Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My two favorite sources of baby information (Dr. Alan Greene and Drs William and Robert Sears) indicate that it isn't the age as much as the developmental stage that is important for beginning solids. I couldn't agree more with this approach! Gestational age and birth weight make such a big difference in these early months that all 4 or 6 month old babies won't be in the same developmental stage. Some of the signs that indicate food readiness according to these two doctors are:
- Able to sit with support, reaches and grabs, and mouths hands and toys (Check!)
- Parents will notice that their babies start to watch them eat with great interest. (Check!)
- "Mooches," reaching for food on your plate (Hasn't been given the opportunity)
- Mimicks your eating behaviors, such as opening her mouth wide when you open your mouth to eat. (No. Not yet)
- Baby can show and tell. Around six months of age babies have the ability to say "yes" to wanting food by reaching or leaning toward the food and "no" by pushing or turning away. Expect mixed messages as your baby learns to communicate. When in doubt, offer, but don't force. (Haven't tried yet so I don't know)
If Colin seems ready at 4 months, I don't see the harm in trying provided we don't decrease his normal feedings. If things go poorly we'll stop and wait.
Next question? What do we feed him??
To be continued...
Friday, October 24, 2008
First: The Maclaren Easy Traveler Car Seat Carrier Stroller:
This was a product I didn't know I needed until I actually used a different stroller. Newbie mistake for sure. Here is a tip: When you pick out your child's stroller, ask a sales associate to fold it up for you so you can see how HUGE it is folded and make a decision about where it will be stored and how well it will fit in your trunk. We didn't ask questions and just registered for the travel system that went with out car seat (which was chosen based on safety). The good part about that stroller is that it not only carries the car seat but is also a stroller for a larger child as well. The problem is that when it is folded, it is really BIG and takes up A LOT of room in our fairly spacious trunk (and the closet). Which means if I try to go grocery shopping it is annoying trying to fit everything, and if we travel we can't bring both the stroller and the pack and play. Enter the Maclaren Easy Traveler Stroller. I will totally admit this has limited use because it is only useful to carry the infant car seat. However, through he magic of engineering it UMBRELLA folds and thus is very compact!! Sean and I discussed this purchase for a while and I really looked all over NY state to find a used one. Apparently people love them so much they don't give them up. I say SKIP the travel system stroller and just get this. Pick out your toddler stroller with more than the pattern in mind. Our other stroller will be used when Colin gets bigger (and hopefully we have a bigger car!).
Second: The Safety First- Fold up tub.
Some might say you could skip the infant tub, we bathe Colin every night (as per our pediatricians recommendation) so filling up the entire tub every night would be a MAJOR waste of water. We have no room to store a traditional infant tub so we got this one. It folds up and fits in our buffet cabinet! It is perfect for us, and the base fits in the sink so I don't hurt my knees or back kneeling on the floor.
Third: Bobby Rock in Comfort Travel Swing.
I will admit I have serious swing envy when I go to Erin's and see the nice big swing she has, but most swings literally have the same footprint as a lay-z-boy and our LR just doesn't have the space for that. This swing has about half the footprint and it all folds up for storage or travel. The cons: It is only good up to 25lbs sightly smaller than traditional swings and the battery life leaves something to be desired, but it was this or nothing so I can live with it.
Next: Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper:
We were going to re-use Lukas' Jumperoo but is is currently missing in action in storage so we ended up buying our own. I choose this one because 1. The company got back to me about the plastics, and it meets International standards for BPA and phthalates which I understand to be more strict than our FDA's. 2. It has extra spots to hang (and swap out) extra toys. and 3. It folds FLAT! and can fit under the bed or crib when we have company.
Last: The Fisher Price Space Saver High chair:
I got this before I started by Fisher Price boycott, but it is a good product. Again, the footprint of a high chair is bigger than you would think so we ended up not being able to fit the 'all natural' high chair (I was oh-so bummed). This one straps onto a chair you already have so it doesn't take up any additional space. I currently have it on top of the buffet table so I have somewhere to 'put' Colin while I'm in the kitchen making lunch. (I will admit this isn't the safest application since it isn't strapped down but since he isn't strong enough yet to move it I'm confident its not life threatening).
