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Friday, December 16th, 2005

Posted by:phoenixapriori.
Time:5:24 pm.
Was this always here? 'Cause I'm pretty sure it wasn't here when I was looking it up. I'm just comfused. I had my little girl, Cressa, August 12th, right on her due date. And my name is Rachel.
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Friday, August 12th, 2005

Posted by:q_bomb79.
Time:12:03 pm.
Mood: happy.
Hello all. I just found this community so I thought I would make a quick introduction of myself.

My name is Erin DeMoulin-Stratton from the Phoenix AZ Valley area. My LJ picture is from my wedding in July. I am about 39 weeks pregnant with a due date for my new little boy of August 15th, though the doctor also said that could be give or take two weeks in either direction. The two weeks in back are already past, so I could pretty much go any day now.

We do have an name picked out. Liam Kegan Stratton. Sooooo....that's about it. Just wanted to toss this out there and hopefully get a little bit of moral support during these final REALLY hard weeks.
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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Subject:Baby announcement
Posted by:kinder_egg.
Time:9:31 pm.
Hey all --

mai_mischief reminded me that I never posted a birth announcement, so here it is!

Baby Suley was born on July 12, 2005 at 12:43 pm via scheduled C-section. He weighed 7 lbs 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. He spent one night in the NICU to monitor his breathing and then roomed in with us for the next two nights. They had told us he couldn't room in at all since he'd been in the NICU so we "stole" him from the nursery -- asked if we could see him in our room, then never returned him. Good thing, too, because on two separate occasions nurses came to our room and tried to take him to be circumcised! If he'd been in the nursery, we wouldn't have been there to say "hands off his foreskin!"

He is currently on a biliblanket for jaundice. His bilirubin level went from 11 (Friday) to 16 (Monday) to 19 (Thursday) and is now back down to 15 as of today. The people from the medical supply company who provide the biliblanket tried to tell us we had to switch to formula for one feeding a day. We smiled and nodded. No dice.

Anyway, he's gorgeous and perfect and he's waking up now so I gotta go! There's a big picture of him on my info page.

xposted to the August communities
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Monday, July 18th, 2005

Subject:Getting Closer! xposted
Posted by:lil_irish_lass.
Time:10:42 am.
Mood: busy.
I know most of us are well-informed about breastfeeding, and some of us are experienced, but I just wanted to share something that doesn't always get shared, that can result in frustration on the part of mom and lead to an early cessation of breastfeeding. Actually, a few tips :). Mostly because so many mothers I know get off to a frustrated start because they are misinformed in the hospital...because the formula companies pad the hospital's and most especially doctor's pockets. If you're planning to formula feed, then you can skip this post :D. If you're planning a birth in a hospital and want to breastfeed, I share this so you can be armed and dangerous :D

For the first few days, your boobs (actually, they already are) produce colostrum. It's very high in vitamins and a few other things, but not very filling. It's not meant to be filling. It's meant to penetrate and remove all the sludge from your baby's digestive tract (the 'meconium'). Meconium prevents things from absorbing, it protects the GI tract from a lot of things, and one of its functions is to keep it from functioning until it needs to. All the nutrients in utero your baby recieved are from the cord, but afterward it's the GI tract. So colostrum is meant to get things started. It's okay that it's not filling, because not very much bulk would get absorbed anyways. However, a lot of moms get freaked out because it seems like the baby wants to nurse all the time and seems 'hungry' and fussy. For some stupid reason, nurses and doctors sometimes push formula supplementation or sugar water at this time. I say "stupid reason" because it IS stupid. For the following reasons:

1. During the last few weeks of gestation, your baby doesn't develop so much as pack on some pounds. They get a very tiny amount of fat storage. That is meant, in my and many others' opinions, to make up for the lack of fiber and fat in colostrum. It's very normal, even for formula fed babies, to lose weight at first. The reason that formula fed babies lose weight, it is surmised, is because it takes a lot longer for the meconium to pass out and, if you'll remember, meconium is a barrier to absorption. Anyways, if your baby loses a few ounces, tThis doesn't mean you are doing something wrong or there is something wrong with your colostrum or milk. It's normal. You're not starving them. If there is dramatic weight loss, that's an indication that something is going wrong. But unless it's dramatic, you're fine.

