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#16 truffles

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:37 PM

Popping in to say Hello while our little one is having a sleep... suddnely the house seems so quiet!

QUOTE(sepia @ Oct 4 2010, 08:04 PM) View Post

No baby here yet either lol. Truffles we went through weeks of hell when ash was born because of wind. Things that helped for us was burping her more often, keeping her head elevated when she was laying down, cycling her legs, and then finally when she was 3 weeks we started her on infacol. The infacol was a godsend and we had a different baby! Don't hesitate to PM me if you need to vent/ask about wind!


Sepia, thankyou you SO much for being so understanding about this... We honestly went through a few nights of hell where we were both pulling our hair out wacko.gif Liam honestly would not settle at all, poor little thing was so tense and agitated and kept on trying to fight me when I would attempt to feed him. Hubby and I took turns at one stage sleeping on the floor in his room with him in the rocker so he was sitting upright and trying to get him to get some form of sleep. At one stage I woke up on the floor totally disorientated wondering where the heck I was and what on earth was going on!! We have since learnt a few tricks to deal with the wind that seems to have helped a lot..... also one of our Midwives said that in the first 48hours when your milk supply comes in the baby is often very unsettled as their system is trying to adjust from dealing with the small amounts of colostrum to suddenly dealing with big feeds of milk. It just gave me a bit of reasurance hearing this.

He still has wind, but not nearly as bad as what it was those first few nights.... in addition to some of the suggestions you gave us we also tried giving him some warm water in a bottle after a feed (just a few sips) using a warmed wheat pack on his tummy for a while eg. while you have him over you shoulder or held upright. The biggest godsend tips we learnt from a Midwife though were for me to be drinking Chammomile Tea through the day as apparently it comes out in your milk supply and helps settle babies tummy. Also she said it won't hurt to give him a teaspoonful or so of warmed peppermint tea after a feed, so we have been giving him a few sips in the bottle after feeding. I figure it is better than using the medication etc too early, plus when you can see the effect it has on him in that he is actually able to settle, get sleep etc then it is absoultely the right decision. Because he is now more settled he is also feeding better and so on..... something as "simple" was wind sure does have a dramatic effect on our little bubbas sad.gif Hope no one else has to go through this, but if it should happen to any of our other babies, hopefully these tips might help someone else too.


QUOTE(Porthos @ Oct 4 2010, 08:40 PM) View Post

*Stalking*

Hi guys and congratulations on your new arrivals!!! Thought I might stick my head in here from time to time as Seamus was pretty close to be an Oct baby...some of the bubbies in the Sept group are already a month old (actually most of them really, we had a heavy 'birth load' at the start of Sept) so my little one will probably do things more in line with your little ones.



Yayyy love stalkers! Porthos please do pop your head in an visit us, I will most likely do the same with the September Mummies group as Liam was actually born on 29 September! They are pretty close in age then smile.gif


QUOTE(Silvaa @ Oct 5 2010, 02:29 PM) View Post


As you saw from my PND post, I'm not doing too well but I don't want to drag that into this thread!

I've pretty much decided to start FF, I don't know why it worked for Emma and not for Kate. Kate seems to be a much hungrier bub, so I don't think i have enough to satisfy her. She is certainly more settled since I started comp feeding and is totally not interested in my nipple! I feel guilty but trying to think of the positives of her and me being happier.

We went on our first solo outing today, she slept most of the time and I had a coffee and some toast. I had to take something back and then I fed her and we went home. Fairly successful outing. It made me feel better too, not so anxious and down. I have to go out this afternoon again to get my whooping cough vaccine and pick up some things from woolies, so hopefully all is good again


Ros, I am so sorry to hear this sad.gif I know you must be feeling pretty miserable right now, but things will get better.... this too shall pass. Do whatever you can do to make yourself feel better in the meantime and hopefully the medication will kick in soon. Please don't feel like you can't talk about it here.... this is our place to talk about all things and whatever we are going through with our little ones. I know its not at all the same, but since having Liam I have had some really bad moments, been crying, frustrated and so on. We are only human after all! Here is definitely one place we can all vent.... Hope you feel better soon. xxx


QUOTE(squeaza @ Oct 5 2010, 05:16 PM) View Post

Our obs dropped in for a visit today - it was lovely to see him, but his visit ended with information that sent me into a bit of a complete meltdown sad.gif I won't go into it now, but that combined with normal hormones means I've been crying for hours, something I'm not really used to. Oh well. I'll elaborate later.



