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25 September 2006 @ 10:33 pm
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there's my little guy. he's about 6 weeks old (or as i like to say 10.5 weeks corrected, he was a 42 weeker).

who has what kind of sling here, and how do you like it. i have a maya and a mei tai. i think i may want to get a pouch sling, how do they compare for nursing on the go?

i love the meitai but only for short trips where i do not have to nurse. i love the maya, but my baby has a heat rash problem, and the maya keeps him very bundled which i think is aggravtaing the problem.

for cding mamas: where do you find onesie extenders? or what brand of onesies fit over cd?
10 September 2006 @ 01:29 pm
I had my baby around 4:40 on September 10th, at 41w1d. Its a girl, so far no name.

She was born unassisted after... a long labor- much longer then I expected after prodromal labor for close to a month leading up to active labor. Total time form the first "real" contraction to the birth was around 29 hours.

My husband caught her. We weighed her in a diaper after two meconium passings (out of three, so far) and a few feedings and found her to be 9lbs, 9.4oz. No length or head circumference yet.

Here's a link to some photos we've uploaded so far.
10 September 2006 @ 08:25 am
This is my story of my natural VBAC labour and birth.
It is told in great detail so I can remember everything
Its incredibly long, and it wasnt writen so people felt they had to read and comment, but I know some would like to read it.
so fell free :)

08 September 2006 @ 10:10 am
Ian is 6 weeks old today and this was a week of "firsts."

Ian's first boat ride was Sunday. He loved it. He cried whenever the boat slowed down and liked the motion better of when the boat was up on plane. I wish I had taken a picture of him in his life jacket.

He did the same thing in the car on Monday. Monday was his first road trip and ride in my husband's Grand National when we rode out to Wine Country. He liked cruising at highway speeds and would cry if the car stopped at a light.

Wednesday night I left him for the first time and went to dinner with my Mom since she won a contest from the radio station. He stayed with Daddy. That night he slept 5.5 hours.

Last night we both left him with Grandma and Grandpa for a few hours and went out to dinner with my family for my sister's birthday. I had a glass of wine and it was devine! I pumped ahead and he took that in a bottle. He slept through the night! A full 7 hours! I was thrilled but did not get to fully enjoy uninterrupted sleep. I got up at 2 am and had to pump since I was so engorged I was in pain! Ian slept until 4 am and then I felt like I had to entertain him since he was wide awake. He was happy just nursing for the next several hours so we laid on the couch together so that the alarm going off for Brian to get up would not wake Ian also.

I'll need to talk to the LLL people next week at my meeting about how other people handle feedings and relieving that engorged feeling once their baby starts sleeping through the night. I'm hoping this sleep pattern sticks around and is not just a fluke!

Ian had his check up this week. He weighs 11 pounds and 12 ounces. No wonder my back hurts! He is 23.25 inches long and his head is 40 cm. That's 95th percentile. He's the same size now that my friend's little girl was at 3 months. My little meatball! Mommy's little overachiever.

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Current Music: Jack Johnson- Upside Down
23 August 2006 @ 06:11 pm
6 months?! it can't be.

i was going to post this once we got 6 month pictures done but we're not doing the "professional" ones until next week so i decided to post this now. i know some mama's in here like to see pictures so here they are.

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x-posted a lot...... sorry.
My 3 week old hates hers! She cooperates with riding in it every so often when she's pretty much already asleep, but hates being in it when she's awake. I'm so bummed, I was really looking forward to wearing her (my next oldest are twins, so we really couldn't do very much babywearing).

She does like to be held plenty, which is good, but leaves me with one or less free hands. LOL. Is it possible she's too hot riding in the sling? It's August in Iowa (read: very humid) and I'm pretty warm blooded.

Any tips to help her like riding in her sling better?
20 August 2006 @ 11:37 am
We've been co-sleeping with the baby in our bed the past few nights. I really like it and he does also. He's at that stage where he wants to be soothed and held by Mommy and Daddy so if we put him in the bassinet too soon after he eats and falls asleep, he wakes up and cries again. Hence letting him sleep against me just works right now.

The only problem is the number of extra sheet changes I've been doing! I had a waterproof pad, the kind that feels like suede, on the bed to protect the mattress. The only thing is it was under the sheet. I just got comfortable with it there after I had placed it there to protect the mattress in case my waters broke in bed.

Last night I woke up to soggy sheets and honestly could not tell in the middle of the night if my boob had leaked or if his diaper had leaked. Between me sweating profusely at night from my hormones, his diaper blow-outs, and my leaky boobs, we're a mess! My t-shirt was wet, my bra was wet, the sheets were wet, his diaper was wet, but his little t-shirt was dry so I just don't know.

What do other co-sleeping and breast-feeding Mommas do to work around the soggy bed thing? I was just getting to the point where I was starting to convince the husband that co-sleeping with him in the bed is a GOOD thing and using Fuzzibuns diapers rather than disposables is a GOOD thing and then we have this minor mishap last night.

Advice appreciated. I'm trying to find items to pad the bed with (or other solutions) that won't be uncomfortable for me to sleep on top of with me shuffing him around for late night feedings. Thanks
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16 August 2006 @ 07:30 pm
ok, quick update.

seth alder adam 11 pounds, 8oz
born @ home 2:20am 8-14-04, caught by j
after about 24 hours of labor

i had bit of bleeding and had to go to the hospital, and have been chillin' there for a few days.

more later! promise!

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08 August 2006 @ 11:19 am
Anyone breastfeeding and pumping and collecting a freezer full of milk that you do not need? I am and I wanted to share a resource with you that I found. There are milk banks that you can donate to, but I have found them to be difficult to deal with if you do not live near them. However, there is also private milk donation where you can give your milk directly to someone who needs it. The organization I am dealing with is http://www.milkshare.com
and their listserve is at
They encourage responcible donation by asking the donors to be blood tested (the same way they are for the milk banks). They also suggest that the recipents pasturize the milk before use.

Likewise if you would like to be a recipient, you can get info there.