2. Your baby wants to nurse all the time (or may not, especially if the baby is still drugged from birth if you use painkillers like demerol or epidurals) and that's GOOD. The more your baby nurses, the more and higher quality milk you will produce and sooner too, which your baby will love you for. Milk is basically a supply and demand thing. It takes generally 2-5 days for your milk to come in, although it could take as long as a week I've heard. Also, birth is somewhat traumatic for the baby too. Sucking on something is very comforting for babies. So if you're freaked out that the baby is using you as a pacifier, don't be. All that sucking is, first of all, helping your uterus clamp off the bleeding and go back to the right size faster which is great for you because it means less complications and blood loss, it's helping you loose that weight (part of the weight you gain in pregnancy is fat stores for breastfeeding, especially for those first few weeks), and it's bringing in your milk. Something that can really harm this process is introducing a supplemental bottle or a pacifier at this stage. It can cause nipple confusion, and your baby really doesn't NEED the formula right now. He/she needs to get rid of all that yucky meconium before the baby can even absorb most of the formula anyways. Incidentally, the sucking and resulting peristalsis (movement of the GI tract) helps get rid of the meconium too, but not as fast or effectively as colostrum. Oh, it helps your nipples toughen up too :D I basically spent two days with a baby attached to me :) It really wasn't that bad, or such a large sacrifice. As soon as my milk came in (day three, I believe) she stopped wanting to suck ALL the time, and settled into her own routine of eating every few hours. :)

3. Generally, you want to wait as long as possible to introduce pacifiers and bottles if you plan on using them. Doctors say 2 weeks, boob_nazis say 4-6. :D Anything earlier can, like I said, lead to something called nipple confusion. Believe it or not, babies don't naturally always know how to latch on to your breast perfectly and coordinate the suck-swallow and just how to do it. It's very instinctive, but it's also a learning process for both mom and baby. So if you introduce an artificial nipple when they are still trying to figure it out, they may get confused and not suck effectively at either or prefer one to the other, and usually the preference leans toward the artificial nipple because it's easier to suck and produce something from it. ESPECIALLY if you are having issues that relate to how the baby latches or lazy suck or anything like that, DON'T introduce anything artificial until you fix it. If not, I'd wait at least until your milk came in before introducing a pacifier if you plan on using one. :)

4. If your baby is fussy, he/she may not be hungry so much as wanting comfort. Recall that the baby just got uncomfortably squeezed through a very narrow passage, or at least taken from a fluid, warm, comforting environment to an environment full of lights, sounds, and air. Babies suck for comfort. They naturally will root for your breast for comfort, even if they aren't hungry. And sometimes, they will latch on, suck a bit, then get mad and unlatch and tell you all about it :). Either you have an impatient baby, or he/she is just expressing how he/she feels about that whole process. It's okay. You are not, repeat, starving your child. :) Babies can be really fussy those first few days, and no wonder! It's most likely not hunger related. Remember, their digestive system is just waking up and figuring it out.

ETA: One more thing about colostrum that's important to remember. Your breasts won't feel full of it, and you probably won't feel it come out at all. Colostrum doesn't 'let down' like milk does, nor does it swell your ducts to mammoth proportions :) This doesn't mean there is nothing there. One sign to look for is hearing your baby swallow. At this point she probably won't swallow after every suck. But every once in awhile you should hear a swallow. Also, she should continue to have pee diapers. If she stops having pee diapers, or they get really stinky and dark, and her fontanels and eyes look sunken, that's a sign of dehydration. And of course, look for the meconium. It's very sticky, tarry, and greenish. Arianna's was DARK green. So don't think you have nothing because you don't feel it; you do. :)

I can think of more reasons, but I just wanted you to be at least basically informed so that no one could cast seeds of doubt onto your breastfeeding relationship in those first few days. In a nutshell: you're not starving your baby, formula and sugar water wouldn't do your baby any good anyways, you might end up with nipple confusion which you don't want if you are trying for a successful breastfeeding relationship, and babies nurse for comfort too. :)
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Friday, July 8th, 2005

