Hi girls, again, been a while since I've posted, but have been catching up on everyone's news.
Shaz, glad to hear you are feeling better and that things are almost back to normal for you. Its been a bit of a rough start for you and Ashleigh! I'm hearing you about the behaviour of older siblings!! Noah is being really good with Darcy, but his overall behaviour and tantrum throwing is testing me to the limit! Hopefully we will all be well soon and things will get back on track. Hopefully I'll be able to start spending more time one on one with him too. Also going to start him at kindy for a second day in two weeks, so hopefully that will help keep him occupied and help him settle in faster there too.
Jenn, I think its totally normal for babies to prefer one breast to the other. I know Darcy does. I've been told there's nothing wrong with that, but for your nipple's sake, you might just need to try a few different positions to get the attachment right so that you don't end up in pain.
Kell, glad to hear you and Kallum are settling in at home! I've used Avent nipple shields before, most chemists should stock them. Sounds like Kallum is doing well from what you said on FB with the visit from the nurse. Great news!! Hopefully you're getting plenty of rest too.
Paula, how cute that you and Isla had your first girly day out!!! Cute too that she's been smiling! We've had a couple of smiles out of Darcy too this week and it just melted my heart! Enjoy the wedding today.
Sasha, great to hear that you and Ava are settling in together so well. She sounds like a dream! If you want to get her weighed regularly that's up to you, otherwise you can leave it until the checks at 4-6 weeks and 8 weeks or whatever they are. If you can see her growing and she's growing out of her clothes and wet nappies and settled etc, its likely you're doing a great job!
Yay Sam for the great sleep last night. Boo that your mum hasn't been able to come sad Hope she's feeling better soon though. You've reminded me that I still need to book in for my whooping cough vacination - thanks!
Well, you may/may not know that things have not been going well for us in the feeding department! As much as I said I wouldn't, I've been devastated that things have taken a nose dive when it all started out so well. Basically, Darcy was born at 3.1kg, was 2.85kg on discharge and yesterday still only weighted 3.5kg at 5 weeks old, so he's still the size of a lot of newborn babies!!! I've had advice and seen a few health professionals this last week and all have said the same thing, he is surviving, but not thriving and we need to attend to increasing his weight asap. So basically I've been ordered to spend the long weekend at home feeding the munchkin every 2/3 hours during the day and when he wants overnight in an effort to increase my supply. What we've established is that he is a lazy sucker - once the milk stops flowing on its own, he stops sucking because its a bit too much effort!!! So he is getting enough to get by on, but not enough to grow and put on weight. This is all just going how it did with Noah and I fear that my bf journey may be coming to an early end. That's what my head is telling me, but my heart just needs to catch up, as everything started out so swimmingly its hard to digest. I have to try to keep up this feeding frenzy and then take him back to be weighed next Friday and then discuss the options from there. As much as I'd love to put in all this effort, there really is no guarantee its going to work and I'm missing out on so much time with Noah who going by his behaviour of late, really needs some attention (or a good smack on the bum!), so as you can tell from my rambling, I'm in a tough place at the moment and can't tell you the amount of tears I've shed over it. And then childishly I get so jealous when I read how well all the other Sept bubs are doing and gaining so much weight - its ridiculous really!! The way I look at it is boobs are boobs and babies are babies, so I can't understand why it works for some and not for others, but this is just a fact of life. With any luck he will have put on a decent amount of weight and things will be fine, but as I said, been here before and I don't like my chances.
Sorry for ranting on about myself and for being on a downer. Sorry to anyone I missed, hope mums and bubs are doing well and congrats to Beth finally on your little man - can't wait for all the details!!
Time to get the girls out for another feed!!! Chat soon!