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- Wedding: November 1999
The gas drops have helped! Now, he’s just fussy from 11pm to 1am. I’m so jealous of you who have babies that sleep earlier! My boy slept for 5 hours 2 days in a row last week!!! Then we had a family party on Sunday and I’m still struggling to get him back into his routine and get the house back in order. So nights have been rough the past couple days, but I’m hopeful that they’ll get better.
How is everyone doing? I have found it very hard to have time to keep up with WB or anything on the computer. I read everyone else’s posts but don’t ever have two hands to write back! Ha ha! We are doing well here. Baby boy is growing! We are doing better with breast feeding but it still isn’t pain-free. I wonder if it ever will be for me. I think I just have a baracuda-baby and sensitive nipples. It certainly isn’t stopping him from getting what he needs. He is gaining a pound a week right now. I weigh him before and after feedings so I know how much he gets and the last three days, he is taking 6 oz in his first feeding! Sheesh! He is still catching up- this morning he was 11 lbs 3 oz at 7 weeks 2 days– but he is gaining fast.
I’ve been trying to pump and store some milk because I had a little scare the other day. I got the rotovirus and ended up in the hospital. They didn’t want me to BF him while I was there because they were afraid of me giving it to him. (not through the milk but through contact) My husband ended up going home and getting my pump so that I could still give him breast milk but I thought how I need to have a little supply, just in case. Also I have to go back to work for a week in less than a month and want to have a little for that (even though I can pump at work). Anyway, it has been slow going. I have trouble pumping very much when I am also breastfeeding him so often. I can get between 1 1/2- 3 oz in the morning after his first feeding but if I pump any other time, it is less than an ounce. I am trying to make 3 ounce bottles so it is taking forever to build up a supply. I currently have 5 bottles frozen. Anyone else working on this?
Hope everyone else is doing well and spending lots of time with their wonderful, snuggly little ones!
Hi all! I hope everyone is doing well! Things are going well with us. Rose is over 2 months now, time is FLYING by. She’s amazing. She’s figured out how to reach and grasp (and put things in her mouth). She talks up a storm with her coos and gurgles, it stops me in my tracks every time, I love “talking” with her. It’s phenomenal to watch how the world changes for her every day and see her learn new things and have her little mind blown over and over again. We’ve been doing infant massage class, she loved the face massage, not so hot on the back massage. She ate through arms and legs, lol!
She’s still a great sleeper, lately she’s been going to bed anywhere from 6-9, I dream feed her about 11, and then she sleeps through until at least 6. DH usually takes her after I feed her at 6 and puts her in the swing while he has breakfast and does some work and then wakes me up when he leaves. It’s so great!
So we also do an “infant mother goose” class from time to time (singing songs), and we do a happy/sad discussion time with all the moms. I thought it might be something cool to try here. For me:
Happy: She’s such a happy baby for the most part. Her face lights up when she sees me or DH, it’s amazing. Her little giggles and squeals make my heart flip flop!
Sad: I had weaned her off her reflux medication but after the culmulative effects wore off, the reflux was still there and I had to put her back on it. I hate having her on meds and she hates taking them twice a day! Blah!!!
And now, cuteness:
hi everyone, hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their little ones! we are well, michael started to sleep a 7 hour stretch at night and since then, life has changed again for us and we feel human once more :-). breastfeeding has finally gotten better and i actually started enjoying it, although i also can’t pump. when michael is drinking, there seems to be an overflow of milk (and he has the growth spurts to prove it), but with the pump not a single drop comes out. oh well…
i have started a postpartum exercise class and feel i am making progress but still have a loooong way to go before being close to my pre-pregnancy body.
allright, someone demands his meal now so gotta run but would be fun to hear how you all are doing!
happy: 7 hour sleep stretches at night and michael’s smile.
sad: looking at my flappy belly.
Advice on building milk supply for pumping:@babybuzz and @travellingfool: Fenugreek (500 mg 3x a day), tons of water, tons of mother’s milk tea, oatmeal and healthy fats like avocados and nuts. And pump after EVERY feeding. @babybuzz You go long stretches at night, so maybe add in a pump somewhere in there. I pump anywhere between 10-15 ounces a day. When I slack on the pumping or anything else my supply goes down. The biggest pumps are in the mornings. My first pump is anywhere between 6-8 ounces. Then it’s 1-3 ounces for the rest of the pumps throughout the day. All of these changes that I made each built up my supply more and more.
