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#31 of 63 Old 01-18-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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IL's are here (longer than the weekend I was originally told) so DH decided to go back to work a day early and they sent him away for three days! He is three hours from home and I am here with ILs and the 3 kids. I am sooooo thankful they are here but I might just lose my mind.

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I was going to suggest looking into overactive letdown/oversupply for those moms with babies who are super gassy/fussy. It's a pretty common problem early on and it *really* can look like a diary sensitivity or reflux. The symptoms are very similar. I see a TON of babies misdiagnosed with reflux around our area who's moms just have an oversupply and some block nursing works in most of those cases and clears the reflux symptoms right up! This is a good page on it http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html


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I was going to suggest looking into overactive letdown/oversupply for those moms with babies who are super gassy/fussy. It's a pretty common problem early on and it *really* can look like a diary sensitivity or reflux. The symptoms are very similar. I see a TON of babies misdiagnosed with reflux around our area who's moms just have an oversupply and some block nursing works in most of those cases and clears the reflux symptoms right up! This is a good page on it http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html


yes, I had both - I was crazed with my first, she was never happy. Sometimes baby will make a "clicking" sound to stop the flow so that is something to look for. Also poop might be green or mucusy, but that might happen a little later - I think maybe it was 3-5 weeks with the mucusy green poop.


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Thanks for the info on oversupply, I think we may be having the same issue here.

 

So, can you tell me what a day with your newborn looks like? I spend the whole day holding her while she sleeps and nursing her when she's awake, but just watching all sorts of garbage on TV all day which I hate.  What do you do all day? I talk to her and sing to her when she's awake, but what else can I do?


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Are you using the Aden + Anais <sp> blankets?  I was thinking of trying them, but the price is holding me back, and I am not sure how long we would use them.  They are also at the local cloth diaper store, and I am not sure I could hold myself back there.

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So, can you tell me what a day with your newborn looks like? I spend the whole day holding her while she sleeps and nursing her when she's awake, but just watching all sorts of garbage on TV all day which I hate.  What do you do all day? I talk to her and sing to her when she's awake, but what else can I do?

I struggle with this too. I'm a go go go type of person and some days I'm bored out of my mind. I'm usually holding her or carrying her in the Moby. We go for a walk in the afternoon with the stroller because it is already 75 degrees here and we both get too warm with the wrap. I also read, talk and sing to her when she is awake. I give her a few minutes of tummy time on the floor every day. When she is sleeping I read and go online. My mom bought me a color Nook and it sure is easier to read a book on it when you are holding a baby. Nice for night time too because you can read without turning a light on. It also has wireless for internet and crossword puzzles. When my husband gets home he showers and then gives me a break so I can shower and stretch. We watch a couple of hours of tv at night but I don't watch any during the day.

 


 
 
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Another product I love is the Bamboobies nursing pads. They are wonderful, especially the fleece night time ones!


 
 
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I was going to suggest looking into overactive letdown/oversupply for those moms with babies who are super gassy/fussy. It's a pretty common problem early on and it *really* can look like a diary sensitivity or reflux. The symptoms are very similar. I see a TON of babies misdiagnosed with reflux around our area who's moms just have an oversupply and some block nursing works in most of those cases and clears the reflux symptoms right up! This is a good page on it http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html


Hey Ya'll. So far expressing through even a few 1st let downs a day and doing block nursing is really helping. Gassiness is greatly improved and poo is no longer green, bur rather a nice dark yellow. I hope things are going good.

 

 

 

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The snip for Liam's tongue tie went great.  Super fast.  Baby was more pissed about fingers in his mouth, than the actual cut.  He nursed immediatly and didn't even burp afterward.  He is like a new baby.  He still fusses a bit at night before he sleeps, but I have not slept so well since before my milk came in.  He also nurses faster and it satisfies him longer.


