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04-05-2005 05:24 AM
eminer Congratulations to all the moms with new (ok, like really new, as opposed to slightly less new) babies!
04-04-2005 10:04 AM
crayon Congrats to you and your new little boy!!! How wonderful. I know just how you feel- with my first I was due March 19th- I had her March 31st... What a wait! Seems he likes to play jokes on mama already
04-03-2005 12:18 PM
mimim Congratulations, Desirae! Glad to hear you had a good birth experience and that you have a strong nursling! : Elhadj! About time you joined us!:LOL

Now we are just waiting to hear from Tiffany. She was probably induced yesterday, so I expect we can close up shop here! Yay for all the March (and April and February) babies!!!! : : :
04-02-2005 11:26 PM
mamadaisy BOY!!! Our little bugger decided to wait to make his appearance on April Fool's Day. It was the wildest experience ever...nothing like ds#1's birth. His stats are:

Name: Elhadj Boubacar
8lbs. 2oz. (exactly 2lbs. bigger than my first)
20 inches long
born 4/1/05 at 11:27am
Totally natural waterbirth!!! Story to follow later.

Latching on and nursing came immediately to this guy and he hasn't stopped since. I was glad to see all the posts about folks who have newborns who want to suck constantly! I was prepared for this with my first, but forgot this time around. My behind hurts from nerve pain in my back for the last 3 weeks, back labor and now sitting so much to nurse. I know it gets easier. I will keep repeating that. He has long, LONG stretches of alertness (at the boob) and sleeps short stretches.

I will have post my story later as ds and dh need attention, too.
04-02-2005 06:31 PM
Earthy Birthy I can't believe how quickly this month has flown by! Even though it's been a while since I have posted, I have tried to keep up with reading everyone else's posts, but I'm sure that I don't have to tell you all how much time and attention newborns require. Blaze is a very good-natured baby though, and his three big sisters are all in love. Still haven't written my birth story, but I'll get around to it soon...

Wow Mary! Double the blessings! I can't wait to use that line professionally--"This is not a placenta."

Re: Mastitis--I use homeopathic belladonna taken orally and applied topically as a paste (crush tablets and mix w/ water) to the affected area. Also, those plugged ducts have to be unstopped somehow, and even more powerful than a hospital-grade pump is a willing dh or dp. Apply a warm pack on the area and then massage down (only!) toward the nipple as your "helper" sucks. Works every time!
04-02-2005 06:04 PM
newmomma2005 How do you know when you get yeast in the nipple area? Just wondering, I would want to know before it got too late and I gave him thrush and I don't have anyone but you girls to ask. TIA
04-02-2005 04:52 PM
pixiemama Jo, I'm on antiobiotics right now and also taking acidophilus in hopes of preventing thrush! I still have plugged ducts on both sides so I'm thinking of going to see my LC tomorrow so I can use the big hospital grade pump b/c nothing else is working!
04-02-2005 04:05 PM
crayon here is the link to the "life with a babe" thread!
04-02-2005 03:59 PM
crayon Hey everyone, I made an April thread for us in the "Life with a Babe" forum! So go over and post
04-02-2005 01:04 PM
Patchfire Mary, congratulations on those twins! Wow!!

Christine, I hate to tell you this, but I wore breast pads with dd until she was 18 months old. I have overachieving breasts!

Jacob is so easy. I suppose he wouldn't be if I/someone else weren't willing to hold him most of the time, and if I wasn't nursing him just whenever he wants to nurse, but really... I can't complain. He's not fussy in the least. We got a new sling a couple of days ago (a pouch from Hotslings) and I just it. He seems to, too and so things are pretty easy.

My mom was here all this week, and she's going home tomorrow, but dh will be off next week and the week after. My mom's hoping she can take another day or two the week following that, so that basically I'll have someone through four weeks. Yay for postpartum support!

We just have mamadaisy and TTaylor left, right? And then I guess we'll be moving to life with a babe?!? Wow...
04-02-2005 12:42 PM
mimim Mamas, a lot of newborns want to nurse almost constantly. It doesn't mean anything is wrong, it just means they want to suck! Like Ang said, you need the rest anyway, so let 'em nurse as much as they want. My g-grandma used to say, "if the baby didn't need to nurse, Mom would never sit down." My little one spends most of her waking hours nursing, so did my 1st newborn.
04-01-2005 11:46 PM
LoveChild421 Mary that is amazing! Congratulations!

