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socalmama's picture
Joined: 07/28/11
Posts: 334
Where is everyone?

It's suddenly so quiet over here. I know we all have newborns taking up our time but when you all get a chance, please check in so we know how things are going!

Emilie is doing great. She's so alert and smiles and coos all the time. I swear, if she could talk now she would. She tries so hard and then ends up getting the hiccups, LOL. She's now sleeping in 4-5 hour stretches at night but only catnaps during the day...maybe 45 minutes tops. It's hard when the kids are home from school. She's almost all formula fed at this point because my body just shut down (only nursing once a day now). I'm really sad about that but I couldn't take the emotional stress from it anymore and figured that she got off to a good start and that's better than nothing. I decided not to return to work so I'm super happy about that. Kayla and Eric are so in love with their little sister. It's great to see. Kayla is such a little mommy with her. They have a great bond already. Smile

So what's happening with all of you?

StarGazer78's picture
Joined: 09/11/11
Posts: 126

Heidi, don't be sad about the BFing, you did what you could and it is healthier for both of you not to be stressed.

Hope is doing great, also going about 5 hours at night (usually midnight to 5am or so). She started yesterday being fussy during the day--it seems like she wants to be held now, so every time I try to put her down so I can do something, she starts fussing and I have to pick her back up! I tried one of those baby carriers, and I really don't like it. I think it is called ergobaby--the infant insert holds their head straight, so then it seems like her face is pressed against my chest and she can't breathe. I couldn't figure out how to make it work any differently, so I just returned the infant insert and will keep the carrier for when she gets bigger. One of those wrap-types would probably be better for newborns.

Now that Hope is spending more awake time during the day, she is feeding every 2 or 3 hours during the day. I feel like all I do is feed her, change her, and wash bottles! I can't imagine what it is going to be like when I have to go back to work, which is approaching (May 29th). I picked a daycare, which was the HARDEST thing to do! I am already crying when I think about dropping her off there and having strangers take care of her all day. I know this place does a lot so you don't think of them as strangers (they even have you come in 3 days in advance with the baby so you can watch them interact with the baby and they can ask questions and have you tell them how you want things done) but it is still so hard.

For those going back to work, when did/will you be going and what are your feelings?

I tell ya ladies, I don't know how you take care of a newborn when you have other children at home--this little one takes up all of my time! Bless you!

hopin2bpreggermeggers's picture
Joined: 02/22/10
Posts: 567

THings are going fabulous here! The babies are 9 weeks old and just the complete joys of my life. They are both smiling/grinning now and cooing. They are crying less when they're mad/hungry and simply going "eeek!" in the cutest voice. T sleeps 10:45 - 5:00. Avril sleeps 10:45 - 4:00, then wakes up every hour thereafter. I'm so happy with their head control too - they're so nosy with the world, they want to hold their heads up!

They have their 2-month shots on Wed. I'm so not looking forward to that, but I know they need to be done. I just hear they're so cranky the few days after the shots and do not sleep well. Bummer!

I start back to work tomorrow. I finished nursing about 2 weeks ago in preparation for returning. They are doing fine on the bottle (although DH still won't help feed at night haha) and haven't had any problems. I am excited to start back at work - seriously, I've gotten "bored" the last few weeks. Don't get me wrong - I'm very sad to leave them. I know I will make a better Mom, however, if I work. I need that social aspect and I need to "use my brain" or I get quite moody. More power to you Heidi - I honestly can say that I am not capable of doing it! You're my hero!

Our nanny started full time two weeks ago, so that I could watch her and she could learn my style. I really like her. She has some drama in her personal life, but as long as it doesn't filter into her work life - I have no problem with her. She does hate when they cry, so I'm having to convince her that it is sometimes OK for them to cry and not be picked up (i.e., I'm crying b\c I hate tummy time that Mommy makes me do every day for 20 minutes). I know they are in good hands! BUT it is still hard leaving them for 10 hours a day. Thank God I have a job that I can work from home if I need to!!

