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09-27-2004 04:52 PM
QuietTempest I just wanted to share my baby with the rest of you all. She was born via cesarean on her due date (9/13) and weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz., measured 20 inches long.

09-23-2004 12:37 AM
StacyL Just wanted to let you all know that Alex finally arrived on Sunday night the 19th at 7:07 and he was 8lbs. 9oz. and 19". We had an emergency transfer and very rough entry into the world, but he was released from the NICU today and is going to be just fine and hopefully going home SOON!! I will write more about it later and post some pictures. I hope everyone else who is due has wonderful deliveries!!

09-19-2004 01:30 AM
Originally Posted by 3under3
Funny you should ask! My bday is September 21st!
Here's how I would define me:
Competitive, kind of a control freak, somewhat anal (classic Virgo traits!), passionate, loyal.

Uh-oh...I am in SO much trouble! Well, assuming she decides to show up then, anyway...
09-19-2004 01:27 AM
Originally Posted by chrissy
Off to make pumpkin muffins.
*perking head up* Did someone say pumpkin muffins?

The pumpkin loaf at Starbucks has been one of my "things" lately, and I'd LOVE a good recipe. Any chance you'd share on the recipe thread? Pretty please?
09-18-2004 08:00 PM
banana girl Well I did it, I started a new thread... let's get chatting!

09-18-2004 07:24 PM
plantmommy OMG, Anna, those pictures are wonderful! That smile of yours with the baby is a perfect photo to advertise for parenthood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I HAVE to believe Jen is either having, or has had that baby by now! GO JEN AND SPROUT! (or should I say: COME JEN AND SPROUT!?)
09-18-2004 06:12 PM
Lazuli I have a picture! (Finally!) And yes I should be in bed.

Kallisti and her kitten
09-18-2004 05:56 PM
4under6 My husband has an appointment Monday for a vasectomy consultation, which is what we want......but I can't help but feel kinda mournful over the loss of my fertility (well, not MY fertility, but the fact that I will never be pregnant again).

We do want it done asap, because knowing us, I would get pregnant the first time we have sex postpartum!

Agh. I don't know. Maybe we should wait.

It's an absolutely beautiful day here in Minneapolis.......a perfect day for a birth! Jen???????
09-18-2004 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by allibabble

My "gut feel" all along has been the 21st. Anyone know anything about equinox/cusp Virgo-Libra babies? (grin)
Funny you should ask! My bday is September 21st!
Here's how I would define me:
Competitive, kind of a control freak, somewhat anal (classic Virgo traits!), passionate, loyal.
09-18-2004 02:49 PM
plantmommy yeah, I did the announcement myself. haven't gotten a chance to print any yet, though!

It's been nuts around here; too much going on to type with one hand, so my posts are pathetic. sorry ladies, know i'm wishing you all well!
09-18-2004 02:02 PM
greenbeing Twins?? Yikes, I hope there's only one in here. Two would be awesome, but one for now would be great. I do feel big enough to be having twins and someone said to me the other day, "Are you sure you're not having twins?" Yah, just what a mama feeling big wants to hear.

My breasts have been leaking for awhile now, but yesterday, there was a big drip coming from it! (sorry if TMI). That would be so nice if it did mean labor was near. I've been feeling kind of sick to my stomach yesterday and today. Some bh and some cramping, but nothing consistent. We'll see.

Anna, sorry about your boobies. I hope they get better soon!!!
09-18-2004 01:37 PM
banana girl I awoke in the night about an hour after nursing Mielle and getting to sleep... in AGONY! My Tit felt like someone had a clothes pin clamped down on it! It was AWFUL! I took a hot shower with lots of massage, nursed Mielle on it.... "udder" torture.... pumped, nursed her again, used hot compresses. The works!
And of course Mielle took it into her head to be unconsolable and hysterical. She stayed awake over 2 hours instead of the 45 minutes a feeding usually takes! We repeated the pattern again a few hours later. I am sooooooo tired!

Gonna go take a hot tub and soak my breast, which is feeling much better this morning, and try to get back to sleep for awhile.

