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September 2012 babies - warmest welcome!

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Macaroons Fri 14-Sep-12 21:50:28

Here's the new thread for September babies fresh from the oven!

I'm a first time mum and I'm struggling with breast feeding at the moment, my 6-day old DS always seems to be hungry (a feed every 2-3 hours, each lasting roughly an hour), and when he's hungry he's very aggressive towards my nipple sad it really hurts! Any tips out there? And how often do you feed your baby and for how long?  how do you teach your baby to be gentle on the nipples? envy

Good luck to those still waiting for their babies to come out! Will be watching out for more baby news!

Macaroons Tue 22-Jan-13 21:38:47

18 pounds 3 weeks ago! That's a big baby loop! Baby mac was 16 pounds few weeks ago and my arm aches holding him!

How's everyone and babas doing? Baby mac learnt the trick of turning over and likes doing it every now and then!

Hope everyone is well. I'm down with a cold. Not happy confused

shoeprincess2 Wed 23-Jan-13 13:05:55

Yep, colds over in our camp as well. Ollie can roll from his back to his front. He is desperately trying back to front too, but his arm gets in the way! He then gets frustrated and takes it out on his Colin the Caterpillar. Thomas has this amazing ability to calm Ollie down. When he comes home from nursery, even if Ollie has been grumpy, he suddenly becomes placid and giggly. A firm friendship is being forged (as long as Ollie doesn't play with Thomas' toys!)

Another bitterly cold day today. We have luckily avoided the snow, despite being in the NW and seemingly every other city and town has had a blanket of snow. A few flakes were falling today, but i hope it doesn't stick. I nipped to the greengrocers stall from some bananas and have somehow ended up with 17. I may have to look up a banana muffin recipe smile.

Hope everyone is well and not suffering too much with colds xx

NightmareWalking Wed 23-Jan-13 14:12:00

No colds here but going stir crazy over being stuck in the house - can't get pram through the snow and I'm too clumsy to risk the sling on icy pavements! It's nice to hear about how sweet your boys are Shoeprincess!

DD has fallen in love with the cats - one avoids her but the older one is very patient about letting her pull his fur out stroke him gently. She weighed in at 13 lb 10 two weeks ago so going great guns - although 18 lb! Wow! DD can't roll yet and still mostly hates tummy time, oh well, I'm sure she'll get there eventually. She's been grumpy the past week - I think it's a wonder week (she's 19 wks now).

ThedementedPenguin Wed 23-Jan-13 18:30:04

Awk that's a lovely bond being made there between two brothers. So cute. I only thought Herbie was heavy. I dread him getting any heavier, his car seat is so hard to lift or carry any distance now.

Wow 9-12montgs clothes we are only in 3-6 still, hope the wee mite doesn't take after my height, otherwise he'll be a short ass smile

Very little snow here, it snowed for a couple of days on and off but only a little bit lay on the ground but melted the next day, Herbie was fascinated by it, got some great pictures. Hope the snow melts very soon for anyone who has got it.
Although I have been stuck in the house for ages, haven't got to visit my mum in what feels like ages, January is the busiest month for her (works in accounts). So I can't wait until the end of January so we can start visiting again.

Herbie hates tummy time as well so I don't worry too much about it but I have been trying to get him to settle and play by himself more as its exhausting always carrying or playing. So i might try this out again. Although he can't sit very well by himself. Refuses to lie back on anything.

Hope everyone is well smile

Moominlandmidwinter Thu 24-Jan-13 11:12:35

Hi all,

Sorry, have been rubbish at posting recently! Have just been reading through the thread while feeding lola.

Wow, there are some big babies! Lola was 15lb 11oz last week, and she's now 17 weeks. I thought that was big, but sounds dainty compared to some of the others. She's getting so strong now. She isn't rolling over yet, I'm trying to encourage her by putting her toys just out of reach.

We've had loads of snow here. There's still a good few cms lying on the ground. I did make it out with the pram yesterday, but it was tough going!

We've got a bit of a worrying situation going on. DM was quite ill over Christmas, and still isn't right. She was coughing, had a fever, no appetite etc. She was very underweight anyway, but now weighs just 5 stone 2lb. She kept going to her rubbish gp, who sent her away saying it was just a cold, then chest infection etc. I persuaded her to leave that gp, and join the better surgery in her town. Immediately he ordered blood tests and a chest x-ray. The results are back, and are indicative of TB. She had it 15 years ago, so it looks like it could have been dormant for years. She's got to see the respiratory specialist asap. Obviously I'm worried about DM, but also about the DCs, especially Lola. DM was coughing while holding her etc. I guess we need to wait for a firm diagnosis before screening etc.

moogs1000 Sat 26-Jan-13 23:19:05

Hi, its been a while since I last posted, do try and catch up during night feeds but too tired to post usually.

moomin hope everything is ok, at least your dm is getting looked after now, sounds like first gp was terrible.

