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#241 of 395 Old 07-17-2007, 05:07 PM
 
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Nothing drastic she says! I honestly don't care about numbers on the scale (though it would be nice if the last 10-12 lbs would vanish over night) ...I'm totally focused on circumfrence. I remember I wore my pre-preg clothes back to work at 3 months pp so I'm hanging in there...I wish I didn't feel so messy/frumpy though. I think I have some hair dye around someplace, maybe I'll dye my hair? Or there's some henna around...maybe I'll henna my hands!
Yeah, messy/frumpy is me to a T right now! Hair dye is a good idea, or maybe a trim. I did go out and get my brows waxed the other day, that felt like a step in the right direction. And I bought one outfit that fits (although it's in some ridiculous size) so that I don't have to feel like a total loser when I go out in public. I didn't mind being so huge when I had a baby belly, but now that I'm post-partum I hate seeing myself in window reflections and the like and not even recognizing who I see.

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There's no room in our little townhouse for me to do exercise tapes, and it's so hot here (TX) that I'm not sure if it's okay to take the baby out for "long" walks...

Maybe I'll join the gym up the street -- but really, when would I actually go and work out? It may have to wait until I return to work. I'm thinking about swinging by for 30 minutes on the way home from work but that would mean an extra half hour DS would be in day care.
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I'm feeling pretty frumpy and yucky lately too. I know its only been 6 weeks but I'm sick of looking at my squishy belly. I think its time to maybe think about doing some exercise. I haven't weighed myself since the last preg visit before the birth so I have no idea how much I've lost. I have the 6 week visit Thurs so I'll know then. I didn't gain much - like 27 lbs so I can't have too much left to lose, right? With DS1 I gained 53 lbs and it took me a year (maybe even more?) to lose. I hope it doesn't take that long this time around!

DS1 is still acting like a complete maniac of a child, but he's great with DS2 and not showing any agression towards him, but still : I'm exhausted!

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The mummy tummy thing takes less space than my yoga mat...and the Callanetics program someone mentioned a while ago doesn't take much more space than that. The mummy tummy uses a resistance band, the callanetics is "body only" but it takes longer to do the routine.

I've tried joining gyms but never go...I have that whole "I need to get into shape before I go to the gym to get into shape", you know?

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Is anyone else hungry all the time? I'm freaking starving half the time and I barely have time to make food with the two kids. How on earth do people do this with lots of kids?! I stopped buying bad foods so I don't have them in the house but I have a hard time finding quick snacks. I feel like I'm never gonna fit back into my pre-preg clothes if I keep eating like this!

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I don't know how much weight I've lost or have left to lose. I'm more worried about the size. I just want to get back into my old clothes again. And be able to look in the mirror without seeing the extra belly. I was back in my old clothes at one week with DD so with not losing it yet a month later this time I'm getting a little annoyed.

I just can't wait until we are on some sort of routine around here. DS has almost no pattern to nursing/sleeping. I can't seem to get anything done around here. I'm still hurting from the birth too. The stitches on the tear itself feel fine now but I had a sidewall tear that still hurts. I'm hoping its healing right and that nothings messed up. I go on the 25th for my 6wk checkup. I really hope they say everything is okay.
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I am always hungry, I feel like I have to eat constantly, and I am craving the worst things too, like donuts and ice cream:. I have to substitute those evening cravings for veggies and fruit, but it is just not the same. I am also so sick of looking at my flubby tummy, but haven't been able to exercise too much yet, but I know as soon as I am ready, as in as soon as I am done bleeding, DH will have us all in the mountains hiking and getting out. I am looking forward to that as being home so much has been hard on my spirit. I know it took about a year and a half for me to be down to a weight I was really happy with after ds was born, (then I got pregnant again), so I am going to count on that same timing, I would be very happy if it happened a bit sooner

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Add me to the starving mama club! And what I want is fat...in any form or flavor. Not very healthy, huh?

