7 Quick Takes

11 January 2013

Joining Jennifer and the other Quakers. Like always.

1. I don't want to complain but I'll merely state the fact that I am really tired. I knew this kind of jarring fatigue was coming and I really enjoyed my pregnant sleep (insomnia and all) in anticipation of the impending exhaustion so I don't know why I'm so surprised. Theo isn't nearly as awful as the other two were (yet) and Simon even does one feeding a night (with his pumped milk) so I should probably just toughen up ... especially since we are about to embark on our first call weekend starting seven hours ago.

Way to start off with a peppy bang, Whiny. 

2. Moving on to something more exciting ... breastfeeding!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes. I managed to get the engorgement situation under control with help of this pump, and the extreme latch pain down to a dull roar with coconut oil (I swam deeeep into the crazy end of the internet circa 3 in the am one terrible morning .... and it worked) and a prosthetic. I'm a little bit frustrated because I can only pump about 3 ounces over the course of a day (not for lack of trying, trying, and trying again) and it would be nice to have more of a human milk stash for a rainy day or five but ... we'll survive. Combine the perma-pumping with Theo's crazy love for and dedication to the breast ... I almost miss being pregnant. Almost.

3. Stretching the breast talk into two takes which seems appropriate for obvious reasons. If ever I need to talk Sebastian down from one of his newfound tantrum cliffs or get him to stop dumping my entire wardrobe into the bathtub full of water and Julia I just whip out the pump and put it to work. Inappropriate? Highly ... but the kid has never been so fascinated with anything before in his little life and it seems to distract him enough to lessen the temptation to pull all of Theo's hair out
 ... which he has attempted and almost succeeded at doing multiple times.

4. I hate to admit that I was wrong but a lot of you commented on how much you loved these swaddling blankets on this post. Simon's mom gave us some and I am completely sold. I love them thi----------------------------------------------------------s much. Love. I want to buy a million more ... but I won't.

5. Dark and boooooooooooring filler clip of Julia and her beloved pet kitten.

6. You probably already saw Colleen's stellar guest post over at Catholic Cookie Jar ... but in case you haven't ... go give it a gander. So wise, that Colleen.

7. Rather than writing a lengthy (or not so lengthy) post on Natural Family Planning ... I thought I'd ask you fine ladies (and gentlemen? gentleman?) if you had any questions on the exotic topic. I'm not an expert and Simon's not an expert but we'd love (I'm presuming on Simon's behalf ... he'll love it ... I'm sure) to try and answer any questions you might have. If not, I can make some up or dig some out of my email archives or never type about it ever again. No problemo. If you DO have any ?'s ... feel very free to email me or comment anonymously* (or nononymously).

I hope your weekend isn't awful.


Now off you go to say hello to Jen.



*impolite anons are super unwelcome. Thanks in advance.

42 comments:

  1. I have to admit, those blankets are pretty nice. The only problem? I tried to force Ellen into them waaayyyy too long...to the point where she was strong enough to kick a hole through them. User error.

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  2. And number six just turned my frown upside down!

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  3. Oh yes, I love those swaddling blankets too.

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  4. i know it's not the same thing BUT i've been using coconut oil to wash my face and i pretty much want to shout from the rooftops about how amazing this stuff is. i'm also using it as moisturizer and occasionally on my hair for my dry/split ends....so yeah, obsessed. i believe in it's magic powers ;)

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  5. A manual pump isn't going to give enough stimulation to build up much of a rainy day milk supply - check with your insurance, they may cover a nicer double electric pump. They work a lot better, but might not be worth the extra cost if you don't really *need* one. And they'll either fascinate or scare the pants off of Sebastian!

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    1. Good to know! I read lots of reviews that claimed otherwise. Liars.

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    2. ahhh!!! that is the most annoying manual pump ever!! We got it free from the hospital and I thought it was a joke. (I mean, in the sheer fact that it takes a lifetime to pump it out, and too much hand energy - doesn't let you relax while pumping, which is a necessity!). If you get a (gently used) medela double-breast pump, it pumps a lot faster AND stimulates letdowns a ton easier. You can buy them used on craigslist and just get new pump parts (tubes, bottles, and shields) - in essence, you're just using the "motor" portion of the old pump. Nothing from the prior user will touch you/your milk. Anyways. The lansinoh breastmilk storage bags are the sturdiest and freeze really well. Might come in handy so you can get a little more shuteye if Simon wakes up to feed your little man.

      But I would TOTALLY take her advice and go with the double electric *medela* pump... it takes 3 mins to take care of things, and you are hands-free to read a story to a toddler if need me. Good luck! And keep it up! :)

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    3. I had to pump exclusively for NINE months. Medela electric double pump all the way. After a week, I figured out how to go hands free so I could read, or eat, or whatever.

