Glad to hear you arrived safely! Sorry to hear about all the diaper leaks and the stroller scratch, but minor issues in the grand scheme of things really! As for his behavior now, he's probably just not used to so much going on around him all the time. That seems to happen a lot to first kids who don't have any siblings yet. Once #2 comes along everyone is well versed in constant stimulation! Also, a new environment with lots of things to check out can tempt any kid into crazy behavior- especially when you don't go home after a few hours. Hopefully he will settle down after some time and sleep really well for you at night. We always find, though, that the kids start to break down at the end, too, when it's time to go home.
July 2013 - Page 11
Thanks Kali! All your pics are gorgeous, as usual! Anyone else have a pic to enter? If we all vote for each other's pics we might be able to have a November 2011 DDC sweep of this contest, too!
Here's the thread to vote (just click the thumbs up symbol): http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1386456/motherings-annual-babywearing-photo-contest-2013-come-post-your-best-image-to-win
Mine are on page 1 and Kali's are a page or so in.
I was just looking at the first few pages of the picture thread when the babies were tiny. So cute!! And it's funny how you can tell who is who without looking at the names.
(I'm trying to avoid studying. On what planet is it fair that you have to study on Friday night??)
I just entered in the baby wearing contest. I love the picture it was from when Ryker was a toddler.
We survived the vet with Harlan at one point making it known that he needed to nurse.. he just kept whining loudly and pulling at my shirt. Farrah get to go back next friday and have a toe nail removed so that the new one will grown in straight. He said it looked like it got cracked and died its majorly grey compared to her other nails being pink. Her lump was basically a mole we are not gonna have that removed yet.
Jasper had his ENT appointment on Fri. The doctor removed the clot, but one of the tubes is still blocked. Of course, it is blocked because it is infected!!! Seriously?! So he's on antibiotic ear drops and we have to massage his ear. Back to the dr in a week. Sigh. If it's finally clear, then we move to more hearing tests. If not, the dr will try to unblock it manually, which is apparently not going to be fun for Jasper.
I have my hysterectomy tomorrow morning, so I will probably be MIA for a while. 1-2 days in the hospital followed by a few days in bed. Meh. I think as long as I remind myself the more I rest the faster I heal, I should be able to relax...right? I am very, very nervous about the immediate recovery. I could use a Xanax.
Good luck ash, wishing ya speedy recovery!
Amanda, poor Jasper... It just never seems to end eh? Hope he gets well soon.
DH was super sweet and surprised me and Sora tonight by clearing out the old sandbox and wooden jungle gym in the backyard of tree branches and other debris. It looks awesome! But now he's ticked off at me acting like I put a damper on things by saying that I think we should clean out the old sand/dirt and also refinish the wood. This is for safety reasons! They've been in the yard for 15-20 years. I've read articles that talk about how wood used before 2004 was often treated with arsenic, and it's best to seal the wood with a stain before using nowadays to prevent arsenic exposure. My bigger worry is the old sand that's in there! I mean come on, it's been in there for that long with all kinds of animal exposures to it. I think it's silly that I'd even have to caution my DH about that. Gah! I understand he's disappointed because he thought he prepared it all for Sora to play in now, but I still feel like we need to do a bit more work on it.
What do you think? Is it necessary to remove all of the sand/dirt and re-fill it, or could a kid safely play in it?
Ash, we will all be thinking of you. I'm sure everything will go perfectly. Hopefully recovery will be a breeze because they will give you all the good meds!!
Sonja, sorry about the puke!
Joanie, I personally wouldn't be very concerned about the wood. But maybe I am ignorant? I would be concerned about the old sand (aka animal bathroom). It's an easy and cheap fix to throw out the old sand and put in new. Also, keep it covered when she isn't using it. (You probably knew that...)
We took Jasper to the zoo today. He really enjoyed it. He loves animals and being outside. I keep thinking those will be the things that will motivate him to talk. He has started saying a new word frequently. Unfortunately, we don't know what it means. It's "me-ya." He points outside, to his cup, to milk, to something he wants and says it. It's frustrating that he is trying but we can't figure it out.
My mom recently suggested that his speech delay is a result of his cord being wrapped around his neck at birth. You know, cause he's brain damaged?!? Kinda wanted to punch her. I'm pretty positive that the cord thing is super common and not a big deal. He didn't need oxygen, they didn't even take him off my chest. That doesn't seem like anything that would cause a problem. Whateves.
Amanda, don't something like half of all babies have a cord wrapped? Soren did and he speaks pretty well. Shay has a lot of those words. Boo still means anything wet, out of place, discolored or toilet related. Or anything that starts with the letter b. I always say, "show me."
B says the same word for a lot of things too- she constantly says "boppy" and it can mean anything. I do what Sara does, I ask her to show me. She still also has a handful of words she regularly uses but her speech is probably on the way low end of the scale. Kids are just different, and it could be from nothing or anything. I suspect B says less because the older kids speak for her a lot.
Related: Isn't one of the reasons for delayed cord clamping to transfer as much RBCs and oxygen to the newborn as possible... along with the iron and other nutrient content of course...?
Similarly, I read an article recently that questioned what else could be caused by oxygen deprivation during labor because it said that every time the uterus contracts, it's like the baby is holding its breath (however that happens with the fetal oxygen supply) and so there is speculation that drugs like Pitocin that create super close together frequent intense contrax could affect the baby's brain on an oxygen-related level, or epidural-prolonged births where mom pushes for hours, or even med-free labors/births with similar characteristics. Could be an interesting thing to hear more about down the road. It makes sense.
Yes to all this. S is occasionally frustrated when he can't get his message across, but he usually has everything a boy could want. Funnier than the whining, they will both look at something and say, "Yeah." They're just waiting for me to ask the right question. S will walk up to the fridge and say, " Yeah. Yeah. Yeah." Until I ask, "Would you like a snack?" Or touch the door while yeah chanting. Both babies do that.
Good luck with your surgery. Try not to kill the hospital staff.