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05-07-2006, 11:33 AM
copied from LJ
So I think my water broke, it's just a trickle but same as last time. NO contractions but Dr. on call said since with Josh I didn't feel contractions right away she wants me to go in.
Will update as soon as I can.
Poor Paul no golf for him today.
Smiles We saw MI3 and it was okay from my point of view but DH liked it so your dh probably will also.
smiles - Yes, I get along with my stepmom. The unfortunate part about this is that she's going to Mass on the 19 because her nephew is getting married on the 20. They'll be coming down to CT on the 22 and they leave for home on the 25 so they won't even really be here long. The other very unfortunate part is that my brother who lives nearby is leaving on the 24 for a long weekend getaway. It's just poor timing with the c/s being scheduled when it is. I was really hoping that this kiddo would be here soon (like next week sometime) but since I'm closed up tight, I'm losing all hope. Each day I have no signs of this kid coming (including dropping), I get very discouraged.
05-07-2006, 11:39 AM
Jen - good luck!!! very exciting.
Smiles - first of all - I love St. Michaels Alley. But more importantly, I grew up in Saratoga too!!!! That is so funny. What year were you? I graduated in '92 (went to SHS) and my sister graduated from there in '96. Could we know each other??? (I haven't posted any pics on here, mostly out of sheer laziness, and I don't know if you have either).
05-07-2006, 11:47 AM
Happy Sunday everyone!
Jen how exciting!! I can't wait to hear an update!! Good luck!!
DH just cut up the pineapple, and i've been pigging out on it. I'm goign to go to the market to get the stuff to make the eggplant parm soon.
We are pretty much done with Abbie's room. I think it will be 100% done tonight.
05-07-2006, 01:31 PM
Quick post, the baby is starting to cry.
Kyle was born on May 4th at 8:36 am. 8 lbs, 3 oz, 21 inches long. He is a healthy boy and we are all doing well and feel thankful for everything.
Must say, at least so far that the scheduled c/s and the recovery is much much easier than being induced, having labor and then a c/s.
Thinking of all of you and I'll check back later to catch up -- hope there are more babies!
Good Luck Jen!!
Eating Add me to the list - I've been eating so much crap lately and I think it's because I know the baby is coming soon and then I'll have to "be good" to lose the baby weight. It's kind of like binging over the weekend because you know you're going to start your diet on Monday!
05-07-2006, 05:42 PM
Congrats Flyerwife and MMH! Now we just need to hear from Mrs U!
Good luck Jen!
leaking update: I didn't call the doctor. After all sorts of analyzing, I decided that it is just more of the sam ol' discharge I've been having all along and a couple of times it was incontinence. Yuck. I am having contrax with the menstrual pain. Nothing that is getting me excited. I go tomorrow for my NST and am curious what that reveals.
I also feel like the baby has finally run out of room. She is still active, but not like she was even last week.
Today we took our dog to the local dog beach. It has these massive cliffs that you take down to the beach. I huffed and puffed my way up all the while thinking it would certainly bring on labor! Nada!
Smiles - you're so close! I'm not familiar with St. Michael's Alley, but will have to look into it! I only know Saratoga from driving through there on our way to Mountain Winery. We try to go see Gipsy Kings and Chris Isaak every year - but we are sitting out this year.
eating - I have had my moments...milkshake, anyone? :D But don't have much of an appetite now. All I want are cold foods - probably because it's so warm out and we've been sitting reading all day. DH is currently slow cooking ribs and I'm about to go make potato salad; I hope I find an appetite to really enjoy it.
05-07-2006, 05:54 PM
Oh wow, is Jen1098 next?!?!
Jarm, don't be too discouraged! There may still be hope that your DC will come early as I've heard of women who had sudden changes rather than gradual ones spread out over a week.
Shortcake: I just PM'ed you! What a SMALL world!
Oh, Standrea, I just had a slice of the sweetest pineapple (pre-cut from Whole Foods!) and it was soooo good! Hope that eggplant parmagiana does the trick!
CONGRATS Flyerwife and welcome Kyle!
Ha ha ha! Fats, but isn't the rule that as long as we don't acknowledge that we're binging, it's ok, right? :)
Bloomwood, are you in the City or on the coast? Which beach did you go to? My parents still live in Saratoga but DH and I are in the East Bay now. We still head back to visit them every month, but it's been a long time since I hung out downtown on Big Basin Way or headed out to Villa Montalvo (which is my FAVORITE place and had been my dream wedding reception locale until I found out about the $12,000 rental fee).
New QOTD: Have any of your DHs begun to nest? My DH started this morning: he weeded the entire back yard (which we have neglected all winter), cleaned out the bathrooms, vacuumed, and started cleaning the kitchen. Weird, huh? I have felt no need to clean myself, but I felt guilty so I helped him a bit. He's also been cooking a huge feast all afternoon, so I'm off to gorge myself on DH's slow-smoked tri-tip and baby back ribs! :)
Have a great evening everyone!
05-07-2006, 06:31 PM
DH starting to nest-I didn't think of it this way, but YES!! He came home from work early on friday to clean upstairs (we live in a bungalo, and moved our bedroom from upstairs and swapped it out with the spare bedroom (abbie's room now) and his office (our bedroom), this was done in february, but i haven't been able to go up and down the stairs and move heavy things, but he got it done in under an hour!! Today he cleaned out the garage, and mowed and weeded outside.
I htink i'm going to have a big nesting day tommorrow. I feel it coming...
I didnt' make the eggplant recipe because DH never woke me up from my nap on time to go to the market. I'm DEFINATELY making it tommorrow.
Congrats Flyerwife and welcome KYLE!!!
I'm excited that everyone seems to be making progress!! I'm off to sit on my yoga ball somemore while watching DH and GA. I hope we have some more news from more mama's tommorrow...
NOT that i'm lazy, but didn't Mrs. U give us a link to her hospital a few weeks ago that we can click on to see if the baby is there? Maybe its just preggo brain making that up...:rolleyes:
05-07-2006, 08:53 PM
Smiles -pmed you back. Oh and I felt the same way about Villa Montalvo and my wedding. :) It's so beautiful there!
DH nesting - Mine has been getting a lot done the past couple weekends, but this weekend he just wanted to rest. I would have liked him/us to get more done but I think that was badly needed to!
05-07-2006, 09:14 PM
I'm way behind on SO's, so I'll just say a generic WELCOME to all the new babies!!!
My DH is totally nesting, now that I think about it...He's been working out in the yard like a mad man...And cleaning up around the house more than usual. I love it.
Speaking of DH, I just have to share something wonderfully sweet that he did for me this weekend. When I got home from work on Friday, there was a card for me on the kitchen counter. It was a Mother's Day card. He wrote the sweetest message to me about this being my first Mother's Day (even though the baby won't likely be here by next Sunday...). He said he was taking me out to dinner today. Well, at dinner he gave me a diamond ring to symbolize the baby. It's a band identical to my wedding band, so I will have 3 rings on that hand now. Yeah!! I wasn't expecting anything, and usually he can't keep secrets from me, but this time I was totally blown away. He said he did this early just to make sure we could celebrate just the two of us, in case the baby comes early. What a sweetheart... :D
Keep those babies coming, ladies!
05-08-2006, 04:00 AM
Hi, everyone -
Meghan Elizabeth arrived on May 4th at 10:24pm (9 days early) after only 7.5 hours of labor. She was 20.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.
She is an absolute joy and is doing great!!!
I'll get back here ASAP w/ my labor story...it's pretty funny. Whoever said "you'll definitely know labor when it hits you" should be SHOT....
05-08-2006, 05:39 AM
Congrats to MMH, flyerwife, Mrs U and Parrothead! Welcome to the world all those lil ones!!!
39w 3 days and no sign of labor. i was having slight cramping,pain in low belly friday, but i am thinking that it was work, cause i havent had it since then. i havent lost the mucus plug yet, and i have only dropped a little bit.
friday is my last day of work (WHOOHOOO) which is also my due date, but at this rate, i have no idea when this kid is coming. i am thinking that i am going to go late, i have no feeling on when punkin will come.
old wives tales for labor, hubbies b-day is tomorrow, so i am sure we will DTD, but spicy food may be on my agenda. maybe some eggplant parm too.
DH nesting- he has been for weeks. although i am not sure if its the time of year (always around his b-day he gets the yard and house in order, we usually have a big b-day bash for him, but we have a knix on that this year- i am not into entertaining a huge amount of people- just a simple family dinner friday nite) but the yard looks so bueatiful, and he also helps cleaning around the house!
hope this week brings lots of babies!!! sending labor vibes to everyone!!
05-08-2006, 08:38 AM
This thread moves so quickly!
Just wanted to pass along a maternity photo I had with Nora this weekend...
Best of luck to everyone who is getting ready to pop! I figure I've got at least a week left in me, if not more!
05-08-2006, 04:28 PM
CONGRATS to Em (while a diamond ring is not the little one you expected, HOORAY for you!) and Parrothead! Welcome, Meghan!
And that's a cute photo of Nora with your belly, Attygrl74!
DH and I went to see Mi III and it was better than expected. He's now fiddling with the sprinkler system, so I guess I should go check up on him. I just had to stop in here to see what everyone was up to. I'm DYING to read Parrothead's labor story as I really have no idea when/whether I'll know. Every time I wake up in the middle of the night, I stop and try to "read" my body and see if it's about to go into labor, which means I can't fall asleep again for over an hour! :)
Be back soon, I'm sure....
05-08-2006, 05:16 PM
hmmm...things are quiet today...does tthat mean that there are babies??
Congrats Parrothead and welcome Meghan!!!
05-08-2006, 05:24 PM
Smiles - I am in Burlingame;we took the pooch to Fort Funston just south of SF. She loves it!
Em - yes, congrats on the ring!
Parrothead - yay! for Meghan. I can't wait to hear the story.
...especially because of my day. I woke up at 5:30 to a pretty bad contraction. Then as I was getting ready for my NST, I saw a little bit of pinkish tinged discharge. Bloody show I assume. Definitely getting contractions that are well beyond the BH intensity and pain. Everything was fine with the NST - plenty of fluid and she was active. She was also confirmed to be a "she" on u/s. :p I had a couple of contractions during the NST. It was pretty funny how much bigger they were than our scare in L&D over Presidents' Weekend.
My contrax are coming about every 5 minutes, they're lasting about 30-35 seconds and I'd give them a 3 on a pain scale of 10, although, I don't really now what 10 would stand for. Definitely sitting and lying make them less tolerable. I just don't think they're quite anything to get excited about yet, hence, I can't wait to hear Parrothead's story!
DH is working from home today b/c he's sick (great timing!) and being a computer hog. Making me even more bored with more time to focus on how this is still just early labor. I'm going to run to Target now to stock up on tp, paper towels, etc., but really just an excuse for a distraction!
We have our dr's appt tomorrow afternoon, but a very big part of me hopes this turns into the real deal before then!
05-08-2006, 05:32 PM
Congrats MMH, flyerwife, Mrs U and Parrothead !!!
Quick question- I remember awhile back someone posted about having back labor with their first pg, I've looked back through the last 15 pages and can't find it! I'm trying to find out what it feels like- any ideas where it might be??
05-08-2006, 07:06 PM
I don't recommend driving and contracting!
05-08-2006, 10:15 PM
Had my 38w appt today. Nothing new to report. Still 1cm dilated, 50% effaced, baby at -2 station. Gained 2 more lbs. GBS negative. Feet still swollen. B...o...r...i...n...g...
Finished the nursery today, finally. Diaper bag is packed. I've made a list for my bag, but for some reason I don't want to pack it until the time comes. I just feel like I'd end up double and triple-checking everything and unpacking it a million times. I figure I'll save myself the time and trouble and pack it once when we really need it.
TMI question...Is an increase in discharge normal at this stage?
I'm starting some eviction procedures...We DTD today, much to poor DH's relief. :p Will drink some raspberry leaf tea tonight. Acupuncture appt on Friday will include some labor-encouraging techniques. Is it bad that I'm so anxious at only 38w??
DH Nesting I WISH!!! I still have to ask him to clean the litter box every freaking week - you'd think after 9 months of it being "his job" he'd remember on his own!!
Congrats Parrothead!!! Looking forward to your birth story!
Nothing new with us. We're going to our friend's bris today and I realized that seeing her son will be kind of freaky given that he's about the same exact size that our little one is right now. Knowing that a baby that big still has to come out of me is going to be quite a rude awakening!!
Doctor's appointment tomorrow - I think she'll schedule us for delivery sometime next week. Depending on whether I've made any progress (as of last week I was closed up pretty tight - haven't even dropped yet) it'll either be an induction or a c-section. Call me crazy, but I'm almost hoping for a c-section at this point. I hope I don't get one and then regret it!
05-09-2006, 07:52 AM
I had the SCARIEST dream last night about a C-Section. It was so weird, and i definately was scared and didn't want to do it. It was odd. I know that if something has to be done in order for my baby to come healthy, then go for it, but it was still REaLLY REALLY odd.
I'm nesting today...I decided that I need to clean the house completely. You never know what might happen.
QOTD-does anyone have a list of what to put in a diaper bag?
05-09-2006, 08:02 AM
QOTD: Not sure if you are asking about a diaper bag in general or for the hosptial. The only thing we packed for the baby was an outfit to come home in and a blanket. They stock the cart during the stay with things like the diapers, wipes, formula, etc and everything except the cloth items are yours to keep, so we used their stuff rather than using our own before we have to.
Standrea -- Sorry about the bad dream. I can say that this c/s was scheduled and much easier than the last one. Needless to say it was surgery, but I'm glad that I went this route rather than risking any problems with a VBAC.
Parrothead -- Congrats and can't wait to hear your story.
For the rest of you waiting, it's very possible that you are having some mild contractions and don't even realize it. They hooked me up when I checked in on Thursday and I was having a few minor ones, but didn't even realize it. No idea if I had progressed any since I never had an internal done.
Good luck and enjoy the babies that are out there and for the rest of you try to rest up now!
05-09-2006, 11:40 AM
Congratulations MMH, flyerwife, Mrs U and Parrothead... and hopefully Jen!
I just got back from my appointment this morning. I had a NST, u/s, and exam. Interestingly, I did not feel the contractions --but there were some during the NST. I am still 1 cm dilated, the doctor can feel the head, and my cervix has softened some. Gabriel is normal --but weighs more than the doctor anticipated --around 8 pounds (give or take). The fluid levels, heartbeat, and movement are all good. However, given his size --I will most likely be induced. The doctor is checking the schedule at the hospital for the 18th. That would be a day after 41 weeks. Of course my DH just called me to point out that my daughter's chorus has shows on the 17, 18, and 20... Not that there is a good day...but please start doing the baby rain dance for me :D
On another note, my dad was taken from his nursing home to the hospital yesterday. He is more lethargic than normal --and there were signs of renal failure. Currently, I am waiting for the doctor who admitted him to call me back about his blood cultures and x-rays. It could be a urinary infection --or another stroke. If you are still dancing for me, keep dancing for my dad...
All other news in posted in my LJ :D
05-09-2006, 01:36 PM
nettreefrog - I hope your dad is ok - and that the baby appears before you need to be induced!
diaper bag -yeah for the hospital you don't need much for the baby, just coming home clothes, a blanket, and if you are using cloth diapers you'll need those too.
standrea -sorry about the scary dream!!
Ugh I am feeling so ready to be done. I thought I was feeling this already, but the last couple days have been so much worse. I had a cold on top of all of it, which doesn't help, but I can't get comfortable (sitting, lying down, standing - they all feel bad) I have painful gas (does anyone else have this?) baby feels like he is doing yoga stretches in there and I am exhausted. I just keep thinking how glad I am I don't have to wait till 41 weeks (since c/s is at just under 39 weeks) and feel like a big crybaby for complaining, since I know some of you are already at your due dates!
I just got back from my 38 week visit. I'm on a high and a low at the same time. The head is down low, but the cervix is still far back. Does this make sense to anyone?
In any event, the doctor wanted to know why we were waiting until the 23rd for the c/s. I explained that I wanted to have it on the 17th so he had his assistant call and I'm all set to go in for my c/s on the 17th. This makes my day! I would really like this kid to come on its own, but since that doesn't seem like it's in the cards, I'll take the 17th instead. I'm just not sure I'm going to tell my extended family just yet. I'll surprise them instead with a phone call on the 17.
05-09-2006, 01:54 PM
jarm - hooray for the 17th!! That's so great that you got it a week earlier. Our kids will (probably, assuming neither of us goes into labor before then) have the same birthday! :)
05-09-2006, 02:11 PM
Jarm-that's fantastic news! I'm very excited for you!!
I just got done cleaning the entire house. Well, everything except for our bedroom and the babies bedroom. I have some clothes that i have to put away in her room, and have to hang up her shelfs, but otherwise she is done.
Tommorrow my plan is to clean those 2 rooms and pack my hospital bag. I also would like to find something to clean our kitchen floors. They are crappy linolieum and dull...if my back didn't hurt, id get down on my hands and knees and scrub:rolleyes: ...
I met with the pediatricians office today to fill out "new patient" paperwork...it really makes everything seem so real!!
05-09-2006, 07:29 PM
Positive news about my dad...thanks to all the dancers out there! It looks like a UTI --and he will "improve" from the infection. Overall, his health is poor, but I just want him to be as happy, healthy, and comfortable as possible...
Of course, three babies just came that were all due after me: my DH's cousin had a c/s because the baby was breech (now everyone wants to know where Gabriel is), my coworker's wife was induced and delivered this morning (she was 4 cm dilated for 2 weeks--and they just figured it was time), and another girl on my work floor (we have the same name --go figure) had a c/s on the 8th. Please keep up your dancing for natural labor for me...
Standrea -Hahah...I am constantly sitting on the floor to clean!
Diaper bag list: (going to send this to my DH too)
-diaper rash cream
-bottles (if not BF)
-4 plastic bags for diaper disposal
-(potentially) an extra shirt for you
-1-2 small toys/distractors
-1-2 pairs of socks
-burp cloth or towel
shortcake - Having a cold sure makes everything worse. I love warm showers when I feel congested...
jarm - Great about pushing the date to the 17th!
flyerwife - You are right about the contractions ...I don't feel most...or ignore them apparently --per what my doctor said during my NST this morning.
fats - Hope you are having fun at the bris ;) It would be funny if you and I went on the same day next week. We'd be across town from one another...
Em7.31.04 It is not bad you are anxious now... It is totally normal in my oh so humble opinion!
ga girl I remember from my daughter a pain that radiated from my spine forward to my belly. I was on Pitocin (induced) --and the magnitude of the contractions is supposed to be stronger that way...but I really don't know what to compare it to.
Bloomwood - I hope you are doing well and the contractions were the start of something great!
05-10-2006, 06:06 AM
Thanks for the list Nettreefrog!! I'm dancing for you! And happy that things are OK with your father.
I have been up all night with Contractions. They started around 9 last night (a little bit before, Katherine McPhee was singing her last song;) ), and really haven't subsided. They took on a pattern between 11:30 and 2, about 5 minutes apart (sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less), and i somehow fell asleep, waking up every once in a while with more contractions. BUT although I'm having them still, they are not as intense and have no pattern at all now:rolleyes: ...this is SOOO annoying!:mad:
05-10-2006, 08:12 AM
Standrea, don't know if this would work or not for your floors but I saw a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser mop head at Target yesterday on the mop aisle.
05-10-2006, 08:25 AM
Pink-that is the best news i've heard all day. I was just considering getting on the floor with a mr. clean magic eraser sponge!! I'm very excited!!
05-10-2006, 10:29 AM
Hi everyone. Only have a few minutes to post but wanted to announce the arrival of Kyle Robert.
My water did end up breaking but it was a slow high leak so I was at 3 1/2 centimeters for awile. Kyle was finally born at 3:07 am, only pushed for 15 minutes-wasn't bad at all.
He was 8 lbs 10 ozs, 21 1/2 inches long.
Will come back later with more of my story.
I don't have good pics. uploaded now but will come back and post a couple
Congrats to any new mommies and good luck to those still waiting. Will catch up soon!!
