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Posted 14 January 2010 - 08:26 AM

Oooh Cyndi, what a night! But so funny that the police pulled you over, hehehe.

I remember my hubby would sit at the computer with Taylor and the dummy and let me sleep when nothing else would work.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 09:18 AM

QUOTE(Bec :) @ Jan 14 2010, 09:23 AM) View Post

MSL - when I first brought Ryan home from hospital he stayed awake all night and slept most of the day and it drove me up the wall. While I loved my DH and he tried to help I felt so resentful and angry with him at the same time... was very conflicted!

Anyway what we started to do was put a radio alarm clock under the bassinette with the radio on quietly and a dim light in the corner of the room - Ryan suddenly slept better with that happening.

Then in the day I broke a cardinal rule and I woke a sleeping baby ohmy.gif ohmy.gif I forced him to feed and sleep only when I thought he should during the day and encouraged him to feed a lot during the day and LUCKILY for us it worked. So that whole combination helped us to get him to sleep from 7 - 10 - 1:30 - 5:30 - 9:30... before that it was seriously every hour overnight and I thought I would go insane!!!

This may work for some, but not for others. good luck!
thanks Bec, will try what you've suggested.

QUOTE(Kyew @ Jan 14 2010, 09:25 AM) View Post

Cyndi - sorry you had such a rough night last night. Cannot believe you got pulled over by the police! What did they say when you said you were trying to get your newborn to sleep?
They just said "oh ok then" and checked hubby's licence then let us go.

QUOTE(¤Amy¤ @ Jan 14 2010, 09:26 AM) View Post

Oooh Cyndi, what a night! But so funny that the police pulled you over, hehehe.

I remember my hubby would sit at the computer with Taylor and the dummy and let me sleep when nothing else would work.
That's nice of hubby. thankfully my hubby has been doing this a bit too, it's just hard because I can still hear bub screaming from the study sad.gif

His main problem is even when he falls asleep he wakes up screaming not long after and it then takes more time to settle him down so it's a constant cycle. We've got a MCHN appt tomorrow so I'm hoping they can give us some advice too.


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 10:32 AM

Morning Ladies smile.gif

Aimee- your little Annabelle is gorgeous wub.gif
How's it all going?

Cat- sorry your having a such a hard time with breastfeeding. I'm waiting for it to get difficult. This is my first full day home and I think my milk only came in last night so I'm suspecting it's going to get harder now.

Cyndi- what a terrible night! You poor thing. Must be quite distressing see your little man like that not being able to get settled...
Hope you have a better day today.

Pinksugar- how are you?

Hello everyone else!

Well we had our first night home last night and Stella was great. She hasn't even cried properly yet, so I'm waiting for it to happpen... She stirs every 3-4 hours, I get her up, change her nappy then feed her. She is just so good, I'm trying not to get my hopes up cause it could all change!

How's everyone going with actually getting use to having a baby at home? I still can't believe she is acutally here!

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:50 PM

Chels - that is such great news that Stella is a great baby. She sounds so much like Zara - very easy going and barely cried. I thought it would change but it never did. Not until she turned 2 LOL!!!

How is everyone else going with their little babies. I wish I was here!!!! This time next week I will be in theatre and possibly have my baby. Arrrgghhh I can't wait.

Cydni - I just wanted to add quickly that my friend has had a screaming newborn for 4 weeks now (I mean constantly screaming day and night). She has just found out (thanks to the MCHN) that her baby gets terrible wind and needs to be winded/burped every couple of minutes during a feed. Of course it is painful for my friend to keep pulling her off the boob every few minutes but she no longer cries and has been sleeping in 4 hour blocks. Thought you might want to give it a go if nothing else helps.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 01:52 PM

Glad your first night home was an easy one Chels


Cyndi Have you been able to see someone regarding the reflux as yet ?

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 04:02 PM

QUOTE(Kyew @ Jan 14 2010, 02:50 PM) View Post

Cydni - I just wanted to add quickly that my friend has had a screaming newborn for 4 weeks now (I mean constantly screaming day and night). She has just found out (thanks to the MCHN) that her baby gets terrible wind and needs to be winded/burped every couple of minutes during a feed. Of course it is painful for my friend to keep pulling her off the boob every few minutes but she no longer cries and has been sleeping in 4 hour blocks. Thought you might want to give it a go if nothing else helps.
That's actually very interesting Kye, he gets really bad wind pain and I never thought of burping during a feed. I will definitely give this a go. Thanks xx

QUOTE(¤Amy¤ @ Jan 14 2010, 02:52 PM) View Post

Cyndi Have you been able to see someone regarding the reflux as yet ?
No, we haven't been able to get in yet but we have another MCHN appt tomorrow so I'm going to talk to them and then book him into the GP next week. It's all so confusing because one nurse said he has reflux then another said "oh no he definitely doesn't, he's just greedy" blink.gif
I don't think that's the case though because even if he only feeds for 5 minutes he still vomits a lot so I don't see how it's just a case of him eating too much?
So I don't know what to think. Will wait and see what the GP says.


