View Full Version : May 2006 Mommies: Gearing up for Motherhood!
06-08-2006, 12:35 PM
You wouldn't believe the week we just had....We just got back from the hospital today and I am going through a week's worth of email, after staying with Jocey in the Stanford Packard Hospital Special Care Nursery (where she could be monitored 24 hours/day) because she came down with a 103 degree fever and an infection last Friday I stayed with her the whole time and slept on a reclining chair in the breast pumping room since I'm breastfeeding and she eats everr 2-3 hours.
Luckily, my in-laws live 10 minutes from the hospital, so I went there every day at lunch to shower and change clothes, and then rush back to the hospital for her next feeding. The good news is that she gained over a pound and is now 9 pounds 10 oz! She went through her week 3 growth spurt at the hospital, as I had 2 days where I fed her every 30 minutes or so for 5 hours (she would cry until she was fed!). But it sure helped me establish a great milk supply, as I already have lots of bottles in the freezer. DH also just bought us a special deep freezer since I'm planning to store up a lot before I go back to work.
It was such a terrifying experience. I don't want to freak you out with all the details, but she had to get a spinal tap, chest x-ray, ultrasound of her kidneys, and multiple blood tests because it's so rare to have a newborn with a 103 degree temp (and they later diagnosed a urinary tract infection). She now also has to have daily dose of antibiotics for the next year to protect her kidneys.
The worst part is that when we first went in, they had 7different nurses (4 ER nurses and 3 Pediatrics nurses) try to get an IV line in her for over 2 hours, with her screaming non-stop (they would poke the needle in and then WIGGLE it to find a vein!!). She has bruises on both hands, both elbows, both ankles....I was bawling the whole time.
Jocey is normally such a good baby who only cries when she's hungry (like when she falls off my breast or if I'm not moving fast enough), so it was just heartwrenching to hear her scream in pain at the IV needle pokes....
She's happily sleeping on DH now while I try to check email, though I really should just go sleep. I haven't had a chance to read up, but I wanted to post this here so ladies, if your baby feels hot, check the temperature! We thought she was hot just because she had been wrapped up and held for 2 hours, so we didn't take her temperature until she was burning up in my arms at one of her feedings.
Anyhow, gotta run. Hope you're all doing well!
06-08-2006, 03:03 PM
smiles -OMG I'm so glad to hear everything is now ok, but what an awful ordeal for all of you!! I was nearly crying thinking of the IV pokes. Poor kid! Thanks for letting us know - I really need to be more aware of Josh's temp and stuff - as he is the second kid I've been much more laid back and not checked once, even though he now has the sniffles and sometimes seems hot (I assume over bundling too).
Jarm - SO glad to hear things are going better for you guys! Congrats on sticking it out with the BFing. I know the feeling of wanting that to work so much...DD was FF also and I felt so strongly I wanted to be able to BF Josh. Fortunately so far so good.
Uh oh hungry kiddo!
06-08-2006, 03:12 PM
Hey everyone... Sorry I have not posted in what seems like forever. My mom was here and breastfeeding so often leaves little time for anything else. I just updated my LJ though--and copied out the baby news :D
Gabriel is growing amazingly fast. At my daughter's doctor’s appointment (it was a yearly check-up with a tetanus shot), I put him on the scale and he was 10 pounds 14 ounces, 22 inches and weighed myself (125.5 pounds down from the pregnancy high of 152) –and him on our scale at home (this was Wednesday). It only measures in half pounds—and he was 11.5! Given his ravenous feedings –at times every 45 minutes, I am not too surprised.
Here's a funny photo of him...
We gave him his first bath --but I have not been bathing him daily because he had a bad case of baby acne (and the doctor suggested any regular rubbing/cleaning would be hard on his skin).
In more exciting Gabriel news, he flipped from his tummy to his back for the first time last Friday. [In my LJ, I posted] a video clip of him doing it again two days ago (not bad for a 3 week old—eh?).
