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Well, I decided to get this started for those who have their baby with them and to those who will be coming.<br><br>
Will post later on my own life with babe...
 

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Had to go feed baby and wash dipes...<br><br>
Well, Arianna is now 21 days old. She is doing well. She was a little jaundiced at 6 days, but it now looks to be done and over with. We are going to get pictures done tomorrow at Walmart. I didn't even get a polaroid or an offer from the hospital, which would have been nice... She is focusing a lot more now and having a lot less of those cross-eyed moments<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Breastfeeding has been going great for the most part. I feel as though she sometimes isn't getting enough but at her appt yesterday she is now up to 7 lbs 4 oz, up from 6.3. Othertimes I drowned her on one side and she ends up coughing... Maybe TMI, but since I didn't get to bf with ds1, this is all new to me and so I am trying to experiment with new positions. I'm not perfect by any means and my right boobie is bigger than my left and so I have no problem feeding her in public with my left side but can't get the hang of feeding her without my boppy on the right especially without suffocating her<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ... More TMI, another thing is since I tend to point south I can't get the hang of feeding her in bed laying down so in order to make it easier for her to eat and not get smothered, I lay her opposite the way I lay and stick her body away from mine. Weird, but hey, it works...<br><br>
She does okay with sleeping. We don't usually go to bed until 11 or so, and she wakes up almost on the dot at 3 and 6, unless I go to bed earlier/later. She has been having some more awake times, which is a good thing, so perhaps she'll start to sleep a little later (I love to sleep...). She is finally away from sleeping like a ball and now sleeps more stretched out.<br><br>
Diapers.........I am doing, or shall I say trying, the cloth diaper thing, But what can I say, I'm LAZY<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I have enough fitted to last a day or so, but want more. DH asks about all of the prefolds I have, but I only really use them as inserts. I had three swaddlebees I bought, but babe is a super soaker and they only worked for the first week or so. I love how trim they were, but I am now resorting to the 6 fuzzibunz that I bought. Bulkier on my little baby, but had no problems with them so far and I plan to get those for when she needs a bigger size. For now I'll stick with the few fitted and few pockets that I have...<br><br>
How are all of the other babies doing???
 

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I wonder how are all the mamas of twins doing. I am sure they don't know what to do first so MDC is the last thing on their mind.....<br>
hopefully we'll hear from them soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Hi everyone. Nathan is 13 days old. I'm concerned about his pooping. Any BTDTs (been there done that)? He is only pooping one or twon times a day. And now it has been 36 hours since he's pooped. I'm not concerned at all about dehydration because he wets/soaks a diaper at each feeding. I typically keep him onone breast per feed. I get 2-3 letdowns so I find it hard to believe he is not getting enough hindmilk. He started out at 8lbs 6oz, dropped to 8lbs 1oz at 4 days old and just yesterday weighed 9lbs 2oz. He seems to be thriving in every way so I don't know if I should be worried or not. I should probably post onthe breastfeeding board as well.<br><br>
Aside from this and jealousy issues with my 6 year old ds, life is good!!!
 

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It's pretty normal that he poops only once a day or every other day. I thought it's normal even 2x or once a week! That just means he is utalizing all your milk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Don't worry about it.
 

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I can't wait to be changing those diapers!!
 

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Life by day here is very easy. DS sleeps most of the time. It allows me to keep the house in somewhat decent order and I'm able to get in a nap most days. So far life as a SAHM has been GREAT! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> By night is a different story. DS has horrible gas (I think that's the culprit) and it seems to peak around 9PM-1AM. There doesn't seem to be much that comforts him ... I've tried bouncing, rocking, patting, walking, and even crying with him. The only thing that seems to work is the clock striking 1AM (almost to the dot he's asleep each night). I'm going to investigate my diet next.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wonder how are all the mamas of twins doing. I am sure they don't know what to do first so MDC is the last thing on their mind.....<br>
hopefully we'll hear from them soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Um, o.k., I'll bite... =)<br>
The boys have been home for a little over a week and have been doing pretty well as far as feeding goes--EBM from a slow-flow bottle. I've been "practicing nursing" with both of them, but their suck coordination is still really weak (takes them each 30-40 minutes to drink just 2 oz. from a bottle). So, I think getting nursing going is going to be a real challenge for us for awhile. Though, I've heard from several other preemie moms that babes tend to "wake up" around the time of their due dates and that's when nursing started to click--I really hope that's the case. I had to EP for my daughter and only stuck with it for about 4 months, until I was hit with three rounds of mastitis and simply got utterly sick of pumping (should that be "udderly"?! ;-)<br>
Both are still on oxygen, too, which is a major drag, since it means carrying another 10 lb tank with you whenever you want to move one from place to place--also makes babywearing darn near impossible. But, we're planning on getting out to the park today and will probably put the two tanks under the stroller or in backpack...MUST GET OUTSIDE!!!<br>
Our biggest issue now is helping our daughter with this transition--she's having a difficult time right now--clingey, whiney, tantrum-y, etc. I hope we can get over this hump soon with her.<br>
They boys are too small for our CDs just yet, so we've had to foray into the wonderful (and freakin' expensive!!!) world of disposables. FWIW, if anyone ends up with a preemie or smallish baby (less than 6 lbs.), Pampers NB Swaddlers work the best and Huggies work the worst!<br>
But, anyway, must run...I hear a whimper....
 

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so baby Kaia is one week old now and my 3.5year old really needed to spend lots of time outside today sooooooo we went tothe beach for a few hours<br><br>
it went OK except I was not really prepared for needing lots of shade and no wind for Kaia - still dd#1 had a great time - so I think it was worth it overall....
 

