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Discussion in 'Assisted Conception' started by ERosePW, Jun 12, 2014.
I hope you feel better soon. Stay hydrated. I hope it passes as you get further along.
brighteyez - you & babies stay healthy...always thinking of you
Amy - Can't wait to hear from you today. Check in when you can.
Brighteyez - Take it easy. Hope you start to feel better soon!
Lady - Give us a bump pic, please.
OMG I'm so mad right now!! I wrote a huge long post, and when I went to attach the picture, I accidentally closed the browser and lost everything!! UGH!!
I'm too tired to rewrite everything right now so I'll just skip to the best part!
I had my ultrasound today and everything looked great. Measuring to the exact day at 6w4d and a great heartbeat at 125 bpm as well.
OMG!! Yes there are two in there. And it's not even what you think. My Dr. says he's 95% sure (because of they way they're positioned) that they are identical twins. So both embryos didn't implant, one split and they both implanted. He said that when separate embryos implant there is an obvious space between them, mine look like they're attached, which is typical with identical twins. I'm still freaking out.
I go back next Thursday.
Wow. That's so great!!!!! Congratulations Amy!
My sister's SIL had 1 implant and the other split and ended up with triplets. So crazy how that happens!!
Anyway, so excited for you!!!
Amy congrats! I think that's how brighteyez ended up with triplets. You guys are making me nervous about my next fet whenever that may be. Odds of the embryo spring are low I think but now our forum had 2! I know you guys are so excited!
OMG Amy, that's awesome!! Identical twins!!! How exciting!
That's crazy you and brighteyez both had embryos split! It's supposed to be so rare for that to happen, and yet, here you guys are! I'm so super excited for you. You SO deserve this! CONGRATS!
I am literally typing this with tears in my eyes!! I have kept you in my thoughts and prayers for months. I am so happy for you and hope you have a wonderful pregnancy. This is so wonderful.
OMG!!!!!!! Amy that is incredible! I am so happy for you!! Wow wow wow. I can't believe it. You so deserve this. Are you excited?? Nervous??
Oh and here is my most recent bump pic!
Wow! Amy! I'm so excited for you! That is wonderful news!!
Lady you look super cute!
I have like 4 seconds for a quick update because my child is yelling at me. Yes, actually yelling at me. We just got home from her surgeon and she looks great. I was a little nervous because at the last appt in November it still looked too close to her front so today, the surgeon said it's stretching great and I'm doing a great job dilating and we only need to do once a week now with 13mm. Follow up in 6. Onths. Whew! What a relief. I'll jump on in the morning and address everyone and add a new picture!
You look ADORABLE!!
Lady - You look amazing! Thanks for sharing.
JCM - Glad to hear that things are improving with your little one.
Amy, Oh my god! Congrats!!! How exciting. You so deserve this. What are the odds? Are you freaking out at all or just overjoyed?
LadySosa: You are freaking adorable!
Booger: I feel terrible to have left you hanging. I've been consumed by all things house buying. We had a LOT of trouble getting Bri to take a bottle. But good news, he is now taking it like a champ! I'm using the Kiinde breastfeeding system, so we started out with those nipples. He would just choke and sputter and couldn't handle the flow at all. The funny thing is my flow is pretty quick, but I think he just couldn't figure out how to control it like he can with the boob. We tried Tomee tippee, Avent, Dr. Brown's and Latch slow flow nipples in addition to the Kiinde. Same problem. Several times I had to come home when I went out because he was screaming and my mom couldn't get him to take it. DH is more patient with him and less prone to freak out.
We went to using a Dr. Brown's preemie nipple, I also brought home a Playtex drop-in because that's supposed to be slow too but we didn't end up trying it. Dr. Brown's was the winner. We found it best for me to leave the house the first few times and hold him sitting upright. It was a totally different feeding experience than breastfeeding that way. DH did have to control the bottle for him a bit at first so he didn't choke but he got the hang of it.
My friend and neighbor, whose son is six days younger than Bri, had major issues too but hers were different. Elliot wanted a faster flow nipple, the slow was too slow for him, and turns out her milk has a high lactose content. After like 12-24 hours her milk sours, unless she scalds it after pumping. This doesn't bug all babies but it did bug Elliot, who screamed every time she tried to give him a bottle. He's started day care and is doing great.
(She figured this out by tasting it. I know it sounds kind of gross but it did inspire me to taste my own. And it wasn't anywhere near as weird as I thought it'd be. And now I can tell if milk went bad.) Hope that helps. Feel free to PM me if you need anything else. I had similar anxiety when I was finally left alone with Bri, especially because I'd had so much help I'd only been responsible with feeding him most of the time. I assure you it gets easier.
I made it a point to get out every day for at least for a walk or a run to Target. Not sure how rural you are, but a Target run always makes me feel better, even if I just walk around =) Have you tried looking for any mom's groups? I've meant to go to one on Mondays at 11 but I keep having conflicts. I do think it helps me that I am used to working from home alone most days, so this isn't as isolating to me as it would be to others.
Beagle: I'm sorry you're feeling anxious about returning to work. I certainly sympathize. I will say I am feeling a bit better about the prospect.
Krissy: Congrats on the house and all the interest in your current home! We haven't listed ours yet, so I'm definitely worried about two mortgages.
