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12-08-2010 03:52 PM
Ellen Griswold

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Baby stuff is well here.  Computer time continues to be nak time too, so I don't post much.  But, people, tell me that I don't have my period already!  Rachel is not a month old but the lochia was gone, so what is this?


Periods have been known to happen that early, but anything before 56 days is generally considered postpartum bleeding, and it is possible for it to go away entirely and then return for a bit, without it actually indicating a return of fertility. So hopefully that's it!



Okay, it stopped, so clearly not a period.  But, did that ever throw me for a loop this morning! 

12-08-2010 10:39 AM
ocelotmom

 

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Originally Posted by Ellen Griswold View Post

Baby stuff is well here.  Computer time continues to be nak time too, so I don't post much.  But, people, tell me that I don't have my period already!  Rachel is not a month old but the lochia was gone, so what is this?


Periods have been known to happen that early, but anything before 56 days is generally considered postpartum bleeding, and it is possible for it to go away entirely and then return for a bit, without it actually indicating a return of fertility. So hopefully that's it!

12-08-2010 09:25 AM
Ellen Griswold

Baby stuff is well here.  Computer time continues to be nak time too, so I don't post much.  But, people, tell me that I don't have my period already!  Rachel is not a month old but the lochia was gone, so what is this?

12-08-2010 06:39 AM
kittywitty Lochia-the mucousy thing went away. I guess mucous was not a good term. MOre like ewcm. But it's all stopped now.

I have the Milk Saver thing. Caught 3.5 oz. the first time I used it and only about .5 oz at most since. I think my supply might be dipping. Molly hasn't been eating as much with her upset tummy from dairy. I'm working on pumping to build it back up.
12-08-2010 12:27 AM
HeatherB Sasha, lol.gif! I'm sure you'll have many great tales to tell them when they're older! winky.gif I hope your BFing issues work out soon and the boys get that "a-ha!" moment. hug.gif

Kim, hug.gif. That reminds me of my feelings after my first birth. greensad.gif I would go so far as to say I had/have PTSD from that birth and I know with a traumatic birth (including ones that just go so far awry from your plans and visions for them) that that's not unusual at all. There are almost certainly some tribes here with other mamas who will totally get it if you want to talk. hug.gif

Farren, a wrap is an awesome carrier because it's basically a one-size-fits-all. You really do have to wrap them snuggly to start with, though, because they do loosen up over time (just in wearing, even). As well, just basic moving around will allow shifting in any carrie if it's not tied tight enough. Stretchies are quite often tied too loose to start with, so that's probably the problem. When I'm showing mamas how to use them, I generally have them pre-tie it (which is standard for a stretchy wrap) while pulling it snug enough that there's no obvious slack in the whole thing. Using *only* the material's stretch to have room for baby gives you the most support possible. Hope that makes sense!

Julie, so sorry about the thrush! greensad.gif I hope you feel better soon!

Lochia: Someone asked about clear or mucousy... Mine varies between clearish to light bleeding now. The clearish discharge is a weird thing that's normal in lochia, afaik. For me, it's not generally mucousy, though.

Eliana is continuing to have at least somewhat mucousy stools. greensad.gif She's more fussy, too, and will sometimes end up burping well after a feeding. She threw up (everything) last night just as we walked in to a restaurant. It's NOT a good thing when the first sign the baby threw up is the droplets on the *floor*. redface.gif Thankfully I had a change of clothes and just enough receiving blankets and burp cloths to clean everything with... I was wishing I had a new carseat, too, though! redface.gif She snuggled on DH after that and slept through the entire meal.

She is so definitely growing and changing! Three weeks (plus, but I'm not counting!!) now. She looks around and really studies things and her head is getting so much more steady. I think I got a "real" smile earlier today when she was looking directly at me. We'll see if those continue. Judah started at about this age with "maybe" smiles that were later confirmed because he kept giving them. thumb.gif With him, the first for-sure BIG smiles were at 5 weeks, so I'm looking forward to that in the not-too-distant future with Eliana. It's hard to have her growing and changing so much.. I want her to stay a newborn! But I'm grateful to have so many wonderful things to look forward to, too.

We went to a Christmas tree farm yesterday and got her first Christmas tree. thumb.gif There was almost no one else there (no one, when we started) and it was nice to have some privacy in the middle of the field to nurse her. Had her in a mei tai and ended up turning her from tummy-to-tummy to a cradle hold *in* the mei tai (not exactly a standard position, but it worked!) so she could nurse. She was not at al interested in sitting up to eat. lol.gif

I'm guessing I do have overactive letdown with her continuing the habits of latching, sucking really fast and swallowing a ton, then letting all the milk dribble and seeming less interested even though she's clearly not finished. That doesn't help with the tummy troubles, either! Hopefully it'll settle down before too long.