Thank you everyone for the compliments on the birth photos, I really wanted to share them with you guys.. especially the mamas waiting and needing inspiration. The Birth was ecstatic, amazing and bigger and harder than anything ever before in my life. A life changing experience. I keep meaning to post my birth story but never seem to find the time! ah well, one of these days!

I'm so glad Jen is missing! Stay missing Jen! Come on sprout!!! Peace be your journey!

Kisses to all, must go take care of myself before Mielle needs caring for!
09-18-2004 12:46 PM
wardermom Chrissy-a couple of days (I think) before I had Arowen, I had the same thing, my left breast started to leak on my shirt.

We've got a cold here, including baby. I feel so bad for her, but she's doing really well.
At our 2 week checkup at the midwives on Thursday, Arowen weighed 7lb11oz. She gained 11 1/2 ounces in about a week. Pretty good.
09-18-2004 12:42 PM
Originally Posted by chrissy
Does leaking breasts mean birth is getting closer? My right one has been leaking onto my shirt (not tons though) just since yesterday. Oh, this is so exciting!
I decided it did! :LOL Two weeks ago today I woke up with a wet shirt (and continuing ctx), and Iain was born just after midnight Sunday. Of course, after 2 long days of labor, I was willing to take anything as a sign! :LOL Hope it's close for you!
09-18-2004 12:21 PM
chrissy Does leaking breasts mean birth is getting closer? My right one has been leaking onto my shirt (not tons though) just since yesterday. Oh, this is so exciting!

Meredith, did you see my post last week that I had a dream that you had twins??? Hope you're able to rest and relax this weekend.
09-18-2004 10:49 AM
greenbeing Hi ladies!

Anna, I loved looking at your pics! They're beautiful!
Aren't those Kissaluvs so darn cute? I think I may order a few more today.

Plantmommy, I don't think I had a chance to tell you, I just loved your birth announcement! Did you make them yourself???

Steph, little Oscar is a cutey! And I love the sling he's in!

Heather, glad to hear everything's okay with you and your midwife. I'm hoping you get the lovely homebirth you want soon! I had some blood pressure issues last week, but things are okay now. They are getting a little concerned about my swelling, but when I'm on my feet all day, what do they expect???

Crissy, yay for you that things are happening! I hope you get to meet your little one soon! I'm not due until next week and then it could still be another week or two after that and I'm getting a little anxious!! Also, it doesn't help that everyday I show up to school, people are saying, "you're still here?" ---I have to keep reminding them that I'm not even due until next week!

Samantha, I have Martha's breastfeeding book on my desk. Maybe I'll manage to open it today
09-18-2004 10:21 AM
chrissy Hey there ladies!

I must admit, I thought about starting a new thread but knew I couldn't do it like Jen does, so decided to skip it.

Anna, Oh those birth pictures are just fabulous. Both you and Jerome have the most expressive faces and you both are so ecstatic! Thanks for sharing them. Of course, Mielle is a beauty!

HeatherH, Hurrah for everything working out on the pre-e scare/issue!!

Lazuli, Lots of love and hugs to you and your poor breasts!!

Had an appointment yesterday. All my contractions must be doing something because this babe has dropped. I knew my belly looked lower and sure enough I measure smaller than I did last week. I have been reading that usually second (and subsequent) babies don't drop until labor is imminent- why, I don't know- so this is exciting. Still, I know I'm not going to have this baby today (hope not anyway since my MIL-who is to be here for Noah- and my midwife are out of town until late tomorrow), but it is nice to know my contractions are doing something.

Off to make pumpkin muffins.
Love to all,
09-18-2004 10:17 AM
badomama Jen is still fingers are crossed! Her back-up doula was my nurse and I loved her. She wiped my butt so kindly for an hour of pushing (sorry if TMI) and made sure I was perfectly comfortable.

HeatherH, sounds like things are going much better.

Lazuli, hope you feel better soon!

