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January 2013 - New year arrivals welcomed into the world.

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PricklyPickleInAPearTree Mon 31-Dec-12 19:15:31

As a few of us have popped early I thought I'd start us a post-natal thread.

Pascha Mon 14-Jan-13 09:29:35

Morning everyone. We had a good night last night, luckily as DH was back to work at the crack of dawn this morning. I agree swaddling seems to be the way to go, it means I can feed him and put him down without him kicking off a fuss. I think he just likes to be all a warm and snuggly (don't we all!). This was a rarity though, usually we are tag-teaming with Dan asleep on our chests.

First day alone just me and the boys today. We've had breakfast and now watching car racing on the sofa. So glad nursery run doesn't start til Wednesday, I can't quite face getting everyone up for 7.30am today.

Lora1982 Mon 14-Jan-13 10:48:44

Woo i must have got about nearly 5 hrs last night. I hope its not a blip. Im going to try swaddling tonight.

Thinking of starting up a poor nipple club i feel so sorry for my right boob :-D

preggofabulous Mon 14-Jan-13 10:55:46

We also had a good night. Aiden was only up twice, fed well, and back to sleep. I'm not swaddling, but I do keep his blanket around him when I get him out the basket, so he's not disturbed too much.

mrsbugsywugsy Mon 14-Jan-13 11:05:24

urg, today is DP's first day back at work and DD decided to have her worst night yet last night - just wouldn't settle after her 1am feed, every time I put her back in the cot she cried again for no apparent reason (apart from wanting a cuddle).

Funny you have all been talking about swaddling as that is how we finally got her to sleep, in desperation at 3am we tried a special swaddling blanket which someone gave us. We haven't swaddled her before (haven't really needed to as she has gone to sleep quite easily) but I think it may be the way to go.

AppleCrumples Mon 14-Jan-13 11:51:07

Hi all hope everyones not too nackered!

Went to dr today about my pain he asked loads of questiond then poked me loads and announced i was a bit bunged up (he could feel it)! I thought i was doing well but it seems i am holding on through fear! Oh dear sad glad i got checked though!

Made it to school this morning judt as welll i did as dd got over excited in the snow and went flying so dh had to gohome to clean her up while i took the boys.

MamaMary Mon 14-Jan-13 13:16:24

Hi everyone, well not settling at night seems to be a bit of a theme here! DH is doing most of the comforting/ cuddling at the moment since I am spending a lot of time feeding, but not sure if DH will be able to continue this when he goes back to work.

During the day I think Leah would sleep non stop if I let her.

Apple glad to hear the school run went okay, apart from your DD....I have a huge admiration for you ladies with older DC who have to get out early in the morning. My lifesaver at the moment is a lie-in (luckily my DD1, who will not start pre-school until September, sleeps quite late in the mornings).

We tried swaddling Leah the first night but felt she didn't like it, but may give it another go after reading your positive reports...

newbie6 Mon 14-Jan-13 13:29:12

Hi all,

Well baby Zachary James was born on Friday 11th Jan at 0149 by emergency section. Was in induced labour for 14 hrs but I failed to progress past 5cm and Zach's heart rate kept dropping so at midnight on Thurs they decided to section me. He is perfect! 7lb 11oz, on formula as his blood sugars were low when born, I'm doing fine, bit sore but sooooo happy!

Hope everyone else is doing okay.


