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January Chat Thread

It's the month of EDDs!!

How did this happen so quickly?

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I know it came so fast!!!

How was everyones new year?

Ours was pretty uneventful. Watched a movie, I feel asleep at about 8:30 and woke up a little before midnight and woke up DS so we could all watch the fireworks then went right back to bed.

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Our New Years was lame..put DD to bed at a normal time (the last few weeks have been hell with her being sick, there was no way I was going to change bedtime) she had no idea what was going on anyway lol. We watched Ted that was hyped up to be so funny but we both thought was pretty lame. DH got some BD Time but just cuz I was trying to get baby here lol so he got what he wanted

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To catch up from the December Thread . . .

Holly - Vehicle stress is so tough though I agree with Tiffany, you can't worry about how it looks when your needs change. We really need to replace DH's vehicle he drives to work as what we have is getting on it's last legs and DH doesn't feel comfortable taking the kids in it, When we can replace it, it will be for something with better milage and family friendly.

Tiffany - Strange of your Doctors nurse to want to schedule things so much earlier then your OB discussed. I hope you are over this sickness soon! It must be horribly uncomfortable and draining.

Amanda - I;m sorry you're in so much pain. Sad The end of pregnancy can be so challenging like that.

AFM - Things are pretty good. DS still has his days and nights mixed up, but he's had a couple of nights where he'll have them "right" and sleep in 3 hour stretches so I'm hopeful we can get him doing that more often. He has a two week visit today. We had to go back to redraw his blood yesterday because the first sample "wasn't enough". Not sure how that happened but I wasn't too thrilled. I'm curious to see how much he's gained at his appointment this afternoon. DH went back to work today after another 4 day weekend. DD misses him a lot but we're doing pretty well. I feel good postpartum wise though it's really hard not to pick up DD at times. I also feel that my pelvic floor is sort of weak but maybe that's normal. I just don't remember it from DD's pregnancy/postpartum.

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Mia - I am so glad for you that you are not dealing with PPD this time around. I do hope I will be less anxious myself this time around, even though it is twins. Sorry DH had to go back to work, but I understand. My doctor's nurse scheduled things so early due to miscommunication. I can see how it would happen. The conversation I had with doc was via cell phone while he was probably out and about and it did not get communicated. However, I know what is supposed to happen and I am being my own advocate. Plus seeing my doc in action on New Years when there were a gazillion babies being born and lots of sick pregnant ladies around made me appreciate him and understand why things may get lost occasionally. It also makes me glad I have some medical knowledge.

Amanda - I know the kind of pain you are talking about. I did a lot of research on this and I haven't done much because nothings really been "proven" to help except delivery. I am lucky because DH can do a lot around here and is basically doing the nesting for us. If I had to take care of DS and try to keep the household going through this it would be worse. I hope you are managing to get some rest. I did not have such severe aches with my first pregnancy, must be a second pregnancy thing. Regardless I hope you feel better. Warm baths and tylenol are allowed you know.

AFM - sitting at home but wish I was at work. I can't get around that easily and I am feeling pretty worthless here plus I am starting to really feel better, but my hacking cough and wheezing sound pretty bad. At least when I am working I make enough to justify my lack of ability/skills in other areas (i.e. cleaning, cooking, wrestling DS). PS - the Roomba is doing a great job cleaning up after my guests left. It is currently vacuuming our living room and sweeping our kitchen. And it is entertaining the cat as well. True multi-tasker. Smile

Tiffany

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Ugh the stomach flu has hit our house. DD started with a fever yesterday and she was up the ENTIRE night vomiting. Poor thing. I just hope baby doesn't decide to make an appearance while we're in the middle of the flu! And I'm PRAYING I don't get it.

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Amanda - I'm sorry your DD is so sick. I hope she's back to herself soon and that you can avoid catching it.

We didn't do anything big for New Years. The kids were in bed at a decent time so we watched TV until about 10 and went to bed.

Yesterday was DH's 30th so we had a small party for him here. We don't usually host things but it was fun and laid back. Everyone else brought food so we just provided the space, drinks, and the birthday boy. Biggrin My MIL brought his baby book so that was fun to look at. DS was just a pound under what DH weighed at birth and they look so much alike, I love it!

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Amanda, is DD feeling any better? Hopefully she'll get better quickly and you won't get it. Being sick is hard enough, but being so close to delivering makes it even worse.

Mia, sounds like fun. I told DH I want to do something for my birthday this year, as I'll be turning 30. We never really celebrate my birthday, but I always do something fun w/the kids for his. Even if it's just a nice dinner that would work for me Smile

I can't believe we had so many babies over the weekend and maybe Lesli tonight...it's exciting! I was so dizzy and nauseus yesterday that I thought about putting a call into my OB, but didn't. Only 13 days left. So excited!!