05-10-2006, 12:22 PM
05-10-2006, 12:55 PM
Standrea-Glad I could help. Hope it works!
05-10-2006, 01:30 PM
Yeah JEN! I was wondering how you were doing... So happy to hear about Kyle!
05-10-2006, 01:35 PM
Congrats Jen and Welcome KYLE!! so excited!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!
05-10-2006, 01:36 PM
Thanks Attygirl, Standrea and Nettreefrog
Here's a couple of pictures. So far all he's doing is sleeping and eating but we know that will change.
Oh for you RO's that bf be prepared for the pain while nursing and your uterus contracts. I never felt it happen with Josh, nurses said you feel it more with the 2nd one. It almost feels like contractions.
Had a hard time getting the epidural in this time, took him about 5 tries. Ouch.
But once that baby was in all was good.
I had an awesome nurse and the Dr. that delivered him was fantastic, she isn't my regular Dr. but I will probaby switch.
Here's a few pictures.
His face looks a little beat up here.
05-10-2006, 01:44 PM
He's so cute-and you look great for just delivering!
05-10-2006, 03:01 PM
CONGRATS Jen and Welcome Kyle!!!
Hes abosultely adorable!!:D
Congrats Jen - he's really beautiful!!!
Went to my OB today and had a NST. Baby looks great and I only had one contraction (a little one) the whole time I was on the monitor (didn't feel it at all).
(copying this from my LJ, so if you read that, feel free to skip)
Otherwise, there's - nothing definite to report. I still have made ZERO progress and we've all agreed on an elective C-section. "All" being me, Eco and the doctor. Unfortunately, the hospital has to approve it and they don't like to approve elective C-sections - it's very political. Dr. K called the powers that be while we were there and she spoke to 2 out of the 3 people who have to approve. She really advocated for us - telling them that I know all of the risks and I'm making a completely informed decision. I know that the baby may end up being significantly smaller than they predict and I'm not going to get all upset about it (I guess that's one of their concerns). She also said that I had one of "the worst cervical exams ever" which cracked us up (meaning I'm completely closed up and the baby's got what they call a "floating head" - he hasn't descended at all). So now the number 2 guy has to go to the number 1 guy - the Chairman of the Department. I can't believe the hoops you have to jump through for this!!
Even my doctor, who I thought was anti-C-section unless medically necessary, seems like she really thinks this is the best thing. She said while a C-section carries more risk, it's like comparing a tiny risk (c-section) to an even tinier risk (vaginal birth). I told her that I knew of very few people who had a bad recovery story from a C-section and she said her sister is an OB/GYN and opted for an elective C herself. So while I still worry about the fact that I may be one of the few who have a bad experience, I do feel a bit more confident about the decision to ask for an elective C. Besides, with the size of my baby and the fact that I'm not progressing at all, I don't feel like it's one of the "too posh to push" electives, you know?
However, I'm not feeling very optimistic at this point because this hospital very rarely grants the request for an elective C. If they agree for me, I'll only be the second person this entire year to have one. The only other woman to do it this year is actually an OB/GYN so maybe they granted it as a favor or something. Keep your fingers crossed. At this point, it's what I really want. If they say no, I really don't know how I'm going to carry this baby around much longer. Since I haven't even started to dilate or efface, if they don't grant the C-section then they probably won't be able to schedule an induction until after my due date (more politics - I'd have to be making my own progress for them to do it early). Although Dr. K said that if they do induce me, she'll have a very low threshhold in terms of how long she'll let me labor, meaning I'll end up with a C-section anyway. It just sucks that I'd have to go through all of those steps (cervadil, pitocin, contractions, etc.) only to come out with the same result anyway.
I'll know by Friday at the latest and if they do approve than SH will be coming on May 17 - I'll be joining you Jarm!
05-10-2006, 06:32 PM
fats - I did not see the posting...but noticed that you are scheduled the day before me! It would be great if Hunter came on his own --and was the perfect size.
As for me, I walked the almost 2 miles to work today --which was exhausting (and took forever). During lunch, I walked over to Target to look at baby swings --and then walked about half a mile after getting off the bus on my way home. We DTD last night as well. I do feel little bouts of what could be contractions --but it could be more braxton hicks... Ugh... Where is this baby?
05-10-2006, 10:00 PM
Congrat Jen and welcome Kyle! He looks so adorable! :)
So I've been running all my last-minute errands (Target, BRU, groceries, Borders, etc.) as it looks like we're definitely going in for the induction tomorrow night at 8 pm. I was hooked up for the NST (not sure what that stands for) monitor for about 40 minutes (my CNM was running late anyway so there was no patient room open). I had a few small contractions but I'm still only 1 cm dilated.
So tonight is the last night we sleep at home as non-parents! Hope you're all hanging in there!
05-11-2006, 04:43 AM
fats - wow that's crazy about the red tape for a c-section! I hope you get one, since you are now sure that's the way you'd like to go.
I had an interesting appt yesterday. All is fine but I have to have an u/s today because my stomach is measuring smaller than last week. But the baby is at -1 station, so maybe he has simply dropped. (I got an internal, which I hadn't expected, partly b/c of the measurement and partly b/c I told her I was curious - I'm 1 cm and 60% effaced). OK I guess it isn't that interesting, but it was to me because of the "small for dates" measurement. That is what started the whole craziness with DD. However, since my c/s is in just a few days anyway I doubt much will change.
But here's something randomly sucky - I was awakened tonight with a toothache! It's very tender when I bite down on it - maybe I bit too hard in the night or something? But it's only when I bite. So now I'm trying to figure out if I need to call the dentist today. I think maybe I'd better, since if there's something amiss I need to get it taken care of before my c/s on Wed!! Ugh what a pain in the neck. And I have no idea if they'll be able to get me in.
05-11-2006, 06:17 AM
Today is my first official day of maternity leave. I am now a nervoulsy happy housewife. Now that work is over I don't mind so much being pregnant anymore; it would be nice if DD held off until her due date so I can have some time for myself (this will be the last time in my life as everyone reminds me.)
It's been an interesting week at work. Last week, during a faculty meeting, we heard 4 popping noises outside our window. We thought it was construction noise (the building next to us was being renovated.) It turns out it was gun fire. Thankfully it was a half day so the kids were dismissed and no one was hurt. Yesterday I arrived at work to find a car had crashed into the yard of a house across the street from our school and cops all over the place. All morning there were helicopters, patrol cars, ambulances, and track dogs patrolling the neighborhood. Turns out they were looking for an escaped rape-robbery suspect. Thankfully, he was caught about a mile north of us. Life in the big city...time to move on...
Nothing new to report. I have been feeling pains, mostly intense pressure when I walk, but nothing regular. The crib is supposed to arrive today, and I've been dying to mop the floor. How exciting.
Congratulations Parrothead and Jen!!
Jen - Kyle's so cute!!
05-11-2006, 06:53 AM
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Hi All -
I tried to update the member page and couldn't because of the character limit. Instead (hope this is ok, it just occured to me that I made this decision without checking with the other mods) I pirated the "Open for Posting" post and started a list of babies who have arrived. If you have already delivered please check the post and make sure the in the information is correct. If it isn't please PM me or post the correction.
I'm logging off for now, I'll be back to finish the changes.
Your faithful co-mod (Southlooper)
05-11-2006, 08:13 AM
Baby Samuel was born at 12:47 Monday morning. He weights 7 lbs 4 ounces, is 19 inches long, and really is just perfect. Labor went beautifully, started early afternoon on Sunday, progressed nicely through the day, and Sam was born after about an hour of pushing. I opted not to do the epidural, and had a really great NCB experience. I need to write up my birth story soon. For those considering, you really can do it!
For those still waiting, I only had minimal progress at my last OB appointment. After laboring at home for around 6 to 8 hours, I arrived at the hospital 4 to 5 centimeters dilated, so it really can happen at any time. For us, I think DTD the night before really got things going.
A couple of pics...
05-11-2006, 08:38 AM
Welcome Kyle and Samuel!!
I had a dr. appointment yesterday and I am still 1 cm dilated (but now a loose 1) but 50% effaced (vs. 0% effaced at the last appointment) and his head is a little lower.
If I don't have him by Monday, I'll have an ultrasound that day and then we'll talk about induction. And I could be induced on Tuesday if I want to. Even though I'm 2 days from my due date, it still seems so crazy that I'm having a baby soon...weird, huh?
Congrats and welcome to the new babies!
I am nervous! Nervous that we get everything done that needs to be done (such as, getting me a new dresser so we can put the dresser with the changing table back into the kids' bedroom, getting a carseat, and just being overall ready). I am nervous that this kid is going to be a girl and I'm going to have a hard time with that. We're pretty sure that this is our last so if it's not a boy, I'm not sure how I'll take it. I would love to have one of each, but I know it would be really great if it was a girl because I know I always wished I had a sister growing up. I know no matter what I will love this child, but I can't help but feel that I'm going to be disappoointed if it's a girl. It won't matter at the end, right? I will love this child for whatever it is! I'm nervous that there's going to be a problem with the foot. I'm nervous about the surgery. I'm just nervous! If I could drink, I totally would! Oh, and I'm nervous that I won't get my final exam done on time.
05-11-2006, 12:40 PM
Well I'm home from my appointment! Here's the stats
4 cm dialated
I was given the option to go home or to the hospital. Obviously i chose to come home. There are a ton of things that i would like to do before having the baby, like PACK MY HOSPITAL BAG!! laundry, and finish up a few things in her room. I think i want to clean out the fridge too...I'm going to take a nap now, but will be back if anything happens. The Midwife said she would call me before the end of the day if I haven't called her first!!
05-11-2006, 12:55 PM
Standrea that is awesome! Good luck!
05-11-2006, 12:59 PM
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05-11-2006, 03:11 PM
Good Luck Standrea. Hopefully since you're already at 4 you'll have a quick labor and delivery.
Congrats Nettie. He's adorable.
Jarm That's great that you got an earlier date for the surgery. It's so hard worrying about everything I know but I'm sure everything will be fine.
lowcountrywedNot to much longer for you now either. Enjoy this weekend with just you and your dh.
SouthlooperYay for maternity leave. Sounds like you're leaving just in time. That's all kind of craziness going at your school.
smiles33Good Luck tomorrow. I'm sure you won't be getting much sleep tonight though. Wishing you a quick and easy delivery!!!
I know i'm missing some but I can't go back more.
We're hanging in there-I didn't get any sleep last night. Kyle was up until 3 am so we slept from 3-6 yuck.
Josh is back from outside so I'm going to play with him while Kyle sleeps.
05-11-2006, 04:35 PM
Macey Elise is here!
She was born at 3:40 am Tuesday morning. Despite the concern she'd be so big I'd need a c/s, she weighed in at 7lbs5oz!! And, to my great delight (not necessarily at the time!) I was able to deliver without pain meds. :eek:
I am still so full of emotion and can't wait to share my birthstory.
I haven't read back, but I hope everyone is doing well and lots of babies are arriving!!
05-11-2006, 05:14 PM
Congrats Bloomwood and welcome Macey.
05-11-2006, 06:07 PM
Congrats Bloomwood, Nettie, Parrothead, and other new mom's I've overlooked!!
I'm afraid I've been so engrossed in my own life I've gotten bad at shoutouts. :)
And today is no different:
Had an u/s today which showed the placenta, despite all odds, has moved! So now I'm having to totally shift gears. I was SO ready for a baby next Wednesday but the doctor said it was totally up to me: she'd do an elective c/s if I want but there was no medical need to. I just can't justify doing surgery when not needed, even though EVERYTHING was set for next wednesday. My mom has her plane tickets, etc etc. And I am so NOT prepared for labor. Ugh. So total mind-shift needed!!! Which means that despite the fact that this should be good news, I've been in tears and confused all afternoon. :rolleyes:
05-11-2006, 06:12 PM
Oh shortcake!! that is good news...I hope your decision is easy! Can they induce you on wed?
Congrats Bloomwood and welcome MACEY!!!
Congrats Nettie and welcome Samuel!!!
the midwife called a few hours ago and asked if i was heading to the hospital yet. I told her i'd like to wait a little longer. I'm starting to feel crampy, and my bag is packed. I've been trying to spend some time with my dog, she definately knows something is going on...i feel really bad for her. DH is getting so excited! he keeps putting his mouth up to my belly and says "hi Abbie, I can't wait to see you-really soon now!!"...
Ok, if I'm not back on in the morning, then i probably went to the hospital. I think we will probably go in a few hours...:eek: :D
05-11-2006, 07:21 PM
CONGRATS to Nettie and Bloomwood and welcome to Samuel and Macey! We head in to the hospital in about an hour or so....Hope to be back soon to post news of Jocelyn's arrival!
05-11-2006, 07:35 PM
Standrea - I'm excited for you! Can't wait to hear news! And thanks - for the happy thoughts...the decision isn't easy as I was so ready to have this baby next week. I haven't asked about induction, actually, but since I'm only 38 weeks there's no reason they would at this point (funny, since they would do a c/s if I wanted!) and frankly I didn't much like being induced the first time. Also knowing that the baby is probably on the smaller side I should be happy to let him bake a while longer.
The longer the news has to sink in, though, the more OK with it I feel; just need to make more concrete plans for someone to watch my daughter!
Wow - things are really moving along in here!!! Congrats to the new moms and babies and good luck to the impending ones!!!!
I've finally gotten some good news....doctor called today and the hospital approved my elective c-section!! I'm so happy but I'm also really nervous and scared. Part of me thinks, "Am I just being a baby? Should I just wait it out and try for a natural birth?" but then I have to realize that if my doctor was so strongly advocating for the c/s and the Chairman of the Obstetrics department approved (which they NEVER do - I'm only the second one this entire year), then it must be the right decision.
So little SH is going to be coming on Wednesday, May 17. It's actually very convenient because we're able to make plans - calling the baby nurse, our dog sitter, the mohel, etc. Also, our families can arrange to get their tickets to fly out now that we know when the bris will be. I just hope the recovery is as uneventful as most of the other women I know who've had one.
05-11-2006, 09:32 PM
Standrea-Good luck! I hope you got that floor clean!
fats-Glad to hear your C/S was approved.
05-11-2006, 10:28 PM
Shortcake: Good luck with your decision...But congrats on the upward-moving placenta!!!
Congratulations Bloomwood & welcome little Macey!!!
Congrats to Nettie & welcome Samuel!!
Tomorrow is my last day of work...YAHOO!!!! :D
05-12-2006, 07:56 AM
Hey all... Still here without a baby... I lost some plug last night (and more this morning --that must be one big plug :rolleyes: ) , but aside from discomfort and lethargy, no real change. I do feel little pangs that could be minor contractions and maybe it is the cynic in me, but I am doubting that they are anything substantial. So, I am here at work --and I scheduled another doctor's appointment for Monday morning.
Wishing everyone good thoughts... those that have had babies and those that are still waiting.
05-12-2006, 08:31 AM
fats - congrats! That's great that you got your elective c/s. You took my date! :) I have decided to not do the elective c/s and let baby decide when to come, hard as it will be.
This weekend I will be buying the rasberry tea and some pineapple! I talked to DH about DTD and (strange guy that he is) he was too afraid it would hurt me!! Which it probably would, I"m really swollen & sore down there. So I guess we won't be doing that method.
05-12-2006, 09:51 AM
I have decided to not do the elective c/s and let baby decide when to come, hard as it will be.
This weekend I will be buying the rasberry tea and some pineapple! I talked to DH about DTD and (strange guy that he is) he was too afraid it would hurt me!! Which it probably would, I"m really swollen & sore down there. So I guess we won't be doing that method.
I think you are making the right decision. How great that your placenta moved upward - that's pretty rare this late in game, right? Good luck on the natural induction methods!
Went to the hospital this morning positive that today Baby M would come. Nope! I got to the hospital and the contractions (which were three minutes apart and very intense) stopped. They just dropped off...it stunk! So I'm feeling a bit bummed that I went to the hospital for "no reason." However, I can almost guarantee they were contractions because my stomach was as hard as a rock, I could barely move and I could barely talk. The doctor said it could have been the position of the baby. At least they didn't make me feel stupid for coming in. My DH on the other hand, made me feel stupid by calling an ambulance to take me. Ahhh...the joys of being married to an EMT/firefighter. He didn't think that I'd be able to get into the truck.
05-12-2006, 10:04 AM
jarm - So cute that DH called an ambulance! Now I wouldn't drive myself to the hospital with contractions like that, but if DH is home he'll be driving us. (I will call an ambulance or a neighbor if he's not home though).
I have to say, having not given much thought to going into labor since I assumed I wouldn't have to, it's pretty disheartening to hear from you guys how hard it is to tell when it is really starting! Or that it may start and stop a few times. I wish there was just a timer that would go off saying "ok, it's time, go in now!"
lowcountrywed -Yep in the study I read the placenta (in the position it was in on me, this late in the game) moved up a whopping 0% of the time!! Which is so weird to me. But the study was only of about 60 women so that's not a very large sample.
05-12-2006, 10:07 AM
Everyone seems to be on edge waiting for their little one to arrive (including me), so I thought I'd post some pics of my nursery. We still need to get a white side table for beside the glider (why are white tables so hard to find?!?) and when we finalize a name (waiting until he gets here to make it official), we'll put letters up over the changing table. It's also hard to get a good picture of the whole room, but at least you get an idea.
05-12-2006, 10:11 AM
A quick update to introduce....
Born Tuesday, May 9th, 12:56pm
9 pounds, 4 ounces
She looks just like her big sister. The csection went well and we came home from the hospital yesterday afternoon. Everyone is in love! Hoping to post a picture in the coming days.....
Mod - please don't post her name on the first page, only initials...I will edit to initials later.
Congrats marchfamily!!! Glad to hear all went well!
lowcountrywed Your nursery looks amazing!! I love the mural on the wall - did you do that yourselves? And the little sailboat knobs on the closet are such a cute touch!!!
shortcake It's so weird that you and I have changed positions!!! Good luck with the natural birth - if my doctor weren't recommending the c/s I'm sure I'd be doing the same!
05-12-2006, 10:42 AM
fats - thanks! Oh and by natural I sure hope you don't mean sans-meds...I plan on an epidural as soon as they'll let me! :) But I think you meant just a "normal" birth. And good luck to you on your c/s!!
marchfamily - congratulations!
lowcountrywed - the room is beautiful!!
05-12-2006, 12:04 PM
lowcountrywed: LOVE the nursery pics! I'll follow your lead and post a few of mine...We just finished the room this week.
I just got back from acupuncture. I had electro-acupuncture for the first time. It's basically the needles hooked up to a low voltage battery, which sends currents through the body. I felt (and looked) like a car battery being re-started! The pressure points she used today are for encouraging labor. It's sort of like home remedies in that it will only really work if my body is ready. But I figured it's worth a shot...I've been drinking a cup of raspberry leaf tea everyday this week, and we've DTD two times.
Come on baby, come on!!!
05-12-2006, 02:21 PM
A quick fly by...
Just got back from my appointment. Still no change. I am making an effort to try to accept that this pregnancy will go past the due date and to enjoy the peace and sleep while I can.
On the bright side I have my first Mother's Day manicure/pedicure. Oh, that pedicure whirlpool felt great!!
Welcome to all the new babies. Congratulations moms!
05-12-2006, 05:22 PM
Fats- Thanks! A friend of mine actually painted it.
Emily- Cute nursery. Love the red and blue combo and I love the red chair.
shortcake I definitely did NOT mean an unmedicated birth!!!!
Emily I love the dinosaur theme!! And Jack is one of my favorite boy names - it's such a "man's man".
05-13-2006, 09:38 AM
I don't have much time so I can't catch up at the moment--but congratulations to any new mommies in the last week since my absence!!!
Here is my update:
My beautiful daughter Marlowe Reese was born May 5 at 11:14am, weighing 8 lb 10 oz and measuring 21 inches!!!!
Here are some photos:
There is so much to report but I don't want to overwhelm anyone. Let me say this about labor and delivery having been the biggest chicken and IV-phobe in the universe: you just get through it. My water broke Thursday (5/4) and I didn't have contractions--so they had to do the whole IV/pitocin thing. At 5cm I needed pain meds, so I even got the epi, the catheter, and all that scary stuff. I pushed for 4 hours and only tore in one tiny place and got one little stitch, even with this giant baby! I am healing really well and am on no pain meds.