Jo we are going through the same thing- Grey is really sweet but the past few days he has been wanting to BF all the time! I think he has gas and thinks that because his tummy hurts he's hungry- I know he gets plenty of milk since I hear him gulping and he goes at it for 20-30 minutes usually. I try so hard to burp him but he just won't burp sometimes- I've been relying on the mylicon drops but hate giving him medicine so often- I wish he would just burp!

My fiance went back to work a few days ago too- it was so hard! We had been talking about buying lottery tickets so that maybe we would win and he wouldn't have to go back but were so busy with Grey that we never got to the store to buy them! I really wish we had been financially able for him to take a month off. My Dad took this week off from work to come down and help me so at least he's here and I'm not all by myself (not ready for that just yet)

wow- this is a new record for Grey in the past 2 days- 15 minutes and NO fussing! :LOL
04-01-2005 11:40 PM
crayon Jo,

My first DD was the same way nursing- She nursed all day long and at 5pm I had to make sure I was home because she would want to nurse for 5-7 hours and not take a break. I kid you not! We would sit on the couch get all comfy and latch on- making sure I had the remote cloese Then just sit back and let her go to town. It only lasted a few months- and really gave me time to rest, that I didnt know then, but no now was very needed- I am lacking that down time with Breeze because I have Rainey to chase all over- no down time here. I think it is part of bonding and comfort for newborns, it doesnt last forever- maybe a month or two. I say enjoy it! As much as you hate seeing the laundry pile up and the dishes get crusty- they grow so fast, and soon you will think your kid is trying out for the olympics as he is nursing! My DD also slept all night when she was born- I never tried to wake her, I figured her body knows what it is doing. Breeze sleeps for about 4 hours then wants to eat- but that is okay, co-sleeping makes it so easy!

Your DP is a teacher right? Does she have summers off? I hope she is doing well, it is never easy for a mama or a daddy to leave their new baby. I hope your breast heal soon, I have never had either one of your issues, so I dont know what to do...

Dee, congrats on your little man! I am so excited for you, and he is just the cutiest thing I hope you feel better too.... I am sending you lots of love and hugs!

To all the mamas still in waiting! Sending vibes!!! and

ETA: Jo, I know I have said it before, but I just love your DS's name!
04-01-2005 10:11 PM
jocmtl Hi all!

First of all, a small correction to add to the list of names: our son's name is Jonah, not Noah. I'll pm, too.

So, lots of new babies; congrats to all! Mary, wow, surprise twins! What a shock! I hope you are coping well.

Mamadaisy, I hope it's time. Labor vibes to anyone else waiting.

Morningtillnoonmama: I have mastitis, too!! I have it in one breast, and I may have yeast in the other. Not fun. I'd be curious to know how you are treating it.

I can't believe our little Jonah is going to be 21 days on Monday! We love him so much. He is so adorable. His little face, his eyes, are so expressive. We are co-sleeping with him (we never thought we would) and we love it. He's a good baby, very easily soothed by loving arms. Our concern right now is that he seems to want to bf 24/7. We don't know if he's just always hungry, or if it's for comfort. I swear, he's on my breast 20 hours a day. I kid you not. It's very hard to get a break. I'm going to a bf clinic on Monday. Maybe he's a lazy feeder and not getting enough milk during feeds-- he does tend to fall asleep at the wheel a ot, despite my best efforts to prod him. He could be hungry, I suppose, as he was 60 grams shy of his birth weight at the two-week weigh in. I'm just going along with it.

So far, he sleeps well at night. I have to wake him up for feedings.

DP went back to work after taking a two-week break. This was very sad. I really wish we were very rich, and we could both stay home! Note to self: buy lottery tickets...
04-01-2005 09:50 PM
JoyfulMomma I am the leakiest! I leaked with DD until she was 12 mos old and I am just as leaky this time. Cholderby - I hope you stop leaking soon!

Newmomma2005 - Your potoshow gave me the chills. It was really beautiful!

04-01-2005 06:34 PM
ladyelmo1 Ang, I agree with you about the leaking... with Sarah I am not leaking nearly as much as I did with Anna. With Anna I had to stuff my bra with a cloth diaper on the side I wasn't nursing on, or I would be soaked to my waist! Now, I just have to change the bra pad.

Mamadaisy... thinking of you today. Hope everything goes well.

