January 2011 Moms

Jan board- Why can't I quit you?

Despite the fact that I belong on the 0-3 board or at least my other birth board (December- I straddled the fence) I still keep wandering back here. If I get annoying, just let me know and I'll go back to lurking until all the other babies arrive. Or if you have any questions about life with a newborn/sorta preemie/labor/recovery/postpartum belly shrinkage/BFing/pumping, whatever, etc, I'd be happy to answer. (Not give advice neccesarily since I have no flipping clue what I'm doing) but I can share my experiences at least.

As a refresher for anyone with labor Qs, the cliffsnotes- my water broke at night (at the gym! Awkward!) but contractions were weak so I was augmented with pitocin the next morning and got an epi around 5 cm. Pushed for 2 hours, realized that pooping on the table really doesn't matter after all, got an episiotomy to avoid the vacuum. Thought I wanted DH to stay by my head- totally gave up on that and I'm now a much less modest person.

Life with a new baby alternates between really hectic and really boring (sounds mean, but it's true!) so I'm lurking quite a bit these days. I should be cleaning but I don't want to. 

Re: Jan board- Why can't I quit you?

  • I don't think anyone wants any of our moms with outside babies to go away.  I have a question.  What's the best tip you have to make the hospital stay a little more tolerable?  I think I'm dreading being in the hospital more than the actual birth.  I just don't like them.
    I give up trying to get a ticker.  I have a DD that is 2.5 years old and is awesome.  Maybe I'll add a quote to distinguish myself.  Hmmm.  How about...

    "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Don't quit us!! We need you here!!! And when I think of questions (which will be happening as time goes on) I will need you even more!!

  • I agree! I personally like that you're still hanging around. If all the outside mommas quit after LO was born, we'd be left with very little going on around here... much less than now!

    And.... why were they going to use the vacuum? Was Lyla just not wanting to come out?

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  • no def don't leave us yet! I have a question for you and this has been worry me for quite some time. I have to return to work 8 weeks after having the baby. How do I build up stash of breast milk for when I return to work? I would like to bf as well as pump so my dh can help but I am confused on the process of actually building up that extra stash. Any suggestions? have you started this yet?? TIA
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  • i hope you stay put with us!! i do have a goofy question that i'm too afraid to ask the dr b/c i feel like it will sound vain. if you had an inny belly button before is it going back in now? we don't all stay outies now do we??? sorry, i know this is a dumb question...

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  • No, please don't leave us! Oh, how we would miss you and Lyla!
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  • no-stay!!  we like you here!

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  • please stay! Your insight is valuable. And I'm sure we'll have some more Dec babies the next 10 days!

    And its already quiet around here since so many left us for the FB page.

    And your cats are cute :) 

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  • image izzourclue:
    I don't think anyone wants any of our moms with outside babies to go away.  I have a question.  What's the best tip you have to make the hospital stay a little more tolerable?  I think I'm dreading being in the hospital more than the actual birth.  I just don't like them.

    My tip?  Take the damn stool softener.  I pretended to take the first one they gave me.  I felt it wasn't necessary.  I regretted my decision shortly thereafter.

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  • image SM2713:
    no def don't leave us yet! I have a question for you and this has been worry me for quite some time. I have to return to work 8 weeks after having the baby. How do I build up stash of breast milk for when I return to work? I would like to bf as well as pump so my dh can help but I am confused on the process of actually building up that extra stash. Any suggestions? have you started this yet?? TIA
    Once you start breast feeding. Pick 1-2 feedings a day and pump after those feedings. You want to make sure it's the same feedings each day. So baby nurses first thing in the morning then pump 10-15 mins longer after baby is done. That will tell your body you need more milk at that feeding and you will start making the extra milk. Take the extra milk and freeze 2-3 oz bags. Lay them flat in the freezer. They save room that way and defrost faster. Make sure your writing the date on them and use the oldest milk first. I did first thing in the morning and lunch time. You have the most milk in the morning and lunch just worked out as a good time. Sorry not op but I had to pump and build a supply fir when I went back to work with my first child.
  • I think you should stay. It looks like we are getting a lot of dec moms (I think I saw 3 in labor this morning on face book). I think as Jan moms get closer they will have questions about labor, delivery things like that and since you were just there you will be very helpful.
  • image izzourclue:
    I don't think anyone wants any of our moms with outside babies to go away.  I have a question.  What's the best tip you have to make the hospital stay a little more tolerable?  I think I'm dreading being in the hospital more than the actual birth.  I just don't like them.

