30-Somethings - **Kid Chat: Week of June 29th**
Went to Buy Buy Baby with mom yesterday and she bought us an Easy Diner seat for Peter! It's the kind that clamps onto the table. So far, I recommend it, it's got a high padded back, it's all like nylon, and the padded back/seat is removable (velcro) for washing. It's got a 5 pt. harness too, so even though Peter's not sitting up perfect yet, he's OK in this seat. Peter seems to like it, except when he's being clingy, of course. But I sat him in it this AM while I was cutting up fruit in the kitchen and he was pretty content, until he realized he was tired... :rolleyes: He's sleeping now. :D
Mom also bought me one of those halter bra things for hands-free pumping. You wear it over your nursing bra while your pumping and it holds the horns on, so you don't have to. That's the most annoying thing about pumping that I have to sit there helpless if Peter's screaming or the phone rings! :lol: I hope it works. I don't think I'll use it for work (whenever that happens again), but definitely at home.
Karen- Yeah for Alex sleeping in his crib!! :dancer: That's the same thing Peter does!! I'm like, Peter, save the drama!! It's really pathetic!! :rolleyes:
DH gave him a piece of cantaloupe to suck on this AM (with DH holding it, of course). He did that down in FL and Peter loved it! He ended up swallowing a piece though, thank God he didn't choke! I told DH he can do it, I'm not risking it! DH is good at getting the pieces he bites off out of his mouth. We think the cold feels good on his gums.
RR- I hope everything is fine with the CT scan. I'll be praying for you all.
Adrienne- What's new by you?
Have a great day all!
06-29-2003, 10:00 AM
I have been doing tons of research and soo far all good things..They say, that hydrocphaly is usually found before 6 months and is diagnosed because of severe developmental delays..Kaylee is 27 weeks, she has been turning over, she can sit up with assist, she is alert, not vomiting..soo everything doesnt add up with it being bad..I think I woke up and cried 6 times last night..I just stroked her beautiful head and cried.....I think with a nurse mom and a chem e dad, she needs extra head size to hold that big brain!!!:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I will love her no matter what!!!
06-29-2003, 10:01 AM
Lauren: There is a little mesh bag made onto a handle thingee that is made for baby to "eat" food through. They get the juice and flavor but not the chunks. I know BRU has it. I've heard good reviews about it. I just can't remember the name.
RR: We were posting at the same time. I hope everything turns out well. I'm glad you are feeling a little better. She's just one smart patootie!!
Hope everyone is having a good day.
Oh that's right, the Baby Safe Feeder!! Thanks Karen, I totally forgot about that, I registered for it, but didn't get it! I will have to get it!
RR, I'm soo glad to hear it sounds promising! And that's right, she's just gonna be really smart!! :D
06-29-2003, 11:03 AM
Just popping back in to say that ALEX IS NAPPING IN HIS CRIB!!! He slept in the bassinet for 4 hours last nite after napping almost three hours in the crib during the day!! YYEEEHHAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!! I am probably cursing myself for tonight but I am so happy. All of this after he acted like his crib was surfaced in hot sheet metal on Friday.
Lauren: Yep, that's it!! I almost bought one the other day but I talked myself out of it. I bought a pair of Keds in size 0 for him. He looks so cute with them on.
OK, have a great day!!
06-30-2003, 11:04 AM
vicki - I must have missed one of your other posts but I'm surmising Kaylee's head is big? Let me tell you my story...
At 9 months, I took the twins in for their appointment and they did all the measurements...yadda yadda yadda. So the doc comes in and she opens Avery's file first and she looks at him and looks at the chart and looks at him and then she says, "um, we might have a problem here..." apparently Avery's head circumference jumped from the 50th %ile to the 95th! And the rest of his body was still at the 50th for everything. So she is saying, "He doesn't show any signs of hydrocephaly, but I think it's smart to get a CT scan anyway..."
So of course, I'm totally freaking out here. She looks him over and declares him healthy in all other regards, then she opens Zoe's file. And she looks at Zoe and she looks at the chart and she says, "now wait a minute! Zoe's head circumference ALSO jumped from the 50th to the 95th!!!" She then says that the likelihood of them both having something wrong with thier brains is so miniscule (because most brain problems are NOT inherited) that it's more likely that they come from a family of big heads! I never thought mine, nor my husband's was particularly big but I realize now that my dad can't buy regular hats (never knew that!)