I thought it was due to the tandem nursing on top of the healing, but maybe it's just a pp hormonal thing? I remember being famished after dd1 arrived too, but it only lasted a week or two.

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Yes, bring on the fatty foods! I'm dying for some french fries right now. DS watched Curious George today and it was about doughnuts so I'm craving chocolate frosted doughnuts too. I just ate a half of a raisin bagel and some sun chips and I'm still hungry! I'm off to make some potatoes!

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Ack! donuts! now I want donuts!

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Willo I hear you... This is my first and I have had a SUPER hard time BFing! Supply issues, flat nips, and now that I have a shield and have been working on supply my LO does not want to latch today, yesterday was fine, bit not today... I feel like I am a really bad mommy and can not feed my LO...

We are also right in the middle of a move to AZ and I feel super stressed out... Like I waited all my life to be a mom and now my DH gets a job offer that he has waited for only 2 years for, he accepts it and now we move I am supportive of the job, but I worked really hard for this baby and now really really wanted to just enjoy him...

I am sad alot, but not sure if it is just stress or PPD? My DS is 3.5 weeks old and I feel like I am missing out on stuff with him due to all the moving prep...

Sigh... Sorry to be such a downer... Things really are good most of the time here and I guess I should be over the birth(the birth itself was great, I mean the pain and emotional stuff) by now, but I still feel VERY tired and crabby...

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Willo I hear you... This is my first and I have had a SUPER hard time BFing! Supply issues, flat nips, and now that I have a shield and have been working on supply my LO does not want to latch today, yesterday was fine, bit not today... I feel like I am a really bad mommy and can not feed my LO...

We are also right in the middle of a move to AZ and I feel super stressed out... Like I waited all my life to be a mom and now my DH gets a job offer that he has waited for only 2 years for, he accepts it and now we move I am supportive of the job, but I worked really hard for this baby and now really really wanted to just enjoy him...

I am sad alot, but not sure if it is just stress or PPD? My DS is 3.5 weeks old and I feel like I am missing out on stuff with him due to all the moving prep...

Sigh... Sorry to be such a downer... Things really are good most of the time here and I guess I should be over the birth by now, but I still feel VERY tired and crabby...

Hope everyone is doing well!

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Steph, don't feel like you should "be over" the birth, you are ONLY 3.5 weeks pp, I am 5 weeks pp and am deffinately not "over the birth yet"!! What you are feeling is completely normal and understandable, this is not an easy time to be relocating, try and stay healthy and well fed as you need it ritght now.

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i'm finding myself (vainly) bummed about my poochy tummy. i lost a lot of weight in the first 3 weeks and everyone tells me i look great. but then there hasn't been any noticeable change in my belly in the last 3 weeks. it is definitely sticking out there and i feel like i still look pg. i bought a bunch of clothes (well more accurately i bought myself some clothes and then my mom really treated me during her visit). mostly because my boobs are too big for any of my normal shirts AND the belly is too big for half my normal bottoms. i'm into the other half (low rise things). so having things to wear *does* make me feel better.

i've been looking at pictures of the summer i had isaac and trying to figure out how big my belly was that time during the postpartum weeks. i am having paranoia that this is IT -- the permanent me! i'm also having paranoia that this is IT - my permanent vagina! at my 6week checkup i told my ob that my perenium did not feel right to me AT ALL because the skin feels gathered and tight (there are wrinkles). and he said 'sometimes we do have to go back in and fix things'. then he looked at it and said it looked fine. he thinks the tightness is due to breastfeeding. i'm still too scared to have sex! but i want to because my dh is DYING to. and so far i have found zero opportunity to make a move. he is working 6 days a week and i end up getting both boys to go to sleep by going to bed with them. someday it'll work out i hope! i bought a giant thing of KY at the grocery store.....did i mention i'm scared???
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Add me to the flabby tummy my clothes don't fit club. I had to quit wearing the pilled up, stretchy cotton things that got me through the end of my pregnancy. But, alas, very little of even my medium-sized clothes fits over the belly squish. I lost 40 lbs before leaving the hospital. First thing FIL said to me is, "Are you sure you don't have a couple more in there?" Yeah, even before congratulations or gee, aren't those babies cute.

