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#1 of 54 Old 06-19-2006, 10:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all. Here's our new thread. Sorry I am late starting it - life has been crazy. Hope everyone is well. Will post more when I have a quiet minute.

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"And now," cried Max "let the wild rumpus begin!"
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We're doing well here. I have a follow-up at the ped this morning to re-evaluate Kirsten's jaundice. Hope they don't need to draw more blood. We also had our mw follow-up on Friday. Kirsten was super-fussy there so the mw gave her some homeopathic lycopodium and like magic, she passed a ton of gas, pooped BIG TIME, and was happy and calm the rest of the afternoon! Since then, I've been giving her lycopodium during her fussy time (8-10pm or so) and it's worked beautifully.

Does anyone have instructions for making a wrap out of 5 yds. of fabric? I'm using my hotsling most of the time right now, and she loves it, but I thought a wrap might be a nice alternative, especially since she loves to be up against me.

The older kids have been great! I have a mother's helper (27 yo. ballerina and dance instructor my neighbors recommended) starting two mornings a week today. Kay (my 2 yo) already knows her and loves her. We'll see what Jacob thinks! I think it will really help me to keep up with things to have her helping out.

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JayGee, thanks for sharing about lycopodium. I think that could be helpful for us too. My babe is especially fussy & gassy in the evenings too. One thing that really helps her, and it may seem bizarre, is when she gets really grunty & uncomfortable we do a diaper change and gently spread open her little bum. This causes the gas to immediately expell and she feels so much better. I discovered it when changing her diaper and when I lifted her up to put another diaper on, she immediately passes major gas. I have also been giving her a little sponge bath before bed & put some lavendar EO on the washcloth. This seems to help calm her too.

How was Father's Day for everyone? Mine was bittersweet. We had a nice celebration for my dh, but it was my first Father's Day since my own father died, and that was really sad. I was trying very hard to keep it together for the kids. Then my 4 year old dd asked, "Does grandpa in heaven know we have a new baby?" That did it, floodgates opened. But, overall, I did OK.

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Sorry about your dad, Max. That must have been tough.

I feel bad about my DH's Father's Day because we didn't really do anything and I was grouchy through most of the day because of all the clutter in our living room right now. We ended the night with a couple big bowls of ice cream so it turned out okay in the end.

Catherine is doing great, she sleeps and nurses and that's about it. She is so quiet...even when she cries for me it's so soft and sweet. Ever since I've stopped eating chocolate she's been doing much better at night, I guess I was right about it upsetting her tummy. That's too bad but since I've only lost 9 or 10 pounds since I gave birth to this 9 pound baby, I guess I could use a chocolate boycott.

The older 2 kids are doing okay, they've been better-behaved lately I've noticed. Maybe it's just because DH has been home for 2 weeks. Today was his first day back at work.

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Hugs Max! That set me off too. What sweet babies you have!

The breastfeeding drama continues with little Annabelle. Her pediatrician is convinced that her loud and slightly off kilter suckling will affect my milk supply, however the child is gaining an ounce a day. They did a pre and post-weigh on her today when I nursed. She took in 3.4oz in 9 minutes. She is just super efficient.
They still want us to see a specialist though. So Thursday we see another IBCLC and an occupational therapist. Here is my question though... let's say they figure out what she is doing "wrong"... How do you teach a three week old to do it differently? Isn't she doing what feels right and works for her? Why am I the only one not worried about her

Have a great week ladies! Keep loving those new little bundles. It amazes me how much I love this little monkey... even more every day.
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My older ds is a big lycopodium kid. It's a fabulous remedy, and seems to be indicated for him A LOT.

Patrick is doing well, getting enormously fat! By 3 wks he'd gained 2 lbs over his birth weight, have no idea where he is now! I have my 6 wk appt Weds, and I'm really excited to see my midwife. I was a little blue there for a while, but I seem to be coming out of that funk now, thank goodness.
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Max ~

Today is my DD's 2nd b-day so we had a big father's day/b-day picnic at a state park yesterday. My poor DH worked from sun-up to sun-down cooking, packing the cars, grilling and then cleaning it all up. He says he didn't mind but I feel bad that I was not able to be more helpful.

Nanners ~ Glad you are feeling better.

