Moms with newborns

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My little boy is 2 now, he had the same issue with being tongue tied.  For the most part after we got out of the NCIU (he was 7 weeks early).  We pretty much chilled out at home. I cleaned if the house needed to be cleaned when could or slept when he did.  We would once in a while go out to do a few errands here and there but for the most part we just chilled at home. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sept22insf:  He wasn’t that fussy, he pretty much was a good baby unless hungry. He hated bath time.    As for being tongue tied, we chose to have it fixed it was severe enough that he would have never been able to stick out his tongue this was done when he was little over 3 months old. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Congrats on the baby boy!  

I’m an exclusive pumper, so here are some great information resources that I found to be particularly helpful:

http://exclusivepumpers.com/2013/03/

and

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/milkstorage/

 

As far as home stuff… the first few weeks sucked.  Literally, sucked- as in nursing and/or pumping constantly!  I would rotate what I accomplished during her naps.  One nap, I would eat a sandwich.  The next nap, I’d take a shower, then the following nap, I’d try to nap as well.

I also did a lot of baby wearing since I was able to move around hands-free and get things done around the house and go shopping and she would sleep in the Moby just about every time.  I still use it and she’s just over 7 months old.  She doesn’t nap in it anymore, but I like being able to navigate through crowded stores hands-free and not mow into things with a big hulking stroller.

Things are MUCH easier now that she eats a little less frequently and I’ve been able to pump less often as well.  She sits unassisted and tries scooching a little here and there, and in general is just much more interactive.  It’s getting to be a lot more fun that it was at first!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

my daughter was very colicky and a nightmare as a newborn. I was tearing my hair out daily. Getting anything done was impossible!

I eventually bought a moby wrap and baby wearing a life saver. It meant i could do housework whilst she slept or screamed, and we went out for long walks. 

She used to like sitting and sleeping in her bouncer too and would be quite content for a while. I used to take the boucer from room to room with me whilst i did things around the house.

I found taking a bath with her was killing two birds with one stone. Or you could shower together if you dont like baths.

I noticed today that my daughter is tongue tied. As i bottle feed i hadnt noticed it before. It hasnt stopped her eating though but she cannot latch onto certain shape teats. I previously thought she was just being fussy but i now see why.

Now she is 7 months old i am finding keeping her entertained a challenge. She has a short attention span and gets bored easily. i like to think shes going to be very intellegant! 

She is a super light sleeper so i have to do housework whilst she is awake or she will wake up no matter how quiet i am being. She sits in her highchair and plays with food or toys whilst i clean the kitchen.

Now she is older eating is easier. We have our meals together. We still bathe together though which i love. 

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have a 4 year old and a 6 week old. I really don’t do a lot during the day. We stay home a lot. The little one is a bit of a night owl and wants to sleep in. So we’re getting out of bed at about 11. My older daughter is at daycare until 4 and that’s when my husband comes home and I try to shower and get things done after he gets home.

She sleeps about 1-2 hours at a time and is awake for about an hour between naps. She is breastfed but at the moment she is having a growth spurt and needs a bit extra so I’m supplementing with formula.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@sept22insf:  Slightly off-topic but have you considered having your LO’s tongue tie snipped?  My LO had her tongue and lip ties cut at 7-8 weeks and it made a huge difference to feeding!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My 10 week old daughter also had a tongue-tie and lip-tie. We had them fixed (it was just a quick snip – very easy) at 2 weeks. Unfortunately she still never got the hang of breastfeeding so I ended up exclusively pumping for awhile, but getting it fixed is still beneficial as they can cause some issues in the future.

As far as how my days went, I spent a lot of my time at home or at my parent’s house at that point. We would go on one adventure each day, even if it was just to publix or target for a little while. She would usually fall asleep in the carseat and stay asleep, so it worked out. While home I would wear her in the Ergo Baby carrier and clean, put her in her stroller and go for long walks around the neighborhood, etc. Luckily, when she was still in her ‘I’m a newborn and going to cry just because’ phase, she always calmed down in her carrier or stroller, so we would both stay happy. At about 8 weeks I felt she had really grown out of that brand new phase. She spends a lot of her day awake, calm, just looking around taking everything in, smiling and talking (unless she’s hungry, of course!). At 10 weeks I’m finally not nervous to take her out since she normally does really well! At this point I think she is actually happier when she has days out and about. I promise, it will get easier. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@sept22insf:  you might find that feeding gets easier if you can work on the stretching exercises and make it through the six week growth spurt. My girl had a growth spurt at 7-8 weeks and I think her mouth just got bigger so she was able to latch better and deeper.

as to your original question, in the early days I tried to get out every other day (enough to keep me sane without overstimulating Baby) and at fourteen months I still have a housework schedule! My priorities on the early days were eating breakfast and having a shower, anything else was negotiable 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

DD is two weeks old today, and we’re struggling with breastfeeding. My milk came in late, and she was losing too much weight. Since my milk came in, she has been wanting to feed almost 24/7. I feel like I can’t really go anywhere because she gets so fussy and screams in such a short amount of time. I don’t know if her feeding is normal or if I have a low supply. I feel like  failing her with breast feeding. It doesn’t help that her patch has become really sloppy on the last few days. It’s very frustrating and overwhelming sometimes. 

Luckily, my FIL and my mom have come to stay with us (at separate times). They, along with my DH, have done all the housework and made it possible for me to take a shower. My mom has been especially helpful because she isn’t scared of a crying baby.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@sept22insf:  I didn’t read through all the replies but have you tried a nipple shield? my daughter had latch issues and it was a life saver for us!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I just wanted to let you know that it’s reeeeally normal for your new babe to want to feed all.the.time and that all the feeding should be helping you establish a good supply.  You are definitely NOT failing at breastfeeding but you might want to book a consult with an IBCLC so you can get some help with baby’s latch.  Also as long as your LO is having lots of wet and dirty nappies and gaining weight, then you’re doing great – hang in there!

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