Page 4 of 6 FirstFirst ... 23456 LastLast
Results 55 to 72 of 101

Thread: 1 Month - 3 Months, September '05

  1. #55

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    out and about
    Posts
    1,068

    Default

    Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2005 8:51 pm Post subject:

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I am cheating, as have cut n pasted from Vic thread, but am short on time
    Love to you all.
    Update on me ( selfish I know)
    Am going back to work 24th oct, Rostered on then!
    Rianna turns 2 sept 21, so am organising her b'day party ( just a family do) sending out invites tomorrow
    Going to Lion King tomorrow, leaving Dion and Rianna with my mum ( first time I have left Dion) Big girls are coming with us.
    Have started to organise Dion's baptism for 13th November, have just asked the godparents.
    Dion was on antibiotics for a nasty chest, which he finished the other day, but I was not happy, as he developed a wheeze, a rash, and was vomiting, there was a few times he "paused " breathing, and was blue, so I blew in his face, which stimulated the breathing again( still scary) Drs have Diagnosed Viral Bronchiolitis, apparently lots of bubs end up in hospital in oxygen tents at this age, so he's not a well boy, is not sleeping well, and cannot manage a full feed without a coughing fit, so is feeding 1/2 hrly, and snoozing in between. This will apparently last up to 10 days ( its been 5 already so guess whos sleep deprived!!!) so I apologise in advance as again there will be no personals from me!!

    Wanted to keep you up to date on my life, and let you know am thinking of you ( when the brain works!!)


  2. #56

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Outer Eastern Subs - Melb
    Posts
    1,544

    Default

    Brooke, bought the book yesterday and I'm half way through reading it. We are doing a lot of what Gina suggests and some of it I'm not sure I want to follow, however I'm reading it all before I make any decisions.

    Blake has been really grumpy the last two.. or nearly 3 days as he's not sleeping long during his daytime naps. He will only sleep for about 40-45mins ie one sleep cycle and wont go back to sleep. We try to settle him back to sleep as I know this just isn't enough - I'd be happy if one sleep during the day was longer but all weekend he just napped. Mind you he is still sleeping at night - 7-8 hours at a pop, so I can't complain too loudly. We were out this morning so his first sleep was only 45 minutes and I don't blame him for that. He was back in bed about 12 and woke... yep at 12.45pm. I've resettled him -with a bit of crying - and he's back asleep now. At least being a weekday with DH at work and DD at school, he's likely to sleep because there wont be any noise to wake him.

    I picked up the portrait of Blake and Viv this morning. I was tempted to get more than just the freebie, but resisted. There wasn't really any great pictures of Blake but there were some lovely ones of Viv. As I was left alone in the viewing room for a minute or two, I snapped my two favourites with my camera phone... naughty I know, but I wasn't planning to buy any of them any way. At least I can show DH and DD what was there. If he likes them and thinks it's worth it, I'll take him back to make the final decision on purchasing. Mind you we have a family portrait booked at Myer for this weekend so I think we'll see what they offer us. Might even ask SIL to come over and take a few snaps of Blake. I'd like a close up one of him and cause she used to be a photographer, she's likely to get a great one.

    Footnote... after typing the last two paragraphs there's no noise coming from Blake's room.

    Deb, Brooke, Melody... Keep us posted on how you go with the routines.

    Gemma... Name a time and date... we have to catch up. I'll tell Viv tonight that you used to skate. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to see your leotards. I think you should keep them though, but depending on what size they are, she might like to borrow one for a comp. There's a comp in November that we are aiming for. Not sure what or where, but depending on how well she goes with her new classes, we may make it. She's very excited about her new class. When you start a new level the coach always spends lots of time with you as you are learning new moves so Viv has already said that she can't wait!

    Vanita, sorry to hear that Dion's still so unwell. I hope he kicks it and doesn't have to go to hospital. Healthy vibes going his way

    Well I'm going to take advantage of this bonus quiet time and try to organise dinner. Might even contemplate going to Spotlight to look at curtain fabric as I think that Blake's room is too light and with these brighter days which are only going to get brighter.... Can't you just hear Gina Ford's words going through my head?!

    Hi Heather! :flower:
    Hi Kate! :flower:
    Hi Lisa :flower:
    Hi Jo! :flower:

    Sorry if I've missed anyone.