Laurie ~ I think the concern is that it can cause problems down the line (mainly becoming very painful for you) if she's not latching properly.

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Does anyone have instructions for making a wrap out of 5 yds. of fabric? I'm using my hotsling most of the time right now, and she loves it, but I thought a wrap might be a nice alternative, especially since she loves to be up against me.
Mine is just 5 yards of batik fabric that I cut in half lengthwise (so I actually have two identical wraps). I didn't even hem it. I used instructions on the moby wrap site and thebabywearer to learn how to tie it.
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Things are well here... We narrowed down the cause of ari's gassiness- unfortunatly its dairy ... after 2 weeks of not eating any, i had a bunch of cheese at dinner and oh- what a sad tough night we had- my poor baby was in so much pain and I was just saying "sorry baby, sorry baby"... not a lot of sleep was had in this house... now i'm mourning some of my favorite foods : and all the great meals I still have in the freezer... but of course i just want to be sure my little boy's belly is okay...

I'm curious about lycopodium... I've tried chamilla to no avail- I'll look into this one...

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Does anyone have instructions for making a wrap out of 5 yds. of fabric? I'm using my hotsling most of the time right now, and she loves it, but I thought a wrap might be a nice alternative, especially since she loves to be up against me.
I have an ellaroo carrier (bought mostly cause the woman who owns the only fabric store in my town smokes in it and i couldn't stand to set foot in there while pregnant!) but there are instructions for making and tying a wrap at mamatoto's site http://www.mamatoto.org/ that is quite good. I've been really loving my wrap, though the pouch is still the little chestnut's favorite. I find the wrap is great for longer walks, and its cooler than the pouch on hot days... i think having both is great...

I hope everyone has a great week!
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Hugs Max that has to be hard.

Today is my first day back with my daycare kids, and it's going very well!! I was very emotional yesterday, as I was sad that my maternity leave was over, and just that she's growing so fast. But it's actually been nice to be back in a routine again. But it's definately trying with 6 kids here, and a newborn!:

Alayna is doing great, sooooo smiley! She is a spittin image of her older sister (Rachel) at that age!! I have starting using the cloth diapers now, as my disposable supply is gone. I'm loving them!!! Much easier than what I thought. Question tho, how often do you change your cloth babies? I hate the fact that she is wet, and worry about it being bad for her skin, so I change her every hour. Is that about how it is??

We had a great Father's Day, I got up with the kids, and made him a huge breakfast, then he watched golf, and I cleaned and did laundry, he went golfing around 2:00, and then we had people over for supper. Beautiful day!

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Well, Kirsten's jaundice level is down from 13.2 last Monday to 12.8 today. Not a huge drop, but it is slowly declining. The ped was NOT friendly to me at all. I think the homebirth thing kind of threw him. Unfortunately, we're military so I get whatever ped we get assigned to. Grrrr..... He still wants me to do 24 hours of formula ~ yeah, right. The nurse suggested topping each nursing off with cup-fed formula to help her poop out the bilirubin. I may try that, as she is the staff LC at our clinic and hopefully knows what she's talking about. Anyone else dealing with breastmilk jaundice???

Thanks for the wrap instructions, taimarie . I can't wait to give it a try.

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Things are going good here..

Judah just went swimming for the first time today and he loved it. The water seemed to calm him down. He is usually very fussy when he is awake but today he just chilled out when I had him in the pool with me...

Father's day was ok. Kinda relaxing. We had a nice lunch with my dad and then the inlaws took us out for dinner. The only bad part was that older ds didn't get a nap and oh boy..watch out when that happens...

Ok..I don't have much more to say...
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Hi all, things here are good, I just haven't had much energy for posting between baby care and family visiting. Plus, my stinking incision from the CS has been taking a looonnnggg time to heal and is still pretty painful. As time goes on I'm getting bits and pieces of information about the surgery and apparently my uterine scar tissue had adhered to my bladder, which is causing alot of the pain. It probably doesn't help that I'm packing around a 11+ lb. 4 week old!

I'm jealous of those using their wraps and slings so much, my abs just can't take more than a few minutes of wearing her in the Moby..guess I just need to be patient.