So actually, the labor and delivery and postpartum is sort of the good news. The bad news (where I really don't want to overwhelm anyone) is that Marlowe was diagnosed with a heart defect and will need open heart surgery in the next 3-6 months. This is a really bittersweet time for my husband and me (and my whole family) as our daughter is adorable, thriving, and apparently healthy. (They didn't even catch it until her 2nd day of life.) BUT, we have this potentially fatal condition (and potentially fatal surgery) to deal with. We are already working with surgeons and pediatric cardiologists--Marlowe's first car ride was not home from the hospital but from the hospital to UCSF Medical Center to have a surgical consult. However, there is normalcy because when we are at home she really is just like any other newborn--eating, sleeping, pooping, gurgling, etc. and I love it.
Anyway, I could go on and on but I better stop. I hope I didn't worry anyone, it's really rare and her chances are still quite good I'm told. We are just enjoying her and loving her and doing the best we can. Not sure when I'll be back by, but again--my heart is with all of you new mommies and moms-to-be!!!!
05-13-2006, 09:42 AM
June Mom delurking...
Sneezy ~ Congrats on the birth of your gorgeous daughter! I am expecting a DD in the next 4 weeks and we found out 1 1/2 weeks ago that she has a heart condition where she will need surgery at 3-6 months as well. She has AVSD (also called AV Canal) and the chances of survival are over 97% from the surgery. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
05-13-2006, 09:53 AM
Sneezy - First of all, congratulations on your beautiful baby daughter!! She is gorgeous. I'm so sorry to hear she'll need surgery right away. I do think, in my professionally un-medical opinion, that the fact that she's doing well otherwise has to be a great sign that she'll do well with the surgery and have a smooth recovery. I know this must be incredibly difficult for you and your husband! Please don't worry about "scaring us" we want to support you however we can! It also sounds good that they didn't rush her into surgery right away, as they sometimes do have to do - they must feel pretty comfortable letting her grow and get stronger before the surgery. Please keep us posted when you can and we will be thinking about you guys!
05-13-2006, 10:15 AM
Sorry I havent checked in for a while but...
David Henri was born on May 6th at 2:16 am weighing 3470 grams (7lbs 7oz) and 51cm long (20 inches).
I'll write up my birth story on Monday when I have more time. I've only returned home yesterday from the hospital so we are still getting used to the little guy.
Congrats to all the new mommies- I have a lot of reading to catch up with :eek:
Happy Mother's Day!
Please don't worry about "scaring us" we want to support you however we can!
I second that - we're here for you!! Congratulations on your beautiful baby - love the name!! (I feel like I say that to everyone, but seriously, everyone on this thread has such great taste in names, IMHO!)
Good luck and please keep us posted!
05-13-2006, 12:52 PM
I second that - we're here for you!! Congratulations on your beautiful baby - love the name!! (I feel like I say that to everyone, but seriously, everyone on this thread has such great taste in names, IMHO!)
Good luck and please keep us posted!
I third that...Please, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts. Take it one day at a time, and just know that your support network extends beyond those you "know" in person. :-) Please do keep us updated.
05-13-2006, 01:44 PM
SneezyCongrats on the birth of your DD. You sound so positive and she's lucky to have you guys as parents. I'll be keeping Marlowe in my thoughts and don't worry about scaring us-we're here to support you.
MrsUCongrats to you! They kept you at the hospital for awhile huh. Is that the norm there?
FatsI'm happy to hear they approved your C-Section. Those are some crazy hoops you have to jump through to get approved.
Kyle is doing well. He had his ped. appt yesterday. He was down to 7lbs 13 ozs. We'll go back on Monday for a weight check. WIth the amount he's been nursing he has to weigh more. Speaking of nursing.....
Congrats Mrs. U!!! We must've of posted at the same time because I completely missed yours!! How many pounds did he weigh? I suck at the metric system!!!
Serioulsy - is it just me or has everyone picked out some great names!!! Everytime I see a new name on this thread I'm like, "Wow - I love that one!!!"
Not much new with me but I'm feeling really crappy and I'm starting to get nervous that it might be a sign that I'm going to go into labor soon. Now that I've got my mind all wrapped around the idea of the C-section, I really don't want to go into labor before Wednesday. Maybe I'm crazy, but I've talked myself into all the reasons why a C-section is preferable to me than a "normal" birth. Think it'll help if I just keep my legs crossed real tight? ;)
05-13-2006, 06:02 PM
oh my gosh!!!!! look at all the babies!!!!!! Congrats to all the new momma's and BABIES!!! love all the names everyone has picked and those are some cutey babies!!!
40w 1d and still no sign of baby. kinda hopping for a mothers day baby since DH was born on mothers day, but as of now, i am having no symptoms!
my last day of work was yesterday!! WOOHOOO!! grateful for that, so now i am hoping the baby decides to come soon.
Happy Mothers Day to everyone!!!
05-13-2006, 06:10 PM
Now that I've got my mind all wrapped around the idea of the C-section, I really don't want to go into labor before Wednesday. Maybe I'm crazy, but I've talked myself into all the reasons why a C-section is preferable to me than a "normal" birth. Think it'll help if I just keep my legs crossed real tight?
Just gotta say - I hear ya! I was you...until 2 days ago. Oh well! I hope baby stays put for you so that you don't have to switch mental gears!
05-13-2006, 06:59 PM
sneezy - congrats on your beautiful baby girl. I will keep your family in my thoughts.
Congrats to all the other new mommas too!
To those getting close, hang in there! Get some sleep for me (and the other newbies!).
I put a pic of Macey and an abbreviated version of my birthstory in my journal.
She is doing well, but not having enough bowel movements, but is thankfully peeing again. I'm afraid that means we have a big ol' blow out coming! She had a big one on the exam table at her WBV yesterday...not fun! Her ped assures us she is fine and my milk is in and giving her lots of nourishment - she just seems to like to store it up. :rolleyes:
DH's mom comes tomorrow, so I'm not sure when I'll be on again. Look forward to hearing of the new arrivals though.
Happy Mother's Day!
05-13-2006, 07:44 PM
Hey - graphic question. Is the bloody show just red blood or is it mucousy or thick or whatever? I am nervous b/c it is "thin" red blood and not thick (when I lost my plug with DD it was very different). The doc on call, who was not very warm and fuzzy, wasn't concerned and told me that's what it was, but I need advice from my experts!
I am feeling him in my tailbone and overall just lower today! I also am sure he has flipped to posterior, which is not great - but maybe he'll flip during labor? DD was sunny side up also and it was no fun, and I was so happy because until today or so he seemed to be facing the correct way. Sigh.
05-13-2006, 11:12 PM
Okey doke. I am finally getting around to this. Turns out, a newborn takes a lot of time!
On Thurs. 5/4, I woke up in the morning and noticed a little bit of blood. I decided to go for a walk and when I got home, I noticed a tiny bit more. I figured I was losing my plug and did some research/called some friends about it to see how long it might be before labor began. Turns out, I heard/read that it could take anywhere from hours to weeks! Real helpful.
I called DH and let him know. I asked if he thought it was still ok to go shopping at the outlets (about 45 miles away) w/ my SIL and we agreed that it was fine. I shopped from 10am - 1pm and then headed home.
When I got home, I felt tired. I decided to take a nap. I woke up from the nap at 3:30pm to a deep pain in my lower back and my lower abdomen. The abdomen pain was mostly when I stood up and felt like the soreness I got whenever I stood up, due to my big ol' belly. Maybe TMI, but I pretty much felt constipated and figured that was the issue. Maybe 30-45 minutes later, I got the same feeling. Again, didn't think much of it, assumed it was constipation, and went on my way.
I got another one of these bouts and suddenly wanted to throw up, too. I started getting scared that this might be it. DH was at work and VERY busy trying to finish an assignment and I didn't want to bother him. I started to get all sweaty, like I had a fever, and decided I needed a shower. While I was in the shower, I got another one of the pains and it dropped me to my knees.
I got out of the shower and called DH. I said that something *might* be happening. I told him the details and we thought that it might be some pre-labor stuff, esp. b/c the pains were short (30 seconds or so) and I can't tell you how many times our birthing class said that labor pains were "long & strong" (and down to get the friction on...sorry....) But, DH said to call the dr. and let him know. I then proceed to puke up my entire lunch w/ DH on the phone. Lovely.
At this point, it is 5pm on a Thursday in Los Angeles and DH has to make it home. Lovely timing on my/her part, huh? I talk to the dr. and he says that I should come in. DH gets home, packs his stuff, and we hop in the car. We race over to the hospital. Again, Thursday traffic in LA and we have to go through Hollywood, past all the set-up/street closures for the stupid Mission Impossible 3 premiere.
DH somehow gets us to the hospital in 45 minutes. During the drive, I am miserable. The contractions (I finally admit they are contractions) are 2-3 minutes apart, but still 30 seconds long, and a 7 or 8 on the pain scale. I have a HUGE pain tolerance and these are just knocking me for a loop. I think that my water broke on the drive, too. Thatís good for the leather seats!
It is about 7pm and we get to the hospital and, of course, the closest parking lot is full. So, we have to park a bit further away and I have to walk in. It was hilarious to see the looks that I got, as I was SO obviously in labor. I get to triage and they are kinda tied up w/ other people. Finally, a nurse sees me mid-contraction and hurries to get me a bed to be evaluated. They get me changed and on the table w/ monitors on. They do an internal and say that I am 5 centimeters dilated and that I have no amniotic fluid. Contractions are coming hard & fast and I throw up again. No one told me about this part!!!
They get me straight to a labor/delivery/recovery room. I requested my epidural and doctors are there quickly. I think that it is about 8pm or so now. The epidural kicks in and, although I feel a lot of pressure, thereís really not any pain. The nurses were having trouble getting the babyís heartbeat on the external monitors (scary moments), so they put internal monitors on her. Once those were on, we had no trouble hearing her heart, but the rate dropped dramatically w/ each contraction. The doctors surmised that she was either on the cord or it was around her neck. With no fluid in there, she had no cushion. So, they put a catheter in that pumped water to the baby every time I had a contraction and that stabilized everything.
Things continued to progress quickly and I begin pushing at 9:55pm. At about 10:15pm, they say that the baby is very close, but my doctors isnít there yet. Heís about 10 minutes away. They have another OB/Gyn there, but give me the option to wait for him. I opt for that and stop pushing. He walks in the door at about 10:22pm. He checks things out, another contraction comes, he asks me to push and one push later, at 10:24pm, Meghan Elizabeth was born. She was 20.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.
So, a total of 7.5 hours of labor for our 1st baby. I am scared to think how fast the next ones will come! All in all, it was an amazing night and I am so thankful for my beautiful daughter every day!!!
Happy Mothers Day
To all the moms and moms to be!!
Parrot - thanks for the birth story!!
05-14-2006, 07:13 AM
Happy Mothers Day!!
Sorry for the lack of so's, it's been busy around here and I've also felt lousy. I don't recommend a sinus/uri on top of recovering from a c/s. However, I think the antibotics are finally working :) We've been home a week as of today and things are going decent, but I'm very thankful that my DH has been off all week!
Bloomwood -- for what it's worth my little guy hasn't had one in over 2 days, he was going everytime he ate when I had him on the breastmilk, but then because I was so sick we had to switch to formula and it's messed up their system. I know he's eating plenty (3 oz every 3 1/2 - 4 hours), so i don't have to worry about that, but he has to be uncomfortable. All newborns are different, as long as she doesn't act upset or really bloated she will be fine.
As for scaring us, please don't worry about that -- we are all here for each other, please keep posting and keep your head up, it sounds like you are already doing that.
Congrats to everyone that has their little ones and best wishes for the type of labor you want for everyone else.
05-14-2006, 09:39 PM
Just got home and skimmed really quickly! Congrats to all the new other moms and Sneezy--my thoughts are with you!
Our baby girl Jocelyn Pearl was born Friday, May 12 at 3:21 pm, after having been induced Thursday night around 9 pm with Cervadil. She weighed 8 pounds, 2.3 oz and measured 19 3/4 inches long!
FYI, for those who haven't yet gone into labor, I was able to get up to 4 cm dilation (from 1 cm pre-meds) without any pitocin but when contractions started slowing down, we started the pitocin at 12 noon. I pushed for only 45 minutes, had 2 minor tears (but am already feeling pretty good down there!) and out popped Jocey! It was great because they set up a mirror so I could see her emerge and it was SO POWERFUL! I highly recommend it if you aren't squeamish.
No pictures yet, as this is a quick break to get through emails and catch up on CC before I go back to breastfeed her (she's powerfully hungry with a strong suction but not skilled at getting a good latch yet, so this is actually MORE painful than labor for me!). Hope to be back soon!
05-15-2006, 02:37 AM
Hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day!
ACK! Insomina again, this tme because I am having an allergic reaction to something and have a nasty rash all over my stomach and breasts. Its seems to be spreading to my arms and legs. The last time this happened I was on prendisone for a week. Can't do that now. This is most uncomfortable.
05-15-2006, 03:16 AM
Well my waters broke on Thursday (5/4) morning at 6:30am. Went shopping with MIL for last minute things like diapers and wipes. Went to the midwife at 2pm and was only 1/2 cm dialated- was told to come back with bags at 8pm if contractions werent coming frequently. Checked in at 8pm and had all the moniters hooked up. Basically I couldnt sleep between the contractions every 15 minutes to a 1/2 hour and the bloody cows on the farm behind the hospital.
Friday morning comes and the contractions were up to 7 minutes apart for an hour- then went back to 15 minutes to 1/2 hour. Saw my Dr which informed me that he was going to a convention and wouldnt be back until 10pm- I told him this kiddo will wait cause I really didnt want the horrible c-section dr on duty. In the afternoon the midwives tried with homiopathy stuff to get the contractions moving- only made them a bit stronger and not frequent. P came at 3pm cause I was bored of walking the short hall. So we went for a walk around the hospital gardens.
After dinner they hooked me up to IV meds to start the contractions- man did they come! After 1.5 hours I was only up to a loose 1 cm dialated. I was basically told the best route is full gas with the IV meds with a walking Epidural- so I took it. After the Epidural man was it bliss- no pain to be felt and only a bit of pressure! Seriously I now understand why the women on Baby Story look so happy after it!
2 hours later the midwife checked me again- this time I was at 9cm (shocked me to say the least). I was finally able to get up and get into the standing/ squating/ love the damn stool position to get him to move down. I still wasnt feeling any pain thank goodness and so we went on to pressing. I believe pressing was for an hour- then my dr showed up at 1:50am Sat morning . Everything was going well until the last 4 presses- they had to give me 2 episiotomies *yikes pain!* and he finally came out all at once with the last push at 2:16am.
I dont remember P cutting the cord though which I'm a bit sad about. The midwife did accidentally lost the clip to the placenta which sent blood all over the room- including on the dr's nice shirt, walls, me, her- basically everything except P's nice white tee.lol I did see a bit of the placenta- weighed 1lb 2 oz. P and the midwife washed David because he had a bit of blood in his hair then took his pics, foot prints and got him dressed.
All in all the whole birth was fab until those last 4 pushes. I'm still a bit sore down there, and lost 26 lbs so far (15 more to go).
I have to give ya'll credit for the short stays at the hospital. Here I was in for a week and it was so worth it especially with the breastfeeding help. David had a tiny bit of jaundice which has cleared up since my milk has come in. I am so glad to be finally home though.
3470 grams is 7 lbs 7oz I believe (sorry I'm not the best metric converter) .
05-15-2006, 04:08 AM
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05-15-2006, 07:40 AM
Congratulations new mommies! The first baby in the June Mommies thread was just born. Things are getting a lot more real around there :)!
05-15-2006, 09:07 AM
Congrats to all the new mommies and babies. Happy Mothers Day - late. I am far behind, but we are full up with visitors until the middle of june. I am following along. All your babies are beautiful and handsome.
Good luck and easy labor vibes to all those still waiting for their bundles. Can't wait to meet more babies!!
05-15-2006, 09:18 AM
Congratulations to all the new mommies! Happy belated Mother's Day to everyone. My first Mother's day was a bit weird, I'm really a mom?
Sam just got back from his one week visit to the Ped. His jaundice is competely gone, yay, and even better he is back above his birth weight. While he may not be a champion sleeper, he is most definitely a champion eater. This is such a relief considering the neonatalogist at the hospital had me supplementing. But since last weds, it's been all breast milk, and Sam is a happy little boy.
Mrs U I was a bit scared to leave the hospital after two days, I really wanted to take one of the nurses with me. But, I hated the middle of the night vital signs checks, that always came just after Sammy fell asleep. I hated the food, and I hated the stupid hospital bed. Being home is like a sigh of relief.
05-15-2006, 01:00 PM
Welcome to the new babies!!!!!
How are the rest of the mommies-to-be doing?? I have really taken a downward spiral as far as my spirits are concerned. I am so freaking uncomfortable and just want him OUT OF ME! I'm really irritable toward DH. He told me last night that he's having a hard time adjusting to me not being so "happy with pregnancy" anymore. Well, SORRY dude...It was bound to happen.
Saturday night we stayed the night at my parents' house. I couldn't sleep and couldn't get comfortable, etc. I ended up going downstairs and attempted to sleep on the couch and lazy boy chair. That didn't work out so well. Sunday I was so exhausted and my body was sore from being so uncomfortable the night before. I was mad at DH because I thought he was the one who should have offered to go downstairs, not me. This is what was going through my mind when I went downstairs: "Good lord, I am carrying his child, the least he could do was offer to sleep downstairs. But nooooooooo, he's making me, his 9-months pregnant wife do ALL the work." LOL...Can you say hyper-sensitive?? Poor DH... :p
Ok, enough venting from me...Luckily I'm FREE from work starting this week!! I'm headed to get my first and only pregnancy massage. I could (obviously) use some relaxation... :D
Things are not so hunky-dory here, either! I'm so moody and I snapped at DH for not calling the pediatrician's office when I asked him to. He wanted to rest for a few minutes. Fine! But I lost it...he told me to relax and I started crying telling him not to tell me to relax. I then went to DD's room and cleaned up all her toys (except for the baby dolls and the Dora house, as per her instructions). I'm cranky and crabby and I think it's because I know I'm choosing to do an ERC and that I'm taking the loser way out. Whatever! That and the fact that in less than 48 hours Baby M will be here is driving me insane! We're not ready! We're more ready than we were at 9 this morning, but still...
You see...I must be nervous or upset or something because I'm rambling! I only ramble when there's something bugging me.
We must have a new May baby by now because April was going in for her c/s today. Thinking of you April!
05-15-2006, 03:12 PM
I just got off the phone with April - turned out they switched her csec appointment from 7:30a to noon without telling her!
Anyway - Nolan is here!
6 lbs, 12 oz, 19" long, but has a big head!
Born at 12:15pm!
Nursing is going well and she sounded fabulous (but she did admit that the spinal was still in effect!)
05-15-2006, 03:15 PM
A quick fly by to say Joshua Blair arrived May 14th, on Mother's day! If you saw my little post about the blood - I started having contractions pretty regularly not too long after that showed up, and by 11pm on the 13th they were 3.5 minutes apart and we were on our way to the hospital! Josh was born at 5am, weighing 6 lbs 10 oz and 19.5 inches long. He's healthy, there was no trouble with the placenta, and the labor was way more managable than my pitocin-induced first child. Plus I got an epidural (which didn't quite work on one side but it was close enough) early on so that was great! Uh oh gotta go baby needs me!
lauren f s
05-15-2006, 05:09 PM
Hi, I'm posting for Standrea...
Andrea just called -
Abigail was born May 12! She weighed 8 lbs 9 oz and is 20 inches long. She has dark curly hair, dark blue eyes, and Andrea says she looks just like Stan.
She's home and sounds really, really good. I'll let her do all the updating when she's ready.
Wow! All these babies! Mine's still snug in my belly.
