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    Hi,



    Just got back from Maternal child health appointment.

    Louis has put on 380g this week and has grown 3.5cm in length and his head has grown 3cm! Woo hoo.

    No wonder he's feeding so much - hehe. It's good to know that he's growing well though.

    Linda - I can totally relate. I could not settle Louis this morning at all. He had about 30min sleep from 8.30am - 1.30pm. Not good. He's asleep now though thank god! Also last night he had a really long feed and then I realised he was using me as a dummy! So just before I broke him off and he seemed to settle o.k. All this stuff to learn. The nurse today gave me a video to watch about settling and sleep which was really helpful. Hopefully I can try a few things although he's a bit little for some of it. They really encourage you to put bubba to sleep awake and to not feed them to sleep. I've been doing both of those things - whoops. It's hard at this age though because they do get so sleepy.

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    we are using a dummy although she only takes it when she wants it,usually as she falls off to sleep.
    mat health nurse came by,chantelle is growing nicely.she has told me to see gp tomorrow about my scar,she said it is terrible and needs sterie strips.had to pick up both boys from school today as they were sick,one with an ear ache the other one headache and vomiting.oh dear what a day.
    love to you all
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    Oh Nikki - that's no good about your scar.

    I don't know how you cope with two boys as well - and sick! I don't know how I'll go when the time comes for no.2! They are so demanding and tiring. Maybe it's a bit easier if you know what your doing - hehe.

    I hope you can put them all to bed and have a bit of a rest!

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    nikki, im glad you are going to the gp about your scar. i hope he is able to help with it. sounds like you really have your hands full at the moment.

    kristie, that video sounds great. please let me know if you have any pearls of wisdom to pass on!! i put Emma down while she is still awake and she settles fine, i guess im more wondering if there is any pattern to getting longer breaks between feeds.

    as for MCHN, i havent seen anyone at all yet, and Emma is 3 weeks old tomorrow. they said someone would come around after 2 weeks. i rang them today and they said it would be another 5 days before anyone even called me. so i am going to my gp, not going to wait any longer.

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    Wow Linda - that's ages. I wouldn't be happy with that at all. I had someone come to my home after 5 days at home and then this is my 2 week appointment.

    The only thing the video said was I suppose using a dummy but other than that it said that from newborn to 3months expect 1 1/2 hours up 1 1/2 hours down and then from 3 months 2 hours up 2 hours down.

    I really want 4 hour cycles now!!! hehe.

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    Hi Mummies,
    just a quick catch up. Eden is gret - feeding and sleeping well still so far (fingers crossed) DS is adjusting really well so far (fingers crossed again) not much pain from the scar but have a few heamorroids - thought I would escape it this time (sorry for TMI). Had a visit from a Dom nurse today to check on Eden and on fri the MCH nurse is coming out for the home visit. Glad to hear that everyone is doing reasonably well. Does anyone know how to post pictures on the site???? I'm not to good with that kind of stuff. Eden is starting to fill out now - not so scrawny looking from being prem. Took her out for her first stroll in the pram this arvo - Brandan rode his bike, hubby chased him and Eden and I just cruised - lovely family portrait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love and hugs to you and your Bubbas.

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    Hey Girls.

    Nikki - Not good about your scar. Mine had a bit of a weep the last day I was in hospital, but all fine now. Try and rest a bit more (impossible with 2 boys I guess), but that might do you and your scar the world of good.

    Went to the GP today to get more drugs. Yay. Feel better now. Doc took the dressing off of the scar. Damn it hurt. But he said that it's healing well. I've still got pains on my right side. If the pain is still there next week, I'll have to go and have an ultrasound to see what's wrong. I hope everything's alright. I don't feel the pain when I take the tablets though.

    Kristy - So far we've (me and DH) been lucky and haven't been crapped on by Tristan
    . Shouldn't speak too soon though. I haven't been weed on either.Yay. But I've been spewed on plenty of times. Oh well. We're using the towelling nappies as spew catchers at the moment because Tristan is too small. We use dummy for Tristan mainly for bedtime, but usually he's too tired to suck on it!!!!!

    Linda - Thanks for the advice about using a nappy liner in the babylove nappies. I never thought of that, now we don't have to waste them. We would have given them away, but we don't have to now!! Sometimes there's no point in waiting for people to call you. I have to call the nurse tomorrow to get them to come out to see us. How slack is that!!

    Kazzy - It's great that you can take Eden for a stroll so early. I'm still waiting to feel a bit better before I take Tristan out for walks. I hate cesareans!!!!!!

