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Hi Junebug Mamas (and those of us original Junebug Mamas who delivered in May and early July, too!). There was some talk on the Junebug Mamas thread about starting a new one about our babies, breastfeeding, parenting, and other support for those of us at similar stages. Let’s first do a quick recap about our babies:
Due date: June 19
Birth date: June 21
Girl or boy: boy (a nice Team Green surprise!)
Weight: 7 lb., 3 oz.
Birth Story: whatever you’d like to share about it. Here’s a link to my birth story.
How are all the new moms doing? I, for one, am loving being a mom, but it’s definitely challenging and overwhelming. Am 2 weeks in now and am pretty much molding my needs around the baby’s. We have on nights and off nights, and I guess that’s just how it will be for awhile. Of course I wish I could know before he goes to sleep how long he’ll give me. Is it a 3-hour nap? A 1-hour? My husband has been wonderful — sadly, he returns to work on Monday. Eek! Good thing our families are coming to town this weekend, so there will still be a little help around when he returns.
What’s going on with everyone else? Also, I apologize in advance if it takes me awhile to respond to your posts — I’ve been choosing sleep over Internet (well, laptop) time these days. I’m mostly reading posts on my phone, but it’s too challenging to reply there, so that has to wait until the baby is napping and I can put both hands on the laptop.
Hope everyone is well!
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Due date: June 19th
Birth date: June 16th
Girl or boy: Girl
Name: Lillian Marie Jill
Weight: 9lbs 1oz
Birth Story: Sorry it is super long :O We went to meet my new doctor on the Friday the 15th, I was 1.5 cm dialated and about 50% effaced so we made an appointment for the following Monday to try to get the little miss to flip there at the hospital since she was still breech and I was willing to do anything to avoid a c-section. I went home in peace looking forward to Monday, I couldn’t sleep at all so I vacuumed the floor at about 1:30am and finally went to bed at around 2:30. Went to bed thinking about what would happen on Monday and sure I was a little nervous but I knew it was going to be okay.
Next thing I knew I was awake and I had what seemed like a river flowing from me! I immediately looked at the clock, it was 5:09am and Darling Husband was still at work so I sat there for a moment just to make sure that it was in fact my water breaking, not just me losing control of my bladder. Yep, water broke! So I called him, he comes rushing in and runs around like a crazy person trying to get things ready and I call my midwife and let her know it was time and that we would be heading to the hospital shortly. We were out of the house at 5:30 and that is when the contractions started. Within 10-15 minutes I thought I would time them and even though they weren’t at all painful they were already coming 2 minutes apart! Another 5-10 minutes go by and we get to the hospital, Darling Husband insists that I be wheeled into the hospital in a chair *cue annoyance* but whatever, we get all checked in and all that fun stuff and they show us to our room and everything went nuts! There were nurses and doctors everywhere all trying to talk to me at once they were failing horribly at getting my IV in and I was getting angry and a bit scared. Around 6:30 they checked my cervix (not carefully at all mind you) and I was about 6 cm dialated and she was feeling her feet so now everyone was rushing, my contractions were getting painful and baby was moving around a LOT. This is when I freak out and start crying because I just didn’t want to do it anymore as I was in a lot of pain and for no reason, if I was able to give birth I would have been perfectly capable of just breathing through the contractions till the end but since it was ending in a c-section anyways I was angry.
Finally they were ready for me and I got wheeled into the OR and we got started with the worst part of the whole experience, the spinal block. My back is extremely ticklish so everytime the dr started to do it I would jerk and he would have to start over of course I was extremely emotional at this time and I cried and kept telling him how sorry I was because I was trying so hard not to move. Four or five tries later it finally worked, I laid down and extreme relaxation just washed over me and I almost fell asleep while they finished prepping me then Darling Husband was finally let in. Before I knew it they had already started the whole opperation and soon enough I had the weirdest sensation down there and the only way I could explain it would be to say it was like jello being pulled out of my stomach!
