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Posted 22 February 2006 - 03:41 PM
Sarzy - I used to sleep with DS #1 and feed him while lying down. Meant I got more rest and it wasn't a problem transferring him to the cot as he slept in there during the day. Do whatever you need to get rest I say.
Occupation - I am a CPA in a public practice in Melbourne. I specialise in small business taxation. Facinating stuff!! lol.
BBL Georgina xx
Posted 22 February 2006 - 04:26 PM
Laura and I went to the Child Health Clinic this morning. BORING! There was no-one there for the morning tea so I didn't stay longer than what it took to get Laura weighed. She is now 10lb 6oz or 4.82kg. She is doing really well. I've loved having longer sleeps the last couple of nights. My poor boobs are suffering though. They're massive and rock solid by the time I wake up and I've been having to express some before I feed her otherwise it's like a high pressure hose going off in her mouth. At least I've got plenty of EBM in the freezer now. It only takes about 5 minutes to get 100ml with my Avent pump. I've actually worked out that expressing a bit with the pump before feeding is solving Laura's wind problems. The fast flow of my milk had her gulping and obviously taking in a lot of wind but if I get rid of some milk, she doesn't have to gulp.
Someone asked about our occupations: I was a graphic designer working in the printing industry until last July and am now a SAHM.
Posted 22 February 2006 - 06:23 PM
Hi Mon, I'll be going to the local mothers group in a few weeks. I think they either work or they don't - it totally depends on the members....the only thing you really have in common is that you all got laid on the same night! No really,....as I said, it's just luck. If you connect well with the others, then I'm sure they can be wonderfully supportive
Sarzy Frances has peeling skin as well, mainly on her feet. I put Gaia cream on it Ė but thatís more for appearance. I also donít put any soap in the bath water. My belly looks about 4 months pregnant and I'm in my old jeans (3 weeks on)
Frances and I enjoy our morning feeds in bed and this morning she had a poo explosion! all over the sheets.mmmm lovley.
Thanks for the career replies too - I love knowing what EB'ers do IRL!
Here's hoping we all get 4 hours of sleep in a row tonight and hugs to those who need them
Posted 22 February 2006 - 06:47 PM
Had a pretty good day today with Max. He has been feeding and sleeping well with only 1 grouchy period so far. He is still peeling like mad but I will persist with the Sorbolene.
I also left him for the 1st time (with our nanny) for a while to pick up my DD, do errands and get groceries and he took 2 x 100ml of EMB in 3 hrs - what a guts!!I am really lucky to have this great lady to help with the kids who is not a mum or mum in law and therefore will do as I ask! I have promised her a few hours work a week even when I'm on leave as she has always been there for us.
Otherwise not much to report but my boobs are telling me its feeding time soon. Hope everyone has a great night and gets some sleep. Love Sarzy xx
Posted 22 February 2006 - 07:05 PM
Bbel - Sounds like Bree is doing well with her sleeping too! Laura weighed 3.2kg when we left hospital when she was 6 days old and now weighs 4.8kg so that's 1.6kg she's gained in 3 weeks. I'm not surprised with the amount of milk she guzzles! The Huggies newborn nappies are just starting to get too small for her so we bought the Infant size ones today to try out.
Peeling skin - Laura's feet and legs peeled for a week or so but rubbing sorbelene into them seemed to help.
Posted 22 February 2006 - 07:31 PM
Thanks girls for all the support.
Today I went to my local GP who informed me that I have a colicky baby, test have been sent off for Milk Intolerance and she is booking me into a place called "Torrens House" for a 4 day stay where they help you and your baby with sleep/feed/play. I felt so much better after going there, she was lovely.
She also did some tests on me as she thought I was extremely pale and told me that I need to get my family in to assist me with the baby and everyday life.
I am going to spend more time with my little princess and just show her every minute of the day how much I love her. I am no superwoman and there are no rules that need to be followed with a Newborn... just work together and enjoy each other.
Again, I thank you all.... I will only be reading the posts in here in the future because I believe some of the others can be somewhat misleading and I don't need to start going backwards.
Posted 22 February 2006 - 08:05 PM
Well I have had a B U S Y day today!!! It started at 0830 when the cleaners came to do the house (this was a first for us but after the great job they did, it want be the last ) I had to take the boys out so they wouldnt get in the way.. So we went walking.
