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#26 Apricado

Posted 11 January 2005 - 10:35 PM

Hello everyone

I almost feel like a traitor posting in here and not in the DIJan thread as those ladies are still waiting for the birth of their babies, but I can now relate to you all so much more now.

An update on myself and little Oliver - things here have been reasonably good.  I don't have an angel that doesn't cry like some of you have mentioned, he will cry for his feed, and his nappy to be changed, but then is pretty happy once that has all been done.

As for breastfeeding I was having a few problems with him being more partial for the right side and not the least bit interested in the left, but with perseverance I think I am overcoming this.  As a result though I have the toe-curling, face-pulling latch-on pain with the right one, but once he starts sucking I'm fine.

Baby blues - did any of you experience this??  I had my baby blues day last Friday.  The Thursday night beforehand was a horrible night - Oliver woke at 7.30pm and only had about 30 mins sleep before finally sleeping at 3am.  So by Friday I was a wreck, felt like a failure etc and the tears came.  My wonderful mother came over on Friday night to give me and DH a night off so to speak and looked after Oliver for us - apart from feeding that is.

He has also had a few funny days where he isn't sleeping after his feed, stays awake and then I need to feed him again about an hour later and then he sleeps.  Oh well, we're all adjusting I guess.

Sleeping noises - this bub is so noisy when he sleeps.  He grunts and moans and lets out little crys.  Is anyone else's bub like this?

Okey dokey.........that's about it I think, for now.  I look forward to reading how everyone is going and wish everyone sleeping vibes.


Cassie (28)
DH - Gabe(37)
DS - Oliver (31/12/04)

#27 mrsgg

Posted 11 January 2005 - 10:46 PM

Good evening all,

Cassiee Welcome to the "other side", I know what you mean about relating more to the people that have given birth, it is a whole new set of challenges now!!
Noises during sleep, boys lasted a VERY short time in our room as they were just too noisy, Charlotte is much quieter (or I am just so stuffed at the end of the day I don't hear her) so she has been allowed to stay in our room for the time being.
You sound like you are doing a wonderful job with oliver, it is a really high learning curve being a new Mum and the worse of it is often you have to do it on limited sleep!!! You are doing really well, there are always those "bad days" but that is not your fault.

Rachel  Hope Connor is OK, it sounds like Megan will just blend in with the rest of the family. It may be Connor was sick and that is why is is testing you at the moment, hope it all settles down quickly.

Rowena   42 degress here today, definately a stay at home pyjama day for all of us !!!  SOunds like Caitlin has discovered her food source pretty quickly.

Off to bed now,  hopefully till about 3am.


#28 char_andy

Posted 11 January 2005 - 11:00 PM

Cassie - Hear hear for the groaning, grunting squeaking noises... Coby is 5 man band in himself with the grunts and squeaks.
I had said earlier, he doesnt really cry... well I had spoke too soon... he let me have it today, cranky bum.  He has broken his feeds up and not really settled for more than a couple of hours at a time... although he still loved his bath.  Hopefully he will sleep now till just after midnight, then I will wake him and fingers crossed get a decent feed into him and perhaps he will settle back into his routine with his feeds.  
I jokingly said that tomorrow was his due date, so he is becoming a full term baby now, and making sure I know!!! precious bundles arent they.

Re: Baby Blues... didnt really get them this time with Coby.. but with my DD I got them, same time every day for about 3 days in a row.

Anyway I am off to bed... will check back in a few hours after I have fed his heiness!!!!

Take Care,
Charlene & Andy

DD- CARLY JULIA 18 Apr 1996
DS- COBY JON 28 Dec 2004

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#29 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 12 January 2005 - 06:31 AM

Hi ladies.

Cassie, sorry to hear about your baby blues.  I hope it was just the short version, and that things are settling down again now.

Kellie, I am fully prepared for hell-baby!  I'm just making the most of this time now, it's so far 1 more week of peace than I'd had with Anna by the same age!!!  Took both the girls to playgroup today, hoping to introduce Grace to the other mothers, and the little booger slept the whole time!  Didn't even wake up when we (a) went to the supermarket (I left her in the car with my mum) or (B) got home!  My boobs were killing me!

We got Grace's birth certificates today.  Talk about quick and easy!  We filled in the form at the hospital, they sent it to the local Office of Vital Statistics, and then we rang to see when they'd have the certificate in (which was today).  So off we toddled in the car, and we had 2 authorised birth certificates in our hands less than 10 minutes later!!!  Now we have a lovely varied set of birth certificates in our filing cabinet - Justin has his original NSW one, I have a new NSW one (I lost my old one), Anna has an English one, and Grace has her Yankee one!  Now the fun of passport and citizenship applications starts....