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It is definitely true for older babies. I've read that it is possible for it to be normal for young babies, too, but it can also be a sign of a problem with milk transfer. Make sure he is still wetting at least 6-8 times a day (more if using cloth). He should still be gaining well, and be fairly content between feedings. As long as he seems happy, healthy, and gaining well, then it's probably not a concern. Just keep an eye on him the first month and as long as he continues thriving then it's fine.<br><br>
This link gives the signs that baby is getting enough milk: <a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/enough.html</a>
 

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Life is good here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
DS is a nursing, pooping machine. DH and I are tired, but happy, and very thankful to have a washing machine.<br><br>
We had a tough time getting nursing going thanks to the NICU stay and formula he got there, but we were able to ditch the supplements over a week ago and DS is back up over birthweight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
We also had a little bit of thrush recently -- probably thanks to the enormous doses of antibiotics we got in the hospital -- but I think we caught it early enough that it wasn't a big deal to get rid of. (Touch wood.)
 

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Life is pretty uneventful (besides when my dh is being grumpy to Cady). Willow is a nursing and pooping machine. She loves to cudddled up in the sling and sleeps a bunch.<br><br>
She is a sweet baby and never cries which I'm not used to as cady cried all the tiem for the first 6 weeks. She fits in perfectly...
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">'renzo is mellow. very mellow. i thought parker was an easy baby; this one is a dream come true. he nurses, he sleeps, he poops. and then he does it again. sometimes he gets the hiccups. sometimes he enjoys listening to johnny cash (his favorite song is "walk the line"). sometimes he likes rory to bounce him on the exercise ball. he nurses a lot during the day but gives me a couple of nice long stretches of sleep at night. he is already gaining back the weight he lost after birth. our wonderful pediatrician did a home visit on tuesday and said that he is one of the healthiest babies she's seen in a very long time. so he's just all around fantastic! it feels like he's always been here</td>
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You lucky......woman <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My friend had her baby 8 weeks ago - second baby. Her first baby slept through the night since day ONE!!!! And ALWAYS has, except teething and few night like that. She NEVER knew what it is like to be up at night with a crying baby. Then she got pregnant with number 2, I kept telling her that there is NO way she can be so lucky and have another bay like that....sure enough, she is THE SAME!!! She sleeps 4-6 hours streches from day one, never cries, happy baby......<br><br>
I am gonna get the worse crap again....cracked bleeding niplles with trush, coliky baby, screaming all night, every night, nursing every 2-3 hours for next 2,5 years........<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I don't know if I should hate you from the bottom of my heart or be happy for you......<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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If it makes you feel better I went through the cracked & bleeding nipples, six weeks of colic and PPD with Miss P. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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we're doing great here! Jacob is a nursing poop machine lol. its AMAZING the amount of milk this boy must be taking in each day to have so much coming out the other end! If I didn't know he was gaining well I'd be worried.<br><br>
he's such an easy baby nurses every 2 hours almost like clockwork! and we perfected the side lying nursing position in the hospital so I lose very little sleep. the only bad thing is that he absolutely HATES the flats I have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm almost afraid to try the one small FB I have on him I wish I had more. *sigh*<br><br>
Caleb isn't doing too well with adjusting to Jacob's presence. tantrums are the norm and its not unusual to hear him screeching and screaming for no reason. he also doesn't seem to want more of my attention. Just doesn't want my attention on Jacob. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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WEll, I finally have a moment to post. I have been able to lurk for the past couple days. Mattie is great. She's a very mellow girl, a lot like her momma, just goes with the flow. I discovered long ago it doesn't do me any good to try to wake her to feed if it's been a while. She just doesn't care what I do to her. She nurses it seems non-stop for hours in the early part of the day. Then she sleeps most of the afternoon and evening. Sometimes she gives me a good break at night for 4 hours, but usually we are up most of the night. She doesn't do well with nursing in bed so I don't get to just hook her up and go back to sleep like I did with Emma. She also is very spitty. SHe spits up quite a bit. Something I didn't have too deal with last time. Emma hardly even burped after nursing. Emma, by the way, is also nursing like a fiend. especially when I'm nursing Mattie. She says, my turn, have boobies. So I've learned to nurse them together, which is challenging. And k inda draining sometimes to have 2 babies hanging off my boobs for hours. I have to ask my dh once or twice a day to remind me I'm doing a good thing for the girls. And like a good dh he does. I'm a little concerned that Emma is taking some of Mattie's milk and that's why she's nursing almost constantly. Today she nursed like that all day even in the evening. But I guess since she's peeing and pooping and all that, she's okay. I even had to pump last night after they were both asleep and goto 4 ounces from one boob, so I guess it's okay. Mattie likes to wait till she's free of the diaper to let loose. She has peed and pooped on several blankets and even squirted poop all over me thte other day. She is also very fond of the brand new clean diaper to deposit poop in. On the bad side, our washer broke just before she was born, so I am not able to use cloth yet. Which has led to an icky redness on both my tender bottoms. I actually found the opposite to be true than Cindi. We have blowouots in the Pampers Swaddlers and did with Emma and Huggies newborns work great for us. We bought some cheapy store brand this last time though. Dh couldn't believe how expensive the newborn diapers were. He kept saying but they're so small. I said aren't you glad we don't always buy these. He said oh yeah. It's good to have affirmation. My brother has a washer to give us so hopefully that will be in our house this weekend and the sposies will be out. Gotta go, my little squirt is fidgeting, screeching to follow if boob is not in mouth.
 
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