Oh and last night, he was horribly fussy. At 10:00 pm, I took him into the bedroom to feed him --and he was out until 5:15 in the morning. Normally, he is up every 2 hours --so this was phenomenal!
I will try to do SOs in the coming days...
06-09-2006, 03:28 PM
Bumping us up from page 2 with a recent pic of Nolan.
We are all doing well just really busy with Lily running around and kissing all over her brother constantly. Love love love being a mommy of 2! Although, Im sure part of that is because he sleeps 6 hour stretches at night.
Hoping all you mommies and babies are doing well and getting some rest!
06-10-2006, 06:14 PM
smiles What an expeirence for you guys. So glad Jocey is fine.
netreefrog Gabriel is a cutie, I love his expression.
April Aww so cute. Nolan really looks like Lily in that picture.
HOpe everyone is having a nice weekend. Kyle is sleeping in his swing right now. He seems to have a bit of fussiness in the evenings. I've found that running the vaccuum cleaner will quiet him down if he's crying. If anything I'll have the cleanest carpets around.:D
Dh has been studying for an important test for work so it's been tough b/c I've had Kyle duty alot so I'll be happy when his test is over. Of course then he leaves us alone for 3 nights for a business trip.:rolleyes:
Kyle has baby acne,poor guy. Maybe by getting it now he'll be spared when he's a teenager.:D
I tried uploading pictures but can't figure it out with our new camera. As soon as I do I'll post them.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend.
06-10-2006, 07:41 PM
Josh has started sleeping worse at night! :( I think he is "waking up" more...he is 4 weeks now...and that means he is awake at night. He's not fussy, just won't go to sleep after feedings which leaves me exhausted. Uh oh Gabrielle needs dinner so gotta run - sorry for that quick vent!
06-11-2006, 08:54 AM
shortcake Just to let you know i can relate. Kyle is the same way. He used to go right to sleep after nursing. Not anymore.:( Takes me much longer to get him back to sleep. It stinks.
06-11-2006, 03:44 PM
Hey Fellow Mommies -
Now that all the babies are here, are you ready for a new thread?
06-11-2006, 03:45 PM
Jack had his 2-week appt on Thursday and still wasn't back up to his birth weight. Pretty frustrating for me because I felt like it meant that he wasn't getting enough milk from me. The ped recommended supplementing with formula until this Thursday, when I have to take Jack back in for a weight check. He's been eating constantly - my milk supply can barely keep up with him! So, I was surprised that he wasn't up to weight yet...
He's been sleeping in 2-2.5 hour stretches pretty consistently at night....Until two nights ago. He slept from 11-1, and then was awake until 5:30am! DH even tried taking him for a drive...and nothing worked. He wasn't fussy, thankfully, he was just bright-eyed. So, DH and I were just exhausted yesterday...But last night he slept for a 5 hour stretch. Not sure what was so different about the two nights, but DH and I feel so much more rested and pleasant today! We're off to take a long walk (and Starbucks trip!) to enjoy our sunshine and warm weather. It's gorgeous out!
Quick question for those of you who nurse in bed and then have your babies sleep with you...How do you do it? Meaning, after you nurse, how do you position yourself, DH, and the baby so that you feel safe having the baby in bed? I'm thinking that nursing in bed might be a solution to me feeling so tired overnight with feedings in the nursery glider chair...And I'm not opposed to having Jack sleep with us sometimes (I didn't used to want that, but now I'm ok with it, ironically). I just fear that I will roll over on him or something horrific like that...I don't want to buy a co-sleeper or anything, so are there other solutions? I'm just paranoid....but really in need of sleep!! :-)
06-11-2006, 05:24 PM
I have two seconds before Gabriel gets up and my BBs burst (the front of my shirt already contains two wet spots)...
THREAD: Yes, Southlooper the new thread would be great!
