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<p>Have you ever tried the rubber band trick?  You put a rubber band around the top part of the breast shield, then hook it to your nursing bra snap... the day I figured this out I began to hate pumping significantly less!!<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Terrilein</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1294662/july-2010-dd-club-jan-feb-chat#post_16249687"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>OK, I hope this is a link to the <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v85/terrilein/Fritz/?action=view&current=MVI_0533.mp4" target="_blank">terminator crawl video</a>. It's short, but enjoy! <span><img alt="lurk.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lurk.gif"></span></p>
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<br><br><p> We need to get your Fritz and my Mosey together... Mose's got the back legs but can't figure out what to do with his arms!</p>
 

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<p>Fiona looks so big and healthy! Yay!</p>
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<p>Edie will be 7 mos. on the 18th. She is pulling up and trying to cruise but she usually falls after a step or two. She can scoot around on her butt but can't crawl at all. She has screamed whenever you lay her down since she learned to sit at 3 mos. She can't even roll over both ways yet. She says "dada" with meaning but no mama. </p>
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<p>We've got her in a good daytime routine now where she naps for about 3 hours at 11-12. She might have a brief (20 minute) nap in the morning or evening as well but that main nap is a sure thing. Nighttime is not so good-- last night she was up 4 times.</p>
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<p>Her weight gain has been terrible lately so we're trying to chunk her up. She's 27" and 15 lbs. and was 12 lbs. 9 oz. at 2 months. She hasn't gained at all in almost 3 months, even though she nurses every 30-60 minutes much of the day and several times at night (she's nursing right now). She also eats solids at least once a day, and would like to eat more. I have class for a couple hours 3 days a week and she takes a bottle when I'm gone and nurses as soon as I get back. My boys pretty much stopped gaining around 4 mos., too, although my first followed a more normal curve and my second was 18 lbs. at 4 mos. and was extremely active (crawling at 5 mos) so we didn't worry about him.</p>
 

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<p>well, I'm mostly a lurker but i was in the DDC and I figured this time I should actually post something!</p>
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<p>It's so nice to see everyone's beauttiful growing babies!</p>
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<p>Finn was 7mos on the 9th.... I can't believe how fast this has gone!!</p>
<p>He;s a super cheerful little guy. Lately it feels like he has just exploded developmentally. He started getting his first tooth about two weeks ago. He's my first and I don't know why but for some reason I thought teething was faster. i mean, I know that getting all his teeth will take months, even a few years but I thought getting an individual tooth was faster. Like he'd start cutting it and 5-6 days later he'd have a whole  tooth. silly me!</p>
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<p>He also started crawling yesterday. he doesn't make it very far before he drops to his belly but when he wants something, he'll get there. It's moderately terrifying. And I don't know if it's the crawling, the tooth ( I think he might be starting to cut his second bottom tooth, too) or what but he's suddenly not sleeping. He's always been such a good sleeper (terrible napper). He woke last night at 1am and my husband was up with him until 5am! At the moment I've been bouncing him in the ergo for almost 3hours and nadda....I'm about to give up for a while and let him out to play. oh well, the night is still young, as long as I get him to sleep within the next 2 hours, I'll feel ok. Plus, if he's gonna stop sleeping, the weekend is the time to do it, that way DH can take over and let me sleep!</p>
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<p>Anyways, here's a pic!<a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.mothering.com/content/type/61/id/546103/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="IMG_7907.JPG" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="21891" data-type="61" src="http://www.mothering.com/content/type/61/id/21891/width/1000/height/500" style="; width: 1000px; height: 500px"></a></p>
 