woody2313 Mon 14-Jan-13 14:25:56

Congratulations newbie

New Arrivals
Pmgkt (33) EDD 28/12/12 DC2 Edward born 20/12/12
PricklyPickle (31) EDD 31/12/12 DC1 Amy born 22/12/12
Bohoec (?) EDD 07/01/13 DC1 daughter born on 22/12/12
Mrsbugsywugsy (34) EDD 25/01/13 DC1 daughter born 23/12/12
Tinyeyes123 (30) EDD 13/01/13 DC1 Megan born 27/11/12
Birdies (33) DC2 EDD 30/12/12 Xanthe born 27/12/12
AriNi31 (?) EDD 06/01/13 DC2 Lucy born 28/12/12
BuntyCollocks (29) EDD 28/12/12 DC2 Cameron born 29/12/12
Sanam2012 (?) EDD 01/01/13 DC2 Elly born 29/12/12
MarasmeAbsolu (31) EDD 03/01/13 DC2 Marlene born 31/12/12
AppleCrumples (32) EDD 22/01/13 DC4 Ivy born 1/1/13
Complicated24 (44) EDD 31/12/12 DC1 Henry John born 1/1/13
MamaMary (31) EDD 28/01/13 DC2 Leah born 4/1/13
PreggoFabulous (30) EDD 22/01/2012 DC1 Aiden born 4/1/13
Pascha (35) EDD 30/12/12 (Kent) DC2 Daniel Fergus born 5/1/13
Kim222 (30) EDD 11/01/13 DC1 Penny born 5/1/13
Theboutiquemummy (35) EDD 17/01/13 DC1 Gabriel born 6/1/13
Lora1982 (30) EDD 04/01/13 DC1 Dexter born 7/1/13
Deiciocho (32) EDD 31/01/13 DC1 Violet born 7/1/13
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Lora1982 Mon 14-Jan-13 14:44:56

I have a specialswaddle thing i think il try that tonight instead of trying to strap him down with a blanket.

Midwifes just left hes put on 70grams with my lackf sleep so i must be doing something right

Meringue33 Mon 14-Jan-13 15:16:43

Woody don't forget me!

MW v positive this morning. LO still losing weight unfortunately but only 0.6 percentage points. She is confident it can be turned around. Starting today on topping up bf with expressed milk. Next weigh in Wed, really crossing fingers for stabilising by then otherwise baby will need paediatric care... :-(

She did reassure me the latch is fine it is not that I am doing it wrong which is good! Baby still just not taking enough and not retaining enough calories.

Apple have you tried a little lactulose? Is v gentle. Managing once a day now despite stitches and lots of lovely piles :-)

Btw is anyone else's baby occasionally quacking like a duck???

Pascha Mon 14-Jan-13 16:12:48

My son neighs like a horse. His brother did too smile

AppleCrumples Mon 14-Jan-13 16:33:53

Thanks meringue was thinking of trying that. Tbh i thought i was doing well going once a day (tmi) but it woukd seem not! Even after 4 dcs i still feel like i might split something so am refusing to strain blush

Good grief the things i feel able to tell on mn!

Meringue hope baby puts on weight for you. Ivy is getting weighed tomorrow but i can see she is bigger already. Just keep feeding, feeding, feeding smile

On the swaddling ivy seemed to sleep better swaddled at first but now seems annoyed by it so i just tuck her in after a feed and then lean over basket ensuring she is breathing

AppleCrumples Mon 14-Jan-13 16:35:58

Btw none of mine ever quacked or neighed but that woukd b highly amusing smile

mrsbugsywugsy Mon 14-Jan-13 16:54:52

Congratulations Newbie

Apple I had that problem to start with, the only thing which solved it for me was a glycerine suppository. Also get a footstool as having your feet slightly raised helps.

Mine doesn't quack or neigh but she makes little noises which sound like she is laughing

woody2313 Mon 14-Jan-13 18:41:13

Sorry Meringue, generally check the antenatal rather than this thread so missed your post... I'll add you to the list now - do you want to share your LO's name and EDD?

Meringue33 Mon 14-Jan-13 19:35:40

Thanks Woody - DC1 was born 09/01/13, his expected due date was 26/01/13!

Thanks Apple. It is knackering me, about to have a good cry due to exhaustion and nipple pain. May do me good.

I swear by the lactulose. I just take a low dose and it induces the pushing for me, but gently not scary :-)

Lostbobbles Mon 14-Jan-13 19:59:18

Hi Ladies

Congrats Newbie

On the good front, milk is in as is the explosive nappies (forgot just how powerful bm is shock) bad front had another bad night, Lois just will not sleep in crib for longer than 10 mins. So resorted back to co-sleep/ feeding (which i don't like doing but at least I got a little sleep, albeit in the most uncomfortable sleeping position ever hmm.

I also committed another cardinal sin and have given her a dummy confusedconfusedconfused my nipples just couldn't take the constant feeding/suckling a moment longer

Not doing very well on things I said would do 2nd time around
(The rod for my back is getting longer by the second)

Well done apples on the school run, (poor DD1 though) I'm dreading having to get my act together for that. My DD1's school is good 25 min drive away as well so have to leave in good time. Luckily I have fab mil who is doing it for me at the moment.

