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Thursday, August 9th 2012, 9:34am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Jasper - I had the contraception discussion at my 6 week check. I was on the combined pill back in 2006 but can't use that while bf - so at the moment we are abstaining while I consider my options. I love being pregnant and having a baby - just we can't really afford another one so when DH jokes about #3 when we 'get friendly' that's enough contraception for me Nikki x

Thursday, August 9th 2012, 8:51am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Sasha - try dentinox as an alternative to infacol if you want something that you don't need to use with every feed. Seems to work for us! As for formula amounts, we are combination feeding but when Grace just has a bottle she has about 4oz (then 2-3oz after a breastfeed) - not sure if that helps as Grace is a little bit older. Does he appear still hungry after that bottle? I would try an extra oz - he won't take it if he doesn't want it (or just bring it up in which case you know it was too much...

Tuesday, July 31st 2012, 3:07pm

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Jasper - part of your worrying is probably due to having another child to look after too. I am keeping a diary of feeding & that probably makes me more aware of when Grace is due another feed. I've been to our local bf group & it is really useful having other mums to chat to about bf. I'm still not into a good routine with them both but DH has just finished a job so off for a bit. DH has taken DS out for the afternoon, not before I had a big go at him for not understanding how hard it is looking...

Friday, July 27th 2012, 9:26pm

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Gemma - she would but can't go out as DS is in bed & I'm here on my own. It's cooler tonight than recent days & it's only today she's been unsettled. Will try a toy next time when trying to get DS into car seat - hopefully that'll do the trick Nikki x

Friday, July 27th 2012, 8:48pm

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Jasper - Lewis is only 15 months, so was hoping for a bit longer before the tantrums started!! We are still on 2-3 hour feeds during the day (today has been almost hourly), although it's longer at night. With the car seat issue - it's the screaming and wondering what other people in earshot think I am doing to him ... As for help, apart from DH I'm not really getting much (except when I visit children centre groups and meeting up with friends, but they have their own little ones so only getting ...

Friday, July 27th 2012, 4:56pm

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Jasper - it is really hard sometimes, I find myself trying to put Grace down after a feed so I can spend time with Lewis but then feeling guilty I'm not cuddling Grace enough. Lewis is now being a real pickle too, having more strops & won't go in his car seat when we leave wherever we have been. He screams, goes all rigid and then I can't get the straps done up - had to call DH on Wed to come and get him in the car seat! Just been shopping in Sainsbury's with Grace screaming all the way around -...

Monday, July 23rd 2012, 10:05am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Hi Sasha, I am combination feeding (both breastfeeding & formula) and find that if I make her bottle up (using boiling water) and place in really cold water to cool it down that works well. Otherwise you could use ready made formula until you get used to the feeds? I don't use the microwave at all (not sure its recommended due to getting heat spots in milk) - but you'll get different advice depending on who to talk to Nikki x

Sunday, July 22nd 2012, 8:40am

Author: NikkiH

** THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT **

Wow - congratulations Sasha!! That's a very quick labour & with no pain relief either - you have a very high pain threshold Enjoy motherhood and hope to see you across on the new parent thread. Nikki x

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 8:47am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Jasper - yes Grace's weight has started to increase so relieved about that. Hope you feel a bit better now - it' so hard with 2 children, in particular when Lewis has a strop when we are out and Grace is also screaming! I'm lucky that the friends I made on NCT (when I had Lewis) are so helpful, as I'm not getting any other support except my DH - end of the day is hardest with dinner, bath, story & milk etc when DH is not home in time to help. Caraz - I'm having the same discussion in my head abo...

Friday, July 13th 2012, 9:44am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Curlytails - we use bumgenius nappies and really pleased with them. Unsure whether to make do with the 20 we have for DS or buy more for DD (in pinks too ...). Sorry to hear you are having problems with breastfeeding Caraz - not sure what to suggest, but carry on expressing until you get some advice. Is there a bf support group near you? We are off to one in a minute when the kids wake up (still seems strange saying that) - to get some help increasing my supply. I had 9 hours sleep last night, s...

