<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Oh, and this is me at one month PP (four weeks and three days): Still got a bit to lose, but not too ... [snip!] ... though. :? I dunno if I'm gonna be able to shrink my hips back down, but hopefully my thighs will at least get smaller. :lol: "</blockquote>
Dont worry u will shrink a lot. U look great!
I think I'm the only one still prego now lol. Doc appt today, was due on Monday so we'll see how this goes! Remy is nice and cozy apparently! Been having contractions stronger than usual since last night but still sporadic.
Sorry its taking me so long to get back on here.
Carmen, I had a normal vag delivery, but I just couldn't pee afterwards on my own. I've always had bladder issues though and even with the pregnancy I always had to linger around or go back a second time to make sure I eliminated completely. So I guess it's no surprise that I'd have problems, but I didn't realize how painful it was gonna be. In a text message to a friend of mine, I described my recovery as: "I feel like a female cowgirl that's aged 98 and got thrown off a horse and landing crotch first into a cactus patch."
I literally was walking like I had chaps on and am wandering the wild west, all bow-legged and slow. I even had to use the electric cart at Target because I knew I wouldn't be able to walk around the store. It was kinda sad. lol..
It's gotten better though now. I tried to drink more because I'm having major breastfeeding issues. I'm upset because my mom keeps interfering with my decisions and trying to tell me what I need to do. Turns out I was overfeeding the baby and really needed to just be patient with the breastfeeding because my mom told me I was starving her and she needed the formula which kept my low supply problem on-going. I finally am seeing more milk come in but I know i'm still slow and still need to produce more. I went to the breastfeeding clinic yesterday and now feel more confident about taking it on, but the soreness is pretty discouraging. Also I fixed the picture links so sorry if you girls couldn't see the photos from before.
Quoting Ayzya:" Sorry its taking me so long to get back on here. Carmen, I had a normal vag delivery, but I just couldn't ... [snip!] ... the soreness is pretty discouraging. Also I fixed the picture links so sorry if you girls couldn't see the photos from before."
I understand, I was having issues peeing too after I gave birth and I don't even have bladder problems. :lol: I was CONSTANTLY peeing myself for like two weeks after I had her (it's finally stopped after doing kegel exercises), thank god for those pads the doctors give you, and it was hurting a lot when I peed because of the stitches. Well.. I think it was actually my tear because I tore a little bit as I was giving birth, but not bad enough to where it ripped and was bleeding so they didn't stitch me back up and I could definitely feel it when I peed, it kinda burned, but I'm guessing it's healed now because I don't feel it anymore (going to my PP appointment on Monday so they'll let me know if it didn't heal right).
When I was trying to breastfeed Layla, I was worried I wasn't making enough either, but as small as they are, their stomachs are like the size of a marble so they don't need that much. The tiny bits of colostrum you're making is all she needs (I wouldn't even make a half ounce of colostrum and the doc told me it was perfectly fine). That milk will start coming in soon and if you're anything like me you'd wish they were making less milk. I regret wishing that now, though, because now I'm not making enough! :roll: Before I could poke my boob and milk would come shooting out, but that was when I was engorged (it SUCKED and was sssooo painful). And yeah, the soreness sucks but you get used to it and it kinda gets better. A bunch of people say to put that lanolin on your nipples but I read somewhere that that's linked to thrush (don't know how true that is though), I just rub breastmilk on my nipples. I also read olive oil works well, too and is safer for baby.
Yeah the problem is the hospital gave me this four pack of formula that was 2 ounces of ready made stuff, so my mom gave her the whole 2 ounces and she's gotten used to it. When we went to the pediatrician, the dr told us that we kinda overfed her because she was returning to her birth weight too quickly. So now she gets fussy and pretty much I have to make sure to give her about two ounces per feed. Like I thought I was doing better because she was sleepy all morning on the breast and I finally managed to pump a little over an ounce with both breasts combined (not very much; I know, but better than I've been doing for the past few days) so I am seeing an improvement; but just when I thought maybe I was feeding her enough she still fussed for the formula. I can't tell if my hindmilk has come in because what I see just looks like foremilk only. I'm going to go pick up the bigger flanges tonight when the hubs gets home and see if that'll make me pump better.
Quoting Ayzya:" Yeah the problem is the hospital gave me this four pack of formula that was 2 ounces of ready made stuff, ... [snip!] ... only. I'm going to go pick up the bigger flanges tonight when the hubs gets home and see if that'll make me pump better."
Yeah, we got that four pack of the pre-mixed stuff too and the second night I was in the hospital Layla ate the entire thing and the nurse pretty much told me the same thing, that she doesn't need that much and that she probably just ate it all because she was just sucking on something to soothe herself. I feel like she eats a lot for a one month old.. I read a girl's post somewhere on this site and she was talking about how her three month old eats four ounce bottles and Layla will sometimes eat up to six ounces (not often, but sometimes and she usually takes a break somewhere in the middle). So I dunno if she's eating too much or what but I read that at this age, they won't just "comfort eat", they'll let you know when they're hungry and when they're not so I figured if she's eating, she's hungry and getting what she needs.
