Thursday, March 29, 2007

i choose the boob

Kayla has decided (quite independently and without consulting her parents) that she doesn't like the bottle anymore. She prefers the boob.

I had planned to breast feed until at least 6 months (and she what happens from there) but I really didn't expect this. Especially since we were supplementing her with a bottle daily (almost since she was 3 weeks old) up until about 3 weeks ago.

Yesterday, while out shopping, I tried to give her a bottle and she flat out refused. She litterly spit the nipple out of her mouth and started screaming at the top of her lungs. I was quite embarrassed as we were out in public. I tried once more and again the same reaction. So I took her home, suspecting that something was up. To make sure, I tried the bottle again once we got home and the same thing.

I should have guessed this was happening because last week, while I was out enjoying St. Patrick's day with the girls, Roland said she wasn't hungry when I got home. He had tried to feed her and she didn't want to eat. At the time I didn't think anything of it, but now we suspect the relationship.

So, I've been researching how to get her back on the bottle for the convenience factor. Once in a while I'd like to have the option of staying out for longer than 3 hours sans baby (is that selfish of me?). However, it would seem that Kayla is fighting to not let this happen. Already a determined girl at 2 1/2 months!

According to one strategy, try giving the bottle, starting in the morning for every hour until she accepts it. This means no boob supplement either.

Humm... not such a good idea because that would really mess up her sleep schedule and I'm very happy with the way she's sleeping at night so far. I'm not sure I'd sacrifice freedom for lack of sleep and a fussy baby. So, I suppose I just keep trying at least once a day. Heck, if she can get off it that quickly, maybe she'll get right back to it just as fast! (A girl can dream, can't she?)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

favourite things

This is Kayla's favourite toy.
Look how happy she is.



I don't know what it is about this rattle, but she loves it. Every time I pull it out, her eyes light up and she gives a big grin. She loves to sit in her bouncer and stare and talk to it. She talks to it more than she talks to me - and I talk back!

I have to say I'm a little jealous of that silly thing. (hum... maybe I should paint my face blue for her??) But, hey, whatever makes my baby happy and keeps her entertained...

Monday, March 26, 2007

the good days

Today is a good day.

As a new mama, there are bad days, but I prefer to reflect on the good days. Today is one of them. Kayla woke up at around 7:30 am this morning, but was happily cooing to herself and admiring her mobile for a whole half hour all by herself. I could see her in our video monitor playing by herself which allowed me to get an extra half hour of sleep.

At around 9:30 am she went down for a nap without a fight. Now this may not seem like a big deal to you, but it's miraculous for me because Kayla doesn't nap very well. It usually takes a lot of work and time to get her to take a nap. And if it wasn't for the alarmingly loud thunder crash at 10:30 this morning in our area (even scared the poor dog to death) I think she would have slept until her next meal at 11 am.

After that meal, we took an afternoon stroll through the mall which she slept through until 3 pm. After some tummy time and conversations with her friends (see photo), she's now back again taking one last nap before her bedtime.

So, overall, this was the most ideal day I could have wished for. Hopefully it will be capped off without any problems for bedtime and night-time feedings. Cross my fingers...

Friday, March 23, 2007

making room

I started clearing out Kayla's drawers today to make room for her much needed bigger clothes. We switched her to 3-6 months clothes a few weeks ago. At her last appointment a few days ago she weighed in at 12 lbs 6 oz (90th percentile no doubt).


It was a little sad putting away her tiny baby clothes, though. To know that my little girl is growing is a good thing, but I still remember her birth day as if it was only yesterday. I cannot believe more than two months has passed, but her toothless smiles, her high pitched coos and her growing curiosity shows me it's true.


So, I make room for more clothes, more memories.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

already?

Daddy snapped this pic during Sunday college basketball (go figure!) I'm wondering when it's all going to start... the need to watch TV.

I read an article that the American Academy of Pediatrics says no TV for children under 2. Since their brains are still developing at this age, it's not a good idea to introduce this addictive stimuli.

Humm... I'm going to have a chat with hubby... (but doesn't she look so happy with the remote control?)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

spring happiness

Took the first walk outdoors with Kayla and Kobe (the dog) today to enjoy the first rays of springtime sun. It was a bit brisk but sunny so it didn't matter.

Since it was my first walk ever with a stroller and a dog it took Kobe and I a while to get used to it. He kept running ahead, behind and around the stroller, his leash getting tangled as he did so. I guess we'll both learn.

Kayla seemed to enjoy the trip out. She was happily staring at her bassinet friends (i.e. her toys). Hopefully, this will be the first of many happy spring strolls around the neighbourhood.

