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banana girl 09-18-2004 07:59 PM

Happy new thread everyone!

Sorry I'm just not as cool as Jen and cannot sum up the last few posts! But I will say....

Where's Jen??? The million dollar question of the day that is on everyone's lips.... Where's Jen???? Is Sprout on the way??? Stay posted.

chrissy 09-18-2004 08:23 PM

Oh, I can't wait to hear! Does anybody know how long she'll be staying at the Birth Center after Sprout's arrival?

banana girl 09-18-2004 08:33 PM

Hey ladies!
Here's some more photos of Mielle, I think i'm getting the hang of this shutterfly thing!

I have no idea how long Jen would stay at the Birth Center, maybe Steph knows... at any rate doesn't Jo have laptop? I can't imagine our online addict going this long without posting for a good reason!


plantmommy 09-18-2004 08:49 PM

gee, Anna, my first real post in weeks and there it goes, lost at the end of the old thread!


; )

badomama 09-18-2004 09:34 PM

Jen and Jo said I am on the call list, so as soon as I hear anything I'll post immediately if they haven't gotten to it already. Can't wait!!!


banana girl 09-18-2004 10:01 PM

Originally Posted by plantmommy
gee, Anna, my first real post in weeks and there it goes, lost at the end of the old thread!


; )
Plantmommy said..... "OMG, Anna, those pictures are wonderful! That smile of yours with the baby is a perfect photo to advertise for parenthood.

Funny, but my Isabelle had that same gown with the grapes on as her first outfit after birth. Mielle is gorgeous.

So is Kallisti, Lazuli! what breathtaking baby girls. I hope you're both doing well and taking care of those breasts. Drink, drink, drink, drink!

I have two hands at the keyboard for the first time in I don't remember how long.

Reid got sick early in the week, and scared us pretty bad. Not because he seemed sooo sick, because he didn't seem incredibly ill, although he was nursing much much less and clearly unhappy, but he had a fever, which in a 10-day old is a frightening thing. We took him in for blood tests, which showed good counts, but our ped. recommended a shot of antibiotics anyway, since some of the tests take time to come back and you don't really want to chance a bacterial infection in such a young baby. So, we have no idea what was wrong, but the shot cleared it up and he's pretty much back to normal, although his poop is still off-color a bit. My poor lovey got blood drawn from both arms and a shot! But our ped is amazing, and used to be a neonatalogist, and there wasn't a bruise on him. Heck, I almost always get bruises from blood draws, so I was impressed.

He also weighed 4.5oz more on Wed when we brought him in sick, then he had on Sat. I wonder how much he'd have gained if he wasn't sick, and was nursing well, my darling!

So, now I'm over being scared s*itless. But this morning our basement flooded, which was a whole 'nother disaster.

I had stopped bleeding by Sunday, but have started up again in fits over him having been sick, and bailing water with a bucket, etc. so am trying to rest as much as possible, but also the older kids seem to be missing mom. All in all, life is getting in the way of true forum participation.

I HAVE to believe Jen is either having, or has had that baby by now! GO JEN AND SPROUT! (or should I say: COME JEN AND SPROUT!?)"

ok plantmommy! here's your post! te he hheeee!Anna Banana says

hjohnson 09-18-2004 10:16 PM

I can't believe David is a week old lately. He is doing great! He is quite the nursing chow hound. He loves to eat and his older brother has decided to start nursing as well. Grant thought it was a little weird to watch me nurse both Christopher and David at the same time.

Sleep is a wonderful thing! David has taken to sleep reasonably at night. He sleep in 3-4 hour intervals which is wonderful! I was a zombie with Christopher.

Here are some photos of the boys. When I get a chance I will post a birth story.

I hope Sprout is making his/her appearance by now.

plantmommy 09-18-2004 10:16 PM

Awww, shucks, how sweet of you to go to the trouble!

Caroline248 09-18-2004 10:43 PM

What gorgeous babies everyone has!! My stupid digital broke, I had to send it back to the manufacturer.

Wow, Jen must be having a baby. How wonderful for her, it stinks to be so far past date!!

I am exhausted. Yesterday I cleaned the whole house, then decided that my downstairs bathroom needed a new paint job. So I re-painted it. Of course, since my house is only a year old, the paint job was only about 8 months old. The color just wasn't "me" anymore!!

Then today I hosted a baby shower for one of my very good friends. It was a lot of work, but well worth it, I think she was totally surprised. More surprised that I did it three weeks post-partum!! Linda, I also started bleeding again, probably from all that work!!

Well, I think Jackson is over the 8 pound mark. He is getting so big. Matter of fact, there he goes..crying!!



sistermama 09-18-2004 11:03 PM

Had NINE extra people at my house all day.