Monday, October 20, 2008
1.) Things aren't really getting any better with the whole sleeping thing... It seems like we get one good night followed by two bad nights...I'll let you know if and when this improves but for now.. no news is bad news! =/ I'm thinking I might have to get his napping schedule at little more solidified, but is he too young for this yet??
2) Why can't baby clothing be sized a little more consistently?!? Colin is now three months old and 15+lbs but is in three different sizes?!? (o-3, 3-6, and a few 6-9) What is the deal? I have to keep going through all the different sizes to check and see if some of the bigger labeled clothes are small enough to wear now so I don't accidentally 'miss' them. How annoying!
Lastly, for those who have seen us in the first three months, we have finally stopped using 'the book' as of Saturday (sort of because he is three months old and its time, sort of because there were only two pages left).. Not sure how I feel about it yet, a little freer but I little 'blind' at the same time... (The book refers to the notebook I used to document all feedings, sleeping and diaper changes...)
I guess that was three things.
Friday, October 17, 2008
- Chewing on his fingers or burp cloths,any fabric that's handy really, but he hasn't mastered holding solid objects yet.
- The TV, scary, I know! I guess I don't get to watch daytime TV anymore as soon as I turn it on he's mesmerized.
- Swinging, at least one nap a day occurs in the swing, for some reason he is not a fan of napping in the crib.
- Traveling, we went for a little drive yesterday and he chatted with me most of the way. So precious.
- Kicking! The boy is going to be a soccer player, he loves kicking and moving his legs
- Sleeping for extended periods of time.
- Having his nails trimmed or filed.
- Having his eye (just the left one is still getting gookie) cleaned
One more silly picture for good measure.. I wouldn't want you to get the impression that they are all good ones!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
1) Don't put the baby to bed until after 10pm. Bedtime had started to creep toward 8 or 9pm but clearly that is a mistake for now.
2)Don't let the baby sleep at all between 4pm and 10pm (he did nearly fall asleep while eating so he got little cat naps.) Previously we have allowed up to 1 hr of sleep during this period of time.
3)Play lots of baby games and get him talking to tire him out.
4)Cluster feed! We have removed the 10min time limit for feedings after 12pm in honor of his growth spurt.
5) Turn on the white noise machine. We thought that with the a/c off he might be hearing more traffic noise and that might be waking him up.
(He was swaddled too but we always do that so its not new.)
After all that one would think this kid would sleep through the night... Maybe when he starts on solids, only another month to go before that happens. (More on that later, you can be sure I researched rice cereals!)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
When did your baby/ies sleep through the night?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The next day we went to Salem for the day. We were a little worried about how Colin would do in the stroller (which is the car seat) all day when he had been in the car seat traveling the day before, but he was perfect. We did some shopping and went to the Witch Museum, and then we went back to Elaine and Brandon's house for the night.
To round out the weekend we even stopped in to see Erin and her twins (remember Erin from the belly to belly bumps picture) I was hoping to get a picture of the three boys together but there wasn't an opportunity because one of the three was sleeping or eating the entire time. Ben and Sam were certainly showing interest in Colin but Colin didn't seem to notice the other baby's quite yet. Soon, we'll be getting the boys together and they will be running around and playing but for now the play dates are more for Erin and I to get together than the boys. =)
Sean and I couldn't believe how well Colin did. We fully expected a baby would make us slow down our lifestyle but so far he is so good, that we are still able to travel to see friends and family. I couldn't be happier!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad/Grandma and Grandpa!!
Thanks for being a great example of a successful marriage. For showing me what it means to love unconditionally, even when dad walks through the house with snowy boots on or mom overcooks the chicken. =)
Sean Becky and Colin.