So sorry to hear this Louisa, are you ok? Don' know what was said, but I do know that most Doctors can be incredibly blunt with passing on information dry.gif which certainly doesn't help things.... Anyway I'm always here to chat if you need anything. xxx

Better run, it seems to be "that time" of the day where our little one seems a little unsettled. One thing quickly though... we have discovered that he loves a bath! We have now gotten into the habit of giving him one every night before bed, he loved to splash around and kick like a little frog! laugh.gif wub.gif Getting out of the bath.... not so much fun!

Hope everyone is doing well, talk soon.
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:47 PM

I know in Germany you can buy specific colic tea for babies, I think its got fennel in it? Not sure, my German is pretty average. ph34r.gif We used the Brauer's Colic Relief with Oliver when he was windy and it seemed to help. I need to go and buy another bottle for this bub. I preferred it as it was all natural and very gentle. With Oliver you could hear him sucking in air while feeding, especially off my right boob which seemed to flow faster than my left for some reason.

We also found with Oliver if we held him upright over our shoulder for 10 odd minutes after a feed he would eventually burp, but if we put him down too quickly he'd wake up screaming in pain within 20 minutes then be very difficult to resettle. Was easier to just hold him that little bit longer, plus we enjoyed the sleepy cuddles. wub.gif

The other one which helps is tummy sleeping but obviously that's going to depend on your comfort levels. I stuck out the back sleeping with Oliver and I think I made it hard for myself as he didn't self settle for 8 months (I fed to sleep until then). If this one is as sleep-resistant as Oliver was I'm going to try belly sleeping earlier this time. I have an Angelcare breathing monitor so I'm ok with it.
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 10:18 PM

Truffles - so sorry to hear you've been having such problems with wind sad.gif Our issue isn't wind as such, but having a fast fast letdown little Edward drinks far more than he can cope with and just brings about 1/3 of it back up again. One of the midwives yesterday showed me a really good way of holding him upright without putting too much pressure on his chest, and he always manages to get up a bit of air/milk at the same time. We do it mid-breast otherwise he's just so full of milk you can't move him without him leaking... The funny thing about this hold is that it seems to encourage his bowels biggrin.gif so he'll be sitting there with a quizzical expression on his face and suddenly a huge eruption in his nappy ohmy.gif biggrin.gif At least we know this and won't change him before a feed anymore. Instead we do it midway!

Anyway, I hope you get some more rest -sleeping on the floor doesn't sound too good sad.gif Have you got a spare room or anywhere with a bed that you can take him in his bouncer? Have you propped the legs of one end of the cot up at all? I loved the plastic bassinets in hospital because you could tip them up and put them down so easily. It's amazing with all the baby technology around that no one has done that for domestic bassinets.

We came home this morning - ended up being a bit of a rush to be out by 10 because we had accumulated a world of stuff in our room over 5 days blink.gif and because I couldn't carry anything it was trip after trip for Simon (including three huge box flower arrangements!) We finally gave him a bath and dressed him all up in nice clothes and tried to get him into his capsule where he cried absolute Blue Murder biggrin.gif for ages, but finally tired himself out and was perfectly angelic (i.e. exhausted) by the time we got to the car.

We had fun introducing him to Ollie, our cat smile.gif who is wary, but really no where near as grumpy as I thought he would be. He's very curious, and stood up on hind legs trying to look over the edge of the bassinet to investigate further! It's so quiet at home, after air-con and people coming and going at the hospital. We had a pretty steady stream of visitors from 2-8, which was lovely, but ultimately now I'm shattered biggrin.gif

It's going to be really really hard for me to not do stuff around the house, because simon just isn't as proactive as I am, and although his heart is in the right place it's going to be very frustrating for him to have to be asked to do thing after thing that I can't or don't want to do (low and high things, things needing a lot of bending or lifting etc.).

