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Old Jun 29th, 2017, 11:14 AM   2411
Ajangel25
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Flukey- I hope you get to take the full time off! My job only let me take 12 and it flew by! That's awesome she is gaining so well! Are you breastfeeding or formula? How is she sleeping?

Angel- melody sounds so cute!! Are you still co sleeping? Nathsn was all about the food too, he still is!

Gag- how did your appt go?

Afm, we are doing well! I started a new job, I am working with pediatrics in the hospital. It has been a lot of fun! It's really hard to pump though at work, so I dropped to just one pump a day. I hope I can still maintain a supply doing this, as nathan is all about the boob. He will be 11 months next week, I can't believe it!! He is so funny and sweet, his personality is really starting to show. He gives big open mouth kisses now and it's soooo cute!



 
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Old Jun 29th, 2017, 13:21 PM   2412
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Still the same 1.5-2cm dilated.. cervix still thick and 50% effaced.. And a -2 station. I told dh that is time to commence sex and ive been bouncing on my ab ball at home...I just want to get my cervix thinned. I honestly don't want to get induced so I'm trying everything...



 
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Old Jun 30th, 2017, 23:49 PM   2413
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Pretty sure Melody is teething. She's been so fussy/cranky the last few days, her sleep is crap, and she'll be happily playing and then suddenly for no reason just look at us and start to wail. She acts better with a frozen teething ring or orajel (or frozen fruit to gnaw on) so I'm pretty sure it's teeth. I hope she hurries up and cuts the tooth (or teeth!) because I'm dying. I think last night I got a total of 2 hours of sleep. It was awful. And breaks my heart when she's crying in her sleep.


Flueky - Wow I can't believe that you worked all the way up to the day you went into labor!! I don't think I would have made it. I was really glad to have Christmas holidays for 2 weeks and then my doctor put me on leave a week early (convenient since I Went into labor 3 days after I would have been back at work). That's great that you'll get all of your leave with her!

What is "PTL" ?

DH and I have been talking about when to have another. Occassionally I start thinking I want to start TTC again and then I have nights like these where I'm dead tired and realize I need to wait.


Ajangel - We are occasionally co sleeping, but mostly not. I moved her into a pack n play in our room a couple weeks before I went back to work, but I kept waking every time she made a noice or rolled over and never gave her a chance to try to settle herself, so I moved her to her own room & crib (around 4 months). She does really well most of the time. She'd dropped down to only waking up once at night but recently she's back up to 2-4 times a night after the second one I take her back to our bed usually. The problem is that she is a big mover! She rolls, kicks and SPINS at night. Literally, spins. I've watched her, in her sleep, spin around in circles. So in our bed she ends up turned sideways and kicking us and we get no sleep.


Sounds like your new job is going well for you! I can understand having trouble pumping. I had dropped to only 1 time pumping at work too. Hopefully your supply keeps up. there is tea that helps. I LOVE how you describe the open mouth kisses!! That's so adorable! I love it! Melody just started doing this and at first I was wondering what she was doing and a friend of mine said it's her way of giving kisses. We call them "baby zombie kisses" because she acts like she's trying to eat our face.


Gagrl - When I was trying to make sure my cervix thinned and everything, I was eating lots of dates (but it might be a little late for that because I think it takes a few weeks) and bouncing on my ball (all the time) and even tried Evening Primrose. We never ended up trying sex, my hips hurt too bad. Good luck though! I know how stressful and frustrating these last weeks/days can be! Also, my doctor said to drink lots of red raspberry leaf tea. She said it helps! Good luck!



 
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Old Jul 1st, 2017, 15:59 PM   2414
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AJangel, I am combifeeding. So breastfeeding, pumping, and formula. No matter what I do she hardly ever gets content from BF. I don't think I'm producing enough. The LC made me feel bad for giving formula so I haven't asked for advice but I just got a fenugreek and blessed thistle supplement. So hope that helps. She usually sleeps really well. Wakes me up once in middle of the night then again around 7 usually. Granted we go to bed around 11 or 12. I think that's pretty good for a NB. She's not a real fussy baby either. I think I'm pretty blessed honestly.

Awesome about the new job, but sucks it's hard to pump at work. I do look forward to more of a personality not that I don't love V, but I thinking fun to have more of a response.

Gagrlinpitt good luck on natural induction techniques. I don't really have any tips. You still have time though and things can change so fast.

Angel oh I hate she's teething. I know all babies go through it but it stinks having them in pain and irritated.

Also, I wasn't going to work the whole time. Was going to leave around 38 or 39 weeks. Victoria just had other plans. The last week I worked was hard especially the last 2 days. Oh and PTL is preterm labor.

I also am wondering about when to ttc again. I think waiting at least a year is best to reduce risk of PTL. I asked dr in hospital and he mentioned is have to take progesterone shots weekly. I think starting in 2nd tri?