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<p>@Matthia~Finn is adorable. Thanks for joining in!! </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Redheaded_Momma</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1294662/july-2010-dd-club-jan-feb-chat/20#post_16260023"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>@Matthia~Finn is adorable. Thanks for joining in!! </p>
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<p>Well, ladies, I found out today that my midwife is retiring.  Boo!  Hiss!  My friend told me that I better have another baby because she's done in November.  I told her I'd have to be with child right now, which I am not, so it looks like I'm going to have to find a different midwife.  Or bribe her to come and do a homebirth with me.  <span><img alt="wink1.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span></p>
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<p>Anyone else just feeling blah lately?  The weather has been nice in my neck of the woods, just feeling kind of ehhhh.</p>
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<p>Matthia love the hat with ears! What a cutie-booty! <span><img alt="orngtongue.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>My LO is up on all fours shaking his booty around getting ready to crawl!</span></p>
<p><span>We got a bunch of little balls that he is really interested in chasing around but the thing that seems to motivate him most is when we build a really high tower or blocks- he is just DYING to knock it over and will do anything to get to it. Right now that means getting up on all fours, rocking, collapsing then "swimming" on the carpet (kicking his legs and waving his arms) and then getting so desperate he resorts to rolling over to the blocks and swatting at them. The crash is sooo satisfying.</span> <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
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<p>expat - that's so funny that he's ready and willing but then resolrting to rolling to get where he wants. I keep thinking of himass a little bowling ball taking out your towers. Strike, baby! <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">HI everyone! <img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;"></p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">It is so nice to hear how all of these July babes are doing! Things are good here too! Jack is doing great. He starting crawling about 2 months ago and is now pulling up on everything he can find. We are constantly on our feet with this little guy. He is super happy but just beginning the mommy-itis phase. Poor guy gets so distressed if I leave the room. He was a great sleeper up until recently now he seems to be waking more and being more restless maybe it is just teeth. He has tried a few new foods favorite being broccoli so far. </p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">The girls just love him to pieces and he loves them too, he always has built in entertainment and even though he gets into their stuff they are so good  natured about it. I am so proud of how well they have done with him.</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">Other than that the days just go so quickly. I can't believe this little on is so big now! He is my biggest baby, I think right now he is just under 20lbs but boy the kid is long 30in! At 6 months he was the same size that DD#2 was at 1year!</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">Here is some cuteness from the past month or so!</p>
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<p>OMG, Jack is soooo cute! And so big!</p>
 

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<p>I've noticed many June and July mamas talking about losing it over sleep issues lately! WTH is going on?!?!</p>
<p>My LO is going nuts with the night waking too. When we put him down at 7 until we get to bed between 10-11 he's up every 30-45 mins. It's ridiculous. It's maddening. It's robbing me of any shreds of sanity I have left.</p>
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<p>Will we survive it???<span>                         <img alt="hammer.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hammer.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>My LO is going nuts with the night waking too. When we put him down at 7 until we get to bed between 10-11 he's up every 30-45 mins. It's ridiculous. It's maddening. It's robbing me of any shreds of sanity I have left.</p>
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<p>Will we survive it???<span>                         <img alt="hammer.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hammer.gif"></span></p>
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<p>PS - My baby boy's very first tooth is just starting to poke out of his gums!!!  Feels like he's been teething on and off for months now!</p>
 

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<p>We haven't had a single good night of sleep since birth soooooo I haven't noticed any difference yet.  <span><img alt="caffix.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/caffix.gif"> But hey, Fritzi started arm crawling today!</span></p>
 

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<p>I too am having sleep issues!  Stella is a good sleeper during the day, but at night..ayeyaeyae!!!  Terrible.  Last night the "calling" started at 2:45.  She stands in her crib and basically "yells" for  me.  She's not crying, she doesn't want to eat...she just wants me!  I am a terrible co-sleeper so I am not sure how to best deal with this!  It is sort of cute, but not so much at 2:45.  It went on, off and on, until 5:30-my alarm goes off at 6.  That was the worst of it though...she's a good day time napper with two long naps each day.</p>
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<p>Stella's into everything! She crawls everywhere and pulls up on everything.  She's learned how to sit down when she's ready to get down so I don't feel like I have to be *right* behind her all the time! </p>
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<p style="text-align:center;">Stella's gotten really into books so that keeps her occupied for a bit, but otherwise she is just on the go.  She loves eating little baby soups (spinach, beans, rice, etc...and fruits).  She is really fun these days!</p>
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<p>Aww, Stella is a sweetheart! Standing- oh my! And she's got her top teeth too- wow!</p>
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<p>Yes... we are in the murky depths of a sleep crisis here. Sinking deeper and deeper every day. We started a NCSS plan last week (was it only last week??) and the last few days have more or less given up on it I think because things just keep getting worse and worse and not any better. Last night the worst night yet, DS went down at 7 (he goes down to sleep really easily after his bedtime routine) and was up every 30 mins like clockwork until about 2 am when he slept for 2.5 hours, then woke up for a feeding and slept another hour then woke up for a feeding and for the day.</p>
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<p>AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. This Mama is losing her mind.</p>
<p>The only efficient way to soothe him is to nurse, but even then he only goes back down for 30 mins if we're LUCKY. Other times he'll wake as soon as I put him down. DH hasn't had any luck with his efforts the last few days too. DS won't even let me nurse him in bed- he refuses to roll over to his side, really fighting me- thrashing his legs and arms and pushing me away until I pick him up. He does the same thing in arms if I try to hold him and rub his back or sing to him or rock him. It's heartbreaking- it's like he doesn't WANT me to soothe him...except by nursing him- in the chair, for hours, never putting him down.</p>
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<p>I'm a person who always thinks there is a solution, a reason, an action to be taken so this is really f-ing with my head right now. I can't figure it out! What to do?!? What will make this better? Doesn't ANYONE have an answer??????? Why is this happening and how can I make it stop? Is this the 8-month sleep regression? If so, when will it end? I can't find any info about an 8-month sleep regression besides mamas on the internet claiming it exists.</p>
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<p>DH has decided to just give up any kind of attempts to deal with it and he tries to help but it always just ends up falling to me to deal with it of course...I've got the boobs and he has work in the morning. But I can't just give up like that- I really will go nuts. I'm halfway there.</p>
<p>Anyway...I guess I'm venting. I know I can't and won't do CIO but I kind of envy the people that can and do. They say it works...WAH.</p>
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<p>Well, on a more positive note- here is DS at the park. He loved the swing. It's getting HOT here again. 32c today!</p>
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<p>Anyone heard from Surfacing lately? Or Welsh?</p>
 