  3. #57

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    out and about
    Posts
    1,068

    Default

    Well have just got home , had a follow up appt with the Dr and she still wasnt happy with his chest sounds, so we got to go to hospital for xrays. The good news is he doesnt have pneumonia ( like she was worried he had) but his lungs are a bit thickened from the bronchiolitis, so he has to go on more antibiotics, this time a tablet that I have to dissolve, oh the joy!! I actually had about 4 hrs sleep last night so am feeling much cheerier today!!

    Love to all

  4. #58

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Copenhagen
    Posts
    617

    Default

    Vanita - sorry to hear that Dion is so unwell. Poor little love, I hope he's feeling better soon.

    Brooke - see you in the next thread! I only skimmed over your previous message before so missed the bit about DP. I hope he works it out soon how lucky he is to have you both in his life. Sometimes men are impossible!! You seem very understanding about it, you are a good woman!! Power to you girl!

    Rachel - we are doing the 2-4 week routine here, as it was closest to how he has been feeding. Our main concern is we live in one room..it is a studio apartment, so it is completely 'un-Gina', IYKWIM. Light, noise, kitchen smells..the works. But the bub, bless him, seems to be able to settle himself well (sucks his fingers and sometimes dummy :-#). My biggest problem is actually keeping him awake. He is often wanting to sleep by an hour after he eats, so keeping him up for that last half hour or hour, is really hard, especially at lunchtime. so his 'big nap' ends up being split up, which is wrong, i know! We'll keep trying. I also like to take him out (cos I would go crazy in here all day) and he's asleep within minutes of being in the pram or sling. So I try to do that at naptimes rather than awake time at them moment.

    Hi everyone else! Hope the week goes well for you!

  5. #59

    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Inner West, Sydney
    Posts
    964

    Default

    Hey yall,

    Vanita - big hugs to you and dion and healthy recovery vibes for your little man.

    Brooke- see you in the next thread in a week!!

    Deb - wow at Gina Fords regime. Id love to hear from you and others how it is going. It sounds a bit strict for us. I follow a bit of a routine but if for example hendy wants to fall asleep straight after a feed then i let him. I definately follow his lead. I also try to 'carry' him 3 hours a day as suggested by attachment parenting people, but saying that i also try for him to have one sleep a day in his cot and always try for him to have two sleep cycles at every sleep. Ithink the worst thing ive found for hendy is to disturb his sleep so if im out and he is asleep then i will stay out till he wakes up.

    What else does Gina Ford say??

  6. #60

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Copenhagen
    Posts
    617

    Default

    Hi Heather, it sounds like you're doing really well and Hendrix is such a great little sleeper, so if I was you I would keep on doing whatever you're doing.

    The reason we're trying it is because we have had colic here and I haven't had more than 3 hours sleep in a row since he was born, so the elusive 12 hour night is what we're aiming for...and that's what Gina's routine sets out to achieve.

    It is regimented as far as times go, and she does recommend waking the baby (in a natural sort of way, such as turning on a light or opening curtains). Wake up is strictly 7am and the whole day is structured around a clock. Its hard for me, as I don't even own a watch that works!! But we're trying.

    She also suggests times to fit in expressing milk and recommends an EBM feed or formula as the last one of the day (for us it is around 10pm)..but we aren't so good at that yet...my fault as I don't really like pumping.

    If u google her name you will find some info about her routines online.

    Will keep u posted on how we're going too!

    Has Hendrix's reflux settled? How are u coping with that?

  7. #61

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    857

    Default

    Bought Gina's book yesterday so I am going to read it now. Read some last night, sounds good so far. Be back to catch up later.

  8. #62

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Outer Eastern Subs - Melb
    Posts
    1,544

    Default

    Heather - I think Hendy is sleeping really well and that you've got it all sussed out. Personally, I couldn't find time to 'carry' Blake for 3 hours a day!!!??!!! I don't even know that I'd want to with such a big boy. But we do spend quality time together - mainly on the floor when he's awake.

    I didn't get to read much more last night - watched Grey's Anatomy instead - my new show I'm sucked into, along with House. Perhaps I have a thing for medical drama as I was a big E.R. fan too.

