Holly - I have the same issue... the babies are out when DH puts them down, but not when I do. It can be very frustrating. Last night I ended up sleeping with Caleb and Hayden for a few hours each at different times, but sleep is so precious. I can barely function during any part of the day these days. I am afraid to drink caffeine for fear I will miss out on a potential nap. I bet it is much worse for you at home. At least our 4 year old is at preschool.
Amanda - Are you double pumping? Do you have a pumping bra? I am still struggling, but those two things are saving me. It is really hard and we are supplementing because I can and still keep a supply given there is always something that wants a part of me between two babies and a pump. Is there a breastfeeding support group in your area? When I first started pumping I did not get much and there are still sessions where I only get an ounce or two. Increasing the number of times you pump (not the duration) will increase your supply.
AFM - headed south to where the weather is nicer and we can take walks with the boys... also hoping family will handle them during the day so we can take naps... this may be wishful thinking...
Amanda - I'm sorry about the sleep and sickness issues. That has to be so exhausting, especially when you're adjusting to a newborn and have more on your plate then you anticipated. I totally understand what you mean about BFing being so stressful. We had to work really hard to get DD BFing in our first couple of weeks because she couldn't get the suck/swallow/breathe combo down easily. Things went well and then she started teething and was on nursing strikes. I was an emotional wreck. I love BFing and for the most part have had a smooth ride with it, but the tough times are so taxing. I hope you can get some rest soon. Are you able to eat much? I find DS wants to nurse all.the.time if I don't eat enough throught the day. I always feel like I have to eat loads to keep up with him. ((HUGS))
Things here are pretty good. DH has been away for work and is back tonight which is great. We had company over the last two days which was a great distraction, but also a bit tiring. DD didn't take a nap yesterday so she was a mess at night but went down really easily. Most nights John doesn't sleep more then 2 hours at a time and will often be up for an hour or more at one point but last night he did 3-3.5 hour stretches so that was awesome. I also have issues with putting him down when he's only in REM/light sleep and having to get back up. Hoping I'm as well healed as I am assuming I am so I can start working out. I'm not wanting to go crazy, but I want to do more yoga again and start some Zumba (i have the DVDs) in a while so I can get my flexibility back and get more toned. I still have about 10 lbs of pregnancy weight to lose. Other then that I try not to look at the numbers but I want to be in decent shape to keep up with the kids.
I would love to do some Zumba too, but I know I won't be cleared until 6 weeks, maybe 8 weeks. My blood pressure is STILL elevated from the pre-eclampsia. I have never had high blood pressure so it is kind of worrying. It has been almost 4 weeks since I delivered the boys.
Tiffany, I'm sorry that you're still dealing with high blood pressure issues. When do you go back to the doctor? Hopefully it's nothing to worry about and it will clear itself up soon!
Mia, that's great that John had some good sleep stretches for you last night!! I hear ya on wanting to start exercising. I'm so ready to start working out as well, and I've got a long way to go. I am hoping when I go in on the 20th he'll clear me for light exercise. I stepped on a scale yesterday. Since delivery, I've lost 17 lbs. I've got 16 left My grandma is giving us her treadmill, and I've set a goal for myself to be able to run 5 miles or more a day on it by the end of the year. I was in cross-country in high school, and I actually miss running and being more active. I'm also hoping that by starting to exercise I'll have more energy and feel healthier overall. I want to be really active with the kids this summer!
AFM, Reagan is slowly starting to sleep in short increaments in her crib. She sleeps in there for about an hour at a time, and then I bring her to bed with me and get a couple more hours of sleep. She sleeps anywhere between 2.5-3.5 hours between feedings at night. DH and I have a routine set up, so we're both getting some sleep now. I go to bed when the kids do between 8:30-9, and he does any feedings/changes until 12:30. Then he comes to bed and I take over the rest of the feedings. We have always done it this way while I'm on maternity leave. Once I go back to work in March, we'll alternate nights, so that's always been helpful!
Tiffany - I hope the BP issues resolve themselves soon. I too have never had BP issues outside of pregnancy so I would imagine that's pretty scary. KUP on what your doctor says.
Holly - How awesome about the treadmill! I unfortunately can't do anything high impact anymore because of my retinas, but I miss running so much. I always loved it as a kid and still kick myself for not doing xc in school when it was suggested to me. I started doing track one spring and got a stress fracture in my foot and had to stop (to avoid breaking it) before the season started.
My appointment yesterday went well. I didn't get to see my favorite MW or OB but I saw their nurses and they all just loved John. The appointment was quick as I don't need a pap smear until the summer/fall. I mentioned how I still get the ICP itching sometimes and she said not to worry unless it continues past a few months, then I'd want to see a GI specialist to make sure my liver and gallbladder are okay but I'm not worried about it.
I was cleared for regular activity so that's great. I am going to pick up some yoga DVDs this weekend and start with that. I would LOVE to do yoga classes but they're expensive around me and I don't have the time/money/schedule allowance to get out just yet. I was amazed when she asked if we would be okay with getting pregnant again because we're going to be using condoms and statistically they aren't as good of BC as others. I said yes, it would be okay but I am not worried about it. We prevented with condoms between Emma and John and I got pregnant with Emma on the BCP which I took faithfully. It worked great for the first 8 years I was on it lol. I was just a bit taken aback by her comment. I know she wasn't trying to be rude, I guess they just like to make sure people are okay with the potential outcomes. Our family got us some disney on ice tickets for this weekend that I didn't know about until last night. Poor DH is home now but has to work this weekend so the show will eat up a good chunk of his one day off but DD went last year and loved it so I'm sure he'll be okay.
Mia, glad your appointment went well yesterday. How nice of your family to get you Disney on Ice tickets. We've never taken the kids, but I bet they'd love it. Hopefully you'll have a great time!
(TMI) I spoke too soon on the bleeding issue. The flood gates, so to speak, opened yesterday and I've been kicking myself I know this is part of having a baby, but it's the one thing I really dread. I think I've been working myself harder than I should....and it must have gotten things going. On a good note, Reagan had a great night last night. She slept for 2 straight hours in her crib before I took her out and brought her into my bed. Then she slept another 3 hours. I got 5 hours of sleep in a row last night I know it probably won't happen again for a while, but I was excited for it!!