    Bring your own pillow, comfy jammies, and have all come bearing food. Time kind of stops and the hospital food is gross, so having good food brought in (plus my laptop and iphone) kept me sane and occupied during downtime.

    Also, colace and ibuprofin are your friends.

  • image izzourclue:
    I don't think anyone wants any of our moms with outside babies to go away.  I have a question.  What's the best tip you have to make the hospital stay a little more tolerable?  I think I'm dreading being in the hospital more than the actual birth.  I just don't like them.

    Bring your own pillow, comfy jammies, and have all come bearing food. Time kind of stops and the hospital food is gross, so having good food brought in (plus my laptop and iphone) kept me sane and occupied during downtime.

    Also, colace and ibuprofin are your friends.

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    I agree! I personally like that you're still hanging around. If all the outside mommas quit after LO was born, we'd be left with very little going on around here... much less than now!

    And.... why were they going to use the vacuum? Was Lyla just not wanting to come out?

    Yeah, her head was really low (like I could feel the top of her head with my hand and they could see her hair) but she just wasn't making much progress. My doctor called for a vacuum and said he wanted to do an episiotomy so I whimpered and ok'd the episiotomy. Happiest moment of my delivery was when he told the nurse to put the vacuum away because we wouldn't need it after all. 

  • Ok, a couple in one post:

    pumping: I had to pump because LO was in the NICU for a few days so I started by pumping after feedings. The first few times it was drops and I had to use a syringe to squirt them up and put them in the containers but after a few days I was producing an ounce, then two, etc. Now I can pump 4-6 ounces after a feeding, or close to 6 if DH gives her a bottle and I pump at the same time. I only do it once a day or so at this point and since we introduced the bottle so early, her pedi says to keep giving her one every day or two.

    Belly buttons- mine didn't pop, but got really really flat and shallow. It is back to "normal" now but looks deeper than before. Probably because of my extra belly chub.

     CarmanB- good to see you! I've thought of you often. What a beautiful picture of you and your LO!

  • LOL - I literally thought this SAME thing right before clicking on the Jan board forum.

    I also straddle Dec/Jan and 0-3... 

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  • I am curious about the pain of it all. How much it hurts and how you would classify the pain. What does your body physically feel with contractions? I am just scared to death. I'm one of those people who NEEDS to know what to expect, all the little details. How things feel after you deliver? Anything and all you will share is appreciated!
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  • NO need to quit this board! We def still appreciate your insights and experience. And I love seeing the progress of the healthy babies already entering this world from our little community.
  • Please don't go; you are not annoying.  Not at all!

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  • Aw, you girls are sweet!

     

    image J05Boiler:
    I am curious about the pain of it all. How much it hurts and how you would classify the pain. What does your body physically feel with contractions? I am just scared to death. I'm one of those people who NEEDS to know what to expect, all the little details. How things feel after you deliver? Anything and all you will share is appreciated!

    Well, I had pitocin so I braced myself for the worst but up until 5 cm I was doing ok. Contractions definitely hurt, but I'm notorious for being a wimp and I was handling it, especially with a little lower back pressure provided by DH. Around 4-5 cm I got up to go to the bathroom and felt a new level of pain- tight squeezing cramp pain that was more intense than the previous ones. At this point breathing through it was harder and I kept thinking, "Ok, pain med converstion now!" So I said that to the nurse. She recommended a short term quick acting IV pain med and I jumped on it. As soon as that kicked in I decided I didn't want to wait any longer before the epi so I asked for that. With this short term pain med and the the epi, contractions were hardly anything. I could feel them but didn't really feel pain. As soon as the epi kicked in and the anesthesiologist left the nurse rechecked me and I was fully dilated and the baby had dropped fully down into the canal. So, basically I went from 5-10 in 30-45 minutes. I don't know whether the epi MADE it happen or if I was headed for one heck of a half hour if I hadn't gotten it.