Posted by:purple___rain.
Time:2:40 am.
Hi
I just joined I'm Sarah 22 from Cambridge (UK) and I'm due on the 20th August with baby number 3 and its a boy we have already chosen Shakeel as his name. I am getting really excited about the birth now cos theres only just over 6 weeks left but time is dragging by so slow. I have recently been having to have weekly scans cos they were worried about the size of the baby and theres hardly any fluid but at this weeks scan they said hes growing ok now still a bit on the small side but nothing to worry about, but the fluid is still really low my consultant reckons either the placenta is'nt working to good or my waters have broken but I have'nt noticed maybe they will do more checks next tuesday cos I have another scan and consultant appointment then.
I live with my partner Abdul and my daughter Aleesha shes 13 months old.
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Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Subject:Hey all....
Posted by:ma2cuties.
Time:8:24 pm.
Mood: happy.
Just joined, I'm due with number #4 on the 18th of August :o) 70 days till d-day and counting!!
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Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Subject:herbs
Posted by:rainas.
Time:12:15 pm.
I work in technical Support and i just had a client on the phone who works with natropath medicine.
He travels quite frequently to care for Amish comminuties and small towns. Anyway, back to the point he gave me some information i thought you girls would like also. I would double check these to make sure i wrote them down right and ask your OB if you'd like but some herb suppliments and their uses.

Blessed Thistle = when you are nursing will increase your milk supply.
Parsley and Sage = when you are nursing do not take. This will dimish your milk, no matter how hard you try and BF.

through the end of pregnancy and after delivery
Red rasberry for cervix ripening and uterus shrinking back to normal

thought i would share for those who want it.

X-posted
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Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Posted by:evergrnterrace.
Time:4:31 am.
Who is the mod in this community?
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Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Subject:Diapers!
Posted by:lil_irish_lass.
Time:2:23 pm.
Mood: excited.
Have ya'll thought about what kind of diapering you'll be doing? Cloth or disposable? May I offer a suggestion? Now would be a good time to start stocking up on diapers. I'm not kidding.

If you're going the cloth route, it is a bit expensive initially (anywhere from $100-$400 for diapers enough to last you the next two or so years, the average is about $200), so the best thing to do is some research and start ordering/buying stuff a little at a time now so you'll be all set :) If you're going disposable, I would suggest stocking up on later sizes, especially size twos. They don't stay in newborn sizes or size ones very long. And the worst is not using diapers :( Especially because you end up spending about $1700-$2500 on disposable diapers over the course of your baby's diaper time.

I'm going to do cloth diapering, and I'm so excited about it! With my first, all I had was the very basic cloth stuff, but this time around I'm going to get some fancier stuff and re-make some of the stuff I already have. And I have my own washing machine this time, which makes it way easier. :) Though I know several people who do the laundromat thing with cloth diapers.

I'm getting so excited for this baby, and I still have 21 weeks til due date. :P I already drug out the stuff I used with my first, and am getting ready to spruce it all up for the baby :) That's another nice thing about cloth, you can reuse it for subsequent children. I gave away some of my cloth stuff tho, so I need to add to my collection.

So, what do you think, ladies? If you are wondering about cloth diapering you can ask me, or go to one of the many cloth diapering communities here :) I highly, highly recommend it. It's not really much extra work, just extra laundry instead of extra garbage.
x-posted
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Monday, February 14th, 2005

Posted by:generickat.
Time:4:40 pm.
Mood: content.
Hello :) My name is Kathy and I'm 20 years old...My baby is due August 8th...I live in Houston...I'm so excited. Glad that I found this community :)
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Thursday, February 10th, 2005

Subject:Howdy
Posted by:blkphysh.
Time:11:14 am.
I'm bryanne. I'm a firefighter/emt in south dakota. I have 1 little boy that was born in June 2003, and now I am pregnant again and due August 14th. I am an August baby myself, and I think this will be the coolest birthday present yet. >)
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Posted by:scarlete.
Time:4:33 pm.
Did some looking around (scuse the two posts in a row thing) and august2005 seems fairly active with 17 members and moderated . Think I'm gonna scoot on over there!

