Ruby - I forgot to mention in my last post about a remedy that almost always works for us when Selin is fussy, particularly in the early evening hours (although that is much better now). Basically any white noise will do - exhaust fan on microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, furnace - you name it. I did this a few times when we were visiting family in Canada because we were often at relatives' houses for dinner way past Selin's bedtime and she would get fussy. They were amazed at how the microwave exhaust fan calmed her down! We got the idea from that movie 'Happiest Baby on the Block'. I believe Selin was around 5 weeks old when I saw it so we basically suffered for the first 5 weeks, LOL. Once they hit that magical 12 week mark, crying diminishes quite a bit (at least for us it did).
Christine - I'm so sorry people keep giving you a hard time about BFing! Good for you for continuing even though it sounds like you don't a lot of family support! And yeah, I've heard of more than a few babies not taking bottles (myself included), and I really don't think it's anything that parents do or don't do. Most BF babies I know just prefer mama to a bottle! Glad you'll have a friend over tonight who can help you out. I can't imagine DH being gone for that long. I'll be honest - it sometimes get tiring just to have Eliza by myself while DH is at work all day!
AFM - we're leaving for a week-long vacation tomorrow! I'm trying to stay away from the computer/internet this time (I usually bring my laptop) and just relax and read a couple of books, so I'll be MIA. We're not going anywhere exotic, just to a cabin on Lake Superior. My whole family is flying/driving in so it should be a fun week. Eliza will finally get a chance to meet her two (second) cousins, which I'm looking forward to. Eliza will turn 8 months when we're there. I am just astounded. Where does the time go??????
Hope everyone has a great week!
I ordered Simon a big boy car seat because the one I wanted they had a great sale on then I got my discount. I also ordered a Mia Tye carrier. Anyone else have one? I looked at the Ergo's but I couldn't convince myself to drop $100 though this one wasn't much less. Just curious if anyone had one and how they liked it. Hopfully I"ll get it next week and I can try it out. We currently have a chest carrier but it wears my back out so fast. We also have a LL Bean backpack for hiking but it isn't something I would want to wear around at the market and such. Anywho, I'm really excited and can't wait to try it.
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Sarah - Thanks for the advice. If I wasn't going back to work then I wouldn't worry at all about Selin not taking the bottle but the girl's gotta eat while I'm gone! We're going to try the starter cup next.
Ella - Have a GREAT vacation! I remember you telling us about it this time last year! :-)
Cassie - Just wanted to say that I have the Ergo and was hesitant to drop $100 on it but thanks to Liz, I got an organic one from babysteals.com for around $80 incl. shipping! I know there are some other sites out there like babysteals.com so you might want to keep your eye out. I've never tried the My Tai but I have tried the Maya Wrap but didn't feel comfortable in it. Is there a babywearing shop near you where you could try out different carriers? Our Chicco carrier worked great until Selin hit 12lbs then it started to wreak major havoc on my neck and shoulders. The Ergo is the total opposite!!
AFM - Wish me luck ladies...I have an interview tomorrow! It's actually for a PT position at my current company. I would still have to commute to downtown but I'm hoping they would let me work 3-4 days/week. I'm just crossing my fingers that I don't run into my boss or co-workers or they'll be wondering what I'm doing there without Selin and dressed in nice clothes. :-O
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Good luck Christine!
Cassie, I have two different Mei Tais and I like them. The biggest problem with them is in parking lots and such getting them on, since they have fairly long straps. I have a Babyhawk and an Eden Mei Tai, they both work well, and I can use them for front or back carries. I did find that I preferred a SSC (Ergo is one type) for the ease when I was out. But if I am at home or going on a walk I often use a Mei Tai. The ones I had worked with Desmond till he was about 2, though I did tend to use my SSC mainly for him before that. They will probably work till at least 3 with Eloise since she is so much smaller then Desmond.
