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Are any of you ready to start our own thread?<br><br>
LOL - I thought i'd try to nak, only i hooked up Alannah to the wrong boob. using the mouse with the left hand is impossible!!!!<br>
And typing one-handed is way too slow.<br><br>
Well, she drifted off so I can now use both hands.<br><br>
Nevermind, poopy diaper. bbl
 

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Okay, i'm back. and Ive got her on the left boob this time.<br><br>
A is doing great. She nursed from the get-go like a pro, very different from my last bf experience.<br><br>
Post-partum. i'm doing good, still amazed that i had no tearing or trauma with an almost 9-lbr. Midwives rock.<br><br>
The first few days went great. A slept really well. Last night was a bit rougher. She wont have a complete feeding at night, just drifts back to sleep after 10-15 mins. Then she wakes up just as i'm getting drowsy. I even tried tickling her with a cold wet washcloth to keep her sucking longer but it didn't work.<br><br>
Ugh, nak hurts my back. too far to reach the keyboard or something.<br><br>
Waiting for more sept mommies......
 

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Baby isn't here yet, but just wanted to pop in and say congrats again! And that I can't wait to join you. Sounds like you and baby are wonderful!
 

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Hey lady -- I am here and delighted to be here! I only posted on the pregnant/equinox thread briefly b/c I only found this site recently -- too bad about that too!<br><br>
Anyway, I had my baby Sept 5 and I would love to hang out here with you until we can get some more graduates to join us.<br><br>
Sage has also slept well the last two nights -- you mean it might not stick????? I had my "bad sleeper" the first time around so I feel like I deserve this new improved model.<br><br>
Question -- do you have sore nipples? When does milk come in? I forget.<br><br>
I am so excited to be slingin' and nursing again.<br><br>
blessings,<br>
amanda
 

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Hi mamas!<br><br>
Great that we have this thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm leaking so much I keep checking if ds has peed on me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
My milk came in on the third day so my breasts are pretty heavy and full (so I don't feel like wearing a bra). However, this means I leak a lot - hehe<br><br>
Love life with a babe so far!<br><br>
Sagira (happy mama to Brandon (born 9/2/03) and happy wife to husband Billy)
 

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Hi mamas!<br><br>
Great that we have this thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm leaking so much I keep checking if ds has peed on me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
My milk came in on the third day so my breasts are pretty heavy and full (so I don't feel like wearing a bra). However, this means I leak a lot - hehe<br><br>
Love life with a babe so far!<br><br>
Sagira (happy mama to Brandon (born 9/2/03) and happy wife to husband Billy)
 

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Hi Amanda & Sagira!<br><br>
Nursing - I actually didn't get sore nipples this time. With dd#1 they were so bad I actually had a lactation consultant come to the house when she was 3 weeks (I had started supplementing because the pain was so bad). But this time we got the latch right from the beginning. Our nursing schedule is weird though. Alannah will nurse off & on for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, then she'll take a 2-3 hour nap.<br><br>
Last night was great! She went down at 9, got up at 12:30. I nursed off/on until 2. She then slept until 5:30!! I got almost 7 hours of sleep. Heaven!<br><br>
Diapering is different this time too. I got CPFs this time and I'm still figuring out how to fold them. I'm not using a cover at this point so I know every time she pees/poops. I'm still not so good at snappi-ing so she's wearing sposies at night.<br><br>
Looks like lots of new Sept babies are coming.
 

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My milk came in today!!!!!! my bbs are huge and I love it! Sage is loving her milkies and Ruby is fascinated by the whole process. I had weaned at 15 months (well, it was very mutual and very very smooth) so I am not sure she actually remembers nursing, but maybe that's for the best. Either way, she is just loving her new sister and the transition to family of four has so far been very smooth.,<br><br>
Dh goes back to work on Wednesday so I will be on my own. I feel great and think I am going to bite the bullet and take the girls to storytime at the library on Thursday morning -- my first solo outing as a mama of 2!<br><br>
Sage continues to sleep well -- which is my due, I believe, b/c Ruby was a very high-need baby so I assumed all babies were like that...then here is this whole new breed of infant. She has made herself very easy to fall in love with and I am just in heaven times 20.<br><br>
Chat soon...
 