Where has the time gone? Trying to cherish every moment with dd2 cos its all going too fast! Feel really emotional this time round about everything, maybe its cos I might not have anymore, love too but things seem to get much harder after 2, cars, holidays etc!

Planning on booking a holiday soon but thought of flying with what will be a 9 month old scares me (be a 4 and half hour flight too). But last time we can go out of school hols this year so need to take advantage! Anyone got any experience of this? My memory is so bad can't even think what a 9 month old can do!

Anyway, nice to keep reading about how everyone is doing. Keep posting!

Moominlandmidwinter Sun 27-Jan-13 14:06:33

Thanks Moogs. Regarding holidays, I've had a few with babies in tow. I took DD2 to Tenerife when she was 9 months, DD1 was 2.5 at the time too. It was good, although it helped that she was a very placid baby and wasn't yet on the move at that stage! My main worry was keeping her out of the sun. We went to Portugal when DD3 was 4.5 months, and I bought a pop-up beach tent, which was brilliant for providing some shade. I would love a holiday! With 4DCs though, and three of them at school, a 'proper' holiday abroad would simply cost too much. I'm starting to look at self-catering UK holidays instead.

bobsnotabuilder Sun 27-Jan-13 21:40:22

Hello everyone,

Not posted on this thread before so <wave>!

DD was born on 15/9 so is 19+1 today. Was 7lbs1oz when born and was last weighed at 12lb3oz a couple of weeks ago - so quite diddy! Very small compared to DS who was 9lb born and weighed almost 20lbs at her age!

She is a lovely smily baby, has been rolling over and grabbing toys to gnaw on for a week or two now.

Biggest problem I have is feeding her. She is formula fed but doesn't seem to like milk very much.... confused

She only has 3 bottles during the day and even then they are a nightmare to get in her. Essentially she will only drink as she is falling asleep. Roughly she has 7oz at 9am, 7oz at 3pm (yes, really! She will not TOUCH a drop before then), 7oz at 6.30pm, 5oz midnight and 4/5oz 5am. She is so different to DS who absolutely drank loads (10oz bottles at 14 weeks).

I worry so much about that big gap in the day but nothing I can do can get her to drink!!!

Sleep wise she goes down at 7pm and wakes only for her feeds at midnight and 5am and will then sleep til 9am roughly. She then has a late morning and late afternoon nap.

Any advice on the feeding would be much appreciated. We resorted to trying her on a few spoons of baby rice this evening (which she took very well) thinking maybe she just doesn't like drinking milk... hmm confused

Anyway, hello everyone!

ThedementedPenguin Mon 28-Jan-13 00:27:30

Hello bobs it's great to have you here. My ds was born on the 14/09.

What milk is your dd on? I ff my ds too he can take anything from 23oz a day to 36oz. I stressed a bit at the start but I just go with it now. He's content between feeds.

I noticed the other day that Herbie can roll from his front to his back, and from his back to either side but hasn't quite got the full way. Also he can sit up very well for short periods of time although sometimes he falls over quite quick. (Only do this on bed or sofa) so I don't think it will be long until he can.

How is everyone else? Did you all have a quiet weekend?

WhereAreMyShoes Mon 28-Jan-13 08:27:02

Moomin I hope your DM gets better.
When it was time for my TB vaccination at school (around 15yo I think) it turned out I was immune already. My mum said her FIL had it when I was a baby and may well have been exposed to it unknowingly. Just a thought. x

I've not had DD weighed since her 10 week vaccinations. I may try to get to the clinic this week and see how things are. I've hardly been out. Starting to worry I might become a bit reclused. Poor DS he's climbing the walls!

Hi Bobs I've read on here before someone's baby only had milk at night and none during the day. I suppose if DD is keeping to her centile she should be happy enough. DD is 18 weeks and decided to change the spacing of her feeds this week. She went from 8am to 1pm and a couple of other long stretches and now wants feeding all bloody night. I'm not liking the sleepless nights. So I've now started a feed diary so I can keep an eye on it.