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<p>@ Expat - I've been wondering where Surfacing and Welsh have been, too. And you've got 32 °C already???  <span><img alt="yikes.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif"></span> Send me some rays!<span><img alt="coolshine.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/coolshine.gif"></span></p>
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<p>I'm really sorry to hear that you guys are having such a terrible time with the sleep issues. We're not happy either, but I remember things being this bad with dd, too. Back then I tried and tried and tried to get her down for the evening. She wasn't having any of it. I gave up and resumed my life. I watched tv with my dd playing on the floor by me or eventually nursing to sleep in my arms. When I stopped fighting it, my stress levels dropped enormously. It still didn't get me my kid-free-me-time or time with my partner back. But it did confirm what we all know we should do which is to follow our child's lead. She wasn't tired so there was no use trying to get her to sleep. It helped me defend myself as well when everyone was telling me we were doing everything wrong. My dd eats batteries for breakfast as the Germans would say. She didn't need as much sleep as everyone said. Anyhow, I'm just trying to stay relaxed about Fritz, too, although sometimes I'll notice that he's tired, will get fussy, won't nurse and then I'll put him in his cradle, put on a white noise cd (waves crashing on the floor work well with him) and then wait by his side rocking him a little. If he sleeps, great. If not, he's usually more conducive to nursing and then he WILL fall asleep. I do not invest more than 30 minutes in this method because I'll get resentful that I'm wasting my evening this way. If nothing works then I take him back to the living room and continue watching whatever I had going. Rinse, wash, repeat. But STTN? Nope, not in this household!</p>
 

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<p>I'm sorry that some of you are having sleep issues!  I hope that something changes soon!</p>
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<p>Expat- When my DD was a nb I remember hearing so much about how CIO works (because everyone around me does it) and being so tempted to try it.  I know it does work, but at what cost. I hope you get some rest soon and keep your sanity! Hugs to you! <span id="user_yui_3_3_0_6_129912844599254"><img alt="hug2.gif" id="user_yui_3_3_0_6_129912844599253" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif" style="width:38px;height:16px;"></span></p>
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<p>We're doing well.  Full-on stranger anxiety and separation anxiety, which most of the time isn't horrible and I'm just trying to enjoy those extra cuddles!  India is just starting to move around our living room on her own in the last few days.  I just wonder where my little, itty, bitty slow-moving baby went?!?!</p>
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<p>If anyone is inerested, here is the link to my DD's birth story.  It's long, but if there's any group of women who enjoy stuff like that, I figure it's us! <span id="user_yui_3_3_0_6_129912844599243"><img alt="winky.gif" id="user_yui_3_3_0_6_129912844599242" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;"></span></p>
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<p><a href="http://www.uniquelynormalmom.com/2011/02/india-josephines-birth-story.html" target="_blank">http://www.uniquelynormalmom.com/2011/02/india-josephines-birth-story.html</a></p>
 

