FEFER1 FINALLY WE ARE BOTH DELIVERED

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mjvdec01 - July 20

I THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT TIME FOR THIS BOARD. WE ARE HOME NOW. I AM UPSTAIRS IN BED WITH NATHAN IN THE CO-SLEEPER. MY CROTCH DOESN'T REALLY HURT, BUT MY UTERUS IS CONTRACTING SO BAD WITH THE FEEDING AND THEN MORE ON IT'S OWN THAT IT IS HARD TO WALK. I HAVE SOME VICODIN 500'S, BUT RIGHT NOW IT JUST ISN'T ENOUGH. IF THIS KEEPS UP UNTIL MONDAY, I WILL HAVE TO CALL FOR SOMETHING STRONGER. I AM SO HAPPY YOU CAME BY THE HOSPITAL, THAT WAS A NICE SUPRISE. LEVI IS ADORABLE. I FELT SO SORRY FOR HIM. WITH ALL THE GRUNTING, HE SEEMED SO UNCOMFORTABLE. ANYWAY, I THINK MY MILK IS STARTING TO COME IN. I SURE HOPE SO, NATHAN HAS ONLY PEED ONCE TODAY AND I DON'T WANT THE PEDIATRICIAN TO ASK ME TO SUPPLEMENT. OKAY, I AM EXHAUSTED, AND I HAVE TO PEE, I WILL TALK TO YOU LATER.

 

mjvdec01 - July 21

Hey, I left you another message. I wanted to talk to you more about the b___stfeeding when you called earlier, but a friend of mine was sitting next to me and I felt really akward with her there.

 

due-in-april - July 21

Oh yay! Congrats on the birth of your little prince! I hope you two are doing well! I cant wait to hear all the details! :)

 

Malica - July 21

Please call your doctor or contact your local branch of the La Leche League right away. While I understand your desire to b___stfeed, your child's health and even life are far more important! I'm saying this because I had supply problems. At our 2 day checkup they almost readmitted her into the hospital because of dehydration. It only a very short time for serious dehydration to set in when they are that young. I had to supplement and now have a healthy happy girl. It scares me to look back and think how I had my priorities all mixed up. Your child's immediate health is the most important thing.

 

fefer1 - July 22

Hey, hope things are going better! Is he peeing any more? Levi seems to be doing better with the grunting - except that he likes to do it for like an hour or so after her eats at 3 or 4am. ugh...Rachel was a bear today - totally naughty. She hit Levi once - only once. :) Daddy was sitting right next to her. :) She's into a hitting stage now. So frustrating!!! Anyways, I'm hanging out watching TV trying to decompress. Hope things are going ok for you!!

 

mjvdec01 - July 22

I'm better. Nathaniels first pediatric appointment went reallly well, Dr. Hernandez managed to redeem himself and we left happy with how things went. I told him about the issues I am having with b___stfeeding and he told me that they actually have an RN who specializes in lactation in the office on Tuesdays. I was able to schedule an appointment with her for tomorrow at 5pm, I am really looking forward to it. I also think I am going to start taking Fenugreek and I will call Dr. Edstrom for a RX for Reglan. Hopefully, this time, the combination of feeding often, pumping and the two medications will be effective. I am hoping we can get together in a couple of weeks. I over did it today and am paying for it now. The sutures are bothering me, and I am very sore. Not to mention the contractions when b___stfeed. I can't wait unti I am healed. I am dying to show off our little man. I know Mrs. Kim, the lady who owns the drycleaners would love to see the baby, and I am sure she misses Madalyn. They have become buddies and we haven't been there in a few weeks. Maybe tomorrow we will make a special trip to see her since they are only around the corner. Everyone else- we are doing great. This is our second child, so we have everything under control. Due-in-april. It has been awhile since I have seen you on. If you want to read my birth story, I posted it on the third tri board. How are you and your little girl? I'm sorry, I have forgotten her name. Malica, I would never let my child become dehydrated, and if the pediatrician told me to supplement, I would, without hesitation. As it turns out, I made the decision to supplement on my own and Nathaniel is peeing and pooping up a storm. How old is your little girl? Nathaniel was born on the 17th at 5:50pm.

 

fefer1 - July 22

hey mandi- just letting you know, Levi weighs 14 pounds!!!! I weighed him today and about flipped out. I have a huge baby! 14 pounds at 5 weeks - so funny! My friends son is 3 months older and he was 14 pounds 2 weeks ago. haha...I'm gonna have some muscles from lugging around a 14 pounder along with a 26 pound toddler. :) Good luck at your appointment today - let me know how it goes. We're heading out around 5 as well - once Tim gets home. Maybe we'll end up at Southcenter and try out my favorite Thai rest - Racha - it's new at the mall. MMMM!!!

