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02 August 2006 @ 09:11 pm
Ian’s finally sound asleep so I can get on the computer a few minutes!

So I’m so happy. My beautiful boy is out and he listened to me and left his dwelling before the second heatwave hit. I went through one heatwave when I was 39 weeks pregnant with him and was trapped in the house. We’re still housebound but at least he’s here! The heat was supposed to feel like 110 deg today so thank god for central air and that we're basically stocked on supplies so we don't have to run out to stores too much.

This afternoon when I was sobbing a little, they were tears of joy. I was nursing my baby, sitting in my rocker, watching the sun set over the water outside my window and listening to some very soothing music. My little man was nursing peacefully on my lap on a Boppy. I'm doing something right.

Ian’s going through what someone called cluster feeding. I was so relieved to learn it had a name. He nurses well for 15-20 mins per breast, goes to sleep, then wakes up 5 min later and wants to eat more more more. I resorted to using formula for a little while in the hospital and also tried pumping. So we’re weening off of all of that and just trying to keep him on the breast. It’s hard, but I’m getting more adept with positioning so I can have a hand free and not be stuck in the bed all the time to nurse him until he’s full and sleeping and satiated. It’s been frustrating for all of us- especially him when he’s thrashing his little head around and eating his little hands. Last night the soreness got excruciating and I just could not nurse any more in that sitting. He had a few ounces of formula last night. I did the rest of his feedings that night on the breast when the soreness went away after a few hours rest and a warm compress. Today he had no formula at all and I only pumped once to relieve feeling engorged!

Ian was born 8 lbs 6 oz. He was 8 lb 1 oz when we took him home. Today he was 8 lb 8 oz at 5 days old at the pediatrician so the doctors are very happy with my breast fed boob monster. I, on the other hand, had a full blown panic attack about getting him and me ready to leave the house and be there at 9:45 am. It was my first trip out of the house. I started crying and had anxiety. Brian came out and I am sobbing and eating a peanutbutter and jelly sandwhich for breakfast saying "I'm alright!" It did feel good to be out for a short while and then I was happy to be back in the house away from the heat. So we'll keep working on that. I was sooo looking forward to outings and planning everything I wanted to do. I never thought THAT would happen.

Today was a good day. Each day gets a little easier. Brian went to his job two hours and I used my alone time while he was asleep well to get a few things done and also get enough rest in bed. Now poor Brian is getting a cold and a scratchy throat. Stay away from me! He’s been amazing. Such a great Lamaze coach and he’s learning all about breastfeeding and baby care right along with me. He even came home with Mother's Milk tea. I had given up looking for it until I could get out to the health food store but he found it at Walreen's or one of those drug store chains that had a natural foods section.

Ian's bris is Friday. I was worried about how we would handle feedings that day being at the temple and possibly dealing with him crying constantly to be fed again and again and again. Today got easier and tomorrow should be even better now that I seem to have more milk and the dreaded nipple soreness is going away.

crossposted to helena_mae
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01 August 2006 @ 05:52 pm
Help! My beautiful baby is 4 days old and he's eating milk faster than I can make it or pump it! He even ate all the formula we got free from the hospital.

I started breastfeeding him from day 1. He's got a great latch and a very strong suck. So strong that it leaves me sore, but I endure it anyways. The first 10 seconds, I wince, and then the soreness goes away. We met with a LC in the hospital and my Mom helped me for countless hours also since she breastfed three kids. We're using good positioning now and the side laying position seems to work best right now so eventually as I get more adept, we'll sit up more often. I started using small amounts of formula in the hospital to supplement AFTER and only after putting him to the breast. He's just so hungry. He was 8 lb 6 oz and just seems like he wants to eat a lot. I did hear the doctor telling the woman next to me in the hospital about formula feeding and how formula fed babies should start eating an oz and work up to 2 oz. Not my kid!

He'll nurse on the breast for 20-30 mins each breast. I'll get him to sleep, and then he'll wake up in 5 min wailing and rooting and making what we call "the alligator face" because he's thrashing his little head around. So he's basically nursing 40-60 mins, then taking whatever pumped breast milk we have on hand (2-3 oz) in a bottle and then he sometimes still wants more and we give him an ounce or so of formula! I thought he could not possibly be eating a total of 4-6 ounces per feeding at 4 days old but I saw it today and he did not spit much back up at all! His feedings take over an hour since this winds up being a drawn out process. We think he's asleep and then he wakes back up hungry and crying.

He's got the right amount of mustard yellow poopy diapers and wet diapers so I know he's digesting. We burp him and he passes gas just fine.

My milk just starting coming in Sunday afternoon and today was the first day I was really engorged in the morning. We started pumping yesterday in addition to feeding off the breast. I'm concerned about nipple confusion, but so far his suck seems so powerful that he's been ok. I have been running a low fever on and off but the nurses were not concerned and said it's because my milk is coming in.

Is it ok to be feeding him THAT much as long as he's not spitting up and we're allowing him to burp and digest in between? I'm sure my milk is still coming in since I'm not leaking yet and it takes an hour to pump a few ounces. I just HATE having to give my little guy formula to supplement but feeding him until he falls asleep and feeding him on demand seems to be the only thing that works right now. He's too little for us to just let him wail and make him stick to scheduled feedings so we're letting him call the shots. It would be cruel not to.

Is there something else we can do? I'm getting desperate. If I can ever get a chance to leave the house, get to a store and look for it, I'm going to try Mother's Milk tea. Maybe the cookie recipe?? The gal that posted it deleted her journal so I never got to write it down. Any advice would be appreciated.

crossposted to breastfeeding
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
30 July 2006 @ 11:15 am
I had some fantastic patterns bookmarked for making a baby sling, but in a recent computer overhaul, they seem to have disappeared. Does anyone have a link to a nice sturdy baby sling pattern?

