Although it looks like I am in good health and enjoying my pregnancy (well kind of). It really is just a moment that I smiled during this day.
I am dressed, because I threw hubby a graduation party, and many guests are inside.
In this photo,
- I weighed 142lbs, up from 102lbs pre-pregnancy, and I am 4 months pregnant (I delivered my 1st baby at 140 lbs, and yet I have 5 long months to go)
- I am out of bed just for the party (I am really on strict bed rest by the Dr's orders)
- I am painfully entertaining with a smile
- I am receiving boluses of medication to prevent vomiting.
See, that is not a futuristic purse, that is a zofran pump strapped to me. It is infusing zofran into my leg 24 hours a day to help alleviate some of the nausea from the hyperemesis I was suffering from during the pregnancy. At the time this picture was taken, I had been in the bed since February. It's crazy. I can hardly believe the experience when looking at my smile!
Looking back is painful, but necessary. I really appreciate my life more today when I remember.
- I am a mom to an 8 month old princess (and a 3 year old princess too)
- I am 115lbs
- I am planning another party
- I am almost bruise free (that medicine creates bruises on your body)
- I am healthy
- I am alive
She seems to breathe heavily and often sounds congested when she is sleeping and sometimes it seems as though she is having a tough time nursing through the night.
This isn't really a big problem during the day, but in the middle of the night when she has trouble nursing and breathing it ultimately wakes us both up.
Well, I've kind of been on the fence about the solution to this problem, because in my experience with her older sister Isabella, it actually turned out to be that she was experiencing this problem due to enlarged adenoids.
- Aspirators and decongestants
- Allergy medications
- Visits to the Pediatrician and an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist)
Ultimately, at the age of two had surgery to have her adenoids removed. It was the solution, for her!
Since every kid is different, I realize this could be much simpler for Gabby and surgery at this time may not even be necessary. So I've decided to start at square one.
The only problem with this is trying to wrestle my "tough" baby in the evening to clear out her nasal passages. Well, recently I have had the pleasure of using a Baby Comfy Nose aspirator, and I have been rather pleased.
My issue with some aspirators is that if used improperly, they can irritate the skin in baby's nostrils, thus leading to a problem on top of your existing problem. The units also harbor a lot of germs that you cannot see since a thorough cleaning is not guaranteed.
With the Baby Comfy Nose, suction strength is determined by you, the user, and you are able to have both hands free to comfort baby as necessary. The nice thing about the unit is that you can see when the congestion is sucked out and it doesn't hurt babies.
If your baby is stubborn like mine, you will have more success with the Baby Comfy Nose when you have both of your hands freed up to control her movements.
I have even had hubby give it a try and he really liked it.
- The easy, guaranteed clean up of the device
- A clear plastic unit that is dishwasher safe
- The long tube and mouth piece keep infectious germs away from the user
- The hands free design
- Being able to comfort wiggling babies
An option I really enjoyed most about the Baby Comfy Nose, was using it with the Little Remedies Decongestant Nose Drops. The nose drops help to loosen dried mucous, which can then be sucked out easier.
If you don't feel comfortable sucking out that much liquid, you can feel at ease by placing a small piece of tissue in the unit as a filter. It is not necessary, but it is an option.
I would also suggest using the Baby Comfy Nose with toddlers as well. Mine begs for it any time she sees us use it on the baby. Who would have thought?!
Me: " Oh, really. The corrections, huh."
Bella: "Yeah, did you see them. It has all the Barbies."
Well, I'll be...
This is the conversation I had this morning with Bella, who is now 3 years old. We were riding in the car with two mermaid Barbies in tow. One in blue, one in pink.
"The corrections" to her, are directions (that come with the Barbies)
What she is really referring to is the fold out pin-up style advertisement that Mattel is so thoughtful to include with each purchase. It features ALL the Barbies in the new Mermaid Tale movie that parents can buy (and kids feel they MUST have)
Wow, are we to that point already? She's just out of diapers and already MUST have things. She has no idea of what other kids have, but she MUST have things.
This REALLY bothers me.
Is it not enough that I have already purchased two of the dolls for her?
Mattel seems to think that I need to buy them all. Instead of just asking me to come right out of my pocket directly, they get my kid (who is only 3) to do it. What ever happened to kids wanting EVERYTHING later when they saw what other kids had. You know, "the Joneses kids!"
Well, I guess she's just following the "corrections", right?
The thing about it is that I see advertisement, she sees directions. Clear instructions on what she needs to do. She MUST ask Mommy to buy all of the Barbies in the mermaid collection or her toy box is not complete.
"A collection of Barbies". Just what the playroom floor needs.
What does your baby taste when drinking your breast milk? Do you know? Well, recently I learned from American Baby Magazine the following info regarding how long certain foods stay in your system that baby can taste:
- Caffeine (15 to 60 minutes)
- Alcohol (30 to 90 minutes)
- Cow's milk allergens (1 to 2 hours)
- Garlic (2 hours)
- Carrots (2 to 3 hours)
- Mint Flavor (4 to 6 hours)
- Bananas (Never...the taste does not come through the milk)
Find out more about What's In Your Breast Milk here!
Tonight, I spent time enjoying this video with Bella. She has been a Tinker Bell fan for some time now and requested to watch this video over and over again. I have the song downloaded on her iPhone and I always get chills when she plays it and sings along. It's so sweet. She even does a little ballet dance.
There are so many songs the kids are listening to today that just aren't good for them. So, when a song and video like this get produced, it's refreshing to say the least.
Perhaps you and your kid would love to hear this song and watch the video too.
It has been "kid tested" and this mom approves!