Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

We went to the doctor this afternoon (Truitt is up to 19lb 7.5oz with clothes, shoes and diaper on) and Truitt has a case of viral pharyngitis coupled with teething.  Luckily we are on the downhill and no meds were necessary.  Dr L says the snot, fever and fussies should be gone in a day or two.  My loving son shared it with me though and I feel AWFUL! Mommas don't get sick days do they!?

So since lil stinker is still kinda wimpy we just went to see the grandparents and one neighbor and then came home to change into PJs and hand out candy.
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Daddy made use chicken noodle soup and cheddar biscuits
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

#4- Vampire for Halloween?

Truitt is STILL sick and it very well could be because he got two teeth in one week but he's been running steady fever and now has little appetite and is starting to sound wheezy. So, unless he gets better over night I'm calling in the morning for an appointment.

Tooth #4- top left lateral incisor finally popped through the gum line today. I don't think I've ever heard of a baby getting the side teeth before the middle! Momma's lil vampire! This was the best picture I could get of it though!

Friday, October 28, 2011

10 Month Must Haves

MumMums
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So I thought my son was a puff addict until we tried MumMums! For those not familiar, they are rice rusks.  We have tried the original, banana, and vegetable and all are a huge hit. I have tasted them (I taste everything he gets) and they aren't bad at all.  They are easy to hold onto and what I love the best- they don't make a mess!

Combi Cosmo Lightweight Stroller
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I really love our stroller that came with the travel system but it takes up nearly the entire back of my car.  When space is an issue we take our Combi stroller.  E's mom bought it and we love it.  It's just slightly heavier and slighty bigger when folded up than an umbrella stroller but it has a sunshade, small basket underneath and most importantly- IT RECLINES! I hate seeing babies asleep in upright strollers and they're all crumpled over!  Another plus? She bought it at a consignment store for only $20!!!

Stride Rite Tennis Shoes
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Ok... if you would have told me that I would pay $40 for baby shoes I would have told you that you're crazy...but I did.  We technically I only paid $20 becauce my MIL paid for half but still.  So, I thought that spending that much on shoes was crazy especially since I don't spend that much on my own until I watched Truitt try to walk in shoes.  The soft soled crib shoes were too wide and offered NO support and the hard soled shoes were way too heavy and he'd just look at them so we went to Stride Rite and looked around.  They make different stage shoes so we went with the "early walkers" and HE WALKS IN THEM!  It was also great to have someone measure his foot accurately.  We will probably keep him in Stride Rites until he's 2 years (so probably 4 more pair?)old and then may switch to cheaper shoes.  Occasionally you can find them online for buy 1 get 1 1/2 off so hopefully we will snatch that up next time!


Truitt is feeling much better so I'm thinking it's all just allergies/cold/teething BUT he isn't quite good enough to sit through his 10 month pictures so I will be trying to get those tomorrow and doing his 10mo update then

101.3

My baby boy feels HOT :( yesterday a cold front blew in; it was 80* on Tuesday and yesterday's high was only 50*. Anyway, T woke up yesterday morning very congested and sneezy but no temperature so we just did a few doses of Benadryl. Around 7 he started feeling warm and his temp was right around 100 so we gave him some tylenol and he went to sleep. At 3am (oh and I stayed up til almost midnight watching the World Series) I woke up and he felt HOT. His temperature had risen to 101.3 so I gave him done Motrin and that woke him up. He's been tugging at his right ear which he also tends to do when he's tired but his lymph node is swollen although the swelling could be because of the drainage. I hate that WE PAY for insurance and the coverage is so crappy that I second (and third and fourth...) guess on if we should go to the doctor. A standard sick visit costs us $78.11! $30 copay and then we get billed $48.11 since we haven't met our monstrous $1500 deductible! ARGH!!!

So for now we are back in the recliner and nursing until his fever breaks. Based on his behavior and if his temp comes back up we may be going to see Dr L this morning.

Oh, sweet (sick) baby boy is 10 months today!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#3

After over a week of being "right there," tooth #3 has FINALLY broken through the gumline! I am almost certain that it is his upper right lateral incisor as I can see where his central incisor will be and it's too close to the middle to be a canine/cuspid.   #4 (the left one) is following closely behind.  We got a new amber necklace this week from babyhalfoff and since it is shorter I left it on last night and he slept SIX hours in a row!!! It could have been by chance but he's wearing it again tonight! 
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Still no tooth

But really, how long can a tooth be THIS close to popping through?!? It really is looking like we will have vampire teeth by Halloween!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pumpkin Patch!!!

It has been unseasonably (even for Texas) warm lately and I just couldn't bring myself to taking Truitt to a pumpkin patch in shorts with a short sleeved onesie so we waited for a cold front and finally made it!  For $7/adult (Truitt was free!) we got a small pumpkin, cup of feed for the animals, and a hayride!  It was VERY windy but other than that we had a fantastic time.  I took Truitt's halloween costume and we heard the cutest remarks about it :).  My mom, T's Nana, sewed it and while it was a pain she agrees that it's so cute it was definitely worth it.

Feeding the longhorns
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Goats
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Waiting for the Hayride to Start
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Pearl Snaps, Blue Jeans and Boots!
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Mommy, Daddy and Truitt Boots!
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Enjoying the hayride
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Truitt picking out(and up) a pumpkin!
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OUR LITTLE STINKER!!!
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There's a skunk in the pumpkin patch!!!
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Trying to get his hat off..
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SO proud of himself for doing it!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Footed PJs can't even slow him down ;)


*Notice the almost black eye?! He his the corner of my mom's desk chair while we were visiting at her office yesterday :(

Tooth #3 is on its way

After no new teeth for over 2 months the icky teething monster is back.  At first I thought it was his canine coming but I'm pretty sure that it is upper right lateral incisor.  The left side looks pretty similar to his right but not quite as close to breaking through the gumline. My baby is going to look like a vampire for Halloween with side but no middle teeth!

