sarah, leigh & other sickies - i hope you all feel better real quick!
jen, i am getting nessa out in the cold a bit. well, i guess down to about 20 degrees, for walking/hiking. i've been putting her in the bjorn, facing both ways depending on her wake/sleep state, she wears a fleece hooded snowsuit over her regular clothes, it has hand covers, and i will sometimes put mittens on underneath. i have a few warm hats that fit under the hood and carry a fleece blanket that i can completely cover her with, drape over her head and tuck in all around. i am really learning to appreciate the bucket carseat for cold weather, its been zero here for days, so warming up the car, and using the bucket with a fuzzy fleece "bundle me" seat snuggy thing keeps her toasty. she goes everywhere, we shop weekly, go to parties pretty often, visit friends regularly, out to eat... i don't let the weather slow us down much, although i have shortened our outside recreation on the coldest days. soon she will get to know the ski lodge as dh and i take turns on the slopes.
i bet these http://www.nordicwoollens.com/c188943.2.html
would be great, really expensive, but super warm underlayers.
we have a no plastic rule as far as i can enforce it, so am asking for wooden or cloth teethers from grandmas. i don't think we'll get nessa anything from us since she'll get things from family, she doesn't know what its all about and we really don't like having too much "stuff". i think the lights and wrapping paper will be plenty good for her entertainment.
we shut off our tv satellite (no cable or reception of any kind here otherwise) about a year ago and it is so wonderful! we watch movies all the time with Netflix, which we love. we rent some tv series shows too, so we get our "soap" fixes that way. the best thing about it is no commercials! i really hate tv/radio advertising.
i had an inconsolable fit yesterday afternoon and felt just awful. nessa took a 4 hour nap (very long for her during the day) and didn't nurse for at least an hour before going to sleep, i got way engorged on one side since the previous feeding was one sided, so when she got up i wanted her to nurse and figured she must be really hungry. but apparently not, she was all happy and smiles, but when i went to nurse she cried, she was a little snotty, so i thought that was interfering with nursing, so i cleared a bit of snot, calmed her down (she really hates that) and tried again, and she freaked, wouldn't stop crying for a while, maybe 15 min, i don't know for sure. i felt like she MUST be hungry and just wasn't latching on because it had gone too far, but in hindsight i don't think she was, and then got upset because i kept trying to nurse. i felt really bad when this all came together for me later on. when i set her down during the fit to take off her clothes to try skin to skin contact, she calmed down. so i layed her down for some naked time and she was all smiles again. so i broke out the breast punmp and pumped 8 ounces! almost 6 of those from the engorged breast. after she played for a while and had some daddy time, she was ready to nurse and all was fine. i felt bad that i seemed to cause the problem.
ok, somehow i have written a book, better get outta here. hope everyone has a great first day of December!