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Postby LostGirl » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:43 pm

MLB,
In my opinion it's easy to gain weight while training for a marathon. Either you gained muscle. Or you overate because you figured, Hey I'm training for a marathon I deserve that second brownie. Either way, I find that it's not how much I weigh. It's how I fit in clothes that matters to me. And I'm sure you were 100 percent tighter while training for a marathon, no? Forget the scale!

Anyway, hope your trek to NJ went well. I can't imagine breastfeeding in a car. I can barely get a handle on it at home. Some days it works. Others it's just really hard. He won't latch. Or just licks my breast. I get bent out of shape after 15 minutes of trying and my dh can't understand that. He's naturally calmer. I'm more anxious. But hell, I'd like to see him remain calm when the baby is freaking, and imitating a windmill with his arms and breastfeeding isn't working. He doesn't get it that it's not helping when he suggests that maybe if I was calmer, Odinn would be. I feel like telling him off. But I don't see the point in alienating him. He's just frustrated he can't do it himself.

MIchele, sounds like you had a quick recovery for sure. I still need an afternoon nap or I get way too tired. I have plenty of help too and have been making use of it. I guess my complications with the preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome may have something to do with my need to take it easy. I don't know. The past four days I've walked at least a mile and when I get home I definitely need a nap. Next week my dh is back to work and I'm dreading it.

I have my ups and downs. I guess i should be easier on myself. It's only been two weeks after all ! But still, I'm antsy to do more, and to be less dependent on everyone else. I also wish breastfeeding were more seamless at this point.


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Postby MLB » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:42 pm

Lostgirl - I know breastfeeding can be tough and frustrating but everyone I know that had problems at first said it got better by 6 weeks....both mom and baby finally 'got it'. I don't have trouble with Andrew latching on but right now he keeps falling asleep and I am in a little bit of a bad habit of just letting him sleep...then he is hungry an hour later. I also now have a really strong let down reflex and I can FEEL it. It hurts a bit actually, burns! Nursing in the car was not too bad. I have one of those nursing covers and I feel covered and sort of discreet. I nursed at my buddies son's soccer game and that was ok.

I started exercising (running and lifting) on Tuesday. I can't tell you how much I missed running. It was wonderful to be back on the road...I didn't do too much but I am so SORE. I lifted as late as 33 weeks and walked right up until the end...but still I am out of shape. I also started weight watchers 2 weeks ago. I lost weight the first week but not the second and I was so frustrated (because I was careful with my food intake and hiked soo much) that I ate cookies and chocolate (about 350 cal worth). I offset it with walking and lifting, though, and will try not to do that again...famous last words. I usually wear a size 8 pants and have a few size 12's that a friend gave me for this transition period. Two pairs of pants fit and one is still way too tight. My first goal is to get into all the 12's...then back into the 8's. I agree with Lostgirl that it is more important how clothes feel than what the number on the scale says but right now both things are frustrating.

This week has been so much harder here at my parent's house because we keep going on day trips that involve car rides and that puts Andrew to sleep. He ends up sleeping much of the day and staying up at night. Finally starting last week he is pretty interactive and makes cute cooing noises and waves his arms and legs when he is excited, so at least he is entertaining at 3am....but still, I've just had 3 or 4 nights where I got only 3 or 4 hours of sleep total. Also, when I was at home I was frustrated with the amount of child care my DH was doing until I am away and realize that he helps quite a bit more at night than I gave him credit for.

OK - better go workout now or my father will give me grief tonight. he is a real 'broke 4 knuckles stayed in the game' slave driver. I had to snap at him last night because he kept on me to go work out and it was 9pm and I had only had 3 hrs of sleep the night before and was still SO sore. I feel better today, though. At least until the soreness sets in again. Sigh. I know it is just 2 weeks of soreness for me until my body re-adjusts. At least I know something is happening.
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Postby washingtonda » Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:32 am

Hey girls -- Just wanted to check in to say hello and wish everyone a good weekend.

MLB -- I'm glad things are going a little bit better. I know what lack of sleep feels like. Michaela is getting a whole lot better. She is sleeping for 4 or 5 hour intervals right now and is going back to sleep a little quicker at night.

She had been throwing up so much that we had to take her to the doc and they diagnosed her with reflux. I don't think she feels pain from it because she doesn't cry but the throwing up was out of control. She is on meds to help reduce the acid in her stomach which seem to be working and beleive it or not we are giving her a little bit of cereal in her milk. We read that thickening the milk helps and my niece had it at birth and she was only a month old and that's what her doc told my sister to do for her and it worked. The meds weren't working the best so we added the cereal and it's working. We don't give it to her in every bottle and we don't give her that much but its working. I was scared at first because she is so small but I was willing to try almost anything. She is already small and I didn't want her to lose any more weight. She was literally throwing up just ebout everything she ate. I can see that she is already starting to put on a few pounds and I'm happy. I just pray that this is all okay and doesn't cause other problems. Sometimes one problem can be corrected and other problems occur.

So how is everyone elses baby. Are all babies healthy or have you guys had problems. Michaela was also being treated for a stopped up tear duct but that seems to have subsided. The doc did say that it could come back but he said as they get bigger, the duct often times open up and you never have the problem again. I hope this is the case.

Well lets keep posting. Hearing the stories are always nice. DH and I are already thinking about possibly embarking on this journey maybe one more time but I guess we'll see.
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IVF #2: Consult on 10/13/09 - Start BCP Dec since clinic will be closed for the Holiday.
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Postby CT_Michele » Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:33 pm

Hey Ladies-

Sorry I haven't posted much. DH went back to work today, so we have been trying to fit in as many activities as we can. As you know, we went to visit my bro in upstate NY last weekend. It went well, I feel like Ella was a little bit unsettled out of her normal environment, but it was a great accomplishment for dh and I to know we could pull off a trip like that. Then this past wednesday we went pumpkin picking to take some great fall pics with all of the foliage here in new england. DH has still been posting pics on ellamichele.shutterfly.com. If you go to look, sorry there are so many, he refuses to pick and choose, he just putsthem all up thinking that people will enjoy seeing duplicates. Tomorrow is her christening. We are not really religous ourselves, but my family wanted us to have a christening, so we are, and then having a few people back to the house for cake.

MLB- Glad your trip went well too. I had the same problem with ella the first night in rochester after the 6 hr car ride, but it didn't take her very long to get back on schedule. I am very impressed that you and lostgirl are right back into the exercising. DH and I are back on a low carb diet. It worked wonders for us last time and has been pretty good so far.

Washintonda- Sorry to hear about little michaela's reflux, it must be horrible for her and you. I am glad the cereal seems to be working. How much weight has she gained since birth? i checked out your shutterfly again, and I love the professional pictures. We haven't done that will Ella yet, but if we do, I think it will be for christmas. This is one reason I miss working at sears. Their employee discount for pictures was unbelievable, like 20 sheet for $50 with no sitting fees. Where did you go and was it expensive?

Ella has been doing great. We are on a pretty good schedule now. I have been feeding her more often during the day (like every 2-2.5 hrs) so she will go longer at night without food, and it works. After her last feeding at night, I swaddle her up and she will slep for anywhere between 5 and 7 hrs. Then she eats and will go back for another 2 or 3. She is going for her first vaccinations on election day. I know that is going to be miserable, but atleast she has a cute outfit to wear for voting day. I found a onesie that has a hippo on it and it says "i'm a little hope-opotamus, obama 08" It was so cute I just couldn't resist. I am sure they had mccain ones to, for anyone interested, I got it from cafepress.com. They had thousands of designs for everyones political needs...lol.

So, halloween anyone? Do you celebrate and what will you be doing. What will the babies be and even though they are too young to know what is going on, do you have any plans. This is our babies first holiday...the first one I will need to fill out in her baby book. Ella is going to be a butterfly, even though her costume is still too big for her.

Well, I hope to post again sooner than last time, enjoy your weekend.
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Postby washingtonda » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:47 pm

CT -- Beleive it or not those pictures were taken at Target. We did pay $166 total for them but we got tons of them since our families are so large and we didn't take pictures at the hospital.

We plan to continuously post pictures on her website because we are on the east coast in MD and DHs family are on the West Coast in California so this is a good way for them to grow with Michaela.

DHs parents are in their 70s so a 6 hour flight would be a lot on them so they have not seen Michaela in person yet. We don't plan to take her out there until sometime next summer so she'll be almost 1 year old before they actually get to see her. She is their 3rd granndchild as DH only have one sister who have 2 kids, one 22 and one 13 so Michaela is the new little joy.

They call all the time and we plan to send as many pictures as we can. It's not easy for us to just fly to CA too oftem but we promised ourselves to take her out there at least once every year. I feel sorta bad because all of my family is here and they get to share Michaela.

Well I hope everyone have a good week. I am actually working this week because I have a special presentation coming up this week with over 25o people. Not back to work though until the end of Nov.
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Postby CT_Michele » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:41 pm

hi ladies-

I know we are all super busy, but I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I can't believe for my entire adult life I have worked 2 jobs, or work and school, and now my only job is staying at home with my daughter and it still seems like I never have time to get everything done. But atleast this job is the most fun one I have ever had!

I hope everyone had a nice halloween. We went visiting all of the grandparents. Ella was a butterfly and looked adorable. How was everyone else's halloween?

Well, after mommy and daddy go vote tomoroow, ella has to get her first shots. Has anyone else had first shots done? I keep hearing that it is heartbreaking. For anyone who has done it, how did your babies react after and for the rest of the day?

Ella has been sleeping through the night for a couple of weeks now, usually 7-8 hrs at a time. I will feed her for the last time between 11 and 12, she wakes up somewhere between 6 and 8, eats again and then sleeps for another couple of hours. It's good for my sleep, but bad for my schoolwork. I use to read articles for school during nighttime feedings, but know I have to squeeze it in during the day...which I prefer, but I have fallen a bit behind.

Well, I hope everyone is well. I finally joined a thread on the other side...parents after treatment. There is a thread called something like "fall bumps 08." Many of the people there had their babys between august and october. I figure it's time to move and share advice and tips with other parents...but of course I will still check back on the other boards, and please come join if you feel so inclined...I would love to see you all there! Have a happy monday and rest of the week.
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1st IVF- 12/07- BFP! Ella Michele was born 8/26/8
2nd IVF- 04/09 - BFN
1st FET- 09/09 - Chemical
3rd IVF - 04/11 - Embies didn't make it to ET
4th IVF - Fall 2011??
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Postby CT_Michele » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:23 pm

Just wanted to see if any sept. buddies are still around and how you are all doing. I haven't seen many of you over on the parents boards...so just curious to check in on my old buds...
Me- 28 DH- 33 Male Factor
1st IVF- 12/07- BFP! Ella Michele was born 8/26/8
2nd IVF- 04/09 - BFN
1st FET- 09/09 - Chemical
3rd IVF - 04/11 - Embies didn't make it to ET
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