We are using a Titan Elite carseat by Evenflo. It fits in the middle of my teeny tiny car, with a kiddo on either side (and DS#1 in a booster, even). It's rear facing to 35 lbs and forward to 50. Another serious carseat that you can't lug around. LOVE IT!
Sling-for the first few weeks I loved the Infantino Slingride for going places. It's very convenient. However, at nearly 12 pounds, and he's grown, and he's not all balled up anymore, it's almost too small. The buckle also pokes my neck. I have a borrowed Baby Bundler that I love, I also pretie sometimes, but it's not very convenient. Love it for around the house because I can use the full length mirror to be sure he's in the right spot. Can't wait until he's strong enough to back carry.
Heatrash...Oh my goodness, I would love some heatrash right now! After a week of below 30 weather, that 33 thats outside right now is downright balmy. Are you sure it's heatrash and not a viral rash? If you and baby have been sick, it could be a reaction to the virus. In which case it won't go away until babie's little body has cleared it. My DS #1 gets rash with nearly every virus he ever gets, and he has strep right now and has a rash with it too! Some people are just like that.
I have to share with you ladies that I sure love WIC. With money so tight, and getting a little bit of formula from them, I wasn't sure they would give me a pump. They did. So now I have my very own pump, no more toting around the ginormous Lactina. And I did get the milk out faster the first time than with the Lactina. Wonderful invention, that Advance technology. School starts on the 5th, so I appreciate the faster the milk can get out the better.
Coyote- thank you SO much for that link! it has everything on it that i questioned, VERY HELPFUL! *sends big hugs*
I am not sure it isn't viral..very well could be as i do believe we had a stomach virus/stomach flu to begin with...but it acts funny...
it is only on her head, neck, scalp and ears, not her torso or body.
it is raised from the skin, pink/red, and comes to little pin point whiteheads.
it worsens with heat, and lightens when we strip her down.
she began getting the first spots 3 days after birth and it's just spread.
at 3 weeks old ped looked at it and didn't think it was contact dermititis and said heatrash (right before we all got sick too)
i have just started putting cornstarch based baby powder on it and using cool water to cool it down and attempt to keep it from spreading worse.
next week i'm going to take her and my 2 year old in to have thier ears checked for infections (as a result from this bug) and i plan on asking her then if there is anything we can do about it. everything i have read online says it should not be prolonged (more than a few days...she's had it 4 weeks now!) or can cause worse damage and it is painful. (so maybe she's not colicky afterall, maybe it's this dang rash hurting her?)
sorry to go on about it..non of my kids have been so hot natured before and i am completely taken off guard about how to handle it.
have any of your babies started making little coo sounds or smiling? charlotte started doing both a few days ago. VERY infrequent, but she's done one or the other at almost every family member since. my 2 year old got her first smile~Drat!~ seems i was just doomed to not get a first smile from any of the rugrats.
DH got our firstborn's
Julia got megan's first smile
Megan got ds's first smile
and ds got charlotte's.
go figure! : :
Kristy-It looks like newborn acne to me...the timeline sounds about right too. Usually heat and wetness will aggravate it, and cooler things will tone it down. If it's newborn acne, you'll just have to let it run it's course.
i think you're right om girl...the more research i do on baby acne and the more pics i see, the more i think this fits it than heat rash...(i could never understand why only her face but not other parts of her body that would obviously be hot too...like her inner thighs for example)....at least now i don't have to worry about overheating so much.
Charlie has started cooing occasionally. Mostly when he's done being on the floor and wants to be held (doing dishes is hard with him in the sling and we don't have a machine). No smiles yet and he's 7 weeks today or 3 weeks adjusted.
Dishes are stressing me out!! I asked DH to do dishes before he went to work this morning. Out of the pile of dirty dishes that takes up half my tiny kitchen, he washed the following: 4 plates, 2 saucers, 2 sippy cup lids (no sippy cups), 1 small skillet, 4 forks, 1 knife and 2 spoons. : *sigh*
don't get on much anymore but just checkin in.
here is the latest on Hudson & mama...
a bit of thrush in the boobies from abx due to infection in c-sec I think we almost have it cleared up, heres hoping it doesn't rear it's ugly head again. we are loading up on the probiotics.
baby acne...looks similar to heat rash to me too! check
non stop baby in arms or sling... check
dishes piling up ....check
snow days before the break from school makes for one heck of a long vacation, is that what they call this, 5 kids on my own with no place to go and a foot of snow....VACATION my butt.
havn't figured out how to get a meal made yet, but tonight it my valiant try, I put the roast in at 1pm and the vegies are finishing now, maybe we'll eat before bedtime tonite.
Christmas is not happening here Im convinced, we got hit with snow, which i love, but we havn't gotten gifts yet or a tree and after being slammed with an infection in my c-sec site I guess I should cut myself some slack. This weekend we hope to get a little Christmas cheer going on in our house, we could use it.
Well, things are going here. LO is more on a schedule. One 5 hour stretch at night and then every two hours and 3 hours at nap time. Then she only eats for a few minutes before falling asleep again. I guess she is getting enough during those few minutes because she is over 11lbs now. A few coos and half smiles. I just wonder what her dreams are about when she has the full smiles. Nursing is still painful. I'm figuring that the yeast is gone, but she has a bit of tung tie that is causing the problem. Probably from how early she was born. So, we'll see how long it will last. The last time one of my dc did this, nursing didn't last long.