Monday, March 19, 2007

the BIG two month check

I always look away when given a needle. And today, when Kayla got her first round of immunization shots, I looked away too.

I had been preparing myself all weekend for this trip to the paediatrician. My babe was getting two needles, one in each thigh. I was dreading it so much that I made hubby come home from work at lunch to go with us.

Some moms had told me their babies didn't bat an eye when injected. Others said theirs cried bloody murder. I was preparing for the worst.

The first shot was in the left thigh and Kayla cried briefly (but tolerably). Our dr warned us that the second shot would hurt more. I held my babe down on the exam table, looked away and she injected Kayla with the second needle. Kayla cried louder and longer this time. Hubby and I looked at each other and both said at the same time... bathing was WORSE! I was amazed and relieved at the same time.

The bad news, however, was yet to come. It seems that our babe has eczema (very common in babies). I had figured as much because her skin had been very dry over the past couple of weeks with yellow crusty stuff appearing and disappearing periodically. Here comes the bad news... part of the treatment was to bath her daily (only for 5-10 minutes) in water and baby oil. Did she say bath her DAILY! OMG! This was going to be torture. How will we live through it?!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

happy paddy's day

Celebrated St. Paddy's Day with the girls and one special little boy (pictured here). It was an afternoon of chatter and warm tea at The Tea Room in Streetsville.

Hubby babysat with Kayla. Very sweet indeed.

Happy Lucky Day to all!

Friday, March 16, 2007

baby basting

This afternoon I basted my babe with olive oil.

Yes, I know it sounds strange and awful, but apparently it's a treatment for cradle cap, I learned from my mommy group. Which is basically really dry scalp in babies. It appears like bad dandruff and on Kayla, with her head full of shiny black hair, it's really noticeable.

It was a weird feeling though; one I'll probably tell her about when she's older... how her mama rubbed olive oil into her head like she was preparing a turkey.

The hardest part, however, was washing it out. It required washing her hair and the dreaded bath! My poor babe...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

body language

My mommy friends and I have recently formed our own little mommy group - just rotating houses for lunch and chatter. This afternoon, I hosted and one of the the conversations we had was about our bodies sans baby.

It got me thinking about what happens to us and our bodies is far from what "they" (the experts) say in the pregnancy books. We, the real-life moms, however, had similar exclamations. Here's the breakdown of this little known body language:

  1. That dark line through your middle doesn't go away right away. I had been wondering how long I was going to live with that mask of pregnancy dividing my abdomen in half. My line is just as dark as the day it first appeared 10 months ago. To my surprise, my girlfriends, who's babes are 6 and 9 months old, still have those lines. Apparently it takes almost a year (maybe more perhaps) to fade away. I don't remember reading about that...
  2. Your belly button is just not the same. It's a cave. It's darker and cavernous! After being stretched and pulled out of proportion, I'm not sure it will ever be the same again. From what my mom-friends say, it's still that way for them too!
  3. Weight loss and body shape are not the same. Losing the pregnancy weight gain may be easier than getting our body back into pre-pregnancy form. After all that baby growth and stretching our bellies are just well.. honestly... flabby. There's no way around it apparently.
  4. My wedding ring is still tight. I gained a lot of water in my hands and feet (my shoe size went up one size during my last trimester). Even now, it's a tight fit getting my wedding and engagement rings on. I hope this has to change... I don't want to get them re-sized.

But for all these changes, our bodies tell a beautiful story. Our bodies holds life, gives life, and nurtures life. It's the body language of maternal love.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

the second month

Today marks Kayla's 2nd month. I can't believe how much time has passed and how much my baby has grown. Lots of milestones this month, including her first real smiles, making bubbles (see photo) and discovering how to put her hands in her mouth (and many more joys there to come)!

There's also been lots of growth on my part. In turn, I've discovered:

  1. Set a bedtime routine - helps teach baby when it's time for bed and prepares the road for sleep time as she gets older. Also importantly, it gives us (her parents) some much needed free time in the evenings!
  2. Get out and about - helps to break up the day. Even if it's for an hour to the grocery store or local yarn shop, it gives me an opportunity to talk to grown-ups! Now that the weather is getting better, it's much easier to do.
  3. Let hubby take over for a while - helps me get some much needed rest and alone time. The weekend grocery trip is a highlight for me because I get to be outside the house baby-free for 2 whole hours! Being at baby's beck n' call is tiring.

Looking forward to the wonders of the third month. I hear it gets easier from there on! Well, lets see about that!