I just wanted to send an extra special congrats to shortcake. You wouldn't have made it to your c-section date anyway. I'm glad that things went so well!
So many new babies!!! Congrats to all the new moms!!
I feel kind of like I'm the only one left, even though I know there are still quite a few of us.
I'm feeling extremely uncomfortable - the baby still hasn't dropped and as of today's OB appointment I have still made NO progress. At least my OB told us that she really thought we were doing the right thing with the C-section on Wednesday. According to my fundal height, despite the fact that I'm 39 weeks today, I'm measuring at 49 weeks. I didn't even know that was possible!!!
I'm hanging in there but I can't believe that in 24 hours I'll be getting ready for bed, only to wake up and head to the hospital to meet my little guy!!!
05-15-2006, 10:25 PM
Hey everyone!! Welcome to all the new babies!
We are FINALLY home. Abigail Jane was born friday, 5/12 at 10:25 pm. She was 8lbs and 9 oz and 20 inches long. She has such dark thick curly hair, and looks like her daddy. It was a L O N G day for us, and seemed like everything was going wrong, but we are so happy about it. I was able to do a natural childbirth, despite the pitocin that was given to me. I will type up her birth story in the morning, I'm not sure if you guys want me to post it in here for just my journal. There were some scary moments; Abbie had shoulder displacia, and right now has a fractured clavical. We met with the orthopedic surgeons, and it looks like everything should heel on its own within the next week.
To all the mommy's still waiting to deliver-I'm thinking of you. I hope you have a smooth ride. My number one piece of advice is to go in with an open mind. Everything happens for a reason, so don't be disappointed if things don't go exactly as you wish them too...
The new family-
Playing with Daddy-
05-16-2006, 08:14 AM
August mommy popping in to see if anyone has heard anything from nettreefrog?
Congrats on all of the beautiful new May babies!!
05-16-2006, 08:46 AM
Congrats Andrea! She's beautiful!
So are Jarm and Fats the only two scheduled to go tomorrow?
I'm still very much pg and I'm happy about that. I'm just not ready to be a mother of two yet! And I'm not terribly uncomfortable, so she can stay put a bit longer!
05-16-2006, 09:06 AM
Congrats Standrea! Abigail is so cute. Sorry to hear about her bone, but very glad it should heal well on it's own!
I will try to get some pictures up soon of Josh. We are doing well here, if tired.
Anyone have any advice for breastfeeding? He's latching on ok, and he's drinking I believe, but OUCH! The only thing about his latch is I feel like his mouth should be a little wider - I am trying! Any tips for getting him to open super wide?
05-16-2006, 09:22 AM
Anyone have any advice for breastfeeding? He's latching on ok, and he's drinking I believe, but OUCH! The only thing about his latch is I feel like his mouth should be a little wider - I am trying! Any tips for getting him to open super wide?
Marisa and the other ladies who post in: http://www.constantchatter.com/showthread.php?t=16008&page=32
are a wonderful resource!
I would also suggest putting the bottom of your areola on his bottom lip and then kind of rolling your breast/nipple into his mouth - that always seemed to help Nora when she was freshly born. GOOD LUCK!
05-16-2006, 10:32 AM
quick flyby to say congrats to the most recent mommies!
And, Fats - Macey didn't drop until I was in labor. My uterus was 44 cm on Friday (my due date) and my dr. measured me just for fun during pushing and it was 34 cm. You're so close to your c/s and he'll be here soon! Finally!
Yes, wondering about nettreefrog!
shortcake - not a pro here at all, but I find that if I make a tight sandwich out of my breast and shove it in while her mouth is fairly wide, it makes it easier.
05-16-2006, 11:53 AM
Thanks for the BF advice! I like both your specific tips, and will check out the thread also.
05-16-2006, 04:46 PM
Congrats to all the new mommies!!!
Shortcake I second the breastfeeding thread...such good advice there! In my breastfeeding class, the lactation consultant taught us to aim the nipple towards the top part of the mouth (instead of centering it) to get the best latch possible. I also used a shield for a while to help with some slightly flat nipples during the engorgement stage. Also, remember that some stinging while the nipple is getting fully extended is totally normal! Good luck!
05-16-2006, 05:15 PM
Congratulations to Shortcake and Standrea
Good luck tomorrow Jarm and fats
I'm guessing Nettreefrogmust have had or is having her baby b/c I'm sure would have posted by now.
Kyle had a weight check yesterday and is at 8 lbs even-only 10 ozs from his birth weight. He still has his days and nights mixed up-he sleeps great during the day but not so great at night. I can't wait to introduce a bottle in two weeks so DH can take the 10 feeding so I can get some good sleep in.
It's funny b/c with Josh I was just so exhausted all day but for some reason this time around it isn't so bad. Then again my mom is still here so I haven't had to do any laundry etc. When she leaves I know everything will change.
So far Josh is doing great as a big brother. He loves kissing his brother and wants to hold him all the time.
Hope everyone is feeling good and can't wait to meet more babies!
05-16-2006, 07:07 PM
I haven't checked on this board in a couple of weeks but wanted to announce that we had our baby boy! He was born on May 9th and his name is Tyler John- he came in at 8 lbs 7 oz and 21 inches long with a full head of black hair. I can't get enough of him and he makes sure of that every night from 3-7 am!
I don't have time to catch up on posts right now but I wanted to say Congratulations to all the new moms:)
05-17-2006, 12:17 AM
Congrats Shortcake, GA Girl, & Standrea!
Jen To get your little man to sleep most of the night try feeding him frequently in the day- even if you have to wake him up. I do this with David with last feed ending at 11pm and he wakes up only once at 3am and sleeps until 7 or 8am.
Shortcake My nipples were killing me the first week breastfeeding. I've been using Purelan (before and after feeds) and cold compresses to ease the pain. Mother's Mates straight from the fridge works well too.
Finally we got the witching hours (4pm-7pm) under control. Nothing like a screaming baby when one is cooking/eating. I guess he's just not a fan of sleeping on his back so tummy time it is for peace and quiet.
Does anyone else have a belly sleeper and do you let him/her sleep through the night on his/her belly? Right now David sleeps on me belly down cause I'm afraid of the whole SIDS thing. During the day he sleeps in his bassinet belly down no problem without stirring. If I put him on his back he sleeps for 20 minutes and then wakes up.:rolleyes:
Good luck Jarm and Fats!
05-17-2006, 08:27 AM
Mrs. U - Thanks for the product advice. Are your nipples less sore these days?
So far Josh will sleep on his back. But DD was a TERRIBLE back sleeper, and after 2 months we gave up and let her sleep on her tummy. It greatly improved her sleeping, but the ped was not happy about it. I think the risk of SIDS is in part because they sleep so much sounder on their tummy. At that point, though, we didn't feel we had an option. Are you still swaddling David? That is supposed to help. But if tummy is the only way he'll sleep, I say let him - we all survived it!
05-17-2006, 10:19 AM
Thank you everyone!!
Abbie is doing great. So far (Fingers crossed, knock on wood), Abbie has slept pretty much through the night, waking up 1ce for feeding. She is such a good baby. Today she is a little bit fussy-but it seems to be getting better.
Anytime we put her on her back, she rolls to her side. We can't control it, and dont' know what to do! Is sleeping on her side just as bad as on her tummy??
Breastfeeding is going great too. I was really worried that we would have an issue, and that she wouldn't latch, especially since i didn't get to even HOLD her for 4 hours after birth, but it seems to be a ok...
05-17-2006, 12:21 PM
Standrea - Our DD is a side sleeper, too. Our ped said it was ok, so long as she slept on both (and not just 1) side. Apparently, their little heads can flatten out if they only sleep on one side.
Turns out, she was only a right side sleeper. So, we now have the "Inclined to Sleep" sleep positioner from BRU and she's doing great.
05-17-2006, 07:32 PM
Just back from my 39w appt. No real news to report...AGAIN. I'm up to 75% effaced, but still at 1cm. She did say it was a "loose" 1cm, though. Well whoop-de-doo. Can you tell I was hoping for better news?!
I've really been cramping a lot in the past few days, though...I really don't think they're contractions - but could they be?
I did get a pedicure today with my mom - so if nothing else, at least my toes are pretty for the delivery room! :p
Well, I'm off for a long walk, followed by consumption of pineapple & raspberry leaf tea, and DTD....Sigh...
05-18-2006, 10:47 AM
Em I'm sorry you had a disapointing dr. appt hopefully something happens for you asap.
Okay this falls in the way tmi catagory but I am so uncomfortable here. Basically I'm trying to have a bm and I can't it hurts so bad. I was given a stool softner the night before I left the hospital and that helped a couple times but not anymore. I sent DH out last night to buy me more and I'm just waiting for it work. It doesn't help that I have stitches down there either.
Ugh this just sucks.
Kyle slept better last night. He actually slept in his swing for two hours and I got to get a good sleep in bed. Afterwards he slept with me in the bed.
Here's a picture of Josh holding Kyle. He loves it, he's always holding his arms out so he can hold him.
Well I'm going to grab some lunch then lay down while both boys are napping.
05-18-2006, 11:03 AM
Jen - I'm so with you on the bm stuff. it hurts!! i even have a rx for 250mg colace. I've been drinking caffeine lattes and mixing all bran with raisin bran to help. I am also on hard core iron supplements which doesn't help!
05-18-2006, 11:05 AM
for the ROs: when will the post partum pain/bleeding let up? i have a f/u appt w/ my ob on Monday, but would some insight. thanks!
05-18-2006, 11:26 AM
I'm back, with some pictures!
Oh but first a couple replies -
Jen - Ugh sorry about that, I am still dreading the first bm which hasn't happened yet!! Take those stool softeners...my doctor said to keep taking them for a while, till you feel you're going without trouble. Also they did say it's nearly impossible to rip the stitches (something I was worried about) so even though it may hurt don't worry you're not damaging things!
em - sorry about the slow progress!!
bloomwood - how often are you supposed to take your colace? Maybe I should up mine - they told me 100mg 2x day. I'm so nervous - it's been 4 days now and nothing, so I am not looking forward to it (I feel like I've been eating a lot...where is it all going?) As for the bleeding - I can't remember what happened for me last time, but I think I have heard 2-6 weeks. In the hospital they said let them know if it gets heavier. And my pain lasted about 4 weeks last time (I assume you mean the hurts-to-sit-down pain?) but I know it can vary greatly. Hang in there!
On the baby front - Josh is a great baby so far! He's pleasant, sleeps a lot of course, nurses decently (I think it's getting better - thanks for the tips! I'm going to keep working on it but I am very encouraged). Night times haven't been nearly as bad as they were with DD - last night he even did a 4 hour stretch! But even if we get 2-3 hour stretches I am thrilled since DD was up every hour. Of course this could still change as he "wakes up" from being born - I'm not going to count my chickens just yet.
Ok, here are some pics!
Just stopping by to say congrats to all the new mommies and hang in there to all those still pregnant! Your little ones will be here before you know it! :) I'm loving the pictures of all of these beautiful babies!
Lila is doing great. She turned two weeks old Tuesday. Mommy OTOH has had a minor complication. I still haven't been able to come back to post my birth story but let's just say that your bottom takes a beating when a 9 lb posterior baby comes flying out of you! I was intact when I delivered her (no episiotomy, no tears) but have since developed two hematomas in my crotch-one the size of a lemon and the other the size of a grape. I had the big one incised the other day and I head back to the dr tomorrow so he can decide what to do with me next. It's unbelievable how much pressure that thing caused. I mean, I felt like the baby's head was still between my legs!
I'm totally bummed that the dr had to make an incision since I was intact after my labor and delivery and I can't believe how much it hurt! Funny that I don't need pain meds for labor and delivery but I was begging him to knock me out when he removed that hematoma. :p Anyway, I hope to check in more often once I'm able to comfortably sit again.
Would one of the moderators mind updating my info when they get a chance? I'm 27 and my DH is 29. Oh, and Lila's weight was actually 8lbs, 15.2 oz. My bad. I didn't post that measly .2 in my original post. Thanks so much!!!
05-18-2006, 12:17 PM
Just dropping in to say that Joshua Benjamin arrived on Mother's Day at 11:52 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 1/2 inches long. I see another Joshua came on Mother's Day too- how neat!
We are doing well. Nursing is going well - although he seems to want to nurse All. The. Time. Going to the dr. and lacation consultant tomorrow.
Here's a couple pics.
05-18-2006, 12:33 PM
Gabriel Tobias was born Monday, May 15th 2006 at 6:24 am. He weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
We came home yesterday, and had our first doctorís appointment a few minutes ago. Aside from a bit of jaundice, he is doing quite well Ėand eating a ton. His hourly feedings have packed on the weight Ėand he is now 9 pounds!
Hereís a few early photos!
Thanks again for all your warm wishes and prayers! Iíll be back at a later time to post my birth story. Until then, congrats to all the other new mommies!
05-18-2006, 03:55 PM
Welcome to all the new babies!!!! And congrats to the new (and RO) mommies!!
I'm literally green with envy.... ;)
P.S. Who still hasn't had their baby yet? Feeling like the only one here...
05-18-2006, 04:44 PM
Welcome to the new babies!!
lowcountrywed - Yay another mother's day Joshua! In fact, our other top name was Benjamin, so I really like your choice!
Kim - ugh sorry about the hematomas! That sounds miserable. I hope you feel much better soon.
05-19-2006, 09:28 AM
38w, 6d Still knocked up! :D
I thought I had posted here last night, but guess I never did! Thank goodness the hospital has wireless...I'm bored without DH here and Rachael sleeping. Gives me something to help pass the time.
I will be going home on Sunday. Rachael Elyse was born on Wednesday at 11:34 am (by c-section). She weighed 6lbs. 12.2 oz and was 18 3/4 inches long. She is much shorter than Arlyn was and weighed more than she did.
I'm nursing and it seems to be going well. I'm sore, but I'm up and around. The nurses are impressed by how well I can get around, but caution me to take it easy. I realized they are right today because I am so sore. I should've remembered this from last time. However, all the movement plus not having pain meds from 1am until 10 am, I'm sure, makes a huge difference. I'm rambling...I'm bored!
You can check out pics on rachaelelyse.shutterfly.com. I think I covered everything else, though.
Best wishes to those who have yet to deliver!
05-19-2006, 12:49 PM
Congrats Jarm! She's a cutie pie!
I know you had some concerns about her feet - are they still looking into that or do you know what is up?
05-19-2006, 01:20 PM
All the babies are so cute!
My little angel is sleeping peacefully in a milk coma.
Jen - I am taking the 250mg 2x per day. I think the dosage is so strong partly to counter the effects of the iron supplements. I know from experience that dreading going gives me stage fright and makes it even harder to do. :o
Update on me:
I am not super happy right now. I think I mentioned it in my journal, if not here, but I had some pretty major hemorraging after the delivery and lost over a liter of blood. I am on a sort of bed rest and can't drive (they're afraid I'll pass out) and can't over exert myself. I have been given permission to walk the 3 blocks to my local starbucks, but can't go any further or more than once a day. I had my blood drawn yesterday and was hopeful my blood count would be back up so I could start driving. Instead, it is lower than it was in the hospital. I have to eat 2 servings a day of red meat as well as work in dark greens. On top of that, DH's mom just left this morning after helping for the week and my mom just arrived. It is going to be tough to continue to be sort of confined here for a few more days. I have another blood draw on Tuesday and hopefully I'll be set free then.
This makes me double bummed because I would like to start working on losing the baby weight. So far, I am down 18 of the 30 lbs I gained, but eating red meat and not being able to at least walk is not going to help with the downward trend.
Thanks for letting me vent. Seeing my precious daughter reminds me that it is all worth it, but sometimes I need to bitch a little :rolleyes:
shortcake - There does not seem to be a problem with her feet at this point...thank goodness. Thanks for asking!
In my world...I can't stop crying tonight. I have no clue what is wrong with me. Crazy! In any event, Rachael seems to be getting a bit jaundiced. They're going to watch it. We won't be going home until Sunday which is a real good thing because I really don't feel good tonight. I'm extra sore and my back is killing me. I've been getting dizzy spells galore, too. Not cool!
05-19-2006, 06:24 PM
jarm -Hooray about the feet!!! That's great news. Sorry you're feeling bad today. Sounds like a totally normal reaction/emotion for someone who just had a baby though. By the way my back was really hurting after delivery, too - I attributed it to my epidural.
Bloomwood - hang in there! I hope your iron levels come up soon. Don't worry too much about the baby weight - I've heard it comes off when it's ready no matter what you do.
I'm finally home and excited to post about the arrival of our son, Stephen Hunter (we call him Hunter) on May 17 (Wednesday) at 9:12am. He was 'only' 8 lbs 7 oz (I say only because I had a c-section because we were expecting him to be MUCH larger) and 22 inches long.
He is absolutely gorgeous with bright red hair - just like my father, who he is named after. I'm feeling great - the c-section and recovery has been relatively easy (knock wood) and I really haven't needed many pain killers. Honestly, the worst part of the recovery for me was being on morphine the first day - it made me feel horrible.
We got home yesterday and he's been such a good baby so far. I'm more tired now than I was in the hospital because the baby nurse has me up feeding him more often than I did in the hospital. I stopped when he seemed satisfied. She's made me realize that if I give him a few minutes and offer him the breast again, he'll take more. Hopefully he'll gain some weight back because if he loses another 2 oz I may have to supplement. (He was 7 lbs 11oz at his last weigh in and he'll get weighed by his own ped tomorrow).
He's a great eater but my nipples are SO sore. And I'm still waiting for my milk to come in. Hopefully soon.
I've never been so in love before. Here's our little angel.
Stacy -- You are making me feel so much better. My nipples are excruciatingly sore today. I think it's because my milk is making its way in, but boy oh boy do they hurt. One word: Soothies!
05-21-2006, 08:46 PM
Just a quick drive-by post announcing the birth of our son, Daniel, on May 14th! The little man came 5 days early- but weighed in at 7 lb 11 oz. Breastfeeding has been, by far, the biggest challenge, but we're getting the hang of things. Daniel is absolutely perfect- I can't believe we've only had him for a week now. Seems like he's been a part of our lives forever now!
Huge congrats to everyone else- as soon as I have more time, I'll try to check back in.
05-22-2006, 07:38 AM
Congrats to all the new mommies!!
I have done our birth story and its in my journal if anyone can find the time to read it! I can't believe how busy we are with Abbie!! She's so easy, yet takes all of our time!!
Update on us-
Abbie had her 1 week ped. appointment on friday, and looked a little jaundiced. We went to the hospital for bloodwork (god i hate when they stuck her!), and the results came back that she was high risk. We were given the option to formula feed or go overnight in the hospital (which they would have formula fed anyways), and her daddy did a bunch of research and found out about the billiblanket, so we are doing that, as well as formula feeding. We brought her back to the hospital yesterday, and her levels dropped significantly. The doctor wanted us to keep her on the formula and blanket for another 24 hours and bring her back for more blood work. She looks so good today, ,white eyes, no yllow skin...i think she is good!!:)
I hope everyone else is adjusting to mommyhood well, and for those waiting still, i'm thinking of you! Are there really that many left??
05-22-2006, 08:45 AM
39w and a few days - still pg! :D
05-22-2006, 01:58 PM
I'm in the same club as AttyGrl74....39w, 5d and STILL PREGNANT. UGH!!!
05-22-2006, 02:38 PM
Oh good I'm not the only one!
Still here, still pregnant. Recovering nicely from teh PUPPS Rash. Hope it doesn't happen to you!
Hang in there Em and Attygirl!:)
05-22-2006, 02:38 PM
Jarm - so glad to hear her feet are okay!
Standrea - hoe your little one gets better soon. At least jaundice is one of the easier things to recover from - though it probably doesn't feel like it right now.
All the still-pg mommas - you're so close! Can't wait to hear of the new arrivals.