PS how long do the stitches take to ease, pain is dreadful ?

MarasmeAbsolu Mon 14-Jan-13 20:26:42

god, I remember being so constipated with DD1 that I had to beg DH to come back from work mid morning via the pharmacy as I was in so much pain and just stuck in the loo crying with DD wailing in her cot next door.

I have tried to avoid this this time, but nearly failed due to not drinking enough with the BFing. I am now on a 1 to 2 sachets of Movicol a day which is very gentle but keeps things moving...

Meringue - re nipple pains - maybe worth giving nipple shields a go for a few days?

Re. exhaustion, I sometime do the morning feed lying down with DD. I would not do it during the night by fear of smothering her, but early morning DH is up and can keep an eye on us while we co-sleep (and while DD2 treats my breast as an all-day buffet).

Lora1982 Mon 14-Jan-13 22:03:15

Ok hes been on the boob since 6!!! Just put him away for a break and hes crying for more ffs :'(

BuntyCollocks Mon 14-Jan-13 22:29:16

Welcome to the first of two growth spurts in rapid succession. I was 4 hours last night, and 2 tonight. It is only for a few days - promise!

theboutiquemummy Tue 15-Jan-13 09:08:20

So he was up all night absolutely shattered blush on the good side boobs are giving out more milk x

AppleCrumples Tue 15-Jan-13 11:30:09

lost i was really snotty about dummies when pg with ds1 but they ended up being a lifesaver. Use anything that makes lifr easier. Ds1 stopped using dummy at 1 i tried to get ds2 and dd1 to take dummy but they refused! Ds2 used to spit them back at me hmm

MarasmeAbsolu Tue 15-Jan-13 13:10:40

DD1 loved her dummy - DD2 spits it back too.

Birdies Tue 15-Jan-13 15:14:02

I second the swaddling, couldn't do without it (and the hot water bottle). Every evening Xanthe feeds for several hours on and off though, but once full up she sleeps in her bednest when not feeding (hmm which was every 1-2 hours last night!). Right, both girls are asleep and I'm on my own for the first time today. Am pleased with self but I'm sure chaos will resume again soon <sighs>. Gonna do birth story now....

Birdies Tue 15-Jan-13 15:29:52

So here's my birth story:

Stuffed face on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Was sure baby wouldn't arrive until early Jan and no real signs of anything except one strong ish Braxton hicks during the day which went away again quickly. Continued stuffing face.....then went to bed about midnight and suddenly needed to fart! It was quite painful, so I thought I'd better see if I needed the loo. Sat on loo. Wind came out. Went back to bed. Tummy ache and back ache began. Thought "no way baby won't arrive until Jan" but then found myself deep breathing leaning over the side of the bed so we thought we should probably take it seriously! Rang hospital, got parents round to look after DD1 and went in.

I was 5cm when I got in which I was pleased with as it was easy peasey. Then obviously I shouldn't have thought that as spent the next 12 hours with my tens machine on and breathing in lots of gas and air having very painful contractions in my back every 3 minutes. (not having stronger pain relief was more about me liking to be in control rather than being particularly brave. I'm more scared of pain relief than pain!) Anyways, laboured all in my back just like last time as baby was back to back I guess. I do remember imagining blowing out 'Fork Handles' though which made me laugh and helped a bit!

So after 12 hours got to 9.5cm and then....nothing. Had midwife and doctor rummaging around trying to get me to 10cm but it didn't work (blimey that was the most painful thing of all). I'd had a good swear and kept saying I felt I needed a poo (funny the things you remember saying afterwards!).

This may sound odd to some but my biggest fear was needing a c-section because I have a bit if a phobia of operations. But lo and behold that's what I needed. I shook all the way through it as I was so scared! My blood pressure was going stupidly high then really low as well so I thought I'd had it. I also remember them saying the midwife had shaved me down there - and then during the c-section me saying "well no one wants a rampant bush" which made them all laugh, and then I thought I should check that laughing hadn't made them drop a knife in me which they might forget to remove (I was actually joking about that too but afterwards when the doctor came to see me she said quite seriously that they had counted all the instruments and nothing was left behind - well I should think so!!).

Anyways, all ended well and my beautiful little girl arrived safely. And 2.5 weeks on I'm recovering pretty well. I would actually have another c-section if needed so it hasn't completely put me off having more!

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