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November 2022 babies Thread 5

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NotAdultingToday · 24/11/2022 04:20

1st - @Eryr22
2nd - @KDerbs @Kathno4
3rd - @Dontbeaneejit @SareBear87
4th - @Elle1709

5th - @readytoglowx
6th - @Bramblecrumble21 @1mel90
7th - @starflake
8th - @LittleJumpingBean
9th -@circe22 @TFMinx
10th - @ALittleBitofVitriol
11th - @amyrose223
13th- @CurlsnLipstick
14th- @Grgs @roobearbaby
15th - @KatieP8
16th -
17th - @Kez152
18th - @NotAdultingToday @cocobeau @FishyBaby @bubbano2 @WandaVon @Ccatalina @Beanniebaby22 @tigger2022

19th - @tb4122 @StrongUsernameHere @OtiMama

20th - @JanuaryBirthdays @Bubblegum20
21st -@GeorgieEm

22nd -@arianasky @smiles39
23rd -
24th - @CurlyNo2
25th - @sarahj878 @jordini @curlywurly10
26th - @dreamcatchmee
27th -
28th - @greenerfingers
29th - @teddy2806
30th - @rickandmorts

OP posts:
CurlyNo2 · 13/12/2022 20:01

Hi everyone

Hope everyone is well and surviving these first few weeks of a newborn!

My little boy is 4 weeks this week and it’s flew by. I’m still struggling with a lack of routine especially with my 6 year old as I can’t seem to multitask between the two of them. I need someone at home with me to be able to manage both children especially school runs, dinner times, bedtimes etc.

Baby still has a massive dislike to nighttime’s and still screams the house down from around 8pm until early hours, sometimes im
only just getting sleep around 6am and then we’re back up at 7am for school.

I managed to get a cancellation today for a ENT appointment at our local hospital for his tongue tie to be reviewed. The doctor said it was very severe and done it there and then. I’m hoping that this helps with his feeding and also his sleeping. It must feel good to him as it was a bad anterior tie so he had no movement in his tongue. Quite sad that this was the reason we didn’t continue with our breasted journey but he’s happy and healthy enough on the formula now.

We are also meant to be completing on our house next week and I’m nowhere near ready for this, I’m only just getting back on my feet after the section. The uterus infection I had a few weeks ago has reared it’s ugly head again so back on antibiotics.

What’s everyone’s plans for Christmas?

Beanniebaby22 · 13/12/2022 20:39

@@greenerfingers I’ve also noticed on days when I haven’t drank enough my supply is lower. So make sure you’re getting enough fluids too.

greenerfingers · 13/12/2022 22:12

Thank you @roobearbaby and @Beanniebaby22! You've both given me some hope, I'm going to try pumping more regimentally which will be interesting with a toddler. So far I've been pumping after little one finishes to try and drain my breasts. I like the idea of timing each session thank you!

Your poor little baby and poor you @CurlyNo2, so glad the tongue tie has been sorted and I really hope he can feed better and sleeps better now. Glad to hear you're getting back on your feet. Hope the infection clears quickly!

ALittleBitofVitriol · 14/12/2022 03:22

Ah just saw your post @greenerfingers!
To increase supply I drank lots of fluid - herbal teas and broth and lots of water, continued elevit/multivitamins had him feeding every 2 hours instead of 3 or 4. I started topping up with formula twice a day, usually mid morning (I'd breastfeed over night and be low in the morning) and evening/before bedtime. I'd make up 60ml each time but it's rare he drinks more than 30 or 40ml. We're still doing this basic routine - though feeds are back to the 3hours apart - and he'll be 6 weeks tomorrow. He had dropped from the 85th percentile to the 50th percentile between 2 & 3 weeks and he still had some lingering jaundice then too which cleared right up when we started supplementing. He's held steady at the 50th percentile since (weighed him yesterday).

For a sleepy bub I'd try to breast feed as soon as he wakes up. Then get him to stay awake for a bit (up to an hour ish), wake him up by changing nappy or bathing or going outside or changing his clothes or something like that. Then I'd give him the formula top up and settle him back to sleep.