Grace took her first bottle last night from Justin.  Unfortunately, I think she drank it too quickly (although she only had about 1.5oz) and when I sat down to finish the feed by breast, she chucked up all over me.  Twice.  The second time out her nose too - pretty spectacular!  So I'm a bit leery of trying again, although I defrosted a small amount of EBM while we were out getting the birth certificates in case it took a while and my mum needed to feed her.  I guess I'll just give it another go!

Rowena, well done to Caitlin on regaining her birthweight!  It's always a nice milestone.  Anna took about 3 weeks and the midwives were getting concerned.  I think she used up so much energy staying awake or crying that she didn't get a chance to put the weight back on!  Grace, on the other hand....

Must go, DH wants to read the SMH online!

Janet & Justin

...and our two gorgeous girls...

Anna Linden - 27 Jan 2003
Grace Genevieve  - 4 Jan 2005

#30 Kellie C

Posted 12 January 2005 - 08:48 AM

LACHLAN DANIEL 19-12-04 - 12-01-05

At 12.28 this morning Lachlan Daniel went to sleep for the last time in his mummy & daddy’s arms. He was very brave until the end and his mummy & daddy are very proud of him.  Michelle and Alan are heart broken but are at peace.  Lachlan is now at peace and no longer has to fight and for that we are all grateful.


Kellie 33
DH 39
DS Jesse 30/5/02 9IVF's
DS Morgan DD Olivia 30/12/04 2IVF's
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#31 Xaria

Posted 12 January 2005 - 10:03 AM

Poor Michelle and Al, but (horrible as it sounds) probably for the best for their little fighter. Sending hugs to the family.

Baby Blues - I think I got a touch of these yesterday. My MIL is down for a few days (fortunately staying at a hotel so we get the nights to ourselves) and she took Aidan for a walk when he was unsettled. I burst into tears as soon as she was out the door because I couldn't stand having my baby taken away from me. DH & MIL took him for another walk after DH got home from work (which I dealt with only a little better - at least DH was there this time), and as I suspected she was a little critical of the fact that I was happy to keep giving him little breastfeeds every hour if necessary to settle him. When she mentioned this to DH he basically said that I'm in charge of how he is settled and put her in her place. I love my husband! I had a good cry on him after the walk, and felt a bit better. It's definitely also a touch of sleep deprivation. My little darling only woke up twice overnight, so I actually got a good stretch of sleep between putting him down at 1:30 and him waking at 4:30. I feel so much more human again for it!

Weight - I haven't weighed my little munchkin since discharge, but MIL is taking me shopping to Garden City (a Westfield in Brisbane) today, so hopefully one of the pharmacies there has the scales and I can weigh him. He's 9 days old in just over an hour! That seems to have gone quickly, probably because I'm so busy that I never seem to have time to be bored.

Me - Sarah
DH - Michael
DS - Aidan 03/01/2005
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#32 char_andy

Posted 12 January 2005 - 11:02 AM

Morning mums...

Firstly in response to little Lachlan, now a peaceful angel... I posted my regards, sympathy and respects in DIJ thread, but again.. deepest sympthaies to Michelle and Al.  

I took Coby to his weigh in appointment this morning... at birth he was 3440 grams and now weighs 3580 grams, so I am pleased with that.. specially since yesterday and today he is messing his feeds up... keeping his same 24 hour mls, but less more frequently.  

Ok this is my vent for today... there I was getting Coby weighed, and had him in a navy blue onsie, with a sailboat on it and it said "Dads First Mate", had some little navy blue socks on him as well.  There was a midwife and also a student midwife watching along.  The student midwife was standing right next to me as I was redressing him and looking at his weight card, and says... BOY or GIRL?.. like seriously, is it not obvious?... ok vent over

Take Care,
Char & Andy

Carly Julia - 18 APR 1996
Coby Jon - 28 DEC 2004

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#33 char_andy

Posted 12 January 2005 - 03:59 PM

Just thought I would pop back in to check to see if Mrs Blud made it home with her babies today.

My lil champ seems to have put himself back into a better feeding routine, for the time being anyway.  Oh and for those of you using disposables... I saw this morning at the shops that AMCAL CHEMISTS are haivng a big sale on huggies disposables... just thought I would mention it.

Well I better get on with the housework... it feels so good to be able to clean and vacuum properly again without a big belly bulge.  Wow I never thought I would see the day I ever said ti feels good to clean... motherhood has changed me HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Take Care,
Char & Andy

Carly Julia - 18 APR 1996
Coby Jon - 28 DEC 2004

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#34 Hiprowy

Posted 12 January 2005 - 07:43 PM

We got Caitlin's birth certificate today, and put in our $3000 form. Question: have you got something special lined up for the baby bonus? We've easily spent $3000 on things lately, so we'll be paying ourselves first. We're thinking of getting a DVD handycam...