Thursday, July 12th 2012, 8:35am

Author: NikkiH

Toys for a 1 year old boy

We bought our DS a cozy coupe car for his 1st birthday & he loves it. It does say say suitable from 18 months but he loves sitting in it, being pushed in it and pushing it around himself too! Nikki x

Thursday, July 12th 2012, 8:18am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Curlytails - we use reusable nappies for DS but haven't tried on them on DD yet - her bottom is still so tiny. Must admit when she does a huge poo, I'm pleased it's in a disposable We haven't really done any nappy free time - may need to try that at night when DS has gone to bed and we can be on hand with towels! Getting DD weighed again this morning (after her couple of stays in hospital). Hopefully all goes well and she is gaining now. She is feeding off me and I'm still supplementing with for...

Saturday, July 7th 2012, 2:16pm

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Need some advice girls .... I saw HV last Thursday & Grace is not putting on weight - still only 7lb when she was 7lb 8oz at birth. Now in hospital again (second time we've been admitted for lack of weight gain) - they are trying to help with feeding & ideally keep with bf as much as possible. I have been topping up with expressed milk and/or formula but sticking with bf first. Looks like Grace has been using me for comfort where I thought she was feeding. She has had a lot of formula overnight,...

Thursday, July 5th 2012, 8:31am

Author: NikkiH

** THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT **

Caraz - she's gorgeous. I'm so pleased all is OK, can't imagine how you scary that was for you. Enjoy those cuddles! Nikki x

Sunday, July 1st 2012, 4:54am

Author: NikkiH

** THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT **

Congratulations Caraz. Hope LO continues to improve & she comes out of scbu soon. Nikki x

Tuesday, June 26th 2012, 8:52am

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Hi everyone, Sorry I've not been on here much, been a hectic few days. When we saw the midwife on Saturday, we then spent the night in hospital with Grace She had dropped again in weight & they were concerned she had not poo'd. They did some blood tests & gave her a suppository and she is now pooing ok (although not done one since Sun morning) :-) I've also got an infection down below too Been expressing & giving her that after a feed (with some formula) - she does seem more settled in general. ...

Thursday, June 21st 2012, 9:39pm

Author: NikkiH

NEW PARENT CHAT THREAD

Hi everyone, Sorry it's taken so long to post on here. Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Lewis lost over 10% last time and then even more by day 10, but he didnt go back to hospital - just had to start supplementing with formula. Feel that BF is going better this time, although Grace did lose just over 10% of her birth weight and is putting on quite slowly, trying to feed on demand although not sure if I should be feeding more frequently. Jasper - I could have written that last paragraph abou...

Thursday, June 21st 2012, 9:18pm

Author: NikkiH

** THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT **

Finally managed to find time to post my birth story on the birth announcements section. Congratulations Jasper - sounds like your little girl was in a hurry too! Hope everyone is feeling OK, sorry for the short post but good luck to those due next. Kat and Curlytails - now I've posted my birth story, will come over to the new parents thread Nikki x

Saturday, June 16th 2012, 2:46am

Author: NikkiH

** THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT **

Hi ladies, Sorry I've not had a chance to post but been busy with our little girl We had Grace on Sunday (7lb 8oz) - a really fast delivery, took us both by surprise! Will post my birth story soon but just wanted to let you all know. Hope all goes well for you - some of you are really close now. Love Nikki x

Saturday, June 9th 2012, 8:10pm

Author: NikkiH

** THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT **

Hi Ladies, Just waiting for DH to get back with an Indian so thought I'd pop on here quickly. Caraz - sorry to hear you've been messed about today Hopefully you'll get an alternative to the iron tablets but if not then just think it's for babies benefit .... Sasha - it's hard when others try & stress you out. If the midwife is not concerned then that's good - perhaps you could take your mum to the next growth scan to try and set her mind at rest? Do hope the pain gets better soon. Pleased the dr...




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