 

mjvdec01 - July 24

Hey, my appointment went well. She gave me some lactation aids, the bottle with the tubing to thread in to her mouth so she gets the formula too, but from the b___st and the syringe method fot the same thing. The problem is that I am allergic to the tape I have to use to tape the tubing to my b___st. The plastic bottle I have to nestle in between my b___bs in my nursing bra is giving me an itchy rash too. It really looks like I am not going to be able to take advantage of either method. She also wants me started on Reglan, but and extended regimine of two weeks instead of one because of my hypothyroidism. I called the nurse to get the script called in but not sure if it is ready yet or not. I am hoping to get it started tomorrow. She said there is a 50/50 chance it will work. I hope it increases my supply. Anyway, what a chunker! 14 pounds! He is definitely a healthy boy. Gotta go, it's time to feed my monkey.

 

mjvdec01 - July 24

I was thinking that maybe next weekend before Jimmy goes back to work that I may feel good enough to get together. We could make tentative plans to meet at the Super Mall with the boys? I was also hoping that maybe you could show me how you are able to b___stfeed in public without showing your b___bs to everyone- that has me really nervous. I am pretty modest, and afraid to try it for the first time. What do you use to cover up? I was thinking of buying one of those drape things that goes around your neck and covers everything in front. I can't remember what they are called. Anyway, I have to get up in two hours and 45 minutes to feed Nate at 4am. Do you set an alarm to feed in the night, or do you just let him wake on his own to feed? I would love to just let him wake on his own. I think I would get more sleep that way. I just don't know if that is a good idea at only a week old? Okay, now I am off to bed. Night!

 

Kiersten - July 24

Hi, sorry to b___t in on your thread, but I wanted to let mjvdec01 know that I ordered a nursing cover on-line from Bebe Au Lait and it's wonderful! It has nice full coverage but has a firm top lining so that you can still see what you're doing and maintain eye contact with baby while staying totally covered. Just google nursing covers and they're on there. They also sell "Hooter Hiders" so if you click on that it should take you to the same site. Congrats on your son!

 

fefer1 - July 24

hey there! on the b___by covers - I heard the hooter hiders are great. someone told me that target carries them for $30 instead of the $40 online but I have never seen them. For me, I just us a blanket. Ituck one corner into my bra strap so it doesn't fall off and then - even though it looks silly, I will pull it over my head or hold it with my teeth to see what's going on while getting him latched. :) Sounds kind of funny but I manage. I don't like whipping it out in public much either but I hate having to sit in the car or searching for a private corner. haha...when Rachel was 3 weeks old we went the the fair in yakima and watched a hynotism show and I had to feed her - sitting in the middle of the crowd. :) That was the worst ever, but where else was I gonna be able to sit down. I managed though. I think next Sat will work - I'll have to make sure Tim is ok watching Rachel. I'm sure he'll be ok since we're going out to the cabin AGAIN this weekend to jeep. HE is jeeping, I am sitting on my b___t at the cabin with my step mom and Racehl and Levi. sigh..he wants to go though and I can't say no. :) Levi was a terror the other night and yesterday I was a wreck. I wanted to cry over everything - it was so bad!! My hormones and lack of sleep just got to me I think. This grunting all night thing is killing me - but I think as sashasmama said, it could be my overabundance of milk. Isn't that funny? We SEEM to be on the opposite ends of the spectrum. :) My fire hose of a b___st is causing him to get ga__sy - what a pain. Last night he slept in bed with me from 2:30-5, then I put him in his car seat in his bed.He seemed really congested and was having problems breathing. I see little - or big- boogies in his nose this morning. Wonder what that's all about. Poor baby. I hope you reglan works for you. Kind of a bummer you're allergic to the bottle tape. Keep me posted!!

 

mjvdec01 - July 24

Kiersten, thanks for the info.

 

mjvdec01 - July 24

It is hard having a newborn. That must be really frustrating that Levi is grunting all night. I am very light sleeper, and I know it would keep me awake too. It's not like you can just put in ear plugs- you need to be able to hear him throughout the night. You are kindof stuck, I'm sorry. Yesterday was crying day for me. All the hormones, coupled with the lack of sleep and the added toddler makes things seem unmanageable sometimes. It is great that we have kids so close in age, we are going through the same things. It is nice to have a friend in the same situation as me. I think next saturday will be perfect. I will take it easy until then so I don't ruin it for myself. I am so looking forward to getting out of the house. Tomorrow evening I am going to Babies"R"Us to buy a double stroller. There is no way I can make it without one. I tried Julie's sit and stand, and it isn't going to work. Maddy has too much freedom and wants in and out every 12 seconds. She will just step out as you are walking and be on the floor right under your feet. I do not want to go there. Anyway, I have to feed Nate soon, and get a shower. I am on my own today for awhile with the baby. Jimmy took Madalyn to breakfast and then they are going to the Zoo, but they should be back by 2pm or so. I hope today is better for you. Hey, if you don't really want to go to your cabin, can you send Rachel with Tim and get a break? I feel for you, and I totally understand.

