Apr 27, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
On a happier note, I DO know that she is LOVING baby food! She sits in her Bumbo and leans forward with her mouth open like a little bird when I feed her. Its really precious. So far we have introduced prunes, peas, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Her favorite so far was the carrots. She was all about some carrots.
As far as her little problem goes, its better. I dunno if its the veggies she's getting or what, but its a better consistency. Even when she does have, um, harder poops it doesnt seem to upset her or pain her like they have before. With that said, I do want to say thanks for all the comments on the issue and the suggestions. Most of them we had tried already, but its nice to know that even strangers are willing to help out a new mom :) If anyone who happens to BE a new mom reads this post, we tried the following to help with MC's problem - rectal temperature, Karo, juice, tummy/leg movement, suppositories, and different formula. Sadly these were all done to no avail, but hey, one of them might work for you.
Things on the homefront are going well too. Adam and I are slowly getting back into the swing of things and its getting better. I am going to be frank about this though - his coming home was not the fairytale either of us imagined. I had been debating about whether or not to bring this up, but I am all about using my experiences to help people, so maybe there are some other military wives that might benefit from what I am about to say...
First of all, don't think we weren't THRILLED to be back together again, but its almost like we had to learn how to live with each other all over again. That, and I think we both did a lot of changing while he was away. There have been times I have stepped back and looked at a situation and thought "this is not at all how we would've handled this before..." I'll admit its scary. In the very beginning I wondered if maybe we had changed TOO much; but things are getting better as I mentioned. Another thing that caused us some trouble was MC. I mean, I was the only person responsible for her for 3 and a half months. It was really difficult to suddenly let go and allow someone else to do things for her - even if it was my husband. I am very regimented and did things a certain way and now I was forced to hand over my daughter and watch Adam do things differently. I'm sure I didn't make the whole transition any easier on him. I got way too uptight about how things were supposed to be done when I should've rejoiced in the fact that he was here to do them at all!
I think the reason things are getting better is praying. I am not joking people. We bought a devotional for couples and we do it every night before we go to bed. It forced us to talk. It forced us to pray. It forced us to remember that God is the center of our relationship - he brought us together for a reason. He didn't promise things would be easy, but if we trust in Him, it will all work out. I tell ya, God has REALLY tested us the past month or two, but Adam and I both are trying to remember He will never give us more than we can handle. I hope you remember the same!
We are headed to Starkville this afternoon and will be meeting my mom there tomorrow for her to get MC for a few days. She and my dad are going to freak out when they see her (its been over a month!). She has grown so much and is doing so many new things, they aren't going to know what to do! It will also give Adam and I some alone time to spend together which is always needed when you have a baby! It seems like the most intamacy you get is when you bump into each other in the kitchen making a bottle! Anyway, looking forward to a few days in ole Starkvegas and, of course, to MC's baptism this weekend!!!! She will be wearing the gown I wore when I was baptized - and while its not the most extravagent or beautiful baptism gown I have ever seen, it was mine. It was worn when I met Christ for the first time and I think its beautiful that MC will be wearing it when she meets him too. Can't wait to post pics from it all!! Have a happy week everyone!
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 13, 2010
As I might have mentioned before, MC is a passy addict. Seriously. She needs to go to passies anonymous. Now, that is all well and good - except at night. MC was a great sleeper... as long as she had her passy. If it fell out during the night, she woke. This meant that Adam and I were up as many as 10 times a night putting the stupid passy back in her mouth. It was like a magic button though. If the passy went in, her eyes automatically closed and she went right back to sleep. As you can imagine, months of interrupted sleep can make you not-so-fun to be around. Adam and I knew we had to do something. One night, driving home from mass, I passed a Books-A-Million. I remember researching Dr. Ferber (knowing his was one of the foremost authorities on children's sleep) and reading that he had somewhat recently updated his classic "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" book. I sped into the parking lot and ran into the store frantically searching for a sales associate. I found one quickly and the conversation went as follows:
me - do you have a book by Dr. Ferber? I can't remember the exact title, but its something like how to solve your childs sleep problems...