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So how was story time today, Amanda? Isn't it great to have an easy-going baby?<br><br>
Alannah's stump fell off today, yeah! We didn't put anything on it and it fell off much faster than dd#1's. We did the alcohol thing on hers and it took almost 2 weeks.<br><br>
I took A in to the midwife today to do her blood screen. Poor baby, I hate needles. It was interesting though that she took the blood from the back of her hand instead of a heel stick.<br><br>
Alannah is one week today!
 

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Happy one week Alannah (and BTW I think that is the prettiest name)!!!<br><br>
Storytime is actually tomorrow morning but I am really looking forward to it. I spent all day today organizing my entire house so that we can kind of get on with our lives. All of Ruby's art supplies are in proper spaces so projects will be that much easier.<br><br>
Sage is still sleeping quite a bit -- unlike Ruby at that age! Ruby was a sleep-fighter from day one so it's interesting to have Sage -- so laid back and peaceful.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"><br><br>
I am just loving walking around my neighborhood with Sage in the sling, and Ruby on her little bike. It is sunny and cool and just so incredibly beautiful. It makes the hot summer spent pregnant seem worth it to have a baby to cuddle all through the fall. I am pretty blissed out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> with baby-ness.<br><br>
Now, Alannah is your first right? How is your yoni<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: ? I was in much worse condition down there after Ruby than I am this time.<br><br>
Til next time,<br>
amanda
 

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hey mamas! glad to hear you are all doing so well. its inspiring and lifts my spirits! thinking about having 2 to care for soon is overwhelming at times (although sometimes i think 2 would be easier than 1 and this huge belly! hee hee).<br><br>
btw, i also love the name alanah. i also LOVE ruby...in fact, it was on our list but dh's mom vetoed it. dh's grandmother (his mom's mom) was ruby flora...and i love both those names, but according to mil, grandma ruby didn't care much for either of her names. so sad, since they are both SO cool! ella is named after another great grandmother...so i'd like to continue that pattern if we have another girl. ruby, anna, flora, phoebe, and josephine are all possibilities.<br><br>
oh, and dd's godsister is named sage and she is the sweetest, prettiest little girl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<i>Originally posted by mamarsupial</i><br>
thinking about having 2 to care for soon is overwhelming at times (although sometimes i think 2 would be easier than 1 and this huge belly! hee hee).<br><br>
I may be speaking out of turn here -- I mean, it hasn't even been a week yet -- but caring for 2 is about 3,000 times easier than being pg and chasing a toddler. It's like a new toy that puts out fun all day long. Ruby is IN LOVE with her new sister.<br><br>
I was a MISERABLE pregnant woman -- for the last month+ of my pregnancy, I couldn't play with Ruby -- I was pre-partum depressed -- seriously. I would lay on the couch all day and let her watch TV (SHAME SHAME SHAME) and cry a lot.<br><br>
As soon as Sage had left my body, I was myself a gain!!!!!! GLORIOUS ME!!!!!!!<br><br>
Yesterday, dh went back to work I was back to being the mama I had always been. We did projects, played "house" with our babies, went on a wonderful walk around the lake we live on, it was just awesome.<br><br>
Have faith, mamarsupial. Life is about to get better in ways you can only dream of.<br><br>
hugs,
 

