Everything is still going good. we had a cold sweep through the house so we've been busy trying to get everyone well again. I made everyone eat nothing but veggies and fruit for supper Saturday night and that helped the middle 2 kick the cold. I still have it in my chest but it's not near as bad as it was Saturday. We have been so busy. Andrea's ballgames take up the weeknights and with the nice weather we've been trying to get all the 8 billion things marked off our to do list.
Noah is doing good. I think he's getting a bit of our cold, hopefully the boob juice keeps it at a minimum for him. We had our first rough night last night. He was up all night long with what seemed to be really bad gas pains. I got about 2 hours of pieced together sleep and had to get DS1 off to preschool at 8am. It's been a bit of a rough morning for us. Noah is sound asleep finally but when he wakes up to nurse he still seems like he's in pain. He's been a bit gassy lately so I spent the last two days avoiding soda and even skipped my yogurt. Evidently that wasn't the trigger though as last night was the worst of his gas. It was so bad that he just wanted to keep nursing and I finally gave in and let him nurse a little more than I thought he actually needed and I ended up paying for it. He started grunting and ended up throwing up his whole last nursing session all over me and the sheets. So, at 4 am I was up searching for another night time nursing bra, changing my clothes and putting a quilt over the soaked bed because I couldn't remember at that moment where the extra sheets for the bed were. I'm exhausted but more so I wish there was something I could figure out to help Noah feel better
Erin- I have not talked to my OB. I have a friend that is also on my fb and she's the office manager so I have no doubt she's told him I had Noah but no I haven't talked to him myself. I'm not really sure what I should do. I thought about writing him a letter and telling him. He's still going to be my gynecologist and if I ever "accidentally" get pregnant I'd want to see him again so I feel like I should clear things with him but I have no idea how to go about it. We don't live in the same town so it's not like I'll ever run into him. Any suggestions?!
I'll probably be MIA a lot now because of volleyball season going on. We have a bunch of stuff to finish up here around the house too before winter gets here so it's going to be ridiculously busy. Other than last night Noah has been a great night time baby, still just waking up to dream feed. I'm calling last night a fluke until it happens consistently (oh God, please don't let it happen again!!!!!).
I'm sorry your house got the plague. Its really making its rounds. I imagine that Noah's rough night is a consequence of the sickness.
I think you should just call up your OB and let him know. Short and sweet. You don't even really have to get into it. Just tell him Noah was on a fast track and you ended up birthing at home and it was awesome. Its not lying. If he's a really a good doctor, he's probably wondering what became of you.
I could never be a spy. Sleep deprivation torture would break me.....easily! Noah slept "better" last night than the night before but still not as good as he was sleeping before. I'm rolling on about 4 hours of sleep in two days and DH left town today and won't be home tonight. Remember when I told you all that I was perfectly fine staying pregnant and if I went overdue I'd be just fine with that, now I remember why exactly that is. Everything with babies gets easier EXCEPT the sleep deprivation. I can change a diaper with no lights on, nurse without either of us waking up, change an outfit so quickly the baby doesn't even realize he's been naked, change a babies diaper while he's laying on my lap nursing, but I cannot get used to going without sleep. Okay, whine over, he's in his swing but he's not happy about it so I have to get back to him.
((hugs)) Thanks for reminding me of my future.
I would just give a quick call to your OB and tell him that you had him at home (you did have a fast one!) and all is going well. He might have already heard, but I'm sure it would be good to hear it from you and for you to have things settled with him in case you ever do need to see him.
I hope you figure out what's going on with Noah. It could be cold related or he could have an intolerance with something in your diet. Or it could just be him.
All of my babies have had the fussies early on, Andrea for the 1st 3 months, Grady for the first 5 months and Clara was hit and miss for the first 3 months. I guess Noah is just following in their footsteps. I'm in a much better mind frame now than I was early this morning. I tend to get my energy straight from the sun and now that it's been daylight for a while now I'm feeling much calmer about life. I took the kiddos outside to play earlier to soak up even more sunshine and it's helping my mood tremendously. I no longer want to strangle DH, which is good for him. It's really not his fault at all and I know it's hard on him to see me struggling but he's the one I always take it out on when I'm sleep deprived. Oh well, he'll get a good nights sleep tonight and be on call tomorrow night for sure! I couldn't have him help me last night because he had a very long drive this morning and it worries me when he drives tired, so much so that I will take staying up with a fussy baby all night long and get no sleep rather than ask him for help. I need him to come home in one piece more so than I need my sleep. The kids and I took a drive earlier just to get out. Grady and Clara were fighting like crazy and the more I sat around the more tired I got so we hopped in the car and went to drive by our pumpkin getting place to see if they had pumpkins yet.....and THEY DO Maybe after supper we'll take a drive up there and see if we can pick a few out for decoration. I LOVE FALL!
