Category “questions from a new mom”

4

Jun

my good/picky eater.

wolf

sigh… all of a sudden my once great eater will hardly eat anything, leaving mom frustrated and a bit drained.  he still eats a fair amount of pureed stuff which we’ve been constantly trying to ween him from but he has always had a tough time with certain consistencies of food.  therefore, he doesn’t like to chew a lot.  plus, his bottom two first molars are popping through so I’m wondering if that could be part of the not-wanting-to-chew culprit?  lately, he only prefers to feed himself but has no clue how to eat with the spoon yet.  {we try and each time it results in a gigantic mess – but I know he’ll eventually learn!}  I cut up things like blueberries, corn off the cob, beans, etc and put it into a little bowl and he LOVES to eat that way, but the second I try to feed him the same thing with a fork, he spits it out!  even *gasp* strawberries.

any thoughts, advice?

 

20

Oct

how to know when

baby food

Elizabeth posted a little “how to know when your baby is ready” question in her 10 Ivie Things today and it got me thinking about baby’s first food.  lately, I’ve been thinking Wolf might be close to being ready for a little intro of solid foods.  Wolf is no longer being breast fed, he’s exclusively on organic formula.  {when I went back to work, my already low supply just disappeared but that’s for another post.}  so I’m wondering… would he be ready to start solids a little early?  he’ll be 5 months old next week and I know most sites say to wait until they are 6 months old but he’s been reaching for our food for weeks now and he’s had a few tastes.  it’s been fun to watch his reaction on little tastes of our morning smoothies and last night’s tongue-on-the-pickle was the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen.  from what I’ve been reading, he’s not quite physically ready for solid foods though.  he’s still thrusting his tongue a little and he’s not sitting up by himself yet, but he’s so close!

baby led weaning?  what’s your take?  I guess the main concept is that it allows the baby to eat however much he or she wants to eat.  it encourages the baby to lead the way.  but there’s something so traditional about purees and mashes that makes me long to create tasty little blends for Wolf.

so let’s talk babies and food.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and when you started your wee one on solids.

7

Oct

the 4th month sleep regression

wolf sleep regression

Wolf has been a good sleeper for as long as I can remember.  honestly, I can’t even remember when he first started sleeping through the night, it was so long ago.  first it was 6 hours – yahoo!  then 7, 8, 9 and even one night he slept for 11 blissful hours.  like whoa.  he would fall asleep anywhere from 8:00-9:00, and stay asleep until I woke him up at 5:30-6:00 in the morning.  but recently, he’s begun waking up in the middle of the night again.  I feel kind of like we’re back at phase 1 in the newborn-itty-bitty-baby days where he’d wake up numerous times in the night.  except now I’m forced to get out of my bed as the sun peeks over the horizon to start my day and sleepily head off to work.

I was doing some research today and came across a blog post where someone made a comment about “the 4th month sleep regression” and it was as if someone smacked me.  I read her comment and could feel my head nodding in agreement.  3 month old baby sleeps through the night then WHAM that 4th month hits and something changes.  was it his vaccines last week?  or the fact that he just got over a little cold?  is it the change in the weather?  is it his desire to test out new tricks?  is it a growth spurt?  what gives?

I’ve just recently started a semi sleep routine.  we play after I finish eating dinner, then wind down with a little baby massage while I sing songs to him {mostly made up, they are pretty hilarious}, then it’s story time, bottle time, swaddle time and ocean noises that lull him to sleep.  but I admit, we don’t do it exactly like this every night.  {hello return of Dexter!!}  so I guess I’m asking your advice on a few topics.  the 4th month sleep regression – does it exist?  what could it be?  and I’d love to hear your thoughts on sleep training and how important is a routine?

last night however, I’m happy to report that Wolf slept from 8:45pm until 5:30 this morning.  thank you, Mister.