ALittleBitofVitriol · 14/12/2022 03:30

I had my 6 week check up at my gp yesterday. My favourite gp is about 90mins away, where we used to live, so I made the trip to see her. The last time I saw her was about 14 months ago when she was referring me for investigation into early menopause. She didn't know that I was pregnant, so I walked in with a 6 week old baby and gave her a huge surprise 🤣. She gave me a serious talk about contraception lol

All looks good, my scar looks good, she noticed the one spot that hasn't healed 100% yet and suggested just bio oil and surgical tape to hold it together. Baby is perfect. He's got a bit of dermatitis on his face, heat/irritation rash. It doesn't seem to be bothering him but he looks a bit rough, poor baby! Met my best friend afterwards (our older kids went to a movie) and ate nearly a whole gourmet pizza for lunch, this breastfeeding thing is making me SO hungry!

ALittleBitofVitriol · 14/12/2022 03:32

Oh yeah, my gp is sending me for blood tests, we're both particularly interested in the prolactin levels!

ALittleBitofVitriol · 14/12/2022 03:33

Bub is being a bit unsettled today so I'm holding him while he sleeps and Christmas shopping on my phone 😅

greenerfingers · 14/12/2022 03:53

Thanks @ALittleBitofVitriol, I'm going to give the supplementing a go. I've started fenugreek tonight as well so let's see how that fares. I always get scared about supplementing and supply drop but I think I'll have to to help baby wake a bit. I've tried all the other tricks and does not work!

LOL about the GP and contraception 😅, lovely that you got to see her though and she's interested in the prolactin levels.

Currently up trying to feed an unsatisfied baby, as soon as he's down he's crying again. I guess its good as he keeps re-latching and could be cluster feeding. Let's joke it works! I really told myself baby no.2 I would not stress and trust my body but nope! Here I am stressing and not trusting it at all.

Eryr22 · 14/12/2022 07:13

How are your babies doing with sleeping at night?

Mine is 4 weeks and 5 days old today and I think we might be making progress?

3 days ago she slept for 5 solid hours during the night. 2 days ago she slept for 4 solid hours. The night after she woke at 3:30 after a couple of hours of sleep and didn't go back to sleep until 7:00 (for an hour) and then only slept for 2 hours during the day! Now last night she slept for 5 hours with me occasionally waking up to pop a dummy in. Before these last few days she had been waking hourly and taking at very least an hour to get back to sleep. She doesn't really sleep at all in the day. Maybe a couple of hours, a few more if I have her in the baby carrier. I feel as if the last few days we're heading in the right direction. Interested to hear how other people are doing, especially those with babies that are a week or so older!! Also interested to hear anyone's tips for getting baby to sleep better at night!

Laneymoo · 14/12/2022 09:20

@Eryr22 my LO is 5 weeks and 2 days old and we're up and down with night time sleep. She is generally a happy content baby and sleeps well during the day and can be more awake in the evening time. Last night she had a bottle at 11pm and 3am and then slept until 8am, I couldn't belive it! But the previous night she was unsettled and woke when I put her down and woke up more frequently for a bottle. We're not in a routine or anything yet so I don't really have any tips!

roobearbaby · 14/12/2022 09:39

No tips on sleeping but bubs is very up and down with sleep. It's only really in the last week that he has let us put him down rather than sleeping on us!

Last night was good, we had 2 solid blocks of 2.5 hours but the night before he was up most of the night fussing!;

Anna783426 · 14/12/2022 11:43

We've hit week 8 today and sleep is very similar to how it was at week 4 I'd say... The main thing I learnt from my first was that as soon as you think you've got it, they change and you're back feeling a bit clueless again. I'm co-sleeping this time and have really enjoyed being a lot less anxious about sleep than I was first time round. My first started reliably and happily sleeping through around 18 months so I'm trying to not even think about when that might happen with this one!

Eryr22 · 14/12/2022 20:33

God it feels so good to know all of your babies sound like mine in regards to sleep! Thank you!

We have to let her fall asleep on us before transferring her to the crib, and 50% of the time she wakes up and won't go in. We've (especially my husband) have resorted to co sleeping a good few times. We sleep in shifts so it's only ever one of us and her in the bed.

Beanniebaby22 · 14/12/2022 20:47

Co-sleeping is the only thing working for me. Feeling a lot better rested doing that. Plus it’s easier for breast feeding. Can lie on my side and let him feed. And he’s far better settled not being lifted up and down from a cot. Feel a bit stiff from the position I have to lie in though lol.