Judging from the PPs on life with these new May-babes I guess I should just be thankful that we avoided any jaundice, thrush or ultra-gassiness. Rosie-posie is usually pretty calm, although she seemed pretty unhappy after I ate a slice of "death by chocolate" cheesecake at a wedding reception this weekend

One question: Anybody know the ratio of water to salt to make saline drops. She is pretty congested and the bulb syringe is not effective or particularly comfortable for her. TIA

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Making nose drops
1. Saline (salt water) nose drops can be made as follows. You will need to buy a dropper at the pharmacy:
•Add 1/2 teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of warm tap water.
•Salt will dissolve in the warm water.
•Allow to cool before using.
How to use nose drops
1. Place 3–4 drops in one side of your baby’s nose while the head is tilted slightly back.Suction with the bulb syringe. Repeat on the other side. Baby may cough, sneeze and/orswallow part of the solution. This is normal.
2. Saline nose drops can be used whenever needed. If your baby has a cold or nasalcongestion that makes feeding difficult, use the nose drops before feedings.
3. Homemade saline nose drops should be made daily.
4. Store the saline in a clean bottle and use a clean dropper
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Making nose drops..........
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

That could have saved us a lot of trouble last week when NO store had saline drops, and I couldn't de-snot my poor baby! I'm so glad to know they can be made at home.

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((hugs)) to you, Max~

things are good here. I have been feeling a little left out though. dh and the boys have been getting out on the weekends. I have been staying home with wyatt. He is just to little for the heat and for the boat. I don't mingd staying home but the house sure gets quiet. We joined the local ymca and that is great-we get out and if I go early wyatt is the only child in the nursery-so he gets a lot of love from the girls and I can exercise or play with 6 yo at the pool. I have been timing it during his nap-so he sleeps the whole time and the girls love to hold him while he sleeps-He loves it too

I have been using my maya wrap sling all the time-it is great for nursing in public-the tail sheilds him and I just walk around like I normally would no one even knows he's nursing-except a few wise mamas!

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Thanks for the saline drops info!
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((hugs)) to you, Max~
I have been using my maya wrap sling all the time-it is great for nursing in public-the tail sheilds him and I just walk around like I normally would no one even knows he's nursing-except a few wise mamas!
to the Maya Wrap!!!
I have walked around nursing C in the wrap only once so far, but it's been great when she's asleep and I need to get some things done in town. She will sleep forever all snuggled up with me; she doesn't do quite so well if I try to lay her down.

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We're doing well here. Phoebe has been very smiley and alert. She's growing quickly and is keeping her nice sleeping pattern going (sleeps from 10ish to 6ish with one feeding in the night). Her left clogged tear duct cleared, but the right is still a little gooey in the morning. My biggest complaint is her baby acne! I can't wait for her pretty, soft skin to show again!

Father's Day was nice; we had the first picnic of the year with some friends and family on a gorgeous (but buggy!) day on the ocean. Which made me wonder...how do you protect a newborm from mosquitoes?

We are also working on trying to get her to take a bottle since we have to leave her for a few hours Friday night. She'll probably sleep the whole time we are gone, but we are practicing with the bottle--which is not going very well yet! She keeps pushing it out with her tongue and crying. Any suggestions?

This Saturday we are taking her to a folk festival. It's a local thing, very low-key, and my students are singing with some of the performers! Phoebe LOVES the Baby Bjorn and has been awesome every time we've taken her out, so I think we'll have a good time.
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I forgot to check the thread yesterday! Max, just reading what your wrote made me choke up. I can't imagine losing my daddy.

Oops, Audrey is awake so I'll have to come back later.
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Erin, that's so funny that you asked about my birth story. I was about to type it up and post it then MDC took a wee nap. If any of you ladies would like to read it here it is.

I'll be back to catch up on this week's thread. I hope everyone is well.

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wow, great birth story.

Manu Jai is great, a real spicey kid who let's us know what works for him! A Taurus (like his dad) for sure! I am a 6 wks post partum tomorrow, and we already did it! it just snuck up on us this past saturday and we felt like it was okay.

Funny story though: I called my midwives to schedule the follow up and I couldn't see my delivery midwife till week 7. So I say "well, I will come in then, but will probably "do it" earlier, is that okay". The receptionist says, "yes, but make sure you use protection!" and I say" what do you mean" : talk about being in a new-mom haze! I have been a total space cadet.

