Sunday, August 24, 2014

the don'ts and don'ts of curing baby hiccups

Baby hiccups are a plague to both babies and parents.  They are adult sized hiccups that wrack their tiny little bodies for minutes at a time.  They keep babies and parents awake with their noisy squeaks.  Here are some don'ts to consider when trying to cure your baby's hiccups.

1.)  Don't leave your baby in a hallway and then jump out of a random door trying to scare your baby.  It's not a good idea.

2.)  Don't make your baby drink from bottle or breast upside down.  This will likely cause any and everything your baby ingests to come out his or her nose.

3.)  Don't put a packet of sugar under your baby's tongue.  Even if it does work to cure the hiccups, your baby would probably be awake for days after ingesting all that sugar.  It's not worth it.

4.)  Don't try to make your baby hold his or her breath.  This would likely confuse the baby and make them think you're trying to kill them.  You'll lose all the trust you've built up with your baby over the previous weeks or months.

5.)  Don't make your baby breathe into a paper bag.  This would also likely confuse the baby.

The best thing to do when your baby has the hiccups is to hold them, rub their back and wait them out.  They'll stop soon.

Monday, August 18, 2014

week 1.5

1.) sleep smiles are the best
This is the first day that Ed has gone back to work.  He wasn't looking forward to it and neither was I.  I was very nervous about staying home with Ted alone.  We're lucky he's so good right now.  He's hardly ever fussy and sleeps a ton.  I know this can't last forever, but I'm going to enjoy it while it does!

2.) look at those feet!
I'm scared to take him out by myself.  Ed and I took him to Target last week and he got a little fussy in the store, but we'd come prepared with a bottle and were able to quiet him.  He mostly just slept in his car seat and showed off his monkey toes.  (see pic 2, right)

We've been sharing the night duties pretty well, but now that Ed has gone back to work, I feel like I need to do more (or all of them), at least some nights so he can sleep.  So far I feel pretty well rested since we've been sharing.  Obviously not as well as if I was getting eight straight uninterrupted hours, but I've been able to piece together between five and seven hours a night (and part of the morning. Possibly also the afternoon).  We're incredibly lucky he's not a cat napper and most often sleeps for large chunks of time.

3.) neither one looks all that happy about this
 Bailey is still adjusting.  She vacillates between being completely indifferent to the baby, to being super interested.  She'll walk by the rock n' play and peek in to see if he's in there and sometimes lies with her head on the rocker portion of it.  Sunny just lies down wherever Sunny wants, never mind where Ted is.  I can't even talk about Poppy bird.  With all the stress of our new addition, her squawking is driving me crazy.  I can feel it in my teeth.  She spends most of her time outside or in the spare room, which I do feel bad about.

All in all the first week and a half has gone pretty well.  I'm not as stressed and freaked out as I thought I would be, plus I'm getting more sleep than I thought I would (which was none.  I thought I'd get none).
4.) rare awake time in the rock n' play

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

He's here!

A few days late, but Teddy arrived at 6:02pm on Wednesday, August 6th.  He was 21 inches long and 8 lbs 3 oz.  He was sort of a big boy!  He's perfect!  After 33 hours of labor, I only ended up pushing for about 20 minutes.  Once he decided it was time, he barreled out of there like he was on fire!  I also have to say that the epidural was the most amazing thing I've ever experienced.  After sixteen hours of contractions, it was a very welcomed procedure.

Ted had some glucose issues at first and almost had to go to the NICU.  I cried when they told me that.  It got down to 31 at one point which is really low.  We tried some high calorie formula which worked to keep his sugar out of the danger zone.  Then after that he had some bilirubin issues and subsequent jaundice.  We had appointments with the pediatrician on both Saturday and Sunday.  Sunday it started to go down, so we were in the clear and didn't have to have the lights.  A home nurse came and weighed him today and he is already back up to his birth weight!

Since we've been home he basically sleeps all the time, unless he's eating or during the dreaded diaper change. He does a lot of sleep smiling and likes sleeping on one of our chests.

Ed seems completely smitten, as am I.  The animals seem to be adjusting pretty well.  Both seemed completely confused about the whole situation at first.  (Bird not so much).  Sunny refuses to be ignored and will curl up on our lap or Ed's chest beside Teddy at any given opportunity.  Bailey seems resigned to her status as second favorite.  We're trying to give them plenty of attention so they don't feel resentful.

Monday, August 4, 2014

ok I'm 40 weeks... where is he?

This is how the past month or so has gone for me:

Week 36: Doc says, "If he comes now, that'll be fine!" I think, Yeah, but 37 weeks is term and mom's at the beach.  Better to wait.

Week 37: Ok, he can totally come now.  I'm fine with that!  Besides I'm having all these contractions, they should be doing something.

Week 38:  Hmm.  Ok, another week to cook, that's fine.  But seriously, any time now would be good!
Week 39:  This week for sure.  Doc says she thinks I should go before the due date anyway.  He'll be here soon!  

Week 40:  Overdue!  I'm going to start charging rent.  Get out, get out, get out! 

At least I know it'll be this week for sure...