26 July 2006 @ 10:14 am
name: Chrissi
age: 26
when are you due?: August 23rd -- A girl nick-named Liani (Styliani Athina)
any other children?: 7 Year Old Son, Alexander (6/8/99); 8 Year Old Step-daughter, Anna (12/17/98)

I'm excited to have found this community.  I'm currently 36 weeks pregnant, expecting a little girl on August 23rd.  I'm planning a midwife/doula assisted home birth in my bathtub!  I will be exclusively breastfeeding her and cloth diapering.  I recently got laid off from my job and hope to find a way to replace my income quickly enough so I can evolve into a WAHM.  Not working at all isn't an option for us so I hope that I can stray from the "norm" and stay home with the babe while still being able to pay the bills.

I'm married to a usually wonderful man named Chris (yes, Chris & Chrissi....how cute...)  He's amazingly supportive of my "crunchy" decisions which means the world to me.  At first, he was terrified at the prospect of a homebirth.  Now, before it's even happened yet, he is encouraging me to persue becoming a midwife myself, as he sees the passion I've developed for it.  I'm sure it would be much more rewarding than my current avenue of finance!!

In addition to our kids, we also have an 11 year old tiger-kitty named Francie and a 1.5 year old Cavalier KC Spaniel named Emma.  We live in Sunny South Florida!
I guess that's about it for now.  It's great to have found this community.  I look forward to participating and hopefully making new friends.
22 July 2006 @ 11:10 pm
this is of my son (almost three) and me (almost 39 weeks pregnant) at the bluffs today!
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20 July 2006 @ 05:35 pm
Just a quick post! I will post my birth story later, when I have time to collect my thoughts. We just got home from the hospital about 2 hours ago.

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crossposted. :)
18 July 2006 @ 04:11 pm
Ugh cramping. It huuuuurts. I ate prepared food from the supermarket salad bar and a piece of cake and a coffee from the supermarket and now I have what feels like a stomach ache. In hindsight, maybe eating supermarket salad bar food was an all bad idea.

I dunno what this is because my organs are all shifted around and what hurts used to be where my bowels used to be. What's there now is my baby.

Moms who've had babies, maybe you could shed some light for me? Food making me sick or baby-related?

Best to do what I always do...ride it out. Wait for it to pass. Husband is coming home soon anyway.

I dunno any more what's a contraction and what's not but this is icky.

(This is crossposted. I was hoping to get an answer from anyone before I bother the doctor or rush to the hospital.)
14 July 2006 @ 10:14 am
Does anyone have any experience with Hyperbilirubinaemia in newborns? The Little Man is jaundiced. His levels are 300 mumol/L which is concern enough to require him to go to the special care nursury, likely for phototherapy and bilirubin monitoring. I'm terrified, but am assured it's very common and that he'll be fine.

I was going to post a birth announcement/story, but I haven't had time yet, sorry about that. In short, he was born Sunday, July 9th at 7:55pm after just 55 minutes of labour. He was 8 lbs, 21 inches and was born at 37w3d. I wanted to post this right away because I'd love to hear from anyone who has any experience with this. Please comment.

(crossposted to my journal and a few baby communities)
Current Mood: scaredscared
Yesterday was a hard day. I had contractions on and off all day yesterday at work. I was the staff person on duty at my facility, which is just an especially hectic job. I made it through the day! At around 2-3 pm, I started having intense contractions. They maybe lasted 30 minutes or so. It felt like everything was spinning. I felt lightheaded and there was just so much noise around me. (I was probably panicking or having a panic attack also) I just wanted to finish my paperwork and get home! The contractions (or whatever it was) stopped and I calmed back down, turned in the mostly completed paperwork to my boss and ran out the door before some other crisis happened that Super Social Worker would have to take care of.

I'm off today from work and then tomorrow is my last day at work. That will relieve one major cause of stress so I can just focus on having this baby.

I'm starting to wonder if I can really go another 12 days like this having contractions on and off every day! It's so disappointing when they stop. I've learned not to get my hopes up as much anymore when they do start up. I try to either get stuff done while I can- just in case...or try and get some rest and keep hydrated.

I'm just at the point today where I had a very fitful sleep last night. Either I was scratching myself or getting up to pee. When I was sleeping, I was having odd dreams. I got up and read at 4:30 and sat in my rocking chair.

I go to the doctor today. I'm 38 weeks and 4 days. I have not been dilated yet, but that is not always an indicator of when the baby is coming out.

So...we'll see. And then I'll wait until next week if the doc says "nope not this week" again.

We used the vidoe camera and made a short video of us talking to the baby last night. Brian said "These are your fish that we had when you were getting ready to be born. This is your doggie, Casey". Then he had Casey do her best tricks for the camera. I was just laying on the couch when we made the video. I figured that was the most accurate way to portray myself!! crossposted
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
12 July 2006 @ 03:59 pm
Has anyone used Clary Sage (the essential oil) to help bring on labor or used it during labor?  My doula left me her bottle of it, it smells really good.  I was just curious if anyone else has had any experiences with it, good or bad...

The doula also suggested Evening Primrose Oil, I think we'll get some capsules of that this weekend.  I am so ready for the baby to be here! I'm only 38 weeks, so I guess I still have a couple weeks to go, but at this point I don't think it will do much harm to get things moving.  We've been having a lot of sex, which always gives me cramps and bh's.  Nipple stimulation has been tried too.  I've also been doing some walking with the little energy I have left.  Any other suggestions? 

So many of you all have given birth already.  I'm jealous!!  Congratulations though, I can't wait til I'm posting baby pictures :-D

(cross posted)