And with that she was born and taken away to be cleaned… I was sad that they didn’t even show her to me, they said nothing and she didn’t cry but I couldn’t even bring myself to say anything. Darling Husband went over to see her and she started to cry so I was relieved but time went by and they were all still over there and I was just laying there alone… Eventually I just made Darling Husband take a picture of her to show me because I just wanted to see her. A few minutes later they brought her over to me all clean and bundled up and placed her on my shoulder. We stayed like that for a while but they took them both out while they finished sewing me up and wheeled me to the recovery room where I got to sit for about an hour and breastfeed and cuddle. All was well, I got switched to a private room, didn’t get up until 9 that night, took a shower the next day then went home on the third day.
Now, almost 3 weeks later I am still on ibuprophen if I don’t want to be sore but other than that all is going great! We had some latching problems and I got a cracked nipple but we fixed it and breastfeeding is going great now. She only wakes up one or two times at night if I leave her in her bouncy seat (she hates her bassinet). I just can’t believe how much she has changed already I am scared to put her down because I don’t want to miss anything!
She smiles in her sleep a lot!
ETA: As if it wasn’t long enough I wanted to add that I am a wee bit jealous of all of the little babies! I wish I was capable of having a little baby 🙁 lol
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yay new thread!
Due date: June 30th
Birth date: June 24th
Girl or boy: Boy
Name: Alastar Joseph
Weight: 6lbs 4oz
Getting to grips with BF- any imput/advice welcomed, have had over 7 people watch me Boyfriend or Best Friend and they have told me the latch has been good from the beginning- have have cracked and bleeding and ulcerated nipples…. NOT nice, but Im sticking with it!! 🙁
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@cacamillis: Breast feeding is easily the toughest thing I have ever done. I had supply issues, cracking nipples, and a ton of other issues. I didn’t end up having to use them , but have you thought about using nipple shields, until the ulcers heal?
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@cacamillis: Thanks 🙂 Your little man is adorable! I had a bunch of people watch me breastfeed too and they said her latch was fine too but I ended up with a cracked nipple anyways. I found that she just didn’t get it in her mouth far enough because she was super impatient and just started sucking as soon as she felt it in her mouth! I hope you get things figured out soon and good for you for sticking with it 🙂
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@mwitter80: Hi there! Hows your little bub?? Yes I got some nipple shileds (best invention EVER) which Im using intermittantly- Ive hears babes get dependednt on them and it can interefere with milk volume as well as clogged milk ducts and mastitis.. so Im using them every second feed so the baby doesnt reject the nipple….If I could use them 100% of the time my problems would be solved.. I reckon my baby is so small his mouth is just a little on the small side (Ill post a pic of me and him so you can see how teeny he is!) and I might just have to wait for him to groe before we get a proper latch…
@cyndistar3: Thanks for that!!- Did you change your latch? I have been stuffing as much breast tissue into his mouth when his mouth is at the widest- did you do anything different to get the gums on the areola rather than the nipple??
My heart was breaking for you reading your birth story
” I was sad that they didn’t even show her to me, they said nothing and she didn’t cry but I couldn’t even bring myself to say anything. Darling Husband went over to see her and she started to cry so I was relieved but time went by and they were all still over there and I was just laying there alone… Eventually I just made Darling Husband take a picture of her to show me because I just wanted to see her”
awww god I dont know how it must have felt lying there not knowing what the hell was happening 🙁
Post # 9
Yay! Thanks for starting this thread @pregnantbee! I’m glad to hear things are going well. It stinks that your husband has to return to work (mine just went back on Friday) but it’s great that you had two weeks together to bond with your little guy!
@cacamillis: Could you and little Alastar possibly be any cuter!? He is a little peanut but I’m sure it won’t be long before he starts packing on the weight! BF’ing is ridiculously hard and no one ever seems to talk about how painful it is at the start but supposedly it gets better so fingers crossed that is true! Two weeks seemed to be the turning point for me – it still isn’t super comfortable but the toe tingling pain at the start of each feed has definitely diminished in intensity and is only fleeting now. Hopefully that happens for you soon too!
@cyndistar3: She’s darling and looks just so happy! That part of your birth story that cacmillis highlighted does make me really sad but I’m glad that your daughter is happy and healthy!
So my stats are:
Due date: June 21
Birth date: June 21 (yay for being part of the 4% of babies born on their due date!)