We also launched ourself into cloth nappy world! Thankfully I'd been organised and laid cloth liners etc. into every small nappy, so it was easier than doing disposables biggrin.gif So far 4 nappies in and no leaks - he's got a terry towelling one on at the moment which is so huge on him but so cute biggrin.gif

Basically what happened with our obs: he's the loveliest guy in the world, and so relaxed - we have loved his approach during the pregnancy (i.e. minimal scans unless really necessary, not stressing about weighing you, not worried about exact measurements etc.) He is also really not pro-intervention - he helped some friends of ours labour with a breech birth for ages before it all went wrong, so I was really confident that when they told me that I was having a c-section no questions asked, that that was the right decision. After the operation, he briefly spoke to me and said that regardless of any of the other issues earlier, Edward was no where near fitting through my pelvis although in a good position, so he was happy that the decision to operate had been made quite early on. I had asked him about it further, but probably sensibly, he didn't want to go into it in too much detail with a post-operative woman in a cold theatre at 6.30 in the morning.

Anyway he came and saw us yesterday - all going well - wound healing well (he apparently is excellent at very very neat caesareans) etc. etc. At the end I asked him about everything that had happened in the labour and how things might have gone differently. It was quite interesting how he explained it - basically that even 2 of the three not-right things (meconium, fluctuating HR, and no dilation) wouldn't have particularly been a reason for concern, and definitely not one on its own, but all three meant they were at a situation where distress was being caused by a process that wasn't actually achieving anything at all.... and in the end with him being stuck it wouldn't have worked. He then was talking about the fact that most stuck babies are either big or in a bad position, but this wasn't the case - he was facing the right way, right bit of the head ready, and not big at all, which means that you have to assume that there is something in the pelvis that means that he can't get through at all sad.gif He said sometimes you get babies that you can see that with a few mms more room they would make it, but he said this was far from that close. I asked about what that would mean for subsequent pregnancies, and he said he'd be putting me straight for a scheduled caesar sad.gif I had had the inkling that that might be the case, but for him to come right out and say it so definitively was quite a shock. Basically, he is one of the most pro-vbac obs in Melbourne, and I know a lot of people go to him precisely for that reason, and if he is confident enough to say that I can't birth another baby naturally then I can only assume that that is the case sad.gif

Anyway, I managed to keep a fairly calm face and completely broke down after he left... I know this happens to a lot of people for various reasons, but it probably just wasn't the time to come to grips with the fact that I probably would never go into labour ever again sad.gif I had tried so hard to not set unrealistic expectations about this birth, and I accepted that things happen that need interventions, and ultimately the most important thing for us was that Edward was born safely and I was ok, but I would have loved to have that hope that for future children things might go differently.

Sorry, that was quite an essay sad.gif It's not something that'll really come into play for a few years anyway and I'm glad I know now and don't find out when already pregnant again for example, but I don't really know how to deal with it. I'm sure there are so many girls on here who've been in exactly this situation so I will ask because I'd love to hear how other people think about it.

Anyway, I'm going to go to sleep to try to get at least an hour in before Mr Greedicus wakes up again smile.gif Simon is off in the lounge room spending quality time on the sofa with our furry son!
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:10 AM

Sorry to hear about your news Louisa, it will take you a while to process it all and at the moment it will be very overwhelming. If it's any small consolation, both my c-sects were scheduled (technically the first one wasn't scheduled yet, but bub was breech so it would have been) and I went into labour both times so I like to think that even though they were c-sect the bubs still "chose" their birth dates.

I also wanted to say, don't underestimate your recovery from the surgery. It's been 2 weeks since mine and I feel great physically (emotionally not so!) I'm not running marathons, but since hubby has been back at work since day 1 I haven't found any day to day tasks too hard. I notice it if I go for a walk that is a bit too long, but otherwise been great. You being so fit pre-pregnancy may find the same thing!

Kate is going well, slept most of the day yesterday and then decided to be wide awake at 2am! I'm not doing a routine as such, but am trying to follow sleep, feed, play during the day but sometimes she just won't stay awake for the "play".

