Hello everyone FoF Mel
- Witching hour is horrible, and as I said, false advertising! An hour of it I could stand, but 4 hours is beyond my limit.
Good on you for being the bigger person, but it does suck that it has to always be you
During witching hour Eliza cat naps, for 10-15 minutes at a time, which means as soon as you get her into bed and start to do something, she cries again. I also don't rush to her, I gauge how hysterical she is. If she is just wimpering I leave her there and she will often go to sleep herself. If she is hysterical and screaming and quite red in the face (I peer around her door) I will go and get her for a quick cuddle. Once she settles down again she goes back into the cot.
I honestly don't think that at this stage there is such a thing as bad habits. I know books say otherwise, but remember that books don't know your baby. My personal view at the moment for us is that the only bad habit in this household is reading books and then making myself feel like a terrible parent because my child doesn't conform to their views. I have been beating myself up for weeks because Eliza doesn't follow a routine, some nights has to be cuddled to sleep, and has a dummy, but you know what? The other day she put on weight, and showed all the signs of a happy 4 week old baby. And I can't ask for more than that.Liz
- I joined our local mothers group, but was a bit disappointed by it, as the only other person with a baby Eliza's age is already our friend. The other mums all had babies that were 1-3 months older than Eliza. I was so looking forward to being in a close knit mothers group too. Ahh well, I have Kerry, Rosy, Chiara and everyone in here
That is awesome that you are still really good friends with your mothers group, my SIL is the same with hers. In fact they formed a second group from their first group as they all had their second child are the same time too Nic
- Glad things are a bit better now you are at home. I think you did the right thing by discharging yourself, the stress wouldn't be helping anyone. Did Astrid put on weight today? Good luck with the script, fenegreek and cookies. I am off to google the cookies out of curiosity now.
As for family with their opinions:
. Keep trying everything you can to increase your milk supply, you can do it.
That is fantastic that your Nan has met Astrid and is besotted with her (who wouldn't be though, she is adorable!)
From what I gather Chiara is doing well, all things considering. She said she was quite tired, but things are getting easier with feeding. She sent me a picture of Miss A yesterday, and she is adorable! I don't want to interrupt their bonding time, so I am trying to not message her too much.Erin
- Oh my, you poor thing
I remember how much discharge they got out of my mums wounds, it was disgusting! Her's had gone a bit longer though, as it was green and stunk terribly. She recovered really poorly from that operation, and as a result got Golden Staph as well, which took 2 years to clear up properly
Fingers crossed you have a bit better run and hopefully the new AB's don't make Torin too unsettled Gab
- Can I ask a stupid question? Does it matter which breast each baby goes on, or do you switch them around depending on who you get handed first, or where they are? And what do you do if one baby finishes before the other and needs burping? I am quite curious about it for some unknown reason.
Oh wow, lucky hubs for getting to go to the US for work, but that sucks for you at home
And well done on having 2 pairs of normal jeans that you can do up, that is great!
AFM - Eliza had her 4 week checkup and has put on 530g since birth and grown 2cm. She is meeting all of the requirements and the nurses were quite happy with her progress. They did mention that she has a slight tongue tie which isn't helping our feeding issues. I have gone back to wearing shields all of the time and will just stick with them for now.
Eliza has started to learn day from night (I think) and is starting to sleep longer overnight. I can generally get 5-6 hours between feeds which is great as it means I get a good solid 3.5-4 hours sleep.
Brian has gone back to work and we are managing. We went to Melbourne yesterday with my mum to pick up a high chair. Toy's R Us had our chosen chair (Chicco Polly) on special for $199 online, but won't ship to our area. I kept trying, and it seems they only ship to Melbourne Metro, which is really silly as the store isn't that far from the city centre anyway
Anyway, I rang the store and they said they had one in stock but it was the regular price of $299. My mum argued with them that it doesn't say 'Online Only' on the website and we were disadvantaged as the website won't ship to our area. Eventually, after several phone calls, they agreed to sell it to us at the discounted price. So we now have a highchair