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Lesli- i agree about Ted i only laughed like twice smh and it was the scenes they showed in the commercial
Amanda - how is your little one feeling ? I hope shes ok !
Mia- ughh Carter had his days and nights mixed up too my poor LO! Hows is your LO adjusting with the new sibling ?
Holly- how are you feeling ? Are your LO excited about the new addition?
Tiffany- how are you feeling ? How are the twins doing ?
Patricia- how are you feeling ? According to your ticker your almost to term!
AFM - im ok just adjusting to becoming a FTM. Im trying to get this breastfeeding well pumping thing down! Ive been taking fenugreek and drinking mothers tea to help bring my milk for pumping ! So far my right boob is cooperation beautifully !! I just need my milk to come in for when i go back to work . I cant believe Carter is a month old tomorrow especially when his due date was yesterday! Wed he has an appointment i cant wait to see how much he weighs !! I love him so much !!!

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DD is feeling much better, thank goodness! Now I can go back to my efforts of getting baby out! LOL

Tasha, I can't belive Carter is a month old already! It's crazy how fast time flies once they get here. For me, when I had DD, breastfeeding was definitly the hardest part of being a FTM. While it was a great bonding experience and I knew it was best for her, it was soooo hard, and I would have little meltdowns all the time because of it. I stuck with it, and it got waaaay easier, and I nursed for 8 months, but it was so hard in the beginning. Your doing great momma!

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Tasha - She's adjusting pretty well. I try to just play with her as much as I can and be really patient. I don't want DD to think that baby brother = stressed out mommy no matter how tired I am. I've been able to get her to take good naps lately too which has been a huge help. I can't believe Carter is a month old already!! Where has the time gone?

Holly - I agree it's baby explosion around here! Biggrin How are you feeling today? Your c/s is so close!! The party was a lot of fun and even DH said he enjoyed it (as I knew he would). I too like celebrating with smaller intimate gatherings then going crazy.

Amanda - I'm so glad DD is doing better now! What methods are you/have you tried for getting this LO to make their appearance? How far along were you when you had DD?

Poor DS was really fussy last night. I tried giving him a paci for the first time and at first he seemed into it and passed out but after that he either just sucked for a minute or two or just spit it out like "WTH is this?" I just feel bad for him when he gets so unsettled, wants to suck but isn't hungry. May try another paci brand. Trying avoiding dairy today to see if that helps because DD has a lactose intolerance. While hers didn't truly crop up until 3/4 months, I can't help but wonder if that's part of what's bothering him though he doesn't get upset when nursing after I've had dairy and doesn't usually get upset when gassy so we'll see.

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Mia what brand paci are you using ? Carter hates the soothies but loves the NUK paci so maybe switching the brands are better

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Mia, I'm feeling alright. I get super sore when I walk for more than a few minutes, but I think that's because her head is down low. When I had my appointment last week and he checked me, he said he could feel her head. The heartburn has also picked up, but I know that's temporary thing that will go away once I deliver. I'm hanging in there...and it helps to know that there is an end in sight. I've got a lot of things to keep me busy over the next 13 days at work (lots of meetings, getting lessons ready for the sub, nd getting copies/worksheets put together), so hopefully time will fly by!

As miserable as I am at times, and have been this entire pregnancy, there is a part of me that is sad it's almost over. This is the absolute last time I will ever experience this and there are things I will definately miss....

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Mia- I was 39 weeks and 3 days when I had DD...so here's hoping for the same this time!
Holly- I totally understand that feeling of trying savor the last few weeks of pregnancy. This will be my last as well, and as uncomfortable as I am, I'm TRYING to enjoy it.

AFM- I had an appt. today and my OB checked me (finally!).. I am 3cm with a bulging bag of water. She did the membrane sweep, although she said she was hesitant to do it because she thought it might break my water right then and there! But it didn't. I had it done about 2 hours ago and I am starting to having some cramping. Here's hoping!!!
Anyone of you BTDT moms have serious mommy guilt over having another child? The last few days I have been snuggling and spending as much time as I can with DD.. but I can't help but feel guilty, like I'm some how cheating her out of all my love and attention once the baby comes. And I'm pretty sure she is feeling or knows what is about to happen because she has been super clingy and whiney the last few weeks.

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Tasha - We have a couple NUK ones. He liked it at first but looks at me like WTH is this mom most of the time. I am going to get some MAM ones too as I've heard a lot of babies like those and try again. I don't want to force a paci on him but there are times it would defiantly be useful.