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:44 PM

LOL @ the late night shenanigans and coppers! As annoying as an unsettled bub is, that story is just gold! One for the 21st!

We went out to the shops today and hit the Target sales. Yikes! Mums and prams EVERYWHERE! Luckily, we did get what we went for, so now I've got a car seat for DH's car, plus a few other things. Tom was asleep basically the entire time we were out (over 3 hours or so), and didn't get a feed in that time. Needless to say, my boobs were rather sore and full when we got home, and I swear he hoovered it like a pin popping a balloon!

Tom's skin has been mega dry and he's left flakes all over his pram and car seat - ewwwwwww! FINALLY managed to get some pure sorbolene cream for his skin - everything else we found had the 10% glycerin and/or Vitamin E. I shall have to give him a good going over later on. He looks feral! Poor dear. I don't think having him in the air con in the house helps, but then he's managed to get himself a sore in his right arm pit from being too moist, which I assume is from sweating when I haven't had the air con going in the day, as I'm a lazy mummy and he's only had 2 baths so far!

How often do the rest of you bath your newborns? I asked the nurses at the hospital and they said anything from daily to once a week. That's no help!

I've had him in the rocker on the floor this afternoon, rather than the bassinet. I was concerned about how Rufus would be with Tom at his level, but he came over for a look, keeping his distance. He seems wary of him, but seems to be quite happy to carry on with his own naps and pats laugh.gif He seems a bit small for this rocker - it has a 5 pt harness, but I've unclipped the shoulder straps because I thought they were too close to his chin and might be a bit dangerous. He also doesn't sit up straight in it, so maybe I should put him in the other one? No idea. He's managed to lie himself more or less diagonally across it, but I suppose if he's comfortable... I'm a little miffed though - this rocker is supposed to vibrate, but it doesn't seem to work. The other one doesn't rock, but the vibrate does work! Both are second hand so I guess I can't really complain!

Oh, got the bill for the paed today... $360! Ouch! I'm assuming that Medicare cover some of that? The consult in his rooms is going to cost $120 and that's not until Feb 25.

How does it work with getting Tom onto Medicare? I still haven't sent off the paperwork for his birth registration yet as I need to get that second signature. I guess I can ask the GP maybe tomorrow? I was going to ask my friend when he came for a visit yesterday, but completely forgot. Doh! Does his birth have to be registered before he can be added to Medicare or can I add him while the paperwork is being processed? So much blimming paperwork!

Tom has done a lot of sleeping today.... I guess that means I'm in for another sleepless night! *sigh*
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 10:27 PM

Cat here is the info about adding your baby to your medicare card. It looks like you should have gotten the forms when you were in hospital to fill in and send back. Also with your pain I would get a GP checkup. I was told to get a checkup with my GP 7 - 10 days post birth to check my general health and wellbeing before my follow up obs appointment.

when Ryan was born I didnt bath him much... every few days. As for the flaky skin it is normal for them when they are about a week old to undergo 'the peel'. It is where their skin peels - my health nurse told me it was normal for them to peel when they were about a week old from having been in fluid for so long. Does look a bit feral though!





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Posted 15 January 2010 - 12:43 AM

Welcome home Chels! Fingers crossed for Stella staying a cruisy baby - would love to see more pics of her.

Cat - I too am having trouble feeding from the right, my poor nipple is so damaged atm but i'm hanging in there. Goodluck

Cyndi - how funny about the cops pulling you over

Annabelle lost her cord stump today! We went back to the hospital so i could have a physio appointment as i've damaged my tailbone with the whole being stuck in bed for days thing then i had an appointment with my obs because i have an infection... I'm not having a good run at all.

Hubby was minding A whilst i did my appointments and i could hear her screaming her lungs out for ages, i finally went out there and the poor litle thing had heat rash and was so hot and red (crappy hospital air con) So i gave her another feed between appointments and rehydrated her a little before she fell asleep on me in the obs waiting room. She wouldnt let me put her down and so it was very funny trying to get on the obs table with bubs in my arms. I let her feed whenever she wanted for the rest of the night and she went to bed nudey (with a nappy).. poor little thing.