Don't think there's much to report here. V gained 5.5 ounces so she's over 6 lbs now



 
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Old Jul 1st, 2017, 19:10 PM   2415
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So Melody's night time is not getting any better, and she's still fairly fussy during the day. How long does teething last?! The only real plus side is that today I've been waiting a little longer between naps (closer to 3 hours) and today both her naps have been 2 hours long instead of 45 minutes. This second one she woke up prematurely because the dogs barked but I was able to get her back to sleep. That's the only sanity I've had today. Thank God it's the weekend and DH is home. He took her when she was screaming and refusing to sleep at 4:45am, and kept her happy and then put her down for a morning nap and I was able to sleep from 5 - 8. Best 3 hours ever.


Flueky - I really get annoyed when anyone, especially a LC, makes someone feel bad for giving formula. My doctor (who was my OB and is also my pediatrician - she has multiple specialties and loves working wiht the whole family!) encourages her patients to do whatever works for the family and as long as baby is fed, loved, and cared for, you do what you gotta do. If she's not content from BF, then chances are you aren't producing enough and you have to make sure baby gets fed. Mothers Milk tea seems to be really good at helping (I think it has fenugreek in it, but not sure). And my grandmother said she took brewers yeast tablets when she was younger to create milk production when she wasn't producing.

Sounds like she's a really good baby though, that's awesome.

Yeah, teething sucks. I hate that she's in pain and irritible and fussy and cranky all the time. And neither of us are getting any sleep. Completely frustrating because we just had a good sleep routine down.


Oh I guess that makes sense. I forgot she was early. If Melody had come right around 34 weeks then it would have been during my last week before I went on Christmas holiday. Is there a big concern that because she was early, a future baby would also be early?

Honestly, I've read in several places that waiting a year is recommended so that your uterus and body can fully heal. I read somewhere that it can take the uterus up to a year to return to it's pre-pregnancy size. I want Melody to be over a year before TTC again, in fact I'm thinking I want her to be closer to 2, but our concern is my age. I was already considered high risk first Tri with M, and I'll be 32 this month. 35 is the high risk age.

I had to do the progesterone pills through all of first tri. It sucked at first, but eventually I adjusted. By 2nd Tri they had me quit, but I guess it would make sense they would put you on progesterone to help prevent PTL.

Yay for V gaining weight!



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2017, 01:21 AM   2416
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Angel, oy it's like NB all over with the night time sleep? Seems like teething goes on intermittently for awhile at least for my 2 nephews. Maybe she's having more come in at once? I'm glad DH is helping though. Mine does great too. I try not to ask him for help Friday and Saturday night because he works 12 hour weekends. He will help if needed.

Yeah I'm not sure what I did. My mom said from a really early age I slept the whole night.

Yeah I believe I'm automatically a high risk pregnancy from now on since it's common to have preterm reoccur. I think American pregnancy association recommends 18 months? DH wants another before 35 and not sure if it will take awhile to conceive again or not. So I think at a year maybe ntnp then ttc at 18 months.

I took progesterone pills to induce AF once and it made me a bit cranky, I can only imagine during pregnancy. Giving myself a shot doesn't phase me at least.

Oh and hooray Melody is almost 6 months!



 
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Old Jul 3rd, 2017, 09:02 AM   2417
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Yes! It's like NB sleep all over again! The last two nights have been better, I think it's definitely intermittent!

DH will help but at night I have to wake him because he sleeps through it. So funny (in an ironic, dry humor kind of way) - before baby he was the lightest sleeper I've ever met. Post-baby he can sleep through her crying and even screaming in our bedroom But if I wake him he'll help. I try not to wake him during the week when he has to work but on the weekends he tries to be helpful.

I think you're right, I think I remember reading 18 months from APA.

I had originally planned to do TTA for about 12 months and then NTNP for awhile and TTC around 18 months, figuring it might take awhile, or even if we got pregnant right away at 18 months Melody would be almost 2.5 when baby comes. But I got really tired really quickly of the minipill and having to take it at the same time every day (I'm not very regular at remembering), so I opted to get an IUD, which means I'll have to actively decide we want to TTC and remove it. I had originally wanted to do no BC at all after it took me so long to regulate. But I talked it over with my doctor (who supports natural and hormonal forms of bcp) and she thinks the big thing that affected me was the estrogen part of the pill (and I was on it for 16 years) so we went for a progesterone only form, with lower dosage. Honestly, we aren't having sex very often anyway, but I'm starting to wean her off breastfeeding during the day at least and I don't want to risk getting pregnant again if I happen to ovulate without realizing it while weaning. I don't think I can mentally handle it right now. M is a lot of work!


Yeah, the progesterone pills made me really cranky and actually made me fairly dizzy for a couple weeks. Blah. But once I adjusted it was okay. It's just the onset of the huge increase in hormone. That's great you don't get phased by giving yourself a shot! I think that would be the hardest part for me! I'm glad the pills worked for me because I was not looking forward to the idea of a shot every day!



 
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