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April 2011: losing sleep and gaining shoes, toddlers share with us their news

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ecuse Mon 01-Oct-12 17:34:02

I have taken the liberty of starting a new thread.

Pile in!

brew wine biscuit etc

ecuse Wed 10-Oct-12 15:48:06

Kitty how long until your TT appointment? It's exactly how Jo was. Couldn't get enough milk out so just bounced on and off getting frustrated and not settling. Keep an eye on his weight - Jo regained her birth weight quite quickly but then started to lose again in wks 3-4 and got dehydrated (she was fine, don't panic, but keep an eye on it. I didn't weigh her between 2wks and 4wks and in the intervening time she dropped half a pound and fell back below her birth weight again which was a bit scary).

Kittycatcat Wed 10-Oct-12 16:57:13

Thanks ecuse. That's exactly it and what I'm worried about. Tt appt 22nd oct. he's been fine til this week. Being weighed fri so will see what's doing.

ecuse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:01:56

That's good timing then - you'll be able to keep a good eye on him. If you want to keep bf you could consider pumping now in case the TT is stopping him stimulating your supply - which is what happened to me, but I didn't start pumping till 6 weeks and my supply never recovered to the point I could EBF even after she had the snip. Midwives, HVs etc kept telling me to put her to the breast more often to boost supply but honestly couldn't see how I could feed her more often - she was bouncing on and off me probably 16 to 18 hours out of 24. Turned out of course she just literally couldn't move her tongue enough to get enough milk out and my supply gradually dwindled to almost nothing and my boobs were biscuit biscuit

Saying that, a) we don't know this is what's happening in your case - feeding frequently also perfectly normal, apparently not everyone feels 'full' when it's going right anyway. And b) pumping is the absolute work of the devil. I hated it with a fiery passion and really struggled to find the time (and inclination). Didn't help that I could only get 40mls on a good day mind you. And I didn't have a toddler to look after. So it's not necessarily something you want to get into. I can't in all honesty say I'd do it again. My near-obsession with maintaining BF (or flogging a dead horse!) put a serious damper on the first 4 months or so verging on PND at points. In hindsight I don't think it was worth it in my case.

But you're not me and A is not J and there's no reason things have to pan out the same way. Some babies' TT apparently stretches out as they grow and they end up feeding fine, apparently. Or if you're worried and very keen on maintaining EBF and can afford it there are lactation consultants who are registered to do the snip at your home. Think it's a couple of hundred quid. I think I would try that myself if I had another one with TT.

Kittycatcat Wed 10-Oct-12 21:09:34

Cheers ecuse. Yeah not sure I have time to express unless dh home. And I hated if too. Di they do the tt there and then or book another appt? It's not a horrendous one or he wouldn't be able to feed at all.

JKSLtd Wed 10-Oct-12 21:22:20

Hope the Tt stuff gets sorted.
In the meantime, go for as much sleep as you can get- if that means he sleeps with you/on you don't stress. All 3 of mine have slept in bed with us (though I fought against it more with the first 2) to start with. With dd I actually sold the crib on eBay as I realised none of my kids would ever sleep in the darn thinggrin
Hey all sleep fine in their beds now so it's not caused a prob.
Keep him nearby and let him feed lots - whilst also looking after your nips, keep he lansinoh going and try to remember good positioning. See if you can get lying down feeding sorted it does make life so much easier - I only got it with dd.

Keep going you're doing brilliantly and it'll all fly by so quickly.

Kittycatcat Wed 10-Oct-12 21:56:42

Thanks grin

ecuse Thu 11-Oct-12 01:10:40

There and then. She spoke to me for 5 minutes as I explained symptoms, peeked under Jo's tongue, said 'yep, posterior TT' and we went into a little room and she did it. Two minutes. They swaddled her, a nurse held her head still and the doctor just grabbed her tongue, pushed it up and did a teeny tiny snip. They have you waiting ready with your boob out so they can bung the baby straight on - partly to comfort, partly because breast milk is antiseptic. Easy peasy. Jo was a bit outraged but I think that was the swaddling/head pinning as much as the actual snip which was a split second.

By the way, posterior TT is what Jo had, means it's not as obviously visible as the standard, so more likely to be undetected, and they can usually feed a bit, as she could.

Kittycatcat Thu 11-Oct-12 01:58:45

Thanks ecuse. That's fab to know.

