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#61 Cat

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

Someone mentioned swaddling. We used swaddling blankets that were like little sleeping bags with Velcro closures. It made wrapping my girl up tight really easy and she only occasionally got an arm out.



Swaddling was big for us too. His arms were like helicopters and they'd hit him in the face and wake him up. Swaddling kept that from happening. We had to slowly wean him off the swaddle lol.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:28 AM

When improperly swaddled my girl would scratch her face while sleeping and wake up with marks.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:24 AM

Dont put it in the freezer if you're going on vacation.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

when the baby is asleep don't walk around the house being quiet, do your normal thing. if you start this every time the baby is asleep it will wake at every sound. the only draw back is now my son could sleep through anything and is very hard to wake up for school.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 03:11 PM

welp turns out doc thinks it should happen sooner, so we're scheduled for saturday morning. 



#66 Kevin Greene

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:13 PM

she'll be in the hospital for about four days according to the doc, so there'll be a nursery there. I can only get one day off, which sucks, but i'll be there every day except for late afternoons and evenings. not much I can do about it

 

Your employer has never heard of the Family Medical Leave act?

 

Also if your wife works and is going C Section the Dr should be able to get her Disability Pay no problem.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:17 PM

Your employer has never heard of the Family Medical Leave act?

Also if your wife works and is going C Section the Dr should be able to get her Disability Pay no problem.


Does it apply to the service industry? Phiilyb is a bartender

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:31 PM

i'm not sure if it applies or not. it might, but it's honestly going to screw up the entire operation if i roll out for any significant length of time. the shifts aren't real long though and i'll be able to head straight back to the hospital after i'm done, so i'm not really worried about it.

 

i hear kids are expensive too, so if it's feasible i don't want to give up the money.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:33 PM

Does it apply to the service industry? Phiilyb is a bartender

 

 

Not sure;

 

http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:34 PM

Looks like there are requirements:

 

 

Coverage

(Q) What types of businesses/employers does the FMLA apply to?

The FMLA applies to all:

  • public agencies, including local, State, and Federal employers, and local education agencies (schools); and
  • private sector employers who employ 50 or more employees for at least 20 workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year – including joint employers and successors of covered employers.
Eligibility

(Q) Who can take FMLA leave?

In order to be eligible to take leave under the FMLA, an employee must:

  • work for a covered employer;
  • have worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of leave; (special hours of service rules apply to airline flight crew members)
  • work at a location where the employer has 50 or more employees within 75 miles; and
  • have worked for the employer for 12 months. The 12 months of employment are not required to be consecutive in order for the employee to qualify for FMLA leave. In general, only employment within seven years is counted unless the break in service is (1) due to an employee’s fulfillment of military obligations, or (2) governed by a collective bargaining agreement or other written agreement.

 

 



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:06 AM

family medical leave act only guarantees unpaid leave...  

 

 

that doesn't help very much if one needs the money.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:29 AM

obviously the only solution is selling the newborn!



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:46 AM

quick reminders: Ins companies now will cover breast pumps. (Obamacare).

 

Work out a schedule with your wife. Our Dr wanted us to feed our baby every 2 hrs until he started gaining weight and got rid of his jaundice. Took about 4 days to really stabilize his weight after leaving the hospital. I would take 4 hr shifts so she could get some sleep and not have to breast feed every two hours.

 

Make sure someone else cooks and cleans. Your wife will need to recover the first few weeks.

 

Try multiple diaper brands. Cheapass Whitecloud from Walmart fits/works better than Huggies for my kid. Deal sites (slickdeals, amazon mom, fatwallet) for trying to find diaper deals.

 

Everybody's got an opinion and will offer it on what you should do in every situation. In the end it's your child, enjoy all this time. It goes fast. Take lots of pictures/video.

 

And if you want to get some professional photos, between 7-10 days after birth is a great time to get shots. Baby will sleep posed while the photographer can get their shots ready. Zod may be able to expand on this.

 

Get him this: (heh, mine, 7 monther, just grew out of his)

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Serious note: Talk to wife alot about how she is feeling (for months). Post-partum is a real issue with lots of women. I personally would look into counseling over drugs if she is feeling depressed or 'off'. Don't just assume she's tired.



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:09 AM

If you are looking to save money I can recommend two things.

The first should be a no brainer and that's making baby food yourself. You can find instruction on the Internet easily, but it's as simple as steaming veggies and then putting them in the food processor. Scoop into ice trays and freeze. Pop them out and bag till you want to warm them for eating. We started doing this at about 6 months old along with some teet and she was all solid food at about 10 months on her own. Savings is probably a dollar or two per meal.

Second thing is more time consuming and more money saving. Cloth diapers. Wait until about two months old though due to nasty poops in the beginning. The time comes with laundry. You would be washing a load of cloth diapers about every two days. Sounds like a bitch cuz it is, but here's the savings breakdown. We have about $700 in cloth diapers and accessories. They are adjustable so we have been using the same ones from two months to two years when we switched to pull ups for potty training. So ~88 weeks. I know some water cost has to be factored in, but how many weeks of disposables will you get for that cost. I'm thinking about 20-24 if that. We are looking to get rid of ours now actually. PM me if interested. They are a mix of some girly and some solid prints as well as some that are unisex. I'm in kernersville.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 03:24 PM

really? i used to live off of piney grove road for years.

 

and as much as i'd love to take you up on that offer, the fact that i am mortified of changing diapers makes it impossible. i can't handle poop smells and i would mother fuging die if i had to wash loads of poo-smeared cloths. it's worth it to me to spend some extra cake on disposable diapers and just drop them in the diaper pail instead of suppressing my gag reflex (or trying to) while scrubbing tread marks. *shudder*




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