Louise thanks for the wind tips, they sound like they are working for you guys.

Thanks for the support re: PND, I feel so stupid I have done it all before so shouldn't be feeling like this. At the moment I start to feel better in the afternoon, so I just have to try and cope in the mornings. I try and have distractions like visitors in the mornings.

Anyway, I have a visitor coming soon, so better make sure I'm ready.


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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:55 AM

Firstly - Ros, don't feel silly for having got through the whole PND thing before, and then having it come back. If depression of any form followed logical patterns we probably would have found a cure for it by now! At least you have recognised it and are taking steps for it. I have suffered depression before, although at the time I didn't recognise it as such, or how bad it was. My brother however has been pretty seriously clinically depressed for about 14 or so years - it comes and goes in waves, but when he gets into the stage of stopping being proactive about it, some of us have had to step in and make the decisions to get him out and about and doing things, which always help it along. Both of us have found that the things that you have mentioned - outings, visits, exercise - can play such an important part in getting the cycle back on track a little bit.

Thanks for the kind words Ros - It'll take me a bit of a while to come to terms with it, but I guess it's just not something that I ever even considered might happen... Oh well it's all in the future anyway, and if there's anyone who might be convinced to let me try to labour naturally it'd be him and he was wonderful during my pregnancy (and with the surgery, according to all the midwives at the hospital) so we would go back to him in a flash. It's funny.. it was such a big decision whether to go private or public for us, because neither of us had PHI, having lived overseas for years. The more anti-obs friends of mine kept on saying 'why would you want to hire a surgeon for something that will most likely not require surgery' and then in the end we needed it, and the money and everything is nothing when you think you are having someone with years of training and experience, and ultimately who appears to have done a great job, given my recovery so far!

The funny thing is, I've been feeling great since about day 3 (day two hurt a little, that was all) and was only on a few panadol when I came back from hospital, but I'm very wary that 1) I'm starting to suspect I have some weird pain threshold unsure.gif and 2) I have a tendency to live life at 120kph and because of these two I am having to consciously take it really easy because I would hate to overdo something and end up hurting my wound as a result!

I actually found the pregnancy quite difficult physically because I was so active beforehand and suddenly couldn't do things. Now I feel like I should be able to, but can't for a bit. Our obs actually said to not drive for 1 week after getting home, and then to listen to your body - if it hurts or is pulling on the scar, don't do it. Everyone else says don't drive for 6 weeks wacko.gif

Anyway, Baby Edward is going very well smile.gif Our MCHN came over on Thursday - was a bit of a shock, but she'd left a message on our answer phone when we were still in hospital and we hadn't even thought to listen, as no one important doesn't have our mobile numbers biggrin.gif She seems really nice and common sense so I hope we get on well with her. Eddie Greedicus had put on more weight and albeit straight after a feed, was above his birth-weight ohmy.gif I think he's going to be a chubby one, but she assures me I can't overfeed him; what he doesn't need will just come out the other end (and boy does it wacko.gif).

He's been beautifully behaved on the whole - we have him in our kitchen/lounge during the day in his bassinet, and either he's awake and in our arms or lying down and just looking around, or he's sleeping through everything blink.gif Each day he has 1 really unsettled bit where he gets a bit overtired or hiccuppy. It just happened this morning and dear Simon tried to deal with it so I could sleep a bit more, but he got quite distressed that he couldn't get him to stop crying, although I couldn't either. I think I'm just a bit more pragmatic about it all biggrin.gif Anyway, lots of cuddles, walks, fitball-bouncing, and finally another meal helped and he's snoring away beside the bed biggrin.gif

We've had a few outings as well! Went to coffee early Friday, and then breakfast yesterday with two cycling groups we normally ride with - Simon rode yesterday morning, and my brother (who has a pelvic problem like SPD, and can't exercise for months) kindly came and wrangled the capsule into the car and drove us all there in our car. Everyone was thrilled to meet Eddie, and the more maternal/paternal of our friends sequestered him for some quality cuddles. One of my best friends through cycling has a little 2-year-old girl, and they'd come to the hospital to visit and she was rather taken with him! Apparently all the way to the cafe yesterday she was saying 'oooh I get to see Baby Edward again' and then was disappointed because we were late arriving! I did my first away-from-home feed and nappy change and was well impressed with myself biggrin.gif biggrin.gif It's amazing how unprudish I've become about whipping my boob out wherever and whenever though wacko.gif

It's been nice to reintroduce a bit of normality to our lives - I gave a piano lesson on Friday afternoon and that hour reminded me that our lives aren't different, they're just the same with an addition who will need fitting around and accommodating.

