Tasha - our last kid had reflux/colic and at least one of our twins seems to also. It is miserable to see you rkids suffer. At least in my case they all seemed to gain weight great and having been through this before I know that this too shall pass. We tried zantac and I think prilosec with our last son and did not notice a big differnce in how much he arched his back, etc. I hate it when he is refluxing and stuff is coming back up his nose. I think this is where the congestion is coming from; more likely than allergies. Mine rarely needs the aspirator. I find that when his breathing calms down he is ok. But we have saline drops and an aspirator... just in case.
Mia - Congrats on the long stretch.
AFM - We had the opposite here. One of the twins is refusing to nurse, instead he ate an ounce every hour and did not sleep too much. Luckily DH took over his care while I tended to the other one. Then at 5:30am I took over care for both which was crazy at times. Now I am sipping some caffeine and thanking God I picked up some blueberry scones to make in the oven. I need some kind of pick me up. We are both exhausted.
Ha! My husband should be happy that I help out at night. It works both ways. He wouldn't let our boys starve. Basically we try to take of each other and the boys. Neither of us has any other responsibilities right now. Besides the feedings, I am also pumping at night and DH tries to support my decision to continue to try to breastfeed - though we bottle feed exclusively at night because it is faster and we are exhausted. Wish I had gotten a nap in tonight, but it just did not happen. Regardless it was a chill day. We are both glad we did not have twins first... our singleton broke us in to this parenting thing.
Hi everyone and congrats on all your new precious little ones! I haven't been posting much here but wanted to peek in to see how everyone was doing and say congrats. I am still awaiting my little boy, he is due a week from Monday. Looks like there are not too many January babies left to arrive! I am 3cm dilated as of a few days ago but really don't feel much of anything happening yet. Fighting a cold today, and trying to get better before he arrives.
Tiffany - having support like that is so huge especially when you're exhausted. I hope the boys get into a good rhythm soon.
Kara - glad you are sticking around! A week from your EDD how exciting! How encouraging that your body is already making progress.
We had our one month appointment on Friday. DS is up to 9 lbs 10 oz ( was 7 lb 7 oz at two weeks) so that was great. He's also up a few inches from birth. I was relieved that his spitting up is just normal spitting up and not anything like reflux disease. I wasn't really concerned with that but where as DD hardly ever spit up I wondered. His long stretch of sleeping was short lived. All weeken he wanted to do marathon nursing sessions ( hours on end ) and wasn't very satisfied. It was causing me a lot of pain (cramps and some breast pain when he'd be so tired and not latching great). DH even brought up possibly using formula at night bc he was worried that ds would keep this up and I'd never get to sleep. I assured him we don't need to consider that yet as he's gaining really well and I could have been dehydrated or he could have wanted to comfort nurse because he was bothered by something I ate. He barely ever takes a paci but I'm sure things will improve. I just feel bad when nursing is so time consuming and I'm home alone with the kids. Dd is pretty good about it but acts out sometimes so I'm trying to do new fun things with her when DS is asleep.
I haven't seen or hear from Taylor or Mariah on here in a while. I've seen Mariah post on FB a bit I'm guessing she's been busy with the baby and getting ready for her hubby's leave with the Navy. I have wondered if Taylor had her baby too.
After more than 2 weeks Hayden's umbilical cord finally fell off... so the boys both got their first baths. We should have taken pictures, but with two babies to bathe and a 4 year old to look after we will have to stage their "first bath" photos another time.
I am still trying to figure out supply and demand issues with breastfeeding. I am doing my best to avoid a case of mastitis. I see my ob-gyn on Wednesday.
Today we need to pick up a few groceries and figure out some curtains. Even though the wind chill is 40 below, it is important that we get out of the house every day.
Mia - I don't blame you for turning down formula at night. I think if we just had Caleb I would be able to get through EBFing him. And it will be easier in the long run. I do know that my decision to BF/pump takes its toll on DH because that is more time out of my availability to do the other things for the boys.
Kara - Good luck with everything coming up. I know you must be very excited.
In the time it took me to write this note I pumped 6 oz. I am sure my nipples will hate me later.
I have had a really bad and loooong week. DD devolped this nasty chest infection last week, and then spread it around to me and DS. Ugh. And DH went back to work last week, so my plan of sending DD to daycare for the first week while I got adjusted to being home with a newborn didn't happen because she was too sick to go. And with me being sick as well, and running on hardly any sleep all week, let's just say it was a really hard emotional week. Also, my milk supply took a huge nose dive too. I did have tons of milk, but since being sick I've had hardly any. DS would nurse for like 45 mintues and still come off screaming and crying and franticly sucking his hands. I've tried pumping, but I can't seem to get more then an oz or 2. UGH, so frustrating! For the last 2 days I've had to supplement some feedings with formula, which I'm ok with, but I just wish breastfeeding was easier! When I had DD I said that breastfeeding was the hardest part of having a newborn, and I was hoping that because I had been through it before, that this time would be easier, but it's not. I find it a huge source of stress and anxiety.. I'm constantly wondering if he's getting enough, or if I have to be away from him for a while, am I going to have enough milk to pump him a bottle? Or, I've been pumping for an hour and I'm only getting an oz, where is all my milk? I often wonder if it's even worth all the frustration. *sigh* OK rant over.... sorry if it didn't make any sense, I'm just rambling in my sick and over-tired state of mind.
I think most of the January babies are here. I wonder if Kara's little man made his debut?
Tiffany, yay for real baths!! I'm anxiously awaiting Reagan's chord to fall off. Every time Cameron sees it, he says, "Eww!" I keep telling the kids they all had that too, but I don't think they believe me!
Amanda, I'm sorry that you and your LOs got sick. That's got to be rough, especially with the lack of sleep. Your husband didn't get a whole lot of time off either, did he? Todd went back to work today, and I'm a little nervous. I've got bottles premade, and am going to just do the best I can. Are you settling into a routine at all? And I'm sorry about the BFing issues. I have never been in that situation, so I don't have any advice...just wanted to give hugs!
We are surviving here. Reagan still isn't consistantly sleeping in her crib. DH can get her to lay in there for about an hour or a little longer, but when I try she wakes immediately. I don't think she's in a deep enough sleep when I lay her down, but I can't help it. Sometimes I just can't keep my eyes open. Luckily, though, when she sleeps between bottles, we get a good 3 hours. I'll take it
She had her 1 week checkup yesterday and it went well. She was 7.1 at birth and down to 6.14 when we left the hospital. In just 5 days, she gained 7 oz. She was 7.5 yesterday. I thought that was pretty good weight gain for 5 days. The ped said she looked good and didn't mention jaundice, so she must be better!!