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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by LordOpie, Mar 21, 2008.
So he's just as annoying as you are?
Haha, Congrats man.
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Boobs, man. He wants boobs.
(or a paci if your wife doesn't like being a human pacifier all the time.)
I just saw this (been away from my computer for a while)
Congrats... Awesome, welcome to the club.
Hope you get mom & him home soon!
Like any good man, he's probably screaming for tits.
or whinning like a baby... :biggrin:
just give him all the hand held swaddling he wants...
he knows what he needs...you just have to learn to figure out what it is at any given time.
right now it's all about bonding. Enjoy it!!
You will spend the next 2 years teaching him to walk and talk, then the next 16 telling him to sit down and shut up. :biggrin:
All I can say is Duct tape. Lots and lots of duct tape. The best baby sitter in the world.
You and your wife will now discover what marriage is all about cuz up till now you have just been extended dating.
Yep, the Honeymoon is over....................
Second. The hospital stay was the most torturous experience I've ever had. The nurse came in to check my wife's blood pressure every 45 minutes for 24 hours. It was hell.
the hospital is the last place you want to go to get some rest, thats for sure!
YEAH!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to you and the Mrs. He looks like a healthy little guy.
Our first two kiddos spent their first 8-10 days in the hospital hooked up to IV antibiotics.(1st -- strep B;2nd -- staph) We didn't know what to do when the twins came home on the second day.
Smartest, most insightful thing you've ever said.
I read that this morning and didn't agree with you 100%, but after today, you are very wise.
We've spent the day negotiating various topics, like:
-- having the baby sleep with us and if so, for how long
-- supplementing breastfeeding with bottle, when, how much.
-- pacifiers, when, how long
-- vaccinations, which ones, when
some topics are more discussed than others.
My point as it relates to yours... yeah, we've just been dating. No truly serious subject has ever come up in comparison... not which house and how much to spend, buying a bike or two, which movie to see and where to eat dinner, her out all night with her girlfriends or me with my friends, going to family dinner vs watching football.
yup, marriage before kids was still like dating.
Excellent discussions I am sure...we had similar ones prior to Syd coming home and then had to modify our decisions as she grew. It's an amazing roller coaster and I wouldn't change a thing!
We were all "NO PACIFIERS" before Jamie was born, that lasted about an hour or two post birth. Now he's a little over a year old and has pretty much weaned himself from it with no effort on our part to do so.
LO- I recommend keeping an open and flexible mind and when in doubt defer to your wife's judgement.
The no pacifier rule lasted about that long. It's funny how a lot of our prebirth decisions got tossed when reality reared it's head.
Fortunately Baby Becca is starting to wean herself off the pacifier (3 months). Next goal is to get her to sleep in her nice crib that grandma bought her. It only has about 5 hours of use so far
Congrats to you!
he looks great!
In my experience:
Let the baby sleep with you till it is noticeable that you or the baby isn't getting enough undisturbed sleep. When he gets big enough, there will be no more room in the bed.
Breast is best. Formula cannot compare in the slightest. Your baby will be healthier in the long run if you avoid formula all together.
Try avoiding the pacifier. We shall await your hilarious "at-my-fvcking-wit's-end" posts.
Vaccinations: all, spread out a bit.
If you remember anything from this it should be this statement. They have the ability to know when the kid needs to see a doctor even though you think it is just a cold and he'll get over it.
On the sleeping thing - remember that you can walk away when the baby is crying, they will stop and get themselves to sleep. It is not easy, but if you do it early they will learn to comfort themselves and fall asleep on their own.
We did formula for both of ours. Not sure if they are worse off then any other kid.
well mostly...I wouldn't put the baby in bed with you. Have had numerous friends, coworkers etc that did that and now their kid won't sleep through the night in its own bed at 4 and 5 years old. I guess it depends on the temperment of the child...I know for a fact that if our daughter slept with us when she was little it would have been a battle to get her into her own bed.
Awesome LO good luck!
Naps in the crib for sure.
My first kid slept with us the first few months then we moved her into the crib more and more.