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i have a appointment with the main LC at my peds on friday to look at my little girls latch and possible mild tongue tie, we buckled and bought some Soothie pacifiers a few days ago, i was so so worried that i may be hurting her breastfeeding even more. 

well low and behold, first of all she really likes the soothies (and spits out th two ther brands i bought to test out) and secondly, her latch has pretty suddenly gotten much better! she often nurses without the nipple shield, it was pretty amazing, this pacifier may actually be getting used to having her mouth open! or maybe it is just her getting older and it is a coincidence, either way it is making me very happy


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Adorkable--Yay!  Our NICU uses Soothie pacifiers to teach the preemies how to suck.  I was really happy to find them at our Kroger because Micah doesn't like to comfort nurse (neither did my other preemie) so we love our Soothies here.  :)  Plus, I love watching them suck on it since you can see what they are doing--I don't know why but it totally fascinates me.

 

My daughter used her Soothie until she was about 9months (6 months adjusted) and then just decided she didn't need it anymore.  I've always heard that there is a window at 6-9 months where it is easy for babies to give up their pacifiers so keep your eye out for that if your daughter really takes to the pacifier.

 

SummerRain--that is great that Liam is nursing better now!

 

mra--I have a NOOK also (not color though) and it is so much easier to read on that than a regular book.  It's a bit more dangerous though since it is so easy to buy a new book while nursing!

 

Micah is doing well.  He is over his cold and I can lay him down to sleep again.  We go to the doctor on Friday and I will find out how much he weighs then.  We are completely nursing now and I will just give him a bottle every now and then so that he stays used to them.  I figure that since he already has had them, we might as well take advantage of it.  I have a pretty good supply of milk in the freezer so I'm think I am done with the pump now!  We were "supposed" to continue with fortified bottles (bm with a tiny bit of formula added to up the calories--he was on higher calorie milk in the NICU) but it is such a pain to deal with bottles, pumping and 2 other kids who need me.  Nursing is so much easier in comparison.

 

I'm really looking forward to when the pooping slows down a bit.  I changed 5 diapers between 11pm and 5am yesterday.  I think Micah would sleep for longer stretches if he didn't have a dirty diaper and I certainly wouldn't mind a bit more sleep!


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Let's see...

Corbin is 9 days old and already up almost a pound since birth. Over a pound up from his lowest point.

I am loving cloth diapering a newborn.

He too is a spitter, and sometimes it even comes out his nose.

He is a high-suck baby so I've grudgingly given him a paci for my sanity.

I have leftover nursing aversion from way back. Was hoping a break between babies would help, but it really hasn't.

D-MER is back full-force again. Sometimes I just want to break down and cry.

Mostly I am doing fine, but waiting for the ILs to go home to see what our new normal is.

re: pooping, I hate it with a passion! I take my stool softener with a can of prune juice. That's how awful it is.

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How is everyone doing?

Micah is continuing to grow and has outgrown his preemie clothes! Right now, he acts like a 2week old which is about where is supposed to be although is official age is 11 weeks. He still loves being swaddled and when he starts getting a bit too fussy I can wrap him up and he calms down.

We are CDing during the day and using disposables at night. I have fluffy mail coming in the next few days with some pockets (BumGenius) and I hope to start CDing overnight once those arrive. He has outgrown his preemie prefolds and we have moved up to the orange edge GMDs now.

He is nursing like a champ, thankfully, and we will have a weight check next week when I take him in for his Synagis injection (helps prevent RSV in high risk infants). I'm guessing he will be around 8lbs. It is funny because people tell me how small he looks and all I can think is that he looks huge to me! He loves his pacifier also which is a good thing because he really doesn't have any idea on how to comfort nurse. He is a pretty efficient eater which I believe is a holdover from his beginning on bottles. My daughter (a preemie also) was the same way. I'm getting in some reading while nursing which is nice. smile.gif

My kids are still just over-the-moon thrilled with him, especially my oldest. He loves to have Micah in his room when he is getting dressed and also loves to have Micah on his playmat next to him when he is playing in the family room. Micah also enjoys being with the older kids and often stops fussing when I lay him down next to his siblings.

He will sleep in his crib for his morning nap and also when I first put him down at night for about 3 hours (from 8-11-ish). Interestingly, he knows when it is time for me to sleep and refuses to sleep anywhere but in my arms at those times. eyesroll.gif Most of the time I can't even lay in bed with him--we have to sleep in the recliner. I guess it is a good thing we didn't get a wood glider and went for the overstuffed rocker-recliner! I'm a bit tired and will need to figure out how to get a bit more sleep soon. *yawn* My knees and neck aren't doing so well when I fall asleep while sitting. It is a good thing I'm seeing the chiropractor, but I am definitely quite sore right now. I also find my sling is very useful to help hold him because otherwise I scrunch up my left shoulder while I hold him just because he is so tiny. Small babies aren't necessarily any easier on the body than large ones!