    I tried to do a bit of a Gina thing last night trying to give Blake a later last feed although we only managed 8.30pm. He had a little nap about 6.30pm. Normally when he goes down at this time he goes out for the night, but I went in and "gently woke him" after 40 minute - one sleep cycle and he woke really well, quite quickly and fairly happily, although I knew he was still pretty tired. Well I managed to keep him up until about 8.20pm and then I changed his nappy and gave his final feed. I don't know whether it was the Gina Factor or just the way he's progressing however he slept until 4.20am when I put his dummy in. I ended up feeding him at 5.05am as he didn't really settle, but only one side. He then woke up about 7.30am - good Gina time - and I gave him both sides with the full side first. He did however go back to sleep about 8.50am (almost Gina time) but he's still asleep now - 9.56am so he's obviously tired. I'm not going to wake him as Gina would suggest, but I'll keep the feeds fairly similar to what we normally do which fits with Gina's ideas. Having said that, I can hear little noises through the monitor so I'll let him wake happily by himself instead of stressing about getting him back to sleep.

    He's crying now, so I'm off. Might be back later

  9. #63

    Default

    The routine that some of you girls are following sounds interesting. Like Rach, I am following the routine of my MCHN and midwife which is that sleep/feed/play/sleep routine. It has worked pretty well for us, even admist all the trouble and strife I had with mastitis and then poor milk supply.

    I was interested to read that part of the routine of Gina's was to give an expressed EBM or formula at the end of the day (only what someone wrote on here - haven't read/seen the book myself). I am at the moment having a major problem because of the EBM. Since I got mastitis, my milk supply has varied widely. As you may remember, at one point, I almost lost my milk supply and the dr put me on maxalon tabs and I was also taking fenugreek capsules as well. Since that scare, I have been paranoid about not having enough milk 'on board' and having my boy go hungry. So I have always found time to express most days (usually emptying out one or both boobs after a feed, or expressing a whole boob's worth because Pup has slept for longer than normal, such as 6 hours). And hence, most days, I have found an opportunity to give EBM either as a top up or a full feed.

    Now in the past couple of days, Pup is showing signs of rjecting the breast. He fusses and kicks and carrys on when at the boob, but if I warm some EBM and offer the bottle, he drinks no problem. I spoke to the midwife over the phone yesterday and she said that it sounds like he has some nipple confusion and because it takes less work for them to drink out of a bottle than the breast, he prefers the bottle (lazy buggar). Although, my boob can be spurting milk and he will still be refusing it. I am going to see this midwife today (she is a lactation consultant) to do a feed in front of her and get some tips/advice. Briefly though last night, she told me not to give him a bottle and just let him drink as much as he wants off the boob, give him a little playtime if he will do it, or if he is displaying tired signs to wrap him up and put him to bed. So against my better judgement, I did this last night, although I'm sure at one point he would have happily have taken a bottle if I gave him one.

    Maybe refusing the bottle will make him hungry enough to go back to the boob???

    At any rate, my routine of putting him down and keeping him asleep for 3 - 4hrs has gone a bit out the window, as he is waking for regular feeds and is not settling as well after a (disappointing) feed. Although in saying that, he slept for about 7 hrs last night (from 7pm till 2am - dropped his 10pm feed) although he did have 2 dry nappies in a row which put the wind up me a bit. But the third nappy was very wet.

    I am also finding that Pup is dropping a feed overnight and sleeping about 7 hrs. If his last feed is at 6 - 7pm then the 10 - 11pm feed is dropped, or if his last feed is at 10pm, then the 2am feed is dropped. I really know it then, as my boobs are bursting!!!! {Sigh}...I seem to go from feast to famine back to feast . As I said, my milk supply is a bit all over the place.

    After that diatribe, I've forgotten what personals to write 8-[

    Hayseed

  10. #64
    Melody Guest

    Default

    Hi Hayseed,

    What a dilemma! There are so many options & opinions that I grapple with each choice & it sounds like you are doing the same. Hopefully the LC will give you some sound advice to work with.

    Is the teat on the bottle you are using a 'slow flow'? I found there were two or three different slow flow teats but only one of them (avent newborn) really made him 'work' for the feed with EBM. Maybe this is what is causing the laziness on the breast? Also maybe you have passed the point where you can alternate bottle & boob unnoticed? Thomas at 8 weeks might be set in his ways.... I read somewhere else (as well as in Gina's book) that if you are alternating then it is best introduced between 2-4 weeks to avoid confusion. I'm really not sure... these are just off the cuff thoughts. I did have a fantastic experience with my local ECC last weeks o I cross everything that you will have the same.