So we waited a month to see if they'd grown any more abnormally and they hadn't. We held off on the CAT scan and everything is fine so far. My kids will be two in October and while the rest of their little bods are in the 50th for everything, they have these enormous heads (but interestingly, they don't LOOK any bigger than any other kids') Honest-to-God... bigger heads mean bigger brains. Need I say any more?
Hope all goes well.
06-30-2003, 12:29 PM
RR: I hear on the news here that you are getting lots of rain there. Please drive carefully today and let us know how things are ASAP.
I feel so blessed....Alex is sleeping in his pack 'n play right now and he slept about 5 hours in the bassinett last night. I'm getting some real sleep and it makes me feel like a new person!!
On a sad note there is something wrong with our dog and I have to take her to the vet today. She seems to be weakening in her back legs. She's 9 or 10 (we adopted her and don't know for sure) and I get so nervous everytime something's wrong with her. She's DH's princess and if something bad is wrong I don't know how he will take it. She's also not been getting a lot of attention since Alex arrived so I feel guilty on top of concerned.
Hope you guys are having a great day.
06-30-2003, 02:07 PM
Oy! Long weekend and I'm so tired! Kids had a lot to do this weekend - the weather has just been wonderful and we've gotten outside a lot and the pool is our new friend.
The pool we go to had a big summer party yesterday. There was a great local band, hot dogs and chips and there were a bunch of games for the older ones, too. Balloons, and so much fun! But my babies had a hard time winding down last night after the long weekend and they paid the price this morning. They giggled and laughed and played in their cribs from 7:00 until 9:00 last night! In OUR house, they get in their cribs at 7:00 and regardless of what time they actually go to sleep, they STAY in their cribs until morning (although they're usually asleep by 7:15 or so.) So this morning it was very difficult waking up my little sleepy-heads at 6:30am!
They'll be tired and cranky tonight - no doubt!
06-30-2003, 02:15 PM
Arienne: Since my little guy is only 2 months old and I don't believe in cry it out we are taking things slow and are grateful for every step forward.
06-30-2003, 04:10 PM
Adrienne..I needed those encouraging words this morning!!!!!Thank goodness all turned out well for U!!!!Why do those MD's freak us out????
WELL>>>ALL IS GREAT!!! She did soo good in the machine..They strapped her in and placed a lead apron on her and the table went into the machine..Jerry held her legs and I held her hands and sang to her...She was good..She screamed but was ok.
I talked to the radiologists and he said all was clear..He even let me see her brain ventricles and lobes.. I havent heard from the Pedi but I am comfortable with this Neuro Radiologists saying not to worry!!!Thanks for the welll wishes and prayers!!!!
06-30-2003, 07:23 PM
Vicky: I am so glad for you!! I can only imagine how relieved you must be. :) Hope you guys have a great evening.
Vicki, soo glad to hear all looks good! :grouphug: I'm sure the ped will say it's OK.
Karen, I don't let Peter cry it out, but I will let him cry a bit, if it's the "I'm soo tired, but I'm gonna fight it until I fall asleep" cry!! That one usually doesn't last more than 5 minutes...10 tops! If I put him down and he's freaking out and just mad, or something, I'll walk with him some more, or just attach him to the boob...that usually works like magic...instant exstacy (sp...soo wrong, but I can't figure it out!!) eyes. :lol:
Adrienne, Oh boy, hope they're sleep now!! Was it a rough day after yesterday?
07-01-2003, 11:53 AM
Lauren: Yeah, we do cry a little but just the stuff a pacifier will quiet. If he's full blown he gets the boob!! The eyes roll back in his head and we try again!! Still interested in having lunch one day?
Karen, yes, I'd love to get together, especially now that I'm out of work and have all this time!
Peter's been great today...of course he's waking up now that I'm on the computer. Slept from 9:30-11:30 this AM, and 2:40 to 5:00 this afternoon! And was a laughing, giggling pleasure inbetween! :lol: That's what makes the hard times all worth it!