My little guy had colic! It was awful!!! I had to take out all dairy and gluten and within a week it went away. Now, he’s such a happy baby and instead of screaming for 4-9 hours every night he sleeps at night! He’s still a night owl and it can sometimes take him until 2am to fall asleep, but he goes to sleep in two/three 4-5 hour stretches. If it goes 6+ hours, I do a sleep feeding because my boobs are killing me. But, I’ll take that over the colic any day!
And here’s my little guy! 🙂
Happy: No more colic! He is such a happy, sweet baby.
Sad: DH works a lot and is missing so much time with our baby. Wish he could be around more to enjoy all of the cuteness.
Aw cute cute cuties! Love seeing those babies! Well, my little boy had a growth spurt and really upped my supply (I was also taking the Mother Love, Mother’s Milk Plus which really helped) and now I have TONS of milk. Sometimes so much it overwhelms him. But seems to be overall a good thing. I usually pump one 4 ounce bottle per day although I could do more, but don’t see the need so I usually just stop pumping when I get 4 ounces. Baby is doing great. MAYBE we’ve slowed down growth a little?! He is 14 1/2 pounds and 25 inches long. He’s 11 weeks today. My big boy. So…
Happy: I am happy to report that breastfeeding appears to be basically pain-free now! YAY!! Also, Lukas is grasping and batting things, smiles and coos a ton and holds a rattle. He is so darn fun!
Sad: I go back to work next week (only for a week– then it is summer vacation so only a little sad) Baby boy is growing so fast I feel like I am already missing the little baby. He is already wearing 6 month clothes and I miss his cute little newborn onesies!
Here is our cuteness!
Congrats mamas!! such precious little ones :-)) I have been missing awhile and glad to be back again. I had case of baby blues after LO was born, and I got sick, in pain etc but now things are looking up 🙂 Here is my birth story I wanted to share.
Short version: Baby silver was born on St. patty’s day at 7 pounds 3 ounces and 20 inches. He is the cutest thing I have laid my eyes on :-)) I did not have intention of going all natural and had epidural assisted birth.
Long version: I have been pretty much terrified of the entire birth process whether vaginal or c-section because of the pain and I have low pain tolerance. I took some lamaze classes in the month before due date and they helped for me to know what to expect and how to deal with pain (although I did not get to use much of the techniques I learnt!!)
38 weeks: I had gone for my 38th week appt and OB said I was 3 cm dilated. I think the doc might have stripped my membranes then as I had this huge gush of blood about 30 minutes after the exam. Luckliy I was still at doctor’s office for monitoring and a different doc said I have a sensitive cervix and she put some pressure to stop the blood flow. After that things pretty much settled back down to usual. At this point I was still going to work and having some BH contractions during the day but nothing painful.
38+3 days: It was a usual weekend DH and myself were lazing around the house on a Sat watching TV and then we went to do some shopping and had a nice dinner out. I was feeling pretty good at this point.
38+4: Sunday came and I woke up about 6 am with some cramping. I attributed this to BH contractions and tried to sleep it off. 7am: the cramping still hadn’t subsided. DH tried to get me to eat breakfast. I drank coffee and tried to eat a bagel. I just took one bite before I felt like throwing up. 8am: I was feeling intense pressure to pee and went to bathroom. I tried peeing but still had feeling of bladder full. So I got into shower hoping that might help with pee situation. At this point DH was getting concerned and called the doctor. The doctor thought my water might have broken and wanted me to come to hospital to get checked out. So I got dressed up and quickly packed hospital bag just in case (I hadn’t packed one beforehand!!!) . I wanted to get to hospital before the pee urge came again and we took a cab to hospital. While in cab I was starting to feel some pain but the cab wouldn’t go any faster as we were caught at each traffic light. It was the slowest 20 minute ride.
11am: We got to the hospital and while my DH was paying cab and getting bags, I went up to the L&D triage to get checked in. I was trying to fill some admission forms in pain and thankfully hubby came soon after and took over. At this point I was in some serious pain and just wanted to get checked asap. They soon had a bed ready and nurse checked me and said I was 8cm dilated!! WTF I was in shock hearing that!! At this point I requested epidural as I was having some intense cramping and pain. Sidenote: I never really felt any contractions as described in lamaze class. I felt more cramping like during period but just more intense. Noon: I was taken to delivery room. There they hooked me up to monitors and it showed me having some huge contractions. The Anestheiologist came soon after to give the epidural. I had about 5-6 contractions before epi kicked in. After that I felt so peaceful!!!