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    4. i have that pump, it helped for when my milk came in but after that i needed to pull out the big guns
      (a pump that is, not bigger boobs). i got a little electric pump and that worked; it was the evenflo simplygo. and then i lost a small piece a couple weeks ago. no bueno. i'm getting a fancy pants double electric through my insurance.

      warm tea bags help with sore nips. i just used whatever we had in our cabinets, jut not the minty stuff.

      also, if you need something to help increase your milk supply almond milk helps. i try to chug a cup of the choco stuff every day or so. keep up the good work, hope it gets better soon!

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  6. 3ozs sounds normal. Even after pumping months I only got 4ozs in a day. You just have to freeze them and build a supply. If you lay them flat to freeze they defrost quick which is nice :)

    Actually I do have a question with NFP. They say phase II begins after day 6. Well what if you know you ovulate very late? Can start phase II later if you know this? Also read it's more risky to delay the start of phase II than to cut it close with the beginning of phase III. Correct? Basically, I'd like to cut the abstaining part down some without increasing the "risk." Hahaha! Probably an impossible thing!

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  7. whatevs, I've got gallons stored up just with my manual pump. not bragging, just letting you know it can be done. by us cow humans.:( my pump is a tad different though it's this one http://www.kidsgear.co.nz/Classifieds/ads/medela-hand-pump/ they gave me three free ones in the hospital and i looove them.

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    1. Totally TMI but I agree with Meredith. The manual pump was the only one I used until i went back to work and used the double electric one. I still use it daily and got 10 oz before work this am ( I seem to be a cow mama too). Just give it some time to get used to it. Great arm work out too ;) I also have wayyy too much milk frozen in my freezer now but I remember how it was a pain to build up a stash!

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  8. Grace, I use a Medela double electric pump (got it after tons of research for number one), and I only ever use one side of it, because otherwise you have to buy the scary looking "bra" boobie-holder (maybe it's worth it?) if you want to go hands-free. But it works great and I usually can pump up to 4oz, about 30m after nursing. The one annoying thing is that it beeps with each suction interval so I feel even more like a cow being milked. Still, if you're planning on doing the nursing thing again, I think it was a good investment. (Maybe they will give you a free one if you review it on the blog?!)

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  9. Apparently breast pumps are supposed to be covered by insurance now.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/08/breast-pumps-insurance-free_n_2432777.html
    Maybe you could get an electric one? I have this pump
    http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/products/145/swing-breastpump
    and have been very happy with it. I haven't used it since I weaned Joseph about 6 months ago, but it's about to get put tp use again very soon with #2. I stay at home, so I mainly use it to build up a small stash when I know I'll be away for a date night or something like that.
    I'd also like to say how impressed I am that you manage to blog every. single. day. You should win some sort of award or something.

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  10. This may be a Canadian thing - but you can RENT hospital grade pumps. Double ones, about $40 a month or so. Do that for a few months until your supply regulates and you don't need to worry about the purchase price.

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  11. I'm pretty confident Hannah is going to be equally mesmerized by all the pumping that is about to take place. I won't be one bit surprised when she tries to milk herself. Perhaps that's the next step for keeping Sebastian happy??

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  12. Umm please tell Sebastian to stop growing up. Maybe it's because Theo's now around but for whatever reason, he looks like he grew a whole 3 months in just a couple weeks. J, however, continues to look as spry as ever...being a big(ger) sister suits her!

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  13. I emailed you about NFP (and infertility and PCOS and other stuffs) a while back...if you're looking for material, there's always that.

    And for the record, my electric pump made farting noises that kept my husband giggling in the other room every time I whipped it out. At least Sebastian has the innocence excuse!

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  14. I recommend a double electric as well. I rented one from the hospital with our twins and then eventually bought my own Medela. However, you should buy new (check insurance), borrowing one or buying used is a big no-no. http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/pumps.shtml
    Love your blog!
    Jennifer

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  15. Grace -- definitely look into the Medela. I had the Pump in Style and it was the height of awesomeness. Yes - they are pricey. However, I bought mine with my first and used it for all my babies, let my sister borrow it for two kids and then sold it on Craig's List. TOTALLY got my $$ out of it. Plus you can double pump which cuts down on your pumping time.

    As far as NFP, we've been on the program for 14 years, so no real questions in terms of how it works, but I would LOVE to hear how Simon came to decide to be an OB and have an NFP practice. The rarest of the rare....! But so wonderful!

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  16. Gosh you are awesome! The breast pump decoy- EXCELLENT!! I'll be writing that pearler down for when baby 3 comes to The Beetle Shack :)

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  17. I used a hand pump after my babies were born. I would nurse on both sides and when I was nursing on the second side I was use the pump on the side I started on. I did thhis every time I nursed my daughter. It helped with my supply and then also for creating the supply before I went back to work. By the time I went back to work I had enough milk for at least 3 weeks. Once I was working I used an electric hands free pump. The other kids at the time were 3 and 2 with my daughter and then they were 5, 4, and 2 when my son was born in March they would always use the pump, even my son- HA! It kept them content, so I was ok with it. =) When in doubt pump it out!! -Susie

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  18. I have an NFP question: what do you do while breastfeeding? I have totally unreliable signals before resuming ovulation, so when I first ovulated after baby 2, along came baby 3. The chart still says I wasn't pregnant, and although I'm ridiculously glad it's wrong, I'd like a better idea of what's going on.