We are hitting a great spot in nursing, the early on pain in my boobs is going away finally. It seems like with each child I have the early nursing pain gets worse. My nipples were so tender this time, it had me wondering if there was a problem for a while but evidently not as it's getting much better. My supply is getting better too, I don't feel like I'm engorged all the time now.
Noah's been a pooping fool today so I'm really hopeful for the rest of the day and night. I have been massaging his belly in clockwise circles every chance I get to get things moving. I'm keeping him out of his swing to see if that helps. During the day he's been napping in his swing. It's great because he sleeps so sound in there but that's also why it's bad. By the time he finally gets up to nurse he's starving because he has such a hard time waking himself up in there. I'm wondering if that is the cause of some of the gas because when he's starving like that he gulps so hard when he nurses that he has to be taking in more air. I took him in to the chiropractor yesterday afternoon. And I doubled up on my probiotics. I'm also eating blandly, and avoiding known triggers for gas. So, hopefully this issue clears up. If not, I'm at a loss and I'll just try to survive it and wait it out. The good thing about being a BTDT momma is knowing that this will end and in the grand scheme of things it will end very soon and since he's my last baby I will NOT let myself wish this time away no matter how little sleep I'm getting (I bet that's not the tune I'm singing at 3am tonight when we're still up ).
Okay, I have a mile long list of things to get done while the kids are napping so I better get to it. I know I should sleep but if I don't do this stuff now I won't get another chance.
And yes Jackie, this is what your future holds What's even better is that you will now have a toddler blocking you from sleeping when the baby sleeps, something you had the luxury of doing last time
Glad things are going mostly well and you seem to be in a pretty good frame of mind for a sleep-deprived mama!
I just wanted to mention with the gas that we had similar issues and finally gave in and tried Colic Calm homeopathic gripe water (it's one of the kinds that does not have the scary stuff in it that some things marketed as "gripe water" do), and I have to say, it helped. A lot. It wasn't preventative or super long lasting, but if Addy was in pain and screaming and I gave it to her, she would calm down almost immediately and relax. It was a lifesaver for a little while there. And then she grew out of the gas and we never looked back.
Whatever the case, I hope you find something that works for him! Poor little dude. And poor mama. Gas is no fun!
That's the exact brand I bought Leigh! I'm glad I have it because it is more natural than anything else out there but dang man, does it have to be black and stain?! He spit up the other night after getting it (it was my fault, I moved him too fast after feeding him) and it stained one of the cutest little sleepers I have. Oh well, he'll probably grow out of that size in the next week anyway and I probably wouldn't have had it washed up by the time he grew out of it so he could wear it again but still, he looked so cute in that one. (<----first world problem!)
DH ended up driving home last night and then back up there this morning. He could tell I was exhausted when I talked to him so he came home. It's a darn good thing too as DS1 ended up getting a stomach bug and threw up all over my couch and rug. Had DH been out of town that could easily have been the end of the line for my coping ability. He is feeling fine today thankfully. Now we're crossing our fingers and hoping no one else gets it.
Noah did better last night sort of, I think it was more me that had issues. We went to bed around 10pm and he nursed to sleep. I got up to check on DS1 and got back in bed and woke Noah up somehow. From 10pm until 12:30 he would fall asleep but before he'd get into a deep sleep I would start to doze off and either stop rocking or drop the pacifier which would wake him back up and cause him to fuss so we'd start all over. By midnight my eyes were burning and I was just at the end of my rope. I was also listening to DH and the dog snore which was frustrating me even more knowing that everyone else was getting sleep but me (Yes, I was being a big baby. but in my defense I was seriously sleep deprived!). I finally woke up DH at 12:30 even though I knew he had to drive this morning but I just couldn't do it anymore. He took Noah and I passed out on my bed, I'm not even sure if I managed to get my head on the pillow. He brought him back to me around 4am with a clean diaper and hungry. He nursed and passed back out again until 7am. I asked DH this morning how he did, he said as soon as he started rocking him he snuggled right down and went to sleep. I'm sure him not sleeping for me was probably more about me being frustrated than him being fussy. I'm going to give him some more gripe water when he wakes up but I need to put him in a not so cute outfit first in case he stains it LOL.
How great of your DH! Sounds like you got just enough of a "reboot" last night to keep going and think more clearly. I hope the colic calm helps. And good to know about the stuff staining....Aiden was not a fussy baby at all which pretty much dooms me I'm thinking. lol