The crib to the small bed was a bit of a hassle, but not anything traumatic.
She always slept through the night.
We had a small cradle that she slept in for the first 2 months next to our bed, but she would sometimes fall asleep on me/wife too.
We used Soy formula at about 6 months (not quite a full meal a day) while starting the transition from teet.
Pacifier was used, but wasn't an issue by about 9 months, and was mainly at bedtime. Weened before a year without issue and was mostly the babies choice.
Pacifiers are horrible, use duct tape if you have to. I had a friend when I was in 4th grade that still had hers and used it. It was weird and caused her to have horrible teeth.
Yep, breast feeding is best, however sometimes at night you can't beat formula. With breast milk most kids will wake up more often cause they are hungry, formula weighs them down which means wifypoo gets more sleep.
A pacifier? Our best friend with both kids, however it F's up their bite & teeth. Hard to ween them off. If the child doesn't want it don't force it, if they need to suck, give it to them.
Sleeping with you? A definite no no. We had our son sleep with us until he was a year in a half. It took Julie going out of town for 3 nights for me to get him in his room. Lots of screaming the first night, after that went right to sleep. Don't get in that habit!!!!
Vaccines? Do it!!!
Rumor has it that a pacifier until 6 months reduces the risk of SIDS.
Also, something we learned today...
If you're having trouble breastfeeding...
Go to a lactation specialist. There's a group that meets twice a week here run by two nurses. It's free and these specialists know more about the subject than anyone. They can help!
Also, and [/b]more importantly[/b], these nurse caught a problem with our baby that NO ONE else saw, not the doctors or nurses at the hospital who examined our baby a dozen times, nor our pediatrician.
You know that ligament looking thing under your tongue? Our baby has a short one that won't allow him to breastfeed. He lost 17 ounces of body weight -- birth: 7pounds10oz, yesterday, 6pounds9oz -- because no one caught this problem and the baby wasn't getting milk when he fed. I insisted there was a problem so our Ped sent us to these nurses who finally found the problem.
Simple, an ENT specialist will do a slight snip of the Ferenulum (sp?). That simple!
Also, people with short ferenulums typically have speech impediments, more cavities and can't french kiss. Yeah, the kissing part is usually how people find out.
easy way to ween em off the pacifier is to slowly cut down the tips of the thing(we did this in about 1.5 weeks, eventually their is nothing to suck on...worked great for ours...and definatley get them in their own bed early!!!
It's real embarassing when they're 18.....oh never mind....
I swear I remember when you was just a kid your self......OH how they grow up......
Good to hear you figured this out! No wonder he was screaming, he needed more milk!
i know you're not asking for advice, and i know it's nothing new & revelatory, but...be patient beyond measure.
apparently, they copy almost everything they see/hear you do.
Amen to that. I thought I was a patient person before, but having a baby teaches you whole new levels
Yeah, my wife and I are really working hard on that. Every other word out of my wife's mouth is "God Damnit" and I'm a smart ass with a crude sense of humor. We're really having to relearn how to be polite to one another. You know stuff like "Would you pass the salt, dear?", "Certainly, Love" instead of "Where's the f'ing salt?", "If it were up your ass you'd know!" It's really hard when you are tired.
for me, i have to wait until my daughter is asleep until i have a beer. i lose the desire to be engaging in a frustrating scenario after a beer or two.
i've also found that 2 is my limit since being a dad, as i don't have control over when my faculties are needed.
I've purchased several that claim they have a slow flow rate appropriate for a newborn, but my son winds up choking on excess formula! In fact, the slowest flow rate nipple I found is actually or 1 month olds, but, yeah, there's a but... I can't find the damn bottles for that nipple, so I've had to rig them to work with our bottles.
strong little sucker, is he?
So Loopie, be honest, have you had a little drink direct from the...ahem...cow, so to speak? I know I did when my wife was breast-feeding, tasted like condensed milk to me, very sweet, second only to elephant milk for sweetness apparently.
Don't lie dads, whose done it, hands up.
Pacifiers aren't horrible, her parents are.