We have had lot's of help from friends, and family for which I am totally grateful, aside from unwanted opinions?? I am sure I am not the only person getting unsolicited advice!

Milk supply seems to be catching up w/ baby's demand....at least I am hoping!

Hang in there mamas!
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Erin, that's so funny that you asked about my birth story. I was about to type it up and post it then MDC took a wee nap.
Wow. That's weird.

Off to read your birth story....
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HI mommas - Max I am so sorry about your dad.

I feel lonely and left out too - DH takes DD out on the weekends (we have a boat too) and I am here at home - it's just too hot to take the wee man on the boat! And it won't be forever - we bought the boat when DD was 1 so next summer will be loads of fun - assuming he likes the water like the rest of us!

So - no complaints here! He is a very easygoing baby most of the time - I love the term spicy. Yep, he's spicy alright and definitely lets me know what he likes/dislikes!

He still HATES the car.: Which SUCKS. He cries alllllll the way to where we are going and alllllllll the way home again. It's awul. My heart breaks for him. No matter HOW tired he is he REFUSES to sleep in that carseat.: Not sure what that's all about - even my DD - the worlds most difficult baby - slept in the car and STILL does! I am thinking of just chucking the baby bucket seat and getting another Britax for him - more comfy and it's not like I use the seat for him to stay asleep.

He is also noise sensitive - like me. LOL. Hates loud noises and too many noises and he is loves textures. He's smiley and...I am in love!

here is his 6 week pic. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gypsy-s...n/photostream/
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Hi all! Haven't had a chance to post lately, but I'm here now!

Life with Babe #2 is much different. I remember the babymoon with my daughter very fondly. This time around, time is flying and I feel like I'm not able to fully enjoy it like I did last time. It makes me a little sad.

We too are fighting what we think is thrush, but no one is sure. The only signs ds had were the peeling of the groin/arm pit areas and a diaper rash. We've been on Nystatin, Diflucan (which we found out after the fact (and $250.00 later!) is NOT covered by our insurance OUCH! and now Fluconozole (sp?) again! DS has never had anything in his mouth. But as for me, YIKES! I've never had my boobs hurt like this. Anyone else have ridiculously painful let-downs with thrush? It feels like Fredde Kruger is helping to pull my milk down! :

As for the baby, he's great! As of Monday 6/19 (5w5d old), he weighed in at 12 lbs. 1.5 oz. and was already 23 inches long! I had to leave there and buy him some new onesies. I bought mostly 0-3 and some 3-6 hot weather wear, thinking that would last; NOT!! He's already in 6 month onesies and that's freaking me out! LOL DD was not so aggressive in her eating and didn't gain weight like this guy! Go Sumo!! LOL

Glad to hear everyone is doing relatively well (if not better)! DH goes back to work tomorrow (Yes, he gloriously got 6 weeks daddy leave! ), but tomorrow starts the real deal. I feel like a nervous first-timer again!

Okay, wow, enough ranting on my part and congrats to you if you've made it this far in my post! :
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I'm sorry about your dad max. I know that on Mother's Day, among others, it's pretty painful for me not having my mama here. I hope you're feeling a little better.

Sayon's not as gassy as he's been. He seems to be a bit sensitive to dairy, just toots away and gets to grunting, so I don't have very much and also not that often right now. This seems to help. Perhaps he'll grow out of it cause mamacat loves her some ice-cream. Mmmmm.... Breyers All Natural Vanilla..... I'll keep lycopodium in mind.

I'm glad you guys liked my birth story! It took some time for me to process it all. Birthing my little guy was amazing. I can almost hardly wait to do it again!

Michelle where's yours? Did you take it down to edit it?

I'm so excited to get my Moby Wrap. I put my Hotsling up on the TP, though I love, love, love it, b/c we're pretty strapped right now and can't afford another carrier but I need to be able to get things done around here and elsewhere and that just doesn't seem to be happening in my pretty pouch.

For Father's Day I got DH some peanut M&Ms and a great card with Milky Face's little footprints stamped on it. We just chilled out with the MIL who's been in town and staying with us since Friday.

