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How awesome that she was born of Labor Day<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> --that rocks! Congrats---<br>
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Congratulations to you and your family! Welcome Isabella (Oct. DDC's first girl)!<br><br>
I reposted in the birth announcement sticky, let me know if you want anything changed, deleted, or added.<br><br>
Enjoy your babymoon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span style="color:#FF0000;"><span style="font-size:x-large;"><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Congrats!!!</span></span></span> How much did little Isabella weigh??</div>
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Thanks all! I forgot her stats! She was 5 lbs 13 oz, 18 1/2 inches. The triple feeds are indeed challening, but worth it. She saw her pediatrition today and he was VERY reassuring about her VSD. He did say that the major university hospital where we had her sees maybe 2 a year, so not super common, but he said that he can't imagine it won't close up on it's own. Whew! Now we just need to work on getting her weight back up.<br><br>
Not sure we'll stick with him, but we sort of didn't pick one in time and now we have who seemed nicest in the hospital. Today he mentioned that he wants her on a multi-vitamin because breast milk is Vit. D deficient???!!! Um, no it's not - it's exactly what babies need...
 

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

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Congratulations on your new daughter!! I love the name!<br><br>
So sorry you had to go through all the preemie stuff, though. Hoping things settle down now that you are home with her.<br><br>
So, when do we get to see pictures?!
 

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Cingradulations and welcome baby Isabella!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: Welcome I'm glad Isabella is home and doing well.
 

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Wow, I'm glad she's home and eating well. I hope she continues to eat well and grow. If you have them (and the time to post them) and you don't mind, I'd LOVE to see some pictures!
 

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We're working on pictures - I was looking at them today. She still looks a little yellow to us, but in looking at the pictures she's clearly MUCH less yellow. She was mustard for a day!<br><br>
I knew I'd love her more than I knew possible, but I still had no inkling of how very much. I will well up just looking at her little fingers. I am fascinated by every inch of her. And man, when she locks eyes with me! Dh has blown me away by how awesome he is with her.<br><br>
I'm feeling better about the VSD. I'm having a bit of a hard time with missing that first hour of bonding. Having her taken to NICU after maybe 10 seconds with her is upsetting. Dh told me they planned to take her up without letting me even see her, but he stepped in and the NICU doctor said it was okay. Good daddy!!! He also stayed with her upstairs the whole time and called down to give me updates.<br><br>
DH also gave me a really great way to look at the whole situation. By being early, we get 5 weeks with her as a newborn that most people don't get. I know every parent wishes for more of this time, and we get 5 whole weeks as a bonus. I am finding that super comforting somehow.<br><br>
The hard stuff is the triple feeds still - I don't know how we can keep this up indefinitely! It's also stressful to not have the house set up. Our changing station is the kitchen table since we hadn't gotten her dresser/changer combo yet... It's functional, though.
 

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Congrats, Mama!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks all! I forgot her stats! She was 5 lbs 13 oz, 18 1/2 inches. The triple feeds are indeed challening, but worth it. She saw her pediatrition today and he was VERY reassuring about her VSD. He did say that the major university hospital where we had her sees maybe 2 a year, so not super common, but he said that he can't imagine it won't close up on it's own. Whew! Now we just need to work on getting her weight back up.<br><br>
Not sure we'll stick with him, but we sort of didn't pick one in time and now we have who seemed nicest in the hospital. Today he mentioned that he wants her on a multi-vitamin because breast milk is Vit. D deficient???!!! Um, no it's not - it's exactly what babies need...</div>
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Hey, you know what? I found this article and it looks like your pediatrician knew what he was talking about. It seems that breast milk is oftentimes deficient in vitamin d but it's because mothers are often deficient prior to beginning breastfeeding. I found this article online, it's not a peer reviewed article so take it for what it is, but it's very non-biased. I am going to have to go out into the sun more often to get my daily dose!<br><br><a href="http://campaignfortruth.com/Eclub/230304/CTM-%20vitamin%20D.htm" target="_blank">http://campaignfortruth.com/Eclub/23...itamin%20D.htm</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The hard stuff is the triple feeds still - I don't know how we can keep this up indefinitely! It's also stressful to not have the house set up. Our changing station is the kitchen table since we hadn't gotten her dresser/changer combo yet... It's functional, though.</div>
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glad she is doing well! How long do you have to keep up the feeding schedule?
 

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Photos!!! <a href="http://s191.photobucket.com/albums/z14/perucho_photos/Isabella/" target="_blank">http://s191.photobucket.com/albums/z...otos/Isabella/</a><br><br>
We had a really good appt. with the lactation clinic today and she's gaining really well (already back up to 5 lbs 10 oz!), so we are getting to cut back a tad on the feeding schedule. Still doing triple feeds, but we are cutting out the formula and I'm double pumping and cutting out a nighttime pumping, so it should get somewhat more bearable. Hopefully within the next week or two we can get her just breastfeeding, but we'll see! My milk supply is finally really starting to come in, too. If any of you ladies need help with that - rent the hospital pump! The one good thing about all this pumping is that engorgement is NOT a problem. Now if my poor nipples weren't so beaten up!
 
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