ThedementedPenguin Mon 28-Jan-13 10:36:17

Yes I agree I'm finding Herbie stretches out his morning bottle. His last bottle here was half 3 this morning and so far no interest in the next one. Why can't he do this at night? I would get a lot of sleep.

leelteloo Mon 28-Jan-13 22:16:41

Hi everyone, welcome bobs. Not posted for a while as things have been just chugging along and nothing to report. I'm trying to cherish every second too because ds will probably be my last baby and that does make me sad. I'd have a football team if we could afford it, i wasn't so old & I could deliver naturally hmm.
Ds is not rolling or sitting up; too busy drinking milk and getting chubby!
I am also very very very glad to see the back of the snow and ice; it made my life difficult as we live down a farm road that is not gritted and its a hill. My arms nearly dropped off carrying ds in his car seat up to the car on the main road.
I'm starting the 5:2 diet next week if anyone fancies buddying up?
Restful night to all.

shoeprincess2 Tue 29-Jan-13 10:18:31

Hi Bobs- welcome to the September 2012 thread!!! Yes to the better weather, rather than Arctic conditions. Let's hope this is the start of a lovely spring...

Ollie has bronchiolitis- it started as a cold but yesterday i decided to take him to the GP. He's eating and has lots of wet nappies, so they can only recommend calpol, a propped up mattress and nasal drops, so pretty much everything I was already doing. I am well aware that it can become nasty very quickly, so i am watching him like a hawk! She listened to his chest and said that she had picked up a slight heart murmur. She thinks it is linked to his illness, but we have to go back in 10 days. So, i am in complete panic mode. Thing is, when I was pregnant, he had a high nuchal fold measurement, so i had an amnio and a fetal cardiac scan at 24 weeks- nothing picked up. Nothing was picked up by the paediatrician or at his 6 wk check, so I had hoped all was well. Now I'm thinking that there is something wrong. The GP told me not to worry, as she said it is highly unlikely that she would pick up a murmur after all his checks, but you know what it is like with Dr Google...

Sorry for the offload- hope you are all well. Moomin- how is your DM? Do you have to have screening for everyone? Leelteloo- I have heard good things about the 5:2 diet. The 30 day shred by Jiillian Michaels is also very good for quick results.

Have a nice week everyone xx

cjbk1 Tue 29-Jan-13 14:01:43

I'm not doing too well today; work arrangements aren't finalised yet and in the meantime one of my best child free friends has got a job that'd really suit me in fact I applied for a very similar one after dd1 then chickened out as I tht it'd be too much! I still regret it I'm happy for her but its hurting me all the more about my own job (we'v talked all this thru by the way I'm not talking behind her back) also baby woke 6 times on sun nite and iv still not caught up with my sleep or the house so feel down and angry by turns, she's just done and up the back poo, been cleaned up and may be dropping off...a colleagues popping round tomorrow (she's only had 20 weeks to do this already!) so that means extra cleaning, ds is having a friend round tomorrow ditto...popped to the library to pay our huge fines and morrisons for a few bits and that took all morning, ds and dd1 will be back in 90m moan moan moan moan thanks for staying with me I feel better already and love to those with genuine problems thanks

cjbk1 Wed 30-Jan-13 12:29:52

just to update my rantings; my colleague has just left, the funny thing is after all my cleaning downstairs and baking she followed me up to my bedroom where baby had been sleeping since the school run so it definitely wasn't fit to be seen blush so what can I do now but laugh?

WhereAreMyShoes Wed 30-Jan-13 14:16:45

Oh cjbk1 sounds like you're feeling really crap at the mo.
Fancy following you upstairs! My upstairs rooms are complete tips. But if people don't like it they can bugger off or offer to tidy them!

Just about to take DD for her last lot of jabs. So that'll be us up all night tonight then.

Moominlandmidwinter Wed 30-Jan-13 16:33:36

Thank you for all for your concern. DM is ok, she explained that they don't think that the TB (if it is that) is active, which means it won't be contagious. She's still waiting for further tests. Apparently, the chest infection she had is unrelated, if she hadn't been so poorly with that and been sent for a chest x-ray, she'd be none the wiser.

Welcome to Bobs.

Shoeprincess, hope that Ollie is ok. Can understand you being concerned.

Cjbk1, that is the sort of thing that would happen to me! Mind you, I had the ladies and babies from my baby massage class come over for coffee today. I spent four hours cleaning my downstairs, then thought to myself that it was silly, they've all got babies too, so I'm sure they wouldn't mind a bit of clutter. Upstairs was a tip though, luckily there was no reason for anyone to go up there!

Was feeling a bit sad after HV four month visit yesterday. Lola has been just above the 91st centile for her weight since about 3 weeks old. I took her to be weighed 2 weeks ago, and then she was weighed again yesterday, and she's dropped down to just above the 75th centile (she's 18 weeks and 16lb 4oz). Length is on the 98th. HV said I should get her re-weighed in 2 weeks, and if she has gone down the centiles any more, I probably need to start her on solids. I just felt really crap, as though the fact that I've exclusively breastfed her for 4 months isn't good enough. I did decide to try her on a bottle of formula (had planned on introducing it to set the ball rolling for my return to work anyway), but she hated it. I'm going to try to increase my supply, I'm rubbish at expressing, but managed to do a bit yesterday, and will have another go in a bit.

