All the little ones are just terrible cute! Sorry no personals just wanted to jump in real quick.
Simon is two weeks today. He has his two week check up and will be getting circumzised on Wednesday.
My mom left this morning to go home. We miss her, its really hard on me being so far away from them. I always cry when they leave. DH has drills all weekend and plans to go back to work after classes on Monday. So its looking like I'll be spending alot of time just me and Simon.
Thanks to everyone who attempted to help on the BF front. DH and i decided today that we are just going to go with formula. It breaks my heart that my body just won't produce enough to take care of Simon's needs. However I attempted to take him off formula and his dirty diaper decreased and he wasn't sleeping as well due to being hungry.
Anyone have any tips on getting days and nights flipped?? Simon does not seem to want to sleep from 10pm-3ish in the morning. Then he taked a nice long nap late morning to early afternoon. He has been sleeping in the pack n play in the living room or in his crib in his room. He does not like to sleep in our room in his craddle. I know they say to have them sleep in your room for 6 months but
Elena NEVER slept in our room. She sleeps in her own room with a monitor. DH wanted it that way (he doesn't believe in co-sleeping at all - long story), plus we honestly didn't have room in our bedroom for even a bassinet.
Elena was great right from the beginning about keeping her days and nights straight. But I was also really strict with keeping it that way. Here's what I did:
- establish a bedtime routine. It's never too early for this. Try to be really consistent with the time. Dim the lights, change the diaper, and give a bottle (or breast, but sounds like you are doing bottles now).
- put the baby to bed, even if he still seems to be awake. If he really fusses then you may have to go get him - it'll take some trial and error to find a good, consistent bedtime.
- when he wakes for night feedings, feed him, and put him back to bed right away. Teach him that nighttime = bedtime. Keep the room quiet and dark. This is very important!
- until he is a good night sleeper, do not put him down for daytime naps in his crib. Keep him out in full light and don't quiet your activities. Leave the tv on, go about your daily business, etc., so that he learns that daytime = activity time, ei: NOT time to have a good long marathon sleep. LOL. Don't let him sleep longer than 3 hours during the day. Of course once he's STTN he'll still take daytime naps, but then you can transition him to his crib if you like, just keep the curtains open so he still knows it's daytime.
We did all this with Elena and she was STTN at 2.5 months old. Either we were really lucky, or all of the above really worked. Or both. LOL. Either way, good luck!
Oh and try not to feel bad about formula! Elena refused to BF so I EPed for 6.5 months, but finally just got sick and tired of it. She is on formula now and is absolutely thriving. I had her weighed the other day and she has gained almost 2.5 lbs in under 2 months, and from what the other ladies have been saying, growth seems to really slow down after 6 months. Not so with my girl!
DH and I were mean last night. Since my mom is no longer here after feeding Simon at roughly 930 we put him in his crib and we went to bed. He was funny and cried for a little bit. We set 10-15 minutes as the deadline and said if he was still crying by then we would go with plan B. At 7 minutes he had put himself to sleep. He woke up at 1 for a bottle and again at 5! Now he doesn't want to go back to sleep unless I'm holding him. lol
On the BF thing.. we decided on formula last night. My girls actually leaked over night and felt like rocks! So I pumped this morning and got 2 oz! I have not gotten 2 oz in the last two weeks. So I'm thinking I'll pump a few more times and see what happens. I mean they didn't get touched milking wise for over 12 hours so that could be why I pumped so much. May just go the breast milk in a bottle route if I have enough. That way I know for sure how much he is getting. Either way his next feeding will be the BM in a bottle.
Cassie - I'm so glad to hear that Simon is starting to figure out his days and nights! I was going to suggest getting him in the sun (when possible- can hard this time of year), in addition to Kelly's suggestions but it sounds like you don't need anymore advice!
One thought on the formula v breastfeeding is to remember that it is not an either/or decision. You can always choose one or two feedings (maybe before bed or in the morning) when you are going to breastfeed and then just give bottles of formula for the others. Or some other combination that you are comfortable with and gives Simon enough food. Any breast milk the baby gets is beneficial, and you should be proud of all that you have given him already!
Cassie, you are doing a WONDERFUL job with Simon. There is no shame in not BFing and there is no shame in not having in sleep in your room until he's 6 months old (I think I moved DS out when he was 6 WEEKS old). Having him sleeping and feeding him what works for him is all that matters. How you go about the two are your own personal choice, and no one should judge you for that.