So far, he is much more easy-going than my older two. My friend claims it is the gift of the third baby. The reality is, he doesn't really have any other choice! I have to pick up kids from school and we are going to be adding in some other activities pretty soon. I do feel bad that he doesn't get as much one-on-one time as my others, but I definitely enjoy cuddling him as often as is possible!

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The last few weeks have flown by. Wendy will be 5 weeks tomorrow and nursing is going really well. I look forward to her next check up I bet she is near 10 lbs. My arms and wrists are pretty sore! She wants constant motion. So, I got her a swing. If she is already asleep I can put her in and she'll sometimes nap for a half hour. It's not exactly a ton of time, but at least I'm getting the cloth diapers in the wash.. 

I can crochet, watch TV, and read a book when I nurse, but I really don't feel like I get much "me" time lately. 

I'm hoping.. something will happen so that I can get in more exercise and hobby time. 

I'm having some post pregnancy nesting and we're finally starting to decorate the house we moved into last august. Finally feels like I live somewhere permanent.. sort of. 

I heard exclusive breastfeeding would scare off my period for a year or something.. 

SO NOT TRUE. good thing I wasn't using that as a method of birth control.blush.gif

I got my normal migraine that starts my period. Now I'm moody with cramps and my breasts are achy.

 

So unfair. Anyone else exclusively breastfeeding with periods already??

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So today is the big milestone for me, im home alone with the twins all day. My mom went home last night after helping us for 6 weeks

So far so good, it's scary a bit at times but always seems to work out. I'm going to really look forward to the weekend when dh and I can just launge in bed all day with the babies, we really haven't done that yet.

Things I'm struggling with:

How much is too much spit up? There definitely is two categories, a little that seems super normal and then on occasion either baby will just empty their stomachs in a huge mess, when do I know what is ok and what is a huge worry?

Latch issues still suck ( or don't as the case may be) the light latch is making my skin crawl, really really bad. It feels slightly sexual and grosses me out, feels so invasive to my body, like an unwelcome sexual advance. I sit there wishing it would hurt so I wouldn't feel like this! I have no idea what to do, but something has got to be done.

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How much is too much spit up? There definitely is two categories, a little that seems super normal and then on occasion either baby will just empty their stomachs in a huge mess, when do I know what is ok and what is a huge worry?

I think it's usually more about if it's causing your babies problems than the amount. If they are gaining well, good diaper output and all that and the spit up doesn't seem to bother them then it's a laundry problem. If they seemed to be bothered or it's causing poor weight gain/growth then it's time to talk with the Dr and Lactation Consultant to see what you guys can do. 



Latch issues still suck ( or don't as the case may be) the light latch is making my skin crawl, really really bad. It feels slightly sexual and grosses me out, feels so invasive to my body, like an unwelcome sexual advance. I sit there wishing it would hurt so I wouldn't feel like this! I have no idea what to do, but something has got to be done.


It's really hard to say without seeing but that kind of latch usually means that the baby doesn't have enough breast in his mouth or is having problems creating a seal/suction. That usually tends to happen at the end of a feeding for me, the new baby will sort of slip off the breast and then he does that light flutter sucking and it makes my skin crawl as well. I usually take him off and re-latch or he decides he's done at that point. I'd encourage you to see someone in person so that they can take a look and maybe give you some pointers on how to get them on better. If they are nursing like that the entire session then I'd really get it looked at asap! Do you have LLL in your area? Sometime Leaders will do home visits, you just have to ask!


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Adorkable - how was your first full day alone with the twins?  Hopefully everything went smoothly!  I was really nervous to spend my first full day alone with DS and 2 year old DD - she is quite the handful at 2 and DS has been rather fussy at times.  It was a little rough at times (and still is!) but it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated in my head! 

 

re: spitting up.  I think a little is totally normal, especially at a young age when they are still learning to nurse.  If it seems like a lot on a regular basis that's when I'd make a call to the ped. 