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wow. thanks amanda! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hi there AnnMarie, Amanda, Sagira, Mamaley and Mamarsupial!<br><br>
DD arrived last Friday night at 9:00 pm. Aislinn (pronounced Ashling) was born in the same hospital my son was born in - that is the only constant of the two birth experiences! With my son I had a 3 day labour, posterior, 4.5 hours of pushing, vacuum extraction, massive episiotomy and tearing (but all drug-free!). With Aislinn I was only in active labour for 2 hours and only pushed for about 20 minutes! It was cool, with Mac (my ds), I never had the urge to push - I just did it because it was time. With Aislinn it was the coolest feeling - it was a totally natural, uncontrollable urge - I actually felt totally empowered by the experience!<br><br>
She is a lovely little baby - like some of you have mentioned, she has a totally different temperament than our first. Mac resisted sleep from the get-go - hated napping and would only sleep in my arms and only if I was constantly moving. She sleeps almost constantly - she just alternates from nursing to napping with brief periods of looking around. It is so odd - at first I was really worried, but she has regained her birthweight (plus some!) so I know she is eating enough. I don't know if it is true, what do you think, do you think it could be a gender/sex thing? I don't know - maybe it is just her.<br><br>
I can't believe it though - I feel so much better than I did last time postpartum. My yoni is still sore, but not as bad as last time - I still needed 6 stitches, so it takes time to heal. I think it just makes such a difference to healing when you can actually get some sleep.<br><br>
I agree that it is easier to look after two than to be pregnant and running after a toddler. My mil arrived yesterday and she was blown away by how much better I looked than I did a month ago - it is just because I can now sleep. It is tough at the end of a pregnancy when you are up 6x a night to pee and running all day after an energetic two year old!<br><br>
OK I have typed way too much - I am just excited to join everyone over here. Mamaley and Mamarsupial I am sending you positive "end-of-pregnancy" thoughts.<br><br><br>
Emma
 

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I was just re-reading my email and realised it sounded like I was 'dishing' my ds. I have the most wonderful little boy who I absolutely adore - it is just I am so surprised to have a little baby who actually likes to sleep!<br><br>
The positive thing about having a firstborn who is a sleep-fighter is that perhaps it leads one naturally into attachment parenting. I never knew anything about ap before having Mac. Once he arrived, it seemed only natural to sleep iwth him, bf on demand and to carry him everywhere. He never cried as long as I did the above. Who knows, if he had been like Aislinn I may never have experienced the positive two years - I love cosleeping and nursing and even though Aislinn might be the type of baby who could actually sleep by herself, fortunately I know the benefits of the family bed, and so she is with us.<br><br><br>
Oops another long post<br><br><br>
Emma
 

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ditto ditto ditto everything you said, Emma --<br><br>
before my dd was born, I was planning to nurse for 6 weeks ONLY, I had a full nursery with crib, a travel system and all the gear.<br><br>
Enter high-need baby and my life an an AP-er had begun.<br><br>
And now, with the second, I find that I need her in bed with me at night because it's the best QT for just the two of us, plus I sleep so much better knowing she is a kiss away. She probably could go with a crib, but we didn't even bother this time. We invested in a king-0size bed instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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NAK. Hope to join you all soon. I was due last Sunday, so any time now...<br><br>
Ds is still high need and 13 mo today. I am a little intimidated, but you mamas have my hopes up for a laid-back one!
 

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Cloth diapering - I tried cloth for a few days with ds... I gave up - I think I was just too overwhelmed with everything and the diapers just put me over...<br>
I want to use cloth this time - I am using disposables right now, but I am planning on buying cloth in the next month. What type do you mamas use?<br><br><br>
Emma
 

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emma - i use prefolds. i have a ton of diapering information on my website:<br><br><a href="http://www.mamarsupial.com/" target="_blank">mamarsupial.com</a><br><br>
and don't feel bad about throwing in the towel, at least temporarily. we plan on trying a little of everything (prefold cloth, kissaluvs loaned from a friend, and 7th generation disposables) until we find the mix that's the least stressful for the first few weeks. i am very pro-cloth, but i think its more important to be less stressed and have more time for your baby!
 

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Brandon's stump fell off yesterday -- he's 11 days old today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
He's really sweet. He's also very clear about his needs. When he kicks off his blanket, I know he needs a diaper change. When he sticks out his tongue, he needs my milk. Getting to know him has been the best!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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