Wednesday, December 23, 2009

About Babywearing. Plus Camera Advice Requested. AND A PICTURE!

Thanks for all the great comments. Sorry I’ve been a terrible commenter. I’ve been reading, but it’s hard to comment more than a few words here and there.

About all the babywearing suggestions. I actually have 4 options. I have a Hotsling, a maya wrap, a Moby wrap, and an Ergo carrier with the infant insert. 3 of them hand me downs, 1 a gift. A big part of the problem is how constantly she wants to nurse. She’ll nod off while nursing, I’ll burp her, then I keep her upright for a while to keep spitting up to a minimum, but often within 5 minutes of taking her off the boob, she’ll be awake again and rooting for more. This literally goes on for hours. I’m sore! When I can wear her, the Hotsling is easiest around the house, since it’s the easiest to take on and off. But it’s the hardest on my back.

It’s really amazing how she’ll seem to be out cold in my arms for quite a while, but within 2 minutes of gently putting her down, she’s fussing or crying. I am not going to let my 3 week old CIO. (BTW, anyone have a good comeback for the idiots well meaning people who tell me I shouldn’t spoil her? Spoil a newborn! Puleeze!)

Re camera advice, I have a decent “point and shoot,” but have been thinking about getting a digital SLR to take better pictures of my cutie pie. Any suggestions for a moderately priced camera?

Here’s a little cuteness for you all.

Happy holidays from us!


'Murgdan' said...

She is gorgeous :-) Happy Holidays to you!

claire said...

i think the moby wrap might work well for you. If you google different ways to wear it you can wrap it so it's easy to breast feed!

Bella said...

I obviously have no advice but wanted to say she is ADORABLE!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I would try the moby but I would also talk to your dr as she should not be feeding so much. sounds like she is either not suckling correctly and not getting enough or that you milk is not filling her up. I had the later problem and once I swapped my son to formula I got some rest and so did he.

hope this helps.

cute picture and happy holiday.s

Michelle said...

She is so BEAUTIFUL!!!

Happy Holidays!

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

She looks like her bio sibs! I love it.

Newborns are incapable of being "spoiled." At this age, if they are crying, they need something.

I agree that she shouldn't need to eat every 5 minutes; even feed-on-demand breastfed infants don't eat that often. Have you tried a pacifier to see if it's sucking rather than eating she's seeking?

It's worth getting a lactation counselor to come to your house. Not on Xmas eve, but hopefully soon after. Whether it's her eating skill, or supply, or something else, something is up.

Also I wouldn't let a baby this age CIO, but I do allow fussing until it escalates to a cry. More times than not, my babies go right back to sleep after a couple minutes of fussing -- or they were never awake! Babies are very noisy creatures, and sometimes it's not fussing but sleep noises, and by picking them up, we wake them up.

I hope you can get some sleep, my dear!

Anonymous said...

Dora she is so beautiful!! I am so incredibly happy for you. What an amazing gift.

A FB friend of mine recommends the Lumix camera. Sorry I don't know which model but he has some amazing pictures on his profile. Hope that helps.

battynurse said...

What a cutie. No idea about the baby wearing etc.
As far as camera's go I have a Nikon D40 and I love it. Of course I think that model was discontinued and now they have the D60 and I'm not sure on cost for them but it really does take fabulous pictures.

Billy said...

She is gorgeous :-)
The CIO, that's the "5 minute system"?, errr not for me! I'm reading Elizabeth Plantely's No Cry Sleep Solution and really liking her methods.

Anonymous said...

My daughter ate all the time like this at that age too. Happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

Wish I had advice on something.... but I don't.

Just wanted to say that she looks just like J! Beautiful child that brings tears to my eyes.

I hope you are continuing to adjust and I second the recommendation of a Lactation Consultant. Could be something simple that is wrong with her latch etc. that can be easily fixed and make your life much more comfortable.

I have a 2010 calendar to send you of the kids.... once I am able to get to the P.O. You will have a glimpse into your future!


Aunt Becky said...

My kids always ate constantly, ALWAYS when they were so little, and HAPPY Holidays!

chicklet said...

As you read, I'm having the same issue with sometimes rooting for more more more, and yea, my boobs get sore too. Thankfully no cracking or anything but still sore from all the damned activity.

Re camera, I don't know what's out there now as I bought mine a few years ago, but I really love my Canon Rebel. I keep adding lenses and it's awesome the flexibility I have.

Hera said...

She is just so precious!