We dropped in at a neighbours at 0915 and went with her to drop her son off at occasional daycare.. Then, whilst we were there, I put James' name down. He was having a ball playing with all the toys while I was filling out the forms, so it should hopefully be a successful relationship.. Turns out they have a spot for him tomorrow to try it, so hes going for an hour.. Im very very scared.
After we returned from there, the ECHN dropped in and weighed my lovely second born.. He has put on 900 or so grams since his discharge.. So he is thriving and everything with him is perfect.
She left, we had lunch, James and Will had an afternoon sleep (and perhaps I may have closed my eyes too..) then we had a birthday party to go to.. One of the neighbours children turned 2 today.. So after an afternoon of lollies, fairy bread and cake, we came home.
And we were pooped.
But I love keeping busy, so I cant complain.
BABY SLEEPING IN PARENTAL BED - Yep, we do this. If he wont settle then I put him on the boob and we all go to sleep.. Id rather not do this but as a last resort we will. Did it last night in fact..
FEEDING BOTH SIDES - Dont do this often, save it for the evenings mainly when supply is starting to dwindle.. Otherwise its one side only.
NIPPLE CONFUSION - Never had an issue with this.. We use dummys and the occasional bottle of EBM and its all worked out fine. I know HEAPS of Mums that have had the opposite problem though where they havent given a bottle early on and cant get their baby to take one when theyre a bit older..
PEELING SKIN - Will had this too... Hands and feet mainly. The midwives told me it was due to him cooking for so long (he was only 2 days overdue) which could be true as my first was 3 weeks early and didnt have this problem.
MOTHERS GROUPS - Never went to MG when I had James and I really regretted it. The idea of trying to get myself organised and out the door AND being somewhere at a set time was just way too hard.. So I poo pooed the idea and was later quite sorry. I asked the ECHN about going to Mothers Group when she visited today but was told its only for first time Mums.. So it looks like I may have missed the boat.
FENUGREEK - I took this last time I was BFing and it didnt do anything for me. It turns out I wasnt having supply issues.. My body was just tricking me into thinking I was.. Our bodies do this alot girls!! If the wet nappies are on track and the baby is gaining weight then DONT QUESTION YOUR SUPPLY. It will totally do your head in and 90% of the time there isnt a problem anyway.
LIL MINX - Im glad you are getting some support with your unsettled baby. I really hope the sleep stay place can help you to get into a feed/play/sleep routine AND yes, you need to get your family to help you!!! We're here for you anytime you need us ok but the people that you live with are the ones that can give you the most support.. Take care xx
Which leads me onto my next topic...
PND - I think statistically about 20% of Mums will get PND.. Which is a huge number of women. And if you think about the numbers that have joined this parents group PLUS the ones that are yet to join, statistically speaking there will be a few that have a problem with it.
I have suffered from PND in the past.. There were a few factors that contributed to it, the main ones being having a really really unsettled/unhappy baby and therefore very little sleep combined with the fact that I was alone with him from the day we were discharged from hospital (my DH is Navy so he went away that day and came and went continuously for the next 4 months.. I think the longest time in a row we had together was 2 days). By the time that part of his course had finished, I was well and truly depressed and totally not thinking straight.
I guess what I am trying to say here girls is that people shouldnt be ashamed or afraid to talk about it.. Because the fact of the matter is that some of us will end up with PND. Noone should be afraid to come here and say how theyre feeling (even if it means saying things we think we shouldnt say) so they can have at least some cyber support. I can remember saying to my DH on the phone one night when I was having a particularly bad day with James, that we should put him up for adoption!! And I meant it at the time. I just didnt feel as though I could be as good a Mum as I felt he deserved and that was the only way I could see to help him. Pretty sad hey? Im not proud of wanting to do that, but it does (hopefully) demonstrate how PND can manifest itself it people.
Anyway girls, ill leave it there... Im starting to ramble a bit. Im sure there are others that can add to this part of my discussion.. Sadly there are plenty of people here on EB with experience with this issue. I just want to get the message across that its not something to be ashamed of and that its oke to talk about it.
For the record, I am not depressed second time around (though its still very early days) and to make my experience different and better this time, we organised support systems for me right from the word go. My DH is here and very hands on, im getting more sleep and I havent been afraid to ask for help when ive needed it.. Its made such a difference! I really think ill get away unscathed this time, which is making me enjoy my second baby so much more than my first.
Ok, am really going now.. Take care xxx
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