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Bigger Than My Teddy Bear, But Not My Puppy...
by Jenn (astridlynn)
at December 3rd, 2007 (07:27 am)
current location: 80021
current mood: awake
current song: Veggie Tales Lullabyes

*giggle* Look Mommy, I'm bigger than my teddy bear!

...but I'm not bigger than Charlie yet. Pretty soon though I will be. I'm Mommy's little porker. I'm gonna ask Santa for lots of breastmilk, 'cuz that's my favorite!

*yawn* It's 7am and I'm wide awake. Blake and I have already had an hour of awake time, singing Veggie Tales until he fell asleep. It's funny how in the middle of sleeping he'll stretch & squeel, then fall right back to sleep.

At the baby weigh-in last week, he had gained 1.5 lbs in 2 weeks. I was amazed. Today I need to schedule his 2 month well baby visit for next week. How long is everyone planning to breast feed? I just about gave up a couple times already (at about 4 & 5 weeks) because I was so sore, cracked, bleeding and then got mastitis. When they told me that mastitis feels like the flu, I thought "Okay, whatever." Well, it came on sudden and it literally felt like I had been hit by a semi. The day I got it I didn't even open the shades and spent the day on the couch curled up with Blake...until my husband came home from work. Then I thought "I'd better go in". I had to quit nursing for an entire week to let things heal enough and only pumped when I had to in order to keep my milk supply.

I had my 6 week post-partum check up last week and everything went well. Of course, she asked me about birth control and recommended we consider the Mirena (sp?) IUD. Anyone have any experience with these? My husband was an IUD baby, but I'm sure technology has improved greatly since 1977. I don't want to go on the pill or depo, because in the past I've had major mood swings with them. Before Blake, we were just using timing & condoms. *L* We can seriously tell Blake when he's older that "...just one night...." is just enough to have a baby.

Cross-posted to nov2007babies


Posted by: Mugsy.Webb (mugsy_webb)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)

that is such a cute photo of the pup and blake.
i'm getting one put in as soon as it arrives at my gyno's office. i am awful at remembering to take pills everyday, so that would have been a waste of time/money haha.
we hadn't had sex in over a month and did only for my birthday... and next thing we know, preggers. haha. just one night is right

Posted by: Cake or death? (cakemaven)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)

the IUDs of the past did not contain hormones. The Mirena has hormones that are slowly released for 5 years, so it's similar to taking the mini-pill (progesterone only pill) only you don't have to worry abot forgetting it to take it. It isn't as effective as some other methods though, so make sure you know that before trusting that it's totally effective. Because it has hormones, you may still experience the mood swings. But, it's more quickly reversible than depo, as you can have it removed and then it's done. With depo, it's in you for several months whether you like it or not. I was considering the IUD, but the Mirena has too high of a failure rate for me to trust it and the copper one makes me bleed too heavy and painfully. We may just go back to NFP with charting cycles and using condoms.

Posted by: Jenn (astridlynn)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)

I've gotta think that it's gotta have a lower failure rate than the NFP w/ condoms...since that's how we got pregnant. But I was wondering about the hormones in the IUD. Thanks for the info. I'm still on the fence between NFP vs. IUD.

Posted by: Cake or death? (cakemaven)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)

NFP only works if you follow the rules 100% of the time ;) As you said, one night is all it takes. We did NFP with great success for 15 months and then used it to plan our pregnancy. We got preggo the second month we tried (we were out of town visiting family during my fertile time the first month, so we weren't able to get the "quiet time" we needed).

I was mistaken about the Mirena though. I was looking at the wrong line on the patient info on their magazine ad. They make it so tiny, damn them! It 's 99.9% effective, so more effective than pretty much everything else on the market.

Posted by: rparker (rparker)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)

Where'd you get the information about the ineffectiveness of the Mirena? Because Planned Parenthood's website, my OB, and the manufacturer of the Mirena all claim/imply that it is as/more effective than tubal ligation. I wanted to get the copper IUD and my OB talked me into getting the Mirena, inserted it too early, and my body rejected it... I'm scheduled to try again with the Mirena, but I won't bother if it really is less than upwards of 99% effective.

Posted by: Cake or death? (cakemaven)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)

my bad... those little patient info things have such damn tiny print, I was looking at the wrong line! Haha... sleep deprivation doesn't help any either ;) Mirena is 99.9%

The copper one is also effective, but it sucks. I had very heavy painful periods with it and had to have it removed after just 6 months.

Posted by: rparker (rparker)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)

Oh good, for a moment there I was beginning to think that my OB was part of some conspiracy of misinformation against me. Still not sure if I'll get the Mirena though. I could never figure out what they meant by "perfect use" of an IUD on the pamphlets until I read somewhere else about the possibility of the IUD becoming dislodged if you use a menstrual cup. I think that I hate using tampons and pads more than Mark hates using a condom.

I totally feel you on the sleep deprivation. Alice let me sleep for 2 hours early on last night, but I haven't had more than 20 minutes in one stretch since about 1 am.

Posted by: Christine (timecankill)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)

i had mastitis in both breasts when Holden was 2 wks old, due to a bad latch that we were unaware of because my chest is so big i cant really see all of everything and it was not a painful bad latch...anywho it is horrible. i thought i was dieing!
due to so many issues i am exclusively pumping now and we leisurely nurse since he cant latch right, hopefully he will soon, but my plan is at least 1 yr. whether pumping or directly nursing.

and i have never taken bc and they were somewhat pushy at my appnt but meh, no thanks.

Posted by: rparker (rparker)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)

My baby is bigger than both of my dogs combined :P

I am going to breastfeed Alice for at least two years, unless she self weans or pregnancy screws up my supply. I'll probably BF longer than that though and just let her quit when she's ready. With the way I'm feeling right now, night weaning may occur once she hits a year.

I had a Mirena inserted at my 6 week PP appointment (really 5.5 weeks) and it fell out within a few hours. I called my OB and told him, but he didn't believe me because it's so rare... went in a week later to get the string shortened and the entire thing fell out completely as soon as he touched it. Prior to this my PP bleeding had stopped, but it came back with a vengeance for several more days once the IUD was totally out; I'm just now getting back to normal. I'm scheduled to try the Mirena again on the 19th, but I'm seriously reconsidering it. If progesterone only birth control disagrees with you, then you probably shouldn't get the Mirena. I really miss being on "the pill" (ortho tri cyclen), but it's contraindicated for breastfeeding.

Posted by: Amy (granola_dyke)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
VB lips

I'll be breastfeeding Ewan until he self-weans. Good for you for not giving up!

Cute pictures :)

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