Lovely weather here today so Eddie and I are going to go out and tackle the weeds in the lawn (those annoying flat star-shaped ones) and Simon is cleaning the BBQ for our first one of the year smile.gif

Hope you're all going well, and a little birdie (i.e. facebook!) tells me that we might have another Mum in here shortly smile.gif
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 11:32 AM

QUOTE(squeaza @ Oct 6 2010, 10:18 PM) View Post


Anyway he came and saw us yesterday - all going well - wound healing well (he apparently is excellent at very very neat caesareans) etc. etc. At the end I asked him about everything that had happened in the labour and how things might have gone differently. It was quite interesting how he explained it - basically that even 2 of the three not-right things (meconium, fluctuating HR, and no dilation) wouldn't have particularly been a reason for concern, and definitely not one on its own, but all three meant they were at a situation where distress was being caused by a process that wasn't actually achieving anything at all.... and in the end with him being stuck it wouldn't have worked. He then was talking about the fact that most stuck babies are either big or in a bad position, but this wasn't the case - he was facing the right way, right bit of the head ready, and not big at all, which means that you have to assume that there is something in the pelvis that means that he can't get through at all sad.gif He said sometimes you get babies that you can see that with a few mms more room they would make it, but he said this was far from that close. I asked about what that would mean for subsequent pregnancies, and he said he'd be putting me straight for a scheduled caesar sad.gif I had had the inkling that that might be the case, but for him to come right out and say it so definitively was quite a shock. Basically, he is one of the most pro-vbac obs in Melbourne, and I know a lot of people go to him precisely for that reason, and if he is confident enough to say that I can't birth another baby naturally then I can only assume that that is the case sad.gif



Louisa, this is my story exactly so I know what you are going through!!
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 01:10 PM

Hi Ladies,

Sorry I have been absent for a few days, I have been on what I have been calling "Mission milk maid" wacko.gif Anyway, before I go into that it looks like we will have some new October Mums and Bus that will be joining us in here soon! how exciting!! biggrin.gif Really looking forward to hearing how everyone is travelling....

OK, so the last few days here have been very busy. The Midwife came the other day to weigh Liam and we noticed he has lost 345g which they said was "satisfactory" meaning neither good nor bad (whatever that really means!). At that stage we felt that he had turned a corner so to speak as his tummy seemed to have settled down after all the nasty wind problems which also resulted in lots of dirty nappies!! I psyched myself up for him to be weighed again in another 2 days time and how by that stage we would expect to see an increase.... when they re-weighed him he had lost another 50g which I know doesn't sound like a lot but mentally I really wasn't expecting it to have gone down again..... I then started crying (with Midwife, Mum and friend present! and felt very guilty about how somehow it must be my fault.... gee love the fact that parental guilt kicks in so early! Anyway.... cut a long story short we realised that we were having some attachment issues with breastfeeding, particularly on my right side. Considering I have such a large bust I seem to have rather small, flattish nipples and it seems Liam was maybe not attaching as well as he could be, and although he was drinking he could have been getting more....

