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Weight Loss Find your twin on CC! Jan 21 2014
20:46 (UTC)

Female, 41, 5'6, 165lbs, gw 140

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Feb 01 2012
15:37 (UTC)

I find the easiest (and cheapest) way to exercise is with videos first thing in the morning before work, usually 6-ish.  No travel time, no membership, and usually the kids are still asleep.  I've collected a number of different videos over the last couple of years: a lot of Jillian Michaels (circuit training) and kickboxing.  Most of them I tested out by checking out of the library first before purchasing.  Some I happened to run across in thrift stores and just took a risk.  I usually exercise 5 or 6 days out of the week, trying to alternate between strength training and cardio.  I try to exercise for at least 30 minutes or if I know I have the time I'll do a longer workout.  Another thing I like about that schedule is that whatever else happens to my day, I've at least got that in.  Also, at work, I usually go for a walk at lunchtime.  Also something one can do with a baby as long as the weather isn't too crazy.

My kids are 10 months, 5, 7, and 9.  I'm not currently logging all the food just because I don't have time and also when I did it in the past I got a little obsessive about it.  So for the moment, I'm just trying to eat better and watch portions.  We'll see how that goes.  My weight has pretty much gone up and down the same 5 lbs since shortly after the baby was born although the measurements are definitely improving.  But I still have about 12lbs of baby weight to unload.

I think sleep training does work but illness can definitely disrupt it.  But once they're over being sick, it helps to try to get back to it sooner rather than later.

Good luck with the job search.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Jan 04 2012
19:55 (UTC)

I use Gerber Good Start Gentle (powder).  I used it with all my kids and never had any issues.  It also tends to be a little less expensive than some of the others although the price can vary widely depending on where you buy it.

Pregnancy & Parenting Almost no weight loss 5 weeks after birth Sep 17 2011
02:54 (UTC)

I've had a similar experience.  Before having my latest baby in 3/2011, I took about a year and a half to lose 50 lbs.  So I was at a good weight when I got pregnant.  Gained 30 lbs.  Had the baby.  Within a week or so, I was down about 13-14 lbs and pretty much stayed there for months.  That's with exercising and not being too crazy at the eating and also breastfeeding.  With previous pregnancies, I was overweight to begin with and the baby weight came off practically immediately and I gained less to start with, about 20 lbs.  I figure since I started off weighing less, my body wanted to make sure it had what it needed for breastfeeding so it kind of held on to pounds.  Even though I stayed about the same weight (163 or so, having a pre-preg weight of 147) for months, exercise did still help me get my strength back, especially in the abdominal area, and even though I wasn't losing pounds, I was losing inches off my waist gradually.  I'm just starting to lose again now with counting calories again.  I read somewhere that since it takes 9 months to put the baby weight on, one should give it at least 9 months to take it back off.  Good luck!

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Apr 08 2011
00:28 (UTC)
Original Post by april_bride:

QUestion for Roo, Santo and anyone else who has pumped: how much milk do you usually pump either before or after you BF? Since I've had trouble with my milk fully coming in I'm still doing the BF/forumla feed/pump routine several times a day and night. I'm not sure how much milk is a normal amount to be able to express after breast feeding. I've tried googling and there's so much variation in what I've read online... 

 I've only pumped a couple times so far.  The first time I pumped about 3 oz.  The second time I pumped about 5 oz.  That was pumping both sides simultaneously for about 10 minutes.  Normally I think you're supposed to pump after you breastfeed because the pump doesn't stimulate milk production as well as the baby does.  I don't remember exactly how much I used to pump with previous kids but I know it was more than that once I was pumping regularly, maybe as much as 10 oz at a time (in about 15 min).  I don't know if this is helpful at all.  But good luck.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Mar 27 2011
19:49 (UTC)

Regarding breast pumps.  I have an Ameda Purely Yours.  Although not cheap, it's not as expensive as the Medela pumps but still works well.  My work actually has a lactation room where they provide a Medela pump (hospital grade) where I just have to bring my own attachments.  Of course, that works well too.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Mar 18 2011
22:08 (UTC)
Original Post by vanessa1031:

wow santorkk!  4!!!  congrats!!!  How much did she weigh?  Beautiful name!  Glad momma and baby are healthy and doing well.