 

rosiewik - did you end up actually getting your period this early?  I remember with DD I started having symptoms of PMS and thought several times that I was getting my period back but it never actually came back until around 6 months PP. 

 

 

Things here are going ok, as I mentioned above DS can be really fussy at times and sleep has been just terrible.  He refuses to sleep at night anywhere but in bed with me and in my arms.  I don't sleep very well like that (I need my space!) plus it really hurts my arm having to cradle him all night.  He started exhibiting more and more symptoms of silent reflux and even had a few episodes where he stopped breathing because he was kind of choking on stomach acid.  It was really scary and the poor little guy has been miserable.  The way he cries sometimes you can just see the pain by his expression and hear it in his cry.  I talked with our ped and after a lot of consideration we decided to start him on Zantac.  I am still trying to eliminate things from my diet but since it can take up to 2 weeks for that to work we decided to put him on some meds to try to get it under control a little quicker.  We just started it last night so hopefully soon we'll see some improvement.  It just breaks my heart to see my little guy in such pain:( 

 

Not much else going on here, DD has really taken to him.  She wants to kiss and hug him 50 times a day and asks to hold him all the time.  We're in the middle of potty learning with her so life has been crazy here this week! 


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it so funny how everyone seems to say that "if its a lot of spit up, talk to someone" well these are my first kids, how am i supposed to know if its a lot!? there is clearly two categories of spit up around my house, one is totally normal im sure and the other that happens less often seems like a lot to me and is seems more forceful, but both babies are gaining weight great and the larger type only happens once every day or two for each of them, hard to track.

 

other than that our first days alone went well, the first day we never got out of bed, but that seems fine. and friday we got all functional and stuff and got out of bed and into their swings on the kitchen floor and got to watch and talk with me as i fussed around and did a few things.  i got my placenta defrosted and dehydrated finally, will work of getting it into capsules tonight or tomorrow.  i think im going to get certified and start doing it for other folks, it was fun and interesting and know that i bought the supplies, i might as well help some more squeamish folks out and make a few much needed bucks on the side.

 

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it so funny how everyone seems to say that "if its a lot of spit up, talk to someone" well these are my first kids, how am i supposed to know if its a lot!? there is clearly two categories of spit up around my house, one is totally normal im sure and the other that happens less often seems like a lot to me and is seems more forceful, but both babies are gaining weight great and the larger type only happens once every day or two for each of them, hard to track.

 

 

I certainly wouldn't worry if it only happens once a day, DS does that every so often too and it makes me wonder if he kept anything at all down.  I think as long as its not happening at every feeding they are totally fine! 

 

BTW - I just LOVE your profile pic of the twins cuddled up together....so, so, so sweet:)


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I've always had spitters for babies... with my first I took him to the doctors at a week and a half old because while laying flat on his back, he spit up and soaked himself from head to toe in a straight line (not his entire body, but about an inch wide from head to toe).  The fact that it went that far shocked me!  I told the doctor, he said it was normal.  He would soak several outfits a day, multiple bibs and burp rags... and was my chubbiest baby (though Gavin is giving him a run for his money).  As long as it's not EVERY time that they spit up like that, I would say yes, it's normal.   


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Here's a little update from us. Caroline is still eating like a champ and growing right before my eyes. She was 7lbs4oz at birth, 10lbs12.5oz at 6 weeks. Here's are comparative photos, first one taken @ 2 weeks, 2nd one at 7 weeks:

 

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She slept almost 9 hours straight Friday night, and about 8 hours last night, so I''m not complaining! She is still pretty gassy, so I'm taking a probiotic and drinking a digestive tea. C only poops every 4-5 days which probably contributes to the gas, so maybe the tea will help her poop.

 

She also has a rash on her cheeks, neck/shoulders which the midwife thinks is heat rash (she's a hot baby!) So I've been trying to keep her cool, and we're going for her first doctor visit on Friday.