Mission milk maid commenced.... Stage 1: for the past 2 days I have been advised to feed every 3 hours during the day, and demmand feed at night menaing we often have to wake Liam to feed him. Quite tricky when he often takes a while to settle even when he is full to the point of bursting, cheek little monkey likes to still have his eyes open to check out what is happening in the world around him! I think he is also checking up on us to make sure he is still there! laugh.gif Stage 2: Express using the breast pump after every feed to try to increase supply (Midwife thinks that suppply could have been down a bit as he was not feeding quite as well as he could have been). So basically breastfeeding takes approx 1hr at this stage, then maybe up to half hour for the whole process to express including setting up and storing milk etc... this gives me approx 1.5hrs before I have to repeat the process all over again wacko.gif looks like we are having some success though as this morning I woke up feeling the same as I did the first day my milk first came in... gigantic heavy boobs, tears and everything present, started crying to Hubby that I feel all I am good for at the moment is my boobs! wacko.gif laugh.gif

Starting to feel slightly more human now as Hubby went and bought me a real coffee and a treat from Bakers Delight, and currently on a break between feeds. Thankfully it looks like I can have a break from the breast pump for a while now the supply looks like it has increased again. On the plus side we have a fair bit of expressed milk put aside for top up feeds and have also frozen some for potential baby sitting opportunities down the track! biggrin.gif

On a side note too it was our first wedding anniversary the other day! We had made plans for Mum to come over and for us to try to get out of the house for an hour or so to go down the road for a quick meal out..... anyway our best laid plans didn't end up working out as that was the day we were told about Liam losing the extra 50g, the extra feeding etc. We ended up ordering in Thai takeaway whilst I tried to figure out the breast pump for the first time.... who knew 12months beforehand thats what we would be doing on our first anniverary! laugh.gif

Am pleased to report though at Mission appears to be successful so far as yesterday he gained 100g! biggrin.gif He will be re-weighed tomorrow and we will see how we go then... so far all is looking promising. He has been a hungry, hungry hippo of late so I think he is making up for any lost time, plus probably having a growth spurt. Am really hoping to see that number go up tomorrow!!

Oh and one thing that has been really cute is how well our 2 and-a-hald year old niece has taken to him... she keeps asking her Mum if she can go and visit "Baby Liam" she keeps wanting to kiss and cuddle him and saying "Hello baby Liam!" and "He's nice!" "He's so soft!" laugh.gif It is really very cute to see.

Hope everyone else is doing well, will try to catch up with personals later, just really felt the need to come in and vent a bit today.... I do feel better for it! Looking forward to hearing more about how everyone is going. xxx




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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:42 PM

QUOTE(Em-Jay @ Oct 12 2010, 12:32 PM) View Post

Louisa, this is my story exactly so I know what you are going through!!


I'd love to talk to you some time about it smile.gif I'm still quite raw about it, and was really surprised how much it has affected me... I like to think I'm quite pragmatic about it all, but I guess you go through your whole life assuming that at some point you'll go through labour and birth...


QUOTE(truffles @ Oct 12 2010, 02:10 PM) View Post


....."Mission milk maid"....

Oh and one thing that has been really cute is how well our 2 and-a-hald year old niece has taken to him... she keeps asking her Mum if she can go and visit "Baby Liam" she keeps wanting to kiss and cuddle him and saying "Hello baby Liam!" and "He's nice!" "He's so soft!" laugh.gif It is really very cute to see.


Wow - what a mission Truffles! It sounds like you've done the right thing though and focussed solely on doing what you needed to for your little boy. I'm glad he's gained weight and going well. I hope it all settles down for you and you get a bit of a break from being a milk-machine!

That's so cute about your little niece smile.gif smile.gif Eddie is the first baby in our immediate family of this generation so he'll always be the older brother/cousin which will be fun I guess.

AFM just got to our first week anniversary of coming home! Mostly things going really well. Cloth nappies are working well for us, although the little mite hates having his nappy changed, especially pooey ones that need longer to clean up (and there's about 6 a day of those!) and screams and screams.

Our cat has calmed down a lot - he's still a bit wary of cuddling up to me as much as he used to because I smell different, but he's happy sitting very close to Eddie (not right next to him though!) and he hops up and watches over him when he starts stirring in his bassinet!

We've had a few more outings - all good so far - went to get our whooping cough boosters yesterday, and off to the MCHN today.