Don't think we have Amcal in Canberra any more. sad.gif How good was the special - how much, what pack size etc? Having been exposed to some of the very best specials I am picky. I have a lot stashed as well. No cloth here.

Char, today a woman stopped me and said she had just been admiring our bub in the arms of my father. Granted, it wasn't the first time and won't be the last, considering our age gap. Pretty funny really.

Is everyone generating an absolute truckload of attention when they go out? I have to admit I am lapping it up - no sling or pram as yet, just a tiny babe in arms to show off.

Is anyone going to get those little moulds of bubs hands and/or feet? I really want to but it looks a little pricey.

I haven't really had baby blues as such, but I am feeling things more acutely. Thinking about Sam's hip problems, my PND from last time, how much I love my girls, little Lachlan... everything sets me off fiercely and I cry easily - but I wouldn't say I'm depressed.

The DIJ thread does feel quite alien now doesn't it? All the talk of stretch and sweeps, and dropping, labour vibes and belly rubs - it's funny to think we were all going through it ourselves recently, it feels like a lifetime ago.

Got my first MACH visit tomorrow - hope she is nice. original.gif

Me Rowena 30
DH 50
SD Mel 5-1-88
DD Samantha 28-12-98
DD Caitlin 31-12-04

Three Capricorn daughters!

#35 char_andy

Posted 12 January 2005 - 08:28 PM

Hey Rowena, - the nappy sale was for huggies newborn in a box of 108 nappies for $28.99.

I am yet to take Coby out much, other than this morning, and to GP check up when he was 8 days old.  But this weekend will venture out, have no choice as I am buying all new bedroom furniture for my DD before she comes home as a suprise for her.

I had the nicest afternoon, me and Coby just lay there on the couch and he was watching me as I sung to him (poor bugger is probably tone deaf now) we must have laid there for over an hour, it was just me and him no one else... and he was making those cute little "O" lips, and grunting as he does bless his cotton socks.

Well I am about to make a nice cuppa, and relax with my feet up.  DH promised me a foot rub... I'll see how far I get with that.

Oh and Rowena, me and DH have quite the age gap as well... the annoying thing is.. people think I am older than him.  I tell him its because he is Canadian and grew up in the snow with no sun to give him wrinkles.

Oh and one more thing we did today... we realised Coby is the first one in both our families to be born in Australia.  I was born in England, Dh in Canada, DD in America, My mum in Ireland, my dad in England, my MIL in Ireland and FIL in Ireland, my brother in England, and my adopted brother in India.  So we have our first true little aussie - aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi.

Take Care,
Char & Andy

Carly Julia - 18 APR 1996
Coby Jon - 28 DEC 2004

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#36 Kellie C

Posted 12 January 2005 - 09:15 PM

You guys are doing so well.  I haven't been out the front door yet.  My bloody feeding cycle takes so long and the thought of getting them in the car etc......Craig and I are going out with Jesse for a coffe on Friday and mum is going to look after the twins for an hour.  That should be a novelty!  Looking forward to not comping and expressing after every feed - then it will seem almost easy!

I'm having a rotton day after Michelle's phone call.  I really wish I had some special, helpful words for her but I'm lost. I really didn't want to have a teary, emotional day like this.  I don't feel like I'm in control and it hasn't been like this til today.

Anyway just wanted to let you guys know that I've had over 25 PM's today from all over EB re flowers etc for Michell & family.  The consensus seems to be that we will send a wreath from EB to the funeral.  Once we have the details I'll organise it.  The size will be dictated by how many people would like to contribute. Some of the DIJ girls have said they want to do something from us but I'm just going to do the wreath and some flowers from my family. I'll post back here to let you know about the wreath details in the next day or two.

Hope you all get good, deep sleep....for at least an hour tonight!
Kellie xo

Kellie 33
DH 39
DS Jesse 30/5/02 9IVF's
DS Morgan DD Olivia 30/12/04 2IVF's
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#37 rachelj

Posted 13 January 2005 - 11:09 AM

Hi Guys,
It is so good to come here and read about how you are all going.

Baby Blues- Havent had them this time, Thank GOd.  With Connor I think I cried every second day for the first couple of months!

Sleeping noises-  Megan is so still I have to poke her to see if she is alive!!  Again with Connor he was the noisiest sleeper.  It is so funny how two babies can be so different.

Megan is sleeping in our room as Connor is not handling her crying very well.  He gets all upset and panicky, then starts screaming himself.  SOme times I am able to manage this well by including him in what is going on eg put him up on the kitchen bench when I was giving her a bath so he could see what was happening.  But it is more difficult when I am trying to settle her to sleep.  I hope it is not going to take too long for him to get used to her.