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I am so sad to loose even MORE of the gummy smile :( Why is he growing up so fast?!

Monday, October 17, 2011

So, what's your baby's favorite cartoon?

Umm... He's a baby, he doesn't watch TV. (disclaimer : this post is NOT intended to offend anyone nor is it aimed at anyone specifically. I do NOT think you are a bad mom if your baby watches cartoons)

I hadn't ever really thought too much about babies watching tv until Tara at Our Journey posted about it.  I got to thinking about it and I completely agreed with what she was saying, even without the studies supporting it. Here are some great points from Tara's post:

"TV exposure in infants has been associated with increased risk of obesity, attention problems, and decreased sleep quality," researcher Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health, says in the news release. "Parents need to understand that infants and toddlers do not learn or benefit in any way from viewing TV at an early age."

"When one-year olds are playing with a toy, they can explore it, poke at it, drop it," says Yale University Television Researcher Dorothy Singer. "They’re learning about space, about sound, and they’re developing sense of competence. Watching a TV show just doesn’t provide the same sensory experience."


TV exposure in babies younger than 2 doesn't do any good, Schmidt and Christakis agree. But does that mean a few minutes in front of the tube will sentence a baby to remedial classes for the rest of his life? "What I tell parents is 'Ask yourself why you're having your baby watch TV,' " says Christakis. "If you absolutely need a break to take a shower or make dinner, then the risks are quite low. But if you are doing it because you think it's actually good for your child's brain, then you need to rethink that, because there is no evidence of benefit and certainly a risk of harm at high viewing levels."


If you want to stimulate your baby's brain, he says, try simply playing with him. In a recent study, Christakis showed that basic activities like playing with blocks with an 18-month-old can improve his language skills six months later.


The researchers studied 329 children, aged 2 months to 48 months, and found that for each additional hour of television exposure, there was a decrease of 770 words (7 percent) heard from an adult by the children. The study also found that the more hours spent watching television, the fewer vocalizations infants made when adults talked to them.

I know that I am completely able to entertain him and I would much rather Truitt learn from me than the TV.  Add to that the studies showing that it can be harmful and I'm SOLD!   "Educational" or not- they're not helpful and definitely not needed! Now, the TV is on most of the day because I don't do well without background noise but he RARELY shows any interest at all.  The one time he will stop and look at it without fail is during The Price is Right when the wheel is spinning!  Every.single.time it gets him and he stops and watches the tv until the beep,beep,beep stops.
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We went to a friend's a week or two ago and she turned on a cartoon and he didn't even stop to look at the TV.  I know as he gets older he will want to watch TV and I'm ok with that-in moderation.  But for now I am going to soak up every second that I can spend with him and entertaining him because I know he won't always think I'm better than technology!

Infants & Television Information:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nursing while Babywearing

A few of you asked so this is for you!

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I figured there was NO way I could make this work.  Truitt has a very long torso and I have big saggy boobs so when I'm wearing him my nipples are pretty much at his waist so that obviously just wont' work, right? Wrong!  After seeing this link about nursing in a Boba Carrier (I do NOT have a Boba but my carrier is similar in construction) I figued I'd follow what they sugguested and give it a try.  I almost always have a tank on under my shirt so before I got T in I made sure my shirt could easily be lifted (dark gray) while the tank (light gray) was covering me.  I then loosened the waist strap a LITTLE to lower T a bit and then also loosened the straps a little so he was able to slouch instead of being so upright.  Then, using the arm of the side I was nursing on I pulled my breast up high enough to where he could comfortably reach my nipple and he latched great.  His body was pushing against my chest which kept everything in place but I could also comfortablly keep my hand up there if needed.  My top shirt laid on top of my breast, my arm covered the side and his head covered the front so nothing was exposed.  I'm pretty sure most people just figured he was sleeping and didn't notice he was nursing.  I did have a few "oops" moments where he lifted my top shirt and more boob flashed than I would like but no nipple and he does that when I'm holding him and he's nursing.  After he finished I clipped  my bra back and tightened up the straps so we both had better posture and we were good as gold.

Someone had also sugguested that if you need help lifiting your breast to roll up a receiving blanket and place it under as if it were a shelf but I don't think that's necessary seeing as we made this work.

So, read that link and try it for yourself... HOPEFULLY it can work for you because it sure makes things a heck of a lot easier!!!

State Fair of Texas

We went to the fair this past Thursday and it was wonderful!  The high was only 80 and it wasn't TOO crowded. We tried a LOT of fair food and Truitt was so well behaved!  He was so interested in looking at everything that he actually sat in his stroller AND FELL ASLEEP IN IT! I did wear him so I could nurse him without having to stop and sit for a while and he was obvioulsy happy with being worn as well!  He did get a bit fussy on the train to and from but who can blame him- it was crowded, a lot of strangers and he had to sit still for too long.  Here are some pictures from our day :)

Walking to the DART Train
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Truitt, Me, and Nana inside a greenhouse at the fair
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LOVE!
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Longhorn
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FRIED S'MORES!
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FRIED KRAUT BALLS!
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It's a miracle- he fell asleep in his stroller!!!
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Babywearing+Nursing= EASY PEASY!
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Big Tex
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Fletcher's Corn Dog and Big Tex- This IS what the fair is all about!
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Daddy's turn to wear T
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This kid loves lemons
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Belgian Waffle
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FRIED TEXAS FRITO PIE!
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The water was a bit chilly :)
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(Needless to say I gained this week but only 0.6lb! Getting back on track tomorrow!!!!)