    Geez. Feels like I've written a novel tonight!!! Better go for a quick nap before Tristan wakes again.

    Love and hugs to you all.....Bonnie

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    well everyone - emma had a great night last night!! Yay!! she went for 4 1/2 hours between feeds, then 3 1/2 for the next, and i was only up for about 25 minutes each time. i feel really good after a better nights sleep.

    kazzy - its great to hear that eden is doing so well. as far as pictures on your post, i dont think you are allowed, but you can make your own free website and put it as your www link. if you go to my www you should be able to find where you can make your own (and it is a lot easier than you probably think LOL) HTH

    bonnie - glad to help with the nappies!! glad you feel better with the drugs. i took all they would give me at the hospital, and it really helped me cope so much better. i hope there is no problem with the healing for you. hope you are resting heaps.

    Well Emma and i just went for a nice long walk in the sunshine (it was so HOT!!). We went yeserday too and she just slept the whole time. It has really done me good to get out in the outdoors. We are off to the GP soon, just for the checkup that we should have had with the nurse last Tues!! im looking forward to introducing Emma to my GP though, cause he is a really lovely Dr. and helped me heaps throughout my pg, probably more than my OB,

    hope you are all going well

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    Hi!

    Well I've been having a bit of trouble settling Louis still - grrr. I've tried all the techniques on the video except a dummy. So this morning when he wouldn't settle I thought I would try. Would you believe after spitting it out once he started sucking away and fell straight asleep! I can't believe it. I always thought I wouldn't use one. I don't know why - you know how some things you just think are bad for some reason?? I've learnt so much about not having ideals with a bubba - from labour and now in looking after him. Big learning curve.

    Well, I'm off to work this afternoon. Just for a few hours. My sister is meeting me and going to take Louis for a walk while her kids have swimming lessons so that will be good. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get through the next 4 weeks but I'm sure I'll cope somehow. There is so much to organise with the concert still - I'm starting to stress out a bit.

    O.K - better get stuck into it while he's asleep!

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    Just wanted to add - Linda I'm so glad you had a good nights sleep - it does make you feel so much better!

    Yeah on your walks. It seems to settle bubbas really well. It's raining in Melb today so no walks for us. Maybe tomorrow.

    Bonnie - I hope your pains are starting to feel better. Hopefully it's nothing serious.

    Kazzy - that sounds like a great afternoon with your family!

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    kristie,hang in there hon,i know haw incredibly frustrating it is when they wont settle,you cant do anything and it can drive you mad,i hope he continues to like his dummy,chantelle uses one also,whatever works i say
    isnt the waether here crap today
    nikki

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    Yep Nikki - I hate it when it's like this. It's quite warm but you don't feel like you can really enjoy it because it could rain any minute.

    I got him down easy this feed. It's pretty much every second feed he has a whinge. Oh well, at least I have the dummy for if he doesn't settle.

    I just tried to put my pram in the boot of the car and I can't make it fit! Grrr. Very frustrating.

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    Hi girls. :smt039 What a weird day it is today in Sidoneey. Perfect blue skies one minute and torrential rain the next. I am desperate to pop out for a walk with Gussyboy in a sling (am feeling a bit cabin feverish and the sling stops his crying) but dare not risk it at the moment. Even with an umbrella we'd get soaked. Hopefully the afternoon will settle into sunshine so we can head out for a little bit.

    Well my sweet lil boy still seems to be a screamy one. If anyone has any magic colic/reflux remedies, I'd love to hear them. So far we've tried Zantac, Infacol and Brauers Colic remedy all without success. Gus screams from about 9pm each night and stops about 5am the next morning. He barely gets more than 20 mins sleep in between feeds overnight. Then during the day he screams for at least an hour out of every three hours most feeds. His doc thinks the initial cause of the screaming is colic/reflux but escalates into a temporary hernia when he strains. Gussyboy was born at the time when lil boys testis are still descending down a passage and due to his prematurity the passage didn't close off (called a hydrocele (sp?)). So when he gets colic/reflux pain he strains and pushes his bowel into this passage and it gets trapped causing a temporary hernia. Apparently this is particularly painful. This problem can be corrected with an operation, however he's still to weak to handle general anaesthetic. So whilever his bowel can pop back out by itself, he has to live with this problem for another 3-6 months. Aghhhh tis very exhausting. Wish I knew how I could comfort and settle him better. I feel that if we could get the colic/reflux under control then that would stop the cycle that causes him to strain and push his bowel into the passage. We're having our 2nd Tresillian day-stay on Thursday. Hopefully that will shed some light on things I can do differently.

