Friday, January 30, 2009
Today the Animal Planet (which we let Jack watch) was having a special on elephants and because they were talking about elephant pregnancy, labor and birth I thought I'd share some helpful statistics.
Human Gestational Period: 40 weeks (9.5 months)
Elephant Gestational Period: 100 weeks (22 months)
Human Birth Weight: 7lbs 6 oz
Elephant Birth Weight: 250 lbs
Human Birth Canal: 4 inches
Elephant Birth Canal: 8 feet
Human Baby Drinks: 25 oz of milk
Elephant Baby Drinks: 640 oz of milk
Elephant babies don't sleep through the night when they're newborns either.
All I'm saying is- it's good to be human!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Jack borrowed Cady's water, because his orange cup wasn't manly enough.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Jack enjoyed sitting, walking and sledding in the snow. Unlike last time, we had to bring him inside because he was getting cold and wet but he didn't look ready to stop playing anytime soon. Even after we brought him in he stood at the door and watched me shovel the sidewalk.
So when I got there I filled out a lot of forms on everything from hepatitis to glaucoma and acid reflux. Then I went back to the office to talk about my symptoms. He asked some of the same questions and some different ones. He seems most interested in my mood swings, allergies and back pain (caused by tension and having a heavy boy).
When I went into the exam room I kept most of my clothes on and rolled my pants up to my knees. He felt my pulse for about 2 minutes and he kept saying things like "lung......... lung and liver............... lung, yes, lung and liver" and then he felt my abdomen and said "lung and kidney? no, lung and liver." So apparently my lungs and my liver are out of alignment.
The needles didn't really hurt some of them stung a little and some felt warm and some I could only feel when I was focusing my mind on them. What I didn't expect when he balanced me was that he didn't place the needles symmetrically on my body. My right hand had 2 and my left had 1 my left knee had 2 and my right had none. I don't know why I had assumed the needles would be placed at symmetrical points across my body.
Then he left me for about 15/20 min and I kept yawning uncontrollably and feeling really really sleepy. Then I rolled on my side (needles left in place) and he put 6 in my upper back on either side of my spine and he hooked me up to a machine that delivers an electrical pulse and that felt fantastic. After 10 minutes he had to come in and turn up the juice because I couldn't feel it anymore. My back has not felt this 'loose' since my massage last March!
I'm totally going back next week!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Now that Jack is paying much closer attention to what we say I've had to get creative substituting other words where I would normally drop the f-bomb or something else I wouldn't want Jack to repeat at Group. (Oh the embarrassment!)
My favorite is 'sugar plum faeries' usually said like this "SUGAR... PLUM...FAERIES."
So here is the question: What do you say? What did your parents or friends or parent's friends say?
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thanks Jack, you're my hero!
Needles: So this hormone swinging-baby-weaning thing is getting a little out of hand. I was going to go get a massage and get my hair done to see if that helped me feel better but the trouble with a massage is I only feel better for the rest of the day. Emily 3 raved about how helpful acupuncture was to her with morning sickness and all kinds of physical and emotional symptoms (I read it can even help you with your sex drive). So I found an acupuncturist in Catonsville that takes my insurance! It will only cost me $30 per session! I'm going to get a call on Monday from them because they review my intake information and check with the insurance company before scheduling my first appointment. I can't wait to see what it can do for me!
... and finally we are on Baby-watch because my cousin is due in just a few weeks. I can't wait to see her little girl!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
This is as close as I can get to him snuggling his bear. He spent a few minutes giving 'Rosie' some love and as soon as I whip out the camera he just wants to pose.
Maybe he'll be a male model when he grows up?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Jack 'let them eat cake' ...er... dropped food on the floor for Colin.
Colin struck his sexy pose. He's in to older ladies (like his daddy) Sasha and Malia: here he comes!
Jack hung out in his favorite spot- the box.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I opened the door and stepped in to the room. Matt stood in the hallway because who doesn't like to sneak a peak at their sleeping baby?! So cute! As soon as I had the blanket in my hands Jack jumped up to standing so quickly I didn't have a change to run or hide. So as soon as he jumps up he points out into the hallway, right at Matt (keep in mind it's pitch black).
So I said "I guess you've got this one." Matt sang a quick lil' song to him and he was out like a light. It was hilarious to me 1. how quick he jumped up especially since he waited until I was all the way in the room and 2. that he knew he wanted Daddy.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
We also installed a baby gate at the bottom of the steps so that we can now just leave Jack in the basement between naps to safely entertain himself. That's what you do with your baby, right?