SA - um, let me check. Yes, it shows we have one. Let me show you where they are.
Apr 12, 2010
Again, the prunes have had no effect on little MC. We tried peas for the first time last night and she seemed to enjoy them, but things still aren't moving (I had heard from someone that foods beginning with "p" helped in this area.... hence the prunes and peas) I think the next food we might try will be sweet potatoes.
Does anyone know if there are other "cereals" that might make MC less constipated. Like, at this age can they have something other than rice cereal?
Thanks for all the comments! I have the most awesome blog readers ;)
Apr 9, 2010
You can see her crib here, and here is a photo of the bedding... the blanket isn't shown, but its the damask fabric in the middle followed by the polkadot ribbon, then a border of the striped fabric, then a small edging of the sage minky. This is the photo from the website, not her room. I ordered it online from modpeapod.com. She's got some SUPER cute custom made bedding. Anyway, I think it will be cute when it all comes together ;)
Still looking for wisdom on my last post!!!! Happy weekend everyone!!!!
Apr 8, 2010
In addition to being baffled by my child's stools, I am also completely confused by this whole "introducing solids" thing. I mean, I started putting rice in MC's bottle at about 2 1/2 months to help her sleep through the night (Surprising I know. I am typically so worried about doing things perfectly, that I rarely veer from mainstream opinions about child rearing - and as we all know, rice in the bottle is not reccomended. However, I was raising this baby alone for the first three months and when you are doing things alone, you HAVE to get some sleep. Granted, the rice didn't help her sleep any better, but that is another story) Wow, that was quite a long tangent. Anyway, as I was saying, I started putting rice in her bottle so now I am concerned that with the rice and the baby food she is getting too many calories. I am also confused about how much and how often to give her the baby food. And do I decrease the amount of milk now that she is getting baby food? And, why did he not have us start with rice cereal? Is it because we were already doing that in her bottle? Ah, so many questions. I LOVED my new pediatrician but he is very laidback about everything. I am more of a "specifics" person and he is more "go with the flow".
Apr 7, 2010
Now for the heartache - my baby's second round of shots!!!! Ugh!!! It should be a crime for a baby to feel any pain! Yes, Adam and I filmed it... my mother (whom MC and I lived with until Adam came back) has been having MAJOR MC withdrawls so she wanted to see "her" baby haha. Its quite sad seeing her cry, but I promise she was fine after just a minute of me holding her!
Other than the pain of seeing her cry during her shots, the checkup went GREAT! This was our first time seeing the pediatrician in Starkville and he was FABULOUS!!! I just can't say enough great things about him! If you live in Starkville or ever move there, I would (a thousand times over) suggest Dr. Ruff. The nurse who was with us was also WONDERFUL. It was just an all around great experience. However, I do have to say that I never imagined I would have such a big baby! Adam and I are both fairly small in stature, however 4 month old MC is in the 90th percentile for both weight and height. She weighed in at 14 lbs and 12oz and was 25 1/4 inches long! (on a side note, let me just say that I'm glad they give the not-so-smart parents an explanation of the percentile thing. I received a piece of paper saying stating her numbers and it said that 90th percentile means she is larger than 90 out of 100 babies her age. Wow. Chunky monkey. The doctor also gave a large "Wow!" when I told him how much she is eating a day.)
Of course we all know that the most important part of the appointment was how I was received in all my crazy paranoia. I am happy to report that the nurse and the doctor did not seem at all ready to add me to the "way-too-crazy-mom" list. (Even if they were, they didn't show it, and to me that's just as good as not being on it.) The doctor was (or appeared to be) happy to answer my long list of questions and did not seem rushed to hurry to the next patient. I felt important and listened to so I couldn't be happier!
Happy hump day everyone!