I always hold an extra 5-10 while nursing so that doesn't bother me too badly because I expect it.
Katie: your whale on steroids comment cracked me up! And thanks for the encouragement :) Skype is one of the best inventions ever. Good luck!
Virginia: one of my close friends has had the same experience with everyone thinking she was anorexic and it took until she was in her mid 20's to put on some weight. She's still very thin but not so much that people question it. Nice job on the haircuts! I do Dane's at home too.
Mary: my opinion is if you fit in your clothes, then who cares what the scale says! I'm several inches from fitting in my normal pants.
This little guy and I just can't seem to get in a good feeding groove. I swear he eats every hour during the day. He does seem to be filling out so it isn't like he's starving to death but I don't get why he can't fill up during the day then will sleep an initial 4-5 hour stretch at night. Hopefully he'll space it out soon, it's making my days really tough dealing with the other two kids.
It will get easier, Ashley. I know what you mean, though. I really missed naps when Oliver was little.
AFM: 26w appointment went well. BP and weight are fine, baby sounds great. And my u/s is scheduled for 9am on the 26th. eek. I'm excited/nervous to find out what is going on with the placenta. And I'm totally going to forget to ask baby's gender. I really don't care, and it's not going to be at the top of my mind. Maybe the tech will remind me.
Great news that things look great Virginia! Hope you get more good news at the u/s with your placenta!
I have mastitis... ugh. I am SO miserable. Thank goodness the on-call doc is calling me in a Rx. omg, misery. The body aches are worse than the breast pain, and the breast pain is bad. Woe is me. In related news, my OB officially left the practice. I wonder where he's going next? He knew I was done making babies so he quit... lol. ;)
We are just packing and getting ready for vacation!! WHOOHOO! Cleaned up the house, finishing some laundry, packing and on the road bright and early! I've decided the Friday before vacation is a working adult's Christmas Eve :) I am SO ready for a break!
Mary - :bighug: Mastitis sucks. Mine always responded pretty quickly to pain meds and antibiotics. I hope yours clears up quickly, too. Were you still pumping?
ETA: Yesterday I noticed Oliver had a tiny mosquito bite on his temple next to his eye. This morning his eye was pretty swollen and he kept scratching it. I've been giving him benadryl. Since he got up for his nap it has been completely swollen closed. Poor kid (although he seems perfectly happy). Of course, DH has Alex out for a fun day together so I have nobody to help calm to irrational pregnant worrying. Hopefully it'll start to improve soon. We'll probably take him to the doctor tomorrow just to confirm there's nothing we can do but wait.
Katie - Woohoo for vacation! Enjoy!
Virginia - Yikes, that's scary about the bite. I hope it starts to come down. Yes, I'm still pumping, although I've cut way back and plan to stop before going back to work (only two weeks left :( ). I just can't take all the neuro problems plus work plus pumping. I've been sad about it, but I'm getting used to the idea of doing formula. I was a formula baby and I turned out okay. At least he will get 3 months worth of BM.. That's more than many get, I guess. The mastitis is clearing up nicely. Yesterday, the fever and body aches were mostly gone, but I still had massive boob pain. Today, the pain is MUCH better.
AFM - I finally weaned off my BP med 3 days ago and my BP is holding steady at a good number... YAY!! :yahoo: I hate to say it, but I think I'm going to have to give up coffee... It makes this tremor I've developed a LOT worse. And I loooove coffee and had just stocked up on a bunch of delicious k-cups... *Sigh* I have another f/u with my primary doc tomorrow... Ugh. He'll be happy about the BP, but I don't know what to say about the neuro problems. I think he thinks I'm nuts because all my tests keep coming back normal. Ugh.
ETA: I need "get the milk back" vibes! I've decided I will NOT stop pumping, as ****ty as I feel. I tried giving him formula twice just to get it started even though I have frozen milk... I had a sample can and I figured I'd try it out. Well, he spits it up EVERYWHERE. He has literally never spit up the BM. So I've decided I can't go out like that. Between trying to cut back and the mastitis, I'm going to have to work hard to get the supply back, but I will do it! Wish me luck. :)
ETA x 2: I just pumped and got 8-9 ounces, woohoo! I haven't been pumping midday at all, just morning and night. So that's pretty good for a midday pump. Maybe it won't be as hard as I thought. And my goal is not to make an excess to freeze, just to make the "just right" amount for him.
Mary - did I miss a post about the results from your eye test? Was that normal too? I mean I hope it was but I wish you'd get more/something as an answer. As good as NOT getting a horrible diagnosis is I wish you'd get something...especially if you could treat it! Well GL with the pumping your supply loves to respond right? SO I bet you'll be back at it in no time but boo to not being able to wean off it with no guilt. It has to be hard to feel awful to think about going back to a high octane job and to pump.
Virginia - I hope it is coming down and it's just a bug bite.
AFM - It's been a beautiful day. We got up around 7 (ok DH and Evan were up at 6:30 Rory and I around 7 haha), got breakfast by 8 at the best little place in Dennis, MA (the plus of being up and out early is by 8:30/9 the place has a long line, we never contend with that) then by 9:30 we were at the beach. It was low tide in the morning and at the bay side beaches low tide is so much fun so we got out early. Both boys LOVED it. Evan was a totally different kid than last year he was in the water NON stop. So much can change in a year. By 2 both boys were beat so we headed back, took outdoor showers (omg best thing EVER for a beach vacation) and now I'm enjoying a beer and we'll go get some ice cream and dinner. We wound up with a new house/dog sitter (someone comes and lives at the house with the dogs while we travel) and she said everything was going really well that is always a big relief. Vacation is my favorite :)
Katie - have a great vacation! You're at the Cape, right? You have an awesome week for it!
Mary - yay for mastitis clearing up. Sorry the formula won't work, but i bet your supply will be back in no time. Mastitis actually usually increased mine because I worked so hard to clear it. I hope cutting coffee helps. Maybe you could try decaf? That way you could still enjoy it.
AFM: Oliver's eye is mostly back to normal. He's on frequent benadryl (they had us increase the dose) and an antibiotic "just in case". They really must not mess around with eyes, because usually out ped is pretty hesitant to prescribe antibiotics. Saturday it was completely swollen closed so we could barely see his (really long) eyelashes. It looked terrible. Today it's just a little squinted. Whew.
and 11 days until my u/s. Not that I'm counting. ;)
I hope everyone is having more fun this week than I am! I'm so done with this week. It's way too hot and way too humid. I've had to take the kids to swimming lessons daily, which is great for them, but miserable for me. I'm worried I'll faint one of these days. And DH has been working late. And I'm tired of wrestling Oliver's antibiotic into him (7 more days. ugh.) DH just told me he has some company event tonight and so won't be home until after the kids are in bed. It would have been nice to know a few days ago. I'm sure he knew. It just makes it so much tougher when I have to do bedtime. It's usually his job, but I've done it something like 8 of the past 10 days.