Now for the nitty gritty: Jack has not taken his second nap of the day for about 7-9 days now. Sometimes he might have been dealing with teething pain, but I can't imagine it's been the cause of the nap-strike every day. Could he be giving up his second nap? If so what do I do? Do I move back his morning nap to the middle of the day? I fear change.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
What To Expect When You're Expecting (and WTE In The First Year)- these are helpful, but so is Google. There were several things in the first 3-4 months that I looked up in them and they were great reference but probably not something I would ever read cover to cover.
Girlfriends Guide (To Pregnancy, The First Year and Toddlers)- these are both good and bad. The author is very one-sided so it's not 'informative' about options and methods but the author has a fantastic ability to make you feel normal and even make you laugh at the most frustrating things.
No Cry Sleep Solution- it's true... and it mostly works. There may have been occasional crying in my house but it was minimal and not too painful to me.
Did anyone out there read anything else they found helpful or anything that didn't help them? I know a few of my readers are about to be first-time-mommies and I'm trying to collect as much knowledge to pass on as possible.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I decided to try something new today for lunch. He has a banana for lunch nearly every day and I always take the time to cut it into non-choakable pieces. Well today I threw caution to the wind and just gave him the banana. This is clearly his preferred method for eating. (Pro: I didn't have to cut it into bits, Con: He ate it in about 4 bites and then wanted something more.)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Weaning. Bla bla 'It was so easy'... 'Jack loves cow milk'... bla bla... Well here is me eating my words. He's still fine he's loving the cow but me, poor me! So Brenna told me that I should expect some mood swings like those of the baby blues or postpartum depression so I was prepared to be, um, 'moody'. (I am moody like there's no tomorrow.) Well there's also this issue of feeling like I have the WORST menstrual cramps of my life. Jeez Louise! I just had my period last week. I refuse to have it again, send it back! Yesterday it was so bad I could hardly do anything all day.
Everything I've read says the physical symptoms can last about 7 days, the psychological can become something that requires medication.
So that's my TMI and my PSA for the D-A-Y.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Pictures to follow.
Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting toofers.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
In order from left to right: Jocelyn, Jack, Jillian, Brooks, Andreas, Cady & Amedeo.
After we were all full the babies decided to walk off their energy in the restaurant. Jack made a beeline for the Jawbreakers. ::sigh::
Monday, January 5, 2009
I don't know why I didn't think of this before. So Avent is BPA free (yay) and when I got the first set of sippy cups (the magic trainer, or whatever it's called) Jack didn't like the low-flow mouth so we bought the bigger one (the sippy sport) and Jack loved that his juice, water, etc. just poured right into his mouth. But the size was too big and unruly for him to hold himself. Finally it occurred to me that if they're made by the same company maybe the parts are interchangeable (DUH!). So we have the 18 month pour-top on the 9 month cup with the handles and he LOVES IT. Totally autonomous!
Which brings up...
I was really worried about the weaning being a long process involving tears and sleepless nights and no napping but we introduced milk about a week ago and he's obsessed with it! Every time I go to 'boob' feed him he tries to crawl away as if to say "Thank you mommy, but there are other, more exciting things I need to do and I like the big-boy food you feed me very much."
I had this whole plan to switch the time of day and not do feedings before naps and bedtime to start getting him used to relaxing without a boob. I was going to slowly introduce milk during meals so he would get used to it and maybe learn to like it and then over a 3 week period I was going to phase out the boob from the 2 feedings we were at last week down to 0. Turns out that's completely unnecessary. I mean, shoot, if he wants to make it easy that's fine with me... but do I at least get credit for making a plan and putting a lot of thought into what I assumed was going to be a traumatic experience for him (and us)?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We decided it was time to teach Jack to use silverware. This is a plate and bowl that I used as a kid (made of melamine- yikes!). At first he would scoop the mashed potatoes out of the bowl and then take them off the spoon and put him in his mouth... but then...
well he's not ready for the "salad fork vs. dinner fork vs. shrimp fork" conversation but he might be able to eat like civilized person one day! Woo Hoo!
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Mommy and Daddy had a fun time playing games, eating cheese and chocolate 'fondues' and drinking. I drank a lot of prosecco last night, it was pink I couldn't help myself. Besides we all know that you can't really save sparkling wines because they're never the same as the first day. But Jack must have known that Mommy and Daddy were feeling rough around the edges because he took a 3 hour nap this morning, YAY!
So with more need than ever here are my resolutions:
1. Work out 3 times per week regardless of the weather - exceptions will be made for illness but only with a doctors note.
2. Be nicer to the cat - no more "Why can't you be more like the baby?"
3. Wear more fuzzy socks (there had to be a gimme to help encourage me to keep it up)
4. No more soda - this is the toughie!
And now were off for some fun family time in the playroom!