Anyone else tried the Milkies Milk Saver things? I got one last week and am thrilled to be getting up to a couple of ounces of milk *without* pumping, just from my most-overactive side when she's feeding on the other. Who knows, maybe I'll have enough to actually give her a bottle to try someday. lol.gif I haven't been using it consistently, but it's very cool!

Gotta finish off the tree, clean up all the ornament boxes, and get to bed... all before she wakes up. And all I really want to do is sleeping.gif....
12-07-2010 11:53 PM
SashaBreeze

I just got done giving the boys a late night bath and I just HAD to come on here and share why with you guys.

 

So I got Seamus to sleep and he is laying in the crook of my legs (I pretty much always sit with my legs folded up in the chair with me) and I am feeding Connor.  I go to burp Connor and.... He throws up and it lands on his brothers face!  Seamus woke up very fast and was one very angry boy.  Although I had a few moments of panic and ended up having to wake up my oldest dd to help me clean the boys up I have admit it was a little biglaugh.gifTotally something I will be teasing the boys about for years to come.thumb.gif

 

Julie, have you tried regularly wiping down your nips with baking soda water?  It seemed to heal mine quicker than anything else.

 

Farren, I wouldn't give up on your wrap just yet.  We have a sleepywrap and dh is MUCH smaller than me and wears it, I do sometimes have to wash it to get it back into good tight shape sometimes though.  I know when I first used mine with my youngest dd (I had only used ring slings before) it took a while to learn to tie it tight enough.  Let us know how it turns out.

 

ocelotmom, great idea!

 

Bobbi, I totally agree.love.gif

12-07-2010 07:36 PM
mzminty

Kitty and Farren, I think white tongues after a feeding are totally normal, especially if you can rub it off with a washcloth.  Hers is more thick, but not terrible.  But apparently baby or you can be asymptomatic, and only mom or baby can have symptoms.  In our case, she seems fine, but my breasts are red/pink and burning between feedings.  I also have stabbing pains.  So I think it's pretty obvious that we need to be treated!  greensad.gif  I was leaking a lot (still am) through my bra and shirt, and was stupid enough to just let it go.  I used breast pads a few times, but got sick of bothering with them.  So I was creating a perfect breeding ground for yeast...

12-07-2010 07:26 PM
karen1968

Farren, it's possible it's stretched out, but wouldn't it then work like a woven wrap? I think it is more likely that you just didn't have it tight enough to start with. I've seen this often with wraps...the stretchy ones need to be tied on fairly tight before you insert the baby. And don't forget to pull up the 3rd piece of fabric! I've seen that, too.  Good instructions here.

12-07-2010 07:18 PM
my kidlets and me

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Maybe we should just go back to the weekly thread since most of us are pretty much in a similar place again.


Good idea!

12-07-2010 07:16 PM
my kidlets and me

I'm here too - not posting too much because my computer time is usually nak time.

 

Anybody else still reading the December DDC?  I loved that the whole of November, I'd come on MDC with such a sense of anticipation, wondering whose baby had come next.  I guess I miss that feeling...but I love reading all the baby updates - what a wonderful crop of babies we've got!

12-07-2010 07:14 PM
ocelotmom

Maybe we should just go back to the weekly thread since most of us are pretty much in a similar place again.

12-07-2010 03:47 PM
SashaBreeze

hug2.gif Kim.

 

I agree Farren about us maybe starting a new one.  I worry that with the thread so long that maybe that is keeping some of the more recent birthed mammas from participating because it has gotten so long.  I know when we had our weekly chat threads I sometimes would not post if it was already 6 or more pages because I would be lost.blush.gif

12-07-2010 03:35 PM
FarrenSquare

I've been reading along but too busy to post, but I'm here!

 

Sore nipples: My left has evened out, but my right nipple is still VERY sensitive! Sometimes I have to remind myself to bite my tongue when he latches on so I don't holler and scare him! The scabbing has cleared up though, thank goodness. He is feeding quite often these days, and growing up so fast. I can't believe how he already looks like such a big baby. The days are flying by!