One thing cheered me up though, I was saying to the ladies earlier that Lola hasn't quite managed to roll over yet. She was lying under her activity gym. I had literally got up and walked in to the kitchen to make a cup of tea, and they shouted for me to come back. The second my back was turned, Lola had rolled on to her tummy!

NightmareWalking Wed 30-Jan-13 18:35:54

Well done Lola! DD did the same to me this weekend - waited until I was having a lie in and rolled over while DH watched... She won't do it for me though! Hopefully she be back to her usual centile at next weigh in, Moomin.

ThedementedPenguin Wed 30-Jan-13 22:55:40

leelteloo I would consider that but I haven't a clue what it is so I'm going to go investigate it, I seriously need to lose weight and tone up again. I'm up for it no matter what it is.

shoe hoping ollie is feeling better soon, it's hateful when there sick.

cjbk I hope your starting to feel better about everything. I wouldn't worry about your colleague I'm sure she understands what it's like either with her own or with friends.

wherearemyshoes is right. Hope you have a good night and your didn't too bad after her last jabs.

My mum came to visit the other day, I haven't been feeling great this week, she took Herbie off me, played with him, got him to sleep and cleaned my kitchen before she left. Only downside was Herbie woke up as soon as she left.

Everyone has such big babies. I only thought Herbie was big smile you must all have some muscles. smile

leelteloo Thu 31-Jan-13 07:02:46

Muscles, no...bad back, yes ++++
I am longing for the time when he can go forward facing as humping his car seat is really beginning to take its toll.
Not starting 5:2 till next week as having weekend off dieting because its my birthday; out with dh Friday night staying at a hotel, my mum is having the little ones. Yea!! grin Mums are awesome, especially ones that clean when they come over. So TDP, do some research and then we can do it together if your still up for it.
Hope all the babies feel better from colds, chest infections and jabs.
Have a nice day all.

leelteloo Thu 31-Jan-13 07:04:25

Oh & still no rolling here; he is still just focused on the old milk and nothing much more. Trying to do more tummy time with him but he is not a willing participant.

ThedementedPenguin Mon 04-Feb-13 12:20:37

Leelteloo I'm def up for some sort of weight loss, but I haven't googled yet so I may get to it. I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed some alone time with the husband.

Herbie has been refusing bottles over the weekend. Has gone from 30+ ounces a day to 19ounces a day. It's so frustrating. Although I'm trying to just go with the flow. I'm really hoping today is the turn around as he seems to be hungrier smile

WhereAreMyShoes Mon 04-Feb-13 20:33:22

Happy belated birthday Leelteloo
I have had a quick read up on the 5:2 diet and DP and I did our first fast day yesterday.
We had pasta bolognaise for dinner which was only 450 calories (we're veggie) so I treated myself to an orange!
I thought I would have gorged on food today because of it but didn't feel any different when I woke up this morning.
Hopefully it'll suit me as I hate calorie counting and only having to count on two days of the week is brilliant.
I shall keep you all updated on my progress.
No real news otherwise. DD has been seriously whingey lately. I can't put her down. Hopefully it's just a phase. My back is killing me too. My body feels so damaged!

leelteloo Mon 04-Feb-13 22:00:28

Well done Wherearemyshoes! I'm not starting till next week now as got my period and just can't face it but as I've already lost a stone doing the cambridge diet, I think I deserve a little break.
My birthday was so lovely, saw all the special people in my life and felt very spoilt.
TDP, is Herbie doing any better with his milk. Only time mine ever went off their milk was when they were poorly. Hope he is not coming down with something.
Restful night everyone.

ballroomblitz Mon 04-Feb-13 22:59:57

Haven't posted in absolute yonks as we have had run after run of coughs and sick kiddies here. Poor baby B every time she gets over a cough and her appetite returns, it's injections time which is back to square one, then a cough again (bloody P1 big bro bringing all the germs home). I've only got her up to her normal 30 odd oz the last couple of days and 4 month injections tomorrow so she'll be screaming all day, a high temperature and her appetite will be gone for a couple of days if the last ones are anything to go by.

I'm thinking all your babies sound huge. Dd was only 13 something a couple of weeks ago, although in fairness she is an October baby by one day. Have to get her weighed again this week as she had dropped through the centiles a bit from being sick a lot.

Other than that she is bright and breezy and has been flipping away for weeks now. I'm now waiting for the rolling across the room and I can see crawling not being far off the way the legs go a mile a minute when she's on her tummy. It's really weird having a baby that hits all the milestones on time unlike what ds was like. Such a gurny baby unless you are paying her attention. I'm hoping most of it is just frustration and she'll be better once she's able to get about.

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