5pm: The doc said I was ready to start pushing. She said it might be a few hours of pushing before baby came out. She wanted me to push real hard and so I did though I could not feel anything down there. I did about 5 pushes in 30 minutes and LO popped right out. I ended up with second degree tear that needed stitches. I feel like I could have avoided the tear if doc did not urge me to keep pushing so much. That was the one part where I felt things did not go as I would have liked. Anyway my deivery ended up being so much different from all the scary things I had imagined and worried about and overall a positive experience. Here is pic of my LO right after he was born.
Everything is good over here. Rose will be 3 months on Monday and definitely thriving. She weighed in at 13 lbs 13 oz today at the pediatrician! She loves chewing on her hands and is definitely engaging a lot with toys. We’re working on being able to sit up on her own. She’s just about outgrown her bassinet but I won’t have her crib for a couple more weeks so I hope she’ll make due otherwise we’re going to have to bust out the pack ‘n play! She’s still sleeping great and she’s SOOOO chatty. She’s going to be that little girl that never. stops. talking. LOL!!!
We’re really looking forward to Father’s Day. Does anyone have any special plans? We’re going to have breakfast at home and then go to spend some time with the rest of our family. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to be outside for the afternoon! I got DH a card and a flash charger for his iPhone, and I got a onesie for Rose to wear that reads “I found my prince, his name is Daddy” AWWWWW!
So my happy sad this week:
Happy: Watching Rose learn new sounds she can make. This week is smacking her lips and cheeks, it’s hilarious!
Sad: I’m a little concerned one of my girlfriends might have some post-partum depression/mood disorder, but when I’ve suggested to her to go see her doctor she’s flat out refused and I don’t know the best way to outright tell her I’m worried.
Any March mommas still floating around? Everyone doing okay? I’m supposing you’re all run off your feet these days! Doesn’t time fly?! I can hardly believe Rose is 4 months old. She’s a rolling machine these days, she’s really gotten it figured out going back to front, but still needs a hand flipping onto her back again. She’s starting to practice her B’s and M’s which is so neat. My favourite thing though, her giggles!! She’s such a happy giggly girl. I love tickling her and making her laugh with funny noises and faces! It totally makes me and DH light up!
We started sleep training this week. She’s a good sleeper but always hated going down and I dreaded the nightly fight to convince her to sleep. It was one rough night and then it got remarkably better. I’ve had to pick our dream feeds back up though to keep her having a more solid sleep which is not the end of the world, I just hate that we’ve regressed a bit there.
We’re FINALLY just a couple weeks from moving. I’m loving getting everything pulled together for her nursery although I’m not ready for her to move out of our room just yet.
I hope you’re all keeping well with the babes!
Life the last few months has been a whirlwind. We sold our house, bought a new place, and moved in with my parents while we waited to close. I started back at work and then resigned (my last day in the office is today, yay!) I’m going to stay at home for awhile with Jack and look for freelance writing jobs.
Jack is just as sweet as pie now, but we had a ROUGH newborn period. I’m still not sure I’d say it was colic levels of crying/screaming, but he was not a happy camper the first few months. I took him to the pedi around 14 weeks and she tested his diaper and said he’s lactose intolerant! So we’re only nursing twice a day, he’s on hypoallergenic formula the rest of the time, but that made a huge difference in his health and happiness, so this mama is happy too. Well, except for the astronomical expense of Alimentum. Remember when I thought “babies are only as expensive as you make them”? Yeah, no.
Jack fights going to sleep at night too! I tried putting him down between 6-8 PM… it was a disaster, even with sleep training. A little after 9 PM, though, he is ready. Then he sleeps for a solid 9 or 10 hours, it’s awesome! Naps are very touch and go.
He rolls back to front at all opportunities but hasn’t figured out front to back. He’s always chewing on his feet and toes, which is so stinking cute. He makes these crazy, happy yelling sounds too, and sometimes coos. We started feeding him pears this week, which is a messy and funny process — but he’s very excited about new tastes! He’s almost 21 weeks.
Hope all the other March mamas are doing well too!
@babybuzz: I’m still here too!
@DiamondsandLace: Colic is the worst!!! Our boy was colicy for 2 months until I drastically changed my diet. My son is sensitive to dairy as well (and some other things). Their little tummys can be so sensitive! But, it’s way better than all that screaming.
My llittle guy loves his tummy time, but isn’t interested in rolling over. He can go from tummy to back, but he doesn’t want to. I think he’s going to crawl before he starts rolling regularly.
We’re waiting until 6 months to start feeding food. Just over a month! And, we have to move him to the big stroller this week because he has outgrown his infant carseat. The time has flown!
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