How many days PP are you now? It took me about a week to start pumping a decent amount. When I was engorged I was pumping like 10+ ounces at a time, now I can only get like five ounces at a time. :? I went down to the WIC office yesterday and made an appointment because I'm afraid she's just going to keep eating more and I'm not going to produce enough milk for her, so I want to have some formula ready for if and when that happens. I've already had to go up to the store and buy a can, we're still using it though, about half way through it (I gotta give her a bottle or two a day of formula). Plus when I go back to work in like a week and a half, I already know I'm not going to be able to pump enough to give SO's mom to feed her for the entire day so, yeah, I'm definitely going to need that free formula soon (no way in hell can I afford $15+ a can).
I'm just six days PP, but I haven't been giving her breast every time because of family interference and because sometimes I was just too cracked and bleeding to offer her so soon. Since I wasn't producing she was in that hungry frenzy and thus the family felt like she needed formula. I gave her both breasts for quite awhile thinking I upped my supply and she cried for forever because she was so hungry. I have to keep starting with the formula when she's starved because she won't wait for my milk to come down which it doesn't do steadily I think. It's hard to tell because the pump isn't gonna give me an accurate picture.. I'm hurting from her last feed so if I don't feel better its an all formula for the next feed. Ugh.
Quoting Mama to Lexi & Madie:" Hey Mamas!! Miss Madison will be 3 weeks old tomorrow!! And Miss Alexis will be 4 in a week! I can't ... [snip!] ... that my girls are already growing so FAST! Time need to SLOW DOWN! I figured i'd share a few pics of my girls with ya'll! :) "
my daughters name is madison alexis. lol very good names.
<blockquote><b>Quoting *Danielle88*((momma.to.2):</b>" my daughters name is madison alexis. lol very good names. "</blockquote>
Lol awe I thought so too!!
Aww, your girls are beautiful! Alexis looks like a little model and I love that Madison has her eyes open in the pictures and even a little smile in one of them. :D
Ayzya, I feel you on the family interference, I think that definitely contributed to Layla not nursing. :? I ALWAYS had family near me the first week and I can't just pop my boob out in the middle of a conversation (I respect any woman that can do it, but I'm not one of them) so that definitely slowed me down a bit. But just keep trying and if that doesn't work, don't feel guilty about giving her formula. She's getting fed! That's all that matters.
I'll be leaving for Layla's one month checkup in about ten minutes, can't wait to see how big she's gotten! I'll have another update for you guys once I get back.
Well I just got back from her appointment and she's gained two pounds and grown two inches! At this rate, she'll be my size in a few months. :lol: I asked her doctor about the dry skin and he said it could be eczema, but to try using Dove soap and if it starts to get red and scaly to call him so he can prescribe her something (it's nowhere near that bad, though). I also asked him about the projectile vomiting, he said it's not too concerning since it only happened the one time but to keep an eye on her. He felt around her belly and said it feels normal, so that's good. :) He sent me back to the hospital to get more blood work for Layla, he said she still looks a little jaundiced and it's normally gone by this age but he said as long as it isn't as high as it was last time, she should be fine, some babies just take longer than usual. He said other than that, she looks perfect and is progressing well. :D Yay!
I'm glad the appointment went well! At what week did you ladies get your PP checkup? I was told to come back in six weeks but that seems like such a long time. I'm not sure I'm healing properly.
Also are any of you ladies having reflux problems? She keeps spitting up no matter how long I hold her upright or burp her and then she gets so fussy. I start to feed her again thinking she's hungry but now I'm not doing that because I'm worried I'm over feeding her but she just won't settle down and sleep until she's drained.
Quoting Ayzya:" I'm glad the appointment went well! At what week did you ladies get your PP checkup? I was told to come ... [snip!] ... now I'm not doing that because I'm worried I'm over feeding her but she just won't settle down and sleep until she's drained."
I haven't had my PP checkup yet, mine is next Monday and I'll be five weeks PP at that point. They wanted me in at six weeks but I'm returning to work then so I couldn't and had to schedule it a little early. I felt like I wasn't healing right either, but I gave it some time and I feel fine now. Why do you not think you're healing right? I felt like I was bleeding too much and for too long, but here I am almost five weeks PP and still bleeding. Some ladies told me they bled for up to ten weeks, apparently it's completely normal.
And she might be having the reflux because of the formula, some babies don't respond well to the Similac Advance (I'm assuming that's what you have since that's what most hospitals give out), you might need the soy one or the one for colicy babies. I'd call the doctor and ask about it.
I felt like I wasn't healing right because my bladder felt so full that I started feeling like something was bulging from my strain to empty completely but maybe it's normal because I feel fine now?
And even if I give her breastmilk she still spits up and sometimes a good amount too, so I dunno.. I hold her upright and its hard to effectively burp her when she's fallen asleep but I dunno, I feel so fail.