Will post more in the morning when I recover! Sleep well mamas.

badomama 09-19-2004 12:49 AM

It just occurred to me that Jen and Jo's news is not mine to tell. So, all I will say is that I got a call at 9:01 p.m., and it was very happy news!!! Hooray!


allibabble 09-19-2004 01:33 AM

Originally Posted by plantmommy
gee, Anna, my first real post in weeks and there it goes, lost at the end of the old thread!


; )
I am *such* a dork. I KNEW there was a new thread, but while reading on the last one, I still replied there. Duuuurrrrrr.

allibabble 09-19-2004 01:35 AM

Originally Posted by banana girl
Hey ladies!
Here's some more photos of Mielle, I think i'm getting the hang of this shutterfly thing!
*choke, sputter, sniff*

I LOVE the black and whites...they're wonderful. You look great, btw, Anna.

allibabble 09-19-2004 01:40 AM

Greetings, all!

Last night was fixate-on-the-carseat day, as I took a good look at the Graco SnugRide that a friend had to pass on to me. My friend's very careful about kids' stuff, so I know that the infant seat hasn't been in a wreck...but when she first told me about it, I thought that it was new with her third (current) baby who's just hit 20 pounds. Turns out, it's 5 years old, within the "safe" zone, but just.

Looking at how it fit in my car (Jeep Cherokee), it just didn't seem right. Fortunately, I called BRU to ask about safety check options, and they had a check station in their parking lot today! I feel so much more comfortable after seeing what's needed and how tight the seat should be installed. One of the gals working the event said she's learned that through her four kids, NONE of their carseats were installed properly -- it's pretty common (their lit said 4 out of 5). Safety checks are typically free - go here to find out where you can have one done near you.

Turns out, the only way I could use this seat is withOUT the base, behind the passenger seat, which would mean yanking the seatbelt and *hoping* I got it tight enough each time...blech. So, I bought a new seat today, and decided to get a convertible -- one of the higher of the Graco ComfortSport ones. It has the temperature-sensitive padding (like a tempurpedic bed), and I swear, I think they should make one of these in adult size. Talk about cushy.

The borrowed seat will be a baby station for in the house, when I'm not holding her...oh, well.

The PUPPs rash (or whatever the hell this is) is still torturously itchy, and now is on my feet, on the undersides of my arms, between my fingers, and on the outsides of my breasts. I will NOT miss this, as I'm having trouble sleeping from all the itchiness!

Hopefully, I'm coming closer...this morning, I had a weird set of
pains that were structured (building with peaks) and timed (a minute or two apart) like contractions, but in the WRONG place...between my shoulder blades. All I can figure is that I'm having more contractions than I think without them hurting...and that for that short period of time, baby was positioned posterior and pressing on my spine? Whatever, after a bit of sucking wind through the pain, I just "knew" to get on my left side. Baby shifted positions, and the pain went away. Since then, I've been crampy off and on...but still nothing that shouts IT'S TIME!

All that said, I'm ready for her tomorrow, but reminding myself that at the worst, it shouldn't be any longer than 2-1/2 weeks. Ah, joy.

HeatherB 09-19-2004 02:13 AM

Oooh, Steph, you're gonna keep us all in suspense??!!! Yay for Jen!! Can't wait to hear the news!!

Allison, glad you got the carseat thing worked out! I'm a certified carseat tech myself, but just today (at 2 weeks old!) got a carseat for Iain that I'm happy with. We had one from Gabriel that I always thought was just fine - of course, then I put Iain in and realized it was way too big for him! The straps only had one place to come out of the back of the seat, and it was well above his shoulders - it has to be below their shoulders. : Then I found some pictures of Gabriel in the seat and oh my how badly misused it was!! And I thought I was doing a good job! (This is an infant seat, too, not even a convertible - DH keeps asking how they can make an infant seat that doesn't fit an average sized infant. )

So, we now also have a new seat! Got Iain a Britax Companion that fits him well AND fits in our car (found another one we loved the look and price of but it didn't fit in the car AT ALL - we were so bummed!). Knowing they're as safe as they can be is SUCH a relief! And this seat does not budge AT ALL in the car. Woohoo!

I haven't been posting much, but keep reading... Of course, realized I had to sub to this thread, too. No wonder it's been quiet! :LOL We're all doing pretty well. Gabriel has been something else today. Just keeps doing things he's not supposed to do, and not doing what we tell him (at least for the first 15 times). So we're trying to be stricter with things like time out that seem to encourage his compliance. Trying to keep the reigns as tight as they normally would be if we didn't have 1500 things to keep us otherwise occupied, ya know? DH ends up yelling (scolding) at him a lot more, and I'm finding myself more and more short with him. Hopefully we can get it all worked out and get all of us on an even keel.

