Ash, another thing that helps with acid reflux (and breathing problems such as a stuffy nose) is a wedge under his mattress, so his upper body is slightly raised. We did that whenever Teddy had a cold as this position cleared his airways - the magic of gravity!
Brita - great to hear from you again! :) Barrett is doing so well, I would not worry about the not walking thing at all, he's only 11 months old. They all do it in their own time!
Christine, I hope you'll find a way to make Selin like her car seat better!
AFM, nothing new here really, we're still waiting for Teddy's appointment. Other than that, just enjoying the lovely spring weather as you never know how long it will last in this country! :-)
DF and I sort of use separate covers. I love a ton of blankets and I am always cold and I am a blanket hog. DF is always hot, but does need covers. We have a king size bed and he puts a full size fleece blanket on his side, then I make the bed (sheets and all) on top of that.
Since he's blanket isn't huge he can come over and snuggle me (the warmth from him while spooning makes me so sleepy) with the blankets staying just so (I can usually just feel the edge of his blanket.
By the time morning comes he's cocooned in his blanket and I have everything else.
Sarah - Thanks for the pumping advice. As for the car seat, we have the Graco Snugride. Congrats on becoming an auntie! LOL at Eloise now being able to pop open the gate. Little stinker!
Ella - Thank you so much for taking the time to write all the car seat advice! Every word of it was so helpful and made me feel so much better. I even told DH about your situation so he would know that we actually don't have it that bad with Selin and the car seat, LOL! I will say a prayer for you that Eliza will "grow out of it" very very soon! You and DH are saints for having to deal with it for 5 months already! I think I would lose my mind!!
Elyse - Great to hear from you! That is too cute that William opens his mouth as wide as possible for the spoon. :-)
Amy - Thanks for sharing your honeymoon pictures! I've never been to the NW but the coast looks beautiful!
Kate - I just noticed it's just over a month till your wedding day! How are all the preparations coming along? And I forget, when will you be TTC?
AFM - Of course after I wrote that novel about Selin's car seat woes, she did better this weekend. Yesterday I ran to Wal-Mart with her and she was quiet there AND back, granted it's only about 10 min. from us but still! Then we went for a walk last night and I convinced DH to try putting her in the car seat in the stroller and she fussed a little after we were out for about 10 min (what is it about that 10 min mark??) but then settled down and fell asleep! We couldn't believe she actually slept for the entire walk. Today I had a dr. appt. and she was falling asleep just before we left the house so I was praying she would fall asleep in the car and lo and behold, she did, after a little fussing of course. She also slept most of the time (still in the car seat) while my mom was watching her in the waiting room and slept all the way home. So definite improvement over the screaming marathon on Friday. I'm hoping last week was just a weird phase.
Yesterday I went for a massage at the suggestion of DH and it was heavenly - both the massage and getting out of the house for nearly 2 hours by myself!! I think DH was getting tired of me constantly asking him for massages since my neck/shoulders and back have been out of whack from carrying Selin around. So we decided that we can afford for me to go back to getting my monthly massages because I so need it. Unfortunately for DH, Selin didn't nap well that morning so she was a little irritable while I was gone. It was kind of bittersweet getting out of the house by myself - it felt great to do something for myself but I also missed Selin like crazy as it was only the 2nd time since she's been born that I've left the house without her. :-(
Oh and Sarah's post about her sister reminded me that Selin is going to have a new cousin this November! About a week after Selin was born, we found out DH's sister and her hubby are expecting their first. I am so excited for them, everyone thought they were never going to have kids so it was a big surprise to us all. I'm also so happy that Selin will have a cousin just 9 months younger than her who also happens to live just a few blocks away from us.
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I'm SO anxious to join you girls down here in the mommy board! I know my due date isn't until Sunday, but I feel like she's never going to get here!! Like, I walk around my house, looking at all of the baby stuff and honestly can't picture Lucy being here!
Hopefully it won't be much longer. Although, my doula keeps reminding me that first-time moms often go to 41 weeks and a few days. But that seems forever away!
Anyone have any tricks for surviving the waiting days?
Christine: I am glad to know that Selin is doing better in her car seat, it could have been a growth spurt issue too, since she probably just hit her 6 week growth spurt.
Congrats on getting out of the house on your own. I still haven't been away from Eloise more then a dozen times or so. It is nice to get a break though. I am glad the massage helped.
Congrats on becoming an Aunt, it is neat isn't to have a cousin close in age to your child. Of course my new niece or nephew isn't going to be quite as close as yours since we are in Maryland and my sister is in Georgia. Fortunately we get down to Georgia 5 or 6 times a year.
Amy: After Eloise I ended up going to a chiropractor for about 2 months to get my back back in alignment it feels so much better now. I put it off for about 7 months, but once I went it made everything so much nicer. I went in twice a week for about a month and then once a week for another 3 or 4 weeks.
Heather: You will be here before you know it. And then you'll be wondering where the time went. I seriously can't believe that Eloise is 13 months old and Desmond is 3! It is just amazing how fast time goes once the baby arrives.
As for us: Not much going on. DH and I are going to go visit a preschool for Desmond for the fall. I am not sure about putting him in, but I figure I can go and check it out. If I like it then he would probably enjoy preschool a few days a week. I ordered some math things for him a few days ago that should hopefully arrive soon. He is really big on counting things right now.
Eloise has a bit of a cold, which I am hoping she gets over soon, since she really doesn't like her runny nose. Other then that not much new or interesting happening here in the past few days.
So I am going to try and eliminate milk to see if that helps with his stomach issues- how long did it take for you to notice a difference with Eloise? Did you only eliminate milk or did you do the elimination diet?
My midwife's comment of babies like Teddy being more interesting and dynamic while nice does not help me get sleep:P
I think it took about a week before I saw any real change, by 10 days or so it was very obvious that the no milk was helping a lot. I removed all milk and milk products from my diet, and it was tough, because milk is in everything. I had to read labels carefully because even things that weren't labeled as having milk in them (the US labels the common allergens including milk) sometimes had milk in them.
It really made a huge difference with Eloise though.