{picture by levi}

 

28

Mar

fetal presentation

at my very first prenatal yoga class, a soon-to-be mom was concerned about her baby being breech.  she wanted to try different positions to turn the baby and was looking for advice.  while our instructor suggested a few things she also brought up a good point.  babies don’t just go into an un-preferred position for labor for the heck of it.  they might be there because it feels safe and to always remember that regardless what kind of delivery you have, you’ll be happiest with a healthy baby in the end.

for the past week I’ve been trying to determine how our little man is laying inside my belly.  last night it finally occurred to me that he is most likely laying in a posterior position, or “sunny side up”.  it makes sense to why I see so much movement at the front of my belly and why I can’t ever seem to find his back.  it’s why I feel little feet under my right rib cage and little shoulders and hands to the left of my belly button.  and it makes sense why my back has been so sore and I’ve felt slightly out of breath while reclining.  {side note: I think he’s been posterior for at least 3 weeks now}

a face down baby or anterior position, with his back facing my front, is the preferred presentation for labor and the posterior position, while still possible for a vaginal delivery, is not the best.  “mothers whose babies are face-up at birth tend to push longer, more commonly need Pitocin to stimulate contractions, and have a significantly higher risk of having an assisted vaginal delivery or a c-section… and those who do deliver vaginally are are more likely to have an episiotomy and severe perineal tears.”  aye yai eye!

what have you heard about the posterior position in labor?  anyone have experience?  I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject and found some great info at Spinning Babies but I’m waiting to see what my doula or doctor could confirm details about when the babies settle into their final position.  I know I’m still 7 weeks from my guess date and the little man can still turn, but I’m also a little concerned.  plus I figure if there is something I can do now, why not try it?

11

Mar

best books

babybooks

we’ve started working on a little collection of books for our little man.  Levi and I went through a list of books we remembered as kids that we especially loved but I’m clueless as to what’s out there that’s new and wonderful for babies.  tell me friends, what are some books you’d recommend?  I’d love to hear!

{images from amazon}

23

Jan

bumps and paws

24 weeks24 weeks

I can’t help but wonder how our cats will react to the introduction of our little man.  Chuck {the tabby, not pictured} is a lover.  he loves laying on his back while being scratched on his belly, snuggling in our big warm bed and purrs constantly.  loud noises and new things tend to frighten him a little but I’m not so concerned about Chuck because I know he’ll quickly warm up.  it’s the naughty black one named Moose {pictured above} that I’m a little worried about.

even though he’s my favorite evening lap cat and unbelievably loving, sweet and good most of the time, he’s especially moody and all kinds of bad.  he bangs and meows at our bedroom door at 3am, he nibbles on your leg if you don’t feed him quick enough and he’s ridiculously nosy and gets into just about everything.  he likes routine as odd as that sounds for a cat and he gets uncomfortable when things are different.  I have no doubt that Moose will eventually be a baby lover just like Chuck, but I wonder about those first meetings.  we’ll be watching his moves for the first few months, just to make sure he doesn’t hiss or swipe his little black paws across our new bundle’s face.

24 weeks down, 16 to go.

{update:  just to show you Moose isn’t all that bad, here’s a photo Levi just snapped of him doing what he does best – being a lap cat.  this is part of his regular routine, snuggling with me while I’m trying to work.  pretty soon lap cat & laptop won’t work with a big belly.}

21

Jan

the baby registry

registry

hi friends!  since you were so unbelievably supportive in my two previous questions, I figured I’d bring up the subject of the baby registry and see what your thoughts are.

I hadn’t thought too much about the baby registry but since family have started asking where I’m registered and what they can buy us, I thought I’d get started.  I’m pretty picky when it comes to what we want for our little man.  I know we want to avoid plastic and unnecessarily large toys as much as possible and I’ve got pretty strong feelings about what he will be wearing, so I figured it’s a good time as any to start working on one.  and let me tell you… if you don’t already know, registering for a baby is hard!  unlike registering for wedding presents where we browsed sites with googly eyes and drooled over all the wonderful things we’d love to have in our kitchen or bedroom, I haven’t the first clue on what I really need for our little man.  naturally my registry quickly filled up with all sorts of cute things but aside from a few necessities I know we’ll need I’m stuck as to what else to register for.  we’ve already bought our crib, changing table / dresser, stroller and car seat so we’re pretty much set on most of the large things, but what else does that leave?  I can’t imagine putting breast pads or nipple cream on a registry so I think I know the basics on where to draw the “we buy vs. family buys” line, but tell me…  what are the absolute necessities that you’re registering for?  what can I live without? I’d love to hear your thoughts.