Anyway, have to go and have some lunch while they are both asleep.
Take Care

#38 char_andy

Posted 13 January 2005 - 01:10 PM

Afternoon Ladies,

Well reality has set in in the McCutcheon household... Coby can now excerise his lungs to the full degree.  At 5:30am this morning he was up and awake and would not settle, he thinks when he is awake he needs to eat.  Even after taking a full feed if not a little more, burped, clean bum, he still mouth opened tongue going sucking anything in sight.  He is a thumb sucker, but cant always find his thumb, and doesnt seem to know which end of his little precious hand its attached too.  He gets really frustrated when he cant find it.  We had tried him with a dummy, but he didnt want none of that... spat it at us like we were mad.   I must say though, his little whingey period didnt even phase me, not like when I had DD... I would be beside myself at times, worried and stressed.  He likes his feet massaged... when he was laying on me, I was rubbing them, when I stopped, he grunted and raised his foot again, as if to say.. Yo mum I was enjoying that.... Too cute!!!  Well the little precious bundle is sound asleep so I am going to make the most of it, and get on about my day.  Might even get a little nap in.

I have to say, that although its been nearly nine years since having a newborn in the house... memories of my DD come flooding back like she was born yesterday, except this time around, I am no where near as stressed, and loving every moment.. including his whingey bit this morning.  

It's nice to see this group filling up, and reading what all our bubs and siblings are doing.

Take Care,
Char & Andy

Carly Julia - 18 APR 1996
Coby Jon - 28 DEC 2004

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#39 Traceyok

Posted 13 January 2005 - 02:20 PM

Hello Mums
I'm trying to get myself back together today. Couldn't stop thinking about poor Michelle and her family yesterday. How very sad for them all. I can't believe that little Boy's amazing fight for survival and I'll never forget him.
As I've said in the DIJ thread, I'm only too happy to contribute to anything. I also think something from just us would be very special too.
Sarah - Thanks for giving me some confidence in the Avent pump. I haven't actually used it yet but I've got it out ready to sterilize so will over next couple of days.
I feel quite good today as we had our weigh in this morning and Hayley has regained all the weight and a bit more that was lost which tells me my breast milk is sufficient. It probably sounds silly but after not having Keerin naturally, being told in the hospital that I wasn't giving him enough milk so needed to comp as well, then not being able to VBAC this time as I wanted, finally I can do something 'natural' in feeding. I don't feel a failure and it's really boosted my confidence which is what I needed.
Baby Blues - 4th day in hospital (same as last time) but neither time lasted as I came home on 5th day and felt much better. I was worried about PND this time following a bad bout of it after my Dec 03 miscarriage. I know it's early days and I would know the signs (as would DH) but on good days like today, I can't imagine going there again. On top of that I've currently got both Children in view, Hayley is fast asleep in her rocker and Keerin has just gone to sleep on the lounge watching Hi 5. It keeps getting better.
The only not so good thing today was at the Early CCC (not my favorite place from experience - they always seemed to have to find something to pick me up on with Keerin and I got fed up). Keerin was with me and decided to play up a bit but it was just an attention seeking thing. The MW/Nurse wasn't very patient and at the end of the visit handed me a slip of paper and said, 'you might be interested in this', and it was a list of talks, the first few being on probs with toddlers. Lucky I had my arms full!
Sleeping wedge - love it! I just alternate which side she sleeps on and always sleep her on her back at night.
Have to agree with you Rowena, it does feel a bit weird on the DIJ thread now and it does feel like ages ago we had our babies.
Well I might go and have a coffee and see if I can get 40 winks while the going is good. I am very tired but to the point I can't sleep.
Can I ask you girls who had a c/s, how did you go with the after bleeding as mine stopped shortly after I got home but today it's started up very heavy again. That and constipation which seems to be easing but I've had a few nights crawling the wall in pain with really bad cramps. Thought I'd ask here before going out to the Doctor.
Lots of sleep vibes to you all,

ME - Tracey 38
DH - Keerin 42
DS - Keerin Jnr. 12/12/01
M/C 12/03
DD - Hayley 30/12/04

#40 Hiprowy

Posted 13 January 2005 - 02:35 PM

We have been out almost every day and I have to say it's catching up with me. I'm buggered! I really should be sleeping but I love to catch up with everything online.

That's a good special, Charlene - I got about 5 boxes for $27.98, and it may never get that good again. I also got the convenience size for $9.99 once. I can't count on those specials always being available.

Caitlin has gone and put on 150g in 2 days so I'm happy with that.

I too am much more relaxed about everything, and would stare at her for hours if Sam didn't try to kill me first. That bit about the foot massage was too cute!

I hope Connor settles down a bit for you Rachel.

Me Rowena 30
DH 50
SD Mel 5-1-88
DD Samantha 28-12-98
DD Caitlin 31-12-04

Three Capricorn daughters!

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