Hey now mamas! Az - how did it go on your journey??? Lisa - sounds like you had a GREAT day at ketchup and getting things done (how bout that bath - did you get that done too?!). I never suctioned with dd, and with Ori's last nasty cold I just did the eucalyptus oil in the humidifier, which loosened him up and cleared the passageways better than I could have done manually. Works the same way as the saline drops, but somewhat less intense. Also just sitting in a steamy room works. I snuck dd into the steam room at the YMCA once, but only for about 3 min., because it was kinda hot (not as hot as the sauna, mind, but still pretty warm!). Shower works, though. My grandma (actually my great-grandma) used to boil up water and then make a 'tent' out of a folded up scarf (you know, the babushka kinds - she was Old Country, no English, just 11 eastern european languages!). You can add eucalyptus oil to the water itself, just a couple of drops (literally, like 2 drops) and just breathe the water with the scarf over your head and the bowl. It's pretty intense, but it works for about an hour for every 5 min. in the tent. The water cools pretty quickly. Easy to do, though, and gentle.
Everyone here is asleep (except the darned dog who is begging for a walk in this subzero temp.
), although it's early. Poor dh - couldn't get him into the dentist until 1:30, but did manage to get to the mw to have Ori weighed on 'his' scale. It was actually the SAME as the supermarket (9lbs 3oz), so he hasn't gained as much this week as last by almost 4oz. I guess he's just not going to do it the butterbaby way...I keep holding out hope, I suppose. Good news (other than for bank account) was the little children's boutique (WAY too expensive) in town here is going out of business and selling off everything at major discount, so I stashed away some cutie patootie stuff for Ori and found baby gifts for some friends. TOO cute!
Hey Lisa - Sorry and glad the boob thing hit you like a brick wall! It's good to be able to feed the babes, and sometimes it's important to get your feet back under you and feel human. I'm sorry that the cold has been so dredful! Ugh...
Jessi - GOOD FOR YOU!!! It sounds like you found a good person to work with on the birth issues...they are, really, so impactful and strong... feel good about working through them, being hurt, angry, disillusioned...most mamas get there at some point. It's so much better to know that you can and do feel this way and it's REAL - not just hyper sensitivity or hormonal or something... it's REAL hon! Lotsa hugs! I'm really glad Evey likes her room. SOunds like what Ori does - kind of stare at the lights and shadows. I think that's cool. I've seen (and done it myself!) a lot of people who get down on his level and try to see what it is he's seeing...but we just can't, I don't think. It's not new for us anymore...we are just jaded and they are just PURE!!!
I'm glad you had a good outing. Our day, aside from busy, was a good one. Coffee with my pallies was fun, although I couldn't find my wallet (in diaper bag, doh!) so I just brought my good earth tea and had a bread and butter sandie before I left.
Ann - your birth story for Makai was amazing - I really related to it, although I wanted MORE on the first birth to understand more what your feelings were about - I always have such a hard time understanding nuance - am I a pod person??? I def. know what you were talking about re: abuse at the hands of the 'birth professionals'. SOB's. Anyway, thanks for the link and I think you're a great writer! I'm really glad you all managed to have a WONDERFUL birth-day with Makai!
Karen - almost did the car paci myself today. So much car time today, with a whole bunch of little stops that weren't at ALL fun for Ori, just shuttled around (beach would be SO much better! even coupled with errands). I fed him at almost every stop, but he still just wanted to be held/fed. I know that he eats a lot, and that he's gaining, but I do sort of feel GUILTY when he cries and I'm not (able) to feed him right at that moment. I know (as a not-baby) that he'll get food soon, but HE doesn't (as a baby) think it'll EVER happen...poor boy-o. sigh. I understand and commiserate but I also had to get the food, pay the bill, take dh to the dentist, etc... yuck.
Hey HI girls, what up with the Good Earth Tea??? Have you got it or seen it in the shops?
Oh yeah - gunky eyes - I do an eyebright compress, which feels ok if it's not too drippy. Just boil out the eyebright and then let it steep and cool for a while (I usually do 3-4 hrs.). Filter it however you can (I use cheesecloth). Then dip in the gauze pads or cotton balls or whatever you've got and hold it on the eye gently, wipe the eye with it (not inside) and use a bunch of fresh ones for each eye. Make sure you toss them as you go - don't put them on the counter/table because they will infect whatever they touch. I jsut set up paper bags all over the house and those are garbage bags and wherever I go I have one nearby. Then when it's all over I collect them all in a plastic bag and toss them. I hope it helps!
Well, I guess I'd better go walk the Zamboni before it gets even colder. Hope everyone has a good night! xxx andy Oooh - dh descended from up on high and took the dog for a walk! YEAH!!! What a guy. He said he's feeling zonked out from the pain killers (lucky guy!) but a bit better and the swelling is down. I think he's going to have the doc. pull the tooth (ugh!).