    They pretty much turned off my epi at that point so I could regain some sensation while pushing. After two hours of pushing I could feel discomfort but not too bad. Pushing her out didn't hurt at all with the epi- it was just hard work and hard to hold my breath while pushing so hard. (I couldn't breathe and push. Didn't work for me.)

    So.... overall, not as painful as I expected, but if I had waiting 30 more minutes for the epi I might be telling a very different story!

    Recovery kind of felt like my insides were trying to fall out my butt- lots of pressure. Ibuprofin was very helpful!

  • Aw, you girls are sweet!

     

    image J05Boiler:
    I am curious about the pain of it all. How much it hurts and how you would classify the pain. What does your body physically feel with contractions? I am just scared to death. I'm one of those people who NEEDS to know what to expect, all the little details. How things feel after you deliver? Anything and all you will share is appreciated!

    Well, I had pitocin so I braced myself for the worst but up until 5 cm I was doing ok. Contractions definitely hurt, but I'm notorious for being a wimp and I was handling it, especially with a little lower back pressure provided by DH. Around 4-5 cm I got up to go to the bathroom and felt a new level of pain- tight squeezing cramp pain that was more intense than the previous ones. At this point breathing through it was harder and I kept thinking, "Ok, pain med converstion now!" So I said that to the nurse. She recommended a short term quick acting IV pain med and I jumped on it. As soon as that kicked in I decided I didn't want to wait any longer before the epi so I asked for that. With this short term pain med and the the epi, contractions were hardly anything. I could feel them but didn't really feel pain. As soon as the epi kicked in and the anesthesiologist left the nurse rechecked me and I was fully dilated and the baby had dropped fully down into the canal. So, basically I went from 5-10 in 30-45 minutes. I don't know whether the epi MADE it happen or if I was headed for one heck of a half hour if I hadn't gotten it.

    They pretty much turned off my epi at that point so I could regain some sensation while pushing. After two hours of pushing I could feel discomfort but not too bad. Pushing her out didn't hurt at all with the epi- it was just hard work and hard to hold my breath while pushing so hard. (I couldn't breathe and push. Didn't work for me.)

    So.... overall, not as painful as I expected, but if I had waiting 30 more minutes for the epi I might be telling a very different story!

    Recovery kind of felt like my insides were trying to fall out my butt- lots of pressure. Ibuprofin was very helpful!

  • image IncogNeato:

    Aw, you girls are sweet!

     

    image J05Boiler:
    I am curious about the pain of it all. How much it hurts and how you would classify the pain. What does your body physically feel with contractions? I am just scared to death. I'm one of those people who NEEDS to know what to expect, all the little details. How things feel after you deliver? Anything and all you will share is appreciated!

    Well, I had pitocin so I braced myself for the worst but up until 5 cm I was doing ok. Contractions definitely hurt, but I'm notorious for being a wimp and I was handling it, especially with a little lower back pressure provided by DH. Around 4-5 cm I got up to go to the bathroom and felt a new level of pain- tight squeezing cramp pain that was more intense than the previous ones. At this point breathing through it was harder and I kept thinking, "Ok, pain med converstion now!" So I said that to the nurse. She recommended a short term quick acting IV pain med and I jumped on it. As soon as that kicked in I decided I didn't want to wait any longer before the epi so I asked for that. With this short term pain med and the the epi, contractions were hardly anything. I could feel them but didn't really feel pain. As soon as the epi kicked in and the anesthesiologist left the nurse rechecked me and I was fully dilated and the baby had dropped fully down into the canal. So, basically I went from 5-10 in 30-45 minutes. I don't know whether the epi MADE it happen or if I was headed for one heck of a half hour if I hadn't gotten it.

    They pretty much turned off my epi at that point so I could regain some sensation while pushing. After two hours of pushing I could feel discomfort but not too bad. Pushing her out didn't hurt at all with the epi- it was just hard work and hard to hold my breath while pushing so hard. (I couldn't breathe and push. Didn't work for me.)

    So.... overall, not as painful as I expected, but if I had waiting 30 more minutes for the epi I might be telling a very different story!

    Recovery kind of felt like my insides were trying to fall out my butt- lots of pressure. Ibuprofin was very helpful!

    Thanks for sharing, that really helps a ton! Although it just sounds so easy!

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  • You sound like a true mommy now : )
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  • Don't leave us! Thanks for sharing your story.

    What do your kitties think about baby?

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