    I think I managed about 20mins sleep total last night. Have spent this morning trying to nap in between his cries. He wakes himself to feed every three hours on the dot (how does he know what time it is?!) so there's not a lot of time in between. We're still needing to give him EBM bottle top ups after breastfeeding 'cause his sucking sux (!!) so the whole feed and colic crying process seems to fill at least 2 of the 3 hours. No time to get anything done. Don't know how I'd manage if there were other kiddies to be looked after!

    Kristie - Great news about the dummy helping. What sort did you get? We've been offering a couple of different brands to Gus - but so far he's not the least bit interested unless he's hungry.
    What's the name of the settling video you've been watching?
    Bummer about your pram not fitting into your boot. Can you take the wheels off?
    Good luck with work this afternoon. You're a wonder! Can your DH cook for you or can you get takeaway for dinner tonight? You'll no doubt be extra tired this evening.

    Linda - Congrats on having a better night last night. Maybe Emma's lil growth spurt has taken place and she's now settling into her new hunger levels a bit better. Long may it continue! Tis amazing how desperate we can be for a little more sleep these days and how grateful we are if it comes off! Great to hear you are getting out in the pram. Bring on those natural exercise endorphins!

    Bonnie - Hope you're pain is just everything settling back into place and that you are feeling much better soon! Keep us posted.
    Re nappies, we're using Huggies to. I'm really happy with them so far.

    Kazzy - great to hear things are going so well. Lovely mental image of you, Eden, your DH and Brandon. Don't you wish you could capture those moments on video?!

    Nikki - How are you feeling today? Did your GP have anything useful to suggest for how to help speed up the healing process with your scar?
    BTW, what sort of dummy are you using with Chantelle?

    Tracey - Thanks for popping in to say hi. We hope you're here to join us really soon to. Sending lots of LV to you!

    Agghhh I really must try to post little bits more often - 'cause this post has turned into a mammoth one! What a motor mouth! 8-[

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    kirsty - im sorry to hear that gus has such bad reflux and pain, poor little mite - not to mention you. it is good you are able to go to tresillian, that would be such a life saver i imagine. i hope you are able to pick up some great tips there. going for a walk with gus in the sling sounds like a great idea, it is amazing what 1/2 an hour outdoors does for your mental state. i hope the weather clears for you.

    kristie - it is great that Louis is taking the dummie and it is helping. i agree with nikki - whatever works!! Emma has been feeding like mad today, so i have just given her her dummie, just to get a break. she takes it , but pulls it out so i have to go and put it back in for her pretty often.

    gotta cut it short - Emma calls!!!!

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    ok i'll finish now....Emma and i just had a bath together. it is so hot here!! had to cool us both down, and now she is settled.

    went to the dr. Emma has put on 800g since birth!!! Wow!! Now i know where all that milk is going! all seems to be well, no other news to report.

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    ooohh kirsty big hugs to you and gussy boy,it must be heart renching seeing him in pain like that all the time,not to mention the lack of sleep you are having,i hope dh is letting you get a nap when you can.i am using the cheap cherry shapped dummy fron safeway i have tried 2 others and she doesnt like them,my boys also favoured the cheap one also.
    went to the gp and turns out that it is infected and i have to go on antibiotics,i am going to wait though to see if it heals on its own for a couple of days as i dont want chantelle to get thrush in her mouth from the antis.he also had to steri strip the whole thing as it is gapping open and not able to heal itself while the gaps are so big,not painful though just have to take it easy so as not to have my insides fall out.
    linda i wish we were havinbg some warm weather.it has rained all day here,the forcast has said showers for the week but [email protected] degrees so that is ok.we start daylight savings here on the weekend,looking forward to that although it is harder to get the boys in bed on time.chantelle has put on 200 grms since arriving home.
    gotta go she is calling
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    nikki, i hope the antibiotics clear things up for you quickly. about the dummies, i remember the midwives recommending the 'cheap' bell shaped ones as the best too.... :-s

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    Hi!

    Well, I'm home from work. Just a quick post before I jump into bed for a snooze.

    I'm using the cheap happy baby (I think) dummy. So far so good.

    Work was good. Louis was so good. My sister took him for a while and then he slept in his pram and the car! So I didn't have to feed him there which was good.

    O.K, gotta rush. I want to quickly settle him so i can get a nap.

    I'll catch up with everyone properly tomorrow! Sleep well!

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