sorry to be MIA when everyone is having such a rough time!
AP, caroline, glad you are both doing better. caroline, i've had two doula clients go in for gall bladder surgery within days of delivery... it SUCKS but both of them immediately got SOOO much better... hope the same is happening for you! and AP, here i am, two weeks PP, and my nips are SOOO sore... what's that cream you're talking about? tell us more please!
congrats jilly, madrone, everyone else! madrone, i'm dying to hear your story... hope everything (and you) are OK!
poor dodo, christeeny, all you other waiting mamas! it's sooo hard to wait and trust that your baby will come when it's ready. hugs to you! it WILL happen, honest!
we are doing OK except for the aforementioned sore nipples (owieeee! but it's just on the latch, then its just a dull throb for the feeding). i'm using lanolin, and avoiding cracks and bleeding, but the skin is rubbed raw and pink, and boy those latch moments are real toe-curlers!
my MIL has been here since tuesday, and it's been OK mostly. she's cooking a lot, and she sews so she's been fixing up a couple of funky curtains i have. she wrenched her back the first day she was here, so she can't hold the baby very long (and he's taken to yelling at her anyway, so they haven't had much quality time this week). still, she and dh have had some good time to visit, so the trip hasn't been a total loss i hope.
i've been holed up in my bedroom mostly, reading some fiction my daughter recommended ("His Dark Materials" trilogy by philip pullman... excellent!) and nursing, nursing, nursing my gassy little baby. i'm not eating dairy, wheat, corn or citrus (supposedly the most common problem foods for babies, according to the LLL web site) but today lincoln was just as gassy as ever. it's starting to get a little frustrating. if he's gonna be gassy anyway, i might as well eat what i want to! but i'll wait a few more days to see if it helps...
all he wants to do is nurse. he's sleeping pretty well through the night (we got an old crib and put it next to the bed as a "sidecar" for him)... he wakes up maybe 3 or 4 times between about midnight and 8 a.m., with one or two diaper changes. i guess that's ok for a newborn but i'm starting to feel the effects of sleep deprivation. got a good nap in with him this afternoon but dh woke me for dinner. i wish he'd just saved me some and let us sleep longer! oh well.
lincoln is having longer awake periods, looking around and just being adorable (when he's not fussing about his gassy belly). of course he's gorgeous and perfect and smart and amazing, just like all your babies are (or will be)!!!
oh, someone was talking about large babies? link was by far my largest (9 lb 10 oz) and also by far my easiest pushing! i think it has much more to do with baby's position, mom's support and attitude, rather than baby's size. maybe being in the water helped, too...
oops. baby calls. i haven't mastered NAK yet, so gotta go.
thinking of you guys lots!