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<p>Hi Mamas! I came here tonight, for the first time in ages, feeling guilty that I'd been MIA for so long</p>
<p>Thanks expat and Terrilien for remembering me! I've thought of our wonderful DDC so often during the past months.</p>
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<p>It has been a long, hard winter for me here in Russia. I'm so happy that today the sun is shining, it's a tropical -2c and we've all been outside in the playground together for an hour!</p>
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<p>So...I really haven't had time for the internet but I have probably also been avoiding MDC out of guilt and feeling like I don't belong here anymore.</p>
<p>Here's my sorry tale....</p>
<p>Cerys and I had nursing problems from Day 1 (which made me crazy because I nursed DS for 26 months).</p>
<p>She never really seemed to like it, never wanted to nurse for comfort, wasn't gaining weight and was clearly small (both parents being tall and broad). She was/is also mellow so didn't seem starving either. Rarely cried.</p>
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<p>After a couple of months of trying to pump, rarely getting more than 1-2 ozs and being stressed about her lack of weight gain. I added 2 ozs of formula to a bottle of bm and she gulped it down. I was devastated but knew I was going to have to supplement.</p>
<p>The stress was affecting DS too and he was really getting pushed aside (or stuck in front of the tv).</p>
<p>During one of the million viruses your kids catch here, we also battled through 2 nursing strikes and 1 total feeding strike. Oy.</p>
<p>Now she gets 75% of her nutrition from a bottle, 20% from solids and 5% from breastmilk. I'm fighting to keep one breastfeed in the morning but she's not bothered at all and will only suck a few times</p>
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<p>Many friends and DH have reassured me and been supportive but in my eyes, I have failed.</p>
<p>I was/am so pro-breastfeeding and so judgemental of Mothers who said they 'couldn't' breastfed.</p>
<p>I can't explain how much I hate giving DD a bottle in public.</p>
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<p>In every other respect, she's my easy baby. She takes 2 long naps in her crib. Bed at 7pm, stirs at some point and comes in with me but STTN and wakes at 7.</p>
<p>That's a real shock to me too!</p>
<p>Terri/expat - DS was likes your LO's with sleep. Drove me crazy but now I miss it! DS STTN for the first time at 2 yrs and now at 3.5 he's in his bed from 7.30-7.30 but needs me or DH to lie down with him to fall asleep.</p>
<p>I worry sometimes that we won't be as intensly attached to DD because she hasn't demanded it, you know? We have lots of fun with her though, she's really playful :)</p>
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<p>Will catch up with all your posts now and pics of the beautiful munchkins....</p>
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<p>So good to hear from you Welsh!!!! And I'm really sorry to hear how much of a battle breastfeeding turned out to be this time around. I found it harder this time, too. And how is your ds getting on with the new baby now that you've relaxed on the nursing? And it must be nice getting out after a hard winter, too, if you're calling -2°C tropical, lol!</p>
 

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<p>Welsh: We are supplementing with formula, too. Edie hasn't gained an ounce since 4 months. She's my third and I have never had to supplement before (my oldest nursed until almost 5 and my second to 2.5). What matters to me, though, is that she gets fed. I feel that she's still getting the benefits from whatever breastmilk she gets (she probably nurses 10-15 times a day). We only give her a bottle when she starts screaming at my boob, some days not at all (when she eats a lot of solids). She eats a Yobaby yogurt with brown rice cereal every morning for breakfast, veggie puffs/fruit/bread/eggs/etc. for snacks, and some of whatever we're having for dinner (last night she had jambalaya for Mardi Gras). I bought one of those drinkable baby food pouches at Target the other day and she wolfed it down in the store. She acts like she is starving to death when we feed her, screaming if we aren't fast enough with the spoon. Self-feeding is more relaxed but she eats fast still so you have to keep her supplied. I'm torn between wanting to keep nursing and wanting to give her more formula to fatten her up. </p>
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<p>Edie is crawling now! She's getting into everything and having a blast. She's really experimenting with her voice with lots of growling and screaming, plus "dada" and "hey". She signs "more" which she also uses to mean food. She still doesn't have any teeth but the bottom two feel like they are right there. She's chewing on an ice cube in one of those mesh feeders right this second (and growling at it). </p>
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<p>Sleep is okay, her nap is awesome-- 3 hours every day-- but nighttime isn't so great. She goes to bed around 9 but often wakes up around 11. Then she (usually) sleeps until 4-5. But after that all bets are off. She seems to be an insomniac like her mommy and sometimes we just stare at each other for an hour around 5. </p>
 

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<p>Glad to hear from you Welsh! Sorry to hear about the breastfeeding struggles. At the end of the day it comes down to you trying your best to do whatever you can for your LO. And it sounds like you've put every effort forward and that Cerys is a lucky little girl to have a such a wonderful mama! Please don't consider yourself a failure. <span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>EEEEK! -2? I've been away from Canadian winters so long, I've forgotten how that feels... it sounds nightmarish though. It was 38 celsius here today.... sooo hot already!</span> I've been really careful to give DS lots of water and nurse him often because it can get dry too. I'm so afraid of dehydration and over heating here.</p>
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<p>We are STILL struggling with sleep. Or lack thereof. DH is really having a rough time- lack of sleep triggers migraines for him and he is just generally a big, sour grump without a lot of sleep. So he's not been doing too well. I get this feeling when I'm really tired sometimes like my brain is being poked by electric prods behind my eyes and turning into liquid... <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif">...</span> yep. We are tired around here. It's rough. We try to make light of it all- calling our house Guantanamo and giving DS title of master torturer. We joke that after sleep deprivation, we'll be water boarded next. Hmmm... in my sleep-deprived state, I can't decide if that joke is too political for this audience. What the heck. Forgive me, I'm exhausted.</p>
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