    I do have a general question for you ladies though.... In hospital, after Hunter was born, a woman walked in & introduced herself as the Paediatrician. She spent 5 minutes with us (Hunter) at that time, checked him over & said everything was fine. She then left. Two days later she popped back into my room, glanced over at Hunter, asked me if he had been sleeping/feeding. We spoke briefly about the swelling on his head (conehead) talked about the weather & she left. she was in the room for no more than 3-5 minutes & didn't lay a finger on Hunter. I assumed this whole time that she was just a resident Paediatrician but recieved a bill for $350 on Friday. Now because it is billed to Hunter I cant clain it on MBF & I will get a portion back on Medicare but that isn't the point. If they had indicated to me that she was a private Paediatrician & told me what it cost to see her I probably would have agreed to see her just for peace of mind but I feel cheated. It was never offered to me in the form of a choice & I dont have $350 to throw around... who does? As soon as I left the hospital I made a six week app. with her (as instructed to do so) but today when I called to ask about the acc. I cancelled that app. out of principle. (I was nice about it) My question is... do I need to see a Paediatrician? what does the six week check-up entail? can i see a normal GP for this?

    Sorry.... i am just a bit panicked & dont want to jeapordise Hunter's health on principle but if it is enough to see a really good GP then I am happy to just do that. If a speacialist is required then I am happy to find another one but I dont want to be rorted out of money either.

  11. #65
    Stormi Guest

    Default

    Melody - It's usually a "requirement" by the hospital that a paediatrician sees the baby. I agree it's a rip-off, although the paed we had was very thorough and did check Makenzie each time (they have a standard list of tests to check in newborns - hips, their grasp reflex etc etc).

    It's not necessary to see a paediatrician after being in hospital. I took Makenzie to my GP. If there are certain problems then the GP would refer you to the paediatrician, but just for the general checks a GP is fine. I actually have a friend who is a paediatrician so I used to take the boys to see him all the time for their age checks. He also bulk-billed, which is VERY rare for a paediatrician (he is a consultant that works out of various medical centres).

    Have been reading everyones posts about the Gina Ford routine. I think I'd find it way too hard - this house is constantly noisy with the boys (except after they've gone to bed) and we are pretty spontaneous people so sticking to a strict routine is not really my thing. I have a friend who followed her own routine but it was very strict all the same - feeds at precise time, sleeps at precise times, meals at precise times - and whenever there was some minor hiccup in the routine, it was total chaos for her and the baby! She'd be out and have to leave because her baby had to be home to have a sleep etc. My boys fell into a general sort of routine but we weren't rigid with times - babies can't tell time anyway lol.

    Anyway, speaking of non-routines, might go and give missy her bath.

    Ooh, just realised I'm supposed to be in the 3-6 month thread now. Nooooooooo! lol

  12. #66
    lulusmum25 Guest

    Default

    Hi everyone,
    Can I join this forum please?


    Forum Name:lulusmum25
    State:ACT
    Baby's DOB:17/08/05
    Gender of Baby: Boy / Girl - Girl
    Baby Name(s): Rebekah Grace
    Baby's Website:
    Health Concerns: (e.g. eczema, reflux, colic) a happy vomiter!
    Notes: (e.g. 9 days early, breech etc.) 2 weeks early

    Many thanks Susan

  13. #67

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Western Australia
    Posts
    2,300

    Default

    Hello ladies and bubbies

    Mel..id be annoyed too! What a rip off. Sammy saw a paed on the day of discharge and he was very thorough...taking about 1/2 an hour. He detected a slight click in his hip and we just had the ultrasound for that today..thankfully nothing was found. I am not required to see him again...i have an appt with my normal GP for our (mine and sammys 6 week check). I dont blame you at all for cancelling the appt...i think i would have too.

    Stormi i have to agree with you...we tend to be very spontaneous sometimes and with 3 other kids..i guess its a bit hard to stick to something rigid when we are out and about all of the time.

    Hiya Susan..hows your darling little girl going?

    Hello everyone else..hope you are all having a lovely tuesday

    gtg little man wants a feed

    Jo

  14. #68

    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Inner West, Sydney
    Posts
    964

    Default

    Well i went and bought the book to see what its all about!! hehe. Im reading it now and will let you know how it is.