As far as having days and night confused, you want to make day time as "lively" as possible. Don't tiptoe around him sleeping during the day, and make sure your exposing him to plenty of sunlight (maybe put his pack and play under a sunny window). You need to send signals to him that it is daytime. During the day keep him on a routine (which will be easier to establish once he gets a little older). Encourage more feedings during the day. And make those feedings more playful. At night keep everything as quiet and as dark as possible. Try to avoid the TV, bright lights, talking too much etc. Feedings and changing should be quick and strictly business.
It will be hard at first, but start during the day to keep him more alert and then hopefully the night time pattern will fall into place without too many tears.
Not doing personals right now, Desmond is climbing on me. Glad that everyone is doing so well though.
Eloise said her first sentence the other day she told my Mom, "Cow go moo". She is also walking. She took 3 steps in a row the day she said cow go moo, and she took 5 steps the next evening. Last night she was taking a bunch of steps, unless I was watching, she kept walking to my Mom though. No pictures since she sits down when I watch. She is doing great though and I figure by the end of the week she is likely to be a good walker. Guess it is time to buy her shoes!
Hi Mommas! I’m going to give catching up a shot here.
Ella, Eliza is such a doll! I loved the video.
Noel, glad that Jasper is thriving. I have looked at that website... there are som things on it that i just don't agree with though. I hope your break helps Jasper get back on the breast.
Hello all the other Momma's and little ones. Hope you are all doing wonderfully.
AF Simon... we has out two week appointment today. Simon is up tp 7lbs 15oz so we are just slightly over our birth weight. Which made me very happy. Our Ped said Simon looked good and was responding the way he wanted to everything. We got back in March for our two month and vaccinations. We also got circumsized this morning. He did really well through the proceedure. I was proud, yes I watched.
As for BF we are still nursing some. I'm not pushing it but I give him what I have. I try to nurse at night to help calm him to sleep. Which he has done really good the last 5 nights. Untill last night he was going down between 9-11 and only waking up at 1am and 6am. Then normally in the morning because that seems to be when I have the most milk. Otherwise we are still finishing with formula or some feedings just formula.
We had switched to our CD's when his stump fell off. We are back to disposables with the circ. LiL Man is wetting through everything! I wake him up and his outfit is soaked on the side and back. If we are in the same outfit more then 4 hours I am amazed.
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Glad to hear Simon is doing so well! The picture is too cute. LOL! I can't believe you watched his circ though. You are a brave momma! I could barely watch Elena
Hey Ladies, WTT babies really are the cutest, aren't they!!
Ella- Eliza is just beautiful, she looks so feminine and pretty!
Kelly- I love the pic of Elena in your siggy! It sounds like she's doing great.
Cassie- Simon is soo cute, he looks so tiny and new compared to what I'm used to with James. Enjoy these early months, they go soooo fast! Glad your still able to nurse some even if your supply is low, any milk he gets from you is good!
Noel- I am so glad your kids are enjoying Jasper, that must be a real joy to watch! I hope the nursing break will help him come around to the idea of drinking straight from the tap. Have you tried nursing shields? I have some friend IRL that have had success with those when baby didn't want to nurse...
Sarah- I can't believe Eloise is using sentences. When did she start saying words (that she understood what they meant)?
Brita- Barrett is so big now! He looks so healthy and happy!
Lorien- Patrick looks so cute in the sling. Does he still sleep in it? James never sleeps anywhere but in bed or the carseat these days... I really wish he would sleep while being worn sometimes.
~~~hi!!! to everyone else~~~
James is doing awesome. He finally gained weight!! After being 17lb6oz since 6 months he is now finally at the 18lb mark! I'm so glad, because I was really starting to worry he was never going to grow. He loves solids and is doing really well exploring different foods and stuff. I've got him self feeding a lot of different things, which is really fun!
James is also STTN now, yay!! I really didn't want to force night weaning, so I was hoping he would do it on his own, and he did!! I could not be happier about that, it's so nice to get a full nights sleep.
Developmentally he's doing great too, he crawls everywhere and climbs up on all the furniture. Just yesterday he started being able to stand "hands free"! He can do it for about 30 seconds I think and then he plops down, mostly because he gets nervous. It's so cool, he's even taken a step or two towards me before leaning forward and falling onto his hands and knees.
I could go on and on, but this is already a pretty long post. Keep the updates coming ladies, I love reading about all the babies!!