Macey is doing great...mostly. She is two weeks old tomorrow. BFing is going super well; she wakes up twice during the night to feed, but falls back asleep fairly quickly; and her "plumbing" is working quite well - she is definitely making up for any lost poops early on! BUT...I am HORRIBLE at soothing her any other way but by nursing her during the day. She'll nurse to sleep but the minute I put her in her crib or vibrating chair, she wakes up and wails like it is the end of the world. I usually can't get her to calm down again without latching her back on. My mom just got her calmed down a bit ago, then decided to change her position and it was all over. I've tried swaddling, swaying, dancing, talking to her, shushing, holding her close...everything. It will all work for a minute, but then it all comes crashing down and I ultimately have to put her back on. I know she isn't hungry because she is feeding SO much (the good news is I think my supply is great from all the demand feeding!); she won't take the paci either and my pinky is no longer doing the trick. This will get better right? Does anyone in the know have advice? I am desperate!
05-22-2006, 06:07 PM
Bloomwood - first - let me say hooray that Macey is doing well at night! That is HUGE! I'm not an expert at calming a fussy kid, but one thing would be to try a variety of pacifiers...a lot of people swear by the "soothie" brand ones, which I've seen at BRU and online. And of course, yes, this will pass. :)
05-22-2006, 06:15 PM
Bloomwood Ahh I remember those days. Josh was like Macey is. I felt like I always had to nurse him to comfort him. You aren't over feeding her b/c when she's upset she's probably comfort nursing.
I know it's hard but as Shortcake said yes this to shall pass.:D
Congrats Fats, Heather and Nettreefrog
Hang in there Attygirl, Em and Southlooper anyone else?
Standrea I'm glad to hear Abigal's #'s dropped.
We're doing well here. Kyle still sleeps alot but is still up every two hours to eat sometimes doing cluster feedings. I still have to order a sling b/c it's going to get tough with me being alone with Josh and Kyle. Has anyone bought a sling yet that they like.
I'm thinking of getting a hotsling.
Well Kyle is fussing and I think he needs me-sometimes a baby just needs his momma.;)
Hi ladies! I finallt got around to writing my birth story so I figured I'd copyt it from my LJ. Sorry it's so long.
I hope you're all doing well! Can't wait to hear of more new arrivals! I'll be back for SO's soon. I have a hungry baby to nurse.
I'd been having consistent and moderately intense contractions for weeks-since week 37 or so. Yes, it was a pretty long, drawn out early labor. My last appointment with my OB was Saturday, April 29th and depending on which EDD you go by I was either 38 w,4 d (lmp) or 39 w,1d (u/s). I had an internal and was told that I was 3 cm dilated which was a relief. I was glad to learn that all of these contractions were doing something. I gave my OB the go ahead to strip my membranes because frankly I was really tired of the constant contractions which still hadn't sent me into active labor. I knew there was a risk that this could have intensified them and still failed to send me into full blown labor but at this point I was willing to take that chance. Two weeks of contracting every 2-3 minutes is a bit maddening to say the least.
Sunday, April 29th-A Call From the Doc
My OB called to see if my contractions had intensified-they hadn't. If anything they seemed to be leas intense than they had previously been. Maybe it was the calm before the storm? He also informed me that he was on call at the hospital that didn't have the water birthing facility all day Monday, May 1st, so if I was still planning on a waterbirth I should try to hang on another day. :p
Monday, May 1st-The Baby Didn;t Get My OB's Message
I woke up feeling pretty good physically. My body wasn't showing me any signs of impending labor. In fact, I did a whole lot of e-mailing that morning and made plans with various people thinking that I'd end up going past my EDD just like I did with Morganna. My Mom came over and watched the kids so that I could run some errands in case the baby did decide to make an appearance in the near future. So around 2 PM I got into my car and headed to Babies R Us to get some supplies. On the way there my contractions picked up again, every two minutes to be exact. They started out as the same old contractions that I'd been having for the past couple of weeks but by the time I was done shopping they intensified and felt just like the contractions I had the night before Morganna was born. Deciding that today may just be the day, I did just what any other repeat offender mom would do...I ran to the supermarket to get some food in the house for the kids to eat while I was in the hospital.;) I did the contractions dance, swaying my hips back and forth every time a contraction came over me. After picking up some necessities I headed to CVS for a couple of things for my hospital bag which I had yet to pack. I decided against buying a new fridge that day (no joke...that was on my to do list before I left the house) and decided to head home so I could get my bag packed and get some cleaning done just in case.
I unloaded my groceries and did some laundry. Better late than never to do some nesting right? Remember that was our first weekend back home since having the home renovations done so there was a lot of cleaning and organizing that I needed to do before I felt ready to bring the new baby home. My contractions continued to intensify and they remained consistent, coming every 2-3 minutes. I held off on calling my doctor for as long as I could because I wanted to get some cleaning done before he wanted me to meet him at the hospital, plus I still wasn't sure that this was "it".
Around 4:20 I started thinking this must be it. An hour later I called Max and told him that this could be it but not to hurry home because it would probably be a while. As soon as I hung up the phone I started to lose pieces of my mucous plug so I called him back and told him he should cancel his night class and head on home.
Max got home around 6ish to find me running around the house cleaning. The contractions intensified even more and my house was in much better shape at that point so I decided to call my doctor. I left a message with his answering service and headed upstairs to clean my bathroom while I was waiting for him to return my call. While I was waiting I started to get a bit panicked that we wouldn't make it to the hospital becuase the contractions were getting closer together (every 1-2 minutes) and even more intense and we live a good 40 minutes away from the hospital. Rather than sit around twiddling my thumbs while waiting for him to call I decided to take a shower and get myself together in case we needed to make a mad dash out the door. I got dressed and decided to lay down in bed for a little while to reserve some energy for the impending birth.
Finally he returned my call about 40 minutes after I called him.I don't know what the heck took hom so long to get back to me because usually he'll return my calls within a couple of minutes. Anyway, I had a bit of a struggle trying to hear him becuase it turns out he was at a Mets game with his family when I called. We spoke around 7:30 PM and decided to meet up at the hospital around 9 PM so that I would have time to get my kids together and take some pictures and of course pack my hospital bag. Luckily he was only on call at the hospital without the tub during the day so he was free to head over to the other hospital that night.
9:00 PM came and went and he called me to see what the deal was. I told him I was running late and I just needed to take my kids to my parents' house and then we'd be on our way. We did that around 9:15 and then got to the hospital round 10 PM. I went up to labor and delivery where they brought me into triage to assess me. They hooked me up to the EFM to see if I was contracting (I was) and to check the baby's heartrate (it was fine). My dr arrived shortly thereafter and gave me an internal at which time he found that I was 5-6 cm dilated. Max was sent down to admit me which was offically done at 10:45 PM. At around 11:30 PM or so we decided to rupture my membranes. It was determined that I was 7cm, 80% effaced. Once they did the AROM I was sent to walk the hallway. My OB, my labor and delivery nurse, and my sister and I took a nice walk together while Max went out to the car to get my video camera. I had such an amazing support team. My doctor and my nurse took turns rubbing my back and my sister supplied a shoulder for me to rest my head on between contractions. By the time Max came back I decided I couldn't walk anymore becuase I was feeling too much pressure so my doctor asked if I wanted to get into the tub.
We entered the water birthing room and I immediately felt a sense of serenity-no more bright flourescent hospital lights, the lights had been dimmed to provide a more relaxing atmosphere. I got onto the bed for a second so they could check me and I was 8 cm, after which into the tub I went. How relaxing that warm water was. It was just so unbelievably soothing to me. I was actually able to smile from time to time while I was in transition. Amazing! Max rubbed my back and every time I felt a contraction I would moan ever so lightly. It was my cue to get people to stop talking because when I'm in pain I like it to be quiet. After sitting in the tub for ten minutes or so I started to feel a lot of pressure so I was checked again and this time I was 9 cm. My OB told the nurse to get ready because often times a third time mom will just kind of blow past 9 cm and be ready to push at the drop of a hat which is exactly what happened to me. Before I knew it there was no denying that this baby was ready to come out. My doctor quickly threw on a pair of gloves and told me I could push if I felt like it.
Pushing was different this time than with my other two. When I had Morganna pushing almost felt good. Well, it didn't feel good but it was almost a relief to push. This was not the case with Lila. It hurt so much. Maybe it's because she was a half a pound bigger, maybe it's because she was right occiput posterior. I'm not sure. What I do know is that I'm glad she was out in only two pushes becuase the pain was more intense than I could ever have imagined. In fact, this was the only point in my labor that I doubted that I could do it without meds which sounds silly since it happened so fast. I barely even had to push becuase she practically came flying out of me but that thought sis cross my mind. Obviously I did manage to do it wihout pain meds though. :p
Anyway, two pushes later and at 12:10 AM out came this beautiful little (well, 8lb, 15.2 oz, 21 1/2") being. She was placed on my chest and when I went to get a look at her face our eyes met and locked. It was magical. :) Max started laughing at the face she was making and we all had a good giggle. It was a happy birth and I will never forget that face for as long as I live. Gosh, it makes me tear up just thinking about that moment.
So, it was a whirlwind of an experience- Lila was born 2 hours after we arrived a the hospital, 40 minutes after my water broke, and after two pushes. :) I'm very pleased that I was able to have another unmed birth. It was quick and it was amazing and it was an experience that I will never forget. I can't wait to do it again, ;) but for now I'm just going to enjoy my three wonderful little girls.
05-22-2006, 10:16 PM
Broomwood - I'm lurking. I had a very colicky baby and did everything you described. The thing that worked great is the 5 - S's. There is a video or book (video is obviously much quicker to learn from and easier. It saved my sanity. Also, do you have a cradle swing that sways from side to side like the FP Papysan?? It was worth its weight in gold! Baby wailed front to back but if he was placed so it swang side to side, happy as a clam! It is soooo odd!
It does get better.... hang in there.
05-22-2006, 10:31 PM
Bloomwood: I think the book that Gabe's Mom referred to is The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. There is a video to go with it. We watched the video first, and now I'm reading the book. Maybe the techniques will be helpful for you?
05-23-2006, 11:43 AM
Thanks for the advice, ladies! And, Gabe's mom - thanks for delurking to post for me!
I am probably jinxing myself, but Macey has made a major turn. Last night I got her soothed and DH put her in her vibrating chair - where she slept for 3 hours. We had a great night of sleep (still getting up twice, but nothing abnormal) and now she is sleeping peacefully in her carseat after DH had to take me for my blood draw this morning. I honestly think she was stressed out because my mom was here. My mom loves her to pieces, but just doesn't handle crying babies/stress well. I think Macey could sense the tension she brought into the house (even our loves-everyone lab was shying away from her). Ahh, I am looking forward to getting into our own routine.
As for the the Happiest Baby, yep, we have the book and watched the dvd the other night. Our ped also swears by it. So far sucking is her big one! We have the ocean wonders take along swing, but DH needs to set it up for me. If that doesn't work, I will get the papasan swing.
Hope the still pg ladies are hanging in there - the last few weeks are the hardest - and then the first few weeks are the hardest! You really can't win!
How's everyone doing with the PP weight loss?
I gained 30+ and have 9.5 left to get down to my pre-preg weight. I'm super excited because with my low iron, I've been restricted to walking not more than 3 blocks a day, forced to eat red meat (=higher fat than I normally would) and generally take it easy - and it's only been 2 weeks. Hopefully today's blood draw shows my levels back up and I can start to be more active - for my sanity, if not my waistline!
05-23-2006, 12:42 PM
kim - love your birth story! thanks so much for sharing it. I can't believe you stayed home so long - so calmly!
05-23-2006, 01:43 PM
How's everyone doing with the PP weight loss? - I've lost close to 45 and have around 8-10 to go. Still can't get into my regular pants though.
Quick fly by post - I get about 30 seconds of free time between the two little ones....
Unsoothable babies - My first went through this from around 2-3 weeks until around 6-8 weeks. Could it be a growth spurt? Is the baby struggling with gas (we're going through this right now)? My first had "colic" and it was awful. I felt like a horrible mom. She would cry, cry, cry. She hated all pacis and was only happy while latched or for the short bursts of sleep she was getting. In hind sight, we missed the boat on the sleep issues. We started putting her down every 1.5 hours - whether or not we thought she was tired. It made a huge difference. Check out Healthy sleep habits, Happy child - by Weissbluth. He has some interesting thoughts on babies and sleep. Good luck, it's not easy!
05-23-2006, 02:22 PM
I don't have alot of time to post right now but my son was due on 6/20/06 and made a special appearance on 5/16/06. Maybe that's why I spent so much time lurking here, subconsciously I knew he was coming :D !
Looking forward to reading all your birth stories and catching up when I get a chance. He's keeping me really busy and really happy right now ;) .
05-23-2006, 03:06 PM
bloomwood - glad to hear you had a better day!! That's great news. Knocking on wood for you.
Jen - I have a New Native sling and so far I love it. It is so much gentler on my back than my bjorn was. There are a bunch of brands that make this style - I got this one b/c I was able to try it on in a store (then got it on ebay for about $10 less). Lots of people sell them on ebay custom made for your size (they are the kind that are just a tube and not adjustable). With DD I had a Nojo and I hated it, it was so bulky and too big for me (I'm very short) so just used the Bjorn.
Kim - wow great birth story! I would have been running to the hospital WAY before you - I guess sometimes you just know your body.
Pink converse - congratulations!! How is your son doing? Were you able to bring him home right away?
Wow I'm impressed with you guys who have lost so much already! Actually I haven't gotten on the scale yet - I may do that after I post. But since it's only been 9 days I'm not worried. Last time I didn't do anything special to lose the weight, but it eventually came off. I'd like to lose it a bit quicker this time but I'm not going to stress about it because I think running around after 2 kids will take it off in time! :)
Well Josh is doing great so far, and I'm really enjoying him! Very different than with DD who was so difficult from the start. During the day I have to wake him every 3 hours to eat, though now he has some awake time after some of the feedings. At night he pretty much eats every 3 hours also, so about 3 night feedings. It's tiring but sooo much better than DD so I'll take it! Plus the fact that we are BFing successfully is really a relief. I'm looking forward to his appt on Friday to see his weight, and also to ask about his belly button. I think it fell off a bit early and there is still some blood now and then, and also it looks pink and raw. Anyone else have that happen? Anyway all is good and I hear him squawking so better sign off!
05-23-2006, 03:29 PM
Congrats Pink Converse!!
We are officially off the billiblanket and allowed to breast feed again!! :D :D :D
WE are so happy, if you can't tell!! Her levels are down to 11, so everything is great!! Right now she is enjoying her swing for the first time!! DH and I were afraid to put her in it because it swings so fast!! We have the FP ocean wonders cradle swing.
PP Weight Loss-
Amazingly, I'm down 10 lbs from my prepregnancy weight. I havent done anything either. My blood count is still low, so i've been forced to eat red meat (I dont eat meat normally, so this is very very hard for me), and stay off my feet as much as possible. I weighed myself today at Abbie's doctors office though, and was pleasantly surprised. I would love to lose another 10 lbs though!
Things here are okay. I was hating nursing because I was thinking that Rachael might not have been getting enough and I was told to start pumping after each feeding and give it to her for ten minutes. I was against pumping as it was so this was a hard blow for me. Rachael was up a few ounces and gained even more. I'm still a bit concerned, but I know that no matter what happens, I tried and that's all that matters in the long run, right?
She is still jaundiced, but luckily it's just a smidge over the normal range.
We take her back on Thursday for a weigh in.
05-23-2006, 03:42 PM
Unsoothable babies Sam is so hit or miss. Today has been great, nurse, 1 to 2 hours of awake time, some fussing, then sleep. Last night sucked. 3 hours of soothing, about 2 hours of sleep, nurse, repeat. We had one night where he slept in 4 hour blocks, I want that Sammy back. I think we're still getting to know each other better. Plus, he has some gas issues.
Question for others, where does your baby sleep? During the day sam sleeps in his bouncer, or on someone's lap, at night he's in a cosleeper in our bed. The cosleeper makes nursing easier, but I'd love to have my bed back after Sam starts sleeping more.
Nursing is still going great for us. We did have a bad stretch, he wouldn't latch one long painful night, but we've been back on track. So for those of you with issues, know that it can get better.
PP weight loss~ I'm wearing some of my pre-pregnancy clothes already. They're a little tight around the middle, but I don't feel like buying transition clothes. I spend alot of time in yoga pants anyway.
05-23-2006, 05:02 PM
He has a little trouble regulating his temperature, a little jaundice and isn't quite figuring out breastfeeding (so I am pumping) but other than that he's great. I am so lucky that he is doing so well. I hope it keeps up. I just need to keep him warm and fatten him up!
05-23-2006, 10:16 PM
That is great! I hopped over to the June Mommies thread and read your birthstory (I can't believe how fast you went!!), and saw pictures of your little guy. He is so cute!!:)
05-24-2006, 05:21 PM
Today is my due date. This morning I lost my mucous plug...And then this afternoon my water broke. I had an appt already scheduled for this evening, and I was told to still come in to get checked out. So, DH and I are hanging around the house, packing our bags, etc until the appt. Looks like little baby Jack may just get here on/around his due date after all!!!
05-24-2006, 06:12 PM
Congrats Emily!!! I'm thinking of you and hope you have a fast and safe labor and delivery!!
Also thinking of Atty!! :)
Nothing new to report here today. I'm feeling alot better myself, and not so sore. Abbie lost her umbillical cord last night, so after american idol she's getting her first real bath!! OH! And she slept in her bassinet all night last night...was only up at 3 for her feeding!
05-24-2006, 06:50 PM
Standrea - wow! So she only got up once in the night?! That is great! Can Josh take lessons from her? He seems to be moving towards getting up MORE rather than less (mostly 3 hour chunks with one 2 hour chunk).
Em - good luck!!
05-25-2006, 06:52 AM
Attygrl had Tess last night!!
She was born at 9:54pm
20 inches long
Congrats Kelly and Welcome Tess!!!:D
Copied from my LJ
I'm really disappointed with myself. Why? I gave up! I just decided that BFing wasn't for me and gave up...just like that. I wasn't feeling that bond that everyone talks about...I was afraid to start feeding because it hurt so much...I felt like a prisoner and because pumping absolutely killed me, I stopped that! I really wanted to make it through to next week. I really wanted to feel that bond. I really wanted to do what was best for my child. I've been crying for almost two hours, which was when Ray gave her some formula. I'm so disappointed.
I posted that last night at around 9ish. At the midnight feeding, I nursed her. I did both overnight feedings fine...didn't fall asleep and tried to relax and enjoy it. I'm going to invest in some nipple shields since my nipples are so sore. I just feel really attached to Rachael...we can't go anywhere because I'm not comfortable nursing in public and I can't go anywhere without her because I'm the only one who can feed her. We'll see how she's doing at the weight check-in today. I have a number in my mind and if she hasn't made that in the past two days then I'm going to probably start supplementing with formula.
05-25-2006, 07:56 AM
Can I join? I've got a bit of a different story than you ladies, but I hope you'll take me anyway!
I am a foster parent, and right now I have a foster son born on 5/10/06. He'll be staying with us for the next several months, at the least, so I thought it would be a good idea to join up and have several people to discuss parenting issues with. Here are my stats (slightly modified, as I was never pregnant with my child):
Me: Karla, 26
DH: Scott, 27
DD: D, 8 years old (also in foster care)
DS: M, born 5/10/06
(Oh, and I have no idea how much he weighs or how long he is or anything... they didn't tell me that when they brought him to me, and we haven't gone to the doctor yet. We have our first appointment tomorrow.)
Congratulations to all those with recent arrivals!
05-25-2006, 09:57 AM
Welcome Karla! Hope your DS is doing well (and DD is adjusting to being a big sister!).
I have been following along as I can, but have just been so caught up with everything else as both DH and I got the stomach flu and had some pretty miserable days. Fortunately, DD never got it (as far as we could tell as she hasn't been fussy at all).
Anyhow, congrats to all the other new mommies and hope to be back soon!
05-25-2006, 10:19 AM
Welcome, Karla! Glad you joined.
jarm - Just wanted to chime in on the BFing issues and say I have been there. With DD I tried to BF for about a month, but she was small and not latching well, and it hurt so badly! Finally I gave up - and I felt horrible about it. I was the only one who felt bad - DH felt very strongly that FF was the thing to do as BFing had been so emotionally trying. And DD is now a healthy, happy 2 year old. I'm glad to hear that last night's feedings went well - hopefully it will turn around for you! But either way you will be doing what is best for your family. By the way, I don't yet feel the "bond" with DS that everyone talks about either. But since I didn't feel it at first with DD (BF or no) and now I love her so much it hurts, I KNOW that bond will come so it doesn't worry me.