*moseys*
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Friday, January 21st, 2005

Subject:Heart Beat
Posted by:itsthattime.
Time:4:18 pm.
Today was our 2nd prenatal visit. Much quicker than the first!
But I was a little disappointed - I was really hoping to hear the heartbeat today. I must admit = it makes me nervous too, b/c now I'm thinking about all the "what ifs" even though my doctor told me that a fetal heartbeat via the dopplar (the whole jelly on the belly and the little machine over that dealie) this early in a pregnancy doesn't 'always' work - she told me that right from the beginning.
I heard the heartbeat, in fact, I saw the heartbeat 2 weeks ago when we had our first ultrasound. It was a vaginal ultrasound (as they do early in pregnancy I guess) and it was so amazing. It confirmed that everything was okay and I didn't worry at all. I guess I needed that again. :(
My doctor said to schedule another ultrasound for next week - just to calm my nerves (even though she said it really is no big deal and I shouldn't worry). I did schedule one, for 1/28. My husband tells me not to worry - but I am. I know it's irrational - but I can't help it. :(
So ... has anyone else been able to get a heartbeat off of the dopplar this early in pregnancy?
Thanks for listening!

laura, 11 weeks and 3 days.
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Monday, January 17th, 2005

Subject:Pillows
Posted by:itsthattime.
Time:8:31 am.
Yesterday, my husband and I bought new pillows b/c my old ones were not allowing me to sleep. I am so uncomfortable at night, I barely sleep at all anymore.
I bought a body pillow-even on the bag it came in it said "Great For Expectant Mothers". I was psyched. I got into bed. I curled up w/ the pillow. And I was uncomfortable.
Am I doing something wrong? Do any of you use a body pillow? What position do you sleep in? How do you use the pillow? Can you give me any more tips on getting comfortable at night?

I'm nervous b/c I'm only at 11 weeks. I have a little belly, and my boobs are out of control --- and it's still so early! What's going to happen to me down the road if I'm already so uncomfortable???

:(
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Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Subject:Hello!!
Posted by:poespretty.
Time:9:57 pm.
I'm Brianne (26), married to Rob (27).
My husband has a 4 year old son Logan (lives with us) and I am pregnant with our first child. I'm due Aug 2. (10 weeks, 4 days pregnant).

I had my first ultrasound today. The baby is 2in long, it's heartbeat was 158 beats/min. It was kicking it's little feet all over the place & it was amazing to watch.

I look forward to 'meeting'/talking with you all! :)

anyone know where I can get a cute pregnancy icon? all the communities I've seen are abandoned or lame ;p

Brie
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Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Subject:Hello!
Posted by:lil_irish_lass.
Time:9:37 pm.
Mood: happy.
Yay! Another place to share :)
My name's Melissa, I'm married with one 3.5yr old daughter. I'm due with our second child 8-10-05. We plan on birthing at home with a midwife, breastfeeding, and not finding out the gender :) I'm totally excited for this baby, we tried for nearly a year. The one drawback is the icky morning sickness and random cravings that go with it. Hopefully that will let up in the 2nd trimester. :D Look forward to getting to know you all and bein' pregnant together. :)
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Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Subject:New member!
Posted by:isleepwithacop.
Time:3:47 pm.
Hi all,

I'm Pam, 29 (30 on the 16th!), married to Bryan, 26. We're expecting our first baby on August 11, 2005. We got married May 31, 2003. We can't WAIT to find out the sex of the baby!

Looking forward to meeting you all,
Pam
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Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

Subject:"up and coming baby names"
Posted by:kian.
Time:9:46 pm.
http://www.alternativebabynames.com/upandcoming

just thought I'd share


cross posted to [Unknown LJ tag] hormone_ravaged and oldermoms
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Subject:baby!
Posted by:itsthattime.
Time:9:57 am.
How many of you want to find out the sex of your baby???

At first we didn't want to ... but we received baby clothes (already!) for Christmas - and they were all yellow w/ ducks on them. Afterwards, my husband and I talked about it and we thought "let's do it!" and now we will find out the sex.

What are you going to do?
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Thursday, December 30th, 2004

Subject:Some cute T.P. fun
Posted by:youmybaby.
Time:11:30 am.
Mood: amused.
I joined a couple pregnancy message boards on different sites. On one of them I saw that that once a week they were using toliet paper to measure their belly growth each week. I was thinking maybe we can try that here to make the community a more interactive between the members. Just to see were everyone on is at. So I guess every thursday just take some T.P. and see how maybe squares it takes to go around the widest part of your belly.

I'm 7 weeks and I am already 9 squares..kinda pokey :)

anyone else have any growth?

***stardustic
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