NURSING IN BED/COSLEEPING:
I think this solution would work with a regular PNP or another configured arrangement --but this is just what I have set up to minimize loss of sleep.
So, here's our set-up --> I have a cosleeper positioned right up against our bed. Then, I put the changing table from the PNP on the cosleeper. Next, the dresser with his stuff juts up to the back of the cosleeper/changing table. Finally, I put a towel across the bed (in case I leak or he spits up or his diaper leaks). This enables me to get up in the middle of the night (generally every two hours), get him out of the cosleeper, change him while sitting on the bed (diapers and clothes if necessary), feed him on both sides/breasts (but always on the towel), burp him, grab extra breast pads (if necessary), and lay him back down in his cosleeper.
We have a queen size bed --and my DH generally sleeps on the right side. Gabriel is either on left or right side of me. I tell my DH when Gabriel joins us (if he doesn't wake up on his own). Like my DD, I am starting to notice that Gabriel thinks that my bed is his...
Hope that helped a bit Em7.31.04?
06-11-2006, 06:03 PM
A new thread would be great! Thanks, Southlooper!
Em- nursing in bed...we don't have a co-sleeper, just a bassinet that is definitely lower than the bed. I put her to bed in the bassinet and leave her there until she wakes up for her first feeding. If I really feel up to it, I'll go into the nursery and change her and maybe do a little feeding, but most of the time I just lift her into the bed, lay on my side and pull her up to me in her swaddled blanket on her back, turning her head to my nipple. I just make sure I am far enough into the bed and then I have my "bottom" arm under my pillow and my "top" arm over her, pulling her close to me. If I'm awake when she's done, I'll put her back in her bassinet, but usually she'll just ride out the night in bed with us. I was concerned about smothering her the first couple of nights, but then quickly learned that she was pretty secure. Not to mention, it feels good to actually get some sleep! She loves being cuddled up next to mom
06-11-2006, 06:12 PM
Em - I know just what you mean about them being awake and bright eyed during the night! We have just started to have big problems with that in the last few days. Prior to this, Josh was pretty good about sleeping for 2-3 hours at night. All of a sudden, he is only sleeping for 1 hour at a time (day or night) and after nighttime feedings he is wide awake! It is very frustrating, because he is not hungry he just won't sleep.
Anyone find any magical tricks for the babe that won't sleep after eating (or stay asleep)? I suppose he does better sleeping in bed with me, but then he grunts and snuffles and squirms and I am kept awake anyway!
06-11-2006, 06:31 PM
Sleep -- I was hoping it was a phase and that it was only Kyle. He was doing great, sleeping about 5 hour stretches at night last week and then this weekend he threw us for a loop and started the same thing as the others and staying up and not sleeping. Let's hope they all start sleeping again soon! Kyle has been fussier, but not as much during the night, so I have no idea what the change is.
Gotta run and get some laundry done before he wakes up again.
06-12-2006, 06:37 AM
Happy Monday Ladies -
New Thread: I'm going to work on a new thread this week. Anyone else intersted in co-moderating? How do you close this thread?
Current Status/ Birth Story: FINALLY, a few minutes to sit down and write!
We're doing well. Week one down and DH and I are still standing. Sophia looks mostly llike me but has DH's disposition, which is good. We're still trying
to get a sleep schedule down as DH is going back to work on the 19th.
What can I say, I do not miss being pregnant. Overall it was an easy pregnancy bookended by a great deal of stress. But then again it wasn't easy getting pregnant, so it's only fitting that the end was difficult as well.
Labor and delivery was...profoundly traumatic. This last month was H**L. The first 2 days of maternity leave all I did was sleep (recovering from work.) I had one day of energy then, on Mother's day, I developed a pregnancy induced rash that spread all over my upper body. The rash rendered me bedridden for about a week and a half. Once that was under control I had to deal with being overdue.