05-25-2006, 12:24 PM
Congrats Attygrl and welcome Tess!!!
Jarm I feel your pain. I thought bf was going to be this awesome bonding experience, but at this point, I find it to be completely and totally inconvenient. We give him a bottle of formula every night, so I can try and get some sort of sleep. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes it doesn't. The nipple shields should help with the pain, I used them for a while. My lactation consultant recommended buying the extra smalls (16mm) because they fit better in baby's mouth. After losing my extra small one, I tried a standard 24mm one you can buy at Target and Ethan hated it...so try finding a smaller one if you can. Just wanted to let you know you're not alone.
Weight Loss I'm 14 lbs below my pre pregnancy weight and counting. My son is the best diet ever!
05-25-2006, 01:52 PM
So excited for Attygirl! Welcome Tess!!
Of course you can join us Karla!! Congrats on your DS being placed with you!!
Quick update on us-Abbie STTN last night. I woke up at 7, and started to freak out. I woke her up to eat (i figured she was STARVING), and we both fell asleep until the dog freaked out on the mailman at 10:15. :eek: I hope this is a trend that plans on staying around, but im sure it won't :rolleyes: ...
We went on a little outing today. We went to the florist to get a plant for my sister, dropped it off at her school (she's a principal), and then to my girlfriends house for a little while, and then to the market. Abbie is now sleeping as I'm straightening up the house. We are having friends over for the weekend...
05-25-2006, 01:54 PM
Oops...sorry Jarm! I wanted to comment to you!
I haven't felt a "bond" with Abbie either. My DH did tell me that if I fed her formula, that there was no need for her to "need" me, and it made me really really sad, so i've been toughing it out. She eats really well, and is latching great, but my nipples still hurt like hell!! I'm glad that you gave it another go last night. Either way, you are doing what is best for the both of you!! Mother's instinct. You know!! :)
05-25-2006, 01:57 PM
Congratulations to all the new mommies and the ROs!
So does this mean I'm the only one left? Anyone else still pregger? Anyone? Anyone?
My due date is Saturday. I hope something happens.
Until then, gotta keep myself busy...
Hi Ladies! Just checking in! :)
krisitn-Way to go on the weight loss. I'm down 5 lbs below my pre pregnancy weight. That never happened with my other kids. I always lost my pregnancy weight right away but I never dipped below it. This is kind of nice!
smiles-I hope you're feeling better. Glad DD didn't get it!
jarm-Did you bf Arlyn? I remember bfing with Ava was so frustrating in the beginning and there were so many times where I almost gave up. In the long run I'm really glad that I stuck with it but the first month or so was really tough and draining on me. It definitely got a lot easier after that. With Morganna and Lila though I found bfing to be easy and way more convenient than bottle feeding. Either way you need to make the decision that's right for you and your family and not feel badly about it. :)
Em-I wonder if you've had your baby yet? Keep us posted!
Standrea-Woohoo! Way to get some sleep!
Southlooper-Hang in there! Can't wait to hear about your arrival!
Update on us-
Lila is a pleasure. She's 3 weeks old now and is such a joy. Sh'es very laid back and is a very content baby. I'm so relieved becuase DD #2 was so difficult as an infant. I'm hoping that Lila continues to be a little angel for mommy. ;) She's a great sleeper and I've been getting a ton of sleep at night which I attribute to the fact that we co-sleep and she's bfed so if she wakes up hungry I just pop her on the boob and we're good to go. Often times she pretty much sleeps through the night without waking up to eat which my mom said is exactly how I was as an infant. I'm not waking her to eat because she's gaining weight just fine. When Lila isn't sleeping she's very alert and loves to just take everything in and make faces at us. I'm in love with this little girl! :D
My big girls are loving their little sister. No jealousy issues so far. THey just love to admire her and talk to her and kiss her little feet. Everyone's been on their best behavior. I even managed to take all 3 of them to the post office and grocery store yesterday. That's a major milestone for us. :p
I must get going to take a shower. When DH comes home from work we're going to look at minivans. I never thought I'd do it but loading 3 kids in and out of a station wagon is a royal PITA.
Hope everyone is well!
05-25-2006, 02:07 PM
shortcake - thanks for the soothie recommendation. It has been a lifesaver! I bought every type of pacifier they had at Target yesterday and only had to try the soothie brand. Yay!
Congrats Attygrl! Can't wait to see cutie Tess!
kim - glad all is well with Lila! Send some of that contentedness my way, huh? ;)
southlooper - hang in there! You're close now!
karla - that is such happy news about your DS. Welcome!
smiles - boo for the stomach flu. Hope you guys are back to normal for the long weekend.
Macey continues to be a happier baby. Which makes mommy happy. She was ravenous with the pacifier last night. She'd suck and slurp and grunt and it kept us up even though she was happy as a little clam. We finally got her to sleep by giving her a double swaddle, the soothie and sticking her in her vibrating chair.
Also, more good news from here - I can drive! Yay! My blood count is finally on the rise, so I've been given permission to leave the house on my own. My first solo outing with the Baby on Board was a bit scary, but I'm happy to report there were no incidents.
I am about to post the L-O-O-N-G version of my birthstory in my journal for anyone that wants to take a gander.
Went for the weigh in and she only gained an ounce. I was hoping she'd have gained more. We went and bought formula. I nursed her on one side when we got home, but the other side hurt way too much so I stopped and handed some formula to DH to finish feeding her. She's no where near her birth weight and that has me very concerned. I will try BFing again tomorrow, trying to give my nipples a rest. We'll see how it goes...part of the reason it isn't going so well is because I'm hesitant to have her latch on because it hurts like hell.
In my recovery news, I have been having this awful, awful back pain that goes all the way to my neck. They did a urine culture in the hospital on Saturday because it would hurt when I went to the bathroom. The doctor was supposed to call with the results and discuss my back pain. I'm not taking that as a good sign. I just want to feel better already. I have an awful cold, too and my voice is completely shot.
05-25-2006, 06:34 PM
Bloomwood - wow! so glad the soothies work. I never tried them myself, just heard about them. So far Josh is taking a "regular" pacifier pretty well but the past day or so he's been pickier, so maybe I"ll try them too. Glad to hear your blood count is better!
jarm - sorry about the slow gain. (and about the backache, too!). I think you're smart to try the formula just to be comfortable with how much she is eating. Good luck with all that. I know it's a tough situation.
05-25-2006, 08:23 PM
I hope things start to look up. Good luck with the back pain too...i think that's the worst! I would think if you had a UTI, they would call you right away to get you started on antibiotics.
Here's a question-
DD ate at 5:15. She was sleeping peacefully, so I pumped (i also wanted to give my nipples a break). I pumped around 8:30, and only got 3.5 ounces out of both boobs combined. Normally when I pump, I can get well over 8 oz. (usually like 5 oz each boob)...she's eating more, but is my supply winding down?
05-26-2006, 12:25 PM
Just got back from the dr. No change from last week. I don't think L&D is going to happen tomorrow.
Pink I think we've cosmically switched due dates. I'll probably deliver around your due time.
I'm adopting a new attitude, it will happen when it happens. DH is now working from home, it's getting warmer, I'm going to enjoy as many babyfree days as possible.
Anyone hear from Em?
05-26-2006, 12:54 PM
Southlooper-are you the only one left?? I'm thinking of you! Don't forget, alot of ladies went to the doctor with absolutely nothing going on, only to go into labor the next day. Especially if they did an internal, something may have loosened things up for you!! :)
My due date was supposed to be this coming sunday. I look at Abbie and think, how the hell could I have carried her in my belly for that extra 2 and a half weeks? She would have been a moose!!
So I do in fact have a UTI. I'm thinking that I've had it since the end of April when I began having the awful back pain. The hospital never sent the results to the doctor's office, which was why they never called in the prescription earlier.
05-26-2006, 08:18 PM
jarm - ugh! Glad you got a clear cut answer FINALLY and can get rid of that UTI.
Had Josh's 2 week appt today...he is UP a pound from his birthweight already! So I guess the BFing is going well. As the doctor said, the proof is in the pudding. I'm happy about this as I really wanted to be able to BF this time around. She also cauterized his belly button with silver nitrate because it was still kind of oozy even though it had fallen off a while ago. HOpefully it will finish drying out now.
05-26-2006, 10:07 PM
Standrea There came a point about a week after my milk came in that I stopped leaking and my supply regulated itself to what Ethan needed. Pumping 3.5 oz after a feeding, though, is really good. It would take me hours to get that much to pump out...so I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. Sounds like you're doing great!
05-28-2006, 09:59 AM
Hi All -
Well, due date came...due date went. STILL PREGNANT!!! Today, it's 90 degrees and out a/c is broken. Yeesh...
Anyway, I was thinking since the majority of those still participating in the thread have delivered, should we start a new thread? I would be happy to set it up (I need to keep myself busy).
What do you think?
05-28-2006, 11:07 AM
We could start a new one...but do you want us to wait for you Southlooper/? I think you may be the only one left!!
I could help with the new thread if it is needed!!:)
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. The weather is SO HOT here, its amazing!! I laid out in the sun for an hour, and i think my pasty white skin is now goign to be burned!! :D LOVE IT, because it will turn into a dark tan that my italian skin does every year!!
took Abigail to a bbq at my sisters yesterday. She was the hit of the day!! EVERYONE wanted to hold her !!
05-28-2006, 04:19 PM
jarm -- I hope that you are feeling better from the uti, that sounds awful.
As far as breastfeeding, do what you feel is right and don't second guess yourself! It's not for everyone, I give lots of credit to those who nurse, but also, understand the need for formula. I tried bf this time around and it wasn't going well, I had hoped to try longer, but when I went to my doctor due to the uri and sinus infections I was offered stronger antibotics, but they weren't available if I was nursing. It made my decision on the stop, which then I really beat myself up about over the next few days! I now realize that my son is happy and healthy and so am I and that's important as well. Anyway, enough about that.
Things here are going pretty well. At his 2 week appt he was up 12 oz over his birthweight, which was great. Kyle is not sleeping all night, but he's going several hours at a stretch, so I'm thankful about that. He's also been very good anytime we've gone out, which is great, since my older one wasn't, he had colic and was very fussy out and at home at this age. (keeping fingers crossed that colic doesn't develop for Kyle or anyone else's babies!)
Hope that everyone is having a good weekend and enjoying the babies.
Southlooper -- my thoughts are with you, I hope you get to meet the little one soon!
05-28-2006, 06:08 PM
Wow we are almost through May!! Congrats to all the mommies and babies. We're rooting for you Southlooper. I am up for a new thread, but I am sparse these days. I read along, but haven't posted much.
Elliot is almost 6 weeks old which is crazy. He overall is doing great. I know he has gained weight, but we don't see the Dr. again until 2 months. He is fitting (somewhat baggy) in 3-6 month clothing :eek:
The good: His schedule (if you call it that) is pretty good. We are going good stretchs consistently. A typical eating schedule is 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, 3am, 8am. So we are getting 5-6 hours stretches at night. Very happy with that (has been for a week now). I was worried it wasn't enough feedings, but he cut out one at about 3 weeks and is chunkin' out just fine - so I figure if he is hungry he will wake me up.
The bad: I have a feeling he is allergic to milk or we have thrush. I started cutting out dairy completely this weekend. He is fussy right after feeding, spits up alot, and has the worst rash on his cheeks, neck back (basically where spit up goes). It could be thrush I guess, but my nipples aren't that sore. I see my doc on tues, so I will ask.
Other than that we are just moving along. He is growing big time. Here is a recent pic:
:pves his hand signs (which reminds me I should look at baby signing)
Alright off for a walk . . .
05-28-2006, 08:28 PM
Been following along I just find it much harder to respond now that Kyle is here and trying to keep up with Josh.
Both boys are sleeping now and I have about 20 minutes before Kyle will be back up to eat.
Kyle will be 3 weeks tomorrow. It's already going fast. We go back to to the Dr. next Monday for his check up. He's gaining b/c I can see his cheeks getting fuller but it looks like he's going to be a skinny minny with his little legs. It's so different handling him compared to Josh-Josh was solid as a baby.
So far he's a pretty easy baby-when he cries he can pretty much be comforted as soon as he's picked up.
I do feel quilty b/c he's in the swing or bouncy more than I'd like b/c I have to also do things for Josh. So if I'm in the middle of getting Josh lunch or dressing him and Kyle cries he has to wait a minute or two so I can finish what I'm doing with Josh. I just hate that he doesn't get the 100% attention like Josh did. Oh well I'm doing the best I can and that's what matters-right.:D
SouthlooperHang in there. Who knows maybe you'll have a Memorial Day baby. Hope your AC gets fixed asap.
Guinness Elliot is so cute and I love his little outfit. I hope he isn't allergic to milk or has thrush.
FlyerwifeMy oldest also had colic so I'm holding my breath praying our Kyle doesn't have it either.
05-29-2006, 01:44 AM
Just flying by to say that Jack Thomas was born on 5/25 @ 4:28pm. He weighed 8lbs, 6oz and was 20 3/4 inches long.
Here's a few pictures...
Birth story & details later to follow...Hoping for more sleep tonight...
05-29-2006, 04:11 AM
Hi I'm still here!
David is doing well. Breastfeeding like a champ. P has been on late night bottle/ diaper duty Fri and Sat so I can pump enough to freeze.
Only one really bad day so far which was Friday- he slept a total of 2 hours from 7:30am until 10:30pm- and I was fried from feeding/soothing/walking with the pram.
Em Congrats and Welcome Jack! He's too cute!
Southlooper I hope your baby get's the eviction notice soon. Seriously enjoy the last few quite hours with your hubby.
Ok better some things accomplished while he's sleeping. :D
05-29-2006, 06:01 AM
Jen1098 - I have the same guilty feelings when I'm doing something for Zach and Kyle needs me or the other way around. Fortunately since Zach is 4 I can explain some of the time, but it's also rough since he is so used to having me all to himself. I feel the same guilt though that Kyle isn't getting as much from me as Zach did, but I think that's just 2 kids...
Em -- Congrats, he's adorable, enjoy him!
Better run, have a good day!
05-29-2006, 07:38 AM
Congrats Emily and WELCOME JACK!!
05-29-2006, 08:10 AM
Congrats Emily! He's adorable and I hope you were able to get some sleep. LOL
I love that sling too.
Flyerwife I guess we'd better get used to the guilt huh. It's got to be tough for them having to share mom and dad now.
Mrs UWow Friday was a bad day for you guys.
Anybody else have babies who are so loud. When Kyle has gas or poops I swear you can hear it across the room. Of course Josh thinks it's the funniest thing in the world. Forget trying to sleep when he does b/c he grunts,moans etc. while sleeping. The only time he's truly quiet is when he's sleeping with me. Of course last night he woke me up by throwing up on me. Yuck.
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday.
05-29-2006, 10:29 AM
Thanks everyone for your well wishes!!
I forgot to tell you all that I lost my mucus plug on Saturday and have been feeling some contractions, but nothing significant. At least SOMTHING is happening. I've convinced myself that this baby is not going to come until 42 weeks with induction. I figure preparing myself for the worse case senario will make things so much more better if DD does infact come earlier (plus it will help me stay calm.) Until then, I will enjoy the last few days I will have DH all to myself and do a lot of cooking.
The A/C guy showed up 20 minutes ago. I love the A/C guy...
I'm going to work on the new thread this afternoon, so keep your eyes peeled.
Happy Memorial Day!!
05-29-2006, 06:08 PM
Emily Jack is precious!! I love the family portrait! I got your email and rushed over to the May Mommies thread in the hope that you posted a picture. Congratulations!! Loren can't wait to meet her new friend! :D
...and now I'll head back to the Nov/Dec group...
05-31-2006, 09:26 AM
Just bumping us up! Oh...or do we have a new thread? I didn't see it - someone let me know if we do!!
Southlooper, thinking of you!
Hmmmm...maybe Southlooper has had her baby? Thinking of you!
05-31-2006, 10:46 AM
Still here...Still knocked-up!
I thought I was in labor yesterday, turns out it was gastrointestional.
We took Rachael to the ped this morning for her 2 week check-up. She's almost back to her birth weight. Our solution to our BFing issues and her weight gain issues (especially since I was feeling like I was a prisoner) was to pump for a few days until my nipples got better (and I was amazed by how much milk actually came out) and then we would formula feed if there wasn't enough milk to carry us through. This helped so that I could go enjoy a birthday party, the parade and a picnic this past weekend. It also makes it easier if we want to leave the girls with MIL...she can feed Rachael and we can go run our errands.
So that's the scoop around here. Things are looking brighter.
05-31-2006, 11:12 AM
Jarm-I'm glad things are looking up for you and rachael!!
Southlooper-I'm thinking of you still!! We haven't heard from Keirsten yet, so you're not the only one!!
Update on us-
we just took a fantastic nap. Abbie hasn't been sleeping as well as she was, so this nap was perfect for ME, i really needed it! Today I have a dr's appointment to check my bloodlevels and Blood Pressure. I'm hoping everyhting is good and I can start to excercise!!
Tommorrow Abbie and I are meeting up with Emily and Ella. Emily and her husband Evan were in lamaze with us, and emily also took breastfeeding with me. Funny enough, At breast feeding, I was joking that we'd be in the hospital together (she was due at the begginning of hte month, we were due at the end), and funny enough-although i was in L&D for a few days, Stan would take abbie down to the mother child unit for a few hours a day so i could sleep (I had a room there too)...and he saw Emily and Evan with their beautiful little girl. She was born EXACTLY 24 hours before Abbie to the minute!! Isn' tthat funny!!
05-31-2006, 03:02 PM
Southlooper! You're still pregnant. I hope the baby comes soon. You seem really Zen about it, though...thank goodness!
Okay, call me naive. I had no idea newborns were such crank pots. I was hoping I'd have a nice little content baby that cried when she was hungry or had an icky diaper, but then just stared deep into my eyes and cooed. (okay, exagerrating a little). Instead, I have a baby that always cries. Will only be soothed on the boob, will only sleep on me (after said soothing), only stares into my eyes between wails and the "coos" are only when she's taking a deep breath to really let out a screech. I have hired a PP doula to help me through at least the next 3 weeks (I heard week 6 is particularly tough). Today was her first day and I already feel better just knowing someone is going to help me and I won't be all alone. Yesterday I had a total breakdown and called DH in tears. I am hoping that was my low point.
Wouldn't you know it? She's actually been asleep in her swing for 2+ hours, but is now looking for mom and the milk truck. Gotta run...Hope the other moms are doing well!
05-31-2006, 04:52 PM
Bloomwood - hang in there! Good for you for hiring a PP doula...they are great! Mine starts friday. Good thing, because my peaceful, sleepy baby is starting to wake up (we are just entering week 3). He is still very good and I'm keeping my fingers crossed he will stay that way, but after the experience I had with DD I wanted to line up all the help I could get. Supposedly after week 6 things start to improve dramatically - so you are getting there!!
05-31-2006, 05:24 PM
We took M to his two-week checkup Friday, but things have been too crazy for me to post. M is a piece of cake, but his 8-year old sister is a whole different story.
Anyway, we got his official height/weight, which I was happy about, since we didn't ever get to know his birthweight or anything. At two weeks, he was 7 lbs, 7.5 oz. and 19 inches long. He seems to be gaining really well (as he should be, since he's on high-calorie preemie formula) and had developed the cutest little Buddha belly.
His cord stump finally fell off Monday, so he got his first bath last night. He LOVED it! He was totally chill in the water. It was awesome.
I love taking care of him, but it really makes me sad that his biological mom is missing out on all this stuff. I'm trying hard to take lots of pictures and stuff for her to have eventually, because I know I would be totally heartbroken not being there for things like my son's first bath.
Wow - I can't believe how long it's been since I've checked in. I just feel like I have NO time to do the things I used to do. It was great to catch up on everyone's progress though!!