 

fefer1 - July 24

ahhh..I had a crying day yesterday too. :) I was so tired and frustrated from Grunter and Screamer. :) Today was much better though. I'd love to use ear plugs but like you said -someone has to hear the baby. Wait, maybe I could ask Tim to wake me up when Levi cries. haha...think he'd go for that?? :) Good luck with the stroller - I would not survive without Rachel being strapped down. The little stinker doesn't sit still if she's not buckled in. Ok...gonna watch my dance show and go to bed. We're going to the cabin tomorrow - I kind of have to since my youngest brother is going and I haven't seen him since Christmas, and it's his birthday. I'd love to send Rachel and stay home but I can't. Tim can't take her on the jeep trails nor would she be good company. Can you imagine DADDA screamed over and over for hours on the trail? :) Then again, welcome to my world!

 

mjvdec01 - July 25

I am so looking forward to getting together next Saturday. I need to get out of this house, and do something I want to do. The b___stfeeding isn't going so good, and it is really upsetting. I pump and only get an ounce combined. I am in tears every time I nurse. I hate that I can't satisfy Nathan. I can't use the nursing aids the lactation nurse gave me because I am allergic to the tubing and the bottle. I got a huge rash, it was awful. I have decided to pump before feedings and mix it with the formula he gets anyway. I figure that as long as he gets what I can produce, that is better than quitting and letting what I have dry up. However, if the Reglan works then I would switch back to b___st. I know that would be some work though. I just can't handle the disappointment anymore and watching him struggle. It breaks my heart. My girlfriend Jessica called me today and I made the mistake of telling her all of this and then I had to listen to 20 minutes on why what I was planning to do was all wrong. I finally got angry and told her to lay off. Jess isn't always the most sensitive person. She has a tendency to tell people exactly what she thinks. Her social filter can get a bit clogged at times and she needs a reminder that others have feelings too. It is a touchy subject for me and I upset over it very easily. I am hoping the Reglan works, but it didn't last time. I guess we will see. Well, I hope you have a good time at the cabin!

 

fefer1 - July 25

hey, sorry about the b___stfeeding. It can be discouraging for sure when you have trouble. I remember being so upset when Rachel was causing me so much pain -I wanted to BF so bad and I was so close to giving up. But with issues of actual lactation, that's different. There isn't a lot you can do about it. Just don't stress about it - that can make it worse. Because you can't pump out more than an ounce does that really mean you aren't producing?? I don't remember pumping a whole lot out that first week - I know we're different and everything, but I had a hard time getting a lot out at first. Is he getting enough?? I would actually keep BF-ing and if he's still hungry THEN supplement with the formula. I think the stimulation you get from BF-ing vs pumping is better and helps with milk production. Ddi you ever call the La Leche League?? They can provide a lot of support - even if you can't BF for whatever reason. I'd check into it just in case. You never know what tip you'll get. Sorry your friend wasn't so helpful. Some people just don't get it. :( Hang in there though - I know it's hard to watch them struggle but it might be worth it in the end if you can do what you can to keep your milk from drying up. Good luck!!! I got no sleep last night. Levi got up at 3, ate, went back to slepe at 3:30 and then started grunting off and on until 9am. I was os frustrated at 6am that Tim slept on my side of the bed and took care of him - but by then it was time for him to eat again....then Tim got up to run some errands for work and I listened to the little booger grunt till 9am and finally got up. I'm so tired!!!!! I don't know why he's like this. I think I'm going to put him in his own bedroom when we get back from our trip. I have to have some sleep and it's not like he needs anything - it's just grunting and groaning. ugh..

 

mjvdec01 - July 25

Well, now I am bleeding and bruised. This isn't working and I can't take it anymore. The lactation nurse told me that if your b___sts don't change in size much or at all during the course of your pregnancy, that it is then they suspect low capacity. On top of that I have the thyroid condition working against me. I have been pumping, feeding him that and then giving him formula after. He is eating about 3-4 ounces every 3-3.5 hours. I wish this was easier for me, but it isn't. I am not going to beat myself up over it this time. Madalyn only had b___st milk for the first couple of weeks, and she is no worse for wear. She is healthy, and happy and very very smart. I feel like I am trying everything and nothing is working, and that is okay. Nathan is happy and content and gaining weight, so I am very lucky in that respect.

 

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