Amanda - I definatly had some mommy guilt about baby #2 and how I would divide my attention for each kid. It is a big adjustment, but I have found that it hasn't been too hard to give DD lots of one on one time with the baby sleeping so often or being happy to be in the bouncer for a few minutes. I'm sure your DD will LOVE being a big sister. I know having both has really made me appreciate where they both are in life as they're so different, it's a lot of fun.

Holly - That must be so bitter sweet. I think everyone has hard time enjoying the end of pregnancy when you're completely uncomfortable and just want some relief. As hard as it will be to let go of this chapter in your life, I'm sure there are plenty of awesome things about going forward as a family that will make up for not going through pregnancy anymore.

AFM - Today I am taking both the kids out by myself. Not something I wanted to do but I don't have much of a choice as DS has a repeat hearing screening (we think there was just fluid in his ears when they first did it) at the hospital and my usual babysitters for DD aren't available. The worst part will be getting from the parking lot up to l&d but DD is usually pretty good about compromising (letting her walk so long as she holds my hand etc). I'm hoping it will be a quick visit. I'm anxious for the weekend to get here. Things have gone well for us this first full week back to normal, but I'm totally exhausted and ready for a mellow weekend.

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My husband found our "moby" wraps from our first son. Basically some jersey knit fabric. We had enough for two, so we are both wearing our babies. Honestly they probably need to be a little bigger before we are doing this. But it was fun to relearn how to do it together. Pictures to come later.

Mia- hope your outting went ok. We are not so brave yet. I bet you are exhausted, taking care of your little girl and a newborn.

Holly - It is time to start planning the fun days ahead. There is so much you cannot do with a little one that you can do with older kids. Plus, babies cost money and it will be nice not to have that drain on your finances. Maybe hubby and you can start planning a real vacation without the kids which will be easier as they get older.

Amanda - We are going to make sure and give DS some special 1:1 time from each of us each day. It is a huge adjustment for him because he has been the center of our lives since he entered it. Spent years trying to have him and so when we did, well you can imagine. He has never had to share us. For starters when MIL comes over tonight for an hour or two to "watch the kids" we are going to take him with us. We are just going to run errands, but I know he will enjoy just doing the simple things we used to. And I am finally feeling well enough to color with him, etc. I can't wait until I am well enough to go ice skating with him. Daddy has been doing that and that is something mommy does better. I am sure you have your own rituals which will make a big difference in her life with the changes coming ahead.

Tiffany

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Hello everyone! I don't have a lot of time to be on here right now, but wanted to stop in and let you all know that I'm thinking of you and hoping everything is going well for you all! We are doing okay here. We are all trying to adjust to all of the changes that have come to our family in the past 3 weeks...just taking 1 day at a time. I am not completely sure who all has had babies, but it looks like everyone is at least close! Good luck to those who haven't yet had baby and I hope all you others are doing well!

Mia--I hope your outing went well today...we've had a few kids that have had to do the repeat hearing screening...it can be stressful, but more often than not, it is just a matter of the fluid draining out of their ears.

I will check back when I can!

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Tiffany--tfs! They are handsome little guys!

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Omggggg Tiffanyyy!!!! They are adorable!!

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Thanks.. Hope all is going well with your little ones. I am still having nipple pain. Almost two weeks out. Its pretty bad tonight. I would love to make this work. But its not getting better. My lc says to keep pumping and working on their latches. Pumping only yields 1 oz per 15 min. We will see how today goes. The boys are 13 days today. Hayden my refluxy one seems to do better with bm so I will keep trying.
We ff at night just so I can get rest but I am still up to pump at least twice.

Ok, pumping session over... Back to bed.

Ps where are your little ones all sleeping? The rock n play and swing are our go to night spots for now. We slept w ods on our chests every night but we are trying to take our bed back.

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Aww, Tiffany, they are adorable!! TFS Biggrin

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Holly - I am sure you are so done with this pregnancy. I know what you mean now about being a little sad that these babies are my last. Even with twins, and the exhaustion with it, it still makes me a little sad. But we are a very active family and I am also looking forward to our adventures ahead.

Tiffany

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Tiffany,

I am looking forward to watching the kids grow and interact with each other. Like you said the other day too, it'll be nice to plan things with them that wouldn't be so easy with a baby. It's just hard to say goodbye to that stage of my life. Overall, I'm super happy that I've been blessed with 4 little ones, and can't wait to see what will happen in the future!

