits, although I am lucky enough to know my mw socially and will still see her. She lives on the other side of town, though, so we don't meet up that often. (She is on MDC too, so we sometimes see each other at local MDC events.) I had her look at my tears and they are nicely healed. I was a little worried about the 2nd degree tear, because I still have some discomfort there. But she said it looks wonderful and it came together very nicely (no stitches). She said the sensation is probably nerve damage, and it will just take a while to heal. My urethra opening is large, which probably explains the incontinence. She told me to do kegels (which will also speed the nerve healing) and some other exercises she showed me. Blech.

Sophie weighed 12 lbs even, up from 8 lb 4 oz at birth. I think she's getting enough to eat .
post #33 of 65
nak


Do you feed off one breast each feed? I thought that was the way, but my mum has come to stay & is surprised we're not emptying both breasts each feed...? Baby seems content & is up 300g from birth weight already so it's obviously working okay regardless.

Got nappy rash here, whoops.
post #34 of 65
calpurnia, I'm feeding one at a time, only because of my oversupply and Toby's biting. Otherwise, I'd do both.
post #35 of 65
Thread Starter 
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nak


Do you feed off one breast each feed? I thought that was the way, but my mum has come to stay & is surprised we're not emptying both breasts each feed...? Baby seems content & is up 300g from birth weight already so it's obviously working okay regardless.

Got nappy rash here, whoops.
It depends. We have gassiness here, along with green, mucousy poops, so might have a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. That's why I stick to one breast for two feedings, then switch to the other. If you're not having any problems, and you don't have an oversupply, then feel free to switch whenever you want . (Note that frequent switching will probably boost your supply.)
post #36 of 65
Madilynn is 7 weeks over here and 12.6 lbs- 23 1/2 inches long. Doing great...she is also a gassy baby- but it doesnt seem to bother her at all. She justs FARTS alot..lol! I have to remind others nearby that it is NOT me doing the tooting...lol...sometimes I think they wonder cause she can pass some major gas that sounds like it should not be coming from a baby! ROFL!!
post #37 of 65
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nak


Do you feed off one breast each feed? I thought that was the way, but my mum has come to stay & is surprised we're not emptying both breasts each feed...? .
I think it just depends on the babe. I think the standard advice is to nurse on the first breast until baby unlatches on his/her own, then burp, then offer the second breast. If they take it, great. But if they're not hungry, they'll refuse or only nurse for a minute or whatever. Which is fine. The "old" advice was 5 minutes on the first breast, then switch. Maybe that's where your mom is coming from?

We do one boob here generally...currently I am doig it on purpose but even before that, Declan seemed to be happy with just one. The only exception is at night if he sleeps for 4 hours - he is interested in a long session on both boobs after that long sleep!
post #38 of 65
Evening.

It has been a rough couple days. I found out yesterday that a dear friend passed away in a car accident on Sun. It stinks. She and I have kids the same age, we went through pregnancy together, and our kids actually loved eachother a ton. In fact, her daughter has told me that she is going to marry my son. Now, they are only 3 so a lot could happen, but still. I am heartbroken.

Other than that, we are doing okay here. Kate seems to have gotten over the worst of the gas. She is very stubborn some days about sleep. Seems to happen more on the days when she doesn't get enough down time and napping time at home.

Gonna go watch Hell's Kitchen. to everyone who needs one.
post #39 of 65
Thread Starter 
Nicole, so sorry to hear about your friend . You, her family and especially her children will be in my thoughts .
post #40 of 65
Shanana i am sorry to hear of your families loss, my heart is breaking for your grandfather too. Lots of hugs.

Killick, sorry to hear that, it is so terrible and heartbreaking. Your family and hers are in my thoughts. Lots of hugs
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