Kittycatcat Fri 12-Oct-12 09:00:31

Ffs. Went to put cream on my incision this am and there was blood on the wet wipe. Got docs at 1130...useless doc sad. They say if I need stitching I'll have to go to hosp.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 12-Oct-12 09:24:12

kitty sad I had loads of problems with my scar after DS1, it is horrible. What cream have they given you? I used something called Dermol which is antimicrobial so keeps it all really clean and helps it to heal.
Has the scar actually opened up, or is there just a little red/sore part?

Fizz - for Tenerife, you can get UV all-in-one suits that have high necks, and then hats with those flaps over the neck and a peak. He would be really well protected in that without any need for cream.

GlaikitFizZombie Fri 12-Oct-12 09:53:37

I had bleeding from my scar too, but it was the staple sites that I had the problem with because of my reaction to the metal. Think festering ear piercings. It might not be your scar opening up but a little bit that's caught

Ali, I've been looking for those uv suits. Dh is having a wobble about going abroad with B still young and is imagining all sorts of terrible things that will never happen!! So it might not happen. Maybe I should just book it and tell him once its all done.

Anyway, cm is on holiday next week so me and B are heading up the road to say with my folks for a few days! Could be interesting!!

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 12-Oct-12 10:05:10

Fizz - do it! Go now, while you just have the one grin With your folks there as well you will actually get some downtime!
We are going away for 3 nights at the end of the month for our anniversary, to a hotel that has babysitters and a kids club so that we actually get a break. It is costing a flipping fortune compared to the time we went with just DS1 because we need a proper family room rather than just a normal double with a travel cot.

fraktion Fri 12-Oct-12 11:35:18

People have babies abroad wink people relocate with them too! Go before you need to pay the extra seat on the plan, fizz

Poor you, kitty. Hope the docs can sort it and that it doesn't need stitching.

I get to POAS tomorrow. I think.

Kittycatcat Fri 12-Oct-12 12:18:36

I've been thinking about you frak. Eagerly awaiting your news!

Doc has given me penicillin in addition to the flucloxacollin. She said taking two a day wasn't enough to help it heal. So now I have to take 8 and not bother with the cream which was only canesten.

chillikat Fri 12-Oct-12 13:39:54

Hope your scar sorts itself out soon Kitty. I had a few dodgy patches for ages. If only we had Star Trek technology to magically rejoin the skin... but then you wouldn't have needed a c-sec anyway - they'd have just beamed A out. I'm still hoping that transportation technology is perfected before I have another grinhmm

JKSLtd Fri 12-Oct-12 19:59:20

Good idea Chilli grin

Frak hoping for good news tomorrow!

Kitty you're having a tough time sad hope these pills sort it out.

Still no working Internet & I get fed up posting on phone so not around much.

Starshaped Fri 12-Oct-12 20:23:56

Rubbish kitty - I hope the antibiotics sort it out quickly for you.

Bloody freezing here tonight. It's starting to feel like autumn. I can't wait for firework night though. We missed it last year but I'll be dragging DD out this year!

Fingers crossed Frak grin

fraktion Sat 13-Oct-12 12:09:12

Apparently not upduffed, so waiting for the evil red tide of doom to descend. Or maybe I just got the signs wrong (although I'm convinced I didn't). It's going to be awful, isn't it? Retribution for nearly 2,5 years of freedom.

On the plus side I can drink wine

Kittycatcat Sat 13-Oct-12 12:36:33

My test took a week to come pos frak

fraktion Sat 13-Oct-12 20:56:51

Oh blush

<Hides G&T>

In other news we've just achieved our A&E badge.

GlaikitFizZombie Sat 13-Oct-12 21:17:55

Oh no! What happened?

We got that badge a year ago!

Kittycatcat Sat 13-Oct-12 22:34:33

Oh no. What happened.

Pass the g and t

fraktion Sat 13-Oct-12 23:32:08

Head met table and table left a large dent sad we were both pretty sure it was nothing but better safe than sorry.

Starshaped Sun 14-Oct-12 01:38:31

Uh oh Frak. Is all ok now I hope?

We're away for the weekend and are having a nightmare night with DD. Why does she save these specials for when we're not at home? Urgh!

Kittycatcat Sun 14-Oct-12 04:28:30

Yeah you can't mess with the head, best to be safe. Hope all is ok now.

S' scab has come off to reveal a nice red mark. Def gonna scar sad

See strictly anyone? Louis was fan again fizz. Thought Denise was brilliant too.

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