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Tiffany - you're doing so great and I hope things get better with the nipple pain. It took a few weeks with this LO for my nipples to get "desensitized" even when he was lathing right. It's hard to be in pain and keep doing something so draining. Pumping has always been a drag for me, I give you major props for keeping up with it. I hope you're able to get the sleeping situations resolved soon

Holly - I can see what you mean about bei excited to plan out more involved things for the future. We are so undecided on whether or not to have baby #3. As much as we are undecided on #3, it's fun to think of the future with our completed family.

AFM - things are pretty good but the days/nights thing is really taxing. I have been having a hard time getting DS to sleep in the middle of the night no matter how much he eats during the day. I am trying not to push a paci too hard but I think if he decides to take to one it will help as he wants to suck to sleep but often gets angry or refuses the boob because he doesn't want milk. Other times he just wants to comfort nurse which I'm okay with to an extent. I don't want to use a paci to get out of feedings if he's hungry or needs the bonding but a balance would be nice. I try to remind myself that even if he ends up like DD and doesn't take a paci and wants to comfort nurse a lot, it's a short amount of his life that he'll be so attached to me.

I spilled coffee on my laptop the other day and it finally died a few days later. I haven't bothered getting it checked out with Apple because I know that it's likely the motherboard that's fried from where the spill was and that sort repair costs almost as much as a new laptop so I'm watig it out. I want to get a ton of writing done so having that out of commission drives me nuts but my old laptop does still work for basic stuff so whenever I get a chance I'm going to pull it out.

John has his one month appointment tomorrow which I cannot believe. I am really curious to see how much he weighs with his double Gina and chunkier cheeks he's developed.

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Party crasher = me? Can I join in with your chatting and whatnot ladies? My board is sooooo slooooow, it makes me so sad. Cray 2 After the baby comes is my favorite time to chat and share pics and all that, but my board has only a few people posting (including YOU Mia) I'm *almost* a January mama. Heh heh. Does that count for anything??

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Marie stayyyy!!! Lol
Tiffany i understand about the pumping because im trying to keep with it !
Mia- ugh i could only imagine what Apple would charge to fix your laptop!!! Hope your old one can function properly so you can get your work done
Holly- i would be excited about the future too especially during vacation time!! For me i know that after two this is it ! Being a ftm is def a learning experience especially being paranoid about him breathing and chocking ughh!
AFM everything is cool over here besides DS congestion ..i think he has a slight case of acid relux because ha has had a couple of episodes where milk or saliva has come through his nose making it hard for him to breathe so i sleep with the aspirator next to me at all times! I cant wait for him to get older !!

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I agree stick around Marie! I wish more of the December mamas were more active too.

Tasha - I am sorry about the reflux that sounds awful. I agree it's really hard to deal with health or any sort of issues when they are so little. Even minor things seem to have such a pronounced effect on them. I hope his congestion goes away soon!

Last night DS slept from around 10 pm until 3:30!! He'd been nursing like crazy all day but he's been comfort nursing a lot this week so I was not expecting such a long stretch it was great.

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Hi Marie :wavehello: I agree...stick around! The more, the merrier Smile

I got to thinking this morning, that I am the last one to deliver, aren't I? Less than 48 hours to go. We've got a fun-filled, busy weekend planned, so hopefully that will help time go faster. I am taking Addison to get her nails done today. She earned it as a reward for good behavior. The girls are going swimming tomorrow for Girl Scouts too....and Little Man is heading off to my Grandma's for the week. He's so excited. Keeps asking if he can call Grandma, and I told him to just be patient because he's going there on Sunday.

We're all on the mend here, too. Lauryn's fever finally broke Wednesday afternoon, and my cough is slowly disappearing. Hopefully we'll all be healthy come Monday and no one else will get sick. Addison has been double exposed; here at home and someone in her class has influenza too. Hopefully she won't get it!

Mia, that's a great stretch of sleep!! WTG John! How did his 1 month appointment go?

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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.

Tiffany

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Tiffany, sorry that they didn't not sleep well for you last night. That's great that your husband helped you out last night. Hopefully you'll be able to get some rest today. *hugs*

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Tiffany- It must be so difficult having twins.. I can't imagine. Glad your DH is helpful!

Has anyone heard from Taylor or Mariah???

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Taylor hasn't been around in months. I inquired about her a while back and never heard anything. Wonder if she's had Loreili by now? And I haven't seen Mariah either. Hope they are both well!

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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.

Tiffany

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tiffany

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So are all the Jan. babies here now???

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.

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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 Smile

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!!

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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 Sad 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!

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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. Sad

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.

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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 Lol 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 Yahoo I know it probably won't happen again for a while, but I was excited for it!!