I've been losing about 5 lbs a week (PRAYING that keeps up), but I guess after one gains nearly 70 lbs it takes awhile to get back down. I have only about 20 lbs to go, but am pretty sure that the ol' bod just isn't going to go back into the shape it used to be. Of course then there are the extra 10 lbs that I gained during the previous pregnancy (miscarried) that I didn't lose as we were TTC again right away. ( I try to love my mommy body....guess I'll keep trying. Bless my dear DH who still seems to find me sexy.

We walk almost every day and determine the distance based on the time of day and just how hot it is. Miami is really hot. I used to live in Tucson and would take that over Miami any day. I agree with whoever said that the babes sleep better when they've had some fresh air. I think though, that slinging two babies around is actually a better workout for me. I wear my LOs around the house, to the post office and when they can't sleep I get them both in the slings and dance around.

Someone mentioned how hot slings/babycarriers are. Amen. I have several pouches, a ring-sling, a mei tai, a baby bjorn and all of them are hot. Though seriously the moby wrap is by far the hottest. Too bad, because I had a crazy notion of carrying both twins in it, but I fear we'd melt. The pouches are my favorite. Provided they're the right size I don't need to make adjustments and can pretty easily get both kids on before we have a "we're not moving yet...shriek" meltdown. I have one (waiting on the second) solarveil pouches and while they breathe more, the fabric is much itchier than I'd hoped. Still I'm looking forward to getting into the ocean and that fun sprinkler park.

I was looking for a sun shade for my stroller and couldn't find anything that wasn't a) expensive or b) unlikely to fit my stroller. I bought 1 yard of white solarveil fabric directly from the website. It fits perfectly over our twin stroller and though I've already used it, I plan to hem the edges and run some drawstrings through so I can tie it into place. With shipping it cost about $25.

Today I drove alone with the two babes for the 1st time! (Car needed repair.) We're no longer limited to places we can reach by foot/stroller. We went to a beautiful park in the ritzy neighborhood today with a friend and her 2.5 yr old. There is lots of old growth vegatation (SHADE!) and a really cool water playground with sprinklers of all shapes and sizes. Next time we'll bring the solarveil pouches and get wet too! But today was great for walking and my babes love to watch the big kids play.

On the way home we stopped (double-slinging) for fabulous Weleda Calendula diapercreme (this stuff is amazing and DH keeps borrowing when he feels sweaty and irritated after working outdoors). The health food store has a lunch counter--super fresh-cooked vegan food--and both babes were being so good I decided to take a chance and order some lunch. We tandem NIP while I noshed and chatted with the regulars. The owner has 11 kids and promotes AP. He gave me a discount 'cause he was impressed with my kiddos in their slings. Awesome day.

PatchChild, Owen is really a handsome fellow--what a sweetie.

Wombat, Hope you're feeling better. I know how having something awry 'down there' always feels worse to me than more serious illness anywhere else in my body. Also I could never do the gym thing either. I would go to a yoga class now (if I could figure out how to manage it timewise) but only at the crunchier studio where flabby, badly-dressed yogis are welcome. Miami yoga studios can be SO full of altered bodies in very expensive designer outfits.

Mere, I'm with you on the nursing shirts. I didn't think I would need them for one baby, but with twins I can easily be half undressed to nurse them both. Often I don't have a free hand to put my finished breast away as it is. I have two Majama nautilus tops that are so nice--cool and very little shows yet my babes don't end up with shirt in their mouths or faces. I worry sometimes that I'll end up walking around in public with one or more breasts hanging out after my babes have finished nursing. It's just so easy to forget to put them away.

I forget who asked about getting babies to poop....but wombat's suggestion of flax oil is a good one. You can actually put some on your nipple and let your LO breastfeed to ingest it. This also works with acidophilus, vitamin E (to help little livers better process bilirubin) etc. Sometimes the babe will notice the taste, but mine usually wanted to get to the milk badly enough that they'd persevere.