We got back from our trip last night. It was fun but busy and we're tired. I'm leaving work early to get a nap before I have to pick David up from daycare. He got to see his grandparents (my parents) great grandparents ( my dh's grandparents) and his cousins. My brother as well was there. It was busy but a lot of fun. Back to work today. hope this week goes by fast.
I still have some milk so I am going to see waht I can pump and then try to feed him at least somewhat. I will have to give mostly formula but at this point I will see what I can do. I know i can take supplements and try this other stuff but I really don't want to do that especially at this point. I am not going to stress and if I can't get any milk oh well and whatever I can get I will give my son. I am OK either way and I was stressing too much over the whole thing. I breastfed him for 7 months and I am happy about that and whatever more I can give him I am fine with that too.
Hope you all have a great week.
David Nicholas 12/5/09Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13
Glad you got out to play some hockey! Sounds like you and your family are doing great, so happy that ODS is adjusting well to the new baby :)
At least I'm not alone with crazy in-laws!! Haha! Glad Fede is getting better and taking solids well too! That is a great pic of you two! I love his little smile!
Glad Simon is taking to solids well!
Glad that daycare has been going well for you. Great job BFing for 7 months, thats a great milestone :)
Sorry about the work issues. I really hope that you and Selin will transition well to getting back to work, maybe it will go better than you expect? Good luck with the job interview!
Sorry about the housing/moving issues! Hope everything settles down soon!
Enjoy your vacation on Lake Superior! Happy 8 months Eliza!
Maxim is 2 months old! He rolled over and smiled last week and has been smiling up a storm all weekend. We have our appts tomorrow...his 2 month checkup and first vaccines and my PP check up. I think I'm FINALLY done bleeding...so after the doc clears me tomorrow, I'm jumping on my DH! Sorry for the TMI but we're both seriously deprived and its starting to wear on both of us. This weekend we have a party at my friend's cottage. We'll have Maxim with us during the day but will send him back to my in-laws cottage after his 7pm feeding for the night. His first overnight! They are only 15 minutes away so it wont be bad but DH and I plan to have a ton of fun that night and it will be nice to have a full baby free night. Some people think I'm crazy for already sending my wee baby to his grandparents for the night, but we really need it and I'm not worried about it right now.
Sandy - Glad you had a good trip and kudos to you for giving EBM one last shot!
Ruby - Maxim is rolling over already? Holy cow!! Lookout world, LOL!! Your cottage party sounds like a blast. DH and I have still yet to have a date by ourselves. When he gets back from the military in a few weeks, I'm making it a priority!!
AFM - (cross-posted from Mom Chat Summer Edition) Thanks everyone for the interview/job luck! I managed not to run into my boss/coworkers (I was SO worried about that!!) but I did see my boss from a distance down the street. I met (all at once) with the director and asst. director of the dept I would be working in and a rep from HR (who is actually a friend of mine but I don't think the other two ladies knew that). The other two ladies were a little older and a bit out of touch with things and at first they didn't realize that I currently work there (HELLO?!?) so it was a little confusing. We'll see what happens. Of course Selin refused to take a bottle while I was gone even though I was gone for 3 hours.
Selin also has not been STTN as much since DH has been gone. Not sure if it's related or just a coincidence. Her and I are still getting over our colds so I think that might have something to do with it. You don't realize how nice it is to get 8 hours straight of sleep until you have a few nights of no STTN! Thankfully all she needs is to nurse and then she falls right back to sleep.
Medical question for the BTDTs - Selin has these red blotch marks on her abdomen that come and go. It started Fri. night after I gave her a bath. It's not there throughout the day so I haven't really worried about it. I looked online and the description sounds close to heat rash, although I'm surprised because I always dress her appropriately but like her daddy, she sweats easily so maybe the high temps we've been having lately are bothering her (not that we're spending loads of time outdoors anyway). Anyone experience anything like this with their LO's? The marks almost look like skin irritation or tiny insect bites, kind of hard to explain. She's not running a fever and doesn't seem bothered by them at all.