On my June 1st OB appointment (my first visit after my due date) my doctor conducted several tests and found, among other things, no dilation or effacement. She concluded that I be induced that evening (at first she wanted me to wait the weekend and if nothing happened then get induced the following Monday night which would have made the birth date 06.06.06. Thank God she changed her mind. The movie "The Omen" freaked me out and the last thing I needed was the vision of Lee Remeck being forced out of the window by that creepy nanny on my DD's birthday! [shudder])
We got to the hospital Thursday evening where I got hooked up to every machine under the sun. I labored for 6 hours with the help of a ballon cathater and patocin. When that round was over I had dialted 1 cm. They took out the cather and I continued to labor for another 10 hours. At the end of the 10 hours I was 90% effaced and 1.5 cm dilated. With no progress and the baby's heart rate dropping after every contraction we went ahead and had a c-section.
The surgery did not go very well. While they were prepping me I started feeling VERY sleepy. I was barely awake when Sophia was born. When they finally let me hold her I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I started yelling for DH to take her because I was sure I was going to drop her. When I got to the recovery room I felt very hot yet I started
shivering to the point that I thought I was going into convultions. Then I stared hallucinating conversations with the nurses. I later found out that during the surgery, because I was laboring for so long, my uterus started bleeding out and that they had to pump my full of drugs to get it to shrink and stop bleeding. This, along with the myraid of drugs I was already given, caused me to spike a temperature of 104. Luckily my temp was under control by the next morning and I was able to go about my business of bonding with my baby and enjoying my time in the hospital.
So now, adjustment to parenthood. I'm also looking for a part time job. Hopefully they will let me sub at my school while I'm on leave.
06-12-2006, 06:37 AM
Sleeping I always have a mixed reaction when i hear that other moms have the same problems i do. I'm glad that i'm not doing anything horribly wrong, but bummed that some of these issues are unavoidable. Sam has had a five hour stretch of sleep the past two nights, which is fabulous, but...
He has the hardest time going down at night the first time. Last night it took two and a half hours of nursing,rocking, shushing, and holding. Does anyone do a specific night time routine?
While the past two nights have been wonderful after Sam falls asleep, the previous night he only slept on DH or I. Not next to, but actually on our chests. It was a long night. While it doesn't have any magic answers, i recommend the book Wonder Weeks (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579546455/102-7775869-2297701?v=glance&n=283155). Apparently there are big developmental changes around four or five weeks which make for clingier babies. While there's no solution, i feel like i understand sam better.
06-12-2006, 06:56 AM
sleep- We had only 2 nights *knocks on wood* where David was awake from 2am- 5am. Mostly he sleeps in 3- 4 hour blocks so it's not so bad.
My allergies are really bad right now since they are cutting all the fields. I need to go and get some homeopathie stuff to give me some relief since what the dr said I can take makes me really tired and sleepy. I just hope that David doesnt inherit my allergy problems.:rolleyes:
06-12-2006, 08:37 AM
sleep - last night was another tough one. I gave up and let DS sleep on me a couple times, and then at least he and I both did sleep. Oh and I would have gotten a decent chunk as DH fed him at 10 and then got him to sleep around 10:30 till 1:40, BUT DD decided she was wide awake and very loud until 11:30 or so. (She'd been sick yesterday so slept a ton, and was finally feeling better.)
I must admit I'm feeling depressed and, frankly, a little cheated! I had a very tough first 2 months with my first, worse than this even. And I was so thrilled that it seemed to be going better...but now it's getting past what I feel I can manage. Of course I will manage, but I had planned to have a life these first 2 months, take my DD to gymboree and playgroup and stuff, but right now I don't see how I can! I'm very disappointed. Hopefully it will turn around in a couple weeks or so though.
06-12-2006, 02:08 PM
Hi everyone -
I started the new thread, you may start posting there.
Mods - Please close this thread.
06-12-2006, 03:52 PM
Here's the new thread! (http://www.constantchatter.com/showthread.php?t=20858)
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