 

Thrush: I've also heard (and was confirmed by my ped.) that a white tongue is normal. Are there any other white patches inside the mouth? If you can scrape off the white on the tongue, chances are it is just milk residue.

 

big HUGS to butterflies & Sasha, I think about you with your twins all the time. You are strong and powerful mamas!

 

Kim: sorry to hear you are feeling shell-shocked. Did you have a particularly difficult time with birth? There were a few things that didn't go according to plan with my hospital birth but I'm trying really hard to just focus on the positive aspects. I wrote my birth story, I should post it here! I did leave out a lot of the complaining, lol. I wanted it to be a happy memory.

 

dtd: I'm getting randy but the lochia just never quits. I'm still "uncomfortable" sometimes if I sit funny, too... definitely not ready. Bummer.

 

My friend lent me her wrap (it's a cuddlywrap, a moby rip-off) and I'm having trouble with it. I used it once to go to ikea and it was fine but I felt as though he was drooping lower, and lower and lower until his neck was all crunched up and it didn't look very comfortable in there. We washed it to get some stretch back, but this friend is a good three sizes larger than me and I'm wondering if it has been permanently stretched out now? Can that happen?

 

We are nearing ten pages in this chat thread! Almost time to start a new one, maybe? What do you guys think?

12-07-2010 03:07 PM
SashaBreeze

hug2.gif To everyone with thrush and/or sore nipples.  Mine are almost back to normal.  They had gotten so bad that the final straw was I went to pump and I couldn't get any milk, but...... I was pumping blood.yikes2.gif So I put the boys on full time formula and only hand expressed when I got engorged enough to be painful, I dread to see what this has done to my milk supply.greensad.gif  I know I can build it back up once my nipples finish healing but it still makes me a little nervous.

 

MisaGoat, way to go dh!thumb.gif  My poor dh tries to help in the kitchen but bless his heart he just can not seem to get his head around anything too complex in there.  I do have to say he is an amazing cleaner, so I cant complain.

 

butterflies, I had a dip in my supply a few weeks after the boys were born but then it picked back up (well.... at least it did until I had this most recent set back) so I hope everything lines out for you soon, but to be honest maybe this will turn into a good thing for you and let you catch up on some sleep.  I can hardly wait until the boys are nursing instead of taking bottles.  We didn't even own a bottle when the boys came home and we had to stop at the store on the way to bring them home and buy some.  I had totally forgotten how much work it is to deal with everything that goes along with using bottles.  Oh! And I totally get about being hungry, I swear I think I am more hungry making milk for the babies than I ever was being pregnant with them.

 

Speaking of nursing, Seamus nursed for the first time today!joy.gifBut at the next feeding it was like he had completely forgotten what he was supposed to do.  Everyone kept telling me that once the boys finally successfully nursed it would be a light-bulb moment and that they would just "get it" and stay nursing from then on.  Apparently they should have inserted the words "usually" or "sometimes" in that sentence because that is sooo not the way it has been with my boys.

 

12-07-2010 03:01 PM
kittywitty hug2.gif Kim

Sorry about the thrush, Julie. greensad.gif My babies always get white tongues-no thrush symptoms. I thought that was normal? But definitely deal with the nipple thrush!
12-07-2010 02:48 PM
47chromosomes

Our boy is three weeks old today!  Yay!  Finally jumping into the postpartum chat.  I've popped into this thread a bunch of times since our birth.  I posted the story and a pic of our boy.   But I'll be honest, I am having a really hard time getting past our birth, and coming to the forums for some reason makes me feel really uncomfortable... like I just would like to pretend that birth never happened.  Is anyone else just feeling, well, shell-shocked?

12-07-2010 12:48 PM
mzminty

Thanks, Karen.  What's APNO?

12-07-2010 11:59 AM
karen1968

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I think we have a yeast infection/thrush.  My nipples and areolas are pink and rashy and burning, and Maia has a little bit of a white coating on her tongue.  That's it.  No other s/s, but my nips are really bothering me!  I texted my midwife earlier today but didn't hear back from her.  I'll call her tomorrow.  In the meantime I'm taking acidophilus (anyone know how much I can take in a day?) and not allowing myself to binge on all the junk that people have been bringing around! greensad.gif


Take as much acidopholus as you want! I really don't think you can overdose, but there's probably a point at which its not worth taking more..  Head over to the Breastfeeding forum and check out the "Thrush Tribe" thread. It has lots of great ideas. Grapefruit seed extract orally and as a dilute wash after every feed is helpful - you can also swab babe's mouth with it (see Jay Gordon's protocol). Gentian Violet works for some, but didn't for me. Black Walnut (hull) extract orally can also be helpful. Clotrimozole cream on the nipples/areola a few times a day (APNO if you can get it but beware of overuse). Don't be afraid of Diflucan if things don't improve - I had thrush for 4 months with DS and it was miserable. I went on Diflucan at the first sign this time as I didn't want a repeat.

