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Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-18-2015, 08:02 PM
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Posted By Joyful Mama
11 month old turning away from breast?

I don't remember this with my other boys but it's been a few years so maybe I'm forgetting.
DS is 11 months/9 months adjusted. We cosleep, and for the past several weeks, but even moreso lately, he...
Forum: August 2014 Due Date Club   03-06-2014, 06:55 AM
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Posted By Joyful Mama
Hi, everyone! Not new to mothering but haven't...

Hi, everyone!
Not new to mothering but haven't been around in a while!
I am Karen, the mama of 3 boys - aged 9, 7, and 5. And we are expecting our fourth blessing! I am due August 26th. Excited to...
Forum: Women's Health   06-30-2009, 01:36 PM
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Views: 251
Posted By Joyful Mama
and broke skin. neither boy is vaccinated, but...

and broke skin.
neither boy is vaccinated, but obviously neither have any diseases that I am aware of.
should I be concerned? reading online has me paranoid about tetanus. i have washed the wound...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   01-21-2009, 05:47 PM
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Views: 730
Posted By Joyful Mama
I'm terrified at the moment, because A was sick...

I'm terrified at the moment, because A was sick last week, J is sick today (with fevers and coughs), and N has a little bit of a cough. He has had no fever at all yet and I am just praying that it...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-29-2008, 11:03 PM
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Views: 598
Posted By Joyful Mama
We ended up doing one more night in the Care by...

We ended up doing one more night in the Care by Parent, because N didn't gain the first night and the doctor wanted to see two days of gain. But N came home today! We are finally together under one...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-28-2008, 12:42 AM
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Views: 598
Posted By Joyful Mama
Hopefully, we will be able to take N home...

Hopefully, we will be able to take N home tomorrow! I have him in a Care-by-Parent room for the second night. As long as he gains weight, he should be good to go tomorrow morning! I am so ready to...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-23-2008, 03:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 773
Posted By Joyful Mama
*sigh* N was basically set to go home on...

*sigh*

N was basically set to go home on Wednesday morning, but now he is having some issues - low hemoglobin (again), low temperature, and poor feeding out of the blue. I am beyond frustrated and...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-16-2008, 07:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,132
Posted By Joyful Mama
I think I have to retract my previous statement. ...

I think I have to retract my previous statement.

We attempted a bottle yesterday, and N wouldn't have it. He is a breast baby, and the bottle was hard for him. Since then, he has taken off with...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-15-2008, 01:25 PM
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Views: 2,132
Posted By Joyful Mama
I remembered this post, and had to dig it up...

I remembered this post, and had to dig it up after my discussion with the doctors this morning.

Unless your baby (like my 30 weeker, A) is an avid, quick-learning breastfeeder, I am convinced that...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-10-2008, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,287
Posted By Joyful Mama
Poly-Vi-Sol doesn't have iron, does it? It is...

Poly-Vi-Sol doesn't have iron, does it? It is just a multivitamin. N is on Poly-Vi-Sol and Iron (until one year adjusted). They're still giving N his through his NG tube, though we're working up his...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-09-2008, 08:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,616
Posted By Joyful Mama
hooray for thursday or friday! the doc said...

hooray for thursday or friday! the doc said friday for us today...but i'm thinking it will be after the weekend - he had a dose of caffeine today, and they are supposed to be off of caffeine for a...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-06-2008, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 611
Posted By Joyful Mama
I'm glad it's going so well, Sara! My 30-weeker,...

I'm glad it's going so well, Sara! My 30-weeker, A, was breastfeeding all of his feeds by 34 weeks, so I was kind of psyching myself up for that this time around. Alas, N has been super sleepy at the...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-03-2008, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By Joyful Mama
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Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-03-2008, 04:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 611
Posted By Joyful Mama
that's so exciting! i hope it continues to go...

that's so exciting! i hope it continues to go well for you and Zephan, and that he can come home very soon!
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   12-01-2008, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 604
Posted By Joyful Mama
i don't want to always ask my mom for help -...

i don't want to always ask my mom for help - watching the older kiddies, etc. - when i am at the hospital with my baby. friends can only help so much, though. where did you turn for help with older...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-30-2008, 12:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By Joyful Mama
just wanted to give an update on how N is doing! ...

just wanted to give an update on how N is doing!

they kept him off feeds for two full days. he started back yesterday at 6 mLs every 3 hours, increasing every 6 hours by 3 mLs, and is now up to 21...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-26-2008, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By Joyful Mama
N isn't 100% right now. =( I posted on Sara's...

N isn't 100% right now. =(
I posted on Sara's thread about HMF that we were having similar issues with N. This morning, I arrived for his 9 am feed, and the nurse checked him for residuals. He had...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-26-2008, 01:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,417
Posted By Joyful Mama
I wish I could offer advice - but I was just...

I wish I could offer advice - but I was just coming on to post something very similar!
N is not on HMF because of DS1's dairy allergy. Instead, they add pregestimil (predigested milk protein)...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-22-2008, 09:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By Joyful Mama
he did AWESOME! the nurse thought for sure that...

he did AWESOME! the nurse thought for sure that he would just cuddle and nuzzle. the breastfeed wasn't actually ordered by a doctor, but i had asked yesterday and the nurse had agreed, thinking he...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-22-2008, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 635
Posted By Joyful Mama
i will update this afternoon, but i'm excited - i...

i will update this afternoon, but i'm excited - i am going to try N at the breast for the first time today! he is 33 weeks to the day. i'm hoping it goes well! he is doing so well, btw - his weight...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-19-2008, 02:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,351
Posted By Joyful Mama
That is such a hard decision to make. I...

That is such a hard decision to make.

I thought for sure that my OB was going to tell me I was done this time (baby boy born at 28 weeks, his brothers were born at 36 and 30 weeks.) As I was...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-18-2008, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By Joyful Mama
Congrats! I kept popping on here to see how...

Congrats! I kept popping on here to see how things were going with you...!
I like the name a lot! What was his birthweight?
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-14-2008, 02:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,710
Posted By Joyful Mama
This post has me wondering what I should do for...

This post has me wondering what I should do for Christmas, should N be home by then (and he would probably be JUST home. we're praying he's home by then...)

I will do my side of the family's...
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-09-2008, 06:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,627
Posted By Joyful Mama
Thanks for the update - I am praying for you and...

Thanks for the update - I am praying for you and your sweet baby boy!
Forum: NICU & Preemie Parenting   11-05-2008, 06:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,627
Posted By Joyful Mama
We also had a 7 week NICU stay with my 30 weeker...

We also had a 7 week NICU stay with my 30 weeker (30 exactly). He was a good size at 3 lbs 5 oz. He was on CPAP for only 36 hours, nasal cannula for about a day. I was able to attempt breastfeeding...
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