04-01-2005 03:42 PM
So when will I stop leaking? Anyone have any idea? I got together with some Detroit MDC moms the other night and the mom of a 4 mo. old was bfing while wearing a tank top and no bra. I was so jealous as I've been wearing a bra 24 hours a day for a month now. If I try going to bed without a bra (and breast pads) then I wake up in a puddle of milk. This WILL end, right? Sometime? Maybe?
It will end- I promise! With Rainey I felt like the flood gates opened and my milk was free to flow with the salmon! I think I stopped leaking at about 4 months with her- with Breeze it seems so much less leakage is going on. I mean I am still leaking, but it is like my body knows not to leak so much. I would say it would take about 2-4 months to stop leaking and some women it takes longer. At night I take a large prefold, like an infant size or toddler size and put it over my boobs between my tee shirt and my boobs. It helps- I cant sleep with a bra on and the diaper soaks up the milk good- you can try a tighter shirt to hold the diaper in place better. Also I use 2 diapers at night. The problem I have is that beast pads never work. If you have not been able to detect your let down feel yet, you will soon. I think it took me about a month or 2 to realize "yep I am going to let down" so now I know the feeling and can grab a diaper and stick it in my bra so I dont have to wear pads. Also, I have been wearing sport bars, they are way more comfy and very easy to get the boob out to nurse.

04-01-2005 02:03 PM
cholderby Very cute pics, Ang. Next time I'm having a girl! I do enjoy my boy's little outfits though...

So when will I stop leaking? Anyone have any idea? I got together with some Detroit MDC moms the other night and the mom of a 4 mo. old was bfing while wearing a tank top and no bra. I was so jealous as I've been wearing a bra 24 hours a day for a month now. If I try going to bed without a bra (and breast pads) then I wake up in a puddle of milk. This WILL end, right? Sometime? Maybe?

Owen's baptism is Sunday. The wood floors in the main area of the house, which are supposed to be done today, won't be. I am totally zen about it, though, as I saw that coming (and I am not even going to tell DH I told you so, but I might be silently smug for a bit). So we'll be proudly displaying the mustard yellow linoleum that we found underneath the carpets to our nearest and dearest.

I was so freaked out that the cloth dipes I so carefully researched and bought were too big for the boy at first...that's no longer an issue. In fact, his newborn prowrap is now too small, so I need to get some new covers. I've never tried a wool cover before. Anyone have any suggestions?
04-01-2005 01:16 PM
crayon Good Luck to the mamas still in waiting!

We are doing good- Breeze was pretty fussy last night, so I am tired today- but I am just amazed with her everyday. She is growing- and I just love knowing that my milk is 100% the reason! I loved that feeling with Rainey, and I was worried because I have had about 10 weeks with out nursing between Rainey weaning and the birth of Breeze and I started feeling "free" that I would feel like "great nursing again!" even though I love nursing- do you all understand? But I dont feel that way at all- I love to nurse Breeze and my breast feel great, she eats great- sometimes gets an air bubble we have to deal with- but she just chugs the milk down

My DD turned 2 yesterday- so bittersweet! I love how big she is and how much she is growing but it seems like a second ago I had her. About this time a 2 years ago I was walking out of the hospital with her. And here I am now, just given birth to my second and I did it at home- with such healing from Rainey's birth. life is amazing how it just keeps going- how I wish so hard for my kids to stay small just another day- and here they go, growing and learning more everyday- amazing me with every smile.

Here are some photos of my Rainey- She let me play dress up with her!

: : RAINEY : :
04-01-2005 01:12 PM
pixiemama Hey everyone! I've got mastitis :-/ so I am trying to take it easy. Hope all the new mamas and babies are doing well and sending labor vibes to those who need them.
04-01-2005 10:23 AM
newmomma2005 Mamadaisy: Good Luck! Hope you get to see your little one soon!
04-01-2005 09:12 AM
mamadaisy Here we go (I hope)...I went to bed last night contracting about every 7-8 minutes apart, feeling like I was leaking a little fluid, but not quite sure. I awoke at 2:30am with a contraction and when I tried to turn over in bed there was a definite small gush of fluid. I finally have some bloody show and am contracting every 3-5 minutes, lasting 40-45 sec. So, I think this show may finally be on the road...wish me luck! Hah, just had one that last 1 minute.
03-31-2005 09:18 PM
mamadaisy Wow, I never thought I'd be one of the last two left. Everyday I feel like it today HAS to be my day. I suppose one day I'll be right. Since ds was born at 38wks, I now feel like I am 3 weeks late, which I know is not the case, but I can't convince myself. I am STILL in miserable pelvic and back pain. I get around like an 80 yr old. To top it all off, ds awoke last night with stomach virus and threw up all night long. This morning I made the mistake of allowing him to drink about 4 oz. of water. He was so thirsty and I figured it would help. Well, that came back up in short order. The poor guy can't keep anything down. We are now on a 1 oz. every half hour to try to get him rehydrated. He was so listless and out of it last night that I was really worried, which I am not usually. I suppose it is a good thing I don't have a newborn around with this stomach virus lurking. The ped. nurse said it is highly contagious so I think dh and I are in for a treat. I suppose being violently dehydrated by a stomach virus is one way to get labor started.