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  19. I forgot to mention in the comment above that the motor part can be used, and it's fine. It's the tubing that needs to be brand new. Milk does not enter the machine itself. I did extensive research and also asked my mechanical engineer SIL...and ended up borrowing hers for the year.

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  20. Pumping is a real pain... I've done it for several months with each of my three babies until they got the hang of nursing ( I still have to link up birth stories... ). For our last baby, I used the hospital grade pump (we rented it), and I found it to be infinitely more efficient than a hand pump or the Pump n Style (which is a terrible name). It got the job done so much faster! One thing that did end up really helping was to learn how to nurse lying down. Then I could "rest my eyes" while we nursed. We are the weirdos that co-sleep with our babies;)

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  21. I have a Medela pump...a very nice one from a baby shower that I love with my whole heart. It was an expensive purchase, I'm sure, but it has been such a lifesaver. Sometimes those things are worth it in the end!

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  22. I finally posted my birth stories! :)

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  23. Thinking of you tonight during call weekend...the fatigue is a bear I'm sure! We're rooting for you!

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  24. Glad you got the shield! That is my *favorite* nursing accessory:)

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  25. I just have to say - I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! - Ever since I found it a month or so ago I'm addicted! You are fabulous! Your kids are ADORABLE & you make me feel good about being a stay-at-home Mom & the craziness that always seems to happen when being home with little ones ;)

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  26. K, here's my NFP question: how does one actually learn how to use it while nursing? I got pregnant with my first rightaway, I don't cycle while I'm nursing, and when I finish nursing, two (irregular)cycles later, I'm pregnant again. We just had baby number 4 and would like to actually learn NFP! Right now, I can't even claim to use NFP, we just don't use birth control!

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  27. Kelly mom has a lot of great resources on the size of a baby tummy. They dont get big quickly. If the katch is painful, have you checked for a tongue or lop tie? Especially as you arent pumping a lot. As far as pumps, everyone reacts differently to different pumps. I am a horrible pumper. I used 4 different pumps with dismal results.

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  28. I love all of the quick takes but is it wrong that I especially love your disclaimer to grouchy-anon pants? Made me smile.

    Secondly love that the kids find the pumping interesting! Hey, whatever works. Hope you are able to figure out the breast feeding woes. I am sure I will be there in the summer and need you on speed-email ;) xoxo

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  29. My first attempt at pumping left me sobbing like a foolish wench. I was still in the hospital and they had lent me one of their industrial strength iron giants. After double pumping for half hour I didn't even have enough milk to go around the bottom of the bottle. Fast forward 3 months and I'm pumping 9 ounces on my half hour lunch break and waving the bottle brazenly in our receptionist's face. (We're friends so it's ok. We high-fived.)

    If you don't already know of it, which you probably do because you're a wise owl, you/your readers might be interested in the Fertility Friend Mobile app. Which changed my life (if I'm being dramatic). I understood my cycle about 400 times better than I ever had after I downloaded it.

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  30. your post made me giggle like crazy remembering how my 16 month old danced to the "beat" of the pump when i used it for #2

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  31. As some commenters above have noted, it's hard to chart when you're breastfeeding and not experiencing regular cycles. So is there any way to get periods started again?

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  32. I can't even begin to imagine how tired you are. We're still kidless (I think she's just going go stay in there until 2014), so if you want to ship a munchkin up here go right ahead.

    Also, I'd like to second a NFP question that I think I saw above. How does it work while breastfeeding?

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  33. I would definitely recommend using the Clearblue fertility monitor with the Marquette Method of NFP (nfp.marquette.edu) while breastfeeding. I ovulated before my first postpartum menses (at 16 months postpartum) and the monitor caught it! It's still not easy -- I think the postpartum/breastfeeding period just isn't with NFP -- but it was much better than doing temps or mucus for me.

    Another nice thing about the Marquette method is that they have an only forum in which the people who developed the method will answer any question within a day or two. Amazing for when you're confused or nervous.

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    1. 100% Agreed, we love the Marquette Method!

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    2. I'll third that! Marquette is great, its free (you have to pay for the monitor and test strips, of course), its all online, and the doctors and nurses have instant access to your charts and are so helpful in responding to your questions.

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  34. I'm super late to this comment thread (I don't know why, because I read the post the day it was written). Anyway, I would LOVE a post on NFP! So, yeah, get on that with all your free time! You can't be THAT busy with three kids. :)

    Holly P.
    www.ayearinwichita.com

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  35. PUH-LEAZZZE do a post on postpartum NFP. I am 8 weeks postpartum and have had continuous discharge since birth, am breasfeeding exclusively but baby goes 5 to 6 hour stretch at night. I have NO idea how to proceed. My good 'ole Catholic husband and I are not resentful or frazzled just CONFUSED. We love the church's teaching on sex & contraception but could use some practical help :) And we are not even (not yet, anyways!) upset about NOT being able to be intimate, just want to understand my body and what is up to..

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