Brighteyez: Hope you start to feel better soon. That sounds awful
MrsL: Thanks for checking in. I can't believe you're that far along already!
Hi to everyone else.
I've been totally consumed with all things house buying. How do people do this while working full time? It's been a bit stressful because various inspection turned up some pretty costly things. I'd encourage any of you buying now to not just go with the standard inspection. Since it is an old house, we checked for radon, termites, snaked the sewer lines and checked the chimney. Initially, it seemed like the inspection turned up a handful of small repairs, we estimated would cost about $1,500.
But there was a little mold in the basement so we did mold testing and it is going to be $3,000 to fix that. The radon came back positive. Annnnnd then today I found out both chimneys need new liners, roughly estimated at $4K-$6K!! The current owners are in the middle of a divorce and they owe practically what we bought the house for after refinancing twice. We went back to them asking them to deal with the radon and offer us a $7,000 credit to deal with the mold and chimneys. We said we'd pick up the other repairs. But I just don't know if they have the money.
I'm really anxious because we're looking at almost $10K in repairs, not including the work we were already planning on doing upstairs. I don't want to walk away but we also can't be stupid here. Fingers crossed they at least meet up in the middle.
Thankfully, Bri's been such an awesome baby through all of this. He's a champion napper on the go.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
And here is a new photo of my little man. My new nephew was born on Wednesday and I sent this to my BIL/SIL
Quick check-in to say -
OMG!! Amy - twins! How exciting. So, so glad your scan went well. I can't believe you have identical twins in there. Crazy!!!
Sars - thanks for all the information. We have to keep trying. I pulled out the Dr. Brown's bottle again because that does seem to be the one she took the best.
I'm sorry I can't respond to everyone right now - I'll explain.....
This week has been fine as far as staying home all day with Piper. The first two days went great and then Wednesday we had a hiccup but it led to a discovery that we are now dealing with.
Piper had a small rash that started last week on her belly that got worse. So on Wednesday, I called her doctor's office and they had me bring her in. Her doctor is on maternity leave so I had to see her fill-in. Well, long story short, the fill-in doctor was terrible. She doesn't know what is causing the rash - said it's either an allergy but more than likely a virus (but she can't say what virus) so she instructed me to keep an eye on it and bring her back if it gets worse or if she gets a fever (which she hasn't had). I get that she can't necessarily tell me what exactly is causing it but her bedside manner with a new mom was horrible. I can't wait for the regular doctor to come back!! The rash hasn't gotten any worse, she hasn't had a fever and I'm hoping it goes away soon. It doesn't seem to bother her but of course, it's not something you want to see on your new baby! It's only on her belly, so I guess that's good.
The bigger issue is that we weighed her and she isn't gaining weight like she should. The fill-in doctor didn't say anything but I sure paid attention to it when I got home and checked her weight against her one month check up weight. I call the doctor's office back and spoke with the nurse practitioner who saw her for her one month check-up (whom I happen to love) about the weight thing. We worked up a plan and will talk about it more next week when we see her for Piper's two month wellness check.
Turns out that my milk supply is low and she isn't getting enough milk. Ugh. Let me tell you how terrible that makes me feel. I was reading her feeding habits all wrong - when she was coming off my breast, I thought she was done but it turns out she was pulling off because my milk flow stops. Anyway, it's not like we can supplement with a bottle because she won't take one!!! That makes this even more stressful. So, we are going to meet with a lactation specialist today and I've been trying to pump after every feed like my Dr. said to do and hopefully we can get my supply back up soon because this just sucks.
Luckily, Piper is still a happy little camper and other than dropping on her growth chart, she is doing fine developmentally. At least she hasn't lost weight. She is smiling and cooing and will now pick up her rattle and bring it to her face. So, I'm trying to worry too much but it's hard! I just feel like I'm failing her by not producing enough milk - especially since I seem to have had so much in the first month.
So, all that to say - I've had to put myself on an internet hiatus so that I don't Google everything and freak myself out. The nurse practitioner didn't seem overly concerned so I'm trying to take a cue from her......
I'll be back, probably in a couple weeks when we have this all figured out. I'll miss you guys but it's really for the best. Man, I had no idea how hard any of this could be!!
Lady - you look super cute!!!! Love that bump.
Sars - I forgot to say, Brian is a cutie. Love that smile!!!
booger - hopefully this can work itself out. I am also researching ways to increase supply because trying to go back full time to breastfeeding has not been great. Makes me regret ever cutting down. But oh well. If I can't do it I will just go to formula. I am ordering some supplements today to help. I ran across something called lactiful. Great reviews but really expensive. So going with some cheaper options for now.
Derek pulls off & sleeps when done. If one breast was not enough, he will cry & get agitated. He is not one to just settle when not full.
Oh and you may not see this since you are taking a break but coconut oil can be a miracle worker. I used it for baby acne derek had on his cheesy and it was fine the next day. If no other issues it could be worth a shot for piper.
Booger, So sorry you are dealing with this! But the good news is there are lots of way to try to boost your supply, even fun ones like lactation cookies. Try not to stress if Piper isn't dropping weight. Also, try dripping some breastmilk on the rash. It works wonders. How do you know your supply is low? I'll be rooting for you! Also, I used the Ameda hospital-grade in the hospital and I have to say that it was awful in comparison to the Spectra. If you're going to need to pump a lot to try to boost supply, I'd recommend the investment.