I am excited for this weekend. I get to celebrate my 30th birthday!: I'm starting to feel old. But maybe when I tell people my age they won't be completely surprised that I have seven dc. It is funny! A few people almost fell over when they found out how many dc I have at my age.
Anyone having problems keeping up with the housework? My apartment use to be clean. Not super, eat on the floor clean, but clean enough where anyone could come over and not worry about it. Now, WOW, its a MESS. I have probably 6-7 loads(at least) of laundry to do, two or three loads of dishes, DD1 got into papers so I have torn up paper all around the house, my bathrooms haven't been cleaned since Lexi was born. Oh and we have 25 people coming over for Christmas Eve.
Emma- Happy birthday a little early! I think its awesome you have a big family, I hope to one day have one too. I still get mistaken for my kids babysitter sometimes (Im 25 but some people think Im younger). I guess I need to get some mommy clothing or something, Im still wearing a lot of the clothes I wore in high school.
LOL 30 isn't old - Happy B-day! I really wish we had gotten started earlier with having children, but I'll never regret our selfish, childless years!
nurnur, get some GSE and then try probiotics. GSE kills the yeast.
My house is a mess too. Thanks to my less than agile last trimester, toddler has stashed snacks all over the house = ants! It's not like we don't feed the kid! He just loves to hide stuff, and I guess having 10 spots with food in them soothes that hiding need! Anyway, nothing will make you feel more like a failure as a housewife than having vermin. And, of course, just cleaning up hasn't worked so we've had to spray, which just eeks me out.
Nora had a poo explosion last night at bedtime. Seriously, we swaddled her and there was poo everywhere, even in the folded ends of the blanket! I love the once a week poo, I just pray that it never happens away from home.
I'm not loving my hotsling this time around. I bought a new organic hemp one that I had been coveting, and it just pains me to wear it. I think it's the pelvis thing, but I'm sad it's not working for us. Oh well, the Moby and BH are still good.
Nurnur, we are just east of portland, I know what you mean. Poor DC are stircrazy and middle DS had strep throat, and now baby and I have a cold (no fever so its not strep) so it's been a grump fest around here.
messy house, yeah, I know. My brother showed up unexpectedly today, and I looked around and sighed. I can keep up laundry and dishes but not much else (have to with cloth diapers and babaas).
from SNOW just like Nurnur has (we only live about 20 mi apart!). Crazy weather here -- COLD for the northwest. Carrie, I second the GSE. I have a full bottle I could bring you or mail you if you like.
Eve has been smiling since she was two weeks old. It was soooo early. Much earlier than my other two who smiled right at 4 weeks old. She coos and "talks" a LOT -- started that at about 4 wks. She will have what seems like a conversation with you, and I can get her to stop fussing by talking to her. She is so incredibly animated and talkative. I think she'll be either not shy or an early talker. My other two kids talked kind of late, or maybe just on the normal side. They were crazy early walkers.
We're doing pretty well here, but Eve's tear duct got so bad yesterday I actually took her to the ER because there were no clinics open since the storm was so bad. They said her eye was pretty bad and gave us erethromyacin (sp?) which seems to be clearing it up really well. Then yesterday night Anna got her toenail nearly ripped off by Thor opening our front door on it. Poor girl. Man, yesterday was a hard day and I just felt like things were totally off with DH and I. Normally we get along so well but things have just been weird and much harder than normal. I guess it's just the adjustment to three kids. I feel like I have kind of figured out things with myself and the three kids, but it's like we haven't hit a stride yet as an entire family. Probably because he isn't around as much!
Anyone else have a baby that is kind of fussy at the breast but is gaining fine, but will take a paci and sometimes seems to prefer that? It's weird, my other kids never refused to nurse, but this baby seems to be sort of picky about when she wants to. She doesn't seem to want to comfort nurse at all -- she'd rather have a pacifier if she just wants to suck, and will cry if I try to nurse her at those times. She still nurses at LEAST every 2-3 hours around the clock, and weighs 13 lbs... but... hmmm.
Oh, also, I got my period back. Sooo not fair. She's only 8 wks old. Same thing happened with Anna, and she didn't take a paci or anything.
Ok, so today I decided to hit Walgreen's for some arnica gel or icyhot for the muscles surronding my poor pelvis (which is in alignment but the muscles are screaming bloody murder still). We have a ton of snow and wicked wind, so I was super careful getting onto the sidewalk, when I hit a patch of ice and fell onto my hands and knees! I was limping so badly when I went in to complain about the lack of salt on the sidewalk that they called a manager to come and take an incident report. I declined, but that fall was just what I needed (eyes rolling). The arnica gel is helping, but I think I'm going to need narcotics to get through the night. I'm going to be crippled forever, I think.
Augs, do you have oversupply? She might be frustrated with the milk coming when she just wants to suck. I use the paci for that since it just causes upset if I put her to the breat when the milk is strong. Block feeding has really helped and we can sometimes comfort nurse depending on how much milk I have stored up.
Augs, I'll trade you one breast filled with drops for one of your milky ones, then Eve can nurse when she's hungry and suck on the other when she's not. I think the whole reason T and I had a 3+ year long nursing relationship is that he loved to suck for comfort and there was no problem doing that with me!
It's snowy and cold here. I am thinking of paying the high drop-in price for preschool tomorrow because my older kid's been cooped up for a week with the croup, and he needs OUT of the house with peers before the Christmas calamity starts.