Originally Posted by elsanne
Baby Books: I have made baby books from blank journals I like. I just put in my own categories and usually it's something like this: a few pictures of birth or mama pregnant, (but I have a photo album for the mega amts of photos) then a page for weight tracking, and several pages the first of which is titled "FIRSTS", then I just list them as I see them happen...A few mementos (cards people gave, bracelet from blessingway, etc) then all the rest is their journal from me to them where I write in anecdotes, what life is like with her. I also invite her close relatives to make an entry when they come visit.
You're my hero. This is what I WANT to do, but what actually ends up happening is more like this: I get a really nice book, and I might get a picture or two in it, but mostly I end up with piles and piles of pictures/cards/memorabilia/papers/stickers and eventually I have to shove it all in a bag so it doesn't keep getting trashed and then I have to shove the bag in a closet so it doesn't get trashed and...well, it just never gets done! And how many times have I gotten out the bag to put it together, and then of course I have to organize everything, which takes half an hour, and just about the time I'm ready to start, the opportunity is gone and I have to shove it all back in the bag.
OK, that was a long ramble! I forgot how fun it is to type with two hands
Quagmire - I'm so sorry about the ear infection! I had to give my second DD abx for the first six months of her life and it was sheer hell. Especially since I'm really anti-abx (my first DD has never had any and she's almost 5). If you're doing the abx, just make sure you're getting probiotics in you. They also have some made for babies, that come in powder form. You can mix it with breastmilk and just drop it in your baby's mouth. It'll help keep you both from getting thrushy, and it'll help the babe's digestion. If you haven't already considered it, I'd really recommend taking her to a chiropractor. It can make a big difference in how well her eustacian tubes drain, and keep those infections to a minimum.