Steph, Where in AZ are you moving? Good luck w/ the move BTW. Can your LO ride in a sling to accompany you during your preparations?
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I had to wait on posting my response to the hungry momma topic because I was wolfing down a sandwich and a giant ginger cookie. Yup, count me in on that one. I've been trying to be good about stocking the house with good for me food because I am always, always eating. Lots of nuts, berries, cherries (yum!!), veggies and hummus. Ok, there are also ice cream sandwiches that get raided frequently, but what can I say. Sometimes, a woman just has to have some ice cream.

So Owen had a pair of appointments yesterday, one with his usual audiologist to get fit for new ear molds for the hearing aids. He outgrew the first set in the two weeks he's been wearing them. Talk about a growth spurt. The second was with a pediactric specialist. We talked with him for a while and he left us with a tough thought. His best guess is that Owen's hearing loss is due to the antibiotics that he was on for 48 hours after birth. His white cell count was high, after my waters being broken for so long before delivery. The pediatrician just told us it was standard practice, and a precaution against him developing any serious infections since the count was high. No mention of risks or anything like that. I was running on 3 hours of broken sleep in 2 nights, plus drugged and stupid feeling after a c-section and my dh had about an hour of sleep that night. Not the best for making decisions. You'd think, that since hearing loss and affects on the balance are well known side effects of the drug, that they would at least mention it! Had they said anything, I would have held off on giving the medication until the 24 hour culture came back. All of his cultures were fine, so we ended up giving the drugs for no reason. It did not make for my best day. We're still trying to process all of that.

On the up side, we had his first early intervention meeting today and that went really well. They're completely open to supporting us in any and every way we want.
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Patchchild, I'm so sorry about the antibiotics....I do hope that you & your family find peace about it. You did your best. While we're in hospital there is very little opportunity for real informed consent.

Really seems like you just can't win with docs sometimes. I finally relented and agreed to the c/section that even our midwife insisted was necessary. They did it at 38 weeks with everyone insisting that the twins were TERM at that point. So then while we were in the hospital after the birth (I had complications from several of the drugs and had to stay for almost a week) the pediatricians kept arguing for more tests and additional bili treatments because our twins were ONLY 38 wks!
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oh, patchchild -- don't second guess yourself. I know that must have been terribly difficult news for you, but what's done is done. many hugs to you -- you are a great mama.
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Is anyone else hungry all the time? I'm freaking starving half the time and I barely have time to make food with the two kids. How on earth do people do this with lots of kids?! I stopped buying bad foods so I don't have them in the house but I have a hard time finding quick snacks. I feel like I'm never gonna fit back into my pre-preg clothes if I keep eating like this!
I'm TOTALLY there with you! I'm starving all the time - I chalk it up to constant nursing!
We keep a full supply of rice cakes, granola, yogurt, and graham crackers for my quick snacks, and buy tons of veggies that get washed and cut up immediately after purchasing for quick healthy snacking. It's been a lifesaver when all I want to do is grab some twizzlers and chocolate!

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Patch- I'm so sorry...I used the phrase "eagle eyed hindsight" a lot after my c/s. There are so many times during birth when you have to make decisions that can have a huge impact on he future, but the decisions seem so small at the time. You trusted the people you were with...there is NO WAY you could have known about the possible side effects. And no way to know what may have happened if you hadn't had the antibiotics. That doesn't really help, I know, but it's what got me through my c/s recovery.

For us, I have a real worry about Rowan...I learned the other day that studies on shoulder dystocia show many infants suffer mental or developmental damage starting at 4 minutes 3 seconds and most are impaired at 5 minutes. Rowan was stuck for 3 minutes 56 seconds and although they've told me she's fine...well, now I'm worried about every little thing. Like, she still sleeps a lot. Which is normal, but...maybe not, you know? So part of me is worried that my vbac has damaged my babe. I'm just trying to assume she's totally fine unless proven otherwise, but there's a little eagle eyed hindsight going on...