amyrenee's picture
Joined: 07/11/11
Posts: 168

Things are going well on my end. My little guy will be 9 weeks on Friday. Overall he is a pretty happy/content baby. He does have a little bit of a fussy time between 4:30 and 7 at night before he goes to bed, but he's not inconsolable, we usually just need to rock him. We've started a routine of bath time around 6-6:30pm and then bed time at 7. He'll usually sleep from about 7pm until 11:30 or 12, and then after being fed he'll go back to sleep until about 3 or 4am. It's nice that we can put him down while he's still awake and he'll fall asleep on his own. At this point I'm mostly pumping and feeding him from bottles. He still breastfeeds maybe twice a day, but I found he was wanting to feed way too much while I was exclusively breastfeeding. He would eat and then fall asleep and then want to eat again 45 mins later due to not being full. With the bottles we know how much he's eating and we can go 2-3 hours during the day between feedings. I think I mentioned in one of my last posts that he was already 12 pounds at his one month appt. I'll be interested to see how much he's gained by his two month appt. Not looking forward to the shots, though! Sad I'm going back to work part-time this week. I work for myself, however, and will be able to make my own schedule which is nice. The baby will be staying with my mom while I'm at work and so I know he's in good hands. I find myself desperately needing a break during the day, but once I'm away from him for 2-3 hours I end up missing him like crazy.

Anyway, that's it for now. I've missed talking to everyone on this board!!

jessnewmama's picture
Joined: 09/24/11
Posts: 55

We're doing pretty good over here too! It's really interesting to read about everyone's situations. It's crazy how incredibly different each of our little ones are and what routines we have going on. Mason will be 6 weeks on Thursday. He's a pretty happy baby, his favorite thing to do is to just lay on the ground and kick his legs. He seriously cries more to be put down than he does to be held. Little independent guy, I guess. He is being a lot more interactive, it's been really fun to see him start interacting with his environment. He's somewhere around 11 lbs now and has been eating like a mad man. He's starting having one 3-hour break between feedings during the day, but other than that, it's every two hours or less still. We haven't introduced the bottle yet, so I have been breastfeeding exclusively. I'm thinking that I'll pump and we'll introduce it this week though because I'm needing a break, for sure. I don't even know what it would feel like to sleep for even 4 hours straight again. He had been pretty fussy for a few weeks and we finally figured out that we weren't burping him well enough, so he wasn't getting the sleep during the day that he needed. Poor guy. He is really patient with us. I feel like my learning curve as a new mom has been a lot slower than most-I've had a hard time learning his cues and figuring out what he needs. It's hard to not get down on myself but I really am doing the best that I can. But I think I'm finally learning how to better tell what he needs so it's getting better. I'm excited to have my 6 week checkup and be cleared for exercise and all. I am itching to go for a long run or play some sports.

I'm with you, Dee, I don't know how this is done with other children to take care of! I'm going to have to get way better at multi-tasking to pull it off.

Jbaum2's picture
Joined: 04/19/11
Posts: 257

Emma is just over 6 weeks now. We had our 6 week appointment last week (It was early) and she is 9lb 13oz and 23inches.
She is a very happy baby. She wakes up at 5am for a feeding and then again at 730 for a feeding and change (DH usually gets up to change her then). Then she comes back to bed and snuggles until 9 Smile She feeds every 2-3 hours during the day. I wake her up between 930 and 10pm so she can have a bath and one last feeding before bed. She is usually asleep by 11pm and sleeps throught the night. We are co-sleeping right now, it was much easier that way to BF after the Csection - I was having trouble getting in and out of bed on my own. She is on Breast milk only. (I am very lucky - I have an over supply of milk - not sure if it was the placenta pills that helped or if it would have happened naturally??) On Mondays, She spends the day with my DH (he bottle feeds her Breast milk). It gives me a little break during the week to get my energy back for the rest of the week. She loves car rides and loves being outside when we garden.

We have been trying to get a schedule going (I know they say babies make there own schedule) but we've been able to work one.
We've been pretty good at figuring out her cues for when she wants something. Before birth, we had watched a really good video on the 5 main sounds a baby makes and has really helped us out.

She is following us with her eyes now, and she is lifting her head. She loves tummy time and lets us know when she wants to snuggle. That is the best feeling. Just snuggling with her.

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Joined: 04/12/05
Posts: 414

Hallie's doing great! She had her 2 month appt. last week and she was 11 lbs. 6 oz. and 23" long. She is sleeping ALL night!!! I have never had one sleep all night this early. I keep crossing my fingers that she will continue doing that! She is smiley and "talking" more and more. She's just plain beautiful!!! I am super busy with the 3 kids and I am back to work part-time. Hope all is well with everyone. Smile