Very funny about all the questions!

Thanks.  She was 8 lb 15.5 oz.  21.75 inches.  The biggest of them all.  Of course, she still looks so tiny and my 4-yr-old looks absolutely huge.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Mar 17 2011
01:16 (UTC)

Hi all.  Angelina arrived on Sat, 3/12.  My water broke about 8 am and then absolutely nothing else happened until they put me on Pitocin at 3:30 in the afternoon.  She was born 10:30 pm. 

Trying to get used to things at home.  Wow, I now have 4 children!  My 8-yr-old daughter wants to constantly hold Angelina but she hasn't had much opportunity so far since she's at school all day and even when she's home, Angelina can spend an hour nursing.  We are having lots of interesting conversations about biology.  "How did the baby get out?"  "Why does the baby drink from there?"  "Can I feed the baby like that?"etc

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Mar 10 2011
14:30 (UTC)

Sadly, I'm still waiting.  2 days past the due date now.  I know it's not much but it feels like forever.  But I'm already scheduled for induction next Tues, 3/15, if this kid doesn't decide to get out sooner.  So we'll see.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Mar 07 2011
02:16 (UTC)

I'm getting real tired of being pregnant.  So what if my due date is Tuesday.  Tonight would be a fine night.  I swear I go to bed each night thinking, "maybe tonight."  Probably making myself more crazy than I need to.  Of course it doesn't help that every time I go to work someone says, "Are you still here?"  Anyway,  I'm fine.  Don't mind me.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Feb 28 2011
13:54 (UTC)
Original Post by nicole318:

Hey ladies!

So we had our childbirth class on Saturday- what a JOKE! It was painful, they talked about stuff I already know from reading books and they made us practice breathing and guided visualization and meditation. Umm, I don't need any of that because I am going to get ALL THE DRUGS THEY WILL GIVE ME :)


Sorry your class wasn't so good.  But just so you know, it is good to have at least some idea of the basics of breathing and relaxation because, sadly, depending on your situation you may not be able to get drugs and also because the drugs don't always work.  With my second child, I got to the hospital and immediately told them I wanted drugs.  Unfortunately, I was already too far along to get them.  With my third, I got an epidural and it only worked on half of my body, so one side was numb and the other side felt everything.  I think that was worse than having no drugs.  Fortunately, they eventually got it straight, but I was in that state for over an hour which felt like an eternity.  So learning some techniques for getting through the pain isn't a bad idea even if drugs are the plan.  Good luck.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Feb 16 2011
15:40 (UTC)


Wow, that would be scary.  Glad you're okay.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Feb 09 2011
16:34 (UTC)
Original Post by april_bride:

Good morning from cold and icy Texas! GAH - I am SO SICK of this. I know M and A love it and they are giddy to be home again. Me, I'm just sick of it! 

Annoying morning - now that my former manager whom I love has moved positions, I report to someone higher up. Last night that new person scheduled a meeting. She sent the email at 9:15 pm for an 8 am meeting today. So I missed the meeting because apparently, being the slacker that I am, I should be checking email in the middle of the night. (Last time I'd checked was around 7 pm.) I emailed her first thing when I had logged on to let her know, and have heard nothing back. *head explodes*

I'm thinking of doing just one or two nights in a fancy hotel in our city, with hubs, over spring break when Angela is at the egg donor's. It will be just a couple weeks before my due date so I cant decide if it would be a waste b/c I'll be too uncomfortable to enjoy it. But on the flip side I know we won't be getting any vacation away for a long time after baby comes (like a year or so at least). What do you guys think about this? Waste of money or fun and romantic?

 That's just obnoxious about the meeting.  I wonder if any else missed it.