The last few days I've been inexplicably weepy, especially in the evening wacko.gif I feel a tiny bit sad about a whole heap of things, things which logically I'm not sad about, and hubby has been a bit worried. I don't think it's anything other than hormones, but we're both going to keep an eye on it in case it gets much worse sad.gif Last night Mr Edward didn't want to go to sleep after a feed and when we finally got him settled he got the hiccups and just screamed and screamed and screamed. Even though I know it's just what babies do sometimes I was in floods of tears, and finally Simon took him off my hands to change his nappy, and just had changed him and he did another huge poo, and he couldn't get the next cloth nappy done up and nearly flipped himself so I had to rescue him biggrin.gif After 3 hours of deafening screams and a very very distressed bub I managed to get a good feed into him and he was out like a light, as were both of us because we were so frazzled.... Then he slept for 5.5 hours ohmy.gif probably making up for the lack of sleep before, and I felt so much better for having a block of about 4.5 myself. I then slept (with breaks for feeds) until 9.30 and felt so so so so much better and less teary. I think even though I'd been feeling pretty rested, the broken sleep must have taken its toll. Anyway, we've come up with more settling strategies to try for the [inevitable] next screaming fit, and when he wouldn't go down after a feed just before, I popped him straight into the pram and went for a brisk walk. He went to sleep after about 15 minutes, and I've left him in the pram once we got home - he was out for the count! At least then I'm getting some exercise as well smile.gif Anyway, no tears from me today (so far!) so that's a good thing.

I'm going to go and prepare bits of dinner. One of my students mums who is Chinese Malaysian prepared a heap of food for us on Friday and Sunday and Tuesday, so we won't need to cook meat for 3 days now ohmy.gif It's all stuff which is meant to help with milk production and healing; lots of ginger and mushrooms and ginseng, and is so useful!

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:11 PM

More beautiful bubbas have been entering the world, so happy for you ladies!!!

Still no action here LOL. Just a quick one from me, need to go lie down.

Louisa don't stress too much about being a bit weepy, alot of women tend to get the "baby blues" in the first few weeks after having a bub, especially as your hormone levels are changing so rapidly again. Definitely good to keep an eye on it though. I remember similar times with Ash, it's very easy to get overwhelmed! Anyway, off to bed, send me some eviction vibes please ladies!!!!
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 05:46 PM

Louisa - I will try to catch you on FB and have a chat to you about my CPD experience!!

It is soooo normal to be weepy hun, especially when you are sleep deprived and can't settle bub! Good to keep an eye on though.... the general consensus is that after bub is 1 week old, if you are very sad/weepy/anxious for most of the time for 3 days in a row it might be time to talk about it to your GP (well that's my advice from my psych anyway!!) so the bad day or 2 here and there are just a blip on the radar!!
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:45 PM

Nicky - that'd be great to chat to you - I'm online quite a lot during the day when Master E isn't being grizzly. That's a good guideline about when to get worried about being weepy etc. It's so hard to judge when it's you - and I have suffered from depression in the past but couldn't see it until it was all over... so I am wary of that.

Things going well here - we had another unsettled patch last night but less out-and-out screaming and finally another nappy change (how many set nappies can a baby have??!?) and another feed and he was out like a light.

Today he decided to be awake for most of 9am - 3pm... which seems to be a bit much for a 2-week old blink.gif Just not settling unless being carried/cuddled - think he's a bit of a mummy's boy because he seemed happiest hugging me biggrin.gif

He's developed a cute habit of getting to the end of a feed, taking himself off the nipple, and settling down on his side using my boob as a pillow, with a blissful expression on his face biggrin.gif He looks so peaceful, but also gets covered in milk and looks rather silly biggrin.gif

We've been filling out the annoying medicare/centrelink/baby bonus forms. Firstly we hadn't realised we needed the midwife/doctor who attended our birth to fill out the last page, and having seen them both in hospital it's annoying now to chase them up. Found out the midwife was on duty today and went in only to find that she was home sick sad.gif

Also, the online stuff we had to fill out along with the form wanted Edward's medicare number wacko.gif when I was in the process of filling in the form to get him put on ours.... how annoyance!