Anyway, still pregnant here. I am going the castor oil route on Saturday if I get remotely good news about my cervix at my appt. tomorrow. I will have my mw sweep my membranes and ask her about stretching my cervix a little. I have been having contractions on and off for about 5 days. This prodromal labor crap sucks!!! I want to meet my baby, ALREADY!

TTaylor--hugs to you! I am glad your nst and us went well. I also hope that your labor kicks into full swing before Saturday. Sometimes there is nothing like a scheduled induction to get babe out. Oh, we are so close in age…my 29th bday is April 10. I truly hope my babe can see to it to arrive before then.

I can't believe tomorrow is APRIL...not fair!
03-31-2005 08:15 PM
newmomma2005 Congrats to all the new mommies and labor vibes to all of you that are still hanging in there.

I made a photoshow for my family to view because they are all really far away. And even though I made the darn thing, I cried the first time I watched it!!! Just thought I would post the address here in case anyone else wants to see it. I was proud I did it all by myself!!!

Logan's Arrival
03-31-2005 06:32 PM
TTaylor Just a quick update..My non-stress test and ultrasound went great today , there are no concerns for baby at all, very active and apprx 8lbs!! So, my induction is set for Saturday am, the Nurse said I will probably just get my waters broken before they consider the pitocin drip, which is great! I would rather have my waters broken and progress naturally from there, than deal with pitocin and man-made ctrx! . So April 2 it is..that's funny my 29th BD is on April 6th, at least I'll be home in time for cake ..tale care all........Tiffany
41weeks+4days....2 days to go!!!!!!
03-31-2005 06:11 PM
mimim Aquarianmom! So happy that you had your baby! I've been thinking about you. Sorry it was a difficult experience.

Christine, that picture is hilarious. :

Sara, sorry I left you off the list! I moved you from the mamas in waiting, but didn't add you to the new babies list.

Desirae and Tiffany, looks like you will have our April babies! My 1st was due March 24 and was born April 14. Let's hope that you don't have that long to wait yet!!

Tiffany, I'm crossing my fingers that you'll go into labor before that induction deadline. I know several people who went into labor spontaneously the night before their induction - I was one of them.
03-31-2005 03:11 PM
Qerratsmom I've been watching to see if Aquarianmom had her baby, so congrats! I'm glad you are holding him! I like the name too!
03-31-2005 02:38 PM
mamadaisy aquarianmom--I am so glad to hear that you are FINALLY holding your new little boy! You waited so long. I am sorry to hear that things didn't go according to plan but thrilled that mom and babe are doing well. Welcome to the world, little boy!
03-31-2005 02:25 PM
ladyelmo1 Christine...:LOL :LOL :LOL :LOL :LOL

That picture is SO funny!

03-31-2005 02:07 PM
simplehome WOW on the twins!! How crazy and exciting!

I seem to have dropped off of the babies list, so I'll put my guy's info up again, especially since we now have a name for him.

Reid, born 3/22/2005, 7lbs 0.5oz, 20" long

I've just been out of the loop this past week since he's been born...I keep trying to read the posts, but always get sidetracked. Surprise.

I have one cracked nipple that is healing nicely, but I'm getting really tired of my boob hanging out to keep air on it, and it still hurts like hell. But it looks better every day since I started giving it air. I'm hoping that it will start to hurt less least the other one is quite happy. I don't know what I'd do if they both hurt like this.

Tomorrow is DH's last day at his old job, and he starts his new job (same company) on Monday. I'm pretty worried about how this change will affect our family life, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see. He seems so preoccupied and distant already...

Reid had a rough time of it last night, our first real trying time with him. He woke up hungry in the middle of the night, but when I'd go to nurse him he would just start screaching. Clean diaper, warm, no burps....but as soon as I'd put him near my breast he'd start wailing again. This lasted for 20 minutes before we finally found a nursing position he'd tolerate. Not really sure what was going on there.....any ideas? It was so frustrating to know he was just hungry, but not be able to get any food in him.

He seems to be a really good napper, but is also SO alert! Last night we were just sitting here playing with him for hours....he was so curious about his world. Maybe he had just had too much stimulation and needed to wail about it later on. Who knows....

He's bound to wake up hungry soon, so I'd better run.
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