 

She's such a sweetheart, I'm totally in love love.gif


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My first was a HUGE spitter.  We called him the "sploosher" because you would lift him to your shoulder and he would spit completely over your back and it would sploosh on the floor.  I asked our dr about it and she smiled and said that spitting up was a laundary problem not a medical problem...of course as long as they were gaining weight.  DS#1 gained VERY fast, so it was a laundary problem!  :)


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Yep. That was an honest period. My bleeding was really light thank God, but all the other miseries were happening in full effect. I can't even get Wendy to take a pacifier. It's hard to imagine I could get a period so soon, but ...

good thing I solidly ignored those crazy lactation consultants telling me that exclusive breastfeeding was a 99% effective form of birth control. irked.gif Maybe for some. Not for me. 

and I sort of wish it was. My husband and I are already getting sloppy with birth control. joy.gifValentines day must be making us dumb. 

@Adorkable - Orchids... I love them! I'm jealous. 

 

As for Wendy. She is usually a really lovely baby. We spent a lot of time in the park this weekend. I gotta share: 

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Well I am a little late to this chat. I have been spending a lot of time on Ravelry and Facebook. Hannah is almost 6 weeks old and so far so good. I think my medication is all good and I am successfully staving off postpardom depression this time around. Hannah is a good sleeper. She sleeps in 4 hour stretches at night and we co-sleep so I don't feel like I am missing out on sleep which is nice. 

 

This is also the first time I am not going back to work at 6 weeks. I can't tell you how nice it feels. I do have to be the mom taxi every day and money is tighter than when I was working but I will take it. 


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I've already gotten my period back too. People swore it was just a second round of lochia, but no - it smelled different than lochia, I had (thankfully very mild) cramps, and it came on after the lochia had completely stopped, lasted for four or five days, and stopped. I was already planning to get an IUD put in at the end of the month, but I'm not impressed. I did have to supplement with formula for about two weeks due to serious supply issues and we're using pacifiers because I have a high-suck-needs baby with a bad latch.

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nak- one handed typing so will be brief.

 

Came home from hospital monday with Ruby, just been getting to know her. Today we spent all day in bed nursing and cuddling.

 

One issue is that she will NOT sleep in her bassinet next to th bed even if she is swaddled. I am on pain meds from c section, so cosleeping is out for now. in the evening DH and I take three hour baby shifts and let the other sleep. I try and nurse most of my shift so she will sleep for him since he is boobless.

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if anyone is in the market for a tracking software (browser, iphone or ipad) i finally found one i really like

 

http://www.baby-connect.com/

 

its been really helpful in letting me see the patterns that my twins naturally have, so i can predict what they need and in time build a schedule around them and their rythums rather than just something arbitrary.

 

all this may be a lot easier with one baby, but this is a life saver for me


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One issue is that she will NOT sleep in her bassinet next to th bed even if she is swaddled. I am on pain meds from c section, so cosleeping is out for now. in the evening DH and I take three hour baby shifts and let the other sleep. I try and nurse most of my shift so she will sleep for him since he is boobless.

congrats on baby coming home.

just want to give you some encouragement, my babies would not sleep in their bedside co-sleeper the first 2 nights and instead thought that 8 inches away in my bed was mandatory, i kept placing them back in it every time things were going smoothly and by the third night they were fine. i still pull them in bed from time to time, and to feed, but for week now their co-sleeper has been their little zone and they seem to know it, they fall asleep really well almost as soon as they are put in it
 

 

ETA: oh and your dh is not boobless he is just greatly boob deficient, a "boobie impaired persons" if it were


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I am trying out the baby connect site. and i did get her to sleep in the bassinette for a little while this morning. She seems to want  to deeply sleep around 6 to 9ish so will keep aiming for a nice nap then.

 

feel a bit more rested. actually made some eggs on toast for breakfast!

 

Still can only type left handed while she nurses.

 

 

I had no idea how much attention a new born needs. this is our first baby. neither of us have any experience ith babies at all! but I think it gets slighly more under control every day. Dr check up yesterday- she gained 7 ounces so we are not screwing up too bad.

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it so funny how everyone seems to say that "if its a lot of spit up, talk to someone" well these are my first kids, how am i supposed to know if its a lot!? 


So I heard from someone to get 2 teaspoons of liquid or milk and spill it down your shirt. It will look like a lot but it really isn't much. 


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Hannah got weighed today and is up to 9 pounds 2 ounces at 6 weeks. The lowest she was at weight checks was 6 pounds 12 ounces. It still amazes me after 3 children that my milk does all that. 


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