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Ah, self-recrimination... the real work of motherhood.:

We are all too hard on ourselves. I'm feeling like my son doesn't need me, because I don't have enough milk to satisfy him, and he won't take a bottle from me, but he is sometimes so fussy at the breast that he won't latch on at all. It isn't healthy, and I understand (logically) that it isn't really an appropriate feeling, but there it is.

I am hungry all the time, too. Or, I should say, I want to eat A LOT when I am hungry. It is different than my pregnant hungry was, but still pretty intense. I try to make healthy choices--especially lactogenic choices!--but sometimes get depressed about nursing going badly, and then I eat the junk that my mom keeps buying for herself!!!

I'm afraid some of A.'s fussing at the breast is due to my diet, but I don't eat spicy foods, and I honestly don't know what I would be able to happily eat if I cut out all the possible problem foods... I can barely fit in enough meals to feel satisfied without restricting myself!

DH is having horrible plantar fascitis (sp?)/foot-and-heel-pain, so he is going to transfer his 1-2-3 Fit gym membership to me. It is one of those "circuit" places like Curves, but for men and women (obviously) instead of single sex. I REALLY miss my JCC (gym+) membership that I canceled last fall, but we can't afford it (now that we need the new car, especially. ) Most of my life, I was not active or a gym-going type (lots of hang-ups about looking stupid or not being fit enough to go), but I really got my act together last year while TTC and trying to lose the baby weight (TTLBW? ) from my 2003 pregnancy. I felt so great, I really want to get to that healthy, active place again.

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Patch-so sorry to hear about the antibiotics, please know that this is not your fault, you were at the time doing what, you felt was best for your baby, I pray you and your family can find peace with the situation.

I am soo tired, I am getting only 6 hours of broken sleep a night and the kids schedule is not in sync, so no naps either. I have got to figure this out because coffee only does so much. Plus I am wondering if my craving for sugar and fatty foods is a symptom of my sleep deprivation. I am trying to figure out if I should go to the grocery before dh goes off to work, keep thinking about those fresh donuts, Bad Molly, bad, bad Molly!!

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Patch -- hugs to you. You're a great mom.

Willo -- so are you. No self-recrmimination please, it makes me feel guilty because you are doing so much to bf and you have another little one.

Steph -- we are still using the nipple shield on one side and I'm constantly concerned about some aspect of bf. Feel free to PM me if you want to talk about the difficulties of alternative bf. That's what I consider it. Not totally natural but not formula...

Hope everyone else is feeling/doing well.
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It must be hormonal, right? If we ALL want the same sorts of foods in the same volumes it's got to be a natural result of having a babe. And natural is good right? Chocolate is a bean, yeah, a bean! And beans are good...hmmm coffee is a bean too of course, and we really do need our legumes. And sugar is just beets, maybe a little other plant matter in there too, but plants are part of a healthy diet and who could possibly have a problem with beets? Mmmmmm....burgers are red meat, and that would be a wonderful source of iron, a must for the pp mama and potato chips are, well, potato! Innocent and healthy, I'm sure.

Ah well, I may be sleep deprived and stretched thin but even I can't convince myself. I was talking to DH (he works a lot with nutritional treatments for medical conditions...though right now his lab is focused more on joint problems) about the pp mama hunger and he said the cravings for fat/sugar make a lot of sense in an evolutionary way. Fat and sugar are excellent sources of short and long term energy and give the body a chance to create a reserve of energy to maintain breastfeeding. The more stress the body is under (breastfeeding, tissue healing, sleep deprivation, etc) the more it will crave those particular items.

Of course, these days those foods are way too easy to get, but we're coming by our cravings honestly at least!