Anna, I loved your description of everything you have to do before you can go back to sleep. Me too. That's where I feel like I lose the most sleep. LOVED your photos. Mielle is just gorgeous. Oz had just the same cute cone head too.

Sheryl, Nessa is so lovely and peaceful. I can easily see both of you in her.

My little piglet must have nursed over 15 times --for a long time-- yesterday. I swear his cheeks look chubbier every morning. Can't wait to find out what he weighs on Tues.


p.s. Haven't noticed any calendula staining and Oz's butt looks perfect.
09-18-2004 01:38 AM
allibabble Anyone else notice that Jen's MIA since yesterday afternoon? Baby vibes, and let's hope this is a GOOD thing!

So, who's setting up the new chat thread for next week? I'm HOPING it's not Jen...

With a week left until my "official due date" (by my calculations, it's a day earlier...big whoop), I chatted with my midwife about the "what ifs" for if I go overdue. We'll leave me alone until at least 41 weeks, when she'll give me some natural induction techniques to use (and possibly will strip membranes?). At 42 weeks, I'd start doing the biophysical profile work. I REALLY want to avoid this, since I'm self-paid/no insurance.

Baby's progressively getting lower, and I can feel her getting bigger. She still dances for me, though not as actively, since space is sparse. I've had no internal exams (my choice), but I feel that she's doing fine, and am finally starting to believe that I might have a baby within the next week or so! My "gut feel" all along has been the 21st. Anyone know anything about equinox/cusp Virgo-Libra babies? (grin)

Anna, I loved seeing your birth pics. You look fabulous, and there's something about Jerome's facial expressions that you can tell he *adores* you.

HeatherH, so relieved to hear that your midwife has backed the hell off. A PP mentioned increasing your water intake, and from what my mw has told me, I'll second that. I've only had protein show up once or twice, and that's the first thing out of her mouth..."how much have you had to drink today?"

Congratulations to everyone on all the new babies -- so many pretty little new ones with lovely names!
09-18-2004 12:31 AM
plantmommy anna, use a sharp scissor and cut just a tiny bit off the nipple shield each day, and mielle will gradually get the real nipple, with time to get used to the change!
09-17-2004 10:50 PM
banana girl photos of the birth and of Mielle!
09-17-2004 10:33 PM
interbang this little drama is *so* officially over. I'm not seeing my mw until Thursday, about three days after my due date, and I think this is a supremely good thing, we need a break from each other.

Had an INSANE burst of energy today, and I'm still going strong. No urge to clean the house or nest or anything, I think I'm feeling energetic and happy because I don't have to deal with any more f*&(ing dipsticks!

I'm celebrating tonight with an ice cream sundae!

Jen - glad to hear that things are going well, hang in there. Also, my mom and I are going to make your blueberry buckle recipie next week, provided we can find some good blueberries.
09-17-2004 09:11 PM
Lazuli I'm not supposed to be out of bed, so I've not read any posts and am really behind. I have a breast infection. Otherwise things are going well, we're still nursing and everything. I need to get back to bed though. Hope everyone else is doing well and hopefully next time I'm up and on the computer I'll have a picture or two to post.
09-17-2004 06:58 PM
JenInMpls HeatherH that's a beautiful blood pressure.

Savannah calendula is good for nearly all that ails the skin. The natural properties of calendula help skin to "knit" back together. We use it at school as kind of a catch-all for every boo-boo that you can imagine - it's our magic salve. Scrape a knee? Calendula creme. Pinch a finger? Calendula creme. (Mysterious ache? Calendula creme will help that too, oddly enough. Almost as well as an ice pack which is a very incredible cure-all as well.) We use Weleda because the kids seem to really like how it smells. I use it on myself too. When I had some nasty rash/chafing problems this summer that were a combination of too much heat + elastic + pregnant lady damp undies (sorry if TMI) I used it and my rashes were usually gone overnight. And it washes out easily.