12-06-2010 05:57 PM
mzminty

I think we have a yeast infection/thrush.  My nipples and areolas are pink and rashy and burning, and Maia has a little bit of a white coating on her tongue.  That's it.  No other s/s, but my nips are really bothering me!  I texted my midwife earlier today but didn't hear back from her.  I'll call her tomorrow.  In the meantime I'm taking acidophilus (anyone know how much I can take in a day?) and not allowing myself to binge on all the junk that people have been bringing around! greensad.gif

12-06-2010 02:39 PM
butterflies

hug2.gif Sasha-- I was going to respond to your earlier post but got sidetracked... I am truly in awe of you for pumping around the clock plus caring for your little guys! I started giving mine a couple oz of formula each day when they were still dropping below their birth weight and showing signs of dehydration (uric acid crystals in their diapers, only 1-2 wet diapers per day... they were becoming increasingly weak and having trouble staying awake to feed). dh and dd enjoy giving the babes a bottle in the evening and surprisingly, I'm feeling ok with that this time.  I'm finding it so challenging to eat and drink enough (500 extra calories per baby!) and I think my body appreciates that little break. The other night I was wandering around the kitchen looking for a snack and I thought "Snack? Who am I kidding? I could eat a whole pizza." And I pretty much feel that way all the time. lol.gif

 

Misa-- I think our dh would get along! Mine is also a great cook (and gumbo and ribs/bbq are some of his favs).  We have also been so blessed to have friends bringing meals 3 times a week since we got home. Our freezer is overflowing! I was really worried about not having any help (my mom didn't want to come and help) so this has truly been a wonderful surprise. 

 

This weekend was the first time we ventured out of the house for any extended time. Sat. we got a tree and did some errands and Sunday we all went to the science museum. The museum was fun and not crowded at all- I guess everyone was at the mall! 

 

Re Side-nursing: the way I learned was to latch the baby and then move to laying down. I think I didn't really get it until dd was 4-6 weeks old. Now I can tandem the twins during the day but at night I alternate so I can stay laying down.   

12-06-2010 01:04 PM
MisaGoat

I skimmed this thread, I'll just jump in.

 

Farren- side nursing took me several months to get the hang of with my first but I can manage with my newborn now.

 

Jennie-I have been so hungry since I gave birth too. The first night I ate all the chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies a friend brought to the hospital during the night when I was up feeding the baby.

 

Finn is 6 days old and this has been such a good experience. I don't know if he is a mellower baby than my first or if we just are calmer and know what to do. We left the hospital after 24 hours and everyone was surprised but I felt fine and the baby was fine and we didn't really want to be in the hospital in the first place but the $ was the main factor ($150 copay vs $6000 out of pocket). I followed up with the pediatrician the next morning and he was a little concerned about his bilirubin so we came back in the following day and got sent to the hospital to get his bili checked. It was still high but not high enough to treat so they had me take him in again on Saturday, by then it was coming down so we don't have to get any more blood work. I gave birth at a hospital about 45 minutes from here because that is where the midwife group delivers, but there are several major hospitals that are much closer to us so the pediatrician was confused why we went there, and then because we were going to the hospital close to us that the pediatrician has privileges at the office had to clear it with our insurance since he was born at the other hospital. Arg. I didn't think I was that odd for not wanting to stay longer or at the closest hospital. I don't love the pediatrician but they are on our plan and close. The second day we went in we saw a different pediatrician and the first thing my husband and I said when she walked out the door is "I like her". We both said it as soon as the door shut so I think we'll just request appointments with her from now on.

 

My nipples are so sore, they have little blisters on them. I think it was mostly from the first day or two when he was nursing a bunch but my milk wasn't in yet. They are starting to get better but when he latches on the left one it really hurts.