What is it about people anyway? For instance MILs. Even though mine is pretty cool and doesn't really take too many liberties with saying what we should and shouldn't be doing with our son, I dunno.... Like when he starts fussing and I want to take the baby and see what's up, it's like she gets sort of offended or something. And people keep telling me "Oh, he's a baby, he's going to fuss." or "He's OK." She would say that to him over and over when he would start getting fussy, "You're OK, you're OK." Um, no. He doesn't appear to be so to me.

Don't get me wrong. I want her to bond with her grandbaby and everything. I dunno. It's just an undeniable instinct to go to him if he's fussing, etc. I can't fight it. I drop whatever I'm doing and go right to him.

Different people just keep telling me how he's going to fuss and cry and all that like I'm suppose to just sit there and let someone else try to comfort him or if he doesn't calm down I need to just let him cry or whatever. What's up with that? I think they're not really trying to be mean but still.... Of course I'm going to go to him, they're nuts if they think otherwise! Anybody else dealing with anything similar?

Sydnee I try and change the wee one ASAP after I see he's wet or poopy. Sometimes it's more than once an hour, sometimes less. He won't stand to be wet or poopy anyway. He certainly lets us know the deal!

Kristina I'm glad to see Kirstin's bili levels are going down.

Corina, healing vibes to you mama.

Thanks for the saline solution instructions Cheryl and what an adorable pic!

I hear you guys on feeling a little left out at times. I'm just so slow, especially with a 10+ lb baby strapped to me , and it's so hot. Also, if we go out there will certainly be times when I have to nurse the babe, change him etc. I just can't always participate with stuff ya know?

Stay cool May Mamas! ( Sounds like something out of a highschool yearbook. ) It is hot, hot, hot, whew!

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MCB - with yout first one everyone thinks you are basically a clueless idiot and will offer you all sorts of advice and insights. Ignore them and trust our mama instincts.

This time around my MIL actually paid me a compliment - this after criticizing every parenting decision I ever made with DD - I had said "with this one I am not going to let him sleep with me! The sleep was a nightmare with Ellerie." and MIL said "Well I think you should do exactly what you did with her - look how good she turned out." And this is a woman who told me I WAS SELFISH for breastfeeding my DD.:

They mean well - but they are WRONG!
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Michelle where's yours? Did you take it down to edit it?
Oops! I meant to put the revised version up and forgot. Duh. Gotta do that, but I hear Audrey stirring so hopefully I can get it done before she lets loose.

Gosh, I can't seem to keep up with my MDC posts right now. Glad to hear everyone is mostly doing well. Audrey is such a little snugglebug. She just seems to desperately need to be held all morning non-stop but will chill and nap out of my arms in the afternoon which works well for getting things done... except I found I've been shamefully neglecting one-on-one time with dd1 and ds so I really need to remedy that. :
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We're doing CPFs and basic covers (some prowraps and some litewraps), along with a few Fuzzi Bunz, but sweet Rosie-posie is still getting rashy. Any other mamas experiencing this?

We're using a bit of Burt's Bees diaper ointment and using water on a baby washcloth for a wipe. Plus, I'm changing her a lot, but she's still getting 2-3 small bright red, raised spots where her little buns touch together right below her vagina. I switched to some sposies someone gave us, but that didn't seem to help.

I'm wondering if it's inevitable, without spending a bunch more money on diapers and/or accessories like silk liners. At 11lbs. 8oz., she barely fits into the newborn prefolds. Could it be that the next largest size PF will help?

Lemme know what you think.
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Different people just keep telling me how he's going to fuss and cry and all that like I'm suppose to just sit there and let someone else try to comfort him or if he doesn't calm down I need to just let him cry or whatever. What's up with that? I think they're not really trying to be mean but still.... Of course I'm going to go to him, they're nuts if they think otherwise! Anybody else dealing with anything similar?
yes, I am dealing with this! and from my own mom which is a surprise since I was raised on tofu sandwiches and mothering magazine in its early days... but my mom just keeps dropping hints that I hold him too much and she regularily uses the "he's okay" line. I want to be the judge of that, thank you! yesterday when I was telling her that he fussed a bit in the car seat she said " well, when you start leaving him alone a bit more he wont feel like he's being abandoned every time you put him down" ...arg! My resonse was just that we weren't planning on leaving him alone any time soon since he's a newborn baby! I don't have any suggestions for you mamacats, just empathy and hugs!
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