Hunter is 2 weeks old today and he's doing great. We feel so lucky to have a relatively easy baby (knock wood). As long as he's full, he sleeps well and he really only cries when he's hungry or has a wet diaper.
BF has been going really well but it took a long time for my milk to come in so we started supplementing with formula. I felt a little bad about it, but both the pediatrician in the hospital, our pediatrician and my OB suggested it. It actually works out great because Eco gets to feed him, which he loves doing. He gets a bottle of formula in the afternoon and then one around midnight. Unfortunately, I think it's affected my milk supply because I don't get as much as I hoped when I pump - just enough for one feeding, so I haven't been able to store anything.
I get a lot of sleep at night because Eco gives him the pumped breast milk around 8ish and then the baby nurse gives him a bottle of formula at the next feeding so I go to sleep early and I don't have to get up until the feeding after that - around 4am or so.
Questions Should I pump more often to try and get more milk - does pumping stimulate the milk production as much as BFing does? I'm afraid to pump too close to a feeding though because I'm afraid he won't have enough to eat at that feeding.
A few people have mentioned that their babies are sleeping for long stretches. I thought that infants were supposed to feed at least every 4 hours. Is that wrong? Or does it depend on how many weeks they are?
Having the baby nurse has been the best decision we ever made. She's amazing and she LOVES the baby so she takes such great care of him and she's constantly talking and singing to him, which he really reacts to. The only downside is that she'll be leaving in another 10 days or so (we have her for 3 weeks) and I'm petrified of how I'm going to do this on my own. Recently, I haven't even been changing diapers because he was circumcised on Sunday (we had his bris which turned out to be a really nice event) and I'm afraid to go near that area - I'm afraid I'm going to hurt him! He should be pretty much healed by tomorrow and his cord is just about ready to fall off so he'll be getting his first 'real' bath soon. He loves getting his hair shampooed so I can't wait to see how much he loves a bath.
Hunter had his first doctor's appointment right after we came home from the hospital and he was already back up to his birth weight so the pediatrician said he doesn't need to come back until next month.
I've got my first pp OB appointment tomorrow (2 weeks since it was a c-section). I'm feeling great - as if I never had surgery, but I don't think the weight is "melting off" the way I expected. I'm down about 20 pounds or so but I had gained so much that I still have a lot to lose. Trying not to focus on it and just be patient.
Ok, I'm off to drink more water to try and help my milk along!!! I'll try to check back more often because it's definitely helping to see what everyone else is going through!!
Have fun with the babies girls!!
05-31-2006, 10:47 PM
The story of baby Jack began on his due date, May 24th. I woke up feeling even crampier than I had been in the past weeks, but didnít think much of it until I went to the bathroom. I lost my mucous plug, but knew that didnít necessarily mean anything as far as progress was concerned. I went about my day visiting with a friend and her new baby, and running errands. On my way home from errands at about 1:45pm, I sneezed while driving. I felt a little pop but again, didnít make the connection. As soon as I walked into my kitchen, I felt a gush like nothing Iíd ever experienced. I knew immediately that my water had broken, and I was ecstatic. I called DH at work and told him the news, and he said he was on his way home. I waited for him to come home while sitting on the kitchen floor on a pile of old towels. I couldnít move or do anything without leaking! It was the weirdest sensation.
I had an appointment scheduled for 5:00pm that evening with my midwife. When I called my clinic to tell them about my water breaking, I was told to come in for my appointment anyway. After DH came home, we packed our bags and I proceeded to paint my fingernails. I needed something to do to pass the time! We cleaned up the house and made sure things were ready for us to be gone for a few days. Luckily my leaking decreased enough to make it to my appointment without major embarrassment.
At my appointment, my midwife did an internal exam to verify that it really was my water. It was, and I was told that I was 3cm dilated and 75% effaced. I wasnít having any contractions yet, though. She told DH and me to go home, get some dinner, and be at the hospital around 7:00pm that evening. My midwife was going to be at the hospital the following day, so we hoped to have her deliver Jack (she did).
After eating dinner at home, we went to the hospital and checked in to our room. The midwife on call that evening (not mine) said that we had the option of waiting overnight for my contractions to begin, or to go ahead and take half a Cytotek (sp?) tablet to induce contractions. Since my plan all along had been to proceed with as few interventions as possible, I decided to wait for my contractions to begin naturally. DH and I spent the night in our room and tried to get some rest.
My contractions began very gradually at about 4:30 the next morning. They were coming fairly regularly by about 6:00am, but they werenít yet what I would call painful. My midwife checked me, and I was still at 3 cm and about 85% effaced. Knowing that there is a limited window of time to safely deliver after your water breaks, I opted for the Cytotek at 10:00am. I had to be hooked up for monitoring for the first hour after taking the tablet. I also was given IV antibiotics since it had already been so long since my water had broken. Severe contractions came on within ten minutes of taking the Cytotek. This was after the nurses told me that most women need at least two doses to get things going. So, I was completely unprepared mentally for the contractions to hit me so hard and so quickly. Plus, I was having back labor which I have heard can be more intense.
Within just a few minutes, the contractions were coming with no more than 30 seconds in between. I held on for two hours of this. After I was able to get off the monitors, I was able to move around and get into better positions to help cope with the pain. DH was just amazing, massaging my back and helping me through each contraction. But, two hours of this was taking its toll on my body and I began feeling really nauseous. After throwing up in the midst of contractions, I decided that it was time to request an epidural. My midwife checked me and I was at 5 cm. I hadnít intended on getting epidural, and I feel strongly that I could have delivered naturally had I had time to adjust to the contractions rather than having to cope with them with such little recovery time in between. But, in the end it proved to be the right decision for me.
The next half hour or so were really chaotic and stressful. I was waiting for the anesthesiologist to come for me, and I was still having back-to-back contractions. I had to walk down to my delivery room, and just felt rushed. The anesthesiologist came in right away for the epidural. Unfortunately, the process of getting the epidural was an absolute nightmare. The position they have you sit in is really uncomfortable with a belly in the way, not to mention you have to sit completely still even during contractions. I was crying and trying to do my deep breathing, but ended up almost hyperventilating. After four tries to get the epidural in (yes, four!), it was finally in. I donít think itís normally such a negative experience, but for me it absolutely was because of how long it took to get it in. But, the relief after about ten minutes was indescribable. DH said he could literally see the pain drain from my face. I was able to take a nap for an hour, which really helped me later during the pushing stage. After my brief nap, I was fully dilated and ready to push.
During pushing, I only had DH in the room with me, plus two nurses and my midwife. We had the lights dimmed, music playing in the background, and things were really quiet. These were all parts of our birth plan that really made the difference for me. I only pushed for an hour and a half before our little miracle was born. He didnít cry right away but after a few seconds he did, and it was the best sound ever!! I only had a slight 1st degree tear and got three stitches, which have been relatively painless.
Because there was so much time between my water breaking and Jack being born (26.5 hours), Jack was at risk for infection. He had a complete blood count drawn to check things out. The results of the blood count and a slightly elevated temperature resulted in him spending his first two nights of life in the hospital NICU. He had IV antibiotics and monitoring to make sure that he didnít get sick. That was just terrifying to see him with an IV in his little hand.
I was discharged after 24 hours, but I was able to spend an extra night in the hospital in a sleeping room by the NICU. That way I could feed him in the middle of the night and be with him whenever I wanted. DH wasnít able to stay with me, though, which was really hard.
Luckily Jack didnít get sick and everything is fine now. We were able to bring him home two days after he was born, and weíve been adjusting to our new life ever since!!!
06-01-2006, 05:42 AM
Fats I'm by no means an expert but if you pump it shouldn't affect your supply. I get the most milk in the am so that's when I try to pump-can't do that during the week though. I can just picture my oldest checking everything out. Anyway-some people pump right after feeding their dc.
Once your child is past two weeks and as long as he is gaining weight you shouldn't have to wake him to eat.
Kyle is still waking himself up every two-three hours.
Em Great birth story. I'm glad to hear he didn't get sick.
karlattaI forgot to welcome you earlier-so welcome.:D I think it's so wonderful what you and your dh are doing. It's great that you guys are taking pictures of his firsts-Im sure most wouldn't take the time to do that.
BloomwoodI'm sorry you're having a tough time right now. Hopefully the doula will work out so you can get some rest and de stress. I went through that with Josh but he was colicky so luckily by the time he had his witching hour Paul was home to help.
Thing are okay here. I spend most of my time trying to keep Josh away from Kyle. It's so tough b/c he doesn't know to be gentle. Poor Kyle had his foot pinched the other day. It's hearbreaking.
Allright off to get us all ready for a trip to Target-should be interesting. Wish us luck.
06-01-2006, 07:20 AM
Any sleep suggestions for naps? I've mostly been nursing Sam to sleep, occasionally rocking him to sleep. As long as he's swaddled, I can put him down and he'll sleep for about an hour, but I really think he would benefit from longer naps.
Bloomwood I can relate. Sam is not that fussy, he's more of a Dr. Jeckyl /Mr. Hyde kind of baby. One moment peaceful and cooing, the next screaming for no apparent reason. Luckily, his fits are more often late in the day when DH can help. I totally understand getting extra help though. I don't think I'll have another baby unless I have help lined up ahead of time. I've been able to handle Sam, but Sam and an infant would be too much. (of course, I'm totally getting ahead of myself).
Oh, Sam was also awake from day 1. He didn't go through that sleepy newborn phase at all. The nurses described him as feisty, which, as you can imagine, is good and bad.
06-01-2006, 04:28 PM
Hey Everyone -
I'm being induced tonight! :)
06-01-2006, 04:33 PM
Congrats Southlooper!! I hope you have a quick and easy L & D. I'll be thinking of you!!
06-01-2006, 06:36 PM
Em -- thanks for the birth story, glad all turned out well!
Jen1098 -- I'm there with you trying to teach my older one what gentle means and he's 4! He's learning slowly... Hope Target went well.
Southlooper - I hope that every goes quickly and you get to hold the little one soon!
nettie -- no real suggestions, Kyle keeps falling asleep in his car seat and sleeps great there, either here at home or out.
OMG...the teaching your older one how to be gentle is the worst. Of course to add to the normal toughness of it, my DD is a drama queen...huge drama queen so everything is a big production. She doesn't understand that she needs to ask before she touches the baby...we told her she needed to ask for permission and right after our "talk" she ran over and touched Rachael. So my DH said, "Did you ask first?" She said yes. He said, "Who did you ask?" Her response..."Permission." Guess we shouldn't have used that word.
06-01-2006, 06:46 PM
Does anyones DC hate their bassinett? (if they sleep in one?)
Abbie was sleeping great for the first few weeks. She would start off in her PNP (we use this as her bassinet), but we would pull her in bed with us after her first nightime feeding. She would sleep until 7 or so then.
Then she was on the billiblanket. The aparatus was in the living room, so the 2 of us slept on the couch. She slept BEAUtIFULLY then.
today I put her in her crib for a nap. It was her first time sleeping in her crib. She slept for 4 hours. I'm thinking the PNP is too hard for her, and she needs something softer to sleep on. Does this make sense, or am i nuts??
06-02-2006, 07:10 AM
What a birth story, Em7.31.04! Glad to hear Jack did well.
Yay, Southlooper! See you soon!!!
Jarm, too funny about your DD's "permission." :)
Karlatta, it's awesome that you're taking pictures for baby boy's birthmom (hopefully some are for you, too!). I hope she appreciates getting to share those firsts with you guys.
Standrea Interesting...I may have to try Ethan's crib for naptime. I can't get him out of my arms for naps and my house has paid the price for that! He sleeps well in the PnP at night but howls as soon as he's put in it during the day.
Not much new here. My milk supply sucks big time, so I've been dropping fenugreek like crazy. It's helped a little...but we're still having to supplement with formula at night. Other than that, Ethan's a great baby. He started smiling at us a couple of weeks ago....makes all the crankypants times totally worth it.
06-02-2006, 07:30 AM
Had to come here right away to share-
Abbie just giggled. I know its probably gas, but it was the cutest thing ever. I was rocking her to sleep for her mid morning nap, and I was singing "kukoborrow" (or however its spelled).,,well instead of saying kukoborrow, i said Abigail and she had a huge grin on her face and giggled. It was so cute!!
Off to try to get some housecleaning done.
Kristin-definately try the crib. It has helped me out alot, and I've only done it a few times!!
06-04-2006, 10:47 PM
Well, Jack has finally learned how to sleep a bit better. We've gotten 3-4 hours at a stretch the past three nights. DH is back to work tomorrow, so let's hope he sleeps well tonight!
DH's parents have been staying with us since Friday, and are leaving tomorrow. Thank goodness. I love them to death but I've had more than enough of my meddling, hovering, critical, over-involved, too-hands-on, unsolicited-advice-giving mother-in-law. Whew - thanks for the vent. :eek:
I'm very much looking forward to having some peace and quiet.
BFing question: Should I be experiencing excruciating pain when he latches on? I thought it would have gotten better now...I plan to call the lactation consultants at the hospital tomorrow, but I thought I'd check w/you gals too.
06-04-2006, 11:17 PM
Em7.31.04 My LC said excruciating pain is a sign of a bad latch. It could be just bad positioning. Other sign is if after feeding your nipple comes out looking really slanted, like a new tube of lipstick (bad image, I know). That being said, it always stings a little when DS latches on and we've been at it for 7 weeks!
06-05-2006, 07:12 AM
Em7.31.04 Other sign is if after feeding your nipple comes out looking really slanted, like a new tube of lipstick (bad image, I know).
That was funny, just what I needed this morning!!! But Kristen, I know exactly what you are saying. It does still pinch a bit when DD latches on too. We are going to a BF support group at the hospital on Wed.
Abbie had such a busy weekend. She had her first birthday party on saturday and a christening party on Sunday. I think all the attention that was on her screwed up her schedual alot. She slept for a total of 1 hour Saturday night. I finally had to wake up DH at 6:30 and ask him if he could take her for me so I could get an hour sleep before he had to leave. I felt like a horrible mother, but it was for my sanity. She was screaming and screaming, and nothing could console her. Not even her swing!! I finally pulled out the Swaddle Me blanket, and that did the trick!!
She slept much better last night, just got up at her usual times 1 and 4. And she's taking a nice nap now, so I dont know if i should nap now, or clean...my house has suffered so much, Im embarrassed to have people over.
QOTD (thanks to Em)-Is everyone getting unsolicited advice, or having people piss you off??
My MIL was here 2 sundays ago, and was holding Abbie. I was sitting next to her on the couch, and i started touching Abbies feet. She Hit me and told me to stop and not to touch the baby. FIRST-the baby wasn't bothered by this. SECOND-It's my kid!!
She also called DH and said "i dont want to butt in, but do not let andrea take the baby out in public for atleast a month". Abbie was at Target at 5 days old. No need to keep her under wraps!
Ok, done with my vent!!
For RO-i dont know how you do it! God bless you! I had my neice (9) and nephew (7) on friday, and we went to Lunch and a little bit of shopping. I thought i was going to pull my hair out of my head!!:rolleyes:
06-05-2006, 08:21 AM
Em - I had excruciating pain (I described it as toe-curling because that's what I always did) for the first minute or so after he latched at the beginning...that is actually normal, according to stuff I've read and the nurses in the hospital. But the pain should subside after about 60 seconds. Now for me, I still have soreness throughout the nursing which is not so perfect, but it's not bad and according to my friends it is "normal" even if it's not perfect, in that it happened to most of them and it will get better as we get better at nursing.
Em - It could be let down pain.
As for taking the baby out, we have taken Rachael out numerous times. We try to keep the carrier covered with a blanket because her immune system isn't built up yet. But there are things that we need to do and get so we take her. Tomorrow is going to be my dr's appointment, the bank and whereever else we feel like going.
06-05-2006, 09:16 AM
BFing I too have some pain for the first minute or so, or if DS's latch isn't so great. I sometimes have to take him off and put him back on, esp if he's tired and getting lazy. Overall, I generally like BFing, more than I thought I would. It's the one thing that will always calm Sammy down, and that's invaluable.
Out and about Sammy hasn't been to many places. He rarely sleeps in the car and the stroller, and his napping is really important to his general happiness. I'm at home more than I would like, but I plan on attempting outings more and more as I become a more skilled mom, and his immune system develops.
Sleep This is still a bit of an obsession of mine, because Sam seems to fight sleeping already. I've found that I was picking him up too early from his naps before. He'll wake up in the middle of a nap, almost all the way, but can usually go back to sleep on his own. The swaddle has proven to be essential to a good nap, and the binky is becoming more and more important. He can even put himself to sleep with it, or he has done so twice.
Sam weighed in at nine pounds, one ounce at his one month appt. That's up from 7lbs, 4 ozs at birth. Go Sammy go! DH gave him is first EBM bottle yesterday. He has no problem with the bottle, although he downed four ounces perhaps a bit too quickly. And thankfully, he's returned to BFing with no problems. I might be able to leave him for more than a couple of hours at a time. Well, he might be ready for it, I'm not sure I am just yet. :)
06-05-2006, 09:45 AM
nettie - How old is Sammy now? I forget. For some reason some of your statements make him seem older than Josh. :) Including the 4 oz bottle of milk!
bottles - How much did/do your kids drink at around 3-4 weeks? We introduced a bottle this weekend, and he took it well and drank 2 oz like a champ, but seemed hungry pretty quickly afterwards so maybe that wasn't enough for him?
BFing - Interestingly, I don't love it. It's not that painful anymore, but I just am not that into it. But I will do it since it's supposed to be healthy for them and since I was SO upset I wasn't able to with DD! Also you can't beat the convenience.
out and about -We are trying to get out as much as we can, especially to easy things like playgroup and stuff. Of course, when you have a 2 year old you have little choice! I avoid grocery shopping like the plague though - it is hard with 2 kids!
06-05-2006, 09:52 AM
Sorry, Sam is 4 weeks old today. The 4 oz of milk really surprised me, I'm hoping that won't be the norm. He didn't spit anything up, but still. I guesstimated that he would take 3 based on kellymom.com. Anyone else try a bottle?
06-05-2006, 10:19 AM
Abbie drank 4 oz yesterday from the bottle. She was eating around 3 oz before...
Which makes me wonder...is she actually eating enough when she is BF?? How long do your DC usually eat when they are being bf? Abbie will only eat for between 10 and 15 minutes...
06-05-2006, 11:10 AM
Kyle is back on a better schedule again, my grandmother was in town and all she wanted to do was hold him. That was great, except then when she left he didn't want to be put down! And yes I'm getting lots of advice from others, I learned last time to try and turn people out.
As far as eating, I think I'm one of the only if not the only doing formula at this point, but Kyle is eating 4 oz about every 3 hours during the day and 4 oz every 3 -4 at night and has been on 3 - 4 oz bottles since 2 weeks. The doctor said it would level off some, but as long as he was happy and not spitting it back up that it was okay.
Gotta run, Kyle is waking up...
06-05-2006, 02:29 PM
So sounds like 3-4 oz is pretty normal - I bet Josh wasn't full after his 2 oz bottles this weekend! Will have to try again.
Standrea - Josh only eats about 5-10 minutes total from the breast. I was a little concerned but he is getting so chubby, so I am sure he is getting plenty. I know that they are "more efficient" than a pump, so you can't really judge by how much you pump or whatnot.
06-05-2006, 03:20 PM
Time is flying. Kyle is 4 weeks today. He had his one month check up. He weighs 10 lbs 12 ozs and is 23 inches long. Dr. is very happy with him and says he's doing great.
Up until yesterday Kyle was sleeping alot but now he's awake for longer periods of time. The last two nights weren't so great but not as bad as some of you.
Standrea Wow only 1 hour Saturday night. Ugh that does sound awful. I'm glad she slept for you last night.
out and about Our Dr. did tell us to try to keep Kyle away from stores, restaurants etc. for his first two weeks. His concern was strangers coming close to his face or trying to touch him etc. We did take him out a couple of times but kept a blanket over his car seat carrier.
unsolicted adviceBut of course isn't that moms and mil's are for.:rolleyes:
Bottles We've only given Kyle two so far but I've really got to get on it so he will take it. Reminder to self-pump tonight and tomorrow am.