The NST today was totally uneventful - as usual - and so was the internal, which really disappointed me, because I was up late last night with great contractions, stronger than last Sunday and coming around every 4 minutes or so. But when I decided that I needed to sleep, they slowed down and gentled out so that I could sleep. They didn't come back strong until during my nap this afternoon, I woke up to some eye-crossing doozies, probably because the mw stripped my membranes so vigorously, I'm thinking. I'm glad that my regular mw is back on Monday, this one is so unreassuring and lacks any sense of humor

We are meeting our back-up doula in about 1/2 hour, ridiculously enough yet another lesbian from our neighborhood! (I think I told you all that our doula Beth is gay and lives 1.5 blocks away from us?) Coincidentally she also was one of Steph's nurses during Oscar's birth, so I need to call Steph and get her take before the back-up arrives!

hogs and quiches and thanks to those of you who are still holding me in your thoughts. I know one of these nights the contractions will keep coming. I wish it would be sooner rather than later.
09-17-2004 06:36 PM
banana girl Hey ladies!

I've been sleeping like crazy since I last posted. Feeling a lot better for resting alot. Mielle is starting to sleep closer to 4 hours at a time at night instead of 2 and a half. This is such a relief for me as I don't fall asleep as fast as she does. I have stuff to do, gotta pee, clean off the breast sheild, flip the waterproof pad and fleece blanket we sleep on (breast milk) etc. etc... the list goes on and on.

Still leaking breast milk copiously. i use a receiving blanket like a large bib tucked under my breasts while i BF. I tuck one end up around the breast that I am not nursing with. It gets soaked while I nurse her on the other side. I am only pumping about once every 24 hours... and freezing every bit of it.

My breasts seem to take turns feeling bruised and sore. I am still using the plastic breast sheild and learning to hate it. If it gets a little off center she gives me a welt which becomes a little purple bruise. I have to stop her mid nursing and check to see if it's centered! I have tried to nurse without it and she throws a huge fit whenever I do. Screaming, red faced hysteria.. it's ridiculous! One of these days I'm gonna lose the damn thing and then all hell will break loose! I dread the day, it's such a small peice of clear plastic....

I got Fluffy Mail today!!! Horray! I ordered some kissaluvs when we got our internet set up here at home. Boy are they cute! They are so soft and fluffy. Do you use a cover over a kissaluv? they are so pretty it seems a shame to cover them up! But I have some dang cute covers these days... I keep sewing one or two new diaper covers every couple of days, i'm starting to have more covers than I need!! Last night I made one with a monkey pattern on fleece, it is the cutest yet! I have some made with PUL and a layer of pretty fabric but the fleece ones seem to work better!

Still figuring out shutterfly... have a ton of photos to sort through and distribute to all the grandparents. Have I ever mentioned that Mielle has 3 grandmas and 5 grandpas! There are so many people asking about photos and I have tons of photos on my computer. I just need the time and energy to get them uploaded and then send them out!

P.S. Great news! My mom's husband called last night from Montana to tell my mom that he is officially ready to move back to Wisconsin! He has been the one wanting to stay in Montana. Well, he feels it would be better for everyone if they lived closer to her kids again. she has spent 4 months out of the last year staying with her kids for one reason or another! He's sick of being over worked and underappreciated and wants to be closer to family. I am so excited! I love my mom dearly and want them to be intimately involved in Mielle's life. Yippeeee!!!

Well Mielle is insisting i return to her and bring my big drippy breasts with me! Off I go!

drip. drip. drip. drip...
09-17-2004 04:52 PM
chumani Savannah- I am loving Sheryl's flame cooler salve (she sent it to me as part of the 2nd trimester swap). Naomi's bum was swollen and bruised due to breech delivery and the tissues became really sore and cracked and eventually started bleeding a little. I tried badger balm (from the health food store), Bag Balm (usually for cows, dh uses it on his cracked hands), a&d (Yuck!) and Burt's Bees diaper cream (the zinc in it stained my diapers). None of them worked. I finally tried Sheryl's salve and in 2 days her bum was totally healed!