Iain is doing great. Mostly, anyway. His cord fell off yesterday and we (I) gave him his first bath tonight. He's never even had a sponge bath, so this was quite an experience for him. He settled down as soon as he hit the water! He loved it! I used some of the Burt's Bees kit that Sheryl sent me in the swap. Lots of fun to try everything out! He smells so good, too.

He's a real sweetie and is really doing well except that we think he has reflux. He gets fussy while eating, spits up a lot, has some projectile(ish) vomiting, etc. Gabriel has dealt with reflux till well past 2 years old, so the doctor's gone ahead and called in some antacid meds to see if they'll help (there's another to help things move through the stomach more quickly, but I suggested we try one at a time - the Zantac has basically 0 side effects, but the Reglan can have major ones). I'm wondering if it's more of an allergy, or caused by one, because it was the worst on a day when I drank a lot of milk, and has petered out a little on the days when I haven't been drinking much. I never did find any allergies behind Gabriel's reflux, but always wondered. Thankfully nursing overall has been improving - was dealing with very painful nipples, and had to use a nipple shield. I still use it some at night when I don't pay as much attention to his latch, but it's much better now.

So I've been a little stressed off and on, worrying about things like carseats, reflux, even which diapers to get to replace ones that are backordered too long... Oh, and we've all been sick. Even Iain. Sometimes all seems fine, then it all seems to pile up at once. Thankfully DH and I have had some time to sit down and talk about stuff in the last couple of days - what a huge help!!

I have to think of some good news... I've lost 20lbs since Iain's birth and 30 total since I got pg! You wouldn't know it, but, hey. Jeremey's bonus just came through, too, so now we're paying off debts and deciding what big(ger) purchases it's time for. We've been check-to-check for a while, so it's nice to have some breathing room! (Just have to be careful not to do TOO much! :LOL) One of the things I've been waiting on is getting my engagement ring back. I managed to bend a prong on it during the summer moving things out of Gabriel's room, and now I'll have it back soon! YAY! I've been missing it and can't wait to have it back. I kept joking that I look like a poor man's wife, walking around with just a very simple band. :LOL I like my simple band, but I like it much more with a diamond next to it!

Okay, so that's my good news.. Better go check on laundry and babies and such... We're gonna take Iain to church for the first time tomorrow. Yay! 2 weeks old! I can't believe it!!

MamaAcorn 09-19-2004 04:18 AM

I'm in labor. Started maybe 30 minutes ago, but starting out much stronger than I thought it would, complete with bloody show. Labor with ds was 23 hours. I think this one is going to go much much more quickly. Send me some positive vibes this morning!


HeatherB 09-19-2004 04:39 AM

Yay, Pam! May your labor be peaceful and not a moment too long! Can't wait to hear all about your new little one!

-Heather, who knows all about long labors!

allibabble 09-19-2004 04:41 AM

Originally Posted by MamaAcorn
I'm in labor.
Wahoo! I'm so pleased for you, Pam, and all the labor vibes you could hope for are coming your way. May your contractions be low-pain and effective, and may tearing be someone *else's* concern.

(So does staying up late mean I'm preparing for latenight feedings?)

4under6 09-19-2004 08:52 AM

Go, Pam!

And I'm dying to hear from Jen and Jo!

Originally Posted by HeatherB

I have to think of some good news... I've lost 20lbs since Iain's birth and 30 total since I got pg!
The other day I stepped on the scale for "fun" and was shocked to see that I've lost 25 pounds!
And since I didn't gain any during this pregnancy, I'm 25 pounds lighter than I was before I got pg!

chrissy 09-19-2004 09:38 AM

Steph, Are you sure they don't want you to tell us????

Pam, Lots of happy, gentle (but quick), healthy labor vibes coming your way.

Caroline248 09-19-2004 10:13 AM

Can't wait to hear Jens news.... exciting!! Hopefully this will be much 23 hours!!

About carseats...we have the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio infant seat/stroller. I don't have a convertable for Jackson yet, but I think I am going with the Evenflo Triumph 5. Allison, we had a Jeep Cherokee when we had two kids. I hated how carseats fit in there. It was always so crowded, and when we used the infant seat in the back it was even tighter.

Weight loss...I have lost at last check (two weeks ago) 19 pounds. I gained 30, so that is not bad for me!! WIth my other pregnancies I gaine 25 pounds, 70 pounds, and 45 pounds. Now if I could just get to exercising.... will never be prepared for late night feelings!! You can't imagine how it feels to be so completly exhausted and being woken up by someone crying at you...then when you look at that someone you don't care in the slightest that this is the 4th time you have been woken up, you haven't had a good night sleep in days, and you feel like crap!! You will be elated that this little person is doing this to you!! Prepare yourself for some late night pure joy crying sessions, that is when I tend to look at that perfect little face and just weep.