06-05-2006, 05:19 PM
Hello Everyone -
was born June 2, 2006 at 3:28 pm via c-section.
7 lbs, 6oz, 19inches.
Pictures and brth story to follow.
Thanks for your support everyone!
06-05-2006, 05:22 PM
Congrats Southlooper!! Welcome Sophia!! I hope everything went well. Can't wait to hear your birthstory!:)
06-05-2006, 06:09 PM
Congrats Southlooper & welcome to little Sophia!!!!
Glad to hear I'm not the only one getting unsolicited advice...The ILs left this afternoon, and I am at such peace right now. Jack is sleeping in his swing and I probably have another 45 mins or so of peace before feeding time.
My nipples have suddenly started feeling better today w/Jack's latch. Maybe we're finally learning how it's supposed to work?
Pumping question...I'm trying to build up a freezer supply for when I go back to school. How often should I be pumping? I haven't pumped yet today because I haven't had a chance...But is twice a day enough? Will that signal my body to produce enough to feed Jack and make extra?
Has anyone else experienced overnight leakage yet? I've woken up the past two mornings, having leaked through my shirt and onto my top sheet. My breast pads had shifted both times, so they were no longer covering my nipple. Could that mean I need to be pumping once overnight? This whole BFing/pumping thing is sure tough to figure out...
Does that mean all of the babies are here? I'm still finding it kind of hard to believe that I'm not pregnant anymore. I mean, I don't look pregnant or feel pregnant or anything, but this pregnancy went by so fast for me. I guess I should get over it since Lila is already a month old! :p
Quick update here-
Lila is doing great. She's still a very content baby. :) She sleeps well at night, too. I really think this is well earned since Morganna was such a PITA as a baby, so don't throw rocks at me. ;) We went on an outing with my bff and her 12 week old son today. We had lunch at Applebees and then went to Old Navy. All of the kids were so good. I'm really getting the swing of being a mom of 3. :)
Try to get some SOs out quickly...
Em7.31.04-Sorry I don't have an answer re your pumping question. I haven't started yet. I pumped with my other girls but I didn't go back to work. I only pumped to have my own freeezer stash and becuase I donated to a milk bank. Have you tried asking someone in the bfing thread?
Jen1098-Sounds like Kyle is doing great!
shortcake-Lila is a pretty quick and efficient nurser, too. My first would nurse for 30 minutes at times but Morganna would have 7-10 minute sessions and Lila seems to be following in her footsteps.
I'll try to come back later to finish my SOs. I didn't realize how late it was and I have to get my big girls to bed!
06-05-2006, 10:07 PM
out and about - We've been several places with M. Today was really funny - we were at the Children's Museum and another mother asked me how old M was. When I told her he was three weeks, she commented at how brave I was, then saw DD and said that it must be because I was on my second child. Little did she know that I'm a foster mom and I've only been at this "mom" thing a couple of weeks!
bottles - M is eating between 2 and 4 ounces at a time, depending on how long it's been since his last feeding. (I feed him pretty much on demand, so it varies from 2 hours to 6 hours between feedings.) He's exclusively FF, so he eats around 20-22 ounces a day of high-calorie preemie formula.
sleeping - M slept through the night Saturday night! He went down at 8:30 and didn't wake to feed until 4:30. That's the second time he's done that. We're hoping it continues - it's so much easier to make it through the day with a full night's sleep. And my 8-year old isn't doing so well at allowing me to have any down time throughout the day.
No time for SO's, sorry. I'm exhausted from our day at the museum!
karlatta - Just be careful...children's museums are filled with germs. That's probably why the other mother told you you were brave. For whatever reason, children are the biggest germ carriers and you get a place where all of them play (and who knows who had what in their mouths, who coughed on what, who sneezed, who wiped their runny nose, etc.) and it's a breeding ground for germs.
OMG...I sound like such a mother! Here I am giving unsolicited advice. I guess that's my PSA for the day.
06-05-2006, 10:28 PM
jarm - Gee, thanks. I'm not too worried, as he was in a Bjorn the whole time. It wasn't very crowded at all, and my mom was the one playing with DD most of the time so it wasn't like I was touching all the toys and then touching the baby or anything like that.
06-06-2006, 06:36 AM
Soutlooper Yay she's here. Congrats and looking forward to pictures.
Karlatta Don't worry about the germs-he was in the bjorn and I'm sure he wasn't chewing on any of the toys.:D I'm sure the mom meant you were brave just getting out of the house period.
Kim That's great Lila is so easy. Josh had colic as a baby so I also feel I deserve an easy baby.;) I haven't attempted lunch with them yet maybe next week.
Em I can't really answer your pumping question b/c I only pumped when I knew I'd be away from Josh or when we went away for a night. Does Jack wake up to eat during the night? If he's sleeping longer you're probably leaking b/c your breasts are expecting him to fed. But I'm not an expert by any means.
Well off to get us dressed to get Josh to the park.
06-06-2006, 07:49 AM
Em-I was leaking at night when i first came home, but i think alot of that was because I was wearing breast shells and sleeping on my stomache. I have been wearing breast pads and make sure that they are positioned correctly before i lay down, and havne't had any issues. As far as the pumping goes, Im not sure. Maybe you could ask over int he breastfeeding thread??
Karlatta-Good for you for taking the kids out! It was really nice of your mother to come and help you out!!
Jen-have fun at the park!!
Jarm-you have me laughing!!
Miss Abigail slept wonderfully last night. We went to bed at 11 and she slept till 4:30. We were back in bed by 5 and she woke up around 7:30ish...just intime for daddy to change her diaper before he left for work;) .
Has anyone been able to establish a routine yet? I'm trying, but my house is seriously suffering. My routine is pretty much do the dishes, clean the stove (we have a glasstop one) sweep the kitchen floor, and take a nap. All the other rooms in the house are suffering tremendously. I think I need to ask for help. Just someone to come over and sit with her for a few hours so I can get stuff done.
06-06-2006, 08:34 AM
Routine: DH and I were discussing this yesterday. Sophia and I have him for 2 weeks then he has to go back to work :( . Thankfully he's a night owl. We were thinking that I could go to sleep around 8:30-9ish and sleep uninterrupted until about until 1 - 2 am. He can sleep around 1 am and then get up at 8:30-9 to go to work. She seems to sleep in long stints early in the morning so thats when I can walk the dog, maybe get some exercise,take a shower and do some light housework. When DH is gone, then I follow DD's pattern i.e. sleep when she sleeps. It doesn't leave much time for couple time but that's what needs to happen right now.
06-06-2006, 09:03 AM
Routine I'm much less concerned with Sam sleeping/eating at given times during the day and much more concerned with him sleeping in his pack n play/cosleeper/crib (as opposed to on mom or dad) for at least one hour blocks (cause he doesn't wake up happy from his cat naps). I'm also trying to get him to eat more at a time because he'll fall asleep while nursing, wake up in an hour hungry, nurse again. Not so fun for mom. I keep a list of things I want to do so that once I have him down I can immediately start getting things done. This works pretty well for us, and Sam has some predictable patterns to his sleeping/eating so I have some idea of how long he'll be down when he goes to sleep.
We sent these out a week or two ago, I've lost all track of time. The white caterpiller under his name is where I scrambled out his middle name and last name which is my last name and DH's last name respectively.
06-06-2006, 10:47 AM
Congrats Southlooper! I love the name!
I guess that is all of us.
Routine - that is laughable to me. I wish! She takes one good long nap during the day, but mainly cat naps after feeding. The night time is what it is. However, I have recently started bringing her into the bed to nurse rather than getting up and it is SO much better. Of course, last night i brought her in at 1:15 and woke up at 4:30. I love cuddling with her in bed, but don't really want to do a "family bed." But, because she squawks a lot less sleeping with us, I might start her out in her bassinet and then let her linger a while after nursing. We're still in the see what works phase.
I am curious though, when will you all move your babies to the crib if they are sleeping in your room now?
out and about - I want to go places, do things, keep sane, so Macey is along for the ride. She's been around a couple of toddlers, but I've been cautious, as have their parents. I don't want RSV, but I can't sit home. I'm with the lot of you that are also going on outings!
Oh! another QOTD: Anyone go back to the gym yet or plan to after your 6 week pp appt?
I am calling today to figure out how to get her in the gym daycare and how they manage the little ones as soon as my ob gives me the okay. I am having my appt at 7 weeks pp, so hopefully I can go soon after that. My gym has a pilates class that I REALLY want to go to (even though it is at 8 am:eek: )
Well, she is sleeping in her swing right now so I need to take advantage and take a shower!
06-06-2006, 11:01 AM
Crib-We started putting Abbie in her crib for her day time naps on Thursday. She really seems to like to sleep there. I am not sure when we will move her there to sleep during the night. I'm thinking around 3 months maybe?
Gym-DH and i just talked abotu this yesterday. We are going to do everyotherday so one will stay home iwth abbie while the other is at the gym. The gym daycare does not accept children under 3 months old. I want to start soon, and my 6 week pp appointment is on the 16th, so 10 more days!
RSV-I think im a bad mother. I never even thought of this!! Ugh, now im going to be extremely paranoid
06-06-2006, 05:54 PM
Crib - We are planning to do this tonight. My mom came to visit this weekend, and she slept with the baby in his room (he has a full bed in there). He slept in the swing and the crib. He did pretty well. Tonight I'm going to try to start him out in his swing and see how far we get. I figure it might take a while to make it through an entire night without having to bring him back to our room where the cosleeper is, but we feel like now's the time. He's 4 weeks tomorrow.
06-06-2006, 08:33 PM
Congrats Southlooper!! Looks like all the babies are here! :) Hope you're recovering well from your C-section!
Great announcement, Nettie!
Routine Ha! We still don't have one set quite yet. We have some bedtime rituals (bath and bottle) at night, but I'm still mostly just feeding on demand and taking Ethan's cues.
Crib We'll probably keep him in our room until he has some definite sleep patterns so we can transition as easily as possible. Hopefully, he'll be in his crib by the time he's 10 weeks.
My little boy is officially the best baby ever! He slept from 11:00 to 5:00 and then from 5:30 to 8:30. I felt so energized today!!!
06-06-2006, 10:37 PM
Well, Jack certainly had his fussy pants on today!! I couldn't soothe him all day for the life of me...He pretty much hung out and fussed in my arms all day. He slept just a bit, but not as much as previous days. And not in his swing or pack'n'play either...Not sure what the problem was but my goodness I'm tired!!
Crib: Aside from Jack's first two nights at home when he slept in the pack'n'play in our bedroom (we've since moved this back downstairs)....He's been sleeping in his crib in his room every night. It's nice for us to have the separation because we sleep better...and he already seems adjusted to the crib with no major issues. He just looks so small in it!!
Taking him out: I've taken him out to lunch several times, as well as to the grocery store and mall for very quick trips. He does fine - just sleeps the entire time. I'm limiting trips out though, until he gets his first major round of immunizations (4 week appointment, I think?).
His 2-week appt is on Thursday, and I can't wait to see his weight! He had gone down from 8lbs, 6oz to 7lbs, 3oz at his first appointment because my milk hadn't yet come in. Doctor wants him back to his birth weight by Thursday's appointment. With the way he's been eating, I certainly don't see it being a problem...He is sucking me dry!!!
06-07-2006, 05:47 AM
We also had a major fuss pants on our hands yesterday. He was overtired but just wouldn't sleep. Wanted to be held all the time-that's hard when trying to take care of a toddler. Hopefully today will be better.
Em They don't normally get the first round of immunizations until their 2 month visit. At least that's how it was done for Josh and that's when Kyle will get his.
Netti Love your announcment.
Routine LOL-what's that. Not yet maybe we'll start in a week or so.
Crib That's going to have to wait awhile for us b/c Josh is still in his crib. We'll probably buy him a big boy bed soon then move Kyle when he's about 3 months old.
Gym We don't belong to one yet but I need to start walking each evening once dh is home. Speaking of gym funny story to follow.
So yesterday we went our daily walk to the park and tennis courts in our development. Well there was a group of grandmothers with their grandkids who are around Josh's age.
The grandmothers don't speak english-they're asian. So one of them started talking to me.
From what I could understand due to the language barrier is that she asked if I was pregnant-after seeing Kyle and me telling her he was 4 weeks old. She seemed surprised-pointed to my pouch and told me I'm to big and that I need to excersise.:eek: Nice huh.
06-07-2006, 06:22 AM
Shots - Kyle will get them at 2 months as well. I think that's when Zach got them as well.
Routine -- things are getting better around here with it, but I doubt it will ever really be set based on having a 4 yr old that has more of a social life than I do. However, sleeping is getting better, the last few nights he's slept from around 9 or 10 - 2:30ish and then eats and goes back to sleep. I'm thrilled with some straight sleep.
Gym -- We belong to the local YMCA and I'm ready to get back into using it for myself again instead of just for my son (although they have great kids programs). I thinking after my 6 wek appt next Friday.
Crib -- Kyle has been in his crib since he came home. He sleeps fine in it and is adjusted, but really loves sleeping in his carseat too.
My biggest problem right now is the 4 yr old! He won't listen to me and I think it's too many changes right now, the new baby, school being out and his best friend is too busy right now since he's up with his grandparents since his parents just had a new baby yesterday.
So how do you teach an older child to be gentle and helpful when he needs to be rather than just determining what the baby needs based on his thoughts rather than reality!! He's trying to be nice, but the baby doesn't need the toys forced on him, or this that or the other right now, however he doesn't understand, or want to hear it. Oh well, I guess I should feel lucky that he likes the little guy, right?
I'm hoping that Kyle will fall back asleep so I can get a shower soon...
06-07-2006, 06:53 AM
I just want to say that I LOVE OUR OCEAN WONDERS CRADLE SWING!! Abbie was being fussy this morning; she would eat for 10 minutes, burp, fall asleep, and the minute i put her in her crib, she started to cry. She'd eat again, burp, fall asleep, crib, scream. I put her in her swing, and she is happy as a clam! I even got my hair straightened!! I haven't been able to do that since the day that I went into labor!! I'm so so so excited about it!! I was hoping she would nap before we have to leave, but it doesnt look like that is going to happen.
We are meeting Emily and Ella again today for Breastfeeding support group, and then for lunch. It's nice to have another mommy friend with a baby the same age as Abigail.
06-07-2006, 04:44 PM
Standrea - isn't that swing great?! We love it too, for the same reason!
We can't sleep when Josh is in our room, he's a pretty noisy sleeper. So he's been in his room in the pack n play most of the time (except when I give up and let him sleep in the swing!). He doesn't have a crib yet because DD is still in that. I don't know what to do about that - may borrow a crib since I don't want to kick her out if she still likes her crib. And actually Josh's room is so small the pnp fits much better than a crib would!
At what age do they start to poop less often? DD is 3.5 weeks now, and it seems like all of a sudden today he has stopped pooping! I don't think he's gone since yesterday evening. Is this too early? He has had lots of wet diapers, just not dirty ones.
06-07-2006, 05:07 PM
Jen1098Niiiiice. Feel free to sock that lady in the face next time you see her. ;)
Shortcake Ethan went from pooping 2-3 times a day to once every couple of days right around week 3. From what I understand, pediatricians aren't too concerned as long as the stool is still really soft and the baby doesn't seem to be in pain or anything.
06-07-2006, 05:32 PM
Thanks Kristin! Sounds like Josh is following that pattern too. It's reassuring to hear that is normal!
06-07-2006, 10:43 PM
I have to share this funny moment from earlier today. We have Jack's pnp downstairs in front of our fireplace. I was changing his diaper on the pnp and had his legs and rear lifted up so I could wipe. All of a sudden he starts peeing. Luckily it went up and toward his head and not toward me. Not only did it end up all over the glass fireplace front....But also in his hair, ear, and on his face. And of course I had just given him a sponge bath....I was trying not to laugh because the poor guy just started shrieking!
Here's a picture from a few days ago (it's his best pirate imitation!):
06-08-2006, 03:12 AM
Hi I'm still here....
Finally got a break to check in. We had our 1 month check up on Tues- David has grown an inch and went from 7 lbs 7oz at birth to 9lbs 8oz. After the visit he just cried and cried for 4 hours straight- I was ready to pull my hair out! Damn vitamin K drops gave him a belly ache.
GymThe weather has finally changed so we can get out for walks again. Not planning on going to the gym until fall.
Crib David sleeps in his bassinet now. He was getting to heavy sleeping on my chest and was hurting the milk-o-mat. I seem to sleep better now as well.
Shots I believe that he gets them at his next appointment on 7.6 (looking forward to another scream filled day afterwards :rolleyes: )
Poop David has a 3-4 in a row BM per day. Sucks cause it does cause blow outs- thank god for Oxy!
QOTD- Has anyone tried DTD? We have just because I really wanted to see if everything worked before my 6 week checkup. Everything works ;) though after the birth I really thought that I would have some sort of problems/pain.
My 6 week appointment is next week. My mother will be here to give me a bit of help for 9 days- I really cant wait for her to come!
Ok better get the laundry finished up while he's KO!
06-08-2006, 06:01 AM
We had another good night of sleep. 3rd night in a row. She does seem to be following a good pattern now, Up at 4-4:30, then again around 6:15 ish.. then DH wakes her up for the morning around 7:30...
Ok, I have a funny story too! We went to the bf support group yesterday and had a BLAST. Emily was there as well as Allison, another mom that was in lamaze with us. It was from 10-11:30, but we stayed until 1!! It was catered w/ snacks too-really good cookies, and crackers and cheese, and fruit!
Anyways, Emily and I had plans to go to lunch after, so we invited the other moms to join us. There were 5 of us total -4 under 4 weeks old, and 1 7 month old. So, Pacey dirties her diaper, so Allison brought her to the restroom of the resteraunt to change her. As she was walking out a woman stopped her and said "you women are all crazy. What is wrong with you all:? Bringing those babies out in public. I tell you, you are all very uneducated"...:rolleyes: We all heard it since we were near the bathroom and giggled.
DtD-dh is begging for it, but im really scared. I'm just going to wait for the ok from the midwife.
06-08-2006, 06:05 AM
MRSU Sounds like David is doing well. Those non stop screaming fests are the worst!! That's great your mom will be there soon to help. Take advantage and nap!!
Em Love the picture. Don't they make the funniest pictures.
Kristin LOL-I'm sure I"ll see her on our next walk. Maybe I'll eat a candy bar in front of her and she what she says.:D
DTD Oh boy not yet but everyday DH keeps grumbling that he isn't getting any loving.:rolleyes: I told him I'm not allowed until after my check up.;) Not looking forward to the first couple of times-better have some wine in the house.
PoopKyle has also slowed down. He's still going every day though. With BF babies they don't neccessiarly go every day. That's how Josh was.
flyerwife Sorry you're having a though time with your four year old. I don't have any advice since Josh is younger. Have you tried the older kids section-some of those moms might have some good advice.
06-08-2006, 08:50 AM
poop Josh did go eventually at 3am and it was a LOT more than he'd been doing when he was going a bunch of times per day.
Uh oh he is stirring, gotta hop in the shower before he gets up, while DD is still glued to a Dora video!
Just going to do a little update. Things are going better around here. I'm still not convinced that Rachael is gaining enough weight, but DH says he can see that she is. This morning she latched on and chowed down. It was the greatest nursing session ever. I have been a little reluctant to nurse her, especially when others are home. I tend to get stressed and it's not enjoyable for her or me. I'm pumping and this morning I almost ran over with milk. That was a great feeling! There's a ton stored in the freezer and I'm very happy that I stuck it through...I knew that formula feeding would be okay as Arlyn was FF, but for whatever reason, I just had this pushing inside. I couldn't stop crying at the thought of not even BFing. Like I said, I nurse her only one or two times a day, but it works for us. I pump the other times and she gets formula at night to give us longer stretches.
I really thought I was going to break...I never imagined I would be so distraught over not being able to BF. And it wasn't that I wasn't able to, it was just that she wasn't gaining enough. I always put a lot of pressure on myself, and for once it paid off.
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