Friday, March 09, 2007

spring knit plans

Making plans for another project... something for the upcoming spring perhaps. The days are getting warmer (with daylight savings time this weekend) and the colours in these yarns remind me of fresh picked spring flowers - lavender, lime, fuchsia, and tangerine.

The multi-coloured yarn is 100% bamboo from Italy. I've never knitted with bamboo before, but I fell in love with the colour combos and texture (so surprisingly soft) in this yarn immediately when I saw it. The lavender is a DB cotton.

So perhaps a pretty lacy cardigan for my babe to wear over one of the sweet little dresses she's received as gifts from loving "aunties" and "uncles".

Thursday, March 08, 2007

making memories

I had been wondering how I would be able to share this blog with Kayla when she grows up... I'd been wondering if this web site would still be around then and how much space I had with Blogspot's "free" online service.

Today I read a post by Soule Mama about a service by Blurb that allows you to download and create a book from your blog, complete with photos and everything! I love the idea that after my maternity leave is over, I can preserve these thoughts, words, and memories for my baby. Sweet!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

practice makes patience

Update on the "shush-pat" method...

Worked wonders the first 4 days, not so wonderful for the last 2 1/2 days.

Patience, I keep telling myself, patience. Nothing good every comes easy, right? Well, this will truly test my resolve because I'm not one for patience, but for Kayla, I must practice.

I said I'd give it at least a week or two of effort, so more to update at the end of the week.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

for the love of books

Each evening I sit in the rocker with Kayla and we read a book. And each evening as I read, Kayla cries - actually sometimes she screams. Kobe, our 9-year-old shi-tzu sits at my feet, listening intently. At least someone appreciates my efforts.

In our household you're either a book lover or hater. Kobe and I - yes; Kayla and hubby no, it appears. I hope she gets over this; I'd hate for her not to experience the joys and wonders in books. But in the meantime, I'll valiantly continue reading to her each night (after all they're children's books, they're short. The screaming is short-lived enough that I can endure).

Sunday, March 04, 2007

congratulations menly

Today was my girlfriend's baby shower, so I've finally posted an image of my most recent project - a soft and cuddly baby blanket for their new baby-to-be.


Made with various colours and textures of Sirdar yarn, including a wonderful aqua eyelash yarn for fun! I started it when I was waiting for Kayla to enter the world and finished it this morning. It was tough going after Kayla was born finding the time to finish it, but it's done!


Congratulations Menly and Colin! We can't wait to meet the little one. And for goodness sakes - OPEN THE ENVELOPE - why don't you!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

smiles

Introduced Kayla to facial features today and she smiled and cooed when we discovered her nose. Made my heart swell.

I visited the office with her yesterday. It seemed a little surreal being there. I noticed some new faces and some changes, but everything still seemed the same. Kayla was a hit. Many comments on my pregnancy weight loss, but I'm still counting the days until I can fit into my Sevens again...*sigh*.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

shhhh....

After several nights of constant waking (Kayla has gotten into the habit of waking up 4-5 times a night and only one of those times is to actually eat) I woke up this morning determined to hopefully put an end to it.

How do I do that? you might ask. I poured through all my parenting books this morning searching for an answer. I came across the 4 S method in Baby Whisperer. It stands for:

  1. Setting the stage
  2. Swaddling
  3. Sitting
  4. Shush-pat

So according to this book, Roland and I have been doing it all wrong. When I read that I was concerned and a bit ashamed. Was I a bad mother?

Since coming home from the hospital, we've stopped swaddling Kayla because we thought she didn't like it - she kept wiggling herself out of the blanket so we took this as a sign that she preferred to be free. Little did we know that, in fact, being unswaddled was contributing to her sleep problems.

Next, we were constantly rocking, walking, bouncing Kayla to try to get her to sleep. Apparently that's wrong too! (Hence the "sitting" part). Then I read about the shush-pat trick. Basically it's exactly as it sounds - you make a "shhhh..." noise as you pat her back to calm her down and prepare for sleep.

Of course I was skeptical, but I decided to try today. What else did I have to lose. So today, all day, rather than walk around the house with Kalya in my arms to sleep, I took her to her bedroom and "shush-pat" her until she was sleepy. So what's the difference you ask... well normally it would take me an hour of walking around the house to get her to nap, "shush-patting" her cut that time to 20 minutes, plus she stayed asleep for 1 1/2 hours where previously she was napping only 45 minutes max.

This amazed me. I had more free time to myself to take a nap, get some chores done, and play with my poor neglected doggie! So, I plan to try this out for a good week or so and see how it goes, but I'm quite happy about the outcome today at least. More on the one-week results to come.