Anyway...DH and I resumed our "marital" relationship last night. I was so nervous it was going to hurt, but it really didn't. I was shocked, it usually was a bit painful the first couple of times. I can't say it was great, but I was so nervous just *waiting* for the pain...How long are you all waiting to begin??

Well, we have a Christening and a bday party I must start getting ready. Fall is here, it is freezing here. I don't have any cool weather clothes out for the kids or myself, so I have to start a search!!


greenbeing 09-19-2004 11:05 AM

Pam, wishing you a gentle, beautiful birth!

Yay Jen and Jo! Can't wait to hear more news!!!

greenbeing 09-19-2004 11:09 AM

Heather and Anna, your babies are gorgeous!!!

badomama 09-19-2004 12:18 PM

Happy, gentle birthing Pam!!!

I'll call Jen and Jo and see if they want me to post for them. Of course I want to tell you all, but I suppose I should get permission first

Steph, thinking about changing my login name to Boobalicious...

MamaAcorn 09-19-2004 01:07 PM

Jackson Eugene was born at 4:53 this morning after less than 2 hours of labor. I was flabbergasted at such a short labor! He weighs 8 lbs and 1 oz and is 20.5 inches long. He's gorgeous and has a sweet little face. Big brother is ignoring him at the moment. We're back fromt he birthcenter and dh just brought me a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. I'll post the birth story and pictures a bit later.


Caroline248 09-19-2004 01:40 PM

Congrats Pam!!! Yeah for that short labor. I am looking forward to the birth story...

Welcome baby Jackson....from the other baby Jackson!!


greenbeing 09-19-2004 01:48 PM

Wow, Pam, that was quick!!! Congratulations on your new little one!! Welcome baby Jackson!

cottonwood 09-19-2004 01:53 PM

Ooh, I can't wait to hear about Jen and Jo and Sprout!

And congratulations Pam!!! Gee, how nice for you that it was such a short labor after a long one! I am kind of hoping the same thing will happen to me, as this time around I've been having lots of preliminary stuff, which I didn't really have before. Losing lots of mucous, having lots of cramping, and every few nights I get more contractions. Last night I must have had a dozen (although thankfully I was able to sleep pretty well anyway.) This morning, nothing. But I feel very happy that something is obviously happening with my cervix!

banana girl 09-19-2004 02:26 PM

Congratulations Pam! Welcome Jackson!!!

Caroline said... " will never be prepared for late night feelings!! You can't imagine how it feels to be so completly exhausted and being woken up by someone crying at you...then when you look at that someone you don't care in the slightest that this is the 4th time you have been woken up, you haven't had a good night sleep in days, and you feel like crap!! You will be elated that this little person is doing this to you!! Prepare yourself for some late night pure joy crying sessions, that is when I tend to look at that perfect little face and just weep."

I've been right there the last two nights! My swollen (blocked duct?) breasts have been in agony and Mielle has taken it into her head to stay awake for 2 hours at a time instead of 45 minute feeding! This morning I was weeping about how much I love her, how tired, cold, hungry and resentful i felt! I really wasn't prepared for the misery and joy of motherhood. I guess I was optimistic... this breastfeeding misery was not something I was prepared for!

Alli thanks for the compliments about the photos.. it's fun to "show her off"! She's such a beauty!

speaking of weight loss I was shocked to be down 35 pounds last monday! Pretty amazing to change so drastically, so quickly!

Must go pump, my breasts are so swollen and sore! the one that has been bothering me is looking "flushed" today. I'm gonna call the lactation consultant again today and see what she suggests. I've been using warm compresses, hot showers pumping and nursing as much as I can stand. It seriously feels like needles are being jabbed into my breast when she nurses... it sucks!

Jen.. we miss you and are eagerly awaiting your announcement! Love to you and your family!

allibabble 09-19-2004 05:33 PM

...and I only WISH I were talking about the Simpsons. I think I finally got to sleep between 2:30 and 3am...just to wake around 5:30 or 6:00 with my feet ON FIRE. Lotion, Lanacane, Benadryl, and socks (so I don't scratch the silly things bloody) later, baby decided to tell me she was hungry, so I threw down a double protein shake (16oz skim milk, 2 scoops powder...60+ grams of protein hoooo-ah), and read until maybe 8:30 or so.

Once the Benadryl hit, I SLEPT, and how. The phone woke me, and it was my darling cousin (closest thing I have to a sister; she'll be at my homebirth) checking in on me - at 12:30! If my schedule gets any more screwy, I'm going to become a vampire.

Pam! I can't believe you had Jackson so quickly, AND it was at the birthing center! How the bejeezus did you get there and checked in quickly enough to have him somewhere besides at home? Sounds like you two are doing well.

Today, I'm getting a pedicure. The tech might freak about the little bumps all over my toes/feet, but she'll have to deal.

Later, all...


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