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I've been hungry and wanting to eat a lot too. Oh the bad cravings! I've stocked the house full of fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars, hundred-calorie snack packs, and crackers. All kinds of quick easy stuff. I just snack all day pretty much. I'm hoping this goes away soon though. How is a girl suppose to lose weight and get sexy when she can't quit eating?
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oh patch i'm sure that was some hard news to hear. even if they had mentioned hearing loss as a risk they probably would have couched it as a low possibility and maybe you would have made the same choice anyway. at the time before you got the test results there were risks in not doing the antibiotics too. i hope you aren't too hard on yourself about it

and you too willo. when isaac was a couple of months old he would fuss at the breast a lot. like screaming. i think it was something developmental going on. i could never find any pattern with it but i would be paranoid that i was too sweaty or things like that to try and find a reason. like i thought my boobs smelled like sour milk from the breast pads so i would wash them with a washcloth. sometimes it helped, sometimes not. or it may have been some nipple confusion because i do some bottles too. or just wanting to comfort suck without milk flow. those are the times you wish they could tell you what is going on

my mom was here and we were eating out too much and not very healthily. i've been trying to eat better since she left. but yeah my craving for ice cream products is out of control and i bought the chocolate pudding AND the tapioca pudding at trader joes yesterday : heh.
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but yeah my craving for ice cream products is out of control
I second that. My husband brought home a box of icecream sandwiches, and I am eating one as I write this.

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Patch: I'm sorry they didn't warn you of potential side effects, as a labor Doula I see this scenario way too often in the hospital. It's so hard when a mom hears "your baby could end up with XYZ if you don't give him these meds" because you want to protect your child, then ultimately it is those meds that cause problems. It sucks. You did the best you could and I think most moms would have done the same in your situation (I know I would have).

Add me to the club of people paranoid that something is wrong with the baby. DS has been super sleepy some days and that is a post-op warning sign. I find myself examining his color all the time and wondering if he's looking a little purpler than normal. I take his pulse and watch his breathing frequently. I worry about veins narrowing and a repeat surgery. Its scary stuff. Sometimes it is hard to know what is normal baby behavior and what is heart defect baby behavior :

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It's always hard worrying that something could go wrong with your little one. Luckily I haven't been that bad this time. With DD I was constantly worried something was wrong and I was convinced something was going to happen to me and she wouldn't have a mommy. I even called my cousin late one night crying and made her promise that she would take care of dd if I died. How paranoid is that?! Don't you love postpartum hormones?

So far this time I haven't have any real trouble with my hormones or depression though. I've gotten stressed out some lately but it had more to do with DH's job than anything else although I was worried about it affecting me. But he has a new job now. Yeah! So now I feel great. Just wish the food cravings would go away so the mummy tummy would leave.
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Oh yeah I got brave and took both kids out by myself yesterday. We met my cousin and her kids in town for lunch. I actually nursed DS in public. Twice! At first I wasn't so sure but with my nursing shirt on it was easy. I used a blanket to cover us up and no one could see. It actually felt good to nurse my baby without worrying about defending myself. Yeah for breastfeeding and NIP. Now I can save my precious expressed bottles for when we really need them instead of just because we are going out in public.
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Congrats Brittney! And hurrah for the new job.

I remember part of my ppd last time was the thought that my dd would get hurt because of me...I'd have panic attacks where I was convinced I'd be carrying dd down the stairs and trip and she'd fall and die, or that I'd be in the kitchen and somehow dd would hrab the cheese grater and lose a finger, lots of really bizarre mental scenarios in which I couldn't protect or prevent harm from coming to dd. I think the c/s had a lot to do with that since I felt like I hadn't been able to avoid the c/s and I hadn't given birth to dd as I had dreamed....sooo...

Gotta love those hormones! And so far this time there's been no sign of ppd so I'm really relieved.

So, mamas with new cars, what did you get and why? With the two car seats we have officially maxed out our 2000 kia sportage. We'd love something with a third row of seats (or at least enough room for 2 car seats and one passenger in back), good fuel/pollution ratios, 4 wheel drive, and, in dh's words "not a minivan". Oh, and I can only drive automatic.

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