 

Otherwise I feel probably 100% already, which is so different than how I felt after my first son. I am not swollen at all and I stopped cramping when I nurse. Still bleeding a bit but it is pretty mild. It has been so nice to be home with my sons and my husband. He took two weeks off from work and has been cooking for me everyday. (let me list it all: dinner last night: Chicken and andouille gumbo over rice, breakfast: bagel with cream cheese and lox, french press coffee, lunch: mixed greens, tomato, mozzarella salad with balsamic vinegar and oil, followed by coq au vin, and pumpkin pie. He has also made me ribs twice, once bbq and once spicy, and I am sure I am forgetting other things but basically he has been feeding me nonstop which is exactly what I want. Thanks for listening to me brag about my husband :)) I am sad he is already a week into his leave.

12-05-2010 09:40 PM
SashaBreeze

Bobbi, I have never done it before but I know a lady that took a picture of their baby with each present (or wearing it if it was clothes) and then stuck that in the card with a simple thank you for the ______.

 

Everyone seemed to really like it.  But then again she was only responding to like 20 people or less... if you had many more than that at the shower then it might become a bit too much. shrug.gif

12-05-2010 07:40 PM
my kidlets and me

Oh, that double sucks Sasha.  Boo to disappearing messages and boo to thrushy, cracked nipples. Ouch.

 

Hugs to those with aches and pains.  I get a really sore butt if I sit down too long - not good for long nursing sessions!  Otherwise, I'm doing OK physically - ongoing light bleeding which hopefully won't last too much longer.

 

MIL hosted a baby shower for Nicholas today, and it was really fun!  It was mostly warm clothes (which is all we really need, anyway) - I didn't have a shower with dd2, so it felt a little strange to be on the receiving end!  

 

Does anyone have any clever ideas for thank you cards?  I hate writing them (they always sound trite), but they're a necessity after a shower.

12-05-2010 07:09 PM
SashaBreeze

You have GOT to be kidding me!  I just spent forever going back and forth to the computer while I did other things responding to stuff and getting caught back up and then I tried to do spell check messed up and then tried to copy/paste and everything is gone!!!Cuss.gif

 

So I guess the super quick abbreviated version of everything I was going to say is:

 

Yaaaa to Christmas/winter festivities.joy.gif

 

Booo to pain and things not going well in general and I really really hope everything gets better for us all soon.hug2.gif

 

Oh, and the cracks in my nipples have now allowed me to develop a wicked mean case of thrush.shake.gif

 

Talk to you all later.grouphug.gif

12-05-2010 03:09 PM
kittywitty Anyone else have mucousy lochia? It's like colorless or pink depending on the moment. It's weird. No smell or anything. I just can't remember what's normal. lol
12-05-2010 01:47 PM
Metasequoia

I have to confess right off the bat that I haven't read anything here! I haven't had a second to get online at all but I wanted to say hi! and I'm still here! I'll update the baby list in the next couple of days, I promise.

 

We had our annual Waldorf Winter Festival Friday night & all day yesterday & we went for 4 hrs on Fri & 4.5 hrs yesterday & I'm sooooo beat.

 

BBL! Miss you all!

12-05-2010 12:59 PM
mzminty

What's OALD?  Maia nurses so *loudly* when she first latches on, like she's gulping and sucking down air to keep up with my letdowm.  Sometimes she even lets go and cries before trying to latch again.  Sometimes I try to burp her after the initial letdown, but she spits up *so* much!  Maybe I'm overreacting, and it's probably not that much milk in comparison to what she's sucked down, but still...  And of course she's peeing and pooping fine.  I think I have this fear with all of my babies!

12-05-2010 10:50 AM
~Demeter~

I have OALD and oversupply issues... and have the last two babies.  My boys seemed better able to keep up, that said over the past day or so I've noticed that Marah is able to chug a lug fairly well but only handles one breast. :)

 

We have some baby acne going on over here... I noticed that one of my shirts aggravates it more though so I wonder if it's truly acne or something else going on. I obsessed with my first daughter over food reactions because of her fussies and rashy face but found no real connection and to be honest I'm pretty sure my first 3 were like that as well and it started around the 2-3 week mark and lasted until 12ish weeks. I think it's a normal variant, them adjusting to life outside the womb... for my babes at least. (not trying to say food reactions don't happen.... I know they do :))

 

Marah was up a good portion of yesterday and when we went to bed last night she didn't suffer from the 2 hour fussies. It was nice to feel tired and be able to go to sleep... but I still woke up exhausted from the previous couple nights. I let my 3 year old have free run of the house this morning while I napped... I probably shouldn't have but I seriously couldn't keep my eyes open. I know this lasts for such a short period... I'm really trying not to get lost in the omg I'm so tiiiiiiiiired mindset right now. :) Really, I think we're sleeping fairly well overall... Marah needs only a little help with latching on at night and I'm doing it pretty much in my sleep now.