ALittleBitofVitriol · 14/12/2022 22:31

Funnily enough, last night he only woke up once! First time! Usually he's up every ~3hrs overnight. Last night I fed him (breastfeed +40ml formula) around 10pm, he woke up once around 2am and then slept until 7am! I was cuddling him in bed from then and he rewarded us with a poo-splosion 😅

He's actually usually pretty good overnight, settles back into his cot fairly easily. We keep it low light and quiet so he knows it's still bedtime.

6 weeks old today!

greenerfingers · 15/12/2022 11:50

Happy to say I started fenugreek and fennel and it seems to be really helping my supply build. I don't pump until after baby has finished a feed but I can feel they're fuller now than before. Hoping it catches up to his need.

On a different note I'm glad I only got a few first size outfits, little man was 7lb and fit in them for exactly 2 weeks and is now in up to 1 month. Lots of space as he's so slim and tall but glad I can get rid of the first size stuff now.

Laneymoo · 15/12/2022 13:59

Glad it seems like your supply is building @greenerfingers

We had another unsettled night last night. She had a bottle at 10pm and drained it then woke for another at midnight and drained that! I didn't manage to settle her to sleep until 3am and then she was awake again at 5am for another bottle. I'm wrecked today!

Laneymoo · 15/12/2022 15:53

And she just vomited 🙃

DoraDee · 15/12/2022 20:17

Thanks @NotAdultingToday. I was starting to feel a lot better and less anxious and then today I managed to fall down the stairs and fall on my back and now I’m completely panicked that I might have caused myself some damage internally where my scar is from the stress and stretch of the fall. I’m kicking myself for falling. Has anyone else had any falls whilst recovering from section?

Baby is a month old later this week and doing really well putting weight on etc, I was doing much better myself but now I’ve got so anxious 😥

Eryr22 · 16/12/2022 11:52

@DoraDee I'm not much help I'm sorry because I have no personal experience of a c section but if it puts your mind at ease in the tiniest bit I have lots of friends and family who've had them and nobody has ever had any complications afterwards/ problems with scarring etc. I think I completely understand your worries though and I would be exactly the same! X

Eryr22 · 16/12/2022 21:35

@DoraDee god my tired brain isn't working!! I meant to say "I think you read so many horror stories online but never hear the positive ones" and that "I understand your worries" not I think I understand your worries 😂🤦🏻‍♀️

Elle1709 · 17/12/2022 01:28

Does anyone else struggle with baby gas? Baby girl is constantly waking herself up through night with trapped wind, I feel if it wasn't for this she would sleep longer. Poor thing always wakes up crying, pulling her legs up and red in the face. I've tried everything I can think of and she is on special formula for dairy allergy. I always spend time winding her after a feed, but she still seems to struggle so much, I don't understand how someone so small can pump so much!! She's nearly 7 weeks now.

roobearbaby · 17/12/2022 02:55

Yes, we struggle with wind. He has been particularly bad tonight too! 3am and I still have not been to sleep. LO hasnt slept since 7pm either (even that was only 30 minutes). Not having a good night tonight

greenerfingers · 17/12/2022 08:25

My LO was up at 3am last night too and letting off soo much wind I couldn't believe it. The last two days I've been drinking fennel tea for milk production and that's known to help trapped wind. In my culture if a baby has reached 8 weeks they'll get 1 teaspoon soaked fennel in boiling water, let it cool down then give a baby a syringe of that. It works similar to gripe water and baby would often burp/fart/poo the gas out. My LOnis too young yet but if it continues I'll offer that. It worked like a charm for my first.

I also randomly woke up soaked on one side of my top from milk.. but woke with my breasts feeling soft and had fed baby a little while before. No idea what just happened 😅. I'm SO perplexed. At first I was convinced it's spit up as I co-sleep but no it's definitely milk. Why or how it leaked I've no clue. It's only from one side too.

Eryr22 · 17/12/2022 09:33

My baby struggled with gas a couple of weeks ago, although it doesn't sound quite as bad as yours @Elle1709

One thing I found helped was burping her and then keeping her upright for 15 minutes after each feed

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