Simon had his first day teaching yesterday - he's at home on Wednesdays so it was ok. He's going back to the out-of-the-house stuff on Monday so that will be a test. Our schedule will all be a bit weird, because he's only home at 8 or 8.30 every evening, but only leaves after lunch. We might eat all our main meals for lunch for a while, leaving me to have something snacky for tea if I need to before he comes home.

I'm getting in the habit of doing stuff while I can when Eddie's sleeping - getting stuff ready for dinner, nappies folded and lined, washing in and out etc. etc. so then we can sit down and relax if he's still asleep, and it's easy to do stuff even when he's grizzly etc.

I can't wait for all the other new October Mummies to come and join us in here smile.gif I'm sending you lots of Eviction Vibes Sepia smile.gif
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:05 PM

Hi girls,

Just thought I would quickly pop in and say hello.. We came home yesterday. So glad to be home. I hadn't slept for a week, and being in hospital wasn't helping..

Tabitha is going well and is such a good little girl. I'm just so glad to have her here. By the time she was born, I was a bit of a mental case. Considering I was so relaxed leading up it's got to me a little and had some tears last night.

The kids all love her, Indi is all over her wub.gif wub.gif . Hubby said Indi was all out of sorts while I wasn't home. poor little poppet..

will pop back in later. I did take my laptop to hospital, but couldn't get online.. sad.gif mad.gif laugh.gif


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Posted 15 October 2010 - 05:11 PM

Yay Mel - lovely to see you in here smile.gif Glad you're all home and well - I would have come home early from the hospital if the hospital Wi-fi hadn't worked biggrin.gif

One of the midwives laughed so much when she came in one morning and I was already there writing emails on my computer biggrin.gif

Glad the whole family is welcoming little Tabitha well wub.gif

Not much happening here - we all slept for ever last night, albeit with feeding breaks - I was in bed for 12 hours with 3 feeds so probably got nearly 9 hours sleep ohmy.gif the last 3 were with my little boy tucked up in bed next to me and Ollie (cat) tucked up on the other side of Simon biggrin.gif Wish we'd had a photo.

We had a few visitors today including one of my BMs whose boy is now 13 weeks smile.gif He's suddenly not looking like a newborn, but like a little boy! I am loving the newborn Edward but am so looking forward to having him as a little boy as well wub.gif

Boobs have gone crazy today wacko.gif Keep on getting a slight sting like let-down every now and then - no crying babies within earshot, and when I look they're both there happily leaking away wacko.gif meant to ring the ABA and ask if this is normal.

Have a rehearsal tomorrow morning and a lesson in the afternoon so that will be the biggest 'commitment' day for me since Eddie was born - interesting to see how it goes smile.gif I'm itching to do some proper work again, much as I'm loving sitting around with a sleeping/screaming baby in my arms.
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Posted 15 October 2010 - 06:28 PM

QUOTE(squeaza @ Oct 15 2010, 05:11 PM) View Post


Boobs have gone crazy today wacko.gif Keep on getting a slight sting like let-down every now and then - no crying babies within earshot, and when I look they're both there happily leaking away wacko.gif meant to ring the ABA and ask if this is normal.



*stalker alert!*

Louisa, Mine do that all the time!!! So I am gathering it is perfectly normal! Mine will do it when there is no baby in sight! Yet when Amelia is screaming then tend not to! rolleyes.gif We had a friend come over a few weeks ago and her baby started crying and off they went!

Just make sure you take breast pads wherever you go! I had to shove a scarf down my top once because I forgot to bring them with me! tongue.gif laugh.gif blush.gif
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Posted 16 October 2010 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE(SmittenKitten @ Oct 15 2010, 06:28 PM) View Post

*stalker alert!*

Louisa, Mine do that all the time!!! So I am gathering it is perfectly normal! Mine will do it when there is no baby in sight! Yet when Amelia is screaming then tend not to! rolleyes.gif We had a friend come over a few weeks ago and her baby started crying and off they went!

Just make sure you take breast pads wherever you go! I had to shove a scarf down my top once because I forgot to bring them with me! tongue.gif laugh.gif blush.gif


I was a bridesmaid at a wedding last weekend and had a let down in the middle of the ceremony wacko.gif There is just no rhyme nor reason to it, it seems rolleyes.gif
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