Question - Has anyone had a poo explosion or mishap yet?
We had one this morning when A's nappy slipped off her little bottom in the bouncer, i pulled her legs up to pull it back on and she took that opportunity to explode poo all over her bouncer laugh.gif Hubby and i laughed so hard whilst trying to clean it up

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:00 AM

Cat, Finlay peeled as he was so overdue and his skin all cracked, we were told to put olive oil on him by the midwife. It worked well (he was very tasty tongue.gif )

I also found if i didnt wash him enough he started getting cradle cap due to peeling, being hot, sweaty, etc. Its hard enough with a newborn let alone figuring out when your going to manage to bath them as well! A top and tail wash is easiest most days.

Cracked nipples - has anyone been recommended to use nipple shields (from chemist) they were a godsend for me, some relief while the cracks and soreness healed up.


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I think I might go to target today and spend some money to make me feel better!

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:46 AM

Sheridan seems to be MIA today.... Fingers crossed for her.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:54 AM

I'm so struggling. Seriously struggling. sad.gif

Aimee - Tom lost his cord stump the other day. I think I inadvertantly helped it along earlier this week but accidentally knocking it, but I guess it doesn't really matter.

Liz - with the olive oil, was that put in the bath water or did you rub it on afterwards? I have had people say use natural oils, and I've got olive oil in the cupboard. I put some sorbolene on him last night, and he screamed his guts out in the process because I think he would have preferred boob, but it seems to have helped a little. Now I've just got to get that raw patch under his arm sorted. I'm such a bad mum already sad.gif

Aimee - We haven't had a poo explosion, but we did a 4-in-1 nappy change yesterday laugh.gif Tom had a pooey nappy, so I changed it. As I was wrapping up the old nappy, he pooed in his fresh one. So I went to change that. He kept pooing as I was doing so, managed to get some on the next nappy as well as I was catching the poo in a baby wipe. Then he peed all over himself. So after 2 wasted nappies, I eventually got the 4th nappy on him, nice and clean.

We have our GP appointment today and I think I'm going to need to make a longer one next week with her for me. I don't think things are going as they should be, both with feeding and me emotionally. I keep having mini break downs, and I think it's only a matter of time before I completely crack.

It really doesn't help that my "D"H seems to think that if Tom cries, I should stick a dummy in his mouth and that the whole baby thing is my job, not his. He hasn't had to alter his routine in the slightest and just carries on as though nothing has changed. He doesn't really help out at all, just complains about how noisy he is. I think I'm going to start making him take Tom with him on his morning walks. The kid needs interaction with his father and he's just not getting it at the moment. Tom was carrying on early this morning and my poor mother got up after being up all night already to try and soothe Tom as I was having another "moment." Did "D"H do anything? No, he continued getting himself ready to go on his walk and then when he got back, made his breakfast and then went to the gym. No offer to help my mum. He's not her child to look after. It's really shitting me, the complete and utter lack of support I get from him. I might as well be a single mum for all the help from him I get.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:06 AM

Cat - Oil in the bath and then rub/massage on his skin as well.

Cat you need to speak to DH and tell him how it is and that he needs to step up and be a daddy. I think thats a great idea he should take him on his walks with him. Sounds like he really needs to step up to parenthood and be Tom's Dad. Yes he's on the boob all the time but you have to have breaks from Tom as it is so exhausting. He needs to help you as welll as Tom, he needs to bond with him.

DH cant just continue on the way things were before, he really needs to help you and give you a break.

Its great your getting your emotions out, dont bottle them up as it just makes it worse (trust me). Sounds like you could have a touch of the baby blues hun which pretty much everyone gets - hormones going mental, lack of sleep - big hugs.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:18 AM

Liz - I suspect it's heading into something slightly more than baby blues, or it will do if something doesn't get done about it soon. sad.gif All the gooey feelings I had last week are rapidly disappearing and I want them back - I need them back. I don't think I can keep going the way things are rapidly heading.

The problem with hubby is there's just no talking to him. I've no idea how to bring it up with him, nor get the desired outcome.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 10:22 AM

QUOTE(Catran @ Jan 15 2010, 11:18 AM) View Post


The problem with hubby is there's just no talking to him. I've no idea how to bring it up with him, nor get the desired outcome.


Do you have any home midwife visits? Can you get him to come with you whe you see the midwife and discuss it there?
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