    Melody - i would be complaining about the paed. I think thats terrible. We didnt have a paed see hendrix as we had him at the birthing centre and had an early discharge and at home midwife service, but i think i would be calling the hospital and querying as to why you werent notified!

    Anyway going to get back to my reading!

    P.S WELCOME susan!!

  15. #69

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Copenhagen
    Posts
    617

    Default

    Hi Susan and Rebekah! :smt039

    Funny to see most of us first mums here trying out Gina's routines. Guess we can say we've tried!!

    I'm having all sorts of problems with it here. Usually at 10pm he is so tired it is impossible to get him to take the 2nd breast let alone a bottle. So I am usually up feeding a hungry bub again at 1. Then, same problem, he's asleep and up again at 4. He was up at 7 only to have him asleep again by 8! Now he is down again at 11am. So there is no way I can keep him awake when he is so tired...he just gets upset..and the 'routine' is out the window. But besides that, when he is awake and alert he is 'content' and that's the aim of the game!

    That really sucks about the paediatrician bill. You should have 'informed financial consent' and it maybe worth a letter to the health ombudsman? If they do it as routine then they should also routinely inform people they're going to bill you. I gather this was a private hospital? It is unfortunate that there is still such a problem with out of pocket costs.

    I went through the public health system over here and have had follow up visits for myself and Alex with the GP and a home visiting Health nurse. I don't feel we're missing anything by not seeing a specialist.

  16. #70

    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Inner West, Sydney
    Posts
    964

    Default

    Hey Deb,
    Well just skimming (sp) the book im not a fan, in fact it stressed me more than anything so im going to return it tommorrow. I must admit that Hendrix sleep really doesnt need that much work but i do prefer the methods of Tracey Hogg (the baby whisperer) and it has been her style that i really have been adopting since the beginning. Good luck with Gina though i hope it goes well for all of you.
    xx

  17. #71

    Default

    Ok, Pup is off the bottle....on a permanent basis! Which is going to be a pain in the ar$e if we want to leave him with someone because they won't be able to feed him. But unfortuately, he doesn't seem to grasp the concept of the teat and the boob, so if it is going to be one or the other, I'm choosing the boob (for the meantime). The LC told me to not offer the bottle at all and to just offer the boob. In a couple of days, he should settle down to accepting the boob again and peace will reign supreme!! Well, that's the plan anyway!!!

    Also, he may have a little bit of reflux, so the LC called the dr and he suggested trying a bit of baby gaviscon to see if it helps and then we can try zantac (or similar) if that doesn't work. I didn't even know that there was baby gaviscon!!

    Anyway, the LC was great and said that I needed to know that I could make enough milk for my boy and that he would not starve (just what you said Vanita). And also because the feeds are a bit up the spout, his settling is too. That should also settle down to normal after the feed issue works itself out.

    Phew....what a day.

    Hayseed

  18. #72

    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Inner West, Sydney
    Posts
    964

    Default

    Hey guys

    Deb - i forgot to add that Tracey Hogg also suggests a dream feed at 10 oclock if possible but Hendrix would never wake for it and ended waking later too so i dropped that idea. BUT the other thing she suggests (not sure if you are doing it) is comp feeding before bed time. So i feed hendrix every four hours during the day but then he gets a feed at around 3 then 5/5:30 and then a top up in the dark as im putting him to bed at 6:30/7 and since i have done this he has slept through the night. He also expects it now as it is so set around his bath, massage and bed.

    Brooke -Tracey Hogg (the baby whisperer) is much the same as Gina but not as strict but you do follow a plan (THE EASY PLAN). She also in the beginning of her books determines the type of baby you have through a little survey and this the helps you work with your baby. For example a angel baby, text book baby, touchy baby, etc. I used to watch her program on fox at my mum and dads and really liked her manner with children. SHe is really gentle but likes routine. If you can have a look at her books at a library or something id really suggest it. But if Gina is working for you guys then that is awesome. Im so glad that you have found this. Im really glad that Dan is doing ok. Mike is also the first of our mates to have a baby so i do know what you mean. The boys call at short notice wanting mike and me to hang out and forget that we cant just be so spontaneous anymore. But our really good friends are getting married next weekend and it looks like a bub might be on the horizon for them YAY!!

    Im going to my first mums and bubs yoga this morning. Very excited. I hope hendrix doesnt cry the whole time though.

Page 4 of 6 FirstFirst ... 23456 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •