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Has anyone else noticed a horizontal ridge on their fingernails and on their little one's fingernails?  I know that trauma can cause fingernails to grow differently and it's like a core sample from glaciers. 

Anyway, I was noticing that my daughter's fingernails have a distinct horizonal ridge growing out.  I'd say it's a quarter of the way from the cuticle.  Then, I looked at my own and saw the same thing.  Do you think this is from the birth or the first week of life?

2 month update
fire within
Baby's name: Charlotte Louise. She also goes by Charlie, Charlie Lou, Sweet Pea, Princess, Petunia, girlfriend, etc. We have lots of little nicknames for her :P

Birth date: 6/10

Weight: Probably right around 14lbs.

Height: 23ish inches. (I won’t know on her weight/height till the 29th. Her pediatrician does the 2mo shots at 2.5mo-his preference)

Sleeping: She is a great sleeper! She goes to bed between 930 and 10 and then wakes up to eat usually around 3 or 4 but goes right back to sleep without a fuss. Then wakes up sometimes around the time Daddy gets up for work (I say sometimes because she is usually too early for him…he gets up around 6 and leaves by 7). Then she and I nap till 830 or 9. She usually takes a good long nap sometime between 10-12, is up to see Daddy for lunch at 12, and then falls back asleep after he leaves, sleeps till about 3ish and then is up for a huge chunk in the afternoon. She starts getting super hungry around 630 and then nurses on demand/catnaps basically till she goes to bed.

Feeding: I feed her whenever she wants. Most days it’s pretty routine and revolves around her sleep schedule. I’ve been pumping to try building a supply for when I go back to work so we need her to start taking a bottle. So far, not so good. I go back in two weeks and no bottle yet. Here’s hoping. I think it will all work out just in time.

Milestones: Smiling, trying to giggle, she can hold her head up really well, she launches herself forward in attempts to sit up, chewing on her fists, starting to teeth, playing with toys (batting/hitting).

Likes: Nursing, looking at mobiles, cuddling, going outside for walks, licking my shoulder, funny voices

Dislikes: Tummy time, when I put her down so I can eat, laying flat on her back, being alone, being hungry, being alone and hungry in the car.

How is Mom doing: Awesome. My pelvis/hip still hurts a fair amount so laying down in bed for more than 20-30 minutes at a time is painful. I had an x-ray last week and still need to go back to discuss it with the doctor. Although, since the x-ray it feels better. Charlie and I sleep on the couch with me sitting up and her in the Boppy. Other than that, I LOVE being her mommy. I do not want to go back to my job in two weeks…..Wahhh!!!

Other fun facts: Charlie farts like it’s going out of style! She is a regular little gas bag that could very easily win some medals haha.


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Baby's Name: Ian Jacob
Birth Date: June 6th
Weight: 15 something, at least. He was 14lbs 15oz at his last doctors appointment, two weeks ago. He's outgrowing his six month clothes. O.o (In length too, not just weight, lol.)
Height: Uh. I think he was 24.5.
Sleeping: Lots of naps, which is nice. He sleeps about 7 hours at night, best thing ever!
Feeding: Nursing! All. The. Time. Well, it's slowed down a lot in the last week. He'll go up to two hours between nursing sometimes. And when he wakes up he's not demanding food right away.
Milestones: Smiles, coos, laughs, looks for people he can hear/knows was there, scoots around on his back, grabs things with his hands.
Likes: His big sister, his play mat, taking baths, swimming (We took him to the pool, he fell asleep in the water!), sitting on laps facing outward, when big sister or brother get in trouble.
Dislikes: Dirty diapers, being ignored.
How's Mommy doing? Great! Feeling super fat though. Put away a bunch of my "big" maternity clothes and got out my regular clothes. Hello giant over-flowing boobs and muffin top. I'll be wearing my (worn out) maternity jeans for a while longer.

Pictures: Cut to save your friends page.

Reflections of Motherhood
This youtube video will make you cry (in the good way). They asked mothers what they would tell themselves if they could go back to before they became mothers...

Aeric is here!
Sorry I have been gone from from the interwebs for so long, and sadly right now my attention is elsewhere so I have not had time to catch up on everyone else's news and updates. I hope all my friends are doing well. I am checking messages and emails and you are welcome to contact us - just understand that we are still a little tired and distracted right now.

We changed the spelling a little on Aeric's name from what Conner posted earlier in the week - He is Aeric Bryan Craig. He is doing well in spite of some small challenges and setbacks with breastfeeding. We are both stubborn tho and will get past this just as I did with Ian. Aeric is strong and feisty.

For anyone not interested in labor details/ birth story - you may want to just skip the next paragraph...Collapse )

Ian is doing well adjusting to being a big brother. He is helpful and understanding and has not complained once about Aeric crying at night. He has on occation been a little bored or a little jealous that mommy is still so preoccupied, but I am also trying to make time for he and I to play together and he seems to understand that too.

Conner is as caring, supportive and involved as ever and i am grateful to have such a good partner and father for my boys.

Thank you again for all the kind comments and gifts. I know it was odd that I did not have a shower for this baby - but we are considering having a 'Sip and See' party later for people to get a chance to meet Aeric - once we are more settled in. Plus we still have both Conner's and Ian's birthdays next month and school starting for Ian. So, things are nice and busy around here! Busy is good right?

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sorry for the lateness..

So, it took me a long time to write this up. 

Ziva Claire came into the world on June 17th at 7:35pm.  She was 8lbs 1oz and 19 3/4" long and shares a birthday with her grandpa.

And here's a link to her birth story: alibali.livejournal.com/188753.html

Post Partum fun.
So, I'm pretty sure I just had my first post partum period. :( I know anything before 8 weeks is usually lochia that has "picked up", but this was just like a period. Post partum bleeding was THISCLOSE to being gone, right at 3 weeks. And then BAM bleeding was bright red, got heavier to lighter, and included chocolate cravings, the munchies, and some cramping. It lasted five days and now it's gone.

With my first baby my period came back at 4 weeks, with my second it came back at 6 weeks, I thought I should get at least 8 weeks, make it a trend. Haha.

Anyone else? Are there still some babies waiting to arrive?

3 weeks 5 days post partum.

Baby wearing
My older daughter would never let me wear her, so I was determined to be able to wear my baby this time around. I still have the sling that I bought four years ago (a New Native Organic Baby Carrier), so I tried it out on Libby today.

She was a little fussy at first and seemed lost in it. But then I put a blanket behind her head and one minute later, she was fast asleep. Success!

However, when I tried walking around the house with her in the sling, it was killer on my left shoulder. After just walking around for a minute, my shoulder and neck hurt a good amount. I had all these plans about going shopping with her like this, but it's just too much weight on my one shoulder. And she's just going to get heavier.

Now I don't know what to do. Am I wearing the sling wrong? Should I buy a new sling that goes on both shoulders?

Who else is still waiting?
With less than 3 days of June left, is anyone else still waiting for their baby to make an appearance? I was due on the 21st, but he hasn't arrived yet! I haven't had much in the way of signs either - just a few cramps and a bit of backache. Meh. Hopefully he'll come before I end up being induced - again.

Anyone else in the comm in the same situation?

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Big Smile

i keep thinking i'm going to sit down and write my birth story, but i haven't... and i've been sitting here with my laptop on my lap and haven't written a thing.  not sure why i have writer's block, because i KNOW exactly what happened.  LOL.  no creativity needed.  but i just don't feel like writing, which is odd for me. 


so here are bullet points:

Tuesday, June 14, at 10:15pm, water broke
called midwife. 
mild contractions that didn't really have a pattern or require much in the way of pain management other than breathing and closing my eyes.

brian got to work setting up the birth pool and my best friend came over to help clean my house (dishes, etc) and finish setting up. 

Wednesday, June 15, around 1:30 am, first SERIOUS contractions.  called midwife and couldn't talk through every other contraction, so she said she'd head my way and see me around 3:00 am.
in that hour and a half, real labor really picked up, and contractions required some noises, leaning over the birth ball, walking around, changing my pad from the yucktastic fluid that kept leaking.  they were about 2 minutes apart, lasting about a minute.

3:20am -- midwife and assistants arrived, contractions changed to even closer together and harder work.  she had a hard time finding the heart tones and wasn't completely comfortable with how low they were (in the low 100s).  she had my friend pack a bag for me for the hospital just in case, because if the heart tones dropped below 100 even once, we were transporting. 

heart tones stayed the same; guess 100s was his baseline for labor.  and once he really dropped, she was able to get right on his heart and it sounded strong and steady.  no transport necessary!

3:40ish -- midwife checked me, and i was at 4 cm.  i remember feeling REALLY disappointed and afraid that i had a long night ahead of me.

4:00 am -- got in the pool.  it helped, but man were contractions still REALLY TOUGH. 

4:38 -- first pushy feelings.  i was grunting and pushing whether i wanted to or not.  i was thankful, because i usually end up fighting my body just a big when it comes to pushing.  i got down to business and in three solid waves of contractions, he was out.  i felt him crown, and that was a first for me since my first was born in the hospital with an epidural and my second was born fully in the caul. 

4:50 -- Blaise Ray was born in water!!  no wonder that last hour was so difficult!  i went from 4 cm to pushing him out in one hour!  :)

apgar scores of 8/10.  8lbs 4oz, 21" long.  nursing well, though only on  one side.  he started out nursing decently on my inverted side, but has since refused.  luckily i make enough on the right side, and i guess i'll just end up lop-sided for now.  i do pump on the left side, but the supply has been dwindling.