BIG congratulations on all the new arrivals!!!
My goodness I have just finished reading the last few threads. I have missed so much since the last time I was here. Long story short, our house renovations got to a very bad point end of March, making the house unliveable for my then 17mo DD so the two of us moved out at a moment's notice. One day noone was able to work on the house, the next day their other jobs freed up and we just had to run with it or wait for ages again. We were without kitchen, dining, living, half the house was fully gutted. I've often thought over the last couple of months that we must be insane to be putting ourselves through this at the same time when expecting a newborn. But hopefully we'll be able to look back on it all soon and enjoy our wonderful new space. But so much is still unfinished. I still don't have a cooktop and our sink is in the laundry. Kitchen should be finished soon though. We're doing the majority of the work ourselves so it's taking a while. Our one luxurious purchase was a steam oven. Cannot wait to start using it!! We've been living off the frozen meals I cooked back when and my mum has been a real champion, taking time off work to look after DD and make sure we all eat well
We moved back home 5 days before our new baby was born. So it was (still is) all very hectic. He had nowhere to sleep until the day before he was born. DD is still in her cot, although nearly ready for the big bed, and she never had a bassinet. So MIL went and bought a bassinet and we've been sharing the room with our new addition since coming home from the hospital.
Anyway! Our little baby was born on 3 May. He was born at 39.4 weeks, 55cm long, 4.7kg (or 10lb 6oz), 38cm head. I expected him to be very chubby like DD was, but he is just very long and slim. He is all muscle
Absolutely perfect. 2w1d today and a very calm baby. He looks a lot like DD when he cries his hungry red faced cry.
He's feeding really well, and mostly sleeps well. Has given us a few difficult nights, but will mostly settle back to sleep quickly after night feeds. He has a bit of reflux happening. Just very mild, as in a bit of milk (around up to 1-2 tablespoons) will come out of his mouth if I lie him down. And he's so calm about it all. I'm very lucky he doesn't cry much as I get very distressed when he's crying. So we're making sure he gets thoroughly burped (I badly need a back massage), and keep him upright for 20 mins or so after a feed, cot slightly raised at one end, etc... I've started giving him dummy to keep milk from coming up but half the time he's not interested. He's getting a fair bit of tummy time, too. He loves sleeping on his tummy! I'm always paranoid about it, but he just loves it and sleeps so much better than on his back, so during the day when I can keep my eye on him all the time, I let him have one or two day sleeps on his tummy. He's got a very strong neck already though and can turn head from side to side whilst asleep, so I shouldn't be so worried.
And I'm still getting the hang of changing a boy's nappy. I use a face washer to cover his bits, but he's still managed to get me a few times, and a number of times he's wet his clothes either just as I open his nappy or just as I'm about to close it. And he's sprayed me with explosive #2 a couple of times too... So much washing to do all the time. My little girl was much easier than this!
Good luck to all those still waiting to have babies Crankybee
, I went to 42 weeks with DD and was induced. I wish I had researched induction as much as you have. I would have given DD a bit longer to cook. I just went with my then doctor's advice who said it would all be over in 2 hours, and when you've waited as long as 42 weeks, that sounded very good. But whichever way you decide to go, I hope it goes very smoothly for you
DD had red peeling skin, but it all sorted itself out within a few weeks and I didn't even put anything on it.Abstarini
, congratulations on Oliver! I'm very sorry to hear labour didn't go well. I hope you have people around who can help you out and that you recover quickly.
Anyway, best get going. I can hear bub starting to wake up.