Girl or boy: Girl! So convinced it was going to be a boy but we were wrong!
Name: Emily Vivian
Weight: 7 lb., 6 oz.
Length: 21.5 inches
Birth Story: I wrote it up and will try to link it here. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/baby-ree-is-here-and-its-a-birth-story-and-pics-inside
All is going pretty well here. Our little one is a fairly decent sleeper most of the time and is definitely a champion feeder! As mentioned above, BF’ing is rather painful but I actually love that little bonding time we have. DH has been absolutely amazing and it was really sad to see him go back to work yesterday. My mom just arrived in Australia on Thursday though so it’s nice to still have some help around the house whilst Darling Husband is working.
Emily is gaining weight like a champ and was up to 7 lbs 13 oz at her 13 day check up, which is great news. Unfortunately, the GP thinks she hears some clicking in her hips so we have to go for an ultrasound on Tuesday to see if she has hip dysplasia – fingers crossed it’s all ok as it would otherwise mean six weeks in a brace to hold her hips in place 🙁
Anyway, let’s keep up with this thread to see how everyone’s doing….and keep the pictures coming! I love nothing more than seeing pictures of everyone’s little ones!
Post # 10
@cacamillis: I just saw your comment on my birth story thread – you’re right, it’s crazy how similar our lives/pregnancies/birth stores have been! I feel like we would definitely be friends if we lived in the same city/country. And funny enough, my post-partum belly looks like yours now too – it’s like we’re separated twins living on different sides of the world 🙂
Post # 11
Due date: June 23rd
Birth date: July 3rd
Girl or boy: Girl
Name: Sophie Marie
Weight: 6lbs 14.8oz
Not quite up to the birth story yet, but here are a few more pics!!!!
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@Ree723: aw wow look at all that HAIR!! Emily is so so cute!How are you feeling? I hope the Boyfriend or Best Friend pain goes away, some people reckon you just have to hang on till the babys mouth gets a little bigger and in the interim we must grimace and bear it!
Yeah Midwife is back tomorrow- hopefully baba has put on weight! Your little one sounds like she’s thriving! Hopefully we will catch up wih you!! (fingers crossed!!)
@simpleandchic: Aw she’s gorgeous! How are you 4 days post partum? Hopefully youre getting comfortable- XXX
Post # 13
Due date: June 13
Birth date: May 25
Girl or boy: boy
Weight: 8 lb., 15 oz.
Birth Story: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/jacksons-birth-story-long
@cacamillis: He is so cute and tiny. You might be right about the nipples and his mouth.
@Ree723: adorable! Hope the hips work themselves out. Jackson is now 6 weeks, and my nipples have finally “toughened up”. Breast feeding no longer hurts. The latch on used to stink!
Jackson is sleeping for one 4 hour stretch at night, which has been fantastic for my exhaustion level. He is still a little mixed up with his days and nights, so at his 2am feeding he wants to play. I’m so glad that I’m used to saying up late, otherwise I would probably be crying a lot in the middle of the night. He’s 6 weeks old now which blows my mind! He’s starting to smile now, ungas related 🙂
We took him to a wedding last Saturday, which he slept through, including the very loud reception. They snapped this photo of him there.
and here he is awake
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@cacamillis: I mostly worked on how fast I could get as much as I could into her mouth lol.
@Ree723: Oh my goodness she is so cute! So much hair 🙂
@simpleandchic: Your little girl is adorable too! I love her name 🙂
@mwitter80: He is so cute I love it when babies have lots of hair!
I just can’t beleive 3 weeks have already gone by! She only wakes up once in the middle of the night for the most part now, sometimes 2. I have found that she sleeps the best in her bouncy seat so that is where I put her at night. I am so glad that I got a moby wrap, it is so much easier than carrying her around in the carseat (which I am not allowed to do anyways). Everyone said it was hard to use but I haven’t had any problems with it other than it gets kinda hot.
Post # 15
@cyndistar3: I love the Moby! We mastered breast feeding while in it this week as well. It really allows me to get things done.
Post # 16
Really?! How do you do that? I need to figure that one out!