Anna- I hope you are feeling better soon. Lots of nursing, rest and fluids should help. Slow down and don't let anyone pressure into doing something you don't feel up to. This is your babymoon time! s

Leigh- It is good to hear an update on you! Congratulations on your baby girl! I have been thinking about you. My ds Jonah had jaundice problems. We also did the olive oil several times a day. It dropped from 21 to 9 in 2 days without using the lights they sent home with us. Keep nursing as much as possible, at least once per hour if she will.

Jen- Lots of labor vibes coming your way! We are all thinking of you!

Have a wonderful day ladies!! Happy gestating and babymoons to all!
09-17-2004 03:45 PM
interbang And, yes, she's still my mw. In my heart, I know she means well, and hey, she does listen to me.

She's agreed to no more urine dipstick tests for the remainder of the pregnancy, no extra home visit this weekend, no backup doctor visit, no AFI or NST.

She can tell that she's stressing me out, and she apologized. Well, it's always a "getting to know you" process. Going through this little drama now will help our relationship in labor.

I'll let you all know when I get the lab results back, but I think it's all going to come out fine.

Waking BP this morning: 95/59!

Thanks again for everyone's words of encouragement. You all help me so much to get back into my emotional "happy homebirth place."

<sending good BFing vibes to all who need them>

<sending gentle labor vibes to Jen>
09-17-2004 03:43 PM
mum2tori UGH Destin is like concrete! It never seems to come off. I can't stand that stuff, it smells funky to me too now. :LOL (Pitch it if you can) We use Burt's Bees Diaper creme and Weleda Calendula Diaper Care (not the baby cream). I rarely have any staining or problems with fleece becoming repellent. Once in a while I might have to take a wipe (after a diaper's gone through the wash) and lightly rub it back and forth to get off any residue. But that's really rare.

The Weleda is AWESOME! It usually takes care of any redness with one or two apps. Jack gets flaming red monkey butt when he has too much apple juice which he loves of course.

You can get Weleda from most health food stores or Whole Foods. A really sweet WAHM is Adria of carries it. I buy my Burts Bees through a co-op, get it about half price that way.

What kind of wipes solution are you using?

One way you can try to get the residue off McKenna, take a wet wipe (preferably nice and warm) and lay it on top of her and work it into the cracks a little bit so its right on the gunk. The wet warmth will soften it up and make it a little easier to get off. Its like that stuff permenately bonds to skin!! Ugh hate it!

I haven't tried Boudreaux's Butt paste (love the name :LOL) yet. They carry it at a lot of Wal-marts now. I know a bunch of people that swear by it too. Most diaper creams have some zinc oxide in them, it's just with some of the additional ingredients (essential oils and such) of some brands, they help to break down the zinc oxide when you want to get it off.

Some people say... never use zinc oxide with cloth diapers... we've used it in some form our entire 3+ years of diapering and never had a problem with it. Use All F&C liquid with fleece too... and no problems. :LOL Who knows!!

Just avoid the A-D 'yellow oil' cream, that has fish oil in it and WILL make your diapers stink and stain. It is known to work well on bad diaper rash but ugh it smells pretty awful.
09-17-2004 03:31 PM
sistermama Welcome back Leigh! Congrats! I'm sure the jaundice will clear up soon.

Heather - Bhavani is cute and so alert! Was that right after she was born?

Sheryl - love the bath pics. she is getting so big already - must be all that mama milk...

I think Lucy is going to lose her cord soon, it sure smells funky.

I added some new pics to my Lucy album -here

Love and labor vibes
09-17-2004 03:06 PM
msrog Badomama, can you use Calendula with cloth diapers? Even after I told my dh and mil not to use desitin with my cloth diapers, I found sticky gummy spots on my brand new Happy Heiny the next day in the wash!!!! Argh!!!

BTW, does anyone else hate the way you can't get Desitin out of a little girl's cracks and crevices??? Poor thing, she's had this residue in there for 2 weeks now that I can't get off... I just want to throw the desitin in the garbage so my "helpers" will stop sneaking it on her! But I know they'd just go buy some more.

Anyone else with rash advice? Anyone?
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