Hey mamas! Well, I got on the computer to write our annual Christmas letter so I can get it stuffed into the cards and mailed in the next day or two, but instead I ended up here, catching up on like 10 pages of posts I'd missed since Isabelle was born on Thanksgiving Day - oh well, I'll get to the Christmas letter eventually, there are 12 days of Christmas after all!
So now let's see how much I can remember to respond to....
Jen, all I can say is WOW!! Of course a special-needs baby is such a blessing as is every baby, but still it must be hard to not be expecting those challenges (or at least it would be for me, since I like to read, research, prepare for things in advance....) and you seem to be doing so well with everything. He is totally adorable! And he's lucky to have you for his mama! Sorry about the supply issues - I'm yet another oversupply mama who would be happy to pump for you if there were any reasonable way to get milk from the East Coast to the midwest!
Teff, sorry about your fall, ouch!! Just what you needed with already having that pelvic pain
Heat rash vs. newborn acne - also remember that infant acne (and cradle cap, incidentally) can both be signs of an intolerance to something in mom's diet, often dairy or wheat. It can be just normal newborn acne, but if it gets very bad, persists past a few weeks, spreads from the face down to the trunk, or the baby has other allergy symptoms, that might be something to look into.
As for carseats and diaper bags...
We got a Chicco Keyfit 30 (one of the new ones that goes up to 30 lbs./30 inches, since we tend to have big babies). I'm VERY happy with it. It installs really easily since it only has one LATCH strap to pull that tightens both sides at once. It's pretty narrow (we have 4 carseats/boosters to fit in!) And it seems more comfy than a lot of the infant carseats. I have a rule though, the carseat never leaves the car - we spend a lot of time in the car, so whenever we're not in the car, I wear DD. I don't ever carry the "bucket" around - I don't want her to have to spend any longer in it than absolutely necessary! But I'm really liking this seat, way more than the ones I had for the other DCs.
Diaper bags - well, I admit I'm a diaper bag addict (used to be a handbag addict before kids, LOL!) I actually belong to some other message boards just for discussing/buying/selling/trading diaper bags
- kind of like TBW but for bags. (Yes, I'm addicted to baby carriers too, but that's another story!) Right now my favorites are the Petunia Pickle Bottom shoulder bag (it's big enough for 2 in dipes and sooo pretty!) which I have a few of, and also Ju-Ju-Be bags, which I have several off in different sizes/patterns (they are REALLY well designed, and washable!) These may seem pricey depending on what you're used to paying for bags, but keep in mind you can get them gently-used for considerably less than retail!
Sorry to those dealing with sicknesses, thrush (I'm with you on that one unfortunately!), infections, and overseas paperwork nightmares!
Happy Birthday Emma! Hope it's fun! And I agree, 30 was hard but 31 is not so bad now!
Things are, well, interesting here....we are all at once overjoyed with Isabelle and loving being a family of 6 and getting ready for Christmas, and at the same time getting pretty depressed and quite stressed with DH still being unemployed since his layoff back in August, and with our house still unsold (so still living, all 6 of us, in my mother's guest room). Hoping everything will work out in 2009! Still dealing with my c-section (very unexpected after 3 vaginal deliveries) emotionally, but physically feeling great. We had Isabelle's baptism last Sunday (a week ago today) and the Mass was beautiful. We had a priest friend do a private Mass for us and our guests as we usually do for our kids, and it was lovely, I should post some pics. And the party afterward was a lot of fun - the best I could pull together at only 2 weeks postpartum and with a suddenly limited budget, but I did the best I could!
Hope everyone else is doing well and for those that are getting ready to celebrate Christmas, hope it's very Merry!
OK, here's a link to some photos - I need to upload more, but for now - there's one of Isabelle in her baptismal gown, and a few with all the kidshttp://kerriklugewicz.shutterfly.com/