07-01-2003, 06:27 PM
Lauren: Just let me know when. I have no plans that I know of from now when I go back to work. Only 5 1/2 weeks left. :( .
07-02-2003, 06:51 AM
Good Morning...WEll. I had a restless night last night..Kaylee is soo full of gunk in the nose and brown stuff from her ears, 101 fever, vomited up tons of phlegm last night and we leave for vacation in the morning for 2 weeks...Her left nostril started bleeding last night when I suctioned the tons of stuff out...
CALGON<<<TAKE ME AWAY!!!!!!!
Ugh!! You leave this AM?? Geez, hope you can get her some meds before you leave! Try and have a good vacation! Don't forget to stop every 2-3 hrs. for a stretch break...it will make for slightly happier kids...I hope! Drive safe!!
07-02-2003, 08:44 AM
We leave thursday morning for a wonderful 22 hr drive!!! I am begging DH to let me stay but he refuses..I dont want to go and spend time with his family..I am sorry but everything is planned, scheduled and with 2 special needs kids right now..u have to roll with the flow..I dont plan a thing....UGH!!!!I have an appointment at 9am this morning with the pedi..
Here's a pic of my brave girl at the hospital!!!!
07-02-2003, 09:08 AM
Karen, my kids don't cry in their cribs - they're so lucky to have a twin as they play hide and seek under the covers, they have books and things. I didn't mean to insinuate the other day that anyone else's plan was a bad one.
07-02-2003, 03:35 PM
We are having such a good day today. We went to Target and Grocery shopping and the bank without crying!! Yeah. I took my sling and carried him in it instead of making him stay in the car seat. He was just looking around at T until I was walking out the door. Then he went to sleep, slept in the carseat, slept in his sling through the GS, slept in the car seat, slept at the bank, slept in the car AND THEN SLEPT IN THE CAR SEAT IN THE HOUSE LONG ENOUGH FOR ME TO BRING THE STUFF IN AND PUT MOST OF IT AWAY!! Yehaah!! Now he has slept for over two hours in his crib. Woohoo!! I hear him stirring now so I guess I better go. Hope everyone is having a super great day!!
07-03-2003, 03:48 PM
A hot day in Ohio - here's how the kids keep cool! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend all!
Adrienne- :lol: How cute!! BTW, I don't think any of us took your post in a bad way!!
Karen- Glad you had a good day yesterday!! Wish I could have one...Peter's been a monster lately! At least he's quazi content in his jumper right now.
Speaking of which, here's a pic... (sorry it's a little fuzzy...it's the best I could do with a bouncing baby!!)
Have a great weekend all!!
Oh, BTW, DH posted all our vacation pics on Peter's site:
07-04-2003, 10:20 AM
Lauren: What a cutie!! Those are awespome pictures.
gotta go. i'll post again later.
Karen- I'm interested to see how the sling works when Alex gets bigger. I don't like my carrier (A Snugli), because Peter's just too darn heavy in it, but i didn't get a sling because I thought they looked too bulky. What kind did you get? I remember talking to a woman in Linens N Things one day when i was PG and she had her baby in a sling and she said she was walking around the store nursing her and nobody knew.
Peter did really well with the fireworks last night. At DH's cousin's, they set off some firecrackers and he didn't seem to mind. Then when we got home, after dark, the town fireworks started. We can see them from our driveway, so we took Peter outside, since they woke him up, and watched them. We went "ooo and ahhh and boom and bang" to make him realize the noises were OK. He jumped a few times with the really loud ones, but otherwise he was fine...thankfully!
This AM he's being Mr. High Maintainence again...Kind of messing with his ear, I think I'll call and see if the Dr. is in.
07-05-2003, 01:47 PM
Lauren: I'm not sure which one the Snugli is. I have the Over The Shoulder Baby Holder and I really like it. I have nursed him around the house with it on but I'm not sure about doing it in public. You have to lift your shirt up. Half of my fat belly would be hanging out. The sling would probably cover it but I'm not sure. I love it otherwise. I take him for walks with the dog, work around the house, sit in the swing. I don't cook or clean with any chemicals with him though. Don't want to risk an injury.
Hope everyone is having a great day.
Karen, how did it go with your dog?