12-05-2010 09:48 AM
Stitches


 

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Any other babies changing their nursing habits?  Eliana started out latching and sucking strongly.  Now, she latches reasonably well (it doesn't hurt but she more slurps it in than opens wide, IYKWIM) and will suckle and gulp for a bit - not necessarily sucking as hard as she used to, but clearly she's getting milk.  Then she'll let what seems like a mouthful of milk dribble/pour out of her mouth and she'll either mess around but not latch or really suck, or she'll come off altogether and just look around.  I can't tell if she needs to burp at this point (sometimes she does but not always) or if she's suddenly getting an overactive letdown and is overwhelmed (but she was swallowing really fast already and I was thinking that I *wasn't* have OALD this time) or... what?  I have wondered if even her throat hurts or something?  (My mom had a throat infection and I started to get it but took elderberry syrup and it never fully developed.)  Or is this totally normal for a 2-3 week old?

 

 


Clara has been doing a similar thing, she latches on fine, has a good start and then after a while she comes off and starts just mouthing my nipple with an open mouth, and bobbing around, and looking around her.  I seem to recall my older one doing the same thing at this age.  I think it's gas, because when she starts doing that I burp her and get a big old man burp out and then she'll go back to business.  I've got a pretty heavy letdown and the poor girl gets pretty gassy from having to gulp so fast, and she spits up a lot.

 

Last night was LONG.  She was really gassy and unhappy and tooting tons.  She finally got some poop out this morning and now she's happy as a clam.  Even though it's more tiring I've been nursing her in the rocking chair at night because it kills my back and neck to nurse in bed...the catch is it's so much more disruptive to my sleep.  I left bed at 1:30, went to the chair, nursed her, and then woke up, realizing I'd fallen asleep.  Went back to bed and it was 3:30! 

 

I went to a craft fair yesterday with both kids and a friend for moral and logistical support.  I never would have gone if not for wanting to get a particular ornament, having had one personalized for my first DD I needed another for this baby.  Glad that's done with. 

12-05-2010 08:32 AM
MamaFern

sasha, i can only try to imagine how hard having two newborns would be.. sending you strength and hugs.

 

healing and rest to those still recovering from birth.. hug2.gif 

 

 

 

Im not having issues with latch but Hazel is clearly sensitive to food that i'm eating and i'm not sure what it is...my thoughts, soy, dairy, wheat, tomatoes, chocolate or some combination of..since those are things i have eaten in the last few  days that are likely suspects. she seemed fine before Wednesday when we went to the city an hour away and i was eating normally before then but she  has had 3 fussy evenings and last night was pretty bad. she fussed for a few hours, fell asleep on my chest then woke up at 4am screaming. she is fussy at the breast and spitting up and puking a lot, pretty much every feed... i feel So bad!  im hoping that avoiding some foods for a while will solve the problem. she was So happy before this.

on her 2 week check she was  back to birth weight. she is not a super fast gainer, but she went from 8lbs 6oz to 8 lbs 14oz ( i think) in a week, so pretty good i guess! i have a feeling with all of these fussies and puking these past days that she hasn't gained much this week though. poor duckie.

 

yesterday i walked to town with all of my kiddos. it was the christmas craft fair in town. it was so overwhelming that i didn't even look around much and didn't buy anything.  i dont know why i even tried to go. dp was working and i thought it would be okay, but it was kind of a nightmare. Hazel was actually the easiest since she has  long sleeps between nursing still, but my 5yo and almost 3yo were having issues about wanting sweet things and ds was having issues about wanting to buy junky things even though we discussed that we would only buy something if it was really special to put away for christmas/birthday..obviously that discussion went right through him. he is generally So good, so when he acts like a brat it sure gets to me. 3 pouty, tantruming kids. not fun. i think we will not be attempting anything like that again soon..

and i felt really sick when we got home.. i carried hazel all bundled up in the sling and pushed the buggy with my 3yo in it all over town and then up the very long and steep hill between town and my house (the whole walk is only about 20 minutes, but...). it felt like my stomach (muscles) was all in a knot when i got home.. and it was horrid. i didn't eat much yesterday because i was so stressed out and i think that only added to it all. today we are invited to 2 birthday parties and i have nothing for either of them and no way to get there unless i walk and i'm So not into it, but they are good friends and a cousin..so i feel obligated. arg. i want to stay home today.

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