Staying at a hotel might be relaxing as long as you don't try to get too ambitious.  I'm still 4 weeks from my due date and I hardly feel like moving.  A plus about being somewhere other than home, though, is that you won't feel like you have to do chores.


The Lounge Is everybody ready? Feb 03 2011
02:56 (UTC)

Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee

Greenest state in the land of the free

Raised in the woods so he knew every tree

Kilt him a bear when he was only three

Davy, Davy Crockett

King of the wild frontier

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Jan 11 2011
19:17 (UTC)
Original Post by nicole318:

Santorkk- Do you have any reccomendations on any good books?

Vanessa- I am sure you will do fine, I am sure we all will! Fear of the unknown (and known) is always so much worse than how things actually turn out.

 Sorry, unfortunately not, at least nothing general for the early days.  Although for later on, I found Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth, very useful.  But that doesn't do too much good until baby's at least a few months old.  I would say if you plan to breastfeed to read up on that and maybe even take a class because for something so "natural," it doesn't always come naturally.  And pay attention to what the nurses teach you when you're in the hospital.  They'll probably give pointers on bathing a newborn, umbilical cord care, swaddling, etc.  Also, whatever childcare, breastfeeding, sleep, or parenting books you read, take them with a grain of salt.  Every child is different, every parent is different.  Take out what is useful to you and don't get bogged down in the rest. 

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Jan 11 2011
17:13 (UTC)


Ignore those people.  I found it MUCH easier having #2 than #1 just because I had a clue what the heck I was doing.  Also, does your daughter like baby dolls?  It's hilarious watching a 2-yr-old breastfeed her baby while you're taking care of yours.  Or bottles.  Or imitating any of the other things you'll be doing with baby.

To others stressing about having #1,

Read a book on infant care.  Personally, I spent so much time reading about/talking about pregnancy with my first one that when I brought my daughter home from the hospital, it was like "now what do I do with her?"

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Nov 18 2010
16:26 (UTC)

Hand-me-downs are a wonderful thing.  My son just turned four and other than shoes, I can practically count on one hand how little clothing I've had to buy him.  He gets all sorts of stuff handed down from my nephews, one of whom is just 2 years older.  And really it's more like hand-me-downs from about 4 or 5 boys because my nephews get stuff from cousins on the other side of their family.  And with that much stuff, I can pick out the best stuff and pass on the rest.  I did have to buy more stuff for my older daughter but she gets some hand-me-downs from my goddaughter who is 3 years older.  And she doesn't need that much since she actually wears uniforms for school.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Oct 27 2010
14:05 (UTC)

I was just saying to my husband that I feel like I could use a week off just to get our house in order.  Sometimes it feels like there isn't enough time to get all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry done.  So we never get around to those other home projects like cleaning our office, fixing the holes in our ceiling that have been there since last January, getting our outside light fixed, etc...

Vanessa, I hope all goes well with your dad's biopsy.  Stuff like that is definitely nerve wracking.


Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Oct 27 2010
12:31 (UTC)


I'm glad you had a good ultrasound.  That 3D thing sounds really cool.  I've never had that.

Pregnancy & Parenting Due in Spring 2011 Oct 26 2010
18:10 (UTC)


I'm fortunate that there are dedicated lacation rooms with pumps at my job.  So all I have to bring are the attachments.  I will pump for a while.  With my son, I took 12 weeks maternity, then pumped at work for 3 months, so that he got through 6 months solely on breast milk.  But then I just nursed morning and night and stopped pumping.  I kept up with the morning/night routine until he was a year.  As nice as it is to have the lactation room available (and an accommodating boss-always important!), it's still a pain pumping.  So he got a combo of breast milk and formula.  With my eldest daughter, I pretty much didn't nurse her past maternity leave because it just seemed too complicated at the time since I was working part time some days of the week, taking graduate classes other days.  With my second daughter, I did similar to what I did with my son but had to stop sooner (about 5 months) because